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Dr. Terri Washington
466 Doctors shared insights

Thyroid Diseases (Overview)

You can have problems with they thyroid making too much or too little thyroid hormone. You can also have problems with it being too large (goiter) of having nodules or cysts in it. There are also occasional thyroid cancers. Most thyroid problems can be easily diagnosed and treated by a qualified doctor.


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How does thyroid disease occur?

How does thyroid disease occur?

Various: Types and causes of thyroid disease, some are a genetic cause or predisposition, others are induced by the environment such as viruses, some are immune based and many we don't know the true cause (s). There are disorders of function (high or low) and also of structure. Many run in families. There are too many different thyroid diseases to explain in 400 characters. See your doctor for more info. ...Read more

Dr. Terri Washington
466 Doctors shared insights

Thyroid Diseases (Overview)

You can have problems with they thyroid making too much or too little thyroid hormone. You can also have problems with it being too large (goiter) of having nodules or cysts in it. There are also occasional thyroid cancers. Most thyroid problems can be easily diagnosed and treated by a qualified doctor.


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If I only have one symptom of having a thyroid disease which is that my eyebrows have thinned out and don't grow back can I still have the thyroid?

If I only have one symptom of having a thyroid disease which is that my eyebrows have thinned out and don't grow back can I still have the thyroid?

Hypothyroidism: If your eyebrow issue is related to hypothyroidism, see an endocrinologist to correct the condition. However, it could be a hereditary condition if you are euthyroid! ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take medications as prescribed
Once
Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
daily
Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
Once
Eat whole grains only - not white bread
Once
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What are common symptoms of thyroid disease?

What are common symptoms of thyroid disease?

More than 2 types: There can be problem with thyroid function were it is either overactive or underactive. The thyroid can be enlarged and cause symptoms like trouble swallowing or breathing due to compression or thyroid function can be normal but pt may have nodule in the thyroid which can sometimes be cancerous and different medicines can affect the size or function of the thyroid. ...Read more

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What are some signs of thyroid disease and dangers of not treating?

What are some signs of thyroid disease and dangers of not treating?

Many: There are many different kinds of "thyroid disease".
If you think you have one find a thyroidologist through the american thyroid association or ask your doctor to see you to determine if you need tests. ...Read more

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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
Once
Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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What do I need to know if diagnosed with hypo thyroid disease?

Dx Low Thyroid: You need to know the basis for the diagnosis and correlate any of your symptoms with tests. What is your TSH and free T4 level? Rate your level of fatigue on a scale of 0 [no fatigue] to 10 [max fatigue]. Read pages 554-5 from my book endocrine and metabolic tesing manual, 4th ed 2009 r.F. Dons/f. Wians available at crcpress. Com. Get to know an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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How do they test for thyroid disease?

How do they test for thyroid disease?

Function with lab te: The function of the gland can be tested with blood tests of thyroid hormone (t4 and T3 (liothyronine) and the pituitary response to function (tsh). The structure of the gland can be assessed with an ultrasound. Sometimes a radioisotope uptake (rai) and a radioiodide scan can test activity/structure. ...Read more

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Does multinodular goiter with slightly elevated thyroid antibodies possibly mean an autoimmune thyroid disease?

Does multinodular goiter with slightly elevated thyroid antibodies possibly mean an autoimmune thyroid disease?

Possibly: Thyroiditis (which can be immune based) is the most common cause of a multinodular goiter. Have you doctor test for tpo antibodies if you're concerned. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure that your risk factors, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, are addressed
Once
Inspect your feet daily, and call your medical doctor if you experience any wounds
Daily
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Can treated thyroid disease cause carpal tunnel syndrome?

Can treated thyroid disease cause carpal tunnel syndrome?

May co-exist: Abnormal thyroid function can be associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, but cts can also exist for unknown reasons. It is thus possible to continue to have symptoms of cts after thyroid function is normalized. ...Read more

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How can you get treatment for thyroid diseases?

How can you get treatment for thyroid diseases?

YOUR PRIMARY CARE: Start with your primary care doc. Most of the thyroid problems can be diagnosed and treated by your pcp. If you have a condition he/she can not handle will refer you to an endocrinologist who are the specialists dealing with thyroid problems. ...Read more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
daily
Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
daily
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Is there any way to cure a thyroid disease?

Cure: There are generally no "cures" for thyroid problems. They can be managed medically most of the time. Many are due to autoimmune disorders causing inflammation and these may go into remission. ...Read more

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Are there carrier testing available for thyroid diseases? Curious as to whether i'll get thyroid disease sometime.

Are there carrier testing available for thyroid diseases? Curious as to whether i'll get thyroid disease sometime.

Thyroid: There is no genetic test per se, but the existence of thyroid antibodies forebodes development of thyroid dysfunction eventually. Kinda like the red light going on in your car. ...Read more

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Coping with Disease Outbreaks (Checklist)

Wash hands
6x day
Cover nose and mouth
daily
Avoid unnecessary contact
daily
Alert providers of contagion
daily
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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask your doctor for further STD testing
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Ask your partner to get tested for STDs
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Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
Once
Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
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Is there anything I can do to avoid thyroid diseases?

Is there anything I can do to avoid thyroid diseases?

No: In this country most functional thyroid diseases are inherited. Lumps and goiters are also not preventable by any environmental or dietary changes. Avoid radiation if possible. Some drugs affect thyroid function causing hyper or hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to avoid thyroid diseases?

No: In this country most functional thyroid diseases are inherited. Lumps and goiters are also not preventable by any environmental or dietary changes. Avoid radiation if possible. Some drugs affect thyroid function causing hyper or hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Checklist)

Don't miss appointments with your doctor
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Go to lab appointments as necessary
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Keep your oxygen levels up by maintaining a healthy weight
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What is the definition or description of: thyroid diseases?

Various: You can have problems with they thyroid making too much or too little thyroid hormone. You can also have problems with it being too large (goiter) of having nodules or cysts in it. There are also occasional thyroid cancers. Most thyroid problems can be easily diagnosed and treated by a qualified doctor. ...Read more

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Living with Celiac Disease (Checklist)

Schedule a visit with a dietitian
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When eating out, inform your waitstaff you are intolerant of gluten
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Dr. Lonnie Smith
13 Doctors shared insights

Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more