Treating Hypothyroidism in Williamsport & Wellsboro, PA
Hypothyroidism is the condition in which the thyroid is underactive. Hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid disorder.
If you’re interested in learning more about the thyroid conditions we treat or services we provide, Find a Provider at UPMC Susquehanna. Our physicians want to help you achieve optimal health.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism symptoms aren’t always easy to detect and are often mistaken for depression. Symptoms may vary from person to person.
Common hypothyroidism symptoms include:
- Thinning, coarse and dry hair
- Slow speech
- Droopy eyelids and dull facial expressions
- Puffy and swollen face
- Weight gain
- Coarse, dry, and thickened skin
- Hand tingling or pain
- Slow pulse
- Muscle cramps
- Orange-colored soles and palms
- Heavier than usual menstrual flow in women
- Decreased body temperature
In severe cases of hypothyroidism, a coma may occur.
Causes of Hypothyroidism
There can be a number of reasons behind a hypothyroidism diagnosis. The most common cause of hypothyroidism is the body's immune reaction to itself, producing antibodies against the thyroid gland. One such autoimmune disorder is called Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an inflammation of the thyroid gland. Other causes include treatment for hyperthyroidism, radiation therapy, thyroid surgery and certain medications.
Treatment for Hypothyroidism
The goal of hypothyroid treatment is to get your thyroid gland to produce normal levels of thyroid hormones.
Your doctor will determine treatment for hypothyroidism based on:
- The severity of the disease
- You age and overall health
- Your medical history
- Your tolerance for certain medications and therapies
- Your opinion or preference
UPMC Susquehanna offers comprehensive care to evaluate and treat thyroid conditions in Williamsport and the surrounding areas of PA.