Could your fatigue, weight gain or depression be undiagnosed Hypothyroidism?

Could your fatigue, weight gain or depression be undiagnosed Hypothyroidism?

Dr. Harper discusses Hypothyroidism! An expert in balancing Thyroid hormones naturally, she wants you to know about an often hidden and undiagnosed condition.

Can’t lose weight even thought you are eating healthy and exercising?  Do you wake up tired although you are getting good hours of sleep? Persistent fatigue, foggy memory, depression, insomnia, always feeling chilly and hair thinning are some of the typical symptoms of Hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism is more common than you think. According to The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, at least 30 million Americans have a thyroid disorder and half of those people (15 million Americans) are silent sufferers who are not diagnosed. Are you one of these?

thyroid-glandThe thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland located at base of your neck under the Adam’s apple. Responding to the hormonal message from brain (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone), the thyroid produces hormones T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine) which control your metabolism and energy. So if your thyroid is under functioning, everything slows down. This often appears as fatigue, weight gain, depression and memory fog. About 80% of patients diagnosed with Hypothyroidism also have a condition called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, which is an auto-immune condition where your own immune system starts attacking and destroying your own thyroid hormones.

Why so many people are left undiagnosed? It’s because too often the routine Thyroid blood tests fail to detect hypothyroidism. There is much debate to what the normal range should be since the conventional normal range is so wide that too many people with thyroid disorder indeed fall into this normal limit, being left undetected.

If you are experiencing the following symptoms (often signs of hypothyroidism), Dr. Harper highly recommends a thorough Thyroid analysis including blood tests, exam, and review of your medical history.

  • fatigue-hypthyroidismFatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Cold intolerance
  • Thinning hair
  • Depression
  • Foggy memory
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Puffy face
  • Hoarseness
  • High cholesterol level
  • Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness

Dr. Harper’s experience with Hypothyroidsm, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and other Thyroid issues allows her to help you craft the individualized treatment plan that best addresses your personal needs and helps you feel better quickly.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Chikako Harper, call our Front Desk 503.297.3825 or