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Why Does Hypothyroidism Cause Low Gastrin Level
Would a very high prolactin level (no pituitary tumour) cause hypothyroidism or does hypothyroidism cause high prolactin levels?
See below: Addison's disease is a state of low cortisol or hypocortisolism. In addition to cortsiol, the adrenal galnd also produces a very important hormone called aldosterone. The latter is responsible for reabsorbing sodium from the urine in exchange for potassium. If such hormone is not produced in sufficient quantity (either isolated or in conjunction with cortisol), potassium levels go up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have blood test results that show low calcium levels, low PTH levels, and confirmed hypothyroidism due to high TSH. what does this mean?
Calcium PTH, Thyroid: Confirmed hypothyroidism s a clear message that the TSH is working hard to increase thyroid hormone but without success. Treatment will have to be with thyroid hormone taken by mouth. Unlikely, but the surgeon might want to remove your thyroid gland since it is not working properly. ...Read more
Depends on level: Low potassium can cause muscle pain, cramps, weakness, paralysis, and even heart rhythm disturbance. Low glucose can cause a variety of symptoms including shakiness, sweating, palpitation, and most concerning brain dysfunction, e.g. Confusion and even seizure. Above are not complete lists. Extent of symptoms are in part related to severity of drop in levels. ...Read more
Varies: Prolactin is elevated naturally in pregnancy and breastfeeding; if neither apply to you and it is markedly elevated, it may be a prolactinoma. See your doctor for further evaluation. Cortisol elevation can be anything that stresses your body. There are disease states with excessive cortisol production, but these are less likely. Again, discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
No: Cortisol is made by the adrenal glands whereas hypothyroidism refers to low levels of thyroid hormone from the thyroid gland. Having one does not cause the other. Chronic stress and anxiety also do not cause these disorders. Low cortisol (adrenal insufficiency) is a rare disorder, typically autoimmune related, and must be diagnosed correctly, not simply by a low cortisol level. ...Read more
Stimulates Thyroid: As the name implies, TSH = thyroid stimulating hormone so this hormone does stimulate thyrocytes. If you have hypothyroidism (lazy thyroid), the high TSH will keep stimulating the thyroid gland to make more hormones and that is why we treat with thyroid hormone (or in iodine deficient areas iodine therapy may help). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hyperthyroid: Both Graves disease and a hot nodule/multinod goiter are common causes of hyperthyroidism. Typically in Graves, the whole thyroid is enlarged and it is an autoimmune disease. In hot (toxic) nodule/multinod goiter, there is one or more nodules that are hyperactive. Both causes respond well to antithyroid drugs and radioactive iodine, occas need surgery. See your Endocrinologist ...Read more
Unlikely but...: Rhodiola is known to improve thyroid function and thus might be expected to reduce TSH levels somewhat (though more research on this is needed). However, a low TSH tends to be a sign of hyperthyroidism and, as far as i know, rhodiola is not known to stimulate the thyroid to the point of hyperthyroidism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Few mechanisms: 1. Low intake in food 2. Loss in secretions- urine, gastrointestinal-vomitus and stool, sweat 3.Increased traslocation of k in to the cells in certain conditions eg. Insulin excess, mineralocorticoid( aldosterone - a hormone secreted by adrenal gld.) excess are associated with low potassium.There is a genetically acquired condition called periodic hypokalemic syndrome characterized by low k level. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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