Causes For Hypothyroidism And Symptoms

The common causes of hypothyroidism are autoimmune destruction of the thyroid gland and previous thyroid surgery or radioiodine therapy. In alternative medicine, however, nutritional causes of hypothyroidism are considered to account for many cases of hypothyroidism.

Other causes of hypothyroidism are radiation, surgery, viral or bacterial infection, iodine deficient diet, medication and contaminants in the environment. People consume iodine through their diets, but iodine consumption is decreasing in the United States because of less iodized salt in our diets.

Symptoms Of Hypothyroid

Symptoms of hypothyroidism can be mild or severe, but are often very subtle, therefore if someone only has a mild case of hypothyroidism, it is very hard for physicians to pinpoint the problem. They can manifest in all organ systems and range in severity based on the degree of hormone deficiency.

Symptoms of hypothyroid that commonly occur include: tiredness, weight gain, constipation, aches, feeling cold, dry skin, lifeless hair, fluid retention, mental slowing, and depression. If you have any symptoms of a sluggish or overactive thyroid, there are number of thyroid tests that your doctor may order to help diagnose your condition.

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a disease caused by insufficient production of thyroid hormones by the thyroid gland. This disease may cause thyroiditis. The exact cause of hypothyroidism of patients with iodiopathic nontoxic colloid goiter is not known.

Hypothyroidism affects more than eleven million people just in the United States alone but it is more common among elderly people, especially women, and affects 1.5 to 2 per cent of people over the age of 60 years, and is very dangerous in pregnant women. An imbalance in the body is not a good thing when you are trying to grow another body inside you of course.

There are many causes of Hypothyroidism and they are usually caused by some kind of toxic overload in the body but not always. Sometimes the body's own immune system attacks the Thyroid gland which is the case in Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

Diet for hypothyroidism

If you have hypothyroidism is very important to know that the type of diet you follow can help you reduce your symptoms, and at the same time help you control your weight. The foods that causes of hypothyroidism are as follows cabbage, cauliflower, corn, kale, Brussels sprouts, almond seeds. Avoiding these foods in you diet it will cure the hypothyroidism with in 3 to six weeks. Weight gain goes hand in hand with hypothyroidism and to some people it gets rather difficult to lose weight with this condition.

There are areas where consumption of few substances known as goitrogens in staple diet affects the proper utilization of iodine by the thyroid gland. Stay away from shock diets that leave your body weakened and your immune system in disarray. A good diet, plus a supplement of either thyroid or progesterone, can often break the cycle of hormonal imbalance. Going on a healthy diet and dedicating yourself to exercising will serve you to reduce needless body fat and accomplish your aim of becoming thinner.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Could these symptoms be caused by hypothyroidism?
    I began taking Lithium a year and a half ago, but only took it for a couple months and have been off of it for over a year. At the same time, I began having difficulty losing weight and began gaining weight despite constant exercise and watching what I ate. I also became constipated for the first time in my life (at the age of 24) and have been ever since. I get ridiculously cold during the daytime. I have aches and pains in my upper back and neck area for no apparent reason, as well as in most of my joints. I have terrific mood swings and feel very tired if I don't have my daily energy drink (which can't be helping anything, I'm sure).

    Since the symptoms began, I've learned that Lithium causes hypothyroidism in 12% of patients who take it. I've gained about 15 pounds while at the same time increasing my workouts (I work out 5-6 days a week doing cardio, weight training, and various exercises at my home). Two weeks ago, I had my TSH tested for the first time, and was told that it was "normal" without seeing the number.

    If it's not hypothyroidism, what else could it be? Has anyone experienced similar symptoms? What about fibromyalgia?

    • ANSWER:
      Lithium can cause thyroid problems I would STRONGLY suggest that you call up your doc and ask him what your test results are.. get the names of the tests, the levels and the lab's ranges.

      If they only tested TSH and that number was over 2.0... and they ran no other tests... Go see another doctor.

      Fibromyalgia is often the diagnosis given for a collection of symptoms resulting from long term un(der)treated hypothyroidism..

      Find out what your TSH was, with those symptoms I simply would not accept being told TSH 'is in normal range'.

      If your TSH is over 2.0 have further testing to determine what is wrong, this isn't something that is going to make you fall over dead any minute, but you are already experiencing symptoms and if this is insufficient thyroid hormones those symptoms will increase.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can hypothyroidism cause severe emotional symptoms? or am I just crazy?
    If so, what kind and if you have any personal experiences let me know.
    I've been under extreme stress, feeling unstable,suicidal,anxiety, worry,anger,rage, unmotivated,hyper at times, change of personality,memory loss and weird thinking and just very emotional, ok i have minor depression before i was diagnosed. But right i was diagnosed i was bomb rushed with all these symptoms back to back, as well as physical symptoms i tried to explain to my doctor he won't listen says i need anti depressants and was just harsh. i really feel like i'm going crazy. My mind isn't right to do anything or make my owndecisionss, i feel like half of my brian is fried and i feel very empty,dumb and i'm becoming anti social and people are noticing i've been dealing with this for almost a year and i'm tired..and i feel crazy and lost, any help or advice

