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Does having a thyroid goiter affect your weight?

Does having a thyroid goiter affect your weight?

It might...: Goiter is simply an enlarged thyroid. A goiter may or may not produce a normal amount of thyroid hormone. A simple lab test can tell if your thyroid levels are normal or not. If your lab results are normal, then your goiter is probably not affecting your weight. On the contrary, a normal sized thyroid can also run high or low and affect your weight. ...Read more

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Thyroid Enlargement (Definition)

Thyroid enlargement refers to a thyroid gland that is larger than normal. The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck, below the Adam's apple, and may become enlarged due to hyper or hypo-thyroidism. An enlarged thyroid is also ...Read more


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Does having a thyroid goiter affect your child's weight?

Does having a thyroid goiter affect your child's weight?

No: An underactive thyroid can have some mild impact on a child's weight until it's treated. However, a goiter itself does not affect weight. ...Read more

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How does a thyroidectomy affect your thyroid levels?

How does a thyroidectomy affect your thyroid levels?

Thyroidectomy: If they did a complete thyroidectomy, your thyroid levels should be low; you should become hypothyroid and need to be on levothyroxine. However, sometimes surgeons do not do a complete thyroidectomy, depending on why the surgery was done. If they did a non-complete resection, but then the thyroid gland is not normal (eg. Hashimoto's), then you may get hypo even though there is tissue left behind ...Read more

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Will taking synthroid (thyroxine) boost your metabolic rate and increase your weight loss? I do not have a thyroid problem and was just curious

Will taking synthroid (thyroxine) boost your metabolic rate and increase your weight loss? I do not have a thyroid problem and was just curious

Curious: Thyroid issues infrequently cause thyroid problems. If your doctor has never checked your thyroid levels he/she will probably do so at your next visit. Synthroid would increase your weight loss but there does not seem to be any thyroid issue. ...Read more

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Im 27. Can a nodule on your thyroid cause hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or either? Thank you very much

Im 27. Can a nodule on your thyroid cause hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or either?
Thank you very much

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 more

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Does having a thyroid disease make your pregnancy high risk?

Does having a thyroid disease make your pregnancy high risk?

Absolutely!: Thyroidopathies are one of the most common reasons for high-risk pregnancy status. They can cause preterm birth, preeclampsia, diabetes mellitus, fetal goiter, fetal hyperthyroidism, cretinism, fetal arrhythmias among other complications. Finally, postpartum depression may be more common in the context of thyroidopathy. ...Read more

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Does a thyroid problem effect weight loss, if so what are some ways to lose weight with thyroid problems?

Yes: Go see your doctor and get your thyroid levels in the normal range. This, with exercise, should allow you to get back to your ideal weight. ...Read more

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Does an underactive thyroid really prevent you from losing weight?

Does an underactive thyroid really prevent you from losing weight?

If your: Thyroid is underactive you will not burn up calories at a normal rate, and it is difficult to lose weight even with diet and exercise. Getting on the correct dose of brand name T4 replacement and restoring your thyroid levels to normal will return your weight loss ability to normal as well. You'll still need to eat less and exercise more, however. ...Read more

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Why and how can a person have high thyroid antibodies (hashimotos), hypothyroid symptoms but normal tsh, T3 (liothyronine) and t4? How does the body pull this off?

Why  and how can a person have high thyroid antibodies (hashimotos), hypothyroid symptoms but normal tsh, T3 (liothyronine) and t4? How does the body pull this off?

Thyroiditis: Antithyroid antibodies only suggest that there is an autoimmune reaction towards the thyroid. It takes a fair amount of destruction of the thyroid gland to affect its function. ...Read more

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If you are born without a thyroid gland how does this affect you?

If you are  born without a thyroid gland how does this affect you?

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

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How much can an under-active thyroid affect weight?

How much can an under-active thyroid affect weight?

Underactive: Thyroid can cause weight gain by decreasing the rate at which you burn off calories. Returning your thyroid level to normal with the correct dose of brand name T4 replacement will return your metabolic rate to normal. ...Read more

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How can an underactive thyroid affect a liver?

How can an underactive thyroid affect a liver?

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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Confused with my thyroid. Does a goiter mean you are making too much thyroid, or mean you don't have enough thyroid?

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 more

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Does testosterone have any influence on TSH , does it raises thyroid function or decreases it ?

