Low thyroid, or hypothyroidism, occurs when the thyroid gland fails to release sufficient amounts of the hormones T3 and T4 into the circulatory system. The condition usually affects women in Pennsylvania and around the country and creates symptoms that include weight gain, depression and fatigue. When men develop the disease, it often goes unrecognized, and their symptoms are attributed to other factors or illnesses.
Physicians often overlook the signs of hypothyroidism in men and attribute their body changes to age, work stress and depression. As a result, many patients are misdiagnosed with other ailments and prescribed ineffective treatments. The thyroid hormones are key in regulating the body's metabolic processes, and inadequate circulating levels can be displayed somewhat differently among men and women. Symptoms of hypothyroidism in males include a diminished sex drive along with erectile dysfunction, poor work performance, loss of efficient coping skills and hair loss. Patients with low levels of circulatory thyroid hormones also tend to feel depressed, anxious and have low energy levels.
Additionally, the increased media exposure of the presence of low testosterone in many males leads scores of patients to believe that they're suffering from that. Lowered levels of testosterone can be a symptom of hypothyroidism, and many people self-medicate with over-the-counter supplements and fail to address the real underlying issue.
Men with hypothyroidism who have been misdiagnosed and given the wrong therapy or who have suffered needlessly with untreated symptoms may be eligible to seek compensation for their losses. A personal injury lawyer who handles medical negligence cases may be able to help people whose physicians have failed to diagnose them properly by reviewing patient records and obtaining the opinions of experts in order to demonstrate that malpractice has occurred and was the cause of the harm.