Treatment of Hypothyroidism Herzing
Scenario: You are evaluating a 53-year-old white female who wants to talk to you about lab work that she had done recently at “Any Lab Test Now”.
She wanted to have lab work done because she was feeling tired and unmotivated. Additionally, she had put on about 15 pounds even though she has been teaching yoga 2-3 times a week for the last few years.
The lab results reveal a TSH of 93.
She reports her last menstrual period was about 3 years ago. She experienced some menopausal symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats. However, she states they weren’t too much of a problem and those resolved a couple years ago.
She denies any difficulty swallowing or neck pain/tenderness.
Constitutional exam: 5’5” tall, 154 pounds, BP 145/88, P 60, R 16, Temp 97.2
Neck – nontender, mild goiter with right side of thyroid larger than the left side
Heart – regular rhythm without murmur or gallop
Lungs – clear
Skin – dry on extremities with some flaking noted
A slowness of the relaxation phase of the Achilles tendon reflex is noted
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