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What Mimics Hypothyroidism
Since perimenopausal symptoms mimic hypothyroidism and testing for both are unpredictable, how do you ever know which one to treat?
Not true: Testing for thyroid disorders is very predictable and precise. There is a lot of misinformation out there that would have you believe that you can have hypo or hyperthyroidism with normal thyroid levels. This is simply not true. Hormone levels related to menopause can fluctuate, as do symptoms, but testing done at the correct time is usually helpful. ...Read more
What are other conditions/diseases that mimic hypothyroidism? (my hormones were tested and i'm not menopausal)
I have hypothyroidism. I used to feel so sleepy but now I am not. Could it be from bad eating habits? It feels like i mimic hyperthyroidism.
See below: If your thyroid function is under control with medication that may explain why you are not tired any more. Your doctor can check your levels to confirm. ...Read more
Inadequate hormones: The thyroid creates a hormone that regulates metabolism in the body. It works on a number of different organ systems, and is essential to proper body function. If the thyroid stops producing the hormone, you become hypothyroid. This can happen by antibody destruction, direct destruction of the thyroid gland, removal (tumor), or interruption of the stimulating signal from the brain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Low Function Thyroid: Hypothyroidism means your thyroid is either not produing enough or somethimes any of the hormones needed for basic functioning. It controls metabolism, heart rate, body temperature, and most normaly functions of homeostasis and even controls some of your other glands production of hormones. It can be life-threatening if not treated. Medication will correct the problems. ...Read more
Not usually: Occasionally, hypothyroidism is caused by a temporary condition such as thyroiditis, or inflammation of the thyroid gland. Such cases usually do resolve, and the thyroid goes back to making normal amounts of thyroid hormone. Most of the time, however, the thyroid gland makes less and less thyroid hormone over time, and lifelong treatment with thyroid hormone is needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See your doctor.: What to do with hyperthyroidism depends mostly on what the cost is. Regardless of the cause, however, you should be taking thyroid supplements until the cause and treatment are determined. You should see your doctor or an endocrinologist ASAP. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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