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Dr. Su Fairchild
1,180 doctors shared insights

Hypothyroidism (Definition)

Hypothyroidism is also known as Underactive thyroid. Level, which can cause fatigue increased sensitivity to cold constipation dry skin unexplained weight gain puffy face hoarseness muscle weakness elevated blood cholesterol level muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods thinning hair slowed heart ...Read more


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How likely is lithium to affect the thyroid, causing hypothyroidism? Especially when there were s/s of hypothyroidism prior to lithium therapy?

How likely is lithium to affect the thyroid, causing hypothyroidism? Especially when there were s/s of hypothyroidism prior to lithium therapy?

Not unlikely: Thyroid problems of various sorts may occur with lithium. Speak with your psychiatrist and primary physician (or endocrinologist) - be sure they are collaborating. ...Read more

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Is there any other treatment for hypothyroidism other than Synthroid or generic equivalent? Is there Add-on therapy in conjunction with synthroid?

Is there any other treatment for hypothyroidism other than Synthroid or generic equivalent? Is there Add-on therapy in conjunction with synthroid?

Thyroid Medications: Some people say that Armour Thyroid is better, but really it is just different. Armour is a physiological mix of T3 and T4 in the form of an extract of pig thyroid gland. Levothyroxin is a synthetic T4. It is true that some patients do feel better on Armour. Some feel better on Levothyroxine. The synthetic T4s can cause more of an increase in reverse T3. NO GENERICS for thyroid. ...Read more

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Detected with hashimotos hypothyroidism ,TSH4.67.Doc see small nodules.Is Levothyroxine treatment enough? or need further evaluation/therapy?Any Risks

Detected with hashimotos hypothyroidism ,TSH4.67.Doc see small nodules.Is Levothyroxine treatment enough? or need further evaluation/therapy?Any Risks

Evaluate nodules: I recommend that the "nodules" be evaluated by real-time ultrasonography performed by a thyroid specialist skilled in risk-stratification of nodules based on current American Thyroid Association guidelines. A fine-needle aspiration biopsy is recommended for any that would be regarded as suspicious. ...Read more

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What is the percentage that you will acquire hypothyroidism using radioactive iodine therapy for patient with hyperthyroidism?

What is the percentage that you will acquire hypothyroidism using radioactive iodine therapy for patient with hyperthyroidism?

Common: Many of my patients who received rai therapy for hyperthyroidism developed hypothyroidism within months or years after their treatment and had to take thyroid replacement therapy. Up to 50% of treated patients develop hypothyroidism within 1 year. The good news is that most patients do well on replacement therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Underactive Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid makes thyroid hormone, the main one is t4, which is converted in other tissues to t3. An underactive thyroid makes too little thyroid hormone. You feel sluggish, bloated, constipated, cold. It is treated by taking replacement hormone levothyroxine. The thyroid also makes calcitonin, which is involved in calcium metabolism, but it is a weak hormone in ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Alternative Medicine (Definition)

Alternative medicine is the practice of healing that does not fall into the realm of congenital medicine. It is usually based on cultural or historical traditions, ...Read more