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What exactly does it mean if you have low thyroid function?

What exactly does it mean if you have low thyroid function?

That you have: Hypothyroidism and need to see your doctor for brand name T4 replacement to bring your levels back to normal. ...Read more

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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I have a low thyroid what can I do to lose weight?

I have a low thyroid what can I do to lose weight?

Thyroid replacement : If T3 (liothyronine) & T4 are low and TSH is high; then you have hypothyroidism. Thyroid replacement therapy will be needed for the rest of your life. Normal T3 (liothyronine) & T4 levels support normal weight. ...Read more

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What is the best way to loose weight with low thyroid?

What is the best way to loose weight with low thyroid?

Hypothyroidism: First, your hypothyroidism must be treated. Then change your lifestyle to a healthier one. You don't need a drastic diet. Make small changes. Eat the right portions, eat 3-5 small meals a day, cut back on carbs and sugars, increase lean protein/veggie/fruit/water intake, and start doing some cardiovascular exercise. Continue to monitor your tsh, t3, (liothyronine) and T4 levels as well. ...Read more

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Is weight loss using cytomel (liothyronine) for a low thyroid normal?

Is weight loss using cytomel (liothyronine) for a low thyroid normal?

No: You may be overdosed on cytomel (liothyronine). But also if your weight gain was previously due to underactive thyroid, and the weight loss on Cytomel (liothyronine) was a return to 'normal' weight, then it is not a problem. I prefer sustained release T3 over cytomel (liothyronine), or Armour Thyroid with T3 sr. ...Read more

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Can you have TSH [1.09] and t free[o.66] which are within normal parameters and still have low thyroid function?

No: If your TSH and free T4 levels are normal, you do not have low thyroid function. However, a free T4 of 0.66 would be low in most labs. Low free T4 with a normal TSH could indicate a pituitary problem. ...Read more

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Can a low thyroid function affect the heart and cause serious problems?

Can a low thyroid function affect the heart and cause serious problems?

Possible: It is uncommon in young pts for hypothyroidism to cause heart probs, but it def can cause cardiac issues. It cause a slow heart beat, which usually resolves with treatment. If left untreated hypothyroidism can lead to a cardiomyopathy (gen heart dysfunction). This is often reversible, but left untreated can lead to permanent cardiac damage and irreg heart beats. If tx'd there should no problems! ...Read more

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If my thyroid swells when I drink caffeine or alcohol does this mean it is not functioning correctly? I have symptoms of low thyroid but tests are ok?

If my thyroid swells when I drink caffeine or alcohol does this mean it is not functioning correctly? I have symptoms of low thyroid but tests are ok?

Thyroid coffee: 34 F from from Cork notes that her thyroid swells when she drinks force. I suspect what you mean is that the you swallow coffee you and perhaps others can see your thyroid better as you tilt your head back. Cannot imagine how coffee will make thyroid swell. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm interested in trying the herb guggel for acne and low thyroid function. has anyone had experience with this herb?

What do you advise if I'm interested in trying the herb guggel for acne and low thyroid function. has anyone had experience with this herb?

Guggul: Not aware that Guggel can be used for thyroid conditions or acne. GUGGUL (AKA Commiphora mukul, Guggulipid, Indian Bedellium, and Commiphora wightii) is a traditional Ayurvedi medicine. The meaning in Sanskrit is “one that protects against diseases”. It has traditionally been used to treat obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis & sciatica. Although it was once thought to decrease ...Read more

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Which is better for hypothyroid, levothyroxine or Armour Thyroid without weight gain?

Which is better for hypothyroid, levothyroxine or Armour Thyroid without weight gain?

Depends: Depends on how well you are converting T4 to t3 (liothyronine). It you are converting too much T4 to reverse t3 (liothyronine), you may be better off on armour. http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2012/12/proper-thyroid-testing.html. ...Read more

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About my head pressure symptom and a partially empty sella. I also have a low thyroid function. Is this last related at my symptoms?

Possibly.: "empty sella" is a radiologic description of a sella not completely filled by pituitary gland. The function of the pituitary gland may or may not be normal. Your low thyroid function could be related but may also be unrelated. Please see your doc. ...Read more

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Low thyroid & taking levothyroxine 50mmg 1 a day. I eat healthy, can't lose any weight. Can i take an over-the-counter thyroid boost pill also?

Low thyroid & taking levothyroxine 50mmg 1 a day. I eat healthy, can't lose any weight. Can i take an over-the-counter thyroid boost pill also?

No not a good idea: No it is not a good idea and can be dangerous.I wiil discuss your weight problem with your doctor or endocrinologist.Your inability to loose weight may or may not be related to your thyroid and you may need to change your eating habits and exercise. ...Read more

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Can low thyroid function cause muscle stiffness in walking? Any suggestions on how to deal with it until I get to doctor?

Can low thyroid function cause muscle stiffness in walking? Any suggestions on how to deal with it until I get to doctor?

Low thyroid Stiffnes: 39 F US asks if low thyroid can cause muscle stiffness. Asks how to deal with it till sees Dr. ANS: Not clear what you are talking about, usually think of joints being stiff not muscles. Anyway low T can cause muscle fatigue tiredness but usually advanced state. Only way to deal with it is to take thyroid-if low T is indeed the cause. Give more details and reconsult. ...Read more

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I have hashimito's thyroidism, hypothyroidism, what foods should I avoid? Am taking T4 50mg during the week, T4 75mg at weekends. Thank you.

I have hashimito's thyroidism, hypothyroidism, what foods should I avoid? Am taking T4 50mg during the week, T4 75mg at weekends. Thank you.

Coffee with pills: Coffee decreases the absorption of T4, so don't drink coffee when you are taking your medicine. Otherwise, no dietary restrictions ...Read more

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What causes thyroid imbalance? And what causes weight gain with a thyroid imbalance?

What causes thyroid imbalance? And what causes weight gain with a thyroid imbalance?

Many causes,low met.: There are many causes of thyroid imbalances but our growing exposure to toxins including Fluoride (yes, fluoridated water causes it), bromine ; mercury is likely the most common cause. See http://bit.Ly/1doksyi ; http://bit.Ly/1ddkbiq for details. Thyroid hormone controls our metabolic rate like the rate an engine idles. The resultant slow metabolism in hypothyroidism causes weight gain. ...Read more

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Is brewers yeast good for a person having thyroids the thyroid that causes a person to gain weight, I think it's hypothyroidism?

Is brewers yeast good for a person having thyroids the thyroid that causes a person to gain weight, I think it's hypothyroidism?

Brewer's Yeast: Brewer's yeast comes from a 1-celled fungus (saccharomyces cerevisiae) used in making beer, but not bread. It's been used for years as a nutritional supplement, because it's rich in b-complex vitamins, chromium, and selenium. However, it contains no vitamin b12. Studies have shown it helpful in diabetes, high cholesterol, etc -- but no direct effect on thyroid. http://tinyurl.com/kfvkmn5. ...Read more

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Ok so I know some of you(drs.)have replied about this similar question:can takn 2much thyroid for hypothyroidism cause weight gain, was on 200mcg, 150.?

Usually not: The standard answer would be no, but everything to do with thyroid can be reversed. There are other reasons not to over-replace thyroid. Heart rhythm can get out of whack. Bone density can go down. You can have emotional reactions. There was a time when thyroid med was given to lose weight. Not any more. Get your level checked! ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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