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Is my hypothyroidism causing me to gain a lot?

Is my hypothyroidism causing me to gain a lot?

Maybe: Hypothyroidism can cause some weight gain, but there are other causes. The only way to know if it's the thyroid is to get a lab test. It's simple to do. ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

A condition in which the thyroid gland can't make enough thyroid hormone to keep ...Read more


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Is my hypothyroidism causing me to gain weight?

Is my hypothyroidism causing me to gain weight?

Possibly: Hypothyroidism slows the metabolism so it may contribute to weight gain but not be the only cause. ...Read more

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I have a lot of weight gain in my stomach how can I lose this weight?And my stomach is real hard at the top what can be causing this?

I have a lot of weight gain in my stomach how can I lose this weight?And my stomach is real hard at the top what can be causing this?

Need evaluation.: See a doctor and review your history, get a careful evaluation. You will likley need further disgnostic studies such as blood work, perhaps x-rays or other imaging studies, maybe a biopsy or using a scope to check . Since the possibility could include cancer, it would be best to see the doctor soon. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed hashimoto's thyroiditis. Is it normal for me to lose weight slow and gain it really fast. What caused this syndrome in my age?

I was diagnosed hashimoto's thyroiditis. Is it normal for me to lose weight slow and gain it really fast. What caused this syndrome in my age?

Autoimmune: Hasimoto's is considered an autoimmune disease in which one's immune system starts to attack the thyroid eventually ending up losing thyroid function. This may lead to weight gain if not corrected with thyroid replacement. It is almost always easier to gain weight than to lose weight and thus you will need to watch your diet (less meat, more exercise). ...Read more

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My doctor has given Zyprexa (olanzapine) to help me but i have Anorexia, this tablet gives me a huge fear of gaining weight and loss of control, is this common?

My doctor has given Zyprexa (olanzapine) to help me but i have Anorexia, this tablet gives me a huge fear of gaining weight and loss of control, is this common?

Sounds like : Sounds like you're going through a really tough time right now. In all honesty, I think your best move would be to discuss these concerns further with your psychiatrist. Be open and honest about what's going on and partner together to develop a plan on the best way forward. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I need to lose weight but i can't diet cause i'm allergic to a lot of food. Also exercise is hard for me to cause of my asthma. What can I do?

I need to lose weight but i can't diet cause i'm allergic to a lot of food. Also exercise is hard for me to cause of my asthma. What can I do?

Explore options: This is why there are primary care physicians. You owe it to yourself to have your asthma managed so that you can exercise -- this should be possible with today's medicines and it's your right. A dietician may help you cut down on portion size if you're this limited, and an allergist may guide you regarding what you can and cannot really eat. Getting slim is worth it. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to lose weight when I have diabetes and hypothyroid?

Is it possible for me to lose weight when I have diabetes and hypothyroid?

Yes: Yes. You are 31 year old. Please take your diabetic and thyroid medications as prescribed. Maintain hgba1c at 5.5 and TSH level between 3-4. Have nutritionist consult. Always monitor calories intake. Never more than 2000 calories. Regular exercise with at least 20 minutes walking daily. No fried food, smoking , drinking or sedentary style. Join healthy activities club. Thanks. ...Read more

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Is there something to have inside which helps me too weight loss?

Is there something to have inside which helps me too weight loss?

A strong will!: Helpful weight loss diets have natural foods that take time to chew but contain few calories. Examples include carrots, celery, and iceberg lettuce (little/no salad dressing). When shopping for fruits, buy small ones no bigger than a tennis ball, because fruits have sugar. Drinks without calories include water and green tea. A calorie is a calorie, but surely avoid sugar & simple starch calories. ...Read more

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I just lost 123lbs what can I do to prevent hydroxyzine from causing me to gain weight back? How much does a person gain on hydroxyzine?

I just lost 123lbs what can I do to prevent hydroxyzine from causing me to gain weight back? How much does a person gain on hydroxyzine?

Congrats: On this achievement, loosing that much weight, hydroxyzine, like any other antihistaminic, is an appetite stimulant, other antihistamines differ in their appetite stimulation capacity, especially the newer ones, please revise your treatment options with your physician, look for alternatives if possible, good luck ...Read more

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My dr. Told me taking clonazepam and paroxetine could cause weight gain, make it hard to lose weight. How hard is it making it for me? And which pill?

