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Dr. Susan Wingo
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Overactive Thyroid (Definition)

Hyperthyroidism, often called "overactive thyroid," is a condition where the thyroid secretes too much of the thyroid hormones. Common symptoms include heat intolerance, increased appetite, ...Read more


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Taking ptu (propylthiouracil) for overactive thyroid and Clomid also; does smoking affect thyroid hormones?

Taking ptu (propylthiouracil) for overactive thyroid and Clomid also; does smoking affect thyroid hormones?

Eye disease: Smoking will greatly increase your risk for developing grave's exophthalmopathy. Essentially, the eyes are pushed out because of immune deposits behind them. This will make it difficult for you to close your eyes. People go blind from this depending on severity. We don't understand why smoking increases your risk but it does. ...Read more

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Would a thyroid condition cause sleepless nights? Taking Synthroid (thyroxine) meds

Would a thyroid condition cause sleepless nights? Taking Synthroid (thyroxine) meds

Too much Synthroid (thyroxine): Yes, restlessness and insomnia can occur if blood levels of TSH is low and freeT4 levels(thyroxine) are high because taking a higher dose of Synthroid. Should get a blood TSH level and free T4 levels and adjust Synthroid dosage .Sleeplessness may improve when TSH and thyroxine levels in blood is therapeutic . ...Read more

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Salt causes water retention, why is syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone treated with salt tablets?

Salt causes water retention, why is syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone treated with salt tablets?

SIADH and salt?: The syndrome of inappropriate antiduretic hormone (SIADH) is not treated with salt tablets. The choice of therapy is dependent on the severity of the symptoms. Agents used to treat SIADH are either 3% or .9% saline infusions, fluid restriction, loop diuretics, vaptan and demeclocycline. The basic problem of SIADH is fluid accumulation in the body causing a low sodium. Salt tablets don't work. ...Read more

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Normal lab results, hyper thyroid symptoms. (tachycardia/insomnia) is Synthroid (thyroxine) or armour preferred? Possible adrenal issue?

Normal lab results, hyper thyroid symptoms. (tachycardia/insomnia) is Synthroid (thyroxine) or armour preferred?  Possible adrenal issue?

Not for hyper: Adding thyroid hormone replacement to a hyperthyroid gland will exacerbate the problem. If there is underlying adrenal insufficiency, adrenal crisis is more likely to occur in someone with hyperthyroidism. Highly recommend endocrine evaluation if you have these issues. ...Read more

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Can taking too many iodine supplements cause an overactive thyroid?

Can taking too many iodine supplements cause an overactive thyroid?

There are: Certain thyroid conditions that can develop into an overactive thyroid with ingesting of very large amounts of iodine, but it is uncommon except when you get iodine contrast intravenously. ...Read more

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Can 50mcg of Synthroid (thyroxine) make thyroid nodules grow?

Can 50mcg of Synthroid (thyroxine) make thyroid nodules grow?

NO: Thyroid supplementation occasionally can help to shrink a nodule, and has been used to suppress the growth. ...Read more

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Which is better for hypothyroid, levothyroxine or Armour Thyroid without weight gain?

Which is better for hypothyroid, levothyroxine or Armour Thyroid without weight gain?

Depends: Depends on how well you are converting T4 to t3 (liothyronine). It you are converting too much T4 to reverse t3 (liothyronine), you may be better off on armour. http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2012/12/proper-thyroid-testing.html. ...Read more

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Have essential tremor.Can having hyperthyroid levels from to much levothyroxine make hands tremble/ jittery worse? Lost Wt. from diet, Adjust meds.

 Have essential tremor.Can having hyperthyroid levels from to  much levothyroxine make hands tremble/ jittery  worse? Lost Wt. from diet, Adjust meds.

Yes: We ned to know more but thyroid medication can add to this. But your physician who knows more about you can clarify these tess, decide whether this is increasing your essential tremor ...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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Can eating lite salt with iodine everyday help to normalize my slow thyroid...Im already on thyroid medication...

Can eating lite salt with iodine everyday help to normalize  my slow thyroid...Im already on thyroid medication...

Iodine is needed: Iodine is needed for proper thyroid function. You don't say why your thyroid is 'slow', so there is no telling how much this can help.. Keep us posted ! ...Read more

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Can the thyroid medication like thyronorm increase blood pressure?

Can the thyroid medication like thyronorm  increase blood pressure?

Possibly: Both too little and too much thyroid hormone can cause high blood pressure. Hypothyroidism is usually associate w/ high diastolic (bottom number) pressures, while excess thyroid hormone can cause high systolic (top number) pressures. Work with your doc to make sure your TSH is in the target range. If BP still high, it needs to be treated. ...Read more

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Slight underactive thyroid. On meds but doc sd to also increase iodine intake. I'm putting iodized salt on everything. Darker circles under eyes help.

Slight underactive thyroid. On meds but doc sd to also increase iodine intake. I'm putting iodized salt on everything. Darker circles under eyes help.

Iodine intake: Unless you live in a very remote part of the world, or unless you consume a very unusual diet, there is probably already plenty of iodine in your diet, and more will not help your hypothyroidism. If your thyroid is failing, you need to take levothyroxine in an appropriate dose, and that will take care of the thyroid problem. ...Read more

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Will thyroid hormones or antithyroid medications interfere with a tc99m pertechnetate thyroid scan?

Will thyroid hormones or antithyroid medications interfere with a tc99m pertechnetate thyroid scan?

Not usually: Technetium is usually trapped by thyroid gland and used to determine in young children and infants the configuration of thyroid gland, hypoplasia, absence, or increased size or hyperplasia, or abnormal location. Radioactive iodine is used in older patients for determine function of thyroid gland, increased function or hyperthyroiidism or decreased function, hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Hashimotos in remission. High TSH but normal free T3 (liothyronine) t4. Possible pituitary? Headaches nausea weight loss anxiety etc..

Hashimotos in remission. High TSH but normal free T3 (liothyronine) t4. Possible pituitary? Headaches nausea weight loss anxiety etc..

Get level checked,,: This sounds like symptoms of hyperthyroidism (weight loss, anxiety) your TSH may be high and free t3 (liothyronine) T4 normal, but it may be somewhat high for you so you might need to get your meds adjusted after another check of your thyroid levels (tsh is usually attempted to be kept at around 3.0 miu/l in hashimoto's). Good luck. ...Read more

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Thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine) effect on weight loss?

Thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine) effect on weight loss?

Ideally, none: Thyroid hormone in any form is not a weight loss product. Many people, especially those with weight problems to begin with, find that taking too much thyroid hormone can lead to weight gain just as easily as taking too little thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone should be adjusted to match what the body would make if the thyroid were working normally., and should be weight-neutral. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroid symptoms be fast heart rate and insomnia? Will adding cytomel to Synthroid (thyroxine) help?

Can hypothyroid symptoms be fast heart rate and insomnia? Will adding cytomel to Synthroid (thyroxine) help?

Maybe hyperthyroid: Hyperthyroidism (too much circulating thyroid hormone) will often produce rapid heart rate and insomnia - along with other symptoms like diarrhea, weight loss, and jitteriness. Low thyroid may cause weight gain, sluggishness, coarse/dry skin, and constipation. Ask your care provider about your symptoms. Please do not "freelance" with Cytomel or synthroid, (thyroxine) as this may harm you! lgromko md. ...Read more

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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


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