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How severe can hypothyroid symptoms be?

How severe can hypothyroid symptoms be?

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 more

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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


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What are the symptoms of being hypothyroid?

What are the symptoms of being hypothyroid?

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

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What will set off hypothyroid symptoms?

What will  set off hypothyroid symptoms?

Low thyroid hormones: This can be due to a dysfunctional thyroid or a malfunctioning parathyroid gland that isn't releasing enough thyroid stimulating hormone. There are two main thyroid hormones thyroxine (t4 and triiodothyronined (t3). Both need iodine to function. ...Read more

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What to do about hypothyroid symptoms but perfect labs?

What to do about hypothyroid symptoms but perfect labs?

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

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I know that perimenopause and hypothyroid symptoms overlap. Outside of bloowork, is there a way to know the difference between the two?

I know that perimenopause and
hypothyroid symptoms overlap.
Outside of bloowork, is there a
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Bloodwork best opt: There is no really good tool aside from bloodwork to make a definative (certain) diagnosis. Due to the serious nature of hypothyroidism, please see your doctor and get the appropriate tests done. Its worth it for your future good health. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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 more

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Is itchy shins a symptom of hypothyroid?

Is itchy shins a symptom of hypothyroid?

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 more

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Hypothyroid, is wheezing a symptom?

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 more

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I wanted to know when you get a common cold, can that set off hypothyroid symptoms?

I wanted to know when you get a common cold, can that set off hypothyroid symptoms?

Probably not: Severe illness or injury can induce thyroid disease, but a cold cannot do that. ...Read more

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How long does hypothyroid treatment usually take to kick in and take away the symptoms?

How long does hypothyroid treatment usually take to kick in and take away the symptoms?

it depends: The doctor will usually start you on a low dose of replacement and increase it until your thyroid function tests are in the normal range. It depends how long that takes. ...Read more

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I have been hypothyroid for 12 years on treatment , in normal range yet I still have lots of symptoms what can I do ?

It depends,,,: It depends on what your symptoms are and also on your readings, as in how normal are your ranges. By this I mean how far into the normal range are the readings. They could be in the low normal range and you could still have symptoms of hypothyroidism. You're also on other meds which might interact with your thyroid med and also cause other symptoms. So it's a good idea to see your Dr. to check ...Read more

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Am I hypothyroid if I have all the symptoms and should I take thyroxine?

Am I hypothyroid if I have all the symptoms and should I take thyroxine?

Need tests: The only way to know if you have hypothyroidism is to have your TSH checked. The symptoms of hypothyroidism can be caused by other disorders as well. You will only need levothyroxine if your thyroid is truly under active. ...Read more

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I have all the symptoms of hypothyroid/hoshimotos. U/s said diffusely heterogeneous. Tsh normal. Dr. Wont run any other test. Second opinon or no?

I have all the symptoms of hypothyroid/hoshimotos. U/s said diffusely heterogeneous. Tsh normal. Dr. Wont run any other test. Second opinon or no?

Yes: The TSH may not become abnormal until the disease has progressed for some time. There are other tests to be run such as a free T4 free t3 (liothyronine) anti mitochondrial antibody. In general you don't treat when the TSH is normal but not always. When you have a big question and you are not confident with the answer it is time for a second opinion. It is your life. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be hyperthyroid with hypothyroid symptoms?

Is it possible to be hyperthyroid with hypothyroid symptoms?

Yes.: While some symptoms of hypothyroidism are the opposite of hyperthyroidism, some are the same! Both hypo and hyperthyroidism can cause fatigue, weight gain, and poor concentration. Or the symptoms could be unrelated to the thyroid. See your doctor to find out what caused the hyperthyroidism, make a plan for treating it, and then, if symptoms are still present, finding what else might be going on. ...Read more

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Does ADHD and hypothyroid disease have similar symptoms making it possible to diagnose one instead of the other?

After all else: After all other diagnoses are excluded you can diagnose adhd. This means you must demonstrate normal thyroid levels for at least a month before you can accept an adhd diagnosis. ...Read more

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