Does testosterone have any influence on TSH , does it raises thyroid function or decreases it ?

Correct: Taking testosterone can decrease Thyroid Binding Protein (TBP) so total T4 (and some "free" T4) test(s) can look low. Your endocrinologist will do a free T4 index or a "free" T4 that TBG changes do not influence. ...Read more

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Can having my period during blood test affect results of a thyroid test for TSH & FT4 or does it not have an affect?

Can having my period during blood test affect results of a thyroid test for TSH & FT4 or does it not have an affect?

Not significant: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, the circumstance you described should not affect the result materially. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat 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. ...Read more

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Does Thyroid have an effect on testosterone ? i mean optimal thyroid help to have good testosterone level or it has no effect ?

Does Thyroid have an effect on testosterone ? i mean optimal thyroid help to have good testosterone level or it has no effect ?

Thyroid/testosterone: I am not aware of any link between thyroid and testosterone. If your thyroid levels are OK you do not need any medication for that. If not your doctor will prescribe the right dosing. Testosterone should be normal in a 29 year old man. Please have your doctor order a lab test for this. ...Read more

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How does taking 2mg of melatonin nightly for sleep affect my thyroid? Will it improve thyroid function or worsen it ?

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How does taking 2mg of melatonin
nightly for sleep affect my thyroid?
Will it improve thyroid function or
 worsen it ?

Melatonin: Can affect sugar levels or blood pressure or liver function or moods, but I am not aware of direct effects on thyroid. ...Read more

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Does plexus slim have anything to do with changing thyroid function to lose weight? I have hyper thyroid disease. Is plexus safe to use.

No effect on thyroid: Plexus slim has a bunch of herbs, green tea, and other stuff which is basically harmless (probably will not do much good either). It should not interact with your thyroid. You should get your hyperthyroidism under control before attempting any significant weight loss. ...Read more

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Does having a thyroid goiter affect your weight?

It might...: Goiter is simply an enlarged thyroid. A goiter may or may not produce a normal amount of thyroid hormone. A simple lab test can tell if your thyroid levels are normal or not. If your lab results are normal, then your goiter is probably not affecting your weight. On the contrary, a normal sized thyroid can also run high or low and affect your weight. ...Read more

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Does having a thyroid goiter affect your child's weight?

No: An underactive thyroid can have some mild impact on a child's weight until it's treated. However, a goiter itself does not affect weight. ...Read more

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I have a thyroid goiter so can this make you put on weight?

I have a thyroid goiter so can this make you put on weight?

No: It can cause you to put on weight only if it also affects the ability of the thyroid to make hormones. Frequently, a thyroid goiter will have no affect on thyroid's function, in which case, it should not cause weight gain. See your doctor to have your thyroid function tested if you are worried. ...Read more

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13 yrs of gaining weight n tiredness. Goiter too.Thyroid enlarged but blood tests normal. I jyst don't feel right n gp wont help find answer. Idea?

13 yrs of gaining weight n tiredness. Goiter too.Thyroid enlarged but blood tests normal. I jyst don't feel right n gp wont help find answer. Idea?

See endo: With your symptoms and a DX goiter, i would see and endocrinologist to further evaluate your thyroid with more intense testing, as your symptoms certainly warrant a continuing evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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? - on armour thyroid...wanted to try getting off & using the glandular thyroids from the health store - BUT I remembered about 22 years ago, they gave me a radioactive iodine pill to swallow - I had a goiter & was sluggish, gained weight - they found nod

? - on armour thyroid...wanted to try getting off & using the glandular thyroids from the health store - BUT I remembered about 22 years ago, they gave me a radioactive iodine pill to swallow - I had a goiter & was sluggish, gained weight - they found nod

Don't take it: on your own way, thyroid hormone exact dose need to be regulated with physician supervision need blood levels , too much or too little will harm you . Before synthetic ( synthroid (thyroxine) ) armour or dedicated thyroid is only source ( pigs thyroid ) Synthetic is more easy to regulate , exact amount could be administered , better absorbed . It is up to you which one you want ...Read more

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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 more

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If a person had their thyroid burnt out at least 30 years ago because of a goiter, wouldn't it be obilterated? What if the person had a u/s done and it showed throid tissue that was abnormal? What would the indications be?

