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Doctor insights on: What Other Illnesses Might Be Mistaken For Hypothyroidism

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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


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Which other illnesses can be mistaken for hypothyroidism?

Which other illnesses can be mistaken for hypothyroidism?

Many: But it's easy to diagnose hypothyroidism with a simple blood test. If it's normal, you and your doctor can concentrate on the other possibilities.

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Does hypothyroid disease lead to diabeties?

Does hypothyroid disease lead to diabeties?

Related, not cause: Hypothyroidism does not "lead" to diabetes. However, the two disorders frequently occur together and there is an autoimmune link between them. That does not mean one causes the other to occur.

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What makes hypothyroidism a serious disease?

What makes hypothyroidism a serious disease?

Hypothyroidism: Impaired mental activity, including problems with concentration & memory. Depression. Chronic fatigue. Difficulty concentrating.Sensitivity to cold headache.Muscle&joint aches. Weight gain, despite diminished appetite.Constipation. Early puberty. Menstrual irregularities. Hearing loss. Husky voice. Skin & hair changes (pale, rough, dry skin, less sweat, hair coarsens, brittle nails). Serious enough.

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How can one suggest the dose of thyronorm for hypothyroid disease?

How can one suggest the dose of thyronorm for hypothyroid disease?

Many factors: There are formulas that some people use to calculate a dose. I do not find them useful, however. Older people and small people need less, you need to go slow with buildup in people with heart disease, other factors. In a 30 yo healthy woman of normal size, I would probably start with 75 - 100 mcg/day, which is prob slightly low, then get a TSH in 6 weeks and make a dose adjustment.

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How can I lose weight with a treated hypothyroid disease? I've tried everything

How can I lose weight with a treated hypothyroid disease? I've tried everything

Yes: First see your endocrinologist to make sure your thyroid hormone level is now normal after taking synthroid (thyroxine). Look into every thing you eat especially seemingly small snacks these little 100cal snacks can add up quickly Avoid fried foods, cakes hi carb meals like bagels white breads and pastas. Look into you daily cal intake, it should be between 1500-2000cal a day

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Can you tell me if I could have kids if I have hypothyroidism & hashimotto disease?

Can you tell me if I could have kids if I have hypothyroidism & hashimotto disease?

Yes: Hi. I will assume that your hypothyroidism is treated and that on treatment, you have normal thyroid function. That condition is not an impediment to conceiving and successfully carrying a pregnancy to term. Your profile says your 48 years old,,, THAT is the elephant in the room! Menopause will DEFINITELY keep you from having kids!

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Help! Need to know if there's a difference between hypothyroid and hashimotos disease?

Help! Need to know if there's a difference between hypothyroid and hashimotos disease?

Yes: Basically the same thing hypothyroidism. The simple primary hypothyroidism is failure of the thyroid gland Hashimotos is an autoimmune condition where the thyroid is being attacked by your immune system. Its a more severe condition because it is auto immune but the treatment is almost the same

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I was currently on weight watchers but didn't lose much weight. Recently found out that I have hypothyroid disease?

Treat hypothyroidism: If you were properly diagnosed with hypothyroidism, this will make it more difficult to lose weight unless your thyroid levels are made normal. You would need to be on thyroid hormone to correct low thyroid. However, you will still likely need to be careful with your diet and do aerobic exercise to lose weight and keep it off.

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Have hypothyroidism. Recived preskription Circadin. Start today. The leaflet say not recommended & not to be eaten with autommun disease. What 2 do?

Have hypothyroidism. Recived preskription Circadin. Start today. The leaflet say not recommended & not to be eaten with autommun disease. What 2 do?

It's OK: Hi. As an endocrinologist and autoimmune disease doc, I can't for the life of me think why the leaflet says not to take if you have autoimmune disease. Melatonin is fine taken with MANY autoimmune diseases, and hasn't been studied for safety (or unsafety) with ANY. Go for it. Sleep tight and sweet dreams!

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How does hypothyroidism affect mental illness?

Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism can slow your thinking and energy down, and cause fatigue and lethargy. It can cause depression symptoms, but isn't the same as the mood disorder. It can be hard to process things mentally. Ongoing depression is worsened. Hypothyroidism needs treatment, generally with thyroid hormone in various forms; a depressed hypothyroid person may need both this and antidepressant therapy.

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Is it safe to have hypothyroid disorder and be a vegetarian?

Is it safe to have hypothyroid disorder and be a vegetarian?

Yes: Just make sure you aren't taking in any soy products within 30-60 min of having taken your levithyroxine first. Soy is known to interfere in the absorption of thyroid hormone replacement medication.

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Any ideas if I can have kids if I have hypothyroidism & hashimotto disease?

Any ideas if I can have kids if I have hypothyroidism & hashimotto disease?

Pregnancy: You can get pregnant, but your pregnancy and thyroid levels will need to be monitored closely by your OB and endocrinologist. Make sure your hormone levels are in check before conceiving.

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I have hypothyroid disorder and am trying to be a vegetarian, but is that a good idea?

I have hypothyroid disorder and am trying to be a vegetarian, but is that a good idea?

Why?: Hypothyroidism is always treatable. I happen to be so. It is a problem that 8percent of the population deals with. Oncedxed, non-problem. While I respect food choices, a vegetarian lifestyle is one I cannot endorse. It is a social & psychological decision. Humans have never been vegetarians!

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What distinguishes hypothyroidism from thyroid disease?

What distinguishes hypothyroidism from thyroid disease?

Various: You can have problems with they thyroid making too much or too little thyroid hormone. You can also have problems with it being too large (goiter) of having nodules or cysts in it. There are also occasional thyroid cancers. Most thyroid problems can be easily diagnosed and treated by a qualified doctor. Hypothyroidism is only one form of thyroid disorder.

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Can a low glycemic diet help hypothyroid disease?

Can a low glycemic diet help hypothyroid disease?

No evidence: There is no evidence to suggest that a low glycemic index diet will help hypothyroid disease. Taking enough thyroid hormone to get thyroid levels into the normal range is the best treatment for hypothyroidism. However, a low GI diet may help someone lose weight and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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What's the main difference between raynaud's disease and hypothyroidism?

What's the main difference between raynaud's disease and hypothyroidism?

Different disease: They are very different. Hypothyroidism is an endocrine/ metabolic disease, often caused by an autoimmune condition called hashimoto's thyroiditis. Raynaud's is a vasospastic condition sometimes from autoimmune illness like lupus. What they share is trouble with cold. Raynaud's have very poor reactions to cold, spasms in blood vessels. Low thyroid also causes cold intolerance, by low metabolism.

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I am Hypothyroid and have Addison's Disease - is it safe for me to take Serrapeptase?

I am Hypothyroid and have Addison's Disease - is it safe for me to take Serrapeptase?

It's your business: You're seriously sick -- if you have real Addison's and are also hypothyroid, you probably have Schmidt's. You've got a duty to yourself and those who love you to learn how you body really works -- and educate yourself enough to be able to see through health frauds like "Serrapeptase". It won't touch your endocrine illness and if you stop your evidence-based regimen, that mistake could kill you.

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I have autoimmune hypothyroid. Is it possible for me to get a second autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune disease: Persons with autoimmune disease do have a higher likelihood of developing or having other autoimmune diseases.