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Is it possible for a blood test to be wrong re: hashimoto's? If it's wrong, would taking levo make my thyroid lazy? Any harmful side effects of 25mcg

Is it possible for a blood test to be wrong re: hashimoto's? If it's wrong, would taking levo make my thyroid lazy?  Any harmful side effects of 25mcg

Unlikely: It's always possible, but unlikely. Abnormal results should always be repeated before beginning life-long therapy. Make sure the correct tests were run as well. Thyroid replacement won't make your thyroid lazy. If you stop even full replacement, levels will return to their prior numbers in less than 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Florinef (fludrocortisone) for pots 50mcg felt a lot better now .1mg feel dizzy and sick. Will these side effects go? Potassium is fine weekly blood test. Ughh!

Florinef (fludrocortisone) for pots 50mcg felt a lot better now .1mg feel dizzy and sick. Will these side effects go? Potassium is fine weekly blood test. Ughh!

Lower dose?: You may need to lower the dose, but you should only do this with your doctor's supervision! never stop Florinef (fludrocortisone) abruptly, it could lead to fatal adrenal crisis if you were previously on it for awhile. Florinef (fludrocortisone) supresses your body's natural production of cortisol, so stopping suddenly can cause low cortisol crisis. ...Read more

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Will blood test show evidence of a bad gallsblader? fatty foods right side pain. US neg, bloods normal. How accurate are bloods n US to show this ?

Will blood test show evidence of a bad gallsblader? fatty foods right side pain. US neg, bloods normal. How accurate are bloods n US to show this ?

Gallbladder tests: There are not any reliable blood tests for gallbladder disease at present. Current approaches are anatomical (like ultrasound) and functional (cholecystokinin hormone stimulation). Your symptoms suggest gallbladder-related pain so a stimulation test, perhaps with radiographic dye to demonstrate dysfunctional emptying, might be next. You might also avoid fatty foods! ...Read more

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Lymph nodes swollen for 4 years both side of groin. Blood test normal. Is this of concern? Help please

Lymph nodes swollen for 4 years both side of groin. Blood test normal. Is this of concern? Help please

Not of concern: If the lymph nodes have stayed stable for four years, you do not need to be concerned about these. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Can a kidney function blood test determine whether I have stones or kidney damage. I have frequent pain on my right side front side & back constantly?

Can a kidney function blood test determine whether I have stones or kidney damage. I have frequent pain on my right side front side & back constantly?

Blood test & imaging: A blood test will tell if your renal function is impaired but not diagnose renal stone. Urine examination may help, but imaging studies are more suited for detecting renal stones. ...Read more

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Had ache lower l. Side( 2-6) for more than week, plus consti.Put on strong atibio. Gave me diah after 3 days(no blood test)took me off anti. Diah gone. Ache same.Still consti.New script for bentyl, (dicyclomine) ?

Had ache lower l. Side( 2-6) for more than week, plus consti.Put on strong atibio. Gave me diah after 3 days(no blood test)took me off anti. Diah gone. Ache same.Still consti.New script for bentyl, (dicyclomine) ?

LLQ PAIN: If you haven't had an ultrasound (us), nows the time. Constipation is defined as < 3 bm's/week. Common causes are low fiber diet, lack of physical activity, or not enough water. Some other causes may include ibs, under active thyroid, or meds. If you haven't had an us, ask your doctor for one. Until you know what is causing this, i would avoid laxatives or stool softeners. Good luck ! ...Read more

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Random chest pain that comes and goes on left side been like this for a long time ive had ex rays ekgs blood test all fine its like a stabbing pain?

Random chest pain that comes and goes on left side been like this for a long time ive had ex rays ekgs blood test all fine its like a stabbing pain?

The twinge: This is quite common and harmless. I believe it results from a little fold in the membrane that lines the chest. I'll bet that it vanishes if you inflate your lungs to the maximum. "Texidor's twinge" is knife-like, can be intense, does not take your breath away, and is gone in a short time. It's not even worth a workup. Be thankful for good health and get on with your life. ...Read more