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My thyroid tests are normal. The my symptoms all point to hyperthyroidism. What can I do to convince my endocrinologist to order a thyroid scan?

My thyroid tests are normal. The my symptoms all point to hyperthyroidism.  What can I do to convince my endocrinologist to order a thyroid scan?

When to stop: It is not your job to diagnose yourself or to convince an expert to do a test that they feel is unnecessary. As much as i love the internet nine time out of ten when a patient has made their own diagnosis in the internet they are wrong. You deserve to know what the doctor who is treating you has diagnosed but they are the one with the medical license here. ...Read more

Dr. Susan Wingo
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Hyperthyroidism (Definition)

Hypothyroidism is a medical condition that lowers the level of thyroid hormone to a point where the patient has a marked decrease in overall health. Often the patient does not notice the loss of thyroid hormone for several weeks or more. Once diagnosed with low thyroid hormone levels, the patient will be prescribed with thyroid hormone to a point where the thyroid levels are normal and ...Read more


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I have a 5cm hot nodule on the right side of my thyroid causing hyperthyroidism. My endocrinologist says lobectomy and surgeon says total thyroidectom?

I have a 5cm hot nodule on the right side of my thyroid causing hyperthyroidism. My endocrinologist says lobectomy and surgeon says total thyroidectom?

Stay conservative.: Generally would go with more conservative approach of lobectomy. Unless there is a compelling reason to remove the other side leave it alone. Total thyroidectomy doubles your risk of injury to recurrent laryngeal nerve and your parathyroid glands. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with thyroid disease at 9 years presented as hyperthyroidism and then converted to hypothyroidism. Main concern is mood changes, have done lots of research nothing that links mood changes and thyroid disease. Endocrinologist has never compromise

Diagnosed with thyroid disease at 9 years presented as hyperthyroidism and then converted to hypothyroidism. Main concern is mood changes, have done lots of research nothing that links mood changes and thyroid disease. Endocrinologist has never compromise

Mood changes: Mood changes can be directly related to hormonal levels. Very high thyroid levels mimic anxiety/agitation; very low levels mimic depression. Thyroid levels are measured by lab tests (T3, T4). If you are now hypothyroid, your endocrinologist can rx thyroid hormone to take orally to bring your levels to normal. Mood changes are more likely due to other hormone levels, and interactions are complex. ...Read more

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What does it take for an endocrinologist to decide if armour is suitable for subclinical hypo- thyroidism? If test results are all in "normal" range.

What does it take for an endocrinologist to decide if armour
is suitable for subclinical hypo-
thyroidism?  If test results are all
in "normal" range.

Subclinical hypo..: Subclinical hypothyroidism occurs when peripheral thyroid hormone levels are within normal reference laboratory range but serum thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels are mildly elevated. If all test results are normal then it does not sound like subclinical hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of an overactive thyroid?

What are symptoms of  an overactive thyroid?

Many possible: Some people with an overactive thyroid may have no symptoms at all. For those that do, hair thinning, trouble sleeping or concentrating, irritability, wt changes, heart pounding, shakiness, frequent bms, feeling hot when others don't, and inability to exercise may be present. Eye bulging or double vision may occur w/ graves' disease, and neck swelling and tenderness may occur w/ thyroiditis. ...Read more

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Think i might have an overactive thyroid, how can this be treated?

Think i might have an overactive thyroid, how can this be treated?

Be Sure 1st: The first thing to do is see a doctor to get lab tests to be sure hyperthyroidism is present. If it is present, then start thinking about treatment options. These may include medications to treat symptoms, medications to slow down the thyroid, surgery to remove the thyroid, or a radioactive iodine pill to kill the thyroid. ...Read more

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What is the possibility I could have overactive thyroid problems?

What is the possibility I could have overactive thyroid problems?

Hyperthyroidism risk: Female gender increases risk several fold; having a recent major stressful event also increases risk. These include childbirth, surgery and major emotional states. A comprehesive list of thyroid related symptoms (all non-specific) may be found in my book endocine & metabolic disorders clinical lab testing manual 2009 [crcpress.Com]. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of overactive thyroid and what is it called?

What are the symptoms of overactive thyroid and what is it called?

Overactive thyroid: It is called hyperthyroidism. Some symptoms are difficulty concentrating, fatigue, large thyroid in neck, frequent bowel movements, increased appetite, heat intolerance, increased sweating, irregular menstrual periods in women, nervousness, restlessness, weight loss, high blood pressure, hair loss, tremors, itching, diarrhea, upset stomach, eyes protruding (exophthalmos). ...Read more

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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


Dr. Steven Griggs
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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