Question: My doctor says I
have underactive thyroid and need to take medication. It has been
this way for 15 years and I have no symptoms of underactive thyroid.
I really do not want to take medication, is there another way? Kathleen
Answer: Dear Kathleen,
If you have been diagnosed with
hypothyroidism but do not have any symptoms it may be a good idea
to be checked again and get a second opinion.
When hypothyroidism is not treated
it can result in other problems such as:
- Mental health issues
- Heart problems
- Birth defects in expectant mothers
Hypothyroidism is mostly always
treated with medication but your doctor should explain to you all
the treatment alternatives available for your exact situation.