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A 26-year-old female asked:

Can you have both hyper and hypo thyroidism?

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Not simultaneously: Hi. Yes, you can, but not simultaneously. For example, treatment of Graves' disease often renders the patients hypothyroid. Hypothyroidism can sequentially follow hyperthyroidism. Same for a self limited process called a subacute thyroiditis - hyperthyroidism followed by hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism can be over treated causing hyperthyroidism. Hyper and hypo cannot be present at the same time.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Which is easier to correct- hyper or hypo thyroidism?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Usually hypothyroid: If your thyroid is not working (hypothyroidism), the hormones can easily be corrected with levothyroxine. Routine blood tests monitor the dose. If you are hyperthyroid, your doctor needs to determine the cause. Some causes resolve spontaneously, and others require thyroid suppressing medication, or radioactive iodine, or surgery. These treatments is best discussed with an endocrinologist.

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