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Dr. Susan Wingo
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Overactive Thyroid (Definition)

Hyperthyroidism, often called "overactive thyroid," is a condition where the thyroid secretes too much of the thyroid hormones. Common symptoms include heat intolerance, increased appetite, ...Read more


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Chlamydia undetected for 5 years?

Chlamydia undetected for 5 years?

Possibly: The testing needs adequate concentration of organisms to prove their presence. A positive result is to be trusted, but a negative occasionally will be incorrect. Additionally, about 50% of women will not have obvious symptoms and 10% for men. ...Read more

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Graves pt. Rai 2 years ago. Synthroid (thyroxine) 50mcs for two months. Periorbital edema severe. From hypothyroidism? Blood work normal.

Graves' Orbitopathy: Graves' orbitopathy can occur before, after or at the same time as development of autoimmune hyperthyroidism. It's activity is unrelated to your thyroid level and its course is episodic. If you have swelling, it may mean you have active inflammation in your orbit. You should see an oculoplastic surgeon to be evaluated for oral steroids. This can stem some of the damage from active inflammation. ...Read more

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What can cause high TSH level after several years of Synthroid (thyroxine) for post ablative (graves) hypothroidism?

What can cause high TSH level after several years of Synthroid (thyroxine) for post ablative  (graves) hypothroidism?

Usually low Thyroid : Post ablative hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland is not functioning well and thus the patient needs more thyroid hormone. A "high tsh" actually mean there is not enough thyroid in the blood, thus an increase in dosage of the synthroid (thyroxine) is needed. Go see your family doctor and he/she will make adjustments and recheck the TSH level. This is very sensitive to thyroid in the body. ...Read more

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Im 35 with hypothyroidism. What other diseases, conditions will/can I encounter after having thyroid disease for 10 years now?

Im 35 with hypothyroidism.  What other diseases, conditions will/can I encounter after having thyroid disease for 10 years now?

Not a probem: Having hypothyroidism does not lead to other diseases or conditions as long as it is treated with thyroid hormone replacement. Make sure you take your medication regularly and get your thyroid blood tests done as recommended by your physician. ...Read more

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For early detection of disease, which common medical tests must a 60 year old have each year?

For early detection of disease, which common medical tests must a 60 year old have each year?

Several: Some would say none without symptoms i favor: history physical exam ekg chest x-ray cbc and chemistry panel stool for blood and colonoscopy ever 5-10 years possibly screening for carotid and PVD and AAA if a smoker prostate exam and maybe psa. ...Read more

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Low testosterone for past 14 years never investigated cause now looking for pituitary tumor. Is it possible after so long?

Low testosterone for past 14 years never investigated cause now looking for pituitary tumor. Is it possible after so long?

Yeah but not likely: pituitary tumors are not cancer. If they grow it is slowly. But the first thing they squeeze out are the pituitary cells controlling testosterone. More common is simply low testicular output. The pituitary levels of stimulation of testosterone are HIGH with that; low if pituitary tumor squeezing them out. simple blood test. ...Read more

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Is radioactive iodine a fairly safe treatment after total thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer? I'm 42 years old.

Is radioactive iodine a fairly safe treatment after total thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer? I'm 42 years old.

Radioactive iodine: It is safe and effective. It has been used millions of times and the side effects are low. It is being used more judiciously recently based on 2015 ATA guidelines. Low risk cancers don't usually need RAI. Intermediate risk can benefit from a low dose to ablate the thyroid remnant. High risk benefit from conventional RAI 70-100+ mCi. ...Read more

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Can cellulitus go undetected for years?

Can cellulitus go undetected for years?

No: Cellulitis is an infection. It typically causes pain, swelling, red rash, and often is associated with chills and fever. Unless it is treated with antibiotics promptly, it can make the patient quite sick...So it can not remain hidden for more than one or two days! ...Read more

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I had a total thyroidectomy due to Graves' disease 7 years ago. Recent positive ANA test at 1:640 homogenous. No symptoms/tested due to fertility tx.

I had a total thyroidectomy due to Graves' disease 7 years ago. Recent positive ANA test at 1:640 homogenous. No symptoms/tested due to fertility tx.

Duplicate question: Believed I have already answered this question. The presence of Grave's disease (an autoimmune disorder) points to your predisposition to possibly other autoimmune disorders. ...Read more

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Abnormal for years imo. What are tests for adrenal tumor?

