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What do doctors do to test for an underactive thyroid?

What do doctors do to test for an underactive thyroid?

Blood tests: Typically thyroid function is assessed by blood tests thaat measure the level of various forms of thyroid hormone, bound and unbound in the blood. Sometimes specialized studies utilizing imaging techniques can also be used to determine size, volume, irregularities, location and function of the thyroid gland. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more


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What kinds of tests do you take to determine your cortisol level to decide if you have excess cortisol?

What kinds of tests do you take to determine your cortisol level to decide if you have excess cortisol?

Suppression or urine: The 2 screening tests that can be performed are an overnight Dexamethasone suppression test (odst) or a 24 hour urine collection for cortisol. For the odst, you take Dexamethasone (a steroid) the night before you get blood drawn for a morning cortisol. The normal response to taking dex is a decrease in cortisol production. If one of these tests is abnormal, a 2 day dex test is done to confirm. ...Read more

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What can I do to lose weight with an underactive thyroid?

What can I do to lose weight with an underactive thyroid?

Diet and exercise: On top of taking your thyroid hormone, the most important things to do are to eat healthy and exercise. Taking the thyroid hormone to keeo levels normal will not make you lose weight but will avoid faster weight gain. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce a thyroid goiter?

What can I do to reduce a thyroid goiter?

Cause??: If a goiter is the result of anti-thyroid antibodies and your thyroid function is normal, there isn't much to be done. It will eventually go down on its own as long as thryoid function is kept normal. If from over/under active thyroid, medication may help. Multinodular goiters are more complicated and may need surgery. Other reasons also, so please discuss cause/treatment options with doctor. ...Read more

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Do i need to go to an endocrinologist for postpartum hyperthyroidism?

Do i need to go to an endocrinologist for postpartum hyperthyroidism?

Best: It would be best if you did, as most ob's and pcp's aren't familiar with the disorder or how to properly diagnose/treat it. ...Read more

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Please help: my FSH hormon is 20 what to do to make IVF work?

Please help: my FSH hormon is 20 what to do to make IVF work?

At age 53,: unfortunately IVF with your own eggs will not work or lead to a live birth. There have been no reported live births using IVF with own eggs at age 53. Your ovaries have exhausted their own healthy egg supply. Your best chance is to consider doing IVF using donor eggs. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Do i need to go to the gyno to test for a hormone imbalance?

Do i need to go to the gyno to test for a hormone imbalance?

It depends: Exactly which of your body's thousands of hormones do you think are out of balance? If you're referring to ovarian hormones, then your gyn would be an excellent place to start. ...Read more

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My thyroid tests are normal. The my symptoms all point to hyperthyroidism. What can I do to convince my endocrinologist to order a thyroid scan?

My thyroid tests are normal. The my symptoms all point to hyperthyroidism.  What can I do to convince my endocrinologist to order a thyroid scan?

When to stop: It is not your job to diagnose yourself or to convince an expert to do a test that they feel is unnecessary. As much as i love the internet nine time out of ten when a patient has made their own diagnosis in the internet they are wrong. You deserve to know what the doctor who is treating you has diagnosed but they are the one with the medical license here. ...Read more

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Does a thyroid ultrasound test for hypothyroidism or do you need to give blood?

Does a thyroid ultrasound test for hypothyroidism or do you need to give blood?

Hypothyroid: The ultrasound does not test for function. Blood-work is needed. ...Read more

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Do you need to fast for thyroid antibodies test?

Do you need to fast for thyroid antibodies test?

Thyroid antibodies: No . Fasting is not necessary for thyroid tests of any kind. You only need to fast for tests affected by your blood glucose-related hormones, like your blood sugar test and your lipid profile ; even the lipid profile can be done non- fasting, some experts say nowadays. ...Read more

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How can you address an underactive thyroid?

How can you address an underactive thyroid?

Levothyroxine: This is thyroid hormone replacement. An under active thyroid doesn't make enough thyroid hormone. Fortunately, there is oral replacement medication making it very easy to treat. ...Read more

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How do you tell if you have an overactive thyroid?

How do you tell if you have an overactive thyroid?

Thyroid: Your doctor can order thyroid function blood test to measure thyroid hormones & TSH levels. ...Read more

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Help please! is an ob/gyn the doctor I should go to in order to have my hormone levels checked?

Help please! is an ob/gyn the doctor I should go to in order to have my hormone levels checked?

Good place to start: An endocrinologist is the best specialist for this, but your ob/gyn can order and interpret most tests, especially tests that deal with sexual hormones. ...Read more

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What could I do to boost your thyroid?

What could I do to boost your thyroid?

Sorry,: There are no thyroid "boosters". You can take thyroid replacement pills if your thyroid level is deficient, but there are no boosters, supplements, etc that help your thyroid. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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Trying to lose weight with an underactive thyroid. What should I do?

Trying to lose weight with an underactive thyroid. What should I do?

Diet and exercise: A healthy diet and exercise and taking your thyroid hormone replacement as recommended by your doctor. Normal thyroid hormone levels will help you to no continue to gain weight by stimulating your metabolism to normal rate, but without diet and exercise you will not lose the excessive weight. ...Read more

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What should you do for a hormone imbalance ?

What should you do for a hormone imbalance ?

That depends: On which organ or gland is impacted. The issue is medically evaluated. After an accurate diagnosis is made - a treatment plan is made. ...Read more