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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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
Can you get hypothyroidism from having a 2nd child? If I end up having it, is it dangerous/life threatening once you start taking a treatment pill?
Autoimmune thyroid: Autoimmune thyroid disease spans graves hyperthyroidism to hashimotos hypothyroidism. Sometime pregnancy can set this off in susceptible people. Don't blame the pregnancy. You were probably destined. Treatment with thyroid replacement hormone is easy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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