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Average Life Expectancy With Hypothyroidism
Normal: In the bad old days, these people would live normal life spans but remain tiny and simple-minded, like children. Read about "cretins". To allow this to happen to a child today is a disaster, but a few million children in our world suffer from this just from iodine deficiency because of misplaced priorities. ...Read more
At approximately what percent below average does the metabolism operate for a 25 year old female with severe hypothyroidism?
Replacement?: The simple answer is if you are on the correct dose of thyroid replacement probably none. Your blood test for TSH will determine if you are in "balance". ...Read more
Type 2 diabetic, gain weight but, no appetite. Eat very little. Average activity. Work, play with kids, etc. Hypothyroidism?
Weight gain: If your TSH is normal, you may be gaining weight due to edema formation, or water retention. In that state, you would be gaining 1-2 lbs/day and have to get up at night several times to urinate. Have your physician evaluate you for edema, which could be caused by proteinuria and check your tsh. Good luck. ...Read more
What percentage does the average fertility drop after the age of 35 years I am 39 I have hypothyroidism and a 22m fibroid and I want another baby?
Percentages: Really aren't well defined, and in most ways don't really matter. Female fertility is too variable during these years: some 37 year olds can no longer conceive, some 41 year olds conceive easily. One estimate is that at age 40, 50% of females will no longer be able to get pregnant. ...Read more
Is hypothyroidism a dangerous (even life threatening) condition? What can happen if left untreated?
Yes: Often mild hypothyroidism, which is more common as you get older, can go unchecked for a long time--months to years. Severe hypothyroidism is another story--medically known as myxedema coma --it is a rare but life-threatening condition. Hypothyroidism is easy tested and treated, thus check with your doctor... ...Read more
Someone posted " is hypothyroidism curable" a dr stated that it is if you continue taking meds. So if a cure meant taking meds for life that can't me curable just regulated. Doesn't cure mean heal?
Maybe: It really depends on the reason why one is hypothyroid. If it is due to environmental toxicicity, such as heavy metals or endocrine disrupters, avoiding exposure and decreasing toxic load may help and your thyroid may recover in time. But it is not easy, and you need a skilled doctor to help you. ...Read more
Probably: The most common cause for hypothyroidism is autoimmune destruction of the thyroid gland (hashimoto's thyroiditis). This typically results in a permanently low thyroid, though in early disease one can have episodes of normal or even high thyroid levels. There are also temporary causes for hypothyroidism including recovering subacute thyroiditis, and postpartum thyroiditis. ...Read more
Unusual causes of drug-induced hypothyroidism include:
Eating a large amount of iodine-containing seaweed
Povidone iodine (Betadine)
Drugs which used to treat hyperthyroidism could do it, too like PTU, (propylthiouracil) radioactive iodine, potassium iodide, and methimazol.
Hypothyroidism is not uncommon among women. ...Read more
Is it possible to have hypothyroid and after taking meds for it then it can be corrected and no meds needed after that? Or life long meds?
What are the medications used to treat hypothyroidism? Should it be stopped after thyroid levels are normal or continued for life. Can it be cured
Medications used to treat hypothyroidism:
Most common medication is Levothyroxine, brand name = Synthroid.
The goal is to have thyroid levels within normal limits-the blood test is TSH.
Probably should be treated rest of your life, since Hypothyroid is not usually cured, but controlled.
Hypothyroid is usually due to decreased function due to prior viral infection, or no function due to prior surgical removal of thyroid gland ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and I have been a thin woman for all my life. The medication prescribed by doctors make me loose weight?
What to expect in life long term with hypothyroidism? Can I have a normal but most of all healthy long life? Is the ability to get pregnant affected?
Yes: If your thyroid function is kept normal, yes to all of the above. ...Read more
By eliminating gluten from my diet will that help me lose weight? I have hypothyroidism don't want medicine for the rest of my life if I can help it.
