Hypothyroidism Specialist

North Houston Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine Physician located in Cypress, TX

If your thyroid gland doesn’t produce an adequate amount of hormones, you may have a condition known as hypothyroidism. Left unmanaged, hypothyroidism can significantly impact your quality of life. Internal medicine physician Ashish Kapoor, MD, at North Houston Internal Medicine in Cypress, Texas, educates both men and women on how to live healthy, happy, and active lives with hypothyroidism. If you’re concerned about your thyroid health, make an appointment by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.

Hypothyroidism Q & A

What is hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is a serious medical condition characterized by a thyroid gland that doesn’t produce enough of certain hormones. In its early stages, hypothyroidism doesn’t always present symptoms. However, left unmanaged, it can increase your risk of serious health problems, including obesity, joint pain, infertility, and heart disease. 

What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?

The symptoms of hypothyroidism vary and depend on the severity of your hormone deficiency. However, hypothyroidism usually develops slowly, over an extended period of time. As the condition progresses, telltale signs include:

  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Weight gain
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Slower heart rate
  • Impaired memory

If you have hypothyroidism, it’s also common to experience hair loss and thinning hair as well as muscle aches, joint stiffness, and general discomfort. 

When should I see a doctor about hypothyroidism?

If you regularly feel tired, even after a restful night’s sleep, or you develop symptoms such as dry skin or constipation, make an appointment with Dr. Kapoor at North Houston Internal Medicine. The sooner he’s able to pinpoint the underlying cause of your discomfort, the better. 

Who is at risk of hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism affects men, women, and children, but there are certain factors that may increase your risk, including:

  • Being older than 60
  • Having had a previous thyroid surgery
  • Being pregnant
  • Being a woman
  • Having an autoimmune disease

Hypothyroidism also runs in families, so if you have parents or grandparents with hypothyroidism, your risk increases as well. 

How is hypothyroidism diagnosed?

To diagnose hypothyroidism, Dr. Kapoor does a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms. He also orders a series of blood tests to determine your levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). A high level of TSH in your bloodstream indicates you have an underactive thyroid. 

How is hypothyroidism treated?

Treatment for hypothyroidism involves prescription medications and the use of the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine. Levothyroxine is an oral medication that restores your hormones to their natural levels. Many people feel significantly better just a day or two starting treatment. 

To help you achieve the best possible results, Dr. Kapoor may also recommend healthy lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise and eating a balanced, nutritious diet. 

High-quality treatment for hypothyroidism begins at North Houston Internal Medicine. Make an appointment by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.