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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. ...Read more

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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to have a thyroid disease?

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. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to die from thyroid disease?

Untreated Thyroid: Storm could be lethal. A thyroid cancer like anaplastic thyroid cancer could also be lethal. Did you have a question about a particular condition? If so, please clarify and re-ask your question. ...Read more

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What will happen if thyroid disease is not treated?

What will happen if thyroid disease is not treated?

Thyroid: It depends on the age and how severe the hypothyroidism is. In children under 3 yrs old developmental problems or even retardation could occur. Growth failure could be a symptom in older kids. Others include forgetfulness, depression, mood swings, dry skin, coarse hair, constipation, lethargy, cold intolerance, exercise intolerance, irregular or heavy periods, and weight gain. ...Read more

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What are some signs of thyroid disease and dangers of not treating?

What are some signs of thyroid disease and dangers of not treating?

Many: There are many different kinds of "thyroid disease".
If you think you have one find a thyroidologist through the american thyroid association or ask your doctor to see you to determine if you need tests. ...Read more

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Autoimmune thyroid disease is what?

Immune attack: An autoimmune disease is when the body's immune system mistakenly makes antibodies which are directed towards one's own healthy tissues. In terms of thyroid, antibodies are targeted against the thyroid - very similar in principle to rejecting one's own thryoid. That is, the body is rejecting it's own tissue. ...Read more

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Can a teenager have thyroid disease?

Yes: Both hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (excess thyroid production) can occur in infants, children, adolescents and adults. ...Read more

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How can I lose weight with thyroid disease?

How can I lose weight with thyroid disease?

It depends: On what kind of thyroid problem you have. Please see your doctor to help determine if you have hypothyroid or hyperthyroid. Thyroid disease is very nonspecific and makes it difficult to answer your question in this setting. ...Read more

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Do thyroid disease, and diabetes go together?

Yes, sort of: Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, as are hashimotos thyroiditis and graves disease. People with 1 autoimmune disease have a higher likelihood of having another. But, both diabetes and thyroid disease are common, so they can occur by chance, too. Type 2 diabetes is not autoimmune, but is very common also. ...Read more

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Body temperature is how related to thyroid disease?

Body temperature is how related to thyroid disease?

Temp varies l: Overactive metabolism produces more heat, but the body usually adapts.

Underactive thyroid can slow metabolism enough to slightly decrease body core temperature. ...Read more

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Is there a link between anxiety and thyroid disease?

Is there a link between anxiety and thyroid disease?

Thyroid: The presence of thyroid disease is associated with the onset of a number of mental health disorders. Anxiety is one of those. There is no evidence that anxiety causes thyroid disease. ...Read more

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What is the solution for hashimotos thyroid disease?

What is the solution for hashimotos thyroid disease?

No cure: There is no treatment to stop or cure hashimoto's thyroiditis, but fortunately, we can replace the thyroid hormone if patients become hypothyroid. Close monitoring is needed. ...Read more

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How dangerous is having a baby if I have thyroid disease?

Pregnant: Not "dangerous" at all as long as your levels are well controlled. In rare instances the antibodies causing your thyroid problem can cross the placenta and affect baby once born. See an endocrinologist for yourself and a pediatric endo for baby. ...Read more

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What samples are taken for thyroid disease, prolactin and pocs test?

Several: Thyroid antibody panel would be required. For pcos and fsh and lh would be done, a a prolactin is a simple test in an ov itself that is used to test to see if it is being produced in proper amounts or too much that could indicate a pituitary problem. ...Read more

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Can thyroid disease be passed on to my child, as if it were contagious?

Can thyroid disease be passed on to my child, as if it were contagious?

Pass on: Certain thyroid disease can increase your children risk of getting the disease but it is not contagious. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my child has thyroid disease, she has 2 children.?

What do you suggest if my child has thyroid disease, she has 2 children.?

Many flavors: Hi. "Thyroid disease" comes in many flavors: hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, benign tumors, cancers, autoimmunity, etc. She should have her "thyroid disease" treated. ...Read more

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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 thyroid disease causes side affect for a person in his 30 year old man?

Yes: Thyroid disease, such as underactive or overactive thyroid can certainly cause symptoms in either sex at any age. They're easy to diagnose with simple h/p and blood tests. ...Read more

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Why do I have multiple symptoms of thyroid disease but all test were normal?

Treat Anyway?: If hypothyroid symptoms, treating as hypothyroid, and if hyperthyroid symptoms, treating as hyperthyroid, is what I would do. Not many would agree but that's what I would do. ...Read more

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Do people ever get a thyroid disease and that does not show up in the blood?

Do people ever get a thyroid disease and that does not show up in the blood?

Yes: Patients can have normal function of the thyroid which is measured by blood test but have an enlarged thyroid or thyroid nodules which are seen with imaging. ...Read more

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Why is thyroid disease common in a population which takes enough iodine in diet?

Why is thyroid disease common in a population which takes enough iodine in diet?

Other causes.: Iodine deficiency may disturb thyroid function but there are many other reasons for thyroid disease. Genetic abnormalities may produce hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism amongst other factors. ...Read more

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What is the possibility of getting thyroid disease in a normal 4 year old child?

What is the possibility of getting thyroid disease in a normal 4 year old child?

Low: Unless there is a family history of thyroid disease. Most states screen for thyroid disease at birth, ask your pediatrician to check your birth screening records at the state lab. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have thyroid disease in childen around one year to two years old?

Not common but posbl: Early detection programs will pick up most early thyroid disease in the newborn period. Latter childhood;preadolescence and adolescence tends to have more new issues than mid childhood. But some thyroid disease is possible at any point in life. ...Read more

Dr. Howard Schneider
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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