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Kelp For An Overactive Thyroid
Used as treatment: Your thyroid gland uses iodine to produce thyroid hormone. If you have an over-active thyroid gland, one option is to remove/destroy part of the gland. if radioacive iodine is given, the gland will take it up and will be damaged by the radiation, thus reducing the amount of hormone produced. after this occurs, some patients then have too little thyroid and need to take thyroid pills. ...Read more
Could: so monitor thyroid lab tests monthly, and MD needs to adjust doses if necessary ...Read more
Overactive thyroid: Some symptoms of hyperthyroidism are: feeling nervous, fast heartbeat, weight loss, feeling hot, trouble sleeping, feeling anxious, sweating heavily, muscle weakness, increased appetite, frequent bowel movement...Some hyperthyroid patients will have 1-2 symptoms, some have all of them and some have none of them at all. The only way to know for sure is to get a blood test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several options: The treatments come down to antithyroid drugs (eg. Methimazole), radioactive iodine (rai), or surgery. Each has advantages and disadvantages, and you should discuss with your endocrinologist. If you opt for surgery, make sure the surgeon is an experienced thyroid surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thryoid treatment: Your thyroid gland uses iodine to produce thyroid hormone. If you have an over-active thyroid gland, one option is to remove/destroy part of the gland. if radioacive iodine is given, the gland will take it up and will be damaged by the radiation, thus reducing the amount of hormone produced. after this occurs, some patients then have too little thyroid and need to take thyroid pills. ...Read more
Taking ptu (propylthiouracil) for overactive thyroid and Clomid also; does smoking affect thyroid hormones?
Eye disease: Smoking will greatly increase your risk for developing grave's exophthalmopathy. Essentially, the eyes are pushed out because of immune deposits behind them. This will make it difficult for you to close your eyes. People go blind from this depending on severity. We don't understand why smoking increases your risk but it does. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Effective treatments for an overactive thyroid include radioactive iodine ablation, thyroid-blocking medicines, and surgery. Trying unproven therapies just delays the inevitable, and exposes the body to harmful effects of excess thyroid hormone including over-stimulation of the heart, loss of calcium from the bone, loss of muscle mass, and irritability/poor judgment affecting jobs & marriages. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There isn't any: As far as i know, there isn't any otc meds/vitamins that can treat/help with overactive thyroid. If you have symptoms such as heat intolerance, eating more yet losing weight, muscle weakness, rapid heart rate, sweating etc...Please see doc because these symptoms suggest significant disease activities. Prolonged hyperactive thyroid can cause long term consequences. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have graves disease with graves ophthalmology(bulging eyes).Need to stop thyroid. Which is better radioactive iodine or surgical removal?
Depends: Depends on specific thyroid condition.Get a more detailed answer ›
Depends on condition: It depends on what is going on with your thyroid. If there is no reason to suspect hyperthyroidism, a tsh/ft4 is not usually checked. If you have graves disease and are on antithyroid meds (eg methimazole), then you need to be checked every 3-6 months, depending on symptoms. With thyroiditis (different kinds), even more frequent checks may be needed. See your endocrinologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
T3 (liothyronine) and T4: t3 (liothyronine) thyroid is active thyroid. T4 thyroid converts to t3 (liothyronine). T3 (liothyronine) gets metabolized fast. High t3 (liothyronine) will suppress tsh. TSH stimulates the thyroid to make t4 and t3 (liothyronine). For some people armour thyroid is good. For some it has a little too much t3 (liothyronine). There is medicine that is all t3 (liothyronine) and all t4. I like armour thyroid. T4 is popular. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Neither: A thyroid u/s tests for the texture and appearance of the gland. It can tell you if you have a growth on it or not. Sometimes an u/s can suggest hyper by the amount of blood flow going though it but it's not always accurate/reliable. I wouldn't use a thyroid u/s to test for hyper or hypo function. You need a blood test for that. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
To some extent: If a goiter is due to primary hypothyroidism then levothyroxine allows TSH to come down thereby removing one source of goiter. However, patients with hashimoto's also have lymphocytic infiltration of the gland which contributes to goiter development also. That takes time to go down. We see this in patients with nl thyroid function also. Grave's antibodies stimulate thyroid growth mimicking tsh. ...Read more
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