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can thyroid problems be treated?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Yes: Many are treated quite easily with medication. Many need no treatment and some require surgery.
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatric Endocrinology 21 years experience
Of course : Although some may not be cured, treatment for the most part is effective. Depending on the exact problem, you may have different treatment options.

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What test is used to diagnose thyroid problems?

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Dr. Samuel Freedman
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Tests: Thyroid tests include two kinds -- function and physical appearance. One does not exclude the other. Lab testing can tell the function and antibody lab tests can tell inflammation. There are also lab tests for certain tumors. Radiology tests can tell the appearance ie nodules, inflammation, cysts, enlargement.
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Will the person be awake with an endotracheal tube in his throat?

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General anesthesia : At the end of the procedure, your anesthesia provider emerges you from general anesthesia. Well done there is no awareness of the endotracheal tube for the patient.
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If I get my thyroid problem treated, will my sluggishness decrease?

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Dr. David Geffner
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Perhaps: If you are really hypothyroid and are replaced on thyroid hormone (t4) you will probably feel better. The dirty secret of hypothyroid treatment is the weight gain and fatigue may be due to other factors and may not improve.
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Can you be treated by your pcp for a thyroid problem or do you have to see a specialist?

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Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Yes.: Most primary care physicians can manage thyroid replacement medications. In certain settings, a consultation from an endocrinologist may be helpful. If you question that your primary care provider is not competent to handle diagnosis / treatment of a thyroid disorder, then ask him or her directly and if you do not feel good with the answer then consider seeking additional opinions.
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Can thyroid problems be treated without medication?

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Family Medicine 29 years experience
Thyroid Problems: Thyroid problems can be caused or affected by your nutrition. Low thyroid function can be due to low insufficient iodine, selenium, or zinc. Goitrogens are foods that decrease conversion of thyroid hormones. They include the cruciferous vegetables, like brocolli. Thyroid antibodies are often due to or made worse by exposure to gluten.

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