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Is it true swollen and sore feet and ankles can be a symptom of hypothyroidism?

Is it true swollen and sore feet and ankles can be a symptom of hypothyroidism?

VERY POSSIBLY: As there are different types of ankle and foot swelling, you should be examined and evaluated by a doctor. Although heart disease must be first ruled out, your symptoms could well be caused by an underactive thyroid gland. If you have other symptoms of an underactive thyroid, even if blood tests are "normal", you should discuss a trial of thyroid medication with your doctor. ...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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I'm hypothyroidism, thyroidectomy 3 years ago, is it normal to have cold clammy feet? I had this before i got it taken out.

I'm hypothyroidism, thyroidectomy 3 years ago, is it normal to have cold clammy feet? I had this before i got it taken out.

Could be: Thyroid disorders can cause several issues, including but not limited to cold or heat intolerance, etc. Other conditions, unrelated to thyroid can be a causative factor such as raynaud's syndrome, where a person can get cold feet and even cold hands at times. If the symptoms cause a major problem in your life, seek an evaluation for possible causes, as there can be tx to help. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What can I do if my hands and feet aren't cold all the time, is that a clear sign of not being hypothyroid?

What can I do if my hands and feet aren't cold all the time, is that a clear sign of not being hypothyroid?

No: It has nothing to do with it. If you are concerned about your thyroid, ask your doctor to do a simple blood test. It's easy to diagnose and treat if needed. ...Read more

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Why does hypothyroidism cause my feet to be cold sometimes despite wearing socks and shoes?

Why does hypothyroidism cause my feet to be cold sometimes despite wearing socks and shoes?

Classic hypothyroid: One of the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism (there are MANY) is cold hands and feet. The thyroid controls your metabolism and body temperature. Although you are taking levothyroxine, you are most likely not taking enough. I preferentially use Armour dessicated thyroid--a combination of T2, T3, (liothyronine) T4, rather than levothyroxine, which is T4. Thyroid blood tests are usually a waste of blood. ...Read more

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The bottom of my feet are peeling and cracking. I heard hypothyroidism can cause this...Is that true?

The bottom of my feet are peeling and cracking. I heard hypothyroidism can cause this...Is that true?

Can be: There many diseases that can be involved. Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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I have given birth 5 weeks ago but my feet and ankles are still puffed and really swollen. Could my hypothyroidism have any influence to that?

I have given birth 5 weeks ago but my feet and ankles are still puffed and really swollen. Could my hypothyroidism have any influence to that?

It is not uncommon: To have foot/ankle swelling five weeks post partum. I would recommend not adding any salt to your foods and elevate legs as much as possible. Compressive below knee socks/stockings with pressure at least 18-20mm/hg may be helpful as well. ...Read more