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  3. QUESTION:
    Can hypothyroidism cause severe emotional symptoms?? or Am I just crazy?
    If so, what kind and if you have any personal experiences let me know.
    I've been under extreme stress, feeling unstable,suicidal,anxiety, worry,anger,rage, unmotivated,hyper at times, change of personality,memory loss and weird thinking and just very emotional, ok i have minor depression before i was diagnosed. But right i was diagnosed i was bomb rushed with all these symptoms back to back, as well as physical symptoms i tried to explain to my doctor he won't listen says i need anti depressants and was just harsh. i really feel like i'm going crazy. My mind isn't right to do anything or make my owndecisionss, i feel like half of my brian is fried and i feel very empty,dumb and i'm becoming anti social and people are noticing i've been dealing with this for almost a year and i'm tired..and i feel crazy and lost, any help or advice
    thx you guys. I'm on synthroid now been on it since Jan and still no help. I have pains in my head..idk if this is from thyroid as well. But i just changed doctors because the first one wasn't listening and now i think i'm going to switch again as well because this new doctor tell me i need anti-depressants and they didn't ever work for me before and i think all along it was my thyroid and not real depression. Now he sends me a letter apologizing, and that i've been way over-treated. This is pure anguish i wouldn't wish this pain on my worst enemy.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh YES! You are not going crazy! Hold on & get to the right doctor to get help!

      Have you had your thyroid tested? You did not say. You need testing for ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but would not matter if antibodies are present. Indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis…main cause of HypOthyroid & is worse (...OR Graves Disease - HypERthyroid).

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html

      God bless

  4. QUESTION:
    Do does hypothyroidism cause depression, is it the other way around?
    I've recently been diagnosed with minor hypothyroidism, but I'm pretty sure I have depression too. Could my hypothyroidism be causing my depression [I'm pretty sure I've had both for years now, just wasn't sure what was happening with me]. Or is depression separately caused and simply a symptom of hypothyroidism?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a great article about this subject on http://www.HypothyroidismExposed.com...

      Essentially, one of the most devastating symptoms of hypothyroidism is depression. There are clearly established links between hypothyroidism and depression which have been confirmed by medical institutions and establishments.

      How hypothyroidism can cause depression...

      The reason is simple; hypothyroidism affects the body’s production of two key chemicals called serotonin and dopamine that help regulate person's mood. Having a lack of these chemicals can trigger problems with depression.

      The good news is that depression brought about by hypothyroidism is more easily treated than depression brought about by other means.

      You can learn more about this subject or read the whole article on the following link:

  5. QUESTION:
    Recurrent Thyroid condition?
    A year ago I went to the doctor with a list of symptoms that could have been copied from the definition of Hypothyroidism. These are symptoms I have had off and on for as long as I can remeber, often at times of great stress. I asked my doctor to be tested for hypothyroidism, he obviously hated me for trying to diagnose myself. He said I was likely just anemic. He tested both, surprise surprise, I wasn't anemic, but my thyroid test was sufficiently abnormal to warrant a retest. By the time I had the retest, 30 days later, I was feeling better and my test was normal.

    My question is: Is there a condition that causes hypothyroidism, or symptoms similar to hypothyroidism, that wax and wane as mine do?

    • ANSWER:
      Not to beat the obvious, but are you pregnant or breast-feeding? Some of the pituitary hormones that control these processes also are mistaken by the thyriod as TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). It is very common to see mild thyroid abnormalities in pregnancy and breast-feeding.

      That being said, there are many other causes of hypothyroidism, some of which are episodic, such as Hasimoto's thyroiditis. Still, most cases are easily treated with thyroid hormone, which is perhaps the simplest, most effective and cheapest medications for any condition we know of.

      As always, discuss these and any questions with your doctor. If you are not satisfied with his explanations, consider obtaining a second opinion (no reputable doctor will be upset if you do).

      Incidentally, thyroid testing is so standard for any complaints of fatigue, lethargy, depression or anxiety that for most doctors it should be a knee-jerk reaction.

  6. QUESTION:
    I'd like a better understanding of why Hypothyroidism causes joint pain.
    I've been on Levoxyl for about a year and we're still adjusting my dosage. About 2 months ago I started having joint pain in my right shoulder, both hips, down my left leg and in my left forearm and it's gradually worsening. I've been reading that these pains might be related to the hypothyroidism and I have an appt in 3 weeks to address this with my Dr. In the meantime I'd like to understand just how and why the condition causes joint pain. Thank goodness for the internet because no one told me this could be a symptom. Until a month ago I was drinking a protein shake with yogurt every morning within an hour of my Levoxyl. I stopped that after the joint pain started and I learned on line that the calcium could block the absorbtion. Thanks for any information you can give me to help me better understand what's going on inside. Terry

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you can have joint pain with hypothyroidism. I have severe shoulder and knee pain. My knees are the worst, especially in the morning, i can barely move. Not sure what can be done about it, maybe your doctor can help you out there. Good Luck and feel better soon :-)

  7. QUESTION:
    What might all of these symptoms mean?
    I have a whole lot of chemical imbalances going on with me. Anyone maybe venture an educated guess on what may be the cause?

