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Raw Food And Hyperthyroidism
Eat sensibly: You'd get the idea from reading "pop" articles online that diet is the way to manage most disease. It is not. Hyperthyroidism is serious -- and used to be a major killer -- but if you're complying with treatment, you may eat what you like, sensibly. Like most other folks, you'll do well to avoid greasy, salty, and sugary stuff as you're able. Best wishes. ...Read more
Are there any foods/fluids/lifestyles that help with the symptoms of Hyperthyroidism? Cups of tea seem to help but may just be placebic.
Are there any medications or foods etc I should avoid being hyperthyroid? Am awaiting specialist appointment. Dr started me on propanolol.
Hyperthyroid: If you are hyperthyroid, the Propranolol should make you feel better. Your metabolic rate is high, so you will need more calories than others. Don't eat seaweed (Kelp) because of the high iodine content, but who eats this anyway? Your doctor may start you on medications to suppress the thyroid and may talk about radioactive iodine treatment or surgery. ...Read more
Depends on type: There is no evidence that any specific food will be helpful in treating hyperthyroidism. The first step in treatment is to determine the type of hyperthyroidism; once this is known the patient and physician can decide together whether the best approach is medications, radioactive iodine, surgery, or observation (if the process will resolve on its own). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mostly no: If you are hyperthyroid, you will need more calories to maintain your weight. Eat a balanced diet. You should avoid foods with very high iodine content, such as seaweed and kelp. Iodine at this point could stimulate the thyroid, and it is possible your doctor will want to give you radioactive iodine at some point, and the high iodine load from food will dilute the treatment. ...Read more
I've been noticing my front neck and chest turning really red whenever i eat food or i get excited.I have sub-clinical hyperthyroidism.Is that why?
Can hyperthyroidism alone cause difficulty swallowing? Swallowing not painful, I just feel the food when I swallow. I need to consciously swallow
Dysphagia: No. Hyperthyroidism alone will not cause difficulty swallowing, although you are not describing any difficulty, just awareness which is most likely due to anxiety. You have given us no information about yourself, not even your age, let alone medical, social or psychiatric history making it impossible to offer you a relevant response. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Watch OTC meds: Agree w/ dr kern's answer. I would also suggest caution with otc (over-the-counter) products, especially those containing a decongestant used for relief of cold and allergy symptoms. Many otc products include a warning not to use them if you have thyroid disease. If your overactive thyroid is mild or has been successfully treated, they may be fine, but check w/ your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Higher risk: In general, when there is autoimmune thyroid disease in the family, the risk to family members is higher than that of the general population. However, if you have grave's disease, that doesn't mean your child will get it even if thyroid disease develops. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is also seen within families who have someone affected with grave's disease. ...Read more
Yes.: Most hyperthyroidism is due to graves' disease, which is an auto-immune condition. The immune system misclassifies a thyroid protein as not belonging to the person, and make antibodies that attack the protein. In graves' disease, the antibodies trick the thyroid into making more thyroid hormone. Like most auto-immune conditions, graves' disease occurs more often in women than in men. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Although it is probably best to get the hyperthyroidism treated first. Different treatment options can affect the timing of pregnancy. With surgery, once the thyroid labs are normal, it would be safe. With radioactive iodine, standard advice is to wait 6-12 months. With thyroid blocking tablets, it is best to wait 1 year after finishing the course of treatment (total 1-2.5 years). ...Read more
Patch testing: You might want to see a dermatologist who can do patch testing to see what you are allergic to. If you shower a lot and use soap all over instead of just on your private parts that may b the reason. Cream moisturizers are better than lotions. ...Read more
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