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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 anymore. 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 more
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 more
If you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism surely your doctor has prescribed thyroid hormone replacement.
This is available as brand name or generic. Some doctors prescribe only T4 thyroid hormone, others prescribe that and T3 (liothyronine) thyroid.
My personal preference is T4 only.
Take it at least one hour after a meal and preferably at bedtime. ...Read more
Unstimulated thyroid: Hypothyroidism describes a situation in which the thyroid gland doesn't produce normal amounts of thyroid hormone (t4). In primary hypothyroidism, the thyroid can't make enough thyroid hormone. T4 levels are low, and TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is high. In secondary hypothyroidism, the thyroid can work normally, but due to low levels of tsh, doesn't (t4 & TSH levels both low or low-normal). ...Read more
Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism is a permanent condition requiring lifelong treatment in most patients. Treatment involves thyroid hormone replacement, unless the hypothyroidism is transient, such as following painless thyroiditis or subacute thyroiditis; or reversible (due to a medication that can be discontinued). ...Read more
Take natural thyroid: The natural way to help your body is to not deprive it from the natural hormone that it requires, thyroid hormone. Anything else you do will be un-natural. There are no herbs, supplements, or potions that will help your thyroid do what it is incapable of doing. As you remain off thyroid hormone you will become more un-natural. ...Read more
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