    Hypothyroidism, High Blood pressure, High Blood Sugar, Low Testosterone, Protein in urine, Irritable bowel syndrome.

    I am 26, in the Army, I don't smoke or drink. Symptoms like Heart palpitations, shortness of breath and such from my Hypothyroidism started about a year and a half ago. Doc is running a ton more blood panels including a test for Prostate Cancer. Any thoughts?

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  8. QUESTION:
    Other than underactive thyroid, what causes hypothermia in my case?
    I have all the symptoms (for months now) pointing towards hypothyroidism - low body temperature (95-97), always cold, constipation, dry skin/thinning hair, tired, etc. I recently had TSH test, which came back normal. Yet, I am going in to see an endocrinologist since I know something ISNT normal. From this alone it is obvious that something is not right with my thyroid gland...however, there is something else that I wasn't sure may have an influence. A few weeks my lymph node under my neck swelled up, became tender...I soon develop aching head sickness and fought it days later. I assumed the swollen lymph node was just a response to fight the infection. It continues to remain today (which isn't suprising) and this evening it started to become tender again, slightly more inflammed.
    I was wondering if there was any connection btwn the inflammed lymph node and my other symptoms, AND if there are any other causes of my symptoms OTHER than hypothyroidism.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Mike

      Here is a clear defination and how to resolve it. Im not sure you have it, but here is the info anyway. You sound like you also need to take control of your health. Quit focusing on the negative and start making positive changes with your diet as well as your attitude toward your health. Feel and Viualize a healthy great body! You'll be surprised on just how the mind change will benefit your health.

      There is a self test for Hypo on here as well.

      Definition: Hypothyroidism is caused by under active production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland.

      Symptoms: It is a very common but often overlooked condition with symptoms that include fatigue, weight gain, slowed heart rate, constipation, irritability, sensitivities to cold, mental depression, slowness or slurring of speech, drooping and swollen eyes, swollen face, recurrent infections, increased allergic reactions, headaches, hair loss, brittleness of hair, female problems (such as heavy menstrual flow, painful periods, and premenstrual tension), decreased immune functioning, and calcium metabolism problems. In children, hypothyroidism can also retard normal growth and development. If undiagnosed and untreated, hypothyroidism can cause or contribute to many other recurring or otherwise non-responsive health problems.

      Cause: Hypothyroidism can be caused by food allergies, excess stress, environmental toxins, insufficient exercise, B vitamin deficiencies, lack of iron, lack of digestive enzymes, liver disease, hormone imbalances, and/or parasites. All of these factors need to be screened for and addressed before lasting relief can be achieved.

      Sulfa drugs, lithium, synthetic estrogen, and antihistamines can exacerbate hypothyroidism symptoms. In addition, if you are on thyroid medication, increase calcium supplementation to reduce the risk of bone loss.

      Low thyroid function may also be due to Hashimoto`s disease, a condition in which the body becomes allergic to its own thyroid gland and forms antibodies that attack it, thus lowering thyroid hormone output.

      Caution: If you suspect you are suffering from Hashimoto`s disease, consult a physician immediately.

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      Natural Cures

      Broda Barnes Home Thyroid Test: The following simple test was developed by Broda Barnes, one of the first physicians to recognize the widespread incidence of hypothyroidism. Place a thermometer by the side of your bed before you go to sleep. In the morning before getting out of bed, lie still and place the thermometer under your armpit for 15 minutes, then check your temperature. A temperature below 97.5° F may indicate a problem with the thyroid gland. Take the temperature in this manner for three days, except for the first few days of the menstrual cycle and the middle day of the cycle, and calculate the average temperature. If it is consistently low, it is an indicator that your have hypothyroidism. The lower your body temperature is, the greater your degree of hypothyroidism.

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that are naturally high in iodine such as fish, kelp, vegetables, and root vegetables (such as potatoes). Also, increase your daily consumption of foods rich in vitamin B complex, such as whole grains and raw nuts and seeds, and foods rich in vitamin A, such as dark green and yellow vegetables. But avoid foods that slow down production of thyroid hormone, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, broccoli, turnips, kale, spinach, peaches, and pears.

      Herbs: Mild cases of hypothyroidism can be helped by herbal bitters such as gentian or mugwort, while constipation due to low thyroid function can be improved by yellowdock, butternut, or cascara sagrada. St. John`s wort can also be helpful.

      Homeopathy: Calc carb. in a dose of 1M once a day is very useful for treating hypothyroidism and improving overall thyroid function.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

      Lifestyle: Regular aerobic exercise can play an important role in helping to regulate thyroid hormone production.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Organic thyroid glandular extracts can help restore normal thyroid function, but should only be used under the supervision of your physician. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A, vitamin B complex, essential fatty acids, iodine, kelp, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

      Alternative Professional Care: If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating hypothyroidism include: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Cell Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Homeopathy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, Qigong, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yoga.

