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Tips on how to balance PMS hormone "fluctuations" without hormones or birth control?

Tips on how to balance PMS hormone "fluctuations" without hormones or birth control?

Who told: You that you have "fluctuations" in hormones, and which of your body's thousands of hormones are out of order? There are medications which can help pms; see your doctor. Don't assume it's due to "hormones". ...Read more

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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more


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I have PCOS. Estrogen is very low, high androgen. GYN not treating hormone levels. Joint problems, hirtuism. should hormones be regulated?

I have PCOS. Estrogen is very low, high androgen. GYN not treating hormone levels.  Joint problems, hirtuism. should hormones be regulated?

PCOS: It sounds plausible you may have PCOS if you have had hormone testing, BUT in most PCOS the estrogen is high, not low as you describe. There are other causes of elevated androgens that should be tested. If another problem is found, or if PCOS is confirmed then treatment should be given. Seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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Anyone with thyroid disease experience sensitivity to thyroid medications?

Anyone with thyroid disease experience sensitivity to thyroid medications?

Yes: You can develop an allergy to thyroid supplements or to components of the tablets. You may need to try other alternatives. ...Read more

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Can long term use of birth control pills with estrogen cause high TSH levels / hypothyroid ?

Can long term use of birth control pills with estrogen cause high TSH levels / hypothyroid ?

From what I can: gather in the literature, OC's can affect the thyroid,but I'm not sure it can cause frank hypothyroidism.. I would talk to an Endocrinologist about this. ...Read more

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Which is better for hypothyroid, levothyroxine or Armour Thyroid without weight gain?

Which is better for hypothyroid, levothyroxine or Armour Thyroid without weight gain?

Depends: Depends on how well you are converting T4 to t3 (liothyronine). It you are converting too much T4 to reverse t3 (liothyronine), you may be better off on armour. http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2012/12/proper-thyroid-testing.html. ...Read more

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Taking ptu (propylthiouracil) for overactive thyroid and Clomid also; does smoking affect thyroid hormones?

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 more

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Can take liothyronine without any thyroid problems promote weight loss?

Can take liothyronine without any thyroid problems promote weight loss?

Not a good idea: It can be dangerous to take any throid hormone with normal; thyroid functions.It can cause rapid heart beats, arrythmias and heart problem, heat intolerance and muscle pain just to mention few, and yes you may loose some weight too, but very risky to go that way. ...Read more

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Have hypothyroidism. Also gave buffalo hump , on thyroid meds and birth control. Can pituitary tumor b causing thyroid probs and hump?

Cushings?: Have you been screened for cushing's? Here is a reference. You should talk to your doctor: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/cushings-syndrome/ds00470. ...Read more

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Why hyperthyroid can cause gynecomastia? What's the connection thyroid hormone and estrogen, testosterone?

Complex interaction: Gynecomastia can occur in hyperthyroidism due to an induced increase in peripheral aromatase activity leading to an increase in circulating estrogen levels, and thus decreased testosterone levels. Most of the estrogen in men is made from the peripheral conversion of testosterone and other androgens to estrogens. Other mechanisms are probably at play as well. ...Read more

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When will i stop gaining weight after thyroid ablation for graves' disease. Thyroid labs at good levels on synthroid (thyroxine)?

When will i stop gaining weight after thyroid ablation for graves' disease. Thyroid labs at good levels on synthroid (thyroxine)?

Possible!: Grave's is an autoimmune disease when thyroid antibodies bind to thyroid stimulating receptors. Overporduction of thyroid, which also increase your metabolic rate, burning more calories than normal. If your thyroid levesl are now kept normal, you may probably gain weight if your appetite is the same as when you had untreated grave's disease. ...Read more

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11weeks pregnant with controlled hypothyroidsm, thyroid levels are verynormal.Down syndrome scan due nextweek.Does being hypothyroid concerns downsyndrome.

11weeks pregnant with controlled hypothyroidsm, thyroid levels are verynormal.Down syndrome scan due nextweek.Does being hypothyroid concerns downsyndrome.

No: There is no connection between hypothyroidism, even if it is uncontrolled, and down's syndrome. Congratulations on your baby, and i hope all is well with the scan next week. ...Read more

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Will thyroid hormones or antithyroid medications interfere with a tc99m pertechnetate thyroid scan?

Will thyroid hormones or antithyroid medications interfere with a tc99m pertechnetate thyroid scan?

Not usually: Technetium is usually trapped by thyroid gland and used to determine in young children and infants the configuration of thyroid gland, hypoplasia, absence, or increased size or hyperplasia, or abnormal location. Radioactive iodine is used in older patients for determine function of thyroid gland, increased function or hyperthyroiidism or decreased function, hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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My thyroid-stimulating hormone 2.6 .Anti-thyroglobulin autoantibodies <30.Anti-thyroid <3.0 and I am over whight .Explansion ?

You eat too much.: Those thyroid tests are normal. You are overweight because you eat too many calories, especially carbohydrates. Reduces your calories, minimize carbohydrate intake, control portion size and exercise regularly. There are no shortcuts. ...Read more

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How can we fix adrenal insufficiency naturally?What are the typical symptoms of it?Can armor thyroid reveal adrenal insufficiency?

How can we fix adrenal insufficiency naturally?What are the typical symptoms of it?Can armor thyroid reveal adrenal insufficiency?

Depends on the cause: There are several conditions which can cause adrenal insufficiency. Treatment includes treating the cause in addition to steroid replacement. I am not aware of natural way of treating insufficiency. ...Read more

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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