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What Happens If Hypothyroidism Goes Untreated
Is hypothyroidism a dangerous (even life threatening) condition? What can happen if left untreated?
Yes: Often mild hypothyroidism, which is more common as you get older, can go unchecked for a long time--months to years. Severe hypothyroidism is another story--medically known as myxedema coma --it is a rare but life-threatening condition. Hypothyroidism is easy tested and treated, thus check with your doctor... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I think I've had hypothyroidism first time i was tested was a year ago if I have had it untreated what complications could I have gained?
No problem if treat: Left untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to multiple complications and health problems. Markedly enlarged gland or goiter can occur. Increased cholesterol and heart disease develops. Long-term, untreated hypothyroidism, myxedema, occurs when hormone levels extremely low. Its symptoms include intense cold intolerance and drowsiness followed by fatigue/lethargy and unconsciousness (myxedema coma). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hypothyroidism in adolescent affected growth and left untreated till 21yo,is it possible to make growth back to normal ?
Many factors: Many factors are involved--genetics, length of time without treatment for low thyroid. Has puberty completed and have bony growth centers closed? Please see your doctor and have a bone age x-ray done. Also check to make sure patient is on sufficient thyroid hormone. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes: Hypothyroidism is one of the most important metabolic causes of reversible cognitive impairment. The term refers to thyroid under function within adults, which results in deficits of the thyroid hormones, thyroxine T4 and triodothyronine t3 (liothyronine). This underfunction may originate in the thyroid itself or in the pituitary or hypothalamus which controls the thyroid gland. ...Read more
I had untreated hypothyroidism from 11 years old til 20 and my body stopped growing around 15/16. I am on t4, can I still grow or is my body done?
Growing up: You are done growing. I am sorry to tell you. ...Read more
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