      Best of health to you

  9. QUESTION:
    I have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism, but had a 'normal' blood test?!?
    I went to the doctor a week ago complaining of fatigue/fogginess, constipation, confusion/ forgetfulness, dry skin/ hair, and extremely low libido...... i even had nipple discharge (from only one breast, almost like colostrum). they took my blood and concluded that my results were normal, they didn't tell me what 'exactly' they tested for... just said they were going to check my metabolism. i don't know what sliding scale they are using as normal. but they also said that i had elevated cholesterol. my numbers were TOTAL CHOLESTEROL:214 TRIGLYCERIDES:201 LDL (bad cholesterol):123. this concerns me b/c i eat healthy, i mean really healthy... practically no red meat, rarely drink milk or eat cheese(constipation), barely any empty carbs, and i only cook using 'healthy' oils (i.e. canola and olive) and watch my trans fats and hydrogenated oils. i've read that hypothyroidism can cause elevated cholesterol levels..... my doctor seems to think my symptoms are just from being a mother of 2 toddlers, and hesitant on believing that i do indeed eat healthy.... WHAT CAN IT BE? i am tired of being tired, confused, and constipated. please help. BTW I am only 25. (and have no other medical conditions other than depression)
    okay, first off i am medicated for my depression; i take wellbutrin sr 150 twice daily. i was told it helped with low libido, but not on me. i have had these symptoms for about 3 months now; i get between 8-10 hrs of sleep a night; i watch what i eat, i eat oatmeal instead of sugary, processed cereal, basically the healthy option over the alternative,1% milk on occasion, and i exercise regularly (5-6 days a week) my doctor has since ordered a CBC, a guess it's a complete blood test. i'll update as i get more info.
    my hair has actually changed in texture.... it used to be poker straight now it's wavy?! i used to never have to use any product in it, now i have to use a leave -in conditioner, frizz serum, and detangler. and it doesn't have any body to it anymore. i have changed moisterizers too, i used to just apply cocoa butter and have a great complexion. now it seems as if my skin is paler and drier, i now use pure mineral oil on my skin. and it helps alot, i just have to keep applying often. oh and my anti-depressant is the only medicine that i am on, and i am not pregnant. i'm thinking of getting another doctor for a second opinion. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Depression can absolutely cause fatigue, fogginess/confusion and low libido. Other than that, you have dry skin/hair and constipation, which are very common problems, and not necessarily symptoms of disease. Cholesterol is partly hereditary, it's not just from your diet. Your body produces cholesterol on its own, and this depends on the activity of certain enzymes which are genetically variable. Because of the cholesterol and constipation, did your doctor talk to you about high-fiber foods to add to your diet?

      1. How long have you had these symptoms?
      2. What are the foods you eat the most?
      3. How much sleep do you get per night?
      4. How many calories would you say you eat daily?
      5. Are you being treated for your depression? If so, how?
      6. Describe your hair - texture, color, treatments. What do you do for dry skin?

      People in medical school learn from the newest versions of books that incorporate the latest understandings of scientific processes.

      I do not believe the poster below me has a firm grasp on endocrinology. There are multiple adrenal hormones, and they don't all function the same. Beyond that, if they weren't functioning properly, ACTH would be released from the pituitary, not TSH. Beyond that, TSH would only serve to increase thyroid hormones, not decrease. I don't quite see how low thyroid function would cause inflammation, but regardless, inflammation would increase release of cortisol, not decrease. If you couldn't convert cholesterol to pregnenolone, you'd die from lack of mineralocorticoid activity (you would lose huge amounts of fluid, your cardiac output would decrease, and you'd go into a shock-like state). Lastly, cortisol INHIBITS the conversion of T4 to T3 during times of stress. This is a problem in people who have elevated levels of cortisol.

      If you answer my questions I'll be happy to try to help further. Do you happen to know the results of your thyroid screening tests?

      EDIT:
      Our TSH and thyroid hormone levels vary during the day and from day-to-day during the week. It’s possible that when you were tested, your TSH and T4 levels were within the normal range, but that the levels are abnormal at other times. As a result, on average, your tissue may have too little stimulation by thyroid hormone. Also, recent evidence suggests that the so-called "normal" ranges may be too wide. As a result, some people’s doctors may believe their test results are normal when in fact the patients are hypothyroid.

      In addition, you might have central hypothyroidism. In central hypothyroidism, the thyroid gland is underactive. As a result, the blood level of thyroid hormone is too low, at least part of the time. But the cause of the underactive thyroid gland and low thyroid hormone level is not an abnormality of the thyroid gland. Instead, the cause is a dysfunction of the pituitary gland or hypothalamus. When a patient’s standard thyroid test results are normal, the doctor should always consider the possibility of central hypothyroidism. The best way to test for this form of hypothyroidism is the TRH stimulation test. With this test, we identify many patients who’re hypothyroid, although their standard thyroid test results are normal.

