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How To Tell If You Have Low Thyroid
Depends: There are various forms of hypothyroidism, and each is screened for slightly differently. Just doing a TSH is not very accurate. If you have lots of symptoms of hypothyroidism, consider a full panel including tpo, reverse t3 (liothyronine), (liothyronine) and free t3 (liothyronine). More info on: http://drfairchild.Blogspot.Com/2012/12/proper-thyroid-testing.Html. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thyroid Problem: Thyroid problems may or may not involve too little or too much thyroid function. Too little - cold insensitivity, fatigue, hair loss, dry skin, constipation; too much -- heat intolerance, rapid pulse, weight loss, tremor, and more. An enlarged gland, a goiter, may be found on exam. If a nodule is found or suspected, an ultrasound exam will demonstrate the anatomy. Blood tests measure function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood test(TFTs): Your doctor can examine you and tell you if you might have it in which case a simple blood test called thyroid functions(tsh level is the simplest test) can be done to confirm it. ...Read more
4 ways to diagnose: Hi. It's pretty easy to test, and there are 4 ways (not all are equal in sensitivity & specificity). 1) fasting glucose 126 or higher, 2) random (non-fasting) 200 or greater, 3) A1c 6.5% or greater, or 75-gram glucose tolerance test with 2-hour glucose 200 or greater. Most people start with a fasting glucose. There is also a gray zone between normal and diabetes now called pre-diabetes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Everyone has one!: Everyone has a thyroid. Otherwise, a person would not have thyroid hormone, and would be detected from the newborn screen done on a baby's blood prior to leaving the hospital after birth. If not detected then, the primary care doctor doing infant check-ups will detect the problem due to poor growth/development of the baby. Of course, a person with a thyroid removed by surgery won't have a thyroid. ...Read more
Can someone tell me if it is possible for your blood tests to show hypothyroidism even if you don't have an underactive thyroid?
Thats how we tell: Screen with Thyroid Stimulating Hormone(TSH) and follow up testing with T4 and T3 (liothyronine) levels. There are 2 main differrent types of Hypothyroidism, with the most common being underactive thyroid whicvh would cause the T4 and T3 (liothyronine) levels to be low and the TSH to be high. Stress can also cause the TSH to be altered, but the T3 (liothyronine) and T4 would be normal. That is when we check Reverse T3 (liothyronine). Symptoms important too ...Read more
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Get tested!: Hi. I hate to sound trite, but have your thyroid function TESTED! It's easy! Talk with your doctor about your symptoms & family history of thyroid disease. She or he will test the appropriate labs, and then you'll know! Bear in mind, NO symptoms are specific for thyroid disease, and your suspicion that you might have a thyroid problem could be due to non-thyroid issues. ...Read more
How can you tell if you have a low or high thyroid ? I think I have something that is making me gain weight
Blood tests: Can tell exactly what the function is of your thyroid . If it is too active you might have symptoms of high pulse, trembling, feel palpitations, have trouble sleeping, weakness of muscles. If it is under active you might be constipated , have thinning hair or hair loss, feel cold, feel depressed, feel fatigued even when sleeping enough and possibly gaining weight. Your blood tests can tell both. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please clarify: It would be extraordinarily unusual for thyroid cancer to spread to the cervix. It is fairly common however for thyroid cancer to go the the cervical lymph nodes. This means the lymph nodes in the neck around the thyroid. These can be checked by the scans done before surgery and possibly with removal of the nodes during the thyroid operation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My neck under chin above thyroid gland is swelling and i hav low thyroid problem also i have swollowing problems tell me what to do?
Other than seeing: a doctor, there is nothing much you can do. With such description you need to see a doctor asap, better start with an ENT specialist, or go to ER, best wishes ...Read more
I have hashimito's thyroidism, hypothyroidism, what foods should I avoid? Am taking T4 50mg during the week, T4 75mg at weekends. Thank you.
If you have low thyroid, will it be more difficult to get physically fit? Will you be exhausted more easily when working out?
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
Myxedema: Apathy and mental sluggishness (can look like depression), obesity, and cold intolerance. Myxedema is so-called because of mucus-like buildup in connective tissue (mostly thickening the skin), which can also lead to deeper voice and enlarged tongue. Constipation, heart issues, and decreased sense of taste can also occur. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Low thyroid: Low thyroid, or hypothyroidism refers to a low level of thyroid hormone in the body. Thyroid hormone functions as a metabolic hormone, regulating metabolic functions. Thus, if the thyroid hormone level is low you would have less energy, dry skin, constipation, slower heart rate, swelling, metabolic rate depressed, tendency to gain weight. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Low Thyroid: Low thyroid function can occur for several reasons. Sometimes it is due to not having enough iodine, selenium, or zinc. Sometimes your immune system can attack your thyroid. I recommend working with your doctor to figure out if there is a root cause of your low thyroid function. ...Read more
Thyroid replacement : If T3 (liothyronine) & T4 are low and TSH is high; then you have hypothyroidism. Thyroid replacement therapy will be needed for the rest of your life. Normal T3 (liothyronine) & T4 levels support normal weight. Synthroid is long acting t4 cytomel is short acting t3 dessicated thyroid is a natural blend of both. This is the least expensive treatment. ...Read more
Thyroid hormone: The only way to treat a child with hypothyroidism is to replace the thyroid hormone which is lacking. Levothyroxine is very safe and is used in newborn babies who are born without functioning thyroid glands, too. Growth is dependent on getting the right amount of thyroid hormone. Brain development is dependent on getting the right amount of thyroid hormone particularly in children 2 and under. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many: Hypothyroidism (low thyroid) can cause weight gain, fatigue, cold intolerance, constipation, fluid retention, heavy periods, excessive sleepiness, hair loss, muscle pains/weakness. However, these are nonspecific symptoms. Most people who have these symptoms do not have a low thyroid causing it. Checking a TSH level will confirm if the symptoms are related to thyroid or not. ...Read more
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