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Can A Underactive Thyroid Make You Infertile
Yes: The 'normal' TSH level is determined statistically, not clinically. Some people in the upper part of the 'normal' range will have symptoms and will benefit from treatment. This is similar to people on thyroid hormone treatment who have an increase in tsh, due to further failure of the thyroid, report recurence of symptoms and improvement with adjustment of their treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Im 27. Can a nodule on your thyroid cause hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or either?
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Yes and no.: Yes. "Functional" nodules producing thyroid hormone independent of the feedback system involving thyroid stimulating hormone from your pituitary, can cause hyperthyroidism. Typically you do not develop hypothyroidism due to a single nodule. A nodule may also represent a benign or cancerous growth. Typically thyroid nodules are biopsied and various imaging helps categorize the type. Follow up w/ MD ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Graves' disease: An overactive thyroid can cause graves' disease. This is a condition associated with swelling of the tissues that surround your eyes, leading to eyelid retraction ("bug eyes"). If severe enough, this can cause significant eye irritation, double vision and redness. In severe cases, the swelling can damage the optic nerve and cause major visual loss. This needs to be followed by your eye doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seizures?: If you mean "seizures", then yes there are some hormonal problems that can produce seizures or reduce your seizure threshold if you are seizure prone. The only common ones are diabetes with very high or low glucose levels, uncommon disorders which produce abnormal blood pressure, and overactive thyroids. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more
Can someone tell me if it is possible for your blood tests to show hypothyroidism even if you don't have an underactive thyroid?
Thats how we tell: Screen with Thyroid Stimulating Hormone(TSH) and follow up testing with T4 and T3 (liothyronine) levels. There are 2 main differrent types of Hypothyroidism, with the most common being underactive thyroid whicvh would cause the T4 and T3 (liothyronine) levels to be low and the TSH to be high. Stress can also cause the TSH to be altered, but the T3 (liothyronine) and T4 would be normal. That is when we check Reverse T3 (liothyronine). Symptoms important too ...Read more
If you have hypothyroidism as a teen (& you're short), and your doc gives you thyroid pills, can that make you grow taller?
Was growth stunted?: Prolonged hypothyroidism with very elevated TSH can cause growth slow down in actively growing children. It is unusual to present like this when a child is seen annually by a pediatrician who plots height on a growth chart. If hypothyroidism was indeed profound then growth would resume with treatment, but final height may still be compromised by accelerating bone age with rx from initial delay. ...Read more
It is possible but: It is possible for anybody to have underactive thyroid problem but why you ask this question. If you have symptoms or sus[pect you may have it check with your doctor and it can be diagnosed by a blood test for thyroid hormones and TSH which is excreted by pituatary and is a useful test to diagnose thyroid disorders. ...Read more
Various causes: Most common cause is the body's own immune system attacks it and destroys it (or at least enough of it so that normal levels of thyroid hormone can't be made & secreted). This is called autoimmune hypothyroidism (aka Hashimoto's). Other causes: a surgeon removes the thyroid, the thyroid is destroyed by a dose of radioactive iodine used to treat hyperthyroidism. ...Read more
Confused with my thyroid. Does a goiter mean you are making too much thyroid, or mean you don't have enough thyroid?
Either: A goiter is a term used to describe the enlargement of the thyroid gland. There are many reasons why a thyroid will be enlarged. Sometimes, the enlargement will cause hyperthyroid (too much), sometimes hypothyroid (not enough) and sometimes it has no effect on the function of the thyroid at all. You need a blood test to know what the enlargement (goiter) is causing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Medical emergency: Newborn blood screening identifies infants with abnormal thyroid function within a few days of life. Babies with low thyroid levels are seen by peds endocrinologists/pediatricians immediately to start thyroid hormone replacement. Depending on where you are, thyroid scan may be done to try identify if the gland is present. Treatment is asap to avoid brain damage to the infant. Most babies do well. ...Read more
Body temperature 36.3 I'm feeling cold it'd 18 degrees c outside. Is this underactive thyroid ? Had thyroid test 3 months ago. Results negative
Hypothyroid: If thyroid tests are normal, your intolerance to cold is not related to an thyroid disorder. ...Read more
Many: Some common symptoms are: fatigue, sensitive to cold, dry skin, constipation, hoarse voice, weight gain, high cholesterol, muscle ache/weakness, joint pain, heavy periods, brittle nails/hair, depression. Many other conditions can share these symptoms so if you suspect it, get a thyroid blood test. ...Read more
Tests and Symptoms: Symptoms of low thyroid function are commonly fatigue, weight gain, heavy periods (females), dry skin, hair thinning and loss, depression and constipation. Tsh, free T3 (liothyronine) and free T4 (if TSH is borderline) as well as some other older tests like morning baseline temperature and tendon reflex testing can all detect low thyroid function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hypothyroidism: You will begin to feel terrible. Cold, fatigued, constipated, foggy-headed, cholesterol goes up. Not pleasant. ...Read more
Too little hormone: The thyroid makes thyroid hormone, the main one is t4, which is converted in other tissues to t3 (liothyronine). 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 humans and not replaced. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Depression can be a symptom of depression, but usually hypothyroidism manifests with other symptoms at the same time. Depresion can also occur independently of thyroid dysfunction. It you wonder if your symptoms are related to hypothyroidism, ask your doctor to check TSH and free thyroxine levels in the blood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Conjugation: There is also evidence that hypothyroidism may directly affect the liver structure or function. Hypothyroidism has been associated in a few case reports with cholestatic jaundice attributed to reduced bilirubin and bile excretion. Recent studies have shown that the hepatic abnormalities associated with hypothyroidism can be reversible with thyroxine replacement with no residual damage. ...Read more
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No routine: There probably isn't a routine age at which it is recommended that all people be tested for an underactive thyroid. However, older people can have an underactive thyroid with unusual symptoms or, essentially no symptoms at all. So many doctors will fairly routinely test their patients' thyroid functions when they are 65 or so. ...Read more
Hypothyroidism (Adult) (Definition)
Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland does not secrete enough of the thyroid hormones. Symptoms include cold intolerance, constipation, and fatigue. ...Read more
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