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Is it possible to be hyperthyroid with hypothyroid symptoms?

Is it possible to be hyperthyroid with hypothyroid symptoms?

Possible: This is not a common observation, nonetheless, it has been described in the literature. Essentially what is happening is that there is an initial transient elevation of thyroid hormone levels due to autoimmune thyroid destruction followed by drop in thyroid production. In medical terms, this phenomenon is called "hashitoxicosis". ...Read more

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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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I was hypothyroid but now have hyperthyroid, what can I do?

I was hypothyroid but now have hyperthyroid, what can I do?

See your doctor: The most common cause would be that you are getting too much medication. Rarely, a patient with hypothyroidism will convert to graves' disease or autoimmune hyperthyroidism. This will require medication radioactive iodine treatment or surgery. ...Read more

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Managing Hyperthyroidism (Checklist)

Take medication as prescribed
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Monitor for any improvement in symptoms
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I was hypothyroid but now am hyperthyroid - should I discontinue my meds so I don't get more hyper?

No: This may be due to taking too much thyroid hormone, but stopping the thyroid pill would likely lead to too little thyroid hormone. Most often, in this situation, a dose adjustment is needed. This means working closely with the doctor who prescribed the thyroid hormone for you to find the "just right" dose for you.. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have both hyperthyroid and hypothyroid?

Not at same time: Hashimoto's thyroiditis can start out with hyperthyroidism and end with hypothyroidism. With grave's disease antibodies can be activating and blocking. Usually activating is more prevalent. ...Read more

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Living with Overactive Bladder (OAB) (Checklist)

Find a good urologist for proper evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment
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Manage your intake of fluids: neither too much nor too little
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Avoid or limit caffeine (coffee, tea, soda) and alcohol
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Identify what foods and fluids bother your bladder and avoid them
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Could it be hyperthyroid or hypothyroid?

Could it be hyperthyroid or hypothyroid?

Take a blood test: Symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are quite different so if you are unsure i suspect he problem is not your thyroid. If you were found to have an enlarged thyroid the problem could be either one and it could be mild enough that you would have no symptoms. Your regular doctor can examine you and tell you if you have an enlarged gland and check your thyroid tests if necessary. ...Read more

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Can you go from hyperthyroid to hypothyroid?

Yes: Hashimoto thyroiditis, a common auto-immune disease that can go from hyperthyroid state in the early phase of illness to hypothyroid with progressive destruction of the gland follicles. ...Read more

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Managing Hypothyroidism (Checklist)

Tell your doctor if you get a different-looking thyroid pill
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Tell your doctor about changes in other medications
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Tell your doctor if you're pregnant
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Let your doctor know if you gain or lose more than 10 pounds
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I've always identified being hypothyroid from my symptoms but my tests results show possible hyperthyroidism- what's going on?

U need thorough exam: It depends on your symptoms you have pegged for "hypothyroidism." fatigue, weight gain, etc can be due to many other medical problems besides hypothyroidism. At this point, you need to be evaluated and treated for the hyperthyroidism and further work continued for your other symptoms. ...Read more

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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


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Overactive Thyroid (Definition)

Hyperthyroidism, often called "overactive thyroid," is a condition where the thyroid secretes too much of the thyroid hormones. Common symptoms include heat intolerance, increased appetite, ...Read more


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