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How Does Low Thyroid Function Cause Insomnia
Have severe insomnia after starting Armour Thyroid for hypothyroid. Stopped med for 6 weeks to resolve insomnia. No success. Restart meds anyway?
Took Armour thyroid for hypothyroid. High dose led to severe insomnia. Stopped med. Insomnia persists after 5 wks. No meds work can't sleep at all?
Can low thyroid function cause muscle stiffness in walking? Any suggestions on how to deal with it until I get to doctor?
Low thyroid Stiffnes: 39 F US asks if low thyroid can cause muscle stiffness. Asks how to deal with it till sees Dr. ANS: Not clear what you are talking about, usually think of joints being stiff not muscles. Anyway low T can cause muscle fatigue tiredness but usually advanced state. Only way to deal with it is to take thyroid-if low T is indeed the cause. Give more details and reconsult. ...Read more
Possible: It is uncommon in young pts for hypothyroidism to cause heart probs, but it def can cause cardiac issues. It cause a slow heart beat, which usually resolves with treatment. If left untreated hypothyroidism can lead to a cardiomyopathy (gen heart dysfunction). This is often reversible, but left untreated can lead to permanent cardiac damage and irreg heart beats. If tx'd there should no problems! ...Read more
Unless it is part of certain rarely seen syndromes. ..
Pancreatitis is certainly not a safe condition, with unpredictable outcome [both short and long term] 'different' in/for each individual. ..Nothing should be taken lightly about pancreatitis.
But, there is no direct link between pancreatitis and thyroid disease;on the other hand, hypothyroidism can contribute to pancreas problems. ...Read more
Hypothyroid: Usually due to an autoimmune disorder called hashimotos disease. Runs in families -- women 7 times more likely than men. Inflammation of the thyroid gland can cause decreased function. One can test for both function and inflammation with lab tests. See a board-certified endocrinologist for expert advice. ...Read more
Low thyroid function works as brakes in a car. High thyroid works as accelerator in a car.
Therefore everything is slow (heart rate) and low (temperature).
Most importantly, your doc can fix it. ...Read more
Endocrine effects: Thyroid hormone helps us with metabolism. If your thyroid hormone is low, your body is unable to manage the lipids appropriately and this leads to high cholesterol of the 'bad types' (triglycerides, low density lipids and very low density lipids) and lowering the good cholesterol (high density lipid). Our bodies need to be firing on all cylinders! ...Read more
What are the symptoms of severely extremely low thyroid to almost not working and can it cause seizures if too low?
Can low thyroid cause me to feel hungry all the time? I have to eat every 3 hours! Help! What can I do to help me not to feel hungry all the time?
Not thyroid: The symptoms you describe are most likely due to Insulin resistance. Especially if you are overweight, the fat tissue in your body causes your Insulin to not work properly and leads to pre-diabetes. When this happens, your blood sugar often bottoms out 2-3 hours after meals and you get hungry. Adipose (fat) in your body secretes hormones that increase your appetite. Wt. Loss and exercise help. ...Read more
If my thyroid swells when I drink caffeine or alcohol does this mean it is not functioning correctly? I have symptoms of low thyroid but tests are ok?
Thyroid coffee: 34 F from from Cork notes that her thyroid swells when she drinks force. I suspect what you mean is that the you swallow coffee you and perhaps others can see your thyroid better as you tilt your head back. Cannot imagine how coffee will make thyroid swell. ...Read more
Yes: This used to be fairly common. And perhaps almost as bad, untreated hypothyroidism will slowly erode your life so that you cannot do any of the things you enjoy. Your mind will slow and perhaps go insane, your heart can't keep up, you'll get fat, grotesque-looking and weak and be severely constipated. And eventually you get myxedema coma and die. Treating it is extremely easy if done on time. ...Read more
May not be found: One of the most common causes of low thyroid is hashimoto's thyroiditis. This is an autoimmune thyroid condition in which the body attacks the thyroid thinking it is foreign. This can shut down production of thyroid hormone. Testing for thyroid antibodies (thyroglobulin ab and thyroid peroxidase ab) can help determine if it is hashimoto's. Other causes are not as easily tested. ...Read more
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