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Should subclinical hypothyroidism be treated?

Should subclinical hypothyroidism be treated?

Sometimes: If it is truly subclinical, meaning that there are no associated symptoms or signs of too little thyroid hormone, a doctor may choose to just watch, and recheck hormone levels in a few months. But many people with "subclinical" hypothyroidism do have symptoms and signs of low thyroid levels, if a doctors asks the right questions or looks closely, and these people would benefit from treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

A condition in which the thyroid gland can't make enough thyroid hormone to keep ...Read more


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Should subclinical hypothyroidism be treated with meds ? Tsh level of 4.2 ?

Should subclinical hypothyroidism be treated with meds ? Tsh level of 4.2 ?

Depends: Treatment should be discussed with your doctor. Depending on your age and cause of your hypothyroidism, it may make sense to treat it. For example, if you are young and have hashimoto's (which equates to a high likelihood of progressing) treatment typically makes sense. ...Read more

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Doctors, can my hypothyroidism be treated completely?

Yes: There is a medication synthroid (thyroxine) that can completely replace your thyroid hormone. It is a daily am pill ...Read more

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Can you have both underlying adrenal insufficiency and thyroid disease, while treated with levoxyl (thyroxine)?

Can you have both underlying adrenal insufficiency and thyroid disease, while treated with levoxyl (thyroxine)?

Yes you can: And it will fall under the condition called autoimmune polyglandular syndrome type 2 (aps 2), also called schmidt disease. Risk of autoimmune diabetes is also higher in type 2 ( versus type 1, much rarer here in the us). ...Read more

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Could my hypothyroidism be treated completely?

Could my hypothyroidism be treated completely?

Absolutely!: Hi. It's easy as 1-2-3! I bet your doctor's well on the way to having it fine tuned already! Don't forget to take your thyroid hormone daily. We use labs to assess how your dose is working...doing so, we assume you're taking your thyroid hormone every day. Unlike many other meds, with thyroid, if you forget to take it one day, take two the next day. So easy! To your health! ...Read more

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Does subclinical hyperthyroid caused by graves always progress to hyperthyroid and is treatment necessary for subclinical hyperthyroid?

Does subclinical hyperthyroid caused by graves always progress to hyperthyroid and is treatment necessary for subclinical hyperthyroid?

Watch carefully: Eventually, you will likely develop either overt hyperthyroidism, or you could possibly become hypothyroid. But not always, and this could take years. If you feel well, and your heart/bones/psyche/ etc are ok, you and your doctor (best: Endocrinologist) could elect to watch this and not treat now, but watch carefully. ...Read more

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Can hashimoto's thyroiditis be treated?

Can hashimoto's thyroiditis be treated?

Hashimotos: Yes - usually quite easily. Sometimes it causes only a goiter which does not necessitate treatment. Treatment depends on thyroid hormone levels. ...Read more

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Is thyroxine for hypothyroidism? I have hypothyroidism, sister has Hyperthyroidism, I'm confused we've been medicated with same dose...

Yes: thyroxine is for hypothyroidism. Your sister could have hyperthyroidism that was treated, now has hypothyroidism and could be on thyroxine after that. Need to know more about what your sister did with the hyperthyroidism. ...Read more

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How often should get tested for hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)?

How often should get tested for hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)?

Depends on condition: It depends on what is going on with your thyroid. If there is no reason to suspect hyperthyroidism, a tsh/ft4 is not usually checked. If you have graves disease and are on antithyroid meds (eg methimazole), then you need to be checked every 3-6 months, depending on symptoms. With thyroiditis (different kinds), even more frequent checks may be needed. See your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Who can be cured of hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism is a permanent condition requiring lifelong treatment in most patients. Treatment involves thyroid hormone replacement, unless the hypothyroidism is transient, such as following painless thyroiditis or subacute thyroiditis; or reversible (due to a medication that can be discontinued). ...Read more

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Since hypocretin deficiency reduces TSH production, if a patient also has hypothyroidism, should they be treated as they have central hypothyroidism?

Yes.: Hypocretin regulation is not completely understood. However, hypothyroidism is hypothyroidism and should be treated according to normal guidelines, with replacement. An endocrinologist appointment is in order, as your situation is more complex and an endocrinologist will be very current in his/her knowledge. ...Read more

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Can i treat undiagnosed hypothyroid by myself?

Can i treat undiagnosed hypothyroid by myself?

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

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Can thyroid medicines be stopped for sub clinical thyroid?

Can thyroid medicines be stopped for sub clinical thyroid?

In some cases: Talk to your doctor before doing this and come up with a plan to monitor you and make sure that your hypothyroidism is still subclinical, meaning that it is causing no ill effects. Many times, though, subclinical hypothyroidism will progress to overt hypothyroidism, so you and your doctor will need to monitor this for many years. ...Read more

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How is diabetes treated and managed in newly diagnosed patients?

How is diabetes treated and managed in newly diagnosed patients?

Lifestyle changes: For type 2 diabetes mellitus (the most common kind), first steps in treatment center on learning about diabetes, and making changes to the diet and adding in regular exercise. Medications are sometimes needed from the outset and that depends on the clinical situation. Keep in mind that by the time diabetes is diagnosed, many times there are already complications from it, so don't wait! ...Read more

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How is goiter treated by endocrinologist?

How is goiter treated by endocrinologist?

Thyroid Masses: "goiters" are enlarged thyroid glands. They can be benign or actually cancerous. See your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. This sometimes involves blood tests, scans and possibly a needle biopsy. Drugs or surgeries may be indicated after the diagnosis is made. ...Read more

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4.8 CRP and subclinical thyroid treated with 0.05mg Eltroxin. Should I worry? Sore throat feeling and thyroid gland sensitive on one side.

4.8 CRP and subclinical thyroid treated with 0.05mg Eltroxin. Should I worry? Sore throat feeling and thyroid gland sensitive  on one side.

No worry: I am assuming Eltroxin is a thyroid medication. We don't have that product here. We need to know a lot more about your total medical history. The sensitive gland may not be a problem. This is something to discuss with your physician ...Read more