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How can I get treatment for hypothyroidism?

How can I get treatment for hypothyroidism?

See your doctor: Your primary care doctor should be able to make a diagnosis and usually treat this condition. An endocrinologist is always appropriate for this also. ...Read more

Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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How much can treatment for hypothyroidism cost?

How much can treatment for hypothyroidism cost?

Can be inexpensive: This is a serious disorder that must be treated . Cost is minimal impact great see a md. ...Read more

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What might cause treatment-resistant hypothyroidism?

What might cause treatment-resistant hypothyroidism?

Please define: Hi. By what do you mean "treatment-resistant"? Is your dose too low? That's not treatment resistant, that's just being under treated. Has your thyroid function been normalized on thyroid hormone replacement but you still feel symptoms? That's not "treatment-resistant", that's just assigning symptoms to the wrong thing. We need more information. I doubt you have a thyroid hormone receptor defect. ...Read more

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What are common side effects that come with hypothyroid treatment?

What are common side effects that come with hypothyroid treatment?

Feeling better: The treatment of hypothyroidism with levothyroxine is replacing what your thyroid should be making, and you should feel better than when you were hypo. If the levothyroxine dose is properly adjusted, there should be no side effects. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods should be avoided with hypothyroidism treatment?

Hypo-foods: In general there are no foods that need to be avoided for hypothyroidism, however in some people who have hashimotos autoimmune thyroiditis associated with their hypothyroidism it's best to avoid gluten containing products. ...Read more

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How long does it take for symptoms to get better with treatment for hypothyroidism?

How long does it take for symptoms to get better with treatment for hypothyroidism?

Variable based on Dx: Based upon other baseline medical factors each patient is different. Cause of how the disorder happened needs to be explored.Often it cannot be identified but sometimes it can as well as other associated conditions. Probably need an endocrinologist consult. Make sure a complete history and physical is done including family history. Also blood pressure sitting and then standing. Checks autonomic ns. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism go away? Is it possible for it to improve without treatment? I was diagnosed but never put on medication.

Can hypothyroidism go away? Is it possible for it to improve without treatment? I was diagnosed but never put on medication.

Rarely, yes: Hi. The most common type of hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's, is permanent, and needs to be treated. In subacute and acute thyroiditises, the hypothyroid phase is usually self limited and thyroid function returns to normal. It's very easy to tell if you remain hypothyroid by following your thyroid labs over time. If you're still hypothyroid, I would recommend treating it. ...Read more