Hypothyroidism, or an under active thyroid, is a condition in which the thyroid fails to produce enough essential hormones. Hypothyroidism has little to no symptoms in the beginning stages, but, if left untreated, the condition can cause a number of health complications such as obesity, joint pain and swelling, infertility, and heart disease. Thanks to modern medical advancements, accurate thyroid function tests are now available to help diagnose and treat hypothyroidism. Under the guidance of your physician, finding a safe and effective treatment plan for hypothyroidism is relatively simple.
Susan A. Baker, MD, FACR has extensive experience in diagnosis and treating hypothyroidism. As an expert rheumatologist and internal medicine specialist, Dr. Baker is able to draw on her impressive educational background and medical training to determine the most effective course of treatment for all her patients.
Causes and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
- Constant, unexplained fatigue
- Depressed and sluggish mood
- Excessively dry skin and hair
- Prolonged constipation
- Intolerance to cold
- Rapid weight gain
- Heavier menstrual flow in women
- Swelling in the front of the neck near the thyroid (a goiter)
Individuals with one or more of the listed symptoms should consult a rheumatologist as soon as possible to avoid any worsening of symptoms or permanent damage to bodily systems.
Treatments for Hypothyroidism
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How is hypothyroidism diagnosed?
Q: Who gets hypothyroidism?
Q: Is hormone therapy for hypothyroidism right for me?
To learn more about hypothyroidism treatment, visit niddk.nih.gov
Contact a Beverly Hills Rheumatologist Today
By making herself available during every step in the process of diagnosing and treating hypothyroidism, Susan A. Baker, MD, FACR becomes a partner in helping to reduce symptoms and restore quality of life for all her patients. Dr. Baker has extensive experience aiding individuals with hypothyroidism return to normal functioning. If you suspect that you may have hypothyroidism, or are looking for the right doctor for you, contact Dr. Baker at (310) 274-7770 at your earliest convenience.
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