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Hypothyroid And Poor Circulation
Can Hypothyroid cause circulation probs, such as red legs; burning and itching also and tight shiney skin on lower leg? Why am I not being meds?
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
Can Hypothyroid cause circulation probs, such as red legs; burning and itching also and tight shiney skin on lower leg? Why would a Dr not give meds?
Labs?: Hypothyroidism is diagnosed with lab testing. The most common symptoms are fatigue, mild weight gain, constipation, and sensitivity or intolerance of cold temperatures (feeling cold when everyone else is comfortable). If your labs showed normal thyroid function then there is nothing to treat with thyroid medication. Have lab checked, and if normal, continue other evaluation with your doctor. ...Read more
I'm confirmed Hypothyroid. Can it cause circulation; such as red legs; burning and itching also and tight shiney skin on lower leg? Why no meds by Dr?
Hypothyroidism : Hypothyroid states can indeed feature edema of legs and skin changes. What you describe is a feature of fairly longstanding hypothyroid state. Circulation of dermis can be squeezed. And skin stretches with edema and gets shiny and reddened. Skin can crack. Treatment to normalize T4 and T3 and TSH is essential. Levothyroxine is usual, and liothyronine can be added. Skin improves slowly. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No pulses: Generally, you can feel pulses in the wrist and foot on the up surface of the ankle. If you have pulses in your extremities, you do not have poor circulation. If you don't have pulses, you may have poor circulation, but whether something should be done about it depends on whether you are having other problems. ...Read more
Numbness, pain, etc.: Many times, there are no symptoms at first. As this progresseses, one may notice numbness, and tingling in an extremity, and might need to dangle it over a chair or the side of a bed if it is a leg. If one walks, things like claudication or pain in the calves might occur which is relieved by rest. Ultimately, it gets to where pain occurs at rest, and later the limb can become ischemic, etc. ...Read more
Ankle Brachial Index: When interpreted by an experienced physician, the ankle brachial index (abi) along with toe pressures and arterial waveforms is the best noninvasive indicator of poor circulation. In fact, decreased abi is a predictor of death, heart attack, and stroke and is a good way to identify people with vascular disease who may benefit from lifestyle change and medical treatment. See your doctor. ...Read more
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