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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

Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

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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If your skin is very thin from prednisolone and hypothyroidism recently diagnosed ~ is there anything that can help thicken it?

If your skin is very thin from prednisolone and hypothyroidism recently diagnosed ~ is there anything that can help thicken it?

Thin skin: As far as i know being hypothyroid does not cause thin skin.
It causes your skin to become very dry . Replacing thyroid horomone will help but some symptoms will continue despite taking medication . Predesione may cause some skin thinning although i would defer that to a specialist . You can avoid taking hot showers and use a very good moisturizer has natural and does not have alot of perfumes ec. ...Read more

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When you have hypothyroidism, where does dry skin usually occur ?

When you have hypothyroidism, where does dry skin usually occur ?

Generalized: Dry skin associated with low thyroid is usually generalized, not localized to 1 particular area. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Is there a connection between hypothyroidism and red blotches on the skin?

Is there a connection between hypothyroidism and red blotches on the skin?

Possible: The thyroid is a critical gland, and imbalance of thyroid hormones have many effects on the body. Skin rashes can be seen as well. ...Read more

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Skin rash on shins and hypothyroid?

Skin rash on shins and hypothyroid?

Hypothyroid Rash: Pretibial myxoedema affects 5% of patients with grave's disease. It may appear before, during or after the thyrotoxic state and is sometimes associated with an underactive thyroid. Pretibial myxoedema presents with a swollen and lumpy appearance over the shins and sometimes also affects the feet. The skin may be discoloured pink or purple, with prominent hair follicles. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism cause thick stained skin? If so can this be taken care of?

Myxedema: Check out http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc3219173/ re effects of thyroid on skin. Also check out http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/myxedema for info re myxedema which is described as thickening of skin associated w/hypothyroidism. This should improve once hypothyroidism is treated. Go see your family doctor for testing & treatment. ...Read more

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What skin problems can hypothyroidism cause?

What skin problems can hypothyroidism cause?

Skin: If you do not take your thyroid medicine daily you are very likely to have dry skin. You surely don't want that to happen. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism and my pituitary glands hurt all the time. Yesterday=bad all day. Can't even touch the back of my head now. What is wrong?

I have hypothyroidism and my pituitary glands hurt all the time. Yesterday=bad all day. Can't even touch the back of my head now. What is wrong?

Doubt pituitary: You have headaches. Hopefully your hypothyroidism is being adequately treated. Why do you think this is from your pituitary? A pituitary headache is relatively unusual, and usually is associated with a relatively large tumor. See your doctor about the cause of your headaches. ...Read more

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I have sores on my head and hair line. I am also hypothyroid, have been treated for over 10 years now. What is causing these sores and what treatment?

I have sores on my head and hair line. I am also hypothyroid, have been treated for over 10 years now.  What is causing these sores and what treatment?

Hypothyroidism: Hello: Hypothyroidism can itself be associated with dry scalp, sores and hair loss. Check with your endocrinologist who can ascertain if your dose for thyroxine has changed. Other causes of scalp sores are skin disorders and you may need to see a dermatologist. Best wishes, Nisha ...Read more

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I have dark, dry skin between my breasts. Could this be a symptom of hypothyroidism?

I have dark, dry skin between my breasts. Could this be a symptom of hypothyroidism?

Yes: Yes you may have acanthosis nigricans which can be associated with many endocrine disorders including hypothyroidism. See your doctor to find out. ...Read more

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I have had hypothyroidism for the past 5 years now and recently I am having this burning sensation on my head which is very uncomfortable.

I have had hypothyroidism for the past 5 years now and recently I am having this burning sensation on my head which is very uncomfortable.

Probably not related: Hard to know what this is - suggest see a doctor. Not a typical symptom of hypothyroidism - see the link below. Best to get yourself assessed and examined. http://patient.info/health/underactive-thyroid-gland-hypothyroidism ...Read more

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I lost all lost of hair in the top middle portion of head. I have been on 25 different psychiatric meds and recently diagnosed hypothyroid. hair help?

I lost all lost of hair in the top middle portion of head. I have been on 25 different psychiatric meds and recently diagnosed hypothyroid. hair help?

25 meds!!: It is almost impossible to believe that you have been exposed to 25 Psychiatric meds. That said, I am confident you did not make this up.
Two choices:
1: Find a better doctor.
2: Let the Government managing medical care know how bad the doctor or doctors are!
Hope all goes well. Please keep me informed! ...Read more

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What's the difference between hyper and hypothyroidism? I can't gain weight without losing it quickly. I have dry hair and skin. Tired all the time.

Try to asnwer brief: Simplified explanation-hyperthyoidism:overactive thyroid pumping out too much thyroid hormone.
Hypothyroid: underactive, too little thyroid.
That being said, your diagnosis cannot be done on that alone. You can have other issues like autoimmune or neoplastic that can be a mixed picture over time. Best to discuss with your physician +workup. ...Read more

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But hypothyroid symptoms is rashes. And itchy head and back pain and i got all that?

But hypothyroid symptoms is rashes. And itchy head and back pain and i got all that?

I'm not 100% clear ?: on what it is that you would like to know, but I think you are concerned that your itching and back pain are potentially related to hypothyroidism. That is a legitimate concern if your hair is especially thin and brittle, if you have very dry skin, and if your depressive symptoms have worsened despite medication. Consitpation, fatigue and weight gain are also symptoms. Ask UR Doc about testing. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroid take .75mg levo daily. When i lay down or have my head far back or to my chest my throght is tight and is hard to swollow causes?

I have hypothyroid take .75mg levo daily. When i lay down or have my head far back or to my chest my throght is tight  and  is hard to swollow causes?

