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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Overview)

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, and changes in mood.


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What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism ?

What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism ?

Hypothyroidism: The most common symptoms of hypothyroidism: fatigue, sluggishness, increased sensitivity to cold, constipation, pale, dry skin, a puffy face, hoarse voice, an elevated blood cholesterol level, unexplained weight gain, muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness, pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints, muscle weakness, heavier than normal menstrual periods, brittle fingernails and hair, depression. ...Read more

Dr. Su Fairchild
1,212 doctors shared insights

Hypothyroidism (Overview)

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, and changes in mood.


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I think I've had hypothyroidism first time i was tested was a year ago if I have had it untreated what complications could I have gained?

I think I've had hypothyroidism first time i was tested was a year ago  if I have had it untreated what complications could I have gained?

See details: It really depends on the severity of the hypothyroidism and the length of time it is left untreated. Problems include fatigue, dry skin, constipation, menstrual problems, muscle weakness and cardiac disease among other issues. ...Read more

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Managing Hypothyroidism (Tip)

Managing Hypothyroidism

If you feel tired, constipated, have changes in hairs, skin or nails, get your levels checked! ...See more

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Managing Hypothyroidism (Checklist)

Tell your doctor if you get a different-looking thyroid pill
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Tell your doctor about changes in other medications
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Tell your doctor if you're pregnant
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Let your doctor know if you gain or lose more than 10 pounds
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What are the definitive tests for hypothyroidism? Some seem to have false positives.

What are the definitive tests for hypothyroidism?  Some seem  to have false positives.

Test : The TSH levels , plus t3, (liothyronine) 4, 7. Tsh is some time depending of morning and afternoon can have variation . The signs and symptoms and a good medical history are in combination with lab, us, ct scan iodine reuptake the best combination . As a md , we have many opinions . The last numbers for TSH are between 0.35 and 3.50, but when my patients have + symptoms and TSH above 3 , i check iodine urine .... ...Read more

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Have scientists found treatments for hypothyroid other than synthroid (thyroxine)?

Have scientists found treatments for hypothyroid other than synthroid (thyroxine)?

Yes, but: Yes, but you only want to use brand name T4 replacement. There are several brand names available, but don't switch back and forth from one to another as even subtle differences in potency can cause big changes in your thyroid level. Don't take generics, as they're cheap but unreliable. ...Read more

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Managing Hypothyroidism (Tip)

Managing Hypothyroidism

Do i need a brand name tablet? Would a generic work as well? ...See more

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What diet should someone with hypothyroid follow ? Avoid what foods?

What diet should someone with hypothyroid follow ? Avoid what foods?

Iodine good.: foods from the sea have iodine good. ones that bind up iodine bad (these are all the healthy broccoli family foods like broccoli, kale, cabbage). Just have more good than bad and don't do silly amounts of either ...Read more

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How does hypothyroidism cause siadh?

How does hypothyroidism cause siadh?

Likely complex...: Thyroid hormones have complex interactions with many parts of the whole body. Hypothyroidism can lead to hyponatremia or to both SIADH + hyponatremia. Being low in thyroid hormone can somehow lead to the release of anti-diuretic hormone from the pituitary gland, so one gets SIADH and the accompanying excess water in the body. ...Read more

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Managing Hypothyroidism (Tip)

Managing Hypothyroidism

It's best to take it on an empty stomach. But that can be before bed. Don't vary time of day. ...See more