      2nd EDIT: A CBC is just a complete blood count, it counts all the types of cells in your blood (red blood cells, lymphocytes, neutrophils, etc). It's mostly used to check for anemia, infection, blood cancers, and other diseases that affect the relative numbers of different types of cells in your blood.

      Based on what you've said, I agree with getting another opinion. I think at this point your doctor should be testing for more than a CBC. Before you do this, you should obtain a copy of all your lab tests so you know exactly what you were tested for. Sit down with your doctor and ask him clear, direct questions - "What could be causing my symptoms?" "What have we tested for?" "What else are you going to do to find out what's wrong with me?" If you get answers like "It's probably nothing" "We tested your metabolism and blood counts" "There's nothing more to do" then it's DEFINITELY time to get another doc.

      Good luck.

  10. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism, does eating sugar make symptoms worse or am I diagnosed incorrectly?
    I have been to a doctor who really can't find what is wrong with me. He thinks its either candida or hypothyroidism. 9 months ago I took a drug called mephedrone, and since then haven't felt the same since. I can't eat sugars or grains really without feeling really woozy and spacey. I also have really red itchy eyes, mucus under my eyes, massive fatigue, digestion problems, really dry skin, and difficulty thinking straight, I mean I can barely type this out too due to all the mistakes. I took diflucan for about two months now and haven't really noticed a huge improvement. I still have all the problems, maybe slightly better. I have completely changed my diet since I have seen him and I think that maybe has helped. I think I have felt some die off symptoms, but I don't know, could actually be me worsening something. The reason he suspects it could be hypothyroidism, or just plain something wrong with my thyroid, is because I had told them that for as long as I can remember I have had dry skin. I also have alopecia (sp?) and have had that since about third grade. I don't believe that taking a synthetic drug could cause a candida outbreak or cause all the symptoms to flourish, but I'm not a doctor. Could someone please give me some additional insight?
    Btw, I had blood work done and he said that my thyroid levels were fine, but my white blood count levels were above normal, and my cortisol levels are super high during the morning when I get awake, but then lower and level off around 3 p.m. I also have super low estrogen levels, I should be at around 28 or so, I believe, and I am at around 2.
    Ok, my TSH, 3rd Generation: .63
    T4, Free: 1.5
    T3, Free: 3.0
    Does anyone know if thats normal or something could be wrong? Btw, I am on a gluten, sugar free diet.

    • ANSWER:
      heya! I really suggest you try water purification drops. If there is anything in your body that is causing this.. which I highly suspect, it will kill it.

      When a chlorine dioxide ion contacts a harmful pathogen, it instantly rips up to five electrons from the pathogen, in what can be likened to a microscopic explosion… harmless to us, but terminal for pathogens.

      The pathogen – an electron donor – is rendered harmless due to the involuntary surrendering of its electrons to the chlorine dioxide – an electron acceptor – and the resulting release of energy. Oxidized by the chlorine ion, the former pathogen becomes a harmless salt.

      This process benefits a body that has become toxic.

      Throughout the body, anywhere chlorine dioxide ions – transported via red blood cells – come in contact with pathogens, the pathogens give up their electrons and cease to exist. The chlorine dioxide armed cells only “detonate” on contact with pathogens, which include harmful bacteria, viruses, toxins, heavy metals, and parasites. All of these will have pH values that are out of the body’s range of good health. They will also have a positive ionic charge. The chlorine dioxide equipped cells do not oxidize beneficial bacteria, or healthy cells, as their pH levels are 7 or above, and hold a negative ion charge.

      Chlorine dioxide ions will oxidize – meaning vaporize – diseased cells… anything that is acidic, with a positive ion charge.

      Just try it. If you feel sick after taking it, you know your body is toxic. Healthy people can take 30 drops of this and not feel anything, because there is nothing to destroy.
      How do you do with supplements too? Can you take supplements okay?

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have hypothyroidism but lose weight instead of gain it?
    Hi, I have hypothyroidism, and have for years now. I am 18 and every year i have lost weight. I know one of the usual symptoms is gaining weight, can hypothyroidism also cause someone to lose weight?

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid medication builds up in your system over time, and needs to be monitored regularly. If too much, or not enough, builds up, your dosage needs to be changed. If you haven't already, see your doctor about this.

  12. QUESTION:
    my speech has become slow and disorientated?
    This is a bit of a long story so i will space it out so you can understand it.

    the saturday gone around 10pm i was at a club with my friends and my and their parents. i was alright at first but i decided to play my game boy.

    however around 11-11:30 i started going into a trance like my own little world, my face was hot and flushed, and i couldn't seem to concertrate on my surroundings

    also i noticed my speech was slow.

    i didn't think any thng of as i usually feel better the next day....but it was worse.

    on sunday my face was still hot and my speech was still low and for me that is a worry for i speak quite fast that i have to repeat myself many times to people to understand.

    As the day went by i couldn't say the words i wanted for example it would come out a stowy, i had a few w in my words and my voice is more high pitch.

    So my mum calls doctors around 3pm that day and i spoke to them on the phones because my speak was low they thought i had a mini stroke!!!!!

