What is Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism, also called “underactive thyroid,” is a condition, more common with women and those over 50, in which the thyroid does not produce and release the appropriate amounts of thyroid hormones. This is typically caused by a condition called thyroiditis in which the thyroid gland’s cells are damaged due to inflammation. Many different things can cause that initial inflammation:
Cancer treatment (radiation)
A cold or respiratory infection
An immune system attack on the thyroid gland itself
Many other conditions and treatments
When people have hypothyroidism, their doctors typically recommend lifelong thyroid hormone replacement therapy. Too high a dosage of thyroid hormone can be dangerous, though, and may cause a variety of acute and/or gradually worsening symptoms:
Sudden weight loss
With so many potential negative side effects, it is important that patients be mindful of the risks so they can watch for symptoms and discuss any such issues with their doctors. Too low a dose can also be a major problem, causing a Myxedema coma. Such a coma is a major medical emergency and requires immediate medical attention, often including life support and intensive care treatment.
Because of the sudden and serious nature of some of the side effects of thyroid hormone replacement therapy, for people with hypothyroidism, medical IDs are a real necessity. They help make first responders aware of one’s condition(s), medications, and any additional or complicating factors.
What Should I Engrave On My Hypothyroidism Medical Alert Bracelet?
Because your hormone therapy may change with time, it's a good idea to list the therapy on your medical ID bracelet and carry a wallet card with the current specifics. You can download a FREE wallet card here. Here are a few suggestions for engraving your hypothyroidism medical alert jewelry:
ALGYS: LATEX, SULFA
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