Abnormal for years imo. What are tests for adrenal tumor?

Hormones and CT: Tests for adrenal function: blood and urine tests for catecholamines (pheochromocytomas produce elevated BP and other symptoms), aldosterone blood levels (conn's syndrome produces elevated BP and low potassium blood levels) and cortisol levels (cushing syndrome). Ct may be useful if hormonal abnormalities are detected. If cushing's is strongly suspected, additional blood tests are required. ...Read more

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My eyebrows are almost gone-(63 yrs old). I have taken Armour thyroid for 40 years; with bi annual TSH tests (1.4). Thinned quickly, in 6 months-why?

My eyebrows are almost gone-(63 yrs old). I have taken Armour thyroid for 40 years; with bi annual TSH tests (1.4).  Thinned quickly, in 6 months-why?

Eyebrows thinning : Something could have happened to change your thyroid hormone dose need. Has your diet changed? Are you using generic medication. For thyroid meds, I always recommend name brand only. ...Read more

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What's recommended as a cure for secondary level bone cancer for a 68 years old patient?

What's recommended as a cure for secondary level bone cancer for a 68 years old patient?

If I understand your: Q. You mean, a secondary bone cancer, ie, it has spread from somewhere else. So a cure is out of question. Its treatment would be determined by the type of the primary tumor, its location, where else (besides the bone) has it spread to, eg, lungs or brain; how aggressive chemo or radiation therapy is given to him, his general condition, any other medical conditions he has; how he tolerates them? ...Read more

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After radio iodine ablation for graves' disease, is a very high thyroid per oxidase ab and thyroglobulin ab result a cause for concern? Been one year

No concern: The antibodies were there before the radioactive iodine treatment. No need to follow them after. All you need is to follow the thyroid levels, not antibodies levels. ...Read more

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Adult Male, RBC elevated minimal for past two years , thromnbocytopenia(Fluctuate),Splenomegaly, erythroid hyperplasia,Negative for infections,no drug?

Adult Male, RBC elevated minimal for past two years , thromnbocytopenia(Fluctuate),Splenomegaly, erythroid hyperplasia,Negative for infections,no drug?

See hematologist: Your condition needs be followed by a hematologist . If there are bleeding issue from the reduced platelet, the spleen may need to be removed . ...Read more

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I was wondering how many lesions a year were considered normal for relapseing remitting multiple sclerosis in a young adult? 25yrs old.

I was wondering how many lesions a year were considered normal for relapseing remitting multiple sclerosis in a young adult?  25yrs old.

Predicting Outcome: Factors that predict unfavorable prognosis are: 1. Primary or secondary progressive course 2. Older age at onset (> 25) 3. Male sex 4. First interval between attacks shorter than one year 5. Initial cerebellar or pyramidal (motor) symptoms 6. Moderate to severe disability within the first 2 years. Link to more info: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc1073365/pdf/jnnpsyc00027-0030.Pdf. ...Read more

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Suffered from thyroiditis for years and recently had thyroidectomy. What do antibodies attack if gland is removed?

Suffered from thyroiditis for years and  recently had thyroidectomy. What do antibodies attack if gland is removed?

Probably nothing: This is a good question. In most cases, hashimoto's thyroiditis is limited to the thyroid. Thyroid gone (or hypothyroidism) and there is no more inflammation. Presumably those antibodies don't attack anything. But people with hashi can get other autoimmune diseases, such as addison's, type 1 diabetes, pernicious anemia, and others. But this is not common. ...Read more

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For what reasons wont doctors treat a hypo thyroid until over 10 tsh?

I don't know: Most endocrinologists will treat hypothyroidism when the TSH is above normal, or even when it's normal but inappropriately high for the patient. Get another opinion. ...Read more

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Inflammatory breast cancer symptoms? Could it go undetected for years?

Inflammatory breast cancer symptoms? Could it go undetected for years?

No, it is unlikely: Inflammatory breast Cancer does not have a long history of symptoms. it appears rather suddenly and becomes obvious within one or two months time. if you have any lump in your breast, then you should get a medical examination by a health care professional. ...Read more

Dr. Susan Wingo
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Hyperthyroidism (Definition)

A medical condition that lowers the level of thyroid hormone to a point where the patient has a marked ...Read more