Your doctor: Is correct, but there's no way to tell if the medication is causing the weight gain or not -- other than seeing what happens when you're not taking it compared to when you are. Every patient is an individual and can respond differently. ...Read more

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Can I purposely get hypothyroidism? It seems like the only way to gain weight in my situation

Can I purposely get hypothyroidism? It seems like the only way to gain weight in my situation

Hypothyroid wt gain: It is dangerous to try to become hypothyroid. Do you have an eating problem, or perhaps an illness causing you to lose wt. See your doctor concerning your problem. ...Read more

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I have lost 20 lbs in two months unintentionally. My doctor says nothing is wrong, what could cause it and how can I gain it back?

I have lost 20 lbs in two months unintentionally. My doctor says nothing is wrong, what could cause it and how can I gain it back?

Requires further tes: Unless you have been checked for common causes of weight loss, i would not be confortable with this explanation. Weight loss can only be caused by either reduced food intake or buring more calories by excessive exercise. Thyroid hormone in excess(hyperthyroidism) is one common cause of unexplained weight loss, so your thyroid functions should be checked .Also have blood tests and chest xray done. ...Read more

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Hi I have a friend who is lossing weight which she is not trying to do can you explain a cause of it?

Hi I have a friend who is lossing weight which she is not trying to do can you explain a cause of it?

It depends : Weight loss is a constitutional symptom can indicate a problem with high metabolism ( diabetes, thyroid, cancer) could be related to poor intake ( depression, difficulties with swallowing, strictures at the stomach or its junctions , ulcers etc) could be related to chronic infections such as TB but really needs more evaluations. ...Read more

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Whats keeping me from losing weight? is it the simvastatin, benadry,melatonin,metformin,celebrex or my multivitamin, i dont have thyroid issues .

Whats keeping me from losing weight? is it the simvastatin, benadry,melatonin,metformin,celebrex or my multivitamin, i dont have thyroid issues .

None of these: None of these medications cause someone to have trouble losing weight. The most important steps in losing weight include regular moderate exercise and eating a generally healthy low sugar diet. Avoid sugar, fried, and processed foods. ...Read more

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Is my thyroid causing me to have dizzines?

Is my thyroid causing me to have dizzines?

Maybe: On occasion, low thyroid function may cause headaches, and light-headedness, and even hyperthyroid issues may contribute to subjective dysequilibration. See your doctor and get your symptoms pinned down, as thyroid is but one of many causes of dizziness. ...Read more

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I have a cyst on my left thyroid, would this cause weight gain or make it hard to lose weight?

I have a cyst on my left thyroid, would this cause weight gain or make it hard to lose weight?

Not usually: It should not cause weight gain unless it affect your thyroid function. The only way to know is the get a blood test for thyroid function. Often, a cyst or nodule will have no effect on how the thyroid is functioning thus should not play a role in your weight. ...Read more

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I don't have a thyroid due to cancer, my doc is currently trying to get me on the right thyroid med dosage. Could excessive thirst be a symptom?

I don't have a thyroid due to cancer, my doc is currently trying to get me on the right thyroid med dosage. Could excessive thirst be a symptom?

Possibly, but: Getting to the right dose of thyroid supplement is important and may take months; a combination of thyroid function test and clinical examination by an internist or endocrinologist will easily be able to do this. There pages of symptoms that could be part of under or over active thyroid function, since it affects almost all organ systems. So it may or may not be the cause of thirst. Check c doc. ...Read more

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Is my hypothyroidism causing me to gain a lot?

Maybe: Hypothyroidism can cause some weight gain, but there are other causes. The only way to know if it's the thyroid is to get a lab test. It's simple to do. ...Read more

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Hv Hoshimoto/hypothyroid. lost 135 lbs 5 yrs ago thru healthy eating & lots of excercise. I hv gained 35 lbs back. Cortisol high & cn tht cause gain?

Hv Hoshimoto/hypothyroid.  lost 135 lbs 5 yrs ago thru healthy eating & lots of excercise.  I hv gained 35 lbs back. Cortisol high & cn tht cause gain?

Probably, but: with hypothyroidism, uncontrolled, you can have weight gain too easily, not necessarily the cortisol alone, and you are on prednisone, better follow up with your 1ry MD / Endocrinologist. Let me congratulate you for achieving this weight loss through exercise and diet, best wishes ...Read more

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Is brewers yeast good for a person having thyroids the thyroid that causes a person to gain weight, I think it's hypothyroidism?

Is brewers yeast good for a person having thyroids the thyroid that causes a person to gain weight, I think it's hypothyroidism?

