Hypothyroidism Specialist

Night & Day Medical

Family Medicine Practice located in Midtown East & Washington Heights, New York, NY

Hypothyroidism, also called underactive thyroid, is more common in women, especially those over 60. The condition disrupts the normal balance in numerous systems in your body. At Night and Day Medical with offices in Midtown East and Washington Heights in New York City, Dr. Cluny Lefevre and Dr. Joseph Ahram specialize in treating the symptoms of hypothyroidism to help restore your body’s natural, hormonal balance. The doctors take a holistic approach to resolving your symptoms and treating the underlying causes. Call one of the offices in Manhattan or schedule an appointment online.

Hypothydroidism Q & A

What is hypothyroidism?

An underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, is a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of the hormones you need to control a variety of systems in your body. Since the main purpose of thyroid hormones is to help regulate the way your body uses energy, you may experience the unpleasant side effects of a slow metabolism.

What causes hypothyroidism?

The most common causes of hypothyroidism are an inflammation of your thyroid gland which hinders its ability to produce sufficient hormones. Another cause is medical treatments that remove or disrupt the thyroid gland in some way. When hypothyroidism has an autoimmune component, where your body produces antibodies against your own thyroid gland, it’s known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

Surgeries that require part of your thyroid to be removed can also leave it functioning insufficiently. Radiation therapy can also hinder your thyroid’s ability to produce the hormones your body needs to function optimally. Without enough hormones, you experience a variety of unpleasant symptoms that can disrupt your life.

What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?

At first, you may not be aware you have hypothyroidism since symptoms may develop over time. Or some symptoms may come on suddenly. Many adults mistakenly attribute the symptoms to other conditions or their lifestyle.

If you do have an underactive thyroid, you may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Muscle aches and pains or weakness
  • Hair loss
  • Dry skin
  • Intolerance to cold temperatures
  • Constipation
  • Depression and irritability
  • Memory issues
  • Lower sex drive and irregular periods

How is hypothyroidism treated?

The caring, knowledgeable team at Night and Day Medical take a holistic approach when treating hypothyroidism and its many life-disrupting symptoms. They first determine what’s causing your thyroid to produce fewer hormones than you need, so they can create an individualized treatment plan that addresses both the cause and your symptoms.

Your treatments may include lifestyle and nutritional changes to add foods that help balance thyroid hormones. Additionally, the team may prescribe vitamins, minerals or other supplements that support a healthy thyroid, or natural digestive aids such as probiotics. Effective holistic hypothyroidism treatment are not one-size-fits-all, so the expert medical team creates a plan that works best for your specific needs.

If you have hypothyroidism, and it’s time for a checkup to help manage your condition, call one of the New York City offices or schedule an appointment online.