Not : Thyroid related. You should discuss this swallow problem with your doctor . Does it ever bother you after eating spicy foods? Do you ever get a foul taste in your mouth or burp up food? Just a thought. ...Read more

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My friend was diagnosed with hypothyroid disfunction, he's taking treatment & when ever he exercises he feels dizzy & his head feels numb what's wrong?

My friend was diagnosed with hypothyroid disfunction, he's taking treatment & when ever he exercises he feels dizzy & his head feels numb what's wrong?

May need BP check: If your friend is taking medications for hypothyroidism and still feels dizzy, may be we need to check blood pressure. Sometimes low or high blood pressure cause dizziness after exercise. ...Read more

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I'm having hypothyroid problems but all my labs are normal. Fatigue, weight gain, headaches, dry skin, etc. Where do I go from here?

I'm having hypothyroid problems but all my labs are normal. Fatigue, weight gain, headaches, dry skin, etc. Where do I go from here?

Labs are reliable: You can trust them. If your T4, T3 (liothyronine) and TSH are in the reference range, look for some other cause of your symptoms. You'd be doing yourself a disservice to self-diagnose hypothyroidism in the fact of normal labs. ...Read more

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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.

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 more

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I need a good 24 hr hand cream! i'm n doors most of the time. I do tend to wash my hands a lot plus I have hypothyroidism could this cause dry skin?

I need a good 24 hr hand cream! i'm n doors most of the time. I do tend to wash my hands a lot plus I have hypothyroidism could this cause dry skin?

Many choices: The best one that I have found is called o'keeffes working hands, which leaves a non-greasy moisturizing film when applied once or twice a day. Many others, from vaseline intensive care, curel, store brands, etc, can all work. ...Read more

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I am hypothyroid and my dosage has raised to 100mg I been on it a month now and my skin still hot and my breast hot aches and pain to my arm to back?

I am hypothyroid and my dosage has raised to 100mg I been on it a month now and my skin still hot and my breast hot aches and pain to my arm to back?

Thyroid: Any time you have symptoms that you think could be related to your thyroid medication dose you must contact your doctor.

Being Sunday with your doctor not being in clinic I would recommend that you don't take thyroid medicine for the next 24 hours. ...Read more

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I'm experiencing a weird light-headed sensation where my limbs and even head feel really heavy, though not dizzy. I have hypothyroidism.

I'm experiencing a weird light-headed sensation where my limbs and even head feel really heavy, though not dizzy. I have hypothyroidism.

More details: Please provide more details : Did you skip your meals ? low blood sugar could cause lightheaded as well as dehydration Any shortness of breath, tingling sensation or numbness of your extremities. Anemia: Your menstruation not heavy? You have hypothyroidism. Do you take your medication? Any blood test for thyroid function lately. See your PCP asap. Take care.
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Sudden onset dry itchy skin on face/chest and isolated patches on arms. Recently tested for hypothyroidism, one test normal, other high. Poss cause?

Sudden onset dry itchy skin on face/chest and isolated patches on arms. Recently tested for hypothyroidism, one test normal, other high. Poss cause?

Xerosis: Xerosis or dryness of the skin can have multiple causes including vitamin deficiencies or hypothyroidism. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and take a multivitamin supplement with vitamin a, biotin and zinc. Also, follow up with an endocrinologist to make sure you don't need thyroid hormone supplement. Moisturizer with aveeno (oatmeal) or other sensitive skin moisturizer. ...Read more

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Have itchy skin. 2 biopsies with lymphocyte infiltrate no T cell lymphoma. Ana was 640. Could it be autoamune. Have Hypothyroid. ?

It could be: If your hypothyroidism is related to an autoimmune disorder, then your skin problem may be as well - guilty by association. Make sure that you have not become allergic to one of the medications you have been taking. There are several options on treatment and I suggest that you consult a dermatologist, a 2nd opinion if needed. ...Read more

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Bilateral edema in lower extremeties. Obese, dark discoloration on fingertips (not cynosis), dry scaly skin. PH of hypertension & hypothyroidism.

Bilateral edema in lower extremeties. Obese, dark discoloration on fingertips (not cynosis), dry scaly skin. PH of hypertension & hypothyroidism.

Need to examine: Given the multiple disorders, it would be prudent to see a doctor to exclude cellulitis. As you probably know, losing weight would do lot of good, not easy, but essential. Are you taking your medications for thyroid and hypertension, take the meds regularly.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Can Hypothyroid cause circulation probs, such as red legs; burning and itching also and tight shiney skin on lower leg? Why am I not being meds?

Can Hypothyroid cause circulation probs, such as red legs; burning and itching also and tight shiney skin on lower leg? Why am I  not being meds?

Hypothyroidism: can cause a myriad of symptoms. Check aace.com, synthroid (thyroxine).com or web md. I don't understand your question or know the answer. You need to ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Can Hypothyroid cause circulation probs, such as red legs; burning and itching also and tight shiney skin on lower leg? Why would a Dr not give meds?

Can Hypothyroid cause circulation probs, such as red legs; burning and itching also and tight shiney skin on lower leg? Why would a Dr not give meds?

Labs?: Hypothyroidism is diagnosed with lab testing. The most common symptoms are fatigue, mild weight gain, constipation, and sensitivity or intolerance of cold temperatures (feeling cold when everyone else is comfortable). If your labs showed normal thyroid function then there is nothing to treat with thyroid medication. Have lab checked, and if normal, continue other evaluation with your doctor. ...Read more

Thin Skin (Definition)

Skin is the outer layer of tissue on the body. Thin skin means that there is little depth or thickness. However, this may be referring to being overly -sensitive to criticism ...Read more