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what does the thyroid do for your body anyway?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Sets metabolism: Thyroid hormone controls the basal rate at which your body functions. Too much leads to racing thoughts, tremor, high body temp, many bowel movements, feeling of being hot, insomnia, weight loss despite great appetite. Too little leads to the opposite.

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A 22-year-old female asked:

I am 22 y/o but I have a body of a 12-y/o. I eat a lot but I don't grow, been 84lbs since high school. My thyroid is fine. What do I need to do?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See your doctor: Have your doctor refer you to an endocrinologist to find out what's wrong.
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A 30-year-old male asked:

My body is relatively much warmer than previously after sexual headaches. I can feeel it. Yet it is not detected by thermometee. Why? Not thyroid prob

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Dr. Victor Bonuel
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Norml body temp vary: Normal body temperature can vary from 96.5 to 100.5. So feeling of more warmth after sexual intercourse or any physical activity is normal. Higher temperature due to high thyroid functioning is possible. Have a blood tested for thyroid dysfunction to confirm.
Dayton, OH
A 38-year-old female asked:

How long after the thyroid stops working correctly before the body starts showing symptoms?

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Dr. Brad Eilerman
Endocrinology 20 years experience
Thyroid hormone: The half life of thyroid hormone is 3-5 days. It generally takes 3 half lives to note a distinct change, so 1-2 weeks.

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