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How severe can hypothyroid symptoms be?

How severe can hypothyroid symptoms be?

Big spectrum: Thyroid hormones are some of the most important hormones in the body. People with low thyroid cane experience symptoms of: fatigue, sensitive to cold, dry skin, constipation, hoarse voice, weight gain, high cholesterol, muscle ache/weakness, joint pain, heavy periods, brittle nails/hair, depression... In severe cases, especially in the older population, hypothyroidism can lead to a coma/death. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Definition)

Pcos is a metabolic disorder affecting 8-10% of women that may cause irregular periods, acne or increased hair growth, infertility or subfertility, and increases the risk of diabetes. To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular or no periods 2. Acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones (androgens) 3. Ultrasound showing large ovaries ...Read more


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Unusual periods with severe pain and flu like symptoms.....

Unusual periods with severe pain and flu like symptoms.....

How are they unusual: Bleeding patterns with the menstrual cycle say a lot about what may be wrong in terms of hormones or fibroids or other issues that could be going on. Flu like symptoms aren't typically associated with one's uterus, however before a menstrual cycle women can get body aches and bloating due to elevated hormone levels. If you are having absence of menses or bleeding more than once a month, see md. ...Read more

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I have thyroid illness TSH is 4.5, debilitating symptoms of menopause. severe anxiety illness. losing weight and tired.reoccuring infections. ?

I have thyroid illness   TSH is 4.5, debilitating symptoms of menopause.  severe anxiety illness. losing weight and tired.reoccuring infections. ?

Adjust thyroid and +: B"sd based on your TSH your thyroid status is a little low, so you should need some adjustment of your thyroid medication or make sure you are not missing doses as only a few missed pill per month can make a difference from great TSH ~ 1 to your value. Menopausal sx's and others need attention. Available to discuss details. ...Read more

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Can having vitamin B12 deficiency cause OCD symptoms?

Can having vitamin B12 deficiency cause OCD symptoms?

Not at all likely: Almost no chance of a direct link, but... We do know that: 1) the b vitamins are important to nervous system functioning. 2) B12 can make a noticeable difference in how good one feels. 3) deficiencies are (by definition) good to correct. So, do try to improve your diet and even supplement nutrients that are hard to get enough of. See a professional for ocd treatment too. ...Read more

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Can pcos cause symptoms similar to hypoglycemia?

Can pcos cause symptoms similar to hypoglycemia?

Insulin resistance: Women with pcos are often Insulin resistant, making them prone to both diabetes and low blood sugar. A metabolic work up would be part of the testing done in such patients with pcos. ...Read more

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Extreme cramps, flatulence, tiredness. Are these perimenopausal symptoms?

Extreme cramps, flatulence, tiredness. Are these perimenopausal symptoms?

It's possible: I'd recommend you following up with your primary care dr & gyn for possible uterine, intestinal and thyroid conditions. Hope you feel better! ...Read more

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What can cause severe ovary pain with no cysts present?

What can cause severe ovary pain with no cysts present?

Good question: But how u know that u pain is related to u ovary? ...Read more

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How severe is an albumin of 5.4? Please describe severity of symptoms? Crippling fatigue, pulsating symptoms, severe headaches, eye pain, nausea?

How severe is an albumin of 5.4?  Please describe severity of symptoms?  Crippling fatigue, pulsating symptoms, severe headaches, eye pain, nausea?

None of the above: I hope it doesn't disappoint you greatly to let you know that your Albumin levels are considered quite within the normal range. Of course, lab values do vary from one laboratory to another therefore, it would be best to find out the normal range in the laboratory you had the blood drawn or tested but for all intents and purposes the range of normal for Albumin is taken to be 3.5 to 5.5. ...Read more

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Symptoms of severe depression?

Symptoms of severe depression?

Severe depression: Loss of interest in things you previously enjoyed; sad mood most days; changes in appetite (either less or more); changes in energy (lethargic and flat, or anxious/agitated); changes in sleep (either too much, or disturbed -- especially with early morning awakening). Extremely negative thoughts about self & others; intense guilt; suicidal thoughts, etc. Psychiatrists & psychologists can help. ...Read more

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Can menopause cause aches pains weepiness severe anxiety depression?

Can menopause cause aches pains weepiness severe anxiety depression?

Yes: Menopause and the "peri-menopausal" time frame can cause many issues due to changing hormonal levels. Some medications like sarafem (prozac) can be used with good success to treat these symptoms. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Signs and symptoms of mild ulcerative colitis? I know bloody, mucus stools and abdominal pain are symptoms.Are these symptoms present in mild disease?

Signs and symptoms of mild ulcerative colitis? I know bloody, mucus stools and abdominal pain are symptoms.Are these symptoms present in mild disease?