    But it wasn't stroke for i had no over symptoms. but i went hospital for 5 hours.

    i had a ct scan and chest x ray scan, they check my blood sugar and pressure, and a blood test that filled 3 bottles with different name tags.
    ......all healthy!!!!

    They said i am very healthy which has made them baffled on why my speech is low......i can speak fast in my head but i can't get it out my mouth...

    The sent me home that day with no papers and number if still the same nothing...all they said was that if it is't gone in 72 hours come back but through A and E which means i have to wait another hours sitting in waiting room, so i'm quite angry about that.

    because of this problem i had a day off school monday.

    today i went to school with mum to tell them my problem, i'm in six form so things are a little better i don't have many hours.

    but once my head teacher for six form heard my speech, her face dropped for she knew my voice and considered this a problem.....

    and i am aloud the rest of the week off by the school people themselves.

    i have another doctor appointment tomorrow because no one wants to take this further but myself and mum do......

    the only thing i can think of is hypothyroidism cause a symptom is slow speech.....but this is the only symptom i have so this makes everything harder....

    i put this story on here to see if anything has had this sort of problem and could help me like...
    were you diagnosis with anythng?
    did it get any better?
    was it life threatening?

    oh another thing is that my pupil is bigger than the other and it likes to move from my left eye to right eye.

    also they said it could be because of the game boy....however think it only a part of it not the whole reason why this is happening.

    i'm a girl
    and 18 years old

    plz help me if your have any answers on what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      It does sound like you had a mild stroke. Let the doctors know about your pupil sizes, I think that is also a sign of stroke.

  13. QUESTION:
    2ª) What is the treatment for this?
    The first question and some notes (question answered):

    1ª) What is the name of the disease that a person feels strong fumigations all over your body?
    Several doctors have looked all over my friend did not identify the disease yet.
    My friend drank radioactive iodine for his hyperthyroidism, causing hypothyroidism.
    He take a hormone (T3 and T4) every day for his own good.
    My friend feel very uncomfortable, and constant pain in the skin, a doctor has a remedy, which is amato, relieving a little the fumigations.
    Stress and heat (like the sun) intensifies the fumigations even with the amato in the blood.
    He also takes 2mg of rivotril (clonazepam) for day. (because of his heart that without it his heart acelerate.)
    My friend calls the fumigation of (perfuration of hot needles all over the skin).
    My friend lives with me at work and the disease is not contagious.
    There is no stain or redness on his skin. Noting that there is no muscle pain.
    Only pain in the skin.(only skin pain).
    I'll appreciate and I will be grateful to the person who know the name of the disease.

    RESPOSTA;

    Soya, the tingling (fumigations) may be due to the hypothyroidism which the treatment has caused, something which physicians are aware of when they treat hyperthyroidism. Perhaps there are other symptoms of low thyroid function. Without enough thyroid hormone, the body becomes tired and run down. Every organ system slows—the brain slows down making it difficult to concentrate, the gut slows down causing constipation, and metabolism slows down causing weight gain. Aggressive treatment of hyperthyroidism may cause an underactive thyroid gland, the resulting effect on the body is the same.

    Many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism are very subtle. A lot of physicians overlook the symptoms of fatigue, weight gain and depression and attribute them to other causes. Physicians should check to see if thyroid disease is the cause of these everyday symptoms. Patients who are treated for hypothyroidism can regain full control of their lives and eliminate these symptoms entirely.
    Another common cause of hypothyroidism is the use of radioactive iodine. This destruction sometimes results in hypothyroidism. This type of hypothyroidism may be difficult to detect immediately, because there may be just a small amount of thyroid tissue that is not destroyed right away. This small piece of thyroid may produce enough thyroid hormone for the body for a little while. However, if this piece of thyroid burns out or gives up, hypothyroidism may result.

    Because this hypothyroidism can occur anywhere from months to years after treatment with radioactive iodine, you may not immediately recognize the subtle symptoms of fatigue, weight gain and difficulty concentrating. Your friend should visit the doctors regularly and have routine thyroid function blood tests. By checking these blood tests once a year, hypothyroidism may be discovered in its earliest stages before symptoms like fatigue and weight gain.
    Secondary Hypothyroidism
    The symptoms of hypothyroidism are mainly dependent on the amount of decrease in thyroid hormone and duration of time that the decrease has been present. For most patients, the symptoms are mild and can often be confused with other problems.
    Fonte(s):
    a medical professional

    2ª) The second question is: What is the treatment for this?
    My friend still suffering and taking drugs to not feel pain. I feel sad about him.
    This pain who he feels isn't normal. The pain is strong, he said.
    He is taking a new drug: Floral ( from plants: it's a detoxifier and a normalizing body )
    But I think isn't a toxin, because it's been months that he takes, and won't get better.
    I think it's a psychological illnesses.

    • ANSWER:
      The PURPOSE of the use of the radioactive iodine is to make one who is HypERthyroid (overactive/low TSH level), become HypO (underactive/hi TSH level) THEN one is commonly treated w/ Synthroid to bring the person up to the right level thus bringing the TSH level down hopefully to within the 'normal' range of .3 - 3 (w/ most feeling best @ < 2). It may take several months to get the dose regulated ...even then, A LOT of people still DO NOT experience much relief...sorry.

