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Inadequate hormones: The thyroid creates a hormone that regulates metabolism in the body. It works on a number of different organ systems, and is essential to proper body function. If the thyroid stops producing the hormone, you become hypothyroid. This can happen by antibody destruction, direct destruction of the thyroid gland, removal (tumor), or interruption of the stimulating signal from the brain. ...Read more
Diet's not the key: Being hypothyroid is difficult enough without subscientific / pop diet recommendations. You can basically eat what you please (healthy choices, of course, and limit your calories as you may tend to overeat / get fat.) but you must take your thyroid replacement medicine or your life will be ruined. ...Read more
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
Numerous: Abnormal thyroid functioning may adversely affect a person's mood. It can also cause weight gain, hair loss, dry skin, fatigue, as well as other problems. Hypothyroidism can be caused by the thyroid gland itself and can also be caused by certain medications, like lithium. If a person's pituitary gland is not functioning properly, that may cause hypothyroidism. There are thyroid replacement drugs. ...Read more
No: Undiagnosed hypothyroidism means that hypothyroidism may not exist. For symptoms compatible with hypothyroidism, a thorough medical evaluation is necessary because other illnesses may present with the same symptoms. Taking thyroid medication without proven hypothyroidism isn't safe. Rapid heart rate, heart attack, stroke, etc. Are possible side effects when too much thyroid hormone is taken. ...Read more
With adequate levothyroxine replacement, biochemical labs of thyroid function will normalize in about 2-3 months and most of the symptoms should be better by 3-4 months.
Persistent symptoms after 3-4 months of adequate levothyroxine replacement indicates that alternative diagnosis should be pursued for the symptoms. ...Read more
Unclear: There is medical literature that supports development of hypothyroid after significant trauma. The current thought is that this is due to injury to the head rather than the thyroid itself, however, that has not been proven conclusively. Thus, transient direct trauma to the thyroid is not yet conclusively associated with an increased in thyroid disease. ...Read more
Metabolism slows: You start burning much fewer calories and the weight adds up. ...Read more
They vary: From one lab to the next. Each lab sets up it's own range of normal. ...Read more
I am hypothyroid and I've had severe body sores that won't go away for four years. What can I do?
See a dermatologist: To find out why you have the sores. They are probably not due to the thyroid if you are on treatment. ...Read more
I have a cat and I have a hypothyroid! I heard from some people that cats my cause it! Is it true?
Myths: This would be a false myth with no truth to it. ...Read more
What to do if I have hypothyroid and I haven't taken my mede in like three weeks. Could that be why?
When you are diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, it is due to the Thyroid gland not able to produce Thyroxin which is the hormone which controls the metaboilism. This condition is treated by giving the hormone to bring the blood level to normal level usually all over life
If yopu stop taking your replacement hormone you will go back to being Hypothyroid,
You should not stop the medicine ...Read more
Dear sir, which kind of medicine do you prefer for your hypothyroid patience. Synthetic or natural?
Synthetic: I prefer synthetic. It seems to work fine and easier to adjust the dose correctly. ...Read more