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Doctor insights on: Hypothyroidism And Pretibial Edema

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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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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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Is pitting edema caused by hypothyroidism?

Is pitting edema caused by hypothyroidism?

Possible: There are man causes of pitting edema. Most associated with capillary leakage of some sort in the extremities. This is often associated with cardiac dysfunction. However, there are many causes. Hypothyroidism in severe form is one of these causes. However, for specific information consult your doctor for more details. ...Read more

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How does hypothyroidism cause pitting edema in your legs? Is this serious?

How does hypothyroidism cause pitting edema in your legs? Is this serious?

Can: One of the consequence of untreated hypothyroidism is heat failure and that can cause pitting edema. Myxedema can cause non-pitting edema. In either case you need to seek care if you have pitting edema. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism cause pitted edema in my lower legs, ankles and feet?

Can hypothyroidism cause pitted edema in my lower legs, ankles and feet?

Definitely: With a low thyrid count, this will decrease your body's metabolism ( breakdown of food and other products) as one of the side effects will be the swelling or edema of the lower extremities. See your doctor or endocrinologist for treatment as usually after being regulated with thyroid medicine, the swelling will go away. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism. I take 112 of tirosint and 90 of armor thyroid daily. I have pitting edema in my legs. Why and how can I fix this?

I have hypothyroidism.  I take  112 of tirosint and 90 of armor thyroid daily. I have pitting edema in my legs. Why and how can I fix this?

See doc.: Edema of the extremities is only very rarely related to hypothyroid. When it does occur it is usually with marked and protracted hypothyroid ( very high tsh) and it is non pitting. If your TSH is normal the edema is due to something else. Have it evaluated. ...Read more

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40yr old Fem Sed Rate Rising (Cont 2) History: Pos ANA, FM, Lupus Anticoagulant, Hypothyroidism, LE Edema. What does all this mean?

40yr old Fem Sed Rate Rising (Cont 2) History: Pos ANA, FM, Lupus Anticoagulant, Hypothyroidism, LE Edema. What does all this mean?

See your MD: The positive ANA and lupus anticoag may be associated with potential for blood clotting issues and clearly represent autoimmune disease potentially, of which the hypothyroidism may be a part. You must be seen by an hematologist or immunologist and be evaluated for systemic autoimmune issues. the elevated sed rate is also associated with inflammatory disease. Feel better! ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more