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Can hyper thyroidism or thyroid meds cause a high bac reading in a blood test?

Can hyper thyroidism or thyroid meds cause a high bac reading in a blood test?

Unclear question: What is a "bac reading"? It may help if you spell out your concern. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Alves
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Blood Donation (Definition)

Blood donation is the act of giving ones blood to a blood bank, so that it may be used in the future to help someone else. People with transmissible viral diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis C, are not able to donate blood, as ...Read more


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If I'm anemic can I still donate blood if I don't take iron pills and if I'm on kidney medication?

If I'm anemic can I still donate blood if I don't take iron pills and if I'm on kidney medication?

No: Only in a special situation where an anemic person's blood is urgently needed would anyone want to take an anemic person's blood donation... because it would make the donor even more anemic. Perhaps if an anemic person were the only matching donor remaining in town, and a tranfusion was emergently needed... but that situation should not happen anywhere in modern America. ...Read more

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My BP read 144/100 when I went to donate blood, am not taking any medication. Should I be concerned or is that not high?

My BP read 144/100 when I went to donate blood, am not taking any medication. Should I be concerned or is that not high?

Stress / procedure: might just be stress from the procedure...lots of pts get scared when giving blood...incl me! If pressure is constantly that high, would see your doc to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Can i donate blood being on medication and having multiple sclerosis ?

Can i donate blood being on medication and having multiple sclerosis ?

Yes: Although depending on the medication you take, there may be some exceptions. Ask your physician or a blood bank regarding your medicaitons. ...Read more

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I know i donate blood. But can i donate plasma on the medications? The doctor at plasma center say no and didnt give me any reasons why. I have been

I know i donate blood. But can i donate plasma on the medications?  The doctor at plasma center say no and didnt give me any reasons why. I have been

More info needed: Certain medications do not allow a person to donate blood or blood products. Please discuss with your doctor.
Thank you for wanting to donate. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i'm on medication for it and i want to know if i can donate blood?

What do you suggest if i'm on medication for it and i want to know if i can donate blood?

Homework...: Best to check the American Red Cross website with deferral information (lists conditions & medications) and see if answer there. If not, there is a phone# on the page you can call & ask specific questions: http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements ...Read more

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Suffering from lower back pain. Avoiding medication so i can donate blood soon. Applied a pad last night, suffered from nausea this morning. Normal?

Suffering from lower back pain. Avoiding medication so i can donate blood soon. Applied a pad last night, suffered from nausea this morning. Normal?

Pad?: Severe pain can cause nausea. Some women get nausea during their period, especially if they have endometriosis (which can also cause back pain). Some pain patches can also cause nausea. Talk to your doctor to obtain a more thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Thick blood according to doctor. No medication prescribed. Suggested I do occasional blood donation. What about aspirin at night ? How much and when?

Thick blood according to doctor. No medication prescribed. Suggested I do occasional blood donation. What about aspirin at night ? How much and when?

Need more info: Thick blood is not a medical diagnosis. You may wish to consult a hematologist for proper evaluation. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. ...Read more

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Why did they keep on letting drug addicts donate blood after HIV was first identified? Didnt they know?

Why did they keep on letting drug addicts donate blood after HIV was first identified? Didnt they know?

HIV: They did not have a reliable blood test to screen or confirm HIV for many months after the disease was discovered. Sorry! ...Read more

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Can a drug user donate blood after used?

Can a drug user donate blood after used?

No: If you mean IV drug use, then the red cross excludes IV drug users since the risk of HIV is higher. ...Read more

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Will thyroid medication thin blood?

Will thyroid medication thin blood?

No: Thyroid medication should not have any blood thinning effects. ...Read more

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Hi just had blood work Dr. told me thyroid came back at 7.3 is that high enough to be concerned n start medication? Thank you Cindy

Not to worry: That number is so close to being normal that I would have you have it rechecked in a few months.

If you were looking for an answer to a medical question, your treatment team needs to continue the investigation.

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Can thyroid medication cause low blood count?

Can thyroid medication cause low blood count?

Possibly: Methimazole, used to treat overactive thyroid, has been reported to cause aplastic anemia, decreased production of some white blood cells and low platelet count. ...Read more

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Can the thyroid medication like thyronorm increase blood pressure?

Can the thyroid medication like thyronorm  increase blood pressure?

