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Hypothyroidism Ruined My Life
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
Probably: The most common cause for hypothyroidism is autoimmune destruction of the thyroid gland (hashimoto's thyroiditis). This typically results in a permanently low thyroid, though in early disease one can have episodes of normal or even high thyroid levels. There are also temporary causes for hypothyroidism including recovering subacute thyroiditis, and postpartum thyroiditis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible to have hypothyroid and after taking meds for it then it can be corrected and no meds needed after that? Or life long meds?
Normal: In the bad old days, these people would live normal life spans but remain tiny and simple-minded, like children. Read about "cretins". To allow this to happen to a child today is a disaster, but a few million children in our world suffer from this just from iodine deficiency because of misplaced priorities. ...Read more
Is hypothyroidism a dangerous (even life threatening) condition? What can happen if left untreated?
Yes: Often mild hypothyroidism, which is more common as you get older, can go unchecked for a long time--months to years. Severe hypothyroidism is another story--medically known as myxedema coma --it is a rare but life-threatening condition. Hypothyroidism is easy tested and treated, thus check with your doctor... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the medications used to treat hypothyroidism? Should it be stopped after thyroid levels are normal or continued for life. Can it be cured
Medications used to treat hypothyroidism: Most common medication is Levothyroxine , brand name = Synthroid. The goal is to have thyroid levels within normal limits-the blood test is TSH. Probably should be treated rest of your life, since Hypothyroid is not usually cured , but controlled. Hypothyroid is usually due to decreased function due to prior viral infection,or no function due to prior surgical removal of thyroid gland ...Read more
Someone posted " is hypothyroidism curable" a dr stated that it is if you continue taking meds . So if a cure meant taking meds for life that can't me curable just regulated. Doesn't cure mean heal?
Maybe: It really depends on the reason why one is hypothyroid. If it is due to environmental toxicicity, such as heavy metals or endocrine disrupters, avoiding exposure and decreasing toxic load may help and your thyroid may recover in time. But it is not easy, and you need a skilled doctor to help you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hypothyroidism : Unusual causes of drug-induced hypothyroidism include: Amiodarone Eating a large amount of iodine-containing seaweed Nitroprusside Perchlorate Povidone iodine (Betadine) Sulfonylureas Drugs which used to treat hyperthyroidism could do it ,too like PTU, (propylthiouracil) radioactive iodine, potassium iodide, and methimazol. Hypothyroidism is not uncommon among women. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If i take a low dose of levothyroxine (25 mcg) for life, would my thyroid become lazier/ slower? Can this low starting dose work for hypothyroid?
I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and I have been a thin woman for all my life. The medication prescribed by doctors make me loose weight?
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