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Hypothyroidism Specialist

Center for Integrative and Holistic Medicine

Rubina Azam, MD, FAAP, ABIHM

Integrative Holistic Medicine located in Panama City, FL

For some people, hypothyroidism symptoms appear slowly, but for others, signs show up abruptly and without warning. Board-certified integrative and holistic medicine physician Rubina Azam, MD, at the Center for Integrative and Holistic Medicine and Panorama City, Florida, combines the most comprehensive and integrative medical treatments to get you feeling better as soon as possible. If you’d like to have your thyroid tested, or if you’re experiencing the symptoms of hypothyroidism, call the office for an appointment or schedule one online.

Hypothyroidism Q & A

What is hypothyroidism?

The condition in which your thyroid is underactive is known as hypothyroidism. Your thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck, produces hormones that control your metabolism, breathing, heart rate, body temperature, and a variety of other functions. When your thyroid becomes underactive, it slows down these functions in your body. You may become tired and cold more frequently, have drier skin than usual, and become forgetful or depressed.

There are a number of causes for hypothyroidism and several treatment options, which will vary based on each patient’s medical history. Contact Dr. Azam at the Center for Integrative and Holistic Medicine if you experience any of the symptoms of hypothyroidism over an extended period of time. The sooner you discover the cause of the condition, the sooner you’re able to treat it so your body can get back to normal.

What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?

Adults may have only a few symptoms indicating hypothyroidism; you also may not notice them. Typical signs of an underactive thyroid include:

  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Weakness
  • Constipation
  • Decreased libido
  • Hair loss or coarse, dry hair
  • Dry skin
  • Swelling at the base of your neck

Frequent muscle cramps, fatigue, and menstrual changes in women are also common symptoms of hypothyroidism. Any of these symptoms could indicate other medical conditions as well, so it’s important to get them checked out to find the cause.

What causes hypothyroidism, and how is it treated?

A number of causes contribute to hypothyroidism, so physicians have a number of ways to treat the disease. At the Center for Integrative and Holistic Medicine, Dr. Azam takes a comprehensive approach, first uncovering the cause of your specific condition and then recommending an optimal combination of conventional and natural treatments.

The best approach for treating hypothyroidism depends on your age, overall health, and the severity of your illness. Dr. Azam makes sure to fully understand each individual patient before prescribing supplements or conventional medications for the most holistic method of treating the underlying cause.

If you experience signs of hypothyroidism, call for an appointment, or schedule one online.