Possibly: Both too little and too much thyroid hormone can cause high blood pressure. Hypothyroidism is usually associate w/ high diastolic (bottom number) pressures, while excess thyroid hormone can cause high systolic (top number) pressures. Work with your doc to make sure your TSH is in the target range. If BP still high, it needs to be treated. ...Read more

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Which medications or supplements interfere with thyroid blood tests results?

Which medications or supplements interfere with thyroid blood tests results?

Depends: Upon which blood tests are drawn. There are older tests than can be affected by estrogen or testosterone. The modern tests are immune to such interference, but certain meds and supplements can alter thyroid function, which could be reflected in abnormal thyroid test results. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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Is levothyroxine 25mcg the correct medication for high anti thyroid but normal blood work?

Is levothyroxine 25mcg the correct medication for high anti thyroid but normal blood work?

Unclear question: Your question is unclear. By anti thyroid, do you mean anti-TPO antibodies, which indicates hashimotos thyroiditis? In general, levothyroxine should be given if your ft4 is low, and/or TSH is high. 25 mcg is a very low dose, but the correct dose varies from person to person. You may wish to see an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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How do I go about having a Dr. evaluate a recent blood test through this service to determine a change in the dosage of Thyroid medication that I need? I don't want to pay for an office visit to the Dr who initially prescribed the medication.

How do I go about having a Dr. evaluate a recent blood test through this service to determine a change in the dosage of Thyroid medication that I need? I don't want to pay for an office visit to the Dr who initially prescribed the medication.

Virtual consults: You may get a live video, voice or text consult with HealthTap doctors at any time for information, advice, and, for example, to find out whether or not your blood test results are normal, low, or high (HealthTap Prime or HealthTap Compass). Please continue to consult with your established doctor(s) who know you well for ongoing care, either in person or via live video or text virtual consultation ...Read more

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Have thyroid disorder,taking medication.problem started initially with missing periods then enlarged cycle & no blood flow also wait gain.guide me.

Have thyroid disorder,taking medication.problem started initially with missing periods then enlarged cycle & no blood flow also wait gain.guide me.

Thyroidologist: A thyroidologist is best qualified to treat overactive or underactive thyroid disorders. He/she will be guided by periodic blood tests to determine the type of treatment and proper doses of medications. ...Read more

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Is sinus tachycardia and pvcs dangerous? Echo/holter/blood/thyroid tests were ok. Dr wanted to give beta blocker but i don't want to take medication.

Is sinus tachycardia and pvcs dangerous? Echo/holter/blood/thyroid tests were ok. Dr wanted to give beta blocker but i don't want to take medication.

Yes it can be danger: At age of 23 this rhythm problem could be dangerous and have to have an underlying cause.There may be irritability of the myocardium to cause pvcs and tachycardia
you need to follow the treatment adviced by your doctors to take beta blockers and need to follow up for your rhythm.Also cut down on coffee and do not take any over the counter meds without consulting your doctors, as that can cause it. ...Read more

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Am taking blood pressure medication an still am having neck pain?

Am taking blood pressure medication an still am having neck pain?

The Question is?: Usually people bring us questions to answer. Hypertension is not the cause of neck pain. Why would you think that blood pressure medication would treat neck pain? ...Read more

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My BP right now is 142/103..Is it already high blood? What medications must i take? I have paib at right side of my head down beliw my neck too..Help.

My BP right now is 142/103..Is it already high blood? What medications must i take? I have paib at right side of my head down beliw my neck too..Help.

High blood pressure: Pain can cause blood pressure to rise. If your blood pressure readings are high without pain, you will need treatment. Best would be to talk to your doctor about treatment options. ...Read more

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Pain in neck right side artery I am 48 years old have high blood pressure but take 2 medications for it. the pain just started today?

Pain in neck right side artery I am 48 years old have high blood pressure but take 2 medications for it.  the pain just started today?

See your doctor: If it's just started and has no causative reason (trauma, sleeping funny, from lifting equipment), then you need to have your doctor will help investigate this further along with a physical examination too to find the medical reason for your pain. The sooner the better. Good that you just started having these symptoms. ...Read more

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Have neck pain and headache every day take high blood pressure medication could this be the medication that make my neck and head hurt every day this is being going on for over 1 month..

Have  neck  pain and  headache every day take high blood pressure   medication  could this be the medication that make my  neck and head  hurt  every day this is being going on for  over 1 month..

Neck : Neck pain and headaches may be from wearing out of your neck and may respond to treatment of your neck problem. I would recommend seeing a pain doctor for this. Headaches can be also caused from your head and are usually treated by a neurologist. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more