They can be, but...: ...unless you get tested & appropriately treated there's no diagnosis. At this point, while ulcerative colitis is in the differential, there are many other possibilities to consider that present with the symptoms you describe. Please see your doctor now. ...Read more

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Best way to diagnose an autoimmune disease. I have all classic symptoms pain, low, fever, extreme weakness, ck level 1700 problems swallowing. ?

Best way to diagnose an autoimmune disease. I have all classic symptoms pain, low, fever, extreme weakness, ck level 1700 problems swallowing. ?

See a rheumatologist: Auto-immune disorders can be difficult to diagnose. It would be prudent to consult your doctor to see if reference to a rheumatologist is warranted. Diagnosis requires history, physical examination, lab tests and expertise to interpret the results. ...Read more

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Could undiagnosed endometriosis cause IBS type symptoms? I have horrible heavy periods, terrible cramping etc +IBS type issues wondering if related?

Could undiagnosed endometriosis cause IBS type symptoms? I have horrible heavy periods, terrible cramping etc +IBS type issues wondering if related?

Yes: It is possible that IBS symptoms can be related to Endometriosis if the implants are attached or nearby the intestine. Get examined by a GYN MD and/or a Gastroenterologist for answers. ...Read more

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Severe abdominal pain with chronic diarrhea, several mis-diagnosis'?

Severe abdominal pain with chronic diarrhea, several mis-diagnosis'?

See details: The causes are many including ibs, celiac disease, lactose intolerance and inflammatory bowel disease. The only reasonable advice is to speak with a gastroenterologist or seek a 2nd one if you have already seen one previously. ...Read more

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How can I control the symptoms associated with polycystic ovarian disease?

How can I control the symptoms associated with polycystic ovarian disease?

PCOS: Treatment often focuses on main concerns. Weight loss and exercise always help. Regulation of cycles with birth control, progesterone on a monthly basis, metformin in the case of insulin resistance, or ovulation inducing medications if pregnancy is desired. Hair growth can be addressed with electrolysis, spironolactone, or vaniqua. Hope this helps you. ...Read more

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What are the consequences for not treating pcos? Are severe cramps and PMS symptoms?

What are the consequences for not treating pcos? Are severe cramps and PMS symptoms?

Different: The consequences are not treating pcos are more long term. There is a higher risk for diabetes, heart disease, uterine cancer and infertility. Many women with pcos experience the symptoms you describe but they are often not related to the pcos. ...Read more

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Which symptoms consistant with chronic fatigue syndrome?

Which symptoms consistant with chronic fatigue syndrome?

Many tests: You need to be evaluated for sleep pattern disruptions, metabolic abnormalities, immune system dysfunctions, inadequate nutrition, chronic infections, insufficient hormone levels, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, psychological issues and many more. It's difficult to evaluate and treat. There are many things that can help. ...Read more

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Severe headaches, nauseous, severe fatigue, loss of appetite. What can these symptoms be from?

Severe headaches, nauseous, severe fatigue, loss of appetite. What can these symptoms be from?

Could be anything: The symptoms you enumerated could be inter-related to or occur by coincidence . Severe head ache and nausea could be signs of migraine . If you do not have history of it , it might be sing of some thing serious and i advise you to see your doc. ...Read more

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Took Metformin 500 mg daily 4 PCOS but stopped once it caused severe low blood sugar symptoms. Is this normal as I have mild IR and Glucose is 87?

Took Metformin 500 mg daily 4 PCOS but stopped once it caused severe low blood sugar symptoms. Is this normal as I have mild IR and Glucose is 87?

Metformin: Metformin generally doesn't cause hypoglycemia(blood sugar below 60). Sometimes when the blood sugar spikes sharply upward and then drops to normal quickly, symptoms similar to hypoglycemia can occur. If this happens to you, avoid eating concentrated sweets to avoid those spikes in blood sugar. An endocrinologist can advise you further. ...Read more

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Which are symptoms of pcos and metformin?

Which are symptoms of pcos and metformin?

Avovulation and: irregular menses caused by insulin resistance with abdominal weight. Metformin decreases insulin resistance! ...Read more

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Can you have pcos with no symptoms?

Can you have pcos with no symptoms?

PCOS CAN be: asymptomatic, but it is more often associated with symptoms such as irregular periods or amenorrhea (no periods), weight gain or obesity, excessive hair or abnormal hair growth, acne and oily skin. Infertility is also associated. Hope this helps ... stay well:) ...Read more

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Pcos and hypercalcemia, how to tell which is causing my symptoms?

Pcos and hypercalcemia, how to tell which is causing my symptoms?

You can’t know which: Of the two diseases is causing your symptoms until you get your hypercalcemia (presumably from hyperparathyroidism) fixed and it becomes a process of elimination. ...Read more

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Reached ideal weight but still get PCOS symptoms if not taking meds & period didn't return but symptoms improved. Why didn't this fully reverse PCOS?

