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Was diagnosed with hypothyroidism but refused treatment. I get checked regularly still and this time test came back normal? What could cause this?

Was diagnosed with hypothyroidism but refused treatment. I get checked regularly still and this time test came back normal? What could cause this?

Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism refers to an underactive thyroid which is confirmed by lab tests showing an elevated TSH. If TSH is just barely abnormal, treatment could be considered based upon symptoms http://goo.gl/L0oOTB. However, lab tests aren't 100% accurate - there's always some degree of uncertainty so if TSH is barely abnormal & you feel perfectly normal w/o symptoms, it's ok to repeat & recheck w/o meds ...Read more

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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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I have hypothyroidism and i've been on a treatment plan for some time. I had gained 40 pounds and my doctor told me i'd lose weight. I'm not. Why?

I have hypothyroidism and i've been on a treatment plan for some time. I had gained 40 pounds and my doctor told me i'd lose weight. I'm not. Why?

Many possibilities: There are many reasons why people gain weight and are unable to lose it. If your thyroid levels are normal while on thyroid hormone, you need to look for other reasons for the weight. Of course, eating fewer calories, and burning more with exercise will always be the best way to lose weight. ...Read more

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What would be the best treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in a 52 year old female. She has hypertension and hypothyroidism and is on medication 4 both?

What would be the best treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in a 52 year old female. She has hypertension and hypothyroidism and is on medication 4 both?

"BEST" treatment : Means really what is the optimal treatent. What is the balance that is needed between drugs, therapy, exercise and surgery for each specific area that may be affected by the ra. Overall lab work is often used to follow the effects of certain disease modifynh drugs or dmards but these are clicial paths that have many twists and turns. This is why the field of rheumatology and when needed orthopedic. ...Read more

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How can I get treatment for hypothyroidism?

How can I get treatment for hypothyroidism?

See your doctor: Your primary care doctor should be able to make a diagnosis and usually treat this condition. An endocrinologist is always appropriate for this also. ...Read more

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What might cause treatment-resistant hypothyroidism?

What might cause treatment-resistant hypothyroidism?

Please define: Hi. By what do you mean "treatment-resistant"? Is your dose too low? That's not treatment resistant, that's just being under treated. Has your thyroid function been normalized on thyroid hormone replacement but you still feel symptoms? That's not "treatment-resistant", that's just assigning symptoms to the wrong thing. We need more information. I doubt you have a thyroid hormone receptor defect. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods should be avoided with hypothyroidism treatment?

Please suggest what foods should be avoided with hypothyroidism treatment?

Hypo-foods: In general there are no foods that need to be avoided for hypothyroidism, however in some people who have hashimotos autoimmune thyroiditis associated with their hypothyroidism it's best to avoid gluten containing products. ...Read more

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Is there a natural remedy for hypothyroidism?

Is there a natural remedy for hypothyroidism?

Thyroid natural: thyroid function is dependenet on Iodine. Natural sources include seaweed and seafood. There are herbal remedies that can boost thyroid fucntion ...Read more

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How efficient is T4 treatment for hypothyroidism?

100% efficient: Hi. You can't beat 100% efficient! Some people prefer to use desiccated pig thyroid extract, and some prefer T3 (liothyronine) added to their T4, but T4 alone is all that's ever required. ...Read more

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What can cause treatment-resistant hypothyroid?

What can cause treatment-resistant hypothyroid?

Need more informatio: Could be you are not on a large enough dose (most adults need 75-150 mcg/day) or that you are not taking it consistently (you can double up next day if you miss a dose). Difficulty absorbing the thyroid hormone in your gut is the least common cause). Would need to know your dose and thyroid test results before treatment and most recently. ...Read more

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How long does hypothyroid treatment usually take to kick in and take away the symptoms?

How long does hypothyroid treatment usually take to kick in and take away the symptoms?

it depends: The doctor will usually start you on a low dose of replacement and increase it until your thyroid function tests are in the normal range. It depends how long that takes. ...Read more

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I have been hypothyroid for 12 years on treatment , in normal range yet I still have lots of symptoms what can I do ?

It depends,,,: It depends on what your symptoms are and also on your readings, as in how normal are your ranges. By this I mean how far into the normal range are the readings. They could be in the low normal range and you could still have symptoms of hypothyroidism. You're also on other meds which might interact with your thyroid med and also cause other symptoms. So it's a good idea to see your Dr. to check ...Read more

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How much can treatment for hypothyroidism cost?

Can be inexpensive: This is a serious disorder that must be treated . Cost is minimal impact great see a md. ...Read more

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Doctors, how much would any kind of hypothyroidism treatment cost?

Doctors, how much would any kind of hypothyroidism treatment cost?

Inexpensive: I believe levothyroxine is on the $4 list at many pharmacies. I see it is on the list at target. ...Read more

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What is a safe treatment for hypothyroidism in pregnancy?

What is a safe treatment for hypothyroidism in pregnancy?

Thyroid medication: Hypothyroidism is low thyroid. Not treating it during pregnancy can cause increased risk of miscarriage, developmental delay in the baby and possible severe health problems in the mom. Any of the prescription medications, synthroid, Armour Thyroid and levothyroxine, are safe in pregnancy. It is important to get your thyroid checked each trimester during pregnancy since your thyroid needs may go up. ...Read more

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What are common side effects that come with hypothyroid treatment?

Feeling better: The treatment of hypothyroidism with levothyroxine is replacing what your thyroid should be making, and you should feel better than when you were hypo. If the levothyroxine dose is properly adjusted, there should be no side effects. ...Read more