The hormones produced by the thyroid play a role in many bodily functions. If you have gone untreated for thyroid disease and your body was not getting the right amount of thyroid hormone for an extended period of time, you may be experiencing severe consequences.
At the law firm of Furr & Henshaw, our team includes some of the most experienced thyroid disease misdiagnosis attorneys in South Carolina. If your condition has gotten worse due to your doctor’s failure to diagnose it, we may be able to help you obtain compensation.
Understanding The Consequences Of Untreated Thyroid Disease
Thyroid disease is particularly common among postmenopausal women, but both men and women of all ages are susceptible to it. There are many causes of thyroid disease, and in many cases, the causes cannot be identified. There are two basic types of thyroid disease:
- Hypothyroidism: This is a condition where the thyroid does not produce enough hormones. It can generally be treated with hormone replacement, and if left untreated, it can cause serious lethargy, weight gain, depression, hair loss and goiters.
- Hyperthyroidism: This is a condition where the thyroid produces excessive amounts of hormones. It is often treated with anti-thyroid drugs and beta blockers. If left untreated, it can cause bulging of the eyes, weight loss, anxiety and hypoglycemia, among other effects.
Both of these diseases are often misdiagnosed — or patients are simply told that there is nothing physically wrong with them. In such cases, the medical care giver may be liable for damages.
Legal Support When You Need It Most
If you have suffered serious harm due to a delayed diagnosis of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation. You can call us at 843-213-6737 (Myrtle Beach), or arrange an appointment online.