If you have: Hypothyroidism, you will need brand name T4 replacement the rest of your life, you can't help that, your body needs it. Elimination of gluten from your diet may help your intestinal tract if you're sensitive to gluten, but won't help w/weight loss. Only diet, exercise, calorie restriction will do that. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more
With ADHD&Hypothyroidism takingover my life, I'm on50mg ofVyvanse it helps at times, but I'm still always daydreaming, NEEDHELP W/THE RASH. Whenwillitgo?
If I go on a medication for hypothyroidism like Synthroid (thyroxine) to repair a short term issue secondary to other meds will I be dependent on it for life?
24 yo female, had TSH come back as 4.53. Was told it was normal but I've felt hypothyroidism symptoms & have been an athlete my whole life
F/u and check iron: First, by current guidelines this is not a normal TSH. Nl is generally now considered to be between 0.4 & 4 & some say 0.4 to 3.5. This should be rechecked in a few weeks with thyroid antibodies and a free T4. Sx's in levels at this range are controversial. Iron/B12 levels should be checked as deficiency of these can cause sx's just like thyroid dz, be caused be thyroid dz & are often overlooked. ...Read more
I have a needle phobia but need a blood test every six months due to my hypothyroidism, is this something that will go on throughout my life?
Phobia therpy: Your is a fairly common phobia. Psychotherapists w/ a solid phobia skill set will be able to help you resolve it. You'd need to cooperate and it will take some courage but you'd get lots of support and perhaps even medication for the tough spots. Many have succeeded, you can too! An extra benefit is that any other problems you have can be helped too. It's a good deal! ...Read more
If I take a low dose of levothyroxine (25 mcg) for life, would my thyroid become lazier/ slower? Can this low starting dose work for hypothyroid?
No: Your thyroid won't become lazy or tolerant. The dose your on is a good starting dose and may be the right dose. ...Read more
I'm Asian male with TSH level=11.5.Is there a chance of my complete cure from hypothyroidism or will I need to take medicine throughout life? Plz help
Hypothyroid: There is no cure for hypothyroid disease. All people in the world with an inactive thyroid are on medication for life. ...Read more
Diagnosed with hypothyroid hashimotos during 5-6months postpartum, how to clarify whether its postpartum thyroid or life long I need to tak thyroid tab?
Postpartum: If the hypothyroidism was the result of postpartum thyroiditis there is a strong likelihood that your thyroid status will return to normal after a year or so. A thyroidologist or endocrinologist is best qualified to evaluate, advise and treat you as well as follow-up through the years. ...Read more
What is subclinical hypothyroidism? Will the patient (an infant) need to take the medicine for the rest of her life? Right now she's on levothyroxine
Sub clinical hypothy: This is chemical excess thyroid by blood testing but no clinical signs of hypothyroidism. Tricky DX in adults and must be even more so in infants. The need for RX will depend on the cause of the hypothyroidism. Trust you are being seen by a pediatric Endocrinologist, ...Read more
I have PCO and Hypothyroidism. I take Thyronorm 50mg and registron for with draw bleeding. Thyroid levels under control now. Is this life threatening?
Is hypothyroidism a dangerous symptom for life? Will it caude in fertility? I am 28f. I have pcos fro my starting of menstural cycle.
Severe hair loss and breakage. Bad hot flashes. Very stressed. Major life change 6 months ago. Hypothyroidism. Healthy lifestyle athletic 60 yrs 0ld?
32 woman with type 2 diabetes, hypothyroidism, PCOS.....all in the last 2 years. What are my chances of bigger problems....life threatening? Also lesi
Primary care: Type 2 Diabetes is certainly the most significant issue that you mentioned. Optimizing blood sugar control should be your goal. Consider seeing a primary care doctor or an endocrinologist who can perform a complete history and physical. Then patient education can be done on each health issue and a long term plan of care can be put in place to optimize your health ...Read more
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