When the thyroid does not release enough of the hormone T3 or T4, it can cause a condition known as hypothyroidism. Although the condition is mostly seen in women, it can be a condition that men in Ohio and around the country suffer from as well. However, it is something that is easily misdiagnosed in men who are suffering from symptoms such as dry skin or exhaustion.
If a man does have hypothyroidism, he may also experience symptoms such as loss of muscle mass and changes in sex drive. In addition to a loss of sex drive, men may also suffer from erectile dysfunction if their thyroid is not producing the right hormones. Furthermore, males may also suffer from anxiety, higher levels of stress and an inability to deal with that stress.
One reason why men are rarely diagnosed with the condition has to do with a lack of comprehensive testing. Although there are a wide range of tests that can be conducted, most doctors only run a thyroid stimulating hormone test. While the test can provide important clues, it does not provide the whole picture nor is it interpreted the same by all doctors. This means that one doctor may say that a patient is fine while another may say that the patient has a problem that needs to be addressed.
Patients who have long-term complications or a decreased quality of life due to a misdiagnosed condition may want to speak with an attorney to determine the legal recourse that may be available. The doctor who missed the diagnosis or the hospital where the error occurred could be deemed to have committed medical malpractice and thus responsible for the damages that have resulted.