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Can hypothyroidism cause peripheral neuropathy and, if so, how is it treated? In brief: Hypothyroidism — a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn't produce enough thyroid hormone — is an uncommon cause of peripheral neuropathy, such as carpal tunnel syndromeHYPOTHYROIDISM NERVE DAMAGE NEUROPATHY PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY HYPOTHYROIDISM (ADULT)
Peripheral neuropathy is damage to your peripheral nerves — the nerves that carry information to and from your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) and the rest of your body, such as your arms and legs.
My husband constantly craves salt. What causes this? In brief: Salt craving can sometimes be caused by a serious underlying medical condition, such as adrenal insufficiency or Bartter syndromeSODIUM
Adrenal insufficiency (Addison's disease) can cause a salt craving that's new, persistent and excessive.
Is there such a thing as adrenal fatigue? In brief: Adrenal fatigue is a term applied to a collection of nonspecific symptoms, such as body aches, fatigue, nervousness, sleep disturbances and digestive problemsADRENAL FATIGUE LETHARGY
The term often shows up in popular health books and on alternative medicine websites, but it isn't an accepted medical diagnosis.
Is Wilson's syndrome a legitimate ailment? In brief: No, Wilson's syndrome, also referred to as Wilson's temperature syndrome, isn't an accepted diagnosis
Rather, Wilson's syndrome is a label applied to a collection of nonspecific symptoms in people whose thyroid hormone levels are normal.
I know that hyperthyroidism can sometimes affect the eyes — but could hypothyroidism also cause eye problems? In brief: Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) isn't usually associated with eye diseaseHYPERTHYROIDISM HYPOTHYROIDISM OVERACTIVE THYROID HYPOTHYROIDISM (ADULT)
In severe cases, however, hypothyroidism may cause swelling around the eyes and a loss of the hairs in the outer part of the eyebrows.
Can iodine supplements help regulate thyroid function in a person with hypothyroidism? In brief: Iodine supplements usually aren't necessary if you live in the United States or in most developed countriesHYPOTHYROIDISM IODINE SUPPLEMENTS HYPOTHYROIDISM (ADULT)
Some alternative medicine practitioners recommend iodine tablets or kelp supplements — which are high in iodine — for people with hypothyroidism. It is true that iodine deficiency can cause hypothyroidism. But iodine deficiency is rare in the United States and other developed countries since the addition of iodine to salt (iodized salt) and other foods.
Can hypothyroidism cause joint pain? I have hypothyroidism and have been experiencing severe arthritis-like pain in my shoulders and hips. In brief: For some people, hypothyroidism can contribute to joint and muscle problemsARTHRITIS HYPOTHYROIDISM JOINT PAINS PAINFUL JOINTS HYPOTHYROIDISM (ADULT)
Specifically, hypothyroidism may lead to: Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness, especially in the shoulders and hips, Joint pain and stiffness, Swelling of the small joints in the hands and feet, Carpal tunnel syndrome.
Can calcium supplements interfere with hypothyroidism treatment? In brief: YesCALCIUM CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS HYPOTHYROIDISM SUPPLEMENTS HYPOTHYROIDISM (ADULT)
Calcium supplements — or antacids containing calcium — can interfere with the absorption of levothyroxine (Synthroid, Unithroid, others), a synthetic form of thyroid hormone.
What causes Graves' dermopathy? How is it treated? In brief: Rarely, people with Graves' disease develop Graves' dermopathy, a skin condition characterized by red, swollen skin, usually on the shins and tops of the feet
The texture of the affected skin may be similar to that of an orange peel.
Is it really true that coconut oil can cure hypothyroidism? In brief: NoHYPOTHYROIDISM HYPOTHYROIDISM (ADULT)
The misconception that coconut oil can cure an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) arose years ago, after publication of a book touting the beneficial effects of coconut oil.