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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)

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


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more