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Normal lab results, hyper thyroid symptoms. (tachycardia/insomnia) is Synthroid (thyroxine) or armour preferred? Possible adrenal issue?

Normal lab results, hyper thyroid symptoms. (tachycardia/insomnia) is Synthroid (thyroxine) or armour preferred?  Possible adrenal issue?

Not for hyper: Adding thyroid hormone replacement to a hyperthyroid gland will exacerbate the problem. If there is underlying adrenal insufficiency, adrenal crisis is more likely to occur in someone with hyperthyroidism. Highly recommend endocrine evaluation if you have these issues. ...Read more

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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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Is amiodarone cause hypo or hyperthyroidism?

Is amiodarone cause hypo or hyperthyroidism?

Yes.: It can cause both. It can also cause what is called 'sick euthyroid'. Thyroid function tests should be followed regularly in all patients on amiodarone. ...Read more

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What distinguishes hypothyroidism from thyroid disease?

What distinguishes hypothyroidism from thyroid disease?

Various: You can have problems with they thyroid making too much or too little thyroid hormone. You can also have problems with it being too large (goiter) of having nodules or cysts in it. There are also occasional thyroid cancers. Most thyroid problems can be easily diagnosed and treated by a qualified doctor. Hypothyroidism is only one form of thyroid disorder. ...Read more

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Synthroid (thyroxine) or Armour Thyroid for hypothyriodism?

Synthroid (thyroxine) or Armour Thyroid for  hypothyriodism?

Levothyroxine.: Levothyroxine, generic form of synthroid, has many advantages over armour thyroid. The armour product has significant batch to batch variation and has T3 (liothyronine) in it. Since the T3 (liothyronine) portion of armour has a very quick onset and short duration, it can wreak havoc with the ability to effectively treat hypothyroidism. Until there is a long-acting form of T3 (liothyronine) available, stick to levothyroxine. ...Read more

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How is hashimoto's thyroiditis different from grave's disease?

How is hashimoto's thyroiditis different from grave's disease?

Thyroid Levels: Hashimoto's and and graves' disease are both caused by autoimmunity (where antibodies attack one's own proteins). Hashimoto's more often results in low thyroid hormone levels. Where graves' disease almost always results in high thyroid hormone levels. ...Read more

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Can thyroid nodules cause hypothyroidism?

Can thyroid nodules cause hypothyroidism?

Nodules hypothyroid: The most common cause of low thyroid is autoimmune Hashimoto's thyroiditis. The lumps in the thyroid can and do exist with the Hashimoto's but don't cause the underlying problem. It is possible that a thyroid gland can become so full of thyroid nodules that it becomes unfunctional, but this is unusual. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between hyperthyroidism graves and thyrotoxicosis?

Is there a difference between hyperthyroidism graves and thyrotoxicosis?

Yes: Strictly speaking thyrotoxicosis is too much thyroid hormone in the blood due to any cause (including taking too much). Hyperthyroidism is a more specific term, implying too much thyroid hormone in the blood due to an overactive thyroid. Despite this distinction, most patients, and many doctors, use these terms interchangeably. Graves' is one specific cause of hyperthyroidism. ...Read more

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Which is worse: hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism?

Which is worse: hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism: Hyperthyridism because of symptoms are worse and it requires treatment with drugs which has many side effects and may require radioactive iodine treatment or surgery and after that one has to be treated most of the times for hypothyroidism with Thyroid replacement therapy for life While treatment of Hyp[othyridism is thyroid replacement therapy for life ...Read more

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What is the significance of radioactive iodine scan in various throid diseases like myxedema, hashimoto's thyroiditis and graves disease?

Hot vs. cold nodule: Iodine uptake by thyroid tissue depends on functioning cells. The most common use for thyroid scan is to assess if a nodule is functional or not. A functional/hot nodule may cause hyperthyroidism but is not likely to be malignant. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003829.htm. ...Read more

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Which is worse: hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism?

Which is worse: hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism: Hyperthyridism because of symptoms are worse and it requires treatment with drugs which has many side effects and may require radioactive iodine treatment or surgery and after that one has to be treated most of the times for hypothyroidism with Thyroid replacement therapy for life While treatment of Hyp[othyridism is thyroid replacement therapy for life ...Read more

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What is subclinical hypothyroidism?

What is subclinical hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism: Subclinical means that there are no symptoms of the slightly low thyroid levels as measured by blood work. ...Read more

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Are thyroid nodules possible in congenital hypothyroidism? 26 female

Are thyroid nodules possible in congenital hypothyroidism? 26 female

Nodules: Absolutely. Unless they are large, most nodules are found using an ultrasound. Larger nodules can be palpated in the office. People who are hypothyroid are at a slightly higher risk of having a nodule. ...Read more

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What is hypothyroidiswhat is hypothyroidism? M?

What is hypothyroidiswhat is hypothyroidism?
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Hypothyroidism...: Hypothyroidism means that there is an under active thyroid gland. The treatment is to replace the thyroid hormone. Blood tests will be done about every 4-6 weeks so the dose of thyroid hormone can be adjusted until the right dose is reached. Once that happens, the blood tests will be done less frequently. ...Read more

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Armour vs thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine) for thyriod medicine?

Armour vs thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine)  for thyriod medicine?

Not the best: All of the major professional societies for thyroid specialists, the endocrine society, the american thyroid association, and the american association of clinical endocrinologists have issued formal statements indicating that levothyroxine is the best choice for most patients. Both armour and thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine) provide too much T3 relative to t4, making it very difficult to keep tsh, free T4 & T3 normal. ...Read more

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Which is better for hypothyroid, levothyroxine or Armour Thyroid without weight gain?

Which is better for hypothyroid, levothyroxine or Armour Thyroid without weight gain?

Depends: Depends on how well you are converting T4 to t3 (liothyronine). It you are converting too much T4 to reverse t3 (liothyronine), you may be better off on armour. http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2012/12/proper-thyroid-testing.html. ...Read more

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Is chronic thyroiditis considered hashimoto disease?

Is chronic thyroiditis considered hashimoto disease?

Maybe: Hashimoto's is a form of chronic thyroiditis, but not all thyroiditis is hashimoto's. ...Read more

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Armour vs thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine) which is better thyriod medicine?

Neither : The american thyroid association, the endocrine society and the american association of clinical endocrinologists all recommend the use of levothyroxine for the treatment of hypothyroidism and discourage the use of dessicated (dried) animal thyroid. ...Read more

Dr. Susan Wingo
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Hyperthyroidism (Definition)

A condition in which the thyroid gland produces too much of the hormone thyroxine, accelerating the body's metabolism, causing weight loss, a rapid or irregular heartbeat, sweating, ...Read more


Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

A condition in which the thyroid gland can't make enough thyroid hormone to keep ...Read more