Reached ideal weight but still get PCOS symptoms if not taking meds & period didn't return but symptoms improved. Why didn't this fully reverse PCOS?

Weight loss not cure: for PCOS, but it helps so congratulations. Ask your doctor whether Metformin might help you with the symptoms. ...Read more

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While breast feeding what happens to hormones and pcos symptoms?

While breast feeding what happens to hormones and pcos symptoms?

Many things: PCOS (poly cystic ovary syndrome) is a common endocrinologic disorder of unknown cause. It affects many hormones causing several illnesses. You need to consult with your OB/GYN or endocrinologist to get the best answer to your question. ...Read more

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I need advice how to reverse prediabetes and control pcos symptoms. I am at highest weight and have no relief from being tired and depressed. ?

I need advice how to reverse prediabetes and control pcos symptoms. I am at highest weight and have no relief from being tired and depressed. ?

How about a book?: Here is an excellent book by dr. Gabriel cousens: http://www.Amazon.Com/gp/aw/d/1556436912. It's a program that has helped many of my patients. Avoiding diabetes will require some lifestyle changes on your part. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've noticed that taking 1500 mg of beta sitosterol daily has eliminated my PCOS symptoms & regulated my periods. Why does this work in my case?

I've noticed that taking 1500 mg of beta sitosterol daily has eliminated my PCOS symptoms & regulated my periods. Why does this work in my case?

Beta sitosterol: Beta-sitosterol can lower the serum cholesterol and has been claimed to aid prostate health and relieve symptoms which sometimes occur in menopause as well as treating hair loss and enhancing sexual function. Apparently,at least in some cases, hormonal effects do occur and may have helped you. ...Read more

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Iv pcos.My androstenedione result was 5.5ng/dL & after 3months of meds its become 3.49(nrml 0.2-3.1).But my smptoms like acne etc havent improved yet.

Iv pcos.My androstenedione result was 5.5ng/dL & after 3months of meds its become 3.49(nrml 0.2-3.1).But my smptoms like acne etc havent improved yet.

Don't Rx labs: The way you feel, and the persistence of your acne, tells me that your polycystic ovary disease is still not under control. Diet, exercise, medication and possibly other Rx's are all part of managing this difficult problem. ...Read more

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I have pcos and i saw people having severe cystic acne. I am so terrified it will happen to me. Will it? Im not in any medications right now.

I have pcos and i saw people having severe cystic acne. I am so terrified it will happen to me. Will it? Im not in any medications right now.

Acne - PCOS: In women, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common cause of hyperandrogenism. This disorder is characterized by menstrual irregularity, hirsutism, acne, ovarian cysts. Androgens play a key role in the development of acne vulgaris through the induction of sebum production. Thus, antiandrogenic therapies can be useful for the management of female patients with moderate to severe acne ...Read more

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I'm a 17 year old female after certain diagnoses I learnt that I have the symptoms of PCOS. Facial Hair & Acne. What should I do? Read about The Pill

I'm a 17 year old female after certain diagnoses I learnt that I have the symptoms of PCOS. Facial Hair & Acne.
What should I do? Read about The Pill

Please see Dr.: Please see your Dr. You will need testing to determine the cause of your symptoms. Once you know the cause, the Dr. can discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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I have pcos and a large hemorrhagic ovarian cyst. The doctor said it should go away in 6-8 weeks, but I'm having severe back pain.

I have pcos and a large hemorrhagic ovarian cyst. The doctor said it should go away in 6-8 weeks, but I'm having severe back pain.

6-8cm: Generally if a cyst is > 6-8cm it should be drained surgically. Ultrasound also serves to determine if it’s benign or malignant. If pain is severe a surgical opinion is needed. ...Read more

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How do u judge the severity of pcos? How severe is my pcos my afc is 20-22 irregular periods do get acne every year n also have chin hirsuitism?

How do u judge the severity of pcos? How severe is my pcos my afc is 20-22 irregular periods do get acne every year n also have chin hirsuitism?

Sounds significant: With what you are saying regarding the irregular periods , hirsuitism and acne , pcos is a real possiblity and needs further work-up and treatment. The best specialist would be a gyn/endocrinologist. There are good treatment options available. ...Read more

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I am having sensitive nipples in the morning from past two days, is it a symptom of early pregnancy. I have irregular periods due to pcos?

I am having sensitive nipples in the morning from past two days, is it a symptom of early pregnancy. I have irregular periods due to pcos?

Probably not, but ?: Maybe, but probably not. With early pregnancy, it tends to be tenderness of the whole breasts, not just the nipples. Nothing beats a pregnancy test for checking if you are pregnant, though. ...Read more

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