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Yes, very common: Underactive thyroid is very common, estimated to affect about 5% of the us population. The most common cause is an autoimmune process where your body attack itself. Diagnosis is done through blood tests. Treatment is replacement of thyroid hormone, usually through a pill. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Many: Some common symptoms are: fatigue, sensitive to cold, dry skin, constipation, hoarse voice, weight gain, high cholesterol, muscle ache/weakness, joint pain, heavy periods, brittle nails/hair, depression. Many other conditions can share these symptoms so if you suspect it, get a thyroid blood test. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with underactive thyroid at 20 yrs old.. I moved..Then i was told it was fine. Is that possible? I'm 36 yrs now.
No routine: There probably isn't a routine age at which it is recommended that all people be tested for an underactive thyroid. However, older people can have an underactive thyroid with unusual symptoms or, essentially no symptoms at all. So many doctors will fairly routinely test their patients' thyroid functions when they are 65 or so. ...Read more
Blood tests: In the us the most commonly identifiable reason for an under active thyroid is autoimmune. Therefore, blood tests to look for anti thyroid antibodies would be helpful. ...Read more
Tests and Symptoms: Symptoms of low thyroid function are commonly fatigue, weight gain, heavy periods (females), dry skin, hair thinning and loss, depression and constipation. Tsh, free T3 (liothyronine) and free T4 (if TSH is borderline) as well as some other older tests like morning baseline temperature and tendon reflex testing can all detect low thyroid function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does TSH 4, 83 mean hypothirodism ( underactive thyroid) and ft4 - is 9 ( does it also mean underactive thyiroid) ?
It depends/can mean,: This can mean under active thyroid depending on the ranges and whether or not there're symptoms of hypothyroidism, like fatigue, sensitivity to cold, and thinning of hair. The TSH is high normal to high at 4.83 if the upper limit is 5.0 or 3.0 respectively, while the free T4 is low normal if the units of measurement are pool/l. You've already got hypothyroidism so this would help reinforce it. ...Read more
Hypothyroidism (Adult) (Definition)
Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland does not secrete enough of the thyroid hormones. Symptoms include cold intolerance, constipation, and fatigue. ...Read more
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