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Hypothyroidism Over Treated Symptoms
Adrenal fatigue: A very low cortisol could be addison’s disease (adrenal failure) but this is relatively rare, although slightly more common with hypothyroid. A “low cortisol” is over-diagnosed; the term “adrenal fatigue” is sometimes used, which is a fake diagnosis. If someone says you have this, see an endocrinologist for confirmation. The symptoms of adrenal fatigue are common to many conditions. ...Read more
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
Can you get hypothyroid symptoms from low levels of t3 (liothyronine) only? Would this be treated?
Doubtful: The T3 (liothyronine) test is not as reliable as the free T4 test and it is not rare to see patients with somewhat low or high T3 (liothyronine) levels whose thyroid is working properly. If your total or free T4 and your TSH are normal I would not be concerned about your T3 (liothyronine). We mainly treat when TSH is elevated. ...Read more
May be worth at try.: This is likely a high normal or even slightly above-normal result wtih some assays. Ask your doctor for an anti-thyroid antibody level. If elevated, i would definitely recommend treatment. If not elevated, a low-dose trial of T4 for a few months (aim for TSH around 1.0) may still be a good idea if you are having hypothyroid symptoms. It can be discontinued later if symptoms do not improve. ...Read more
How can I get treated for subclinical hypothyroidism if labtests always show within normal values(near limits, but still w/symptoms)?Doc won't treat it
Maybe not hypo: If the tests (including tsh) are normal, then you probably do not have hypothyroidism. That is not to deny your symptoms. Your doctor likely understands that your symptoms are real. But the sx of hypothyroidism are common to many conditions, and giving you thyroid hormone will not help. ...Read more
Classic hypothyroid symptoms, self-treated naturethroid, 2 grain daily, miraculous result. Specialist insisted i reduce to 1.5; bloods ok but tired, weight+ dry skin, constipation, fog, coldness back.
Risky use of thyroid: There is significant risk in self treatment based on symptoms. There are many causes of "fog/coldness". Is it even thyroid? You need blood tests to sort this out. You should not use "pig thyroid extract", but levothyroxine. T4/t3 combinations can make you hyperthyroid easily. Although you may like the "buzz", the cardiac arrhythmias it causes can be deadly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
On & off my thyroid medicine...Many scary symptoms occurring. Treated for graves disease blockers then id-131 from 1998-2002. Hypothyroidism ever sinc?
Thyroid problems: You should not be going on and off your thyroid medications. You need to be carefully monitored regularly by your doctor to keep you well. ...Read more
My TSH is 6.43 and T4 is 15 I have most hypothyroid symptoms; fatigue, migraines, hair loss, extreme cold&prolactin level of 2200. Should i be treated?
Needs further testin: I am concerned that your prolactine is high. I would recomend further eavluation. Your symptoms could also be explained by the source of elevated prolactine. ...Read more
Replacement therapy: The only treatment known to be effective is thyroid hormone replacement therapy, which gives you back what you need. There are some herbal and food remedies that can be tried in conjunction with hormone replacement, but their effectiveness is sketchy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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