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Dr. Cynthia Archer
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I have all symptoms of hypothyroidism, but blood tests are normal. plus a swollen thyroid left side. What can cause this? Hair is really falling out.

Dr. Cynthia Archer
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I have all symptoms of hypothyroidism, but blood tests are normal. plus a swollen thyroid left side. What can cause this? Hair is really falling out.

Other possibilities.: The Thyroid is not the only endocrine gland that affects metabolism, mood, menstrual cycles and hair follicle activity in women your age. It's quite possible that you are experiencing peri-menopause, or that you have Vitamin D deficiency. Has the enlargement of the thyroid gland been confirmed/examined with ultrasound? If not it should be. Your other hormones and a D level should be checked also. ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

Hypothyroidism is also known as Underactive thyroid. Hypothyroidism in a child is a medical condition in which the child has low levels of thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone is crucial for development, especially development of the brain. Lack of thyroid hormone can lead to mental retardation as well as failure to grow. Treatment via thyroid hormone ...Read more


Dr. Donald Alves
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Does donating blood plasma lower your immune system ?

Dr. Donald Alves
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Does donating blood plasma lower your immune system ?

Not really: You have trillions of cells...we were designed to survive the occasional loss of a few (or few million). Your body compensates rapidly and replaces them. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Alves
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Might i HIV from having my blood plasma pumped back into me while donating blood?

Dr. Donald Alves
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Might i HIV from having my blood plasma pumped back into me while donating blood?

NO, not possible!: It is your plasma, and the tubing comes as a complete system and is only used once then discarded. You cannot get a blood-transmitted disease from donating blood, plasma, or platelets. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Might donating blood plasma cause swelling in your feet and legs?

Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Might donating blood plasma cause swelling in your feet and legs?

Shouldn't: Should not.

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Dr. Buck Parker
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Dr. David Sneid
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Would having pcos and taking metformin and spironolactone for it prevent me from donating blood plasma?

Dr. David Sneid
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Would having pcos and taking metformin and spironolactone for it prevent me from donating blood plasma?

Check: With your blood bank, as regulation vary from one place to another. Probably not a candidate. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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If a person is hypothyroid, does that cause his blood sugar to rise?

Dr. Michael Sparacino
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If a person is hypothyroid, does that cause his blood sugar to rise?

See below: Blood sugars can become more erratic in untreated thyroid disease (hypo- and hyper-). ...Read more

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Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Dr. Susan Wingo
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Could hypothyroid cause increase or decrease amount of calcium in blood?

Dr. Susan Wingo
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Not usually: Unless there is something else going on, most people with hypothyroidism will have normal calcium levels. Hypoparathyroidism (low function of the parathyroid glands) will cause low calcium levels in the blood. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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I was told I have hypothyroidism but it was never followed up on could the blood work be wrong and i'm actually fine?

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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I was told I have hypothyroidism but it was never followed up on could the blood work be wrong and i'm actually fine?

Possible: Repeat the tests. Ask your doctor to check tpo antibodies. If it shows hypothyroidism and tpo antibodies are positive, you have thyroid disease and should be treated. If all are normal, then only follow up needed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Ajainder Shergill
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What's the best blood test to get for hypothyroidism?

Dr. Ajainder Shergill
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TSH: Generally, your doctor will order a TSH, and perhaps also T4 and T3 levels. This is usually sufficient to get an answer for hypothyroidism, though additional tests may be necessary. ...Read more

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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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Underactive Thyroid (Definition)

Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland does not secrete enough of the thyroid hormones. Symptoms include cold ...Read more


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