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Dr. Terri Washington
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Thyroid Diseases (Definition)

You can have problems with they thyroid making too much or too little thyroid hormone. You can also have problems with it being too large (goiter) of having nodules or cysts in it. There are also occasional thyroid cancers. Most thyroid problems can be easily diagnosed and treated ...Read more


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Are celiac disease, thyroid disease, and pcos related? I have all three. Am I at risk for future health problems?

Are celiac disease, thyroid disease, and pcos related? I have all three. Am I at risk for future health problems?

Some connection: Celiac and (autoimmune) thyroid disease are more likely to happen together then each is likely in the general population. PCOS is typically a metabolic condition, meaning it usually has to do with weight and insulin resistance.

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What is thyroid disease?

What is thyroid disease?

Many types.: Thyroid disease is a nonspecific term which indicates there is an abnormality of thyroid function. These include excess secretion of thyroid hormones, decreased secretion, nodules including cancer, and inflammation. A variety of tests help determine the specific type of disease.

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How does thyroid disease occur?

How does thyroid disease occur?

Various: Types and causes of thyroid disease, some are a genetic cause or predisposition, others are induced by the environment such as viruses, some are immune based and many we don't know the true cause (s). There are disorders of function (high or low) and also of structure. Many run in families. There are too many different thyroid diseases to explain in 400 characters. See your doctor for more info.

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How can I manage thyroid disease?

How can I manage thyroid disease?

Which Disorder?: For an underactive thyroid, levothyroxine pills are prescribed to take daily for thyroid hormone replacement. Overactive thyroid: graves disease - there are other treatments which include certain medications to block your thyroid from over working and medication to lower heart rate and blood pressure if necessary until thyroid under better control. Also, radioablation to rid overactive gland.

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What's the signs of thyroid disease?

What's the signs of thyroid disease?

Which type?: There are many different conditions that can afflict the thyroid gland. Please let us know which one so that we can provide you with some information.

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What are symptoms of thyroid disease?

What are symptoms of thyroid disease?

Many: Hyper (overactive)thyroid causes heat intolerance, sweating, weight loss, tremors, heart racing/palpitations, hair loss and muscle weakness to name a few. Hypo (underactive)thyroid causes weight gain, cold intolerance, dry skin, hair loss, fatigue among other symptoms. Thyroid nodules are usualy asymptomatic unless big and pushing on nearby structures.

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What are symptoms of thyroid disease?

What are symptoms of thyroid disease?

Variety of symptoms: Those with an underactive thyroid may experience: fatigue, constipation, dry skin/hair, cold intolerance, puffiness (some examples). Overactive thyroid symptoms include: difficulty sleeping, heat intolerance, frequent stooling, rapid heart beat/palpitations, tremors, nervousness, etc.

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Thyroid disease considered disability?

Thyroid disease considered disability?

Thyroid: Thyroid disease is not usually qualify for disability since they can be treated with medications. There are always exceptions and your doctor can let you know if your case should be considered a disability.

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What are the causes of thyroid disease?

Various: Most common causes of thyroid diseases are autoimmune, the immune system, recognizes the thyroid as foreign to the body, in the process, the thyroid can be damaged or stimulated. Other causes are iodine deficiency, problems with development of the thyroid or with parts of the thyroid cell important ti make thyroid hormones. Some medications or infections can also cause thyroid problems.

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Anyone know what is a thyroid disease?

Summary: The thyroid is located on the lower front neck by the clavicle in the center. Any abnormality of the thyroid can be called a disease. Examples: thyroiditis, tumors, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, grave's disease. The thyroid hormone is a rate regulator. Too much speeds everything in the body up. Too little slows it down.

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How can one find out if thyroid disease?

How can one find out if thyroid disease?

Basic start: For any basic health concern, start with your primary care doctor. You'll get a blood test for the hormones: tsh, t4, t3 (liothyronine), (liothyronine) free t4, free t3 (liothyronine). They will also be able to get hints from the physical examination of your neck and body. Thyroid overactivity: high heart rate, palpitations/heart flutter, weight loss, heat intolerance thyroid underactivity: poor memory, weight gain, cold intolerance.

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Is there any way to cure a thyroid disease?

Is there any way to cure a thyroid disease?

Cure: There are generally no "cures" for thyroid problems. They can be managed medically most of the time. Many are due to autoimmune disorders causing inflammation and these may go into remission.

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What can you tell me about thyroid disease?

What can you tell me about thyroid disease?

What u want to know: Thyroid disease information is too vast and it can not be told in 400 words Thyroid gland is located in the neck anteriorly and produces a hormone called Thyroxin which controls how your body uses food for energy and metabolism. It can produce too much Thyroxin and causes Huperthyroidism. And if it produces less hormone it is called Hypothyroidism Enlarged gland called GOITER Can get Cancer too

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What are common symptoms of thyroid disease?

What are common symptoms of thyroid disease?

More than 2 types: There can be problem with thyroid function were it is either overactive or underactive. The thyroid can be enlarged and cause symptoms like trouble swallowing or breathing due to compression or thyroid function can be normal but pt may have nodule in the thyroid which can sometimes be cancerous and different medicines can affect the size or function of the thyroid.

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What should I expect if I have thyroid disease?

Depends on type: . Symptoms that could occur with hypothyroidism include: depressed & irritable mood, decreased sex drive, problems with memory, weight gain, cold sensitivity, hair loss or dryness, dry skin, constipation, change in periods, feeling weak & tired with muscle aches & pains. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism may include: rapid, pounding heart beat, weight loss, feeling anxious, tremor, ^ sweating, heat >.

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What are some home remedies for thyroid disease?

None: Your thyroid secretes a hormone and the thyroid hormone isn't replicated in nature. If you've been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder and placed on medication, it's important to follow those instructions. Failure to treat thyroid disease can be deadly.

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Is it possible for me to have a thyroid disease?

Yes: It is possible. Why do consider this a possibility? Symptoms include anxiety, palpitations, weight loss/gain, hair loss, heat/cold intolerance, fatigue, insomnia, etc. To be sure, why not see a doctor.

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more