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Big spectrum: Thyroid hormones are some of the most important hormones in the body. People with low thyroid cane experience symptoms of: fatigue, sensitive to cold, dry skin, constipation, hoarse voice, weight gain, high cholesterol, muscle ache/weakness, joint pain, heavy periods, brittle nails/hair, depression... In severe cases, especially in the older population, hypothyroidism can lead to a coma/death. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results 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
Numerous: Abnormal thyroid functioning may adversely affect a person's mood. It can also cause weight gain, hair loss, dry skin, fatigue, as well as other problems. Hypothyroidism can be caused by the thyroid gland itself and can also be caused by certain medications, like lithium. If a person's pituitary gland is not functioning properly, that may cause hypothyroidism. There are thyroid replacement drugs. ...Read more
Optimize the thyroid: The labs are merely a guidline, and often checking a TSH and T4 are not enough. You need to check your free T4, free T3 (liothyronine), (liothyronine) Reverse T3 (liothyronine), (liothyronine) thyroglobulin and TPO antibodies, and then make sure your physician understands the relationship of these labs and to optimize the labs...get your free T3 (liothyronine) to high normal and lower your Reverse T3 (liothyronine). Above all, treat the patient, not the labs. ...Read more
I know that perimenopause and
hypothyroid symptoms overlap.
Outside of bloowork, is there a
way to know the difference
between the two?
I have nearly all hypothyroid symptom listed, but my labs came back normal.I'm very upset i can't figure out what's wrong.Seek 2nd opinion?
Hypothyroid symptoms: The symptoms of hypothyroidism are not specific to thyroid. If the TSH and ft4 are normal, then the symptoms are not from thyroid problems. You may want to seek a physician who can help you figure out what this is, but don't "doctor shop" for someone who will give you thyroid meds that you don't need and which will only obscure the real problem. ...Read more
How long after thyroid levels are normalised should hypothyroid symptoms disappear? Hypo for 3 years previously, levels now ok but don't feel better.
I have to go off of my hypothyroid medication for over a month to prepare for my scan and uptake. What kind of symptoms can I expect from being off?
Hypothyroid symptoms: Common symptoms of low thyroid = hypothyroidism are: fatigue, feeling cold, constipation, weight gain. It can easily be diagnosed from the blood test checking T4 level as well as TSH level . Consult your doctor for your symptoms and have he/she check the thyroid level for you ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can be.: Thyroid acropachy may complicate graves' disease and subcutaneous infiltration is seen in myxedema. So, the answer to your question is that itchy shins can be associated with thyroidopathies. See your internist or family physician to obtain endocrinology referral. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually: Hypothyroidism can be associated with goiter, an enlarged thyroid. Usually breathing is not affected, but in extreme cases, one could imagine pressure could be put on the airway - technically this is not called wheezing, but stridor, and is an emergency. The term wheezing is used to describe noises in the chest, not the upper airway. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer