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Dr. John Landi
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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


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What does having a slightly elevated Thyroid level mean to a teen with anorexia?

What does having a slightly elevated Thyroid level mean to a teen with anorexia?

Some imbalance or...: Depends on the big picture. In a normal person, a slightly elevated "thyroid level" may be normal (that's how life works; lab reference ranges don't always mean normal vs. Abnormal). Anorexia is not normal, regardless of whether it is due to anorexia nervosa or some other disorder. Therefore in this case, there is more likely a thyroid hormone imbalance that will benefit from treatment. ...Read more

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Cold tingly feeling in legs and buttocks with some pain. Blood tests normal, with slightly elevated thyroid levels. 5'8 overweight female. 28 y/o.?

Cold tingly feeling in legs and buttocks with some pain. Blood tests normal, with slightly elevated thyroid levels. 5'8 overweight female. 28 y/o.?

Tingling: Please see your primary doctor to see why you have tingling. If he/she can help, OK. If not you will be referred to specialist who will help you with your symptoms and, most likely, help you with weight loss. All should go well over a short time. Please let me know how things develop. ...Read more

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TSH level was. 85. Ultrasound confirmed I have an enlarged thyroid with a goiter on the right side of thyroid. Have a ton of symptoms, hyperthyroidism?

TSH level was. 85. Ultrasound confirmed I have an enlarged thyroid with a goiter on the right side of thyroid. Have a ton of symptoms, hyperthyroidism?

Thyroid: In most labs the TSH level would be quite low and indicate hyperthyroidism (excess T4) though this should be measured to ensure it is not due to other factors. You should be evaluated for the various causes like Graves, Toxic adenoma, and hyperplasia. Then a best treatment can be offered. ...Read more

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I have normal levels lab work except free T4 high. I had thyroid scan it showed hyperthyroidism not graves. Why isn't it showing in my lab work?

I have normal levels lab work except free T4 high. I had thyroid scan it showed hyperthyroidism not graves. Why isn't it showing in my lab work?

Confusion: A thyroid scan cannot diagnose hyperthyroidism, only lab tests and doctor can. Graves' disease is a type of hyperthyroidism. Free T4 is usually not as accurate for diagnosis as tsh. Thyroid "uptake" may have been done with scan and can be elevated for several reasons other than hyperthyroidism, such as thyroid inflammation. See your doctor and/or an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Can the thyroid be partially radiated to end hyperthyroidism?

Can the thyroid be partially radiated to end hyperthyroidism?

No.: The key issue here is that if there is enough active thyroid tissue remaining after radio-iodine ablation to produce 100% of one's thyroid hormone, there is enough tissue remaining to become hyperthyroid again. Even if there were an amount of tissue that would be enough, but not lead to recurrent hyperthyroidism, we don't have the ability to dose the radio-iodine precisely enough to get there. ...Read more

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Is it possible to flip flop between hyperthyroidism and normal thyroid?

Is it possible to flip flop between hyperthyroidism and normal thyroid?

No: A bout of thyroiditis can release extra thyroid hormone into your circulation and make your thyroid tests run abnormally high for a short period of time, but this is temporary. True hyperthyroidism last until it burns itself out over many years or is successfully treated with radioiodine or antithyroid drugs. ...Read more

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What is the best medication for hyperthyroidism if I don't want my thyroid removed?

What is the best medication for hyperthyroidism if I don't want my thyroid removed?

2 options: Antithyroid medication, like Methimazole or ptu, (propylthiouracil) are available. However, both come with side effects risk: liver toxicity and some potential toxicity to the part of bone marrow which is part of the immune system. Ptu (propylthiouracil) has been given a black box warning because of its association with some cases of liver failure. Radioablation is another treatment- oral radioactive iodine destroys the thyroid. ...Read more

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How often should get tested for hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)?

Depends on condition: It depends on what is going on with your thyroid. If there is no reason to suspect hyperthyroidism, a tsh/ft4 is not usually checked. If you have graves disease and are on antithyroid meds (eg methimazole), then you need to be checked every 3-6 months, depending on symptoms. With thyroiditis (different kinds), even more frequent checks may be needed. See your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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How can I know if these are thyroid storms or normal hyperthyroidism symptoms?

Very rare: Thyroid storm can be life-threatening health condition that is associated with untreated or undertreated hyperthyroidism. During thyroid storm increased heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature can soar to dangerously high levels. Without prompt, aggressive treatment, 1-2 % people with hyperthyroidism. Sometimes occurs with thyroid gland infection and early on in radiation ablation. ...Read more

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What other conditions or sicknesses could cause similar symptoms to those of hyperthyroidism? Dr. Says thyroid isn't issue after tests despite symptom

Nothing: Can cause the full spectrum of signs and symptoms that hyperthyroidism does. Remember, diseases cause symptoms, but just because you have symptoms doesn't mean you have a certain disease. Check/w your doctor. ...Read more

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I am worried my sister has thyroid storm? Could hyperthyroidism devolop into thyroid storm?

Yes: Yes, if the hyperthyroidism is so severe and untreated it can develop into thyroid storm. Usually it is precipitated by something acute like infection, surgery, iodine use, parturition etc. ...Read more

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Can low thyroid or hyperthyroidism cause death?

Can low thyroid or hyperthyroidism cause death?

