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How can I get treatment for hypothyroidism?

How can I get treatment for hypothyroidism?

See your doctor: Your primary care doctor should be able to make a diagnosis and usually treat this condition. An endocrinologist is always appropriate for this also. ...Read more

Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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How much can treatment for hypothyroidism cost?

How much can treatment for hypothyroidism cost?

Can be inexpensive: This is a serious disorder that must be treated . Cost is minimal impact great see a md. ...Read more

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What might cause treatment-resistant hypothyroidism?

What might cause treatment-resistant hypothyroidism?

Please define: Hi. By what do you mean "treatment-resistant"? Is your dose too low? That's not treatment resistant, that's just being under treated. Has your thyroid function been normalized on thyroid hormone replacement but you still feel symptoms? That's not "treatment-resistant", that's just assigning symptoms to the wrong thing. We need more information. I doubt you have a thyroid hormone receptor defect. ...Read more

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How long does it take for symptoms to get better with treatment for hypothyroidism?

How long does it take for symptoms to get better with treatment for hypothyroidism?

Variable based on Dx: Based upon other baseline medical factors each patient is different. Cause of how the disorder happened needs to be explored.Often it cannot be identified but sometimes it can as well as other associated conditions. Probably need an endocrinologist consult. Make sure a complete history and physical is done including family history. Also blood pressure sitting and then standing. Checks autonomic ns. ...Read more

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I've recently begun treatment for hypothyroidism. I was wondering if there were any foods or exercises or exercises, etc I could do as well? Thank you

I've recently begun treatment for hypothyroidism. I was wondering if there were any foods or exercises or exercises, etc I could do as well? Thank you

No specifics : There are no specific diet or exercise necessary for ppl with hypothyroidism, but if you were hypothyroid for a long time before your diagnosis and treatment, perhaps you have gained some weight and maybe cholesterol is higher than optimal? If so, eat balanced diet to maintain bmi 20-25, reduce bad fats, choose good oils, minimize alcohol, and if overweight, consider screening for diabetes. ...Read more

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What can cause treatment-resistant hypothyroid?

What can cause treatment-resistant hypothyroid?

Need more informatio: Could be you are not on a large enough dose (most adults need 75-150 mcg/day) or that you are not taking it consistently (you can double up next day if you miss a dose). Difficulty absorbing the thyroid hormone in your gut is the least common cause). Would need to know your dose and thyroid test results before treatment and most recently. ...Read more

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How efficient is T4 treatment for hypothyroidism?

100% efficient: Hi. You can't beat 100% efficient! Some people prefer to use desiccated pig thyroid extract, and some prefer T3 (liothyronine) added to their T4, but T4 alone is all that's ever required. ...Read more