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What type of thyroid disease would cause an individual to toggle between Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism symptoms?

What type of thyroid disease would cause an individual to toggle between Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism symptoms?

Breakdown of: Thyroid that releases thyroid hormone as the gland is being destroyed in the long term. This is called Graves disease.
http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/925147-overview#a5
a good source of information on this. ...Read more

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


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Would any type of thyroid disease (hypothyroid/hyperthyroid/any other kind of thyroid disease) effect an HIV antibody test?

Would any type of thyroid disease (hypothyroid/hyperthyroid/any other kind of thyroid disease) effect an HIV antibody test?

No: The most common cause of a false negative HIV antibody test is testing during the "window period" between the time of viral transmission and acute HIV seroconversion. False positive tests are rare and usually result from labeling errors. I am unaware of any bearing that thyroid disease may have on the accuracy of HIV antibody assays. ...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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If you increase your thyroid medication can you go from hypothyroidism to hyperthyroidism?

If you increase your thyroid medication can you go from hypothyroidism to hyperthyroidism?

Technically, no: You can be overtreated and your thyroid hormone levels can be too high, but technically speaking, your thyroid is not over active. ...Read more

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I'm 27. Can a nodule on your thyroid cause hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or either? Thank you very much

I'm 27. Can a nodule on your thyroid cause hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or either? Thank you very much

Yes and no.: Yes. "Functional" nodules producing thyroid hormone independent of the feedback system involving thyroid stimulating hormone from your pituitary, can cause hyperthyroidism. Typically you do not develop hypothyroidism due to a single nodule. A nodule may also represent a benign or cancerous growth. Typically thyroid nodules are biopsied and various imaging helps categorize the type. Follow up w/ MD ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism but my doc said I may have hyperthyroidism as well. Could smoking marijuana have caused this or affect my thyroid at all?

Unlikely: Though certain thyroid conditions can cause both hypo and hyper thyroidism at one point or another, both cannot exist at the same time. It would be like saying your gas tank is full and empty at the same time. At this time there aren't any conclusive studies showing that chronic marijuana use directly affects thyroid function. However, marijuana does affect other hormones. ...Read more

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Thyroid scan/uptake shows mild hyperthyroidism, blood-work shows hypothyroidism. What's up with that?

Thyroid scan/uptake shows mild hyperthyroidism, blood-work shows hypothyroidism. What's up with that?

Labs are right: Thyroid scan/uptake shows how active someone's thyroid is in trapping iodine, but not whether or not their thyroid is able to convert iodide to iodine and make thyroid hormone with it. In this situation, the labs tell the true story - that the thyroid can't make enough thyroid hormone. Uptakes and scans are morehelpful in people with hyperthyroidism, and don't add much info in hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Doctor says I have high thyroid antibodies. Does this mean I am hypothyroid or hyperthyroid? How is this treated?

Doctor says I have high thyroid antibodies. Does this mean I am hypothyroid or hyperthyroid? How is this treated?

Autoimmune thyroid: Presence of antibodies means you have underlying autoimmune disease present sporadic or in families it may not be resulting in thyroid dysfunction at your age it may cause a goiter as you grow be checked for dysfunction which could be over active not common or underactive more often may need treatment during pregnancy. ...Read more

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My thyroid scan/uptake shows mild hyperthyroidism, but blood-work shows hypothyroidism. Does this happen often? What should I do?

My thyroid scan/uptake shows mild hyperthyroidism, but blood-work shows hypothyroidism. Does this happen often? What should I do?

Antibodies: You probably have several types of thyroid antibodies floating around your system. Some cause hyperthyroidism while others may block their effect on the thyroid receptor. Treat your levels- if you're hypo - treat with synthroid (thyroxine). Monitor function and antibody levels over time. ...Read more

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If hyperthyroid then hypothyroid then normal thyroid lasts, what tests needed to see why sleepiness cont. If no addiction or emotional problems?

If hyperthyroid then hypothyroid then normal thyroid lasts, what tests needed to see why sleepiness cont. If no addiction or emotional problems?

Waxing - waning: Thyroid disease can often take a waxing and waning course, with thyroid function fluctuating between hyper and hypo, becoming normal for brief periods between. Eventually the thyroid "burns out" and stops functioning, leading to persistent hypothyroidism. Go back to your doc and see if this might be happening in your case. If nothing else, the chat should start you in the right direction. ...Read more

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Eye checkup Dr said eyes dry. Asked about Thyroid. My mother hypo. My GM was goiters. Is it Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism that would give dry eyes?

Eye checkup Dr said eyes dry. Asked about Thyroid. My mother hypo. My GM was goiters. Is it Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism that would give dry eyes?

Both: Both conditions can have dry eyes as a symptom, as can numerous other conditions such as aging, environmental exposures (wind, dust, excessive sunlight), medications like antihistamines, decongestants, sleep aides, antidepressants, diuretics, etc. ...Read more

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Thyroid ultrasound results showed hyperthyroidism but blood tests came back saying hypothyroidism TSH 11.4 antibodies teat also came back high?

Thyroid ultrasound results showed hyperthyroidism but blood tests came back saying hypothyroidism TSH 11.4 antibodies teat also came back high?

Size v function: The ultrasound can only tell you the anatomy of the thyroid whereas the blood tests tell you how it functions. In your case, you have low thyroid function and probably an enlarged thyroid. ...Read more

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Hypothyroid is common or hyper thyroid is common???

Hypothyroid is common or hyper thyroid is common???

Both: Both are relatively common. If you have symptoms of either discuss with your doctor ...Read more

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I do not have hyperthyroid or hypothyroid problems nor graves' disease.... If I take kelp will I lose weight? I'm 5'6 and 190 I'm overweight

I do not have hyperthyroid or hypothyroid problems nor graves' disease.... If I take kelp will I lose weight? I'm 5'6 and 190 I'm overweight

No: The only way kelp could help is if you are hypothyroid due to iodine deficiency. No pill can help you lose weight unless you eat less ; exercise more> crash diets seldom help; find a diet you can follow for years such as dr. Fuhrman's nutritarian diet- see http://bit. Ly/1dhw9ht. ...Read more

Dr. Su Fairchild
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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


Dr. Louis Gallia
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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