Yes: This used to be fairly common. And perhaps almost as bad, untreated hypothyroidism will slowly erode your life so that you cannot do any of the things you enjoy. Your mind will slow and perhaps go insane, your heart can't keep up, you'll get fat, grotesque-looking and weak and be severely constipated. And eventually you get myxedema coma and die. Treating it is extremely easy if done on time. ...Read more

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Can thyroid cancer cause hyperthyroidism?

Can thyroid cancer cause hyperthyroidism?

Unusual: Most thyroid cancers do not produce excess thyroid hormone. Very rarely, a single nodule can produce excess hormone and be cancerous, but those are very unusual. ...Read more

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If you increase your thyroid medication can you go from hypothyroidism to hyperthyroidism?

If you increase your thyroid medication can you go from hypothyroidism to hyperthyroidism?

Technically, no: You can be overtreated and your thyroid hormone levels can be too high, but technically speaking, your thyroid is not over active. ...Read more

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Hyperthyroidism and nodules. Ths is 0.50 sudden pain in thyroid and feeling unwell, exhaustion, nervousness drskeep sending me for ultrasounds and bl?

Possible thyroiditis: Symptoms suggest acute thyroiditis. A inflammation of the thyroid which can cause temporary hyperthyroidism. Blood work and perhaps a radioactive thyroid uptake should be able to define the diagnosis. ...Read more

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About hyperthyroidism how can I maintain my normal thyroid function?

About hyperthyroidism how can I maintain my normal thyroid function?

Hyperthyroidism: Most common cause Graves Disease. It can be treated with ant thyroid medications like methimazole preferable or propylthiouracil or radio iodine ablative therapy. Treatment usually by an endocrinologist or experinced Internal medicine doctor. Symptoms of tachycardia could be relieved with betablockers ...Read more

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I have hyperthyroidism. I'm wondering if the sharp pain that I've been getting for the past 1yr 1/2, is due my thyroid. Its dibilitating pains.

Pain: You don't say where the pain is. Hyperthyroidism from graves disease does not usually cause thyroid pain. There can sometimes be some atypical chest pain. The chronic anxiety and "hyper" condition can exacerbate other pains. ...Read more

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My name's Julie. I'm having almost all symptoms of hyperthyroidism but my thyroid is normal. What can mimic it? I'm 36 so I don't think it's menopause.

Graves' disease: This is an illness caused by antibodies to the pituitary that cause increased thyroid hormone production since the antibodies mimic thyroid-stimulating hormone, or TSH, and cause a hyperthyroid state. The diagnostic feature is a low level of native TSH with high T3 (liothyronine) and free T4 levels ...Read more

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Which treatments work best for an overactive thyroid - hyperthyroidism?

Several options: The treatments come down to antithyroid drugs (eg. Methimazole), radioactive iodine (rai), or surgery. Each has advantages and disadvantages, and you should discuss with your endocrinologist. If you opt for surgery, make sure the surgeon is an experienced thyroid surgeon. ...Read more

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What does hyperthyroidism mean if someone has had the thyroid gland removed?

What does hyperthyroidism mean if someone has had the thyroid gland removed?

Thyroid: If indeed all of your thyroid gland has been removed you will need to take thyroxine daily. Your thyroid level will need to be measured regularly - every 3-6 months - to make sure that the dose you are taking is OK, too much, or too little. ...Read more

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What exactly does hyperthyroidism mean if someone has had their thyroid gland removed?

See below: Once yourthyroid gland is completely removed you would not have any thyroid hormones left to cause hyperthyroidism (excess of thyroid hormone) unless you are taking too much of thyroid hormone by mouth. Ask your endocrinologist who is treating you already. ...Read more

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Hello sir. .. I am suffering from hyperthyroidism from last 2 years. I am using pills to control thyroid gland......Still there is no result.?

Hello sir. .. I am suffering from hyperthyroidism from last 2 years. I am using pills to control thyroid gland......Still there is no result.?

Other ways: There are other ways to solve this problem. Radioactive iodine can be used to control your thyroid gland as well. It essentially kills off thyroid tissue. It may be necessary for you to take a thyroid supplement over time. Another option is surgery to remove the gland completely. Again, with surgery, you will need to take a life-long thyroid hormone pill. ...Read more

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In hyperthyroidism, if part of the thyroid is removed, does this decrease the thyroid hormone in the body?

In hyperthyroidism, if part of the thyroid is removed, does this decrease the thyroid hormone in the body?

Depends on the cause: Depends on cause. Surgery for hyperthyroidism is either graves or hot nodule. Removing hot nodule will normalize thyroid levels. Surgery for graves is a total thyroidectomy and will require thyroid hormone replacement. ...Read more

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How did a thyroid goiter and nodules grow so fast. 5 months! Was just diagnosed 6 days ago with hyperthyroidism?

How did a thyroid goiter and nodules grow so fast. 5 months! Was just diagnosed 6 days ago with hyperthyroidism?

Toxic nodular Goiter: Toxic nodular goiter can hide a 10-20% risk of thyroid cancer. Need a beta-blocker like propranolol to control some symptoms like rapid heart rate to prevent heart failure.

http://www. Thyroid. Org/patient-thyroid-information/ct-for-patients/vol-6-issue-11/vol-6-issue-11-p-6-7/

http://www. Endocrine. Niddk. Nih. Gov/pubs/Hyperthyroidism/

http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000317.htm ...Read more

Dr. Susan Wingo
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Hyperthyroidism (Definition)

A medical condition that lowers the level of thyroid hormone to a point where the patient has a marked ...Read more