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52 female swollen legs and feet, legs are bright red and warm at touch. I gained 30lbs in less than a week, I take thyroid med. Went to my dr, she ran blood work and it all came back ok. Had ultra sound of liver and heart and all is good. Seen my cardio dr

52 female swollen legs and feet, legs are bright red and warm at touch. I gained 30lbs in less than a week, I take thyroid med. Went to my dr, she ran blood work and it all came back ok. Had ultra sound of liver and heart and all is good. Seen my cardio dr

Hello.: Hello. You indicated that you gained 30 pounds in one week - usually that rapid a weight gain is due to fluid retention. The swelling of your lower extremities helps to support that idea. I don't know if the blood work, and ultrasounds were done before or after that weight gain. Even if a definitive cause is not known, your doctor should be able to help diuress some of that fluid (if that is infact what it is). I am a psychiatrist, so I can not provide you with a second opinion. However, if you had not yet had that level of weight gain, please get this reassessed by your provider. Also ask about help to reduce the fluid that is being retained in your lower extremities. In the meantime, you may wish to sit with your legs propped up, so that you won't have so much gravitational pull on the fluids. ...Read more

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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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I know when I take my thyroid med u shouldn't take anyother meds. So what about drinking coffeew/creamer is that ok?

I know when I take my thyroid med u shouldn't take anyother meds. So what about drinking coffeew/creamer is that ok?

Thyroid med -coffee: Best to take thyroid medication on empty stomach first thing in the am without anything except some sips of water. Usually do not take anything by mouth afterwards for at least 30 minutes. Some doctors ask you to wait an hour or more. The reason is that the dosage is so tiny that almost everything can interfere with the absorption. ...Read more

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I had cure autoimune disease I am of 17years can my thyroidism and brain fog due to med can cure. How long I need to take med further?

I had cure autoimune disease I am of 17years can my thyroidism and brain fog due to med can cure. How long I need to take med further?

Thyroiditis?: If you are referring to autoimmune thyroiditis (hashimoto's disease)- this at first can cause an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) followed by decreased thyoid function (hypothyroidism). You need to have your thyroid hormone levels balance to achieve balance. The medication may be need for a lifetime or the disease can resolve. ...Read more

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What does it take for an endocrinologist to decide if armour is suitable for subclinical hypo- thyroidism? If test results are all in "normal" range.

What does it take for an endocrinologist to decide if armour is suitable for subclinical hypo- thyroidism? If test results are all in "normal" range.

Subclinical hypo..: Subclinical hypothyroidism occurs when peripheral thyroid hormone levels are within normal reference laboratory range but serum thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels are mildly elevated. If all test results are normal then it does not sound like subclinical hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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I have hypo-thyroidism, I take 150mg of synthroid, (thyroxine) I have gained 30 pounds in almost 2 months. How can I safely lose the weight as fast as possible?

I have hypo-thyroidism, I take 150mg of synthroid, (thyroxine) I have gained 30 pounds in almost 2 months. How can I safely lose the weight as fast as possible?

Weight Gain: Certainly Thyroid may be causing some of your issues too. Safely, exercise and dieting with decreased carbs and fats will make you lose, if you burn more calories than you take in, you will lose weight. If you are unable to lose, discuss with your Dr. As approved weight loss meds ar available, but they need to monitored regularly by the Dr., and used with an exercise program and diet as well. ...Read more

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Should I take vitamin d or any other supplement or anything for thyroidism?

Should I take vitamin d or any other supplement or anything for thyroidism?

Vitamin D won't help: If you truly have hypothyroidism the treatment is to take thyroid hormone prescribed by a doctor who has reviewed your thyroid test results. Vitamin d is not the treatment for thyroid problems. ...Read more

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Should a person with hyper thyroidism take typical thyroid medication like Synthroid (thyroxine)?

Should a person with hyper thyroidism take typical thyroid medication like Synthroid (thyroxine)?

Usually not: Usually, a person with hyperthyroidism has too much thyroid hormone in her body. One would take Synthroid (thyroxine) (synthetic hormone) to make up for a lack of enough thyroid hormone due to HYPOthyroidism. A person with HYPOthyroidism who becomes hyperthyroid due to taking too high of a dose of Synthroid (thyroxine) might be asked to take Synthroid (thyroxine) (at a lower dose) even though she is temporarily hyperthyroid. ...Read more

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If my tsh low, t3 (liothyronine) and t4 is normal, is it hypo or hyper thyroidism? Should I take iodine? Ultra sound is normal, without pathology.

If my tsh low, t3 (liothyronine) and t4 is normal, is it hypo or hyper thyroidism? Should I take iodine? Ultra sound is normal, without pathology.

Hypothyroid: The answer to this question depends on what your exact levels are and what type of symptoms you have. "Subclinical Hypothyroidsim" sometimes presents in the manner you describe. ...Read more

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What is the normal range for Hypo and Hyper Thyroidism?

What is the normal range for Hypo and Hyper Thyroidism?

For Simplification..: Thyroid Hormone and Function studies can get complicated depending on the background of the Discussants. The Labs also. For simplification: Hyper- Thyroidism is when the Thyroxine Level is High and the TSH is Low. -
And Hypo- Thyroidism is when TSH is Higher than Normal ranges. Using Globalrph: Thyroxine (Free T4) Normal Range = 0.8-2.8ng/dL
-TSH Normal Range = 0.5-4.7uU/ml ...Read more

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I might have both hypo and hyper - thyroidism, is it possible?

I might have both hypo and hyper - thyroidism, is it possible?

Not at same time: A person might be both hyper- and hypothyroid at different times in his/her life, but you can't be 'actively' both at the same time, nosiree. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I suspect I have both hypo and hyper - thyroidism?

I suggest: You rethink and meet with a live doctor to help you sort this out, you are 99.99% mistaken. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your hyper thyroidism symptoms start to go away while on medication?

What does it mean when your hyper thyroidism symptoms start to go away while on medication?

Hyperthyroid: Hopefully, it means that the medication is controlling the overactive thyroid. Follow closely with your physician for blood tests to make sure that it doesn't go too far the other direction and you end up with an underactive thyroid. ...Read more

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