If a person had their thyroid burnt out at least 30 years ago because of a goiter,  wouldn't it be obilterated? What if the person had a u/s done and it showed throid tissue that was abnormal? What would the indications be?

Depends: You said your "thyroid burnt out" so i suspect you had radiation therapy. Such treatment will not "obliterate" your tissue completely so you will have remnants of your thyroid remaining. The current ultrasound might have just picked up those tissues. If you didn't have thyroid cancer 30 years ago and your thyroid level is current ok, you might just follow this and biopsy if it changes in time. ...Read more

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Can goiters on thyroid affect singing?

Usually not: Goiters usually grow out, not in, and do not affect vocal cords, trachea, or esophagus. Sometimes, big nodular goiters in the elderly can do this, but not usually. However, if the goiter is producing either hyper or hypothyroidism, that can certainly affect the vocal cords. Hypothyroidism could turn you from an alto into a tenor.... Or more. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce a thyroid goiter?

Cause??: If a goiter is the result of anti-thyroid antibodies and your thyroid function is normal, there isn't much to be done. It will eventually go down on its own as long as thryoid function is kept normal. If from over/under active thyroid, medication may help. Multinodular goiters are more complicated and may need surgery. Other reasons also, so please discuss cause/treatment options with doctor. ...Read more

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What is a goiter on the thyroid caused by?

Iodine deficiency,,,: By far, the most common cause of goiter is iodine deficiency, to the extent of 90% of cases. Diseases, like hyper and hypo thyroidism are also causes. ...Read more

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What happens if I have a goiter on my thyroid?

What happens if I have a goiter on my thyroid?

Needs to be checked: Goiter is due to enlargement of the Thyroid Gland and can be associated with Hyperthyroidism.Hypothyroidism,Normal Thyroid Functions.Nodular Goiter can sometimes be due to Cancer ...Read more

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I have thyroid goiter, pain, how can I treat this?

I have thyroid goiter, pain, how can I treat this?

Thyroiditis: You may have thyroiditis. There are several forms: some resolve by themselves, and others go on and need treatment. Symptomatic treatment may help (eg. Ibuprofen) but it is important to get to the cause, and you should see an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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How long do thyroid goiters and nodules take to develop?

Goiter: Thyroid nodules and goiters are slow growing and take years to grow. However, there could be a more rapid increase in size due to tumors, inflammation, pregnancy, bleeding within the nodules, or thyrotoxicosis (hyper functioning gland). For this reason, once diagnosed, most physicians recommend thyroid nodules/goiters be monitored with annual examination and thyroid ultrasound. ...Read more

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How do i get the inflammation down in my thyroid? No goiters. Taking 260 mg of nature throid.

Diagnosis: Were you diagnosed by GP or Endocrinologist? If so, did the prescribe a course of effective treatment? If not, make an appointment now. If the homeopathic you are taking is not working, why do you continue to take it? ...Read more

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My friend seen i specialist and was told she had multiple small goiters on her thyroid and dr's did nothing why?

Small nodules: Thyroid nodules are quite common. If they are small and not causing swallowing or breathing problems, you can monitor them with periodic ultrasound and biopsy if they grow or changing significantly. Most likely your friend nodules are still small so the specialist opted to just follow them. ...Read more

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Can levothyroxin help a goitered thyroid?

To some extent: If a goiter is due to primary hypothyroidism then levothyroxine allows TSH to come down thereby removing one source of goiter. However, patients with hashimoto's also have lymphocytic infiltration of the gland which contributes to goiter development also. That takes time to go down. We see this in patients with nl thyroid function also. Grave's antibodies stimulate thyroid growth mimicking tsh. ...Read more

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Can thyroid goiter be prevented?

Can thyroid goiter be prevented?

Some are caused: By iodine deficiency, which is a reason for iodinized table salt...Those lacking seafood in the midwest and near west used to be so afflicted. Taking exogenous thyroid hormone (thyrolar, synthroid) may turn off TSH stimulation and reduce/diminish growth, but that is treatment rather than prevention. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease cause thyroid goiter?

Not at all: In CD your body makes antibodies that attack the gut tissue. These antibodies do attack the thyroid & do not cause goiter. The fact that you have CD makes you more prone to quirks in your immune system such as an immune attack on your thyroid gland. People should never self label as CD, but have the tests done and medical follow up because of the added risk of other autoimmune diseases or cancer. ...Read more

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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