      God bless

  14. QUESTION:
    Why is my TSH level very low, but I have no symptoms?
    A couple years ago, I had hypothyroidism and it went away by itself, I think because I lost weight. My TSH level was normal for about a year, but I just had it tested and it's 0.04. A normal level is 0.3-3.0, or 0.5-5.0. Apparently there's an ongoing debate about what "normal" should be. At any rate, I'm way below normal, so I would think that I should have symptoms of hyperthyroidism (low TSH = hyperthyroidism), but I don't. Is there another reason that TSH would be so low and not cause symptoms? Maybe the lab screwed up and it's actually 0.4. I just got the results today, and I have to wait til Monday to call the doc.

    • ANSWER:
      My lab's normal is .4-4.0. Anyways, some people don't experience "hyper" symptoms with low TSHs. Many people are perfectly fine until their blood tests tells them otherwise. It's a good decision to get your lab redrawn, but remember, your TSHs fluctuate daily.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a young adult to have dementia caused from untreated hypothyroidism?
    Before I started treatment I had all of these symptoms especially the last one and I could not figure out for the life of me why. Then I found out dimensia is caused by untreated hypothyroidism. I still have all symptoms except for the last one now, but I don't throw things. I blow up on the littlest things and because I've already dug a hole for myself and am completely angry at myself and the world, am persistent on making everything worse and am completely out of control. Afraid to bring this up to my doctor. Afraid he'll just think I'm a nut who reads into things too much.....

    People who have dementia often experience:

    Confusion and memory loss.
    Inability to complete everyday tasks.
    Loss of self-control leading to unexpected behavior, such as throwing things, yelling at other people, or being suspicious of others.
    Impaired judgment and reduced ability to make decisions and learn new things.
    An eventual loss of control over physical functions, such as urination.

    • ANSWER:
      symptoms of dementia are definately associated with hypothyroidism. synthroid does not help some people much. it is a form of thyroid hormone that needs to be converted in the body to the active form. some people cannot convert it to the active form. (your lab results can still look normal) my mom took synthroid and it did NOT work, although her lab results looked normal. she was changed to armour(the active form) and was better in 3 days. good luck

  16. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism?
    I have hypothyroidism. I've had it for a couple of years, and these are the things that I'm having:

    1. I'm naturally skinning and I'm starting to gain weight.

    2. I'm getting stressed easily and depressed

    3. Before I got the disease, I used to be really outgoing, then when I got it and after, I became kind of shy and quiet.

    4. I feel cold a lot like when I eat cereal, and also I can feel cold when others can't.

    5. I feel tired, depressed, and stressed kind of often.

    6. DRY SKIN
    7. Hair loss when I straighten and after I shampoo.
    8. My hair isn't naturally coarse, but it's getting that way, and it's also thinning.

    9. I get poor sleep.
    10. I'm bad at relaxing.
    11. Memory problems.

    Are there any other symptoms that hypothryoidism cause? I'm really concerned about this, so thanks a lot.

    • ANSWER:
      Early symptoms:
      * Poor muscle tone (muscle hypotonia)
      * Fatigue
      * Cold intolerance, increased sensitivity to cold
      * Constipation
      * Weight gain
      * Muscle cramps and joint pain
      * Thin, Brittle fingernails
      * Thin, brittle hair
      * Paleness

      Late symptoms:
      * Slowed speech and a hoarse, breaking voice. Deepening of the voice can also be noticed.
      * Dry puffy skin, especially on the face
      * Thinning of the outer third of the eyebrows
      * Abnormal menstrual cycles
      * Low basal body temperature

      Less common symptoms:
      * Heat intolerance, increased sensitivity to heat
      * Impaired memory
      * Impaired cognitive function (brain fog) and inattentiveness
      * Urticaria (hives)
      * Migraine headache
      * A slow heart rate with ECG changes including low voltage signals. Diminished cardiac output and decreased contractility.
      * Reactive (or post-prandial) hypoglycemia[8]
      * Pericardial effusions may occur.
      * Sluggish reflexes
      * hair loss
      * Anemia caused by impaired hemoglobin synthesis (decreased EPO levels), impaired intestinal iron and folate absorption or B12 deficiency from pernicious anemia
      * anxiety/panic attacks
      * difficulty swallowing
      * Shortness of breath with a shallow and slow respiratory pattern.
      * Impaired ventilatory responses to hypercapnia and hypoxia.
      * Increased need for sleep
      * Osteopenia or Osteoporosis
      * Irritability and mood instability
      * Yellowing of the skin due to impaired conversion of beta-carotene to vitamin A
      * Impaired renal function with decreased GFR.
      * Thin, fragile or absent cuticles
      * Elevated serum cholesterol
      * Acute psychosis (myxedema madness) is a rare presentation of hypothyroidism
      * Decreased libido
      * Decreased sense of taste and smell (late, less common symptoms)
      * Puffy face, hands and feet (late, less common symptoms)

