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Can you tell me if I have an underactive thyroid, could spotting be my first period?

Can you tell me if I have an underactive thyroid, could spotting be my first period?

Confusing question: Your question is confusing. The best way to tell if you have an underactive thyroid is to get a blood test to measure a free T4 and TSH level. Symptoms of low thyroid are nonspecific and can be related to multiple other causes. Having a low thyroid can increase menstrual bleeding. Read more

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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

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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Could rapid weight gain over a short period of time be linked to an underactive thyroid?

Could rapid weight gain over a short period of time be linked to an underactive thyroid?

It's possible.: There are many potential causes of rapid weight gain. Thyroid problems, either too little or too much thyroid hormone, could be the cause, but most people with weight gain turn out to have normal thyroid levels. A doctor might ask a lot of questions about diet, exercise, and other symptoms, then consider ordering labs to see if there is a specific cause such as low (or high) thyroid levels. Read more

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Can an underactive thyroid and an ovarian cyst (10cm)have anything to do with each other, also period 1 week late, could either of these be causing this?

Yes: Underactive and untreated hypothyroidism can cause late or delayed menstrual cycles. The thyroid has no relationship, however, to the formation of an ovarian cyst. Your cyst, at 10cm, is at risk of rupturing or turning on itself, called torsion. Have you spoken to a doctor about having the cyst drained or removed? No roller coasters, I've seen patients with big cysts get torsion from a coaster. Read more

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A friend suggested I take maca liquid herbal extract - a few drops of it in water/smoothie to help underactive thyroid, esp before & after period. OK?

A friend suggested I take maca liquid herbal extract - a few drops of it in water/smoothie to help underactive thyroid, esp before & after period. OK?

No value: If you have an underactive thyroid you need thyroid hormone replacement not maca liquid herbal extract. The dose of thyroxine may not be optimized early in its use and you need your doctor to keep an eye on your dose. If you are already taking thyroid you should take it at bedtime at least one hour after your last feed. Read more

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After a weeks missed period I've had a positive preg test. With having underactive thyroid what happens next.?

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After a weeks missed period I've had a positive preg test. With having underactive thyroid what happens next.?

Hypothyroidism: You need to see an endocrinologist in the near future. Your thyroid function needs to be checked and your thyroid medication needs to be adjusted. Read more

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Does vitamin d help an underactive thyroid?

Does vitamin d help an underactive thyroid?

Not clear: There are studies that show a correlation between vitamin d levels and thyroid disease but correlation does not imply causation. In other words, it isn't clear there is a cause and effect relationship. It's good to keep your vitamin d level above 20, but low levels are may be indicative of a problem, not a cause of it. Read more

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Could vitamin d have helped your underactive thyroid?

Could vitamin d have helped your underactive thyroid?

Vitamin4 low thyroid: I am not aware of any specific effect on vitamin supplements to low thyroid. If your thyroid is low, which can be confirmed by lab tests, then simple thyroid supplement is the appropriate treatment. Read more

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Hi I have suffered with an underactive thyroid for years now and have been recommended to take aloe vera. Can you please advise is the forever aloe b?

Unrelated: Hi. I assume (I'd rather not assume) that you're treating your hypothyroidism ant that your thyroid labs are normal on your dose of thyroid hormone. OK, having said that, aloe vera (AV) has absolutely NO relationship to anything about your thyroid. You you can take AV, or stop it anytime, and there is NO effect on your thyroid status. So knock yourself out; have all the AV you want; stop anytime. Read more

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Underactive thyroid what dose it do to men?

Everyone is: Different, and the dose of brand name T4 needs to be customized to you by following serial blood tests. Read more

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What are common symptoms of underactive thyroid?

Underactive thyroid: Weight gain (usually no more than 10 to 15 pounds) and difficulty losing weight; cold intolerance; dry hair and skin; decreased sex drive; fatigue; weakness; muscle cramps; depression. Patients with mild hypothyroidism may not have any symptoms. Read more

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A concern about an underactive thyroid, what to do?

A concern about an underactive thyroid, what to do?

Thyroid: Get ur thyroid profile drawn. Ur pcp should be able to treat if levels are abnormal. Read more

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Plz tell me symptoms of underactive thyroid in women?

Hypothyroid: Typically low energy and possibly weight gain, women may get late or missed menstrual periods but - beware - most patients with hypothyroidism have to get really bad before they notice the symptoms, blood testing can check it much earlier. Read more

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Is an underactive thyroid if left untreated harmful at all?

Yes!: Left untreated, an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) is often associated with high blood blood pressure and high cholesterol. It often causes weight gain which can lead to diabetes. All of these separately can increase a person's risk for heart attack and stroke, but together can increase that risk dramatically. Read more

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Would I be able to have underactive thyroid and not gain weight?

Would I be able to have underactive thyroid and not gain weight?

Yes: Weight gain is one of the symptoms of underactive thyroid but there are other factors that control ones weight and metabolism including the type of food one eats, age, gender, level of activity, function of the adrenal gland and many more. I have many patients who have low functioning thyroid but are not overweight, some actually quite thin. Read more

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Are my sluggish symptoms an underactive thyroid or normal ageing?

Are my sluggish symptoms an underactive thyroid or normal ageing?

See your doctor: Sluggish symptoms are not normal at any age. Please consult your doctor so that a treatable condition is not missed. Read more

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Starting to try for a baby but I have an underactive thyroid. Any advise? Things to do and not to do?

Starting to try for a baby but I have an underactive thyroid. Any advise? Things to do and not to do?

Pregs and hypothyrd: For starters get your thyroid going. Pregnant woman's thyroid hormone requirements go up by 30-50 percent. That means if you are on thyroid meds your dose needs to be increased by that much. Read more

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Does anastrozole affect underactive thyroid?

Does anastrozole affect underactive thyroid?

No affects or action: There are no affects or interactions. May sure your thyroid is regulated. Why are you taking an aromatase inhibitor? Breast ca? Make sure thyroid is normal so that you don't interfere with therapy. Read more

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Spotting (Definition)

Spotting (vaginal spotting) is a symptom in which a woman has light bleeding from the vagina between menstrual cycles. Spotting is usually very light and may be just a ...Read more


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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