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Doctor insights on: How Does Low Thyroid Function Cause Insomnia

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


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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?

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?

Insomnia: I recommend you try a combination of melatonin 3mg, phosphatidylserine 100 mg, magnesium 200mg, and a hypnosis app on your phone for insomnia. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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Can low thyroid function cause muscle stiffness in walking? Any suggestions on how to deal with it until I get to doctor?

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

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Can a low thyroid function affect the heart and cause serious problems?

Can a low thyroid function affect the heart and cause serious problems?

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

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What exactly does it mean if you have low thyroid function?

What exactly does it mean if you have low thyroid function?

That you have: Hypothyroidism and need to see your doctor for brand name T4 replacement to bring your levels back to normal. ...Read more

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Can pancreatitis cause a low thyroid?

Can pancreatitis cause a low thyroid?

Not really: 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

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Can my low thyroid cause my pancreatitis?

Can my low thyroid cause my pancreatitis?

Thyroid: No directly. However a slow functioning thyroid can lead to lipids disorders leading to pancreas issues. ...Read more

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Can low thyroid levels cause grandmal seizure?

Can low thyroid levels cause grandmal seizure?

Typically not: Low thyroid typically causes one to slow down, gain weight, have memory problems, and a number of other symptoms... But not typically seizures. ...Read more

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What could cause low thyroid counts?

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

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Can a low thyroid cause pseudoseizures and what other symptoms do you have with a low thyroid?

Like brakes: 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

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I've read that abnormal bleeding can be indicative of low thyroid. Could it cause 5 days of light bleeding, and if so, why?

True: Low thyroid function can indeed affect the menstrual cycle in women leading to lack of ovulation, insufficient hormone production from the ovary and lighter or missed menstrual periods. Most hormones affect each other in a myriad of ways. ...Read more

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Can low thyroid cause high cholesterol?

Can low thyroid cause high cholesterol?

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

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What are the symptoms of severely extremely low thyroid to almost not working and can it cause seizures if too low?

What are the symptoms of severely extremely low thyroid to almost not working and can it cause seizures if too low?

Thy: Rare for seizures to be associated with low thyroid function. Usually in severe high function or inflammation of brain associated with it. Extreme fatigue, low metabolism for sure. ...Read more

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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

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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

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Can low thyroid or hyperthyroidism cause death?

Can low thyroid or hyperthyroidism cause death?

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

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What tests need to be done in order to find the cause of having low thyroid?

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

Dr. Su Fairchild
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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


Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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