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If hypothyroidism causes hypochloridia (low stomach acid) will iodine supplementation kick both into action?

If hypothyroidism causes hypochloridia (low stomach acid) will iodine supplementation kick both into action?

Maybe...: Be careful with iodine. If hypothyroidism is due to iodine deficiency, perhaps, but often thyroid problems are due to other reasons. Do not overdose on iodine. Find a good integrative medicine doctor who can help explore why your thyroid might not be functioning well. Consider betaine hcl to help digestion in the meantime. ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

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


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My legs feel cold and tingle some toes feel numb blood sugar 101 , I have kidney stones, low stomach acid and hypothyroid 7 mm stone in ?

My legs  feel  cold  and  tingle some  toes  feel  numb blood  sugar  101 , I have kidney  stones, low  stomach  acid   and  hypothyroid 7 mm stone in ?

Leg pain: If your legs feel cold and you have hypothyroidism, ask your physician (p) to check your TSH to make sure your dose of levothyroid is appropriate. If not, you may need a higher dose. If it is, have your p order an arterial profile exam of your legs to see if you do not have peripheral artery disease (pad). If you have pad, have your p refer you for therapy. Speak to your p about your other issues. ...Read more

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Would stress low stomach acid?

Would stress low stomach acid?

No: Usually stress is associated witha decrease in the stomach ph and an increase in acid production. ...Read more

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How can I test for low stomach acid?

How can I test for low stomach acid?

A few ways: The most accurate way would be placement of a tube through the nose or mouth, into the stomach, and sampling of gastric juices for acidity. A blood test for gastrin ( a hormone which causes acid secretion) can also be helpful. Testing for "low acid" is not generally done except in the evaluation of uncommon diseases. ...Read more

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Can low stomach acid cause acquired fructose intolerance?

Can low stomach acid cause acquired fructose intolerance?

No.: Carb intolerances are from the intestinal enzyme deficiencies, not low stomach acid. ...Read more

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Can you still have acid reflux if you have low stomach acid?

Can you still have acid reflux if you have low stomach acid?

Reflux: Reflux of stomach contents (acid) is usually due to incompetent valve or hiatal hernia. It is aggravated by position (lying down), spicy foods and obesity. Treatment includes mediating above factors. Then is meds like ppi which shut off acid. If meds fail, then surgery including fundoplication can help. ...Read more

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After taking hign dose ppi's is it possible that your stomach acid never returns to normal levels, that it can stay low?

After taking hign dose ppi's is it possible that your stomach acid never returns to normal levels, that it can stay low?

PPI: If you are on ppi for a long time and considering stopping, you can. There is no guidelines on the proper way of stopping this medication. In order to prevent shock to the system after so many years on this medication, i suggest my patients to taper it. If you are taking twice/day, then decrease to once a day x 1 week, then every other day x 1 week, then every 3 days x 1 week, then stop. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of low stomach acid? Is it a real problem for your body? Could it be from 7 years of Prilosec everyday?

What are the symptoms of low stomach acid? Is it a real problem for your body? Could it be from 7 years of Prilosec everyday?

Prilosec can cause: Low stomach acid- when it was first introduced there was a warning about length of time it should be used. There are other warnings now- ck with your pcp. ...Read more

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Can GERD really be caused by low stomach acid? Could be why 5+ rx's made me worse? Any standard tests to find out or is it more trial and error?

Can GERD really be caused by low stomach acid? Could be why 5+ rx's made me worse?   Any standard tests to find out or is it more trial and error?

Reflux: People with low stomach acid can still get reflux if they have an incompetent valve at the junction of the esophagus and stomach and eat large meals, recline after eating, are obese or eat fatty or oily meals which slow stomach emptying. If there is some acid in the stomach caffeine and chocolate may give them reflux also. An old fashioned upper GI series and barium swallow may help in diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat low stomach acid in children.My son is 8yo..

What is the best way to treat low stomach acid in children.My son is 8yo..

Diagnosis?: Is this an actual medical diagnosis by a doctor, or is it an expression of your own thoughts. Absence of (or low) stomach acid is exceedingly rare in children. If indeed there is low gastric acidity in the 8 yr old, many interventions are needed most importantly nutritional ones. Most foods, nutrients & vitamins require an acid gastric environment for proper absorption lower down in GI track. ...Read more

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