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Hv Hoshimoto/hypothyroid. lost 135 lbs 5 yrs ago thru healthy eating & lots of excercise. I hv gained 35 lbs back. Cortisol high & cn tht cause gain?

Hv Hoshimoto/hypothyroid.  lost 135 lbs 5 yrs ago thru healthy eating & lots of excercise.  I hv gained 35 lbs back. Cortisol high & cn tht cause gain?

Probably, but: with hypothyroidism, uncontrolled, you can have weight gain too easily, not necessarily the cortisol alone, and you are on prednisone, better follow up with your 1ry MD / Endocrinologist. Let me congratulate you for achieving this weight loss through exercise and diet, best wishes ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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Hx of hashi's & sjogrens. Had cortisol checked b/c I've had fatigue and it came back high. Could this be due to hypothyroidism somehow still?

Hx of hashi's & sjogrens. Had cortisol checked b/c I've had fatigue and it came back high. Could this be due to hypothyroidism somehow still?

Cortisol: I doubt that your high cortisol is from hypothyroidism - but it is sime enough to test your thyroid with blood tests also. High cortisol can cause thyroid resistance which can mimic hypothyroidism - but the thyroid gland is not the problem. ...Read more

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TSH level: 0, T3/T4 normal, cortisol thru the roof, lymphocytes elevated, BP: 160/100 and waking @ 3am. MD saying it's hypothyroid. I disagree. Help?

TSH level: 0, T3/T4 normal, cortisol thru the roof, lymphocytes elevated,  BP: 160/100 and waking @ 3am. MD saying it's hypothyroid. I disagree. Help?

Cushing syndrome: Cortisol thru the roof is Cushing syndrome until ruled out. Our job is to figure out why this is happening. Taking steroids can do this but shouldn't affect thyroid. I'd be more concerned about pituitary adenoma which can cause both Cushing AND central hypothyroidism (usually low TSH means hyperthyroidism) but in case of space occupying lesion in pituitary, it may put out ACTH in favor of TSH. ...Read more

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Dear sir, how do I should know the symptoms of low cortisol. Because it has same symptoms with hypothyroidism, which I have ?

Dear sir, how do I should know the symptoms of low cortisol. Because it has same symptoms with hypothyroidism, which I have ?

Not the same symptom: Hypothyroidism causes weight gain, swelling, cold intolerance, constipation. Adrenal insufficiency causes weight loss, weakness, dizziness when standing, nausea, loss of appetite. There is actually relatively little overlap in symptoms between the two disorders. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism and chronic stress/anxiety. Does low cortisol cause hypothyroidism?

I have hypothyroidism and chronic stress/anxiety. Does low cortisol cause hypothyroidism?

No: Cortisol is made by the adrenal glands whereas hypothyroidism refers to low levels of thyroid hormone from the thyroid gland. Having one does not cause the other. Chronic stress and anxiety also do not cause these disorders. Low cortisol (adrenal insufficiency) is a rare disorder, typically autoimmune related, and must be diagnosed correctly, not simply by a low cortisol level. ...Read more

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My Thyroid panel tests came back normal.Ive a swollen face since puberty plus most of other hypothyroid symptoms. Cortisol,Creatinine in normal range?

My Thyroid panel tests came back normal.Ive a swollen face since puberty plus most of other hypothyroid symptoms. Cortisol,Creatinine in normal range?

Thyroid: Has your doctor ordered an imaging study of your thyroid? If so, and all was OK, thyroid is not an issue for you. If not yet done you should have thyroid imaging done. If all thyroid issues are OK you need to see someone about your swollen face. ...Read more

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Is a deficiency in vitamin d, hight cortisol and prolactin, too much LDL cholesterol a sign of hypothyroid ? Symptoms dry skin, astheny and low libido

Is a deficiency in vitamin d, hight cortisol and prolactin, too much LDL cholesterol a sign of hypothyroid ? Symptoms dry skin, astheny and low libido

Forgive my frankness: Your lack of vitamin d is probably the result of your getting too little in your diet and not getting enough sunlight. A spot cortisol is of little value except as a screen for addison's which i will assume is ruled out. Your high prolactin and low libido in a man with some serious acne like you're being treated for makes me suspect strongly that you have a prolactinoma. ...Read more

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What hormone imbalances can cause excessive face/head sweating? I have underactive thyroid, kidney disease, & low cortisol levels. Can these diseases?

Any of them: Sweating from overactie thyroid. It could also be from hormonal changes with estrogen or testosterone, and with kidney disease you could have an imbalance of those. ...Read more

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Could androstenedione levels be high in hypothyroidism?

Could androstenedione levels be high in hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism: With severe hypothyroidism, there could be changes in other hormones, and certainly it would be important to treat hypothyroidism. But there is not a significant relationship between thyroid and androstenedione. ...Read more

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Hypothyroid and lipids, if tryglcerides are high what problems can this cause along with having hypothyroid?

Hypothyroid and lipids, if tryglcerides are high  what problems can this cause along with having hypothyroid?

High lipids: Can lead to development of atherosclerosis if left inadequately treated. Talk to your physician about appropriate treatment of lipids & thyroid. ...Read more

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Fem:age:39, hypothyroid 60mcg from past 13 years. Now my LDL :168, HDL :48, tot choles:238, is high LDL related to my hypothyroid?Can I diet, exercise?

Fem:age:39, hypothyroid 60mcg from past 13 years. Now my LDL :168, HDL :48, tot choles:238, is high LDL  related to my hypothyroid?Can I diet, exercise?

Yes: Aside from any other reasons that your LDL may be elevated (overweight? Family history? Other medicines you take? Diet?), being deficient in thyroid hormone will surely raise your ldl. ...Read more

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What are the causes of hypothyroidism. And high testosterone?

What are the causes of hypothyroidism. And high testosterone?

It's complicated...: Assuming that one is interpreting correctly the lab results, the causes for low thyroid and high testosterone levels may be that the feedback chemicals and stimulating chemicals in the body are not working properly, so the normal amounts of thyroid and testosterone hormones are not present. Endocrinology can get complex. The doctor can check for viral infections, immune disorders, and tumors, too. ...Read more

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Is any relation between hypothyroid and high prolactina?

Is any relation between hypothyroid and high prolactina?

Untreated: Hypothyroidism can lead to mild elevations in prolactin, which return to normal when thyroid levels do. Make sure to take brand name T4 replacement only. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism cause high uric acid levels?

Can hypothyroidism cause high uric acid levels?

Uric acid levels: Yes it can. It is due to decreased renal plasma flow and decreased irate excretion in hypothyroidism. ...Read more