Too busy to take notice: Hypothyroid signs and symptoms

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by Mia Gradney/ KHOU 11 News

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Posted on August 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 21 at 11:59 AM

HOUSTON—Too busy to take notice; more women are mistaking medical symptoms for a hectic lifestyle when it may actually be their thyroid.

Court reporter Mindy Hall is feeling more like herself at work and at home.

“I’m still busy,” she says, “but the fatigue is gone.”

Mindy keeps busy at the Fort Bend County Justice Center, but she’s also a wife and mother of two who had no idea her thyroid wasn’t producing enough hormones. The hormones that regulate the function of every organ in her body.

Her doctor diagnosed her with hypothyroidism following her 30th birthday.

“You turn 30 and it goes downhill, that was my thinking,” Mindy laughed while sharing.

She didn’t think much of being tired all the time.

“When I was diagnosed, I had a six-month-old and a 3-year-old and I was working full-time so life was pretty busy,” she said. “One of the first questions asked was ‘Are you really tired?’ and my response was ‘Of course I am feeling tired!’”

“Women, especially younger women are more likely to have thyroid disease,” said Dr. Vidhya Subramanian, an endocrinologist with Methodist Hospital Sugar Land.

But often, women don’t recognize there’s a problem. Dr. Subramanian stresses the signs and symptoms are very subtle. It may take a while for the patient to realize something is off.

Symptoms include extreme fatigue, hair loss, varying body temperature and metabolic shifts. Mindy Hall had always been a runner and ate well, but had trouble losing weight. Upon her diagnosis she was prescribed a thyroid hormone pill.

She admits it was a little heartbreaking having to hear she would have to take a pill a day for the rest of her life, but it’s made all the difference.

“Losing weight is definitely easier. I can’t really put my finger on it, but I do feel better,” she said.

Even if she is still just as busy.

Doctors can determine if you have thyroid issues by conducting a simple blood test. If you’re in question see your physician.

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