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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

Dr. Su Fairchild
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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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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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How long does it take for symptoms to get better with treatment for hypothyroidism?

How long does it take for symptoms to get better with treatment for hypothyroidism?

Variable based on Dx: Based upon other baseline medical factors each patient is different. Cause of how the disorder happened needs to be explored.Often it cannot be identified but sometimes it can as well as other associated conditions. Probably need an endocrinologist consult. Make sure a complete history and physical is done including family history. Also blood pressure sitting and then standing. Checks autonomic ns. ...Read more

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For someone who is hypothyroid, how do you get treatment to alleviate the symptoms and not just prescribe the standard dose?

For someone who is hypothyroid, how do you get treatment to alleviate the symptoms and not just prescribe the standard dose?

Follow TSH: There is no standard dose for treating hypothyroidism. Your dose is determined by the results of your thyroid blood test. Once your TSH is in the correct range (0.4 to 2.0) then you are on the correct dose. Symptoms take time to resolve, even after your thyroid level is normal. ...Read more

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I heard there are no serious consequences of delaying hypothyroidism treatment (levo) until symptoms get worse/significant/disturbing. Is this true?

I heard there are no serious consequences of delaying hypothyroidism treatment (levo) until symptoms get worse/significant/disturbing. Is this true?

Hypothyroidism: No, this is not true. The treatment of hypothyroidism is pretty simple - just one pill a day. The adverse eggects are slow and hard to notice - slow mentation, forgetfulness, decreased cognition to mention only a few. ...Read more

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I have graves disease. After my rai treatment, I am now hypothyroid. What physical & emotional symptoms should I expect?

I have graves disease.  After my rai treatment, I am now hypothyroid.  What physical & emotional symptoms should I expect?

Hypothyroidism: Symptoms of hypothyroidism are: fatigue, hair loss, hoarse voice, trouble concentrating, slower speech, dry skin, brittle nails, feeling cold, weight gain, constipation...All of these should be temporary because your doctor should start you on thyroid replacement to bring the level back to normal. Some patients have no symptoms of hypothyroidism even when hypo. ...Read more

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What can cause treatment-resistant hypothyroid?

Need more informatio: Could be you are not on a large enough dose (most adults need 75-150 mcg/day) or that you are not taking it consistently (you can double up next day if you miss a dose). Difficulty absorbing the thyroid hormone in your gut is the least common cause). Would need to know your dose and thyroid test results before treatment and most recently. ...Read more