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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

Hypothyroidism is also known as Underactive thyroid. Level, which can cause fatigue increased sensitivity to cold constipation dry skin unexplained weight gain puffy face hoarseness muscle weakness elevated blood cholesterol level muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods thinning hair slowed heart ...Read more


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Is there a way to tell difference between hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism without going to the doctors?

Is there a way to tell difference between hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism without going to the doctors?

You can't: Hyperthyroidism is overactive thyroid, hypothyroidism is underactive thyroid. The symptoms are opposite each other, and are nonspecific. Most people who have symptoms that seem like they are thyroid related do not actually have thyroid disease when they are tested. The only way of being sure is to see a doctor and have a blood test (tsh, t4). ...Read more

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What is the difference between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism?

What is the difference between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism?

Thyroid function: Hypothyroidism is related to burn out of the thyroid with low production of thyroid hormone. Hyperthyroidism is excess production of thyroid hormone. Both need to be investigated and treated as they are serious conditions. ...Read more

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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

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Dr my free T4 is 1.03 and TSH is 3.18 normal between .1 to 4.8 shown in result. I want to clarify i am having hypothyroid or hyperthyroid?

Dr my free T4 is 1.03 and TSH is 3.18 normal between .1 to 4.8 shown in result. I want to clarify i am having hypothyroid or hyperthyroid?

Neither: Hi. Maybe I'm missing yor point. You have a normal TSH and a normal free T4, and you're wondering if you're hypothyroid or hyperthyroid? You left out the correct answer...normal thyroid. Normal is normal. That sounds trite, doesn't it?! But true. Normal thyroid function is normal, not hypo, not hyper, but normal. If I'm missing the point, please clarify. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it possible to be hyperthyroid with hypothyroid symptoms?

Is it possible to be hyperthyroid with hypothyroid symptoms?

Yes.: While some symptoms of hypothyroidism are the opposite of hyperthyroidism, some are the same! Both hypo and hyperthyroidism can cause fatigue, weight gain, and poor concentration. Or the symptoms could be unrelated to the thyroid. See your doctor to find out what caused the hyperthyroidism, make a plan for treating it, and then, if symptoms are still present, finding what else might be going on. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Underactive Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid makes thyroid hormone, the main one is t4, which is converted in other tissues to t3. An underactive thyroid makes too little thyroid hormone. You feel sluggish, bloated, constipated, cold. It is treated by taking replacement hormone levothyroxine. The thyroid also makes calcitonin, which is involved in calcium metabolism, but it is a weak hormone in ...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