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Doctor insights on: Hypothyroidism And Perimenopause

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Dr. Thomas Lyons
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Perimenopause (Definition)

A condition that occurs when a woman's estrogen levels start to decline, periods become irregular, and hot flashes may begin, accompanied by mood swings and other ...Read more


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Can low thyroid hormone levels cause menopause?

Can low thyroid hormone levels cause menopause?

Not really: But hormones all do an intricate dance with each other and so thyroid dysfunction can definitely alter female hormone function and cause many symptoms which mimic menopause. Get your levels checked! ...Read more

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Can I have Hashimoto's even with normal TSH levels? I have PCOS and low estrogen and progesterone. Male pattern symptoms.

Can I have Hashimoto's even with normal TSH levels? I have PCOS and low estrogen and progesterone. Male pattern symptoms.

Possible: Hashimoto is an autoimmune condition involving the thyroid, thus the thyroid function test may well be normal the early stage although you will eventually end up with a low thyroid function. ...Read more

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Why hyperthyroid can cause gynecomastia? What's the connection thyroid hormone and estrogen, testosterone?

Why hyperthyroid can cause gynecomastia? What's the connection thyroid hormone and estrogen, testosterone?

Complex interaction: Gynecomastia can occur in hyperthyroidism due to an induced increase in peripheral aromatase activity leading to an increase in circulating estrogen levels, and thus decreased testosterone levels. Most of the estrogen in men is made from the peripheral conversion of testosterone and other androgens to estrogens. Other mechanisms are probably at play as well. ...Read more

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Do hypothyroid symptoms comes and go after taking thyroid replacement hormon?

Do hypothyroid symptoms comes and go after taking thyroid replacement hormon?

Stable: Once you reach your proper therapeutic dose and stay on it, your symptoms should be permanently controlled. Periodic blood tests confirm that your dose remains effective, however. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism and chronic stress/anxiety. Does low cortisol cause hypothyroidism?

I have hypothyroidism and chronic stress/anxiety. Does low cortisol cause hypothyroidism?

No: Cortisol is made by the adrenal glands whereas hypothyroidism refers to low levels of thyroid hormone from the thyroid gland. Having one does not cause the other. Chronic stress and anxiety also do not cause these disorders. Low cortisol (adrenal insufficiency) is a rare disorder, typically autoimmune related, and must be diagnosed correctly, not simply by a low cortisol level. ...Read more

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Can estrogen replacement help with anxiety and depression in menopause?

Can estrogen replacement help with anxiety and depression in menopause?

Possibly: If hormones are out of whack and estrogen depleted it may help but usually there is a relative estrogen dominance even in menopause and sometimes progesterone, like Prometrium (micronized progesterone) or a bioitentical cream, may be of more benefit. ...Read more

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Can Armour thyroid effect my period?

Can Armour thyroid effect my period?

Maybe: The prep you are using can cause variable thyroid hormone levels. Suggest contact your endocrinologist get a TSH Checked and find the right preparation. Variable thyroid hormone can cause many changes in your body. Best of luck ...Read more

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Can low thyroid hormone symptoms like hair-loss be reversed?

Can low thyroid hormone symptoms like hair-loss be reversed?

Allopecia: If scalp hair loss called allopecia is due to hypothyroidism one can reverse it by normalizing thyroid function. Most of the time hypothyroidism is due to an autoimmune disorder called hashimotos disease. Allopcia is an accompanying autoimmune disorder and may not be due to low thyroid hormones. It's an association -- not causation. ...Read more

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Thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine) and weight loss common?

Thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine) and weight loss common?

We no longer: Use thyroid hormones to augment weight loss. It can have serious complications like irregular heart rhythms. In reality, we use thyroid hormones like Liotrix to replacement someone's levels to normal. Hypothyroidism can lead to weight gain and restoring levels to normal(thyroid wise) can help some element of weight loss. in reality, it doesn't usually lead to significant weight loss. ...Read more

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Hyperthyroidism and weight gain, can a low TSH level cause weight gain? And how would menopause effect TSH level?

Hyperthyroidism and weight gain, can a low TSH level cause weight gain? And how would menopause effect TSH level?

No: Rarely hyperthyroidism manifested by a low TSH and elevated thyroid hormones can cause increased hunger leading to weight gain. Most hyperthyroids lose (muscle) weight. Menopause has no effect on TSH levels, but as we age hypothyroidism with increased TSH becomes more likely. 20% of women on medicare have elevated TSH and have frank or subclinical hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Does a FSH level of 45.7 perimenopause or menopause? severe flashes, sweating and breast tenderness

Does a FSH level of 45.7 perimenopause or menopause? severe flashes, sweating and breast tenderness

Suggests menopause: That level suggests menopause. Since you are above tha average age (51), it's likely you've gone through menopause. ...Read more

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Will taking thyroid medication during perimenopause help improve perimenopause symptoms?

If you: Take the correct amount of brand name T4 replacement to return your thyroid levels to normal, you will return your metabolic rate to normal -- and then your symptoms will be whatever they would have been if you didn't have a thyroid problem to begin with. Good luck. ...Read more

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In peri menopause which hormone causes the anxiety and heart palps? High or low?

In peri menopause which hormone causes the anxiety and heart palps? High or low?

Palpitations: The hormones are hopping around and changing their balance. Not necessarily which one(s) but what they are doing in relation to each other and your body. ...Read more

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Papillary thyroid cancer with thyroidectomy in '08. Nausea all day low appetite headaches fatigue TSH .007 not pregnant are my symptoms from low tsh?

Papillary thyroid cancer with thyroidectomy in '08. Nausea all day low appetite headaches fatigue TSH .007 not pregnant are my symptoms from low tsh?

Possibly: Unfortunately, your symptoms are non-specific. Meaning that many different things could be causing them. It is possible that your TSH suppression could be contributing to your symptoms.. ...Read more

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Does estroven balance hormone levels during peri menopause?

Does estroven balance hormone levels during peri menopause?

For some yes: Estroven is an over the counter herbal supplement to improve hormonal imbalance during perimenopause. It can help women who have mild symptoms and are good candidates for hormone use. (a poor candidate are women with heart disease, diabetes, cancers, blood clots). If you have severe symptoms, this will not help and you can consider bio identical hormone replacement. ...Read more

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Are my sluggish symptoms an underactive thyroid or normal ageing?

Are my sluggish symptoms an underactive thyroid or normal ageing?

See your doctor: Sluggish symptoms are not normal at any age. Please consult your doctor so that a treatable condition is not missed. ...Read more

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Can increased restless leg syndrome be a symptom of low thyroid hormones due to total thyroidectomy and no replacement meds yet?

Can increased restless leg syndrome be a symptom of low thyroid hormones due to total thyroidectomy and no replacement meds yet?

Might: When you go through medical literature, you cannot find and paper to find a relation between RLS and hypothyroidism. It actually is a novel idea for research since there is a known relation between anemia and rls, and people with hypothyroidism develop anemia they also might develop rls. ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

A condition in which the thyroid gland can't make enough thyroid hormone to keep ...Read more