Brewer's Yeast: Brewer's yeast comes from a 1-celled fungus (saccharomyces cerevisiae) used in making beer, but not bread. It's been used for years as a nutritional supplement, because it's rich in b-complex vitamins, chromium, and selenium. However, it contains no vitamin b12. Studies have shown it helpful in diabetes, high cholesterol, etc -- but no direct effect on thyroid. http://tinyurl.com/kfvkmn5. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroid cause delayed growth in adults rather than wt. gain? Never had unexpected wt gain until same time as getting dx of hypo. at 26 y/0

Can hypothyroid cause delayed growth in adults rather than wt. gain? Never had unexpected wt gain until same time as getting dx of hypo. at 26 y/0

Unrelated in adult: Hypothyroidism in infants or children would be picked up when it began to interfere with growth. Growth assessment is part of routine checkups & leads to a drop off in growth rate.Linear growth stops in most females by 17 and males 18 when growth centers close. It is almost a decade since your linear growth was expected to stop,so a new diagnosis of low thyroid has nothing to do with your height ...Read more

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Ok so I know some of you(drs.)have replied about this similar question:can takn 2much thyroid for hypothyroidism cause weight gain, was on 200mcg, 150.?

Usually not: The standard answer would be no, but everything to do with thyroid can be reversed. There are other reasons not to over-replace thyroid. Heart rhythm can get out of whack. Bone density can go down. You can have emotional reactions. There was a time when thyroid med was given to lose weight. Not any more. Get your level checked! ...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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Can a TSH level of 6.4u/ml and free T4 of 10pmol/l cause severe hypothyroid symptoms such as weight gain, extreme fatigue, aches, intolerance to cold?

Can a TSH level of 6.4u/ml and free T4 of 10pmol/l cause severe hypothyroid symptoms such as weight gain, extreme fatigue, aches, intolerance to cold?

Both results in the: Abnromal range but not by too much. In any case the levels are indicative of thyroid deficiency and could lead to your symptoms. Please see your doctor for replacement therapy. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism be a reason for lot of weight gain for men? TSH, FT3,FT4 are they good indicators & do they need fasting for testing?

Can hypothyroidism be a reason for lot of weight gain for men? TSH, FT3,FT4 are they good indicators & do they need fasting for testing?

Yes, decent, no: Yes. Many who are hypothyroid have "normal" TSH, FT3 and FT4 but that is a good place to start. See http://tinyurl.com/pxz8mkd and http://tinyurl.com/koyamo5 for more on testing and diagnosis. ...Read more

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I am hypothyroid over 30 years. On 200mcg levothyroxine and TSH is .4 and T4 and ft3 are normal. Still gaining lots of weight and extremely exhausted ?

I am hypothyroid over 30 years. On 200mcg levothyroxine and TSH is .4 and T4 and ft3 are normal. Still gaining lots of weight and extremely exhausted ?

Check RT3: Check free T3 and reverse t3. Very important to check reverse t3. Ft3 should be in upper range and rt3 in lower range. If your ratio is off, you may need Armour Thyroid or t3, and synthroid (thyroxine) would be the wrong med for you. ...Read more

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Is my hypothyroidism causing me to gain weight?

Possibly: Hypothyroidism slows the metabolism so it may contribute to weight gain but not be the only cause. ...Read more

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What causes hypothyroidism?

What causes hypothyroidism?

Depends: Causes can be varied, as well as the treatment. Sometimes imbalanced thyroid hormone conversion can cause functional hypothyroidism. Sometimes iodine or other deficiency can cause it. http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2012/12/proper-thyroid-testing.html. ...Read more

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What can cause hypothyroidism?

What can cause hypothyroidism?

Autoimmune, surgery: The most common cause is autoimmune thyroid disease, that is, the body makes antibodies against the thyroid. Thyroid surgery can cause it too. So can radiation therapy to the neck. Meds like amiodarone and some chemo can, too. ...Read more

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How hypothyroid causes anxiety?

How hypothyroid causes anxiety?

Thyroid & Anxiety: As a psychiatrist, i always test for thyroid conditions, which can exacerbate anxiety, and cause many other symptoms. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism cause death?

Theoretically.: Would be very rare as the symptoms generally bring patients to attention before they are not reversible. Hypothyroidism can contribute to death from other causes such as heart failure. ...Read more

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Anybody know about hypothyroidism cause?

Anybody know about hypothyroidism cause?

A few good reasons!: The number one reason someone's thyroid gland becomes underactive is that the immune system is attacking it (autoimmune thyroiditis, or hashimoto thyroiditis). Why this attack occurs is unknown. Other common reasons are that the thyroid gland has been surgically removed or subjected to radioiodine treatment to correct an overactive gland. ...Read more

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What's the primary cause of hypothyroidism?

Several: But the most common is thyroid inflammation which damages the thyroid's ability to make sufficient hormone. Luckily, it's easy to diagnose and treat with brand name T4 replacement and it's like you never had a problem in the first place. See your doctor. ...Read more