      Those are all the symptomes that it may cause. I use to have Hyperthyroidism , So went to the endocrinologist, he did several TSH tests, even the radiactive iodide test, which tells the doctor if this disorder is caused by a virus.
      If it is, ur lucky, When that happens, you would have 3 months of hyperthyroidism(high T3 levels) and then 2 months of normal T3 levels and then 3 months of hypothyroidism(low T3 ), then you will have normal T3 for ever. If its not the virus, you will have to deal with this problem for the rest of your life. Its not that dangerous as long as you take the medication or what ever that is prescribed by your doctor. luckily for me, i was affected by the Virus, and im totally normal now!
      If u haven't so, ask your doctor to refer you to an endocrinologist.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can the hypothyroidism be a cause of hiv infection?
    recently I in one incident I got symptoms of hypothyroidism like headache, bulging eyes when I am hungry, weight loss and a little heat always in my body. I am feeling something on my thyroid glands also. That incident is that I had sex with a girl. But I used protection. But we had tongue kiss. I am afraid if I suffered from hiv now. Am I guessing right. Please somebody help me. I am afraid to go for hiv test. At this situation what I need to do?

    • ANSWER:
      You lose weight when you have hyperthyroidism. If you have hypothyroidism then you gain weight or have trouble losing weight. "Left untreated, the symptoms of hypothyroidism will usually progress. Rarely, complications can result in severe life-threatening depression, heart failure, or coma." Even if you are scared, the best thing to do is to get tested for both hiv and thyroids disease.

  18. QUESTION:
    Help, have hypothyroidism and need some answers?
    I have had hypothyroidism for yrs and been on synthroid 1mcg , my current TSH level is 2.91 (.34-4.82) is normal, anyway, I feel far from "normal" my hair is falling out, I'm cold mostly in the evenings, I have elevated lipids, hypertension,anemia, elevated homocysteine level, insomnia, muscle aches that's partly why I can't sleep is the pain, I'm still 40 lbs over wt. I will go back to my GP in about a week anybody else have these problems ? I went to about.com and it's all there about my symptoms my Dr. wants to treat me with Antihypertensives, Vit., Iron, Lipid lowering agents, I think since the thyroid disease causes these symptoms that's what he should treat. There isn't a thyroid Dr. within hundreds of miles where I live. Please comment

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, those are all hypo symptoms. Your TSH of 2.91 is too high. Most feel best with the morning TSH around 1.0. TSH needs to always be done first thing in the morning or you may not get the correct dosage.

      With your symptoms, there's a chance that you are converting enough T4 into T3 and may be helped by adding T3. This can be done by adding a small about of Cytomel or switching to Armour or Thyrolar.

      I started out on Levoxyl. It did nothing for my symptoms. Eventually I added 5 mcg's of Cytomel and it helped about 75% of my symptoms. I am now on Armour and it has helped about 95% of my symptoms. I only have ridged fingernails and cold feet at night.

      Below are links that may help. Getting your levels right should help with the symptoms. Being just in range is not enough.

      You don't need a thyroid doctor. A good family doctor who s willing to work with yo should be enough. Thyroid doctors aren't always the best. I had one who added the Cytomel, but refused to use ARmour. If I had of stayed with him, I'd still be having some symptoms because Armour was the best medicaton for me.

  19. QUESTION:
    can hypothyroidism cause increased anxiey, poor apetite, and weight loss?
    I have been on thyroid replacement hormones on and off now for about 5 yrs for hypothyroidism. A couple weeks weeks after lowering my dose, i noticed the above symptoms along with depression and feeling out of place. I've read that hypothyroidsm causes weight gain but im losing weight becuase of not eating well a fast pulse. So could an underactive thyroid be causing this?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it can. And actually it's hyperthyroidism that causes weight gain. Hypothyroidism does the opposite and can cause weight loss. You should see a doctor and get blood work done.

  20. QUESTION:
    CAN METHADONE CAUSE HYPOTHYROIDISM?
    I HAVE BEEN ON METHADONE FOR YEAR AND HALF AND I HAVE GAINED 60 POUNDS! MY TSH LEVEL WAS35 AND 3MONTHS LATER IT IS STILL 20! ON 137MCGS OF GENERIC SYNTHROID. I HAVE ALL THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HYPOTHYROIDISM BAD! VERY DEPRESSED! I HAVE TO BE ON THE METH. DUE TO PAST OPIATE ADDICTION AND I HAVE 6 HErNIATED DISCS! WHAT CAN I DO?

    • ANSWER:
      Elevated T3 levels have been known to occur in patients who use estrogen or methadone!
      Water retention and weight gain on methadone are not unusual. Many people gain weight from better eating habits. Your metabolism may also slow down, and this can result in some weight gain. All opiates have an "antidiuretic effect" which causes "water retention'. For some people, the water gain is more pronounced. Wide swings in weight could indicate another problem. You should definitely discuss water weight gain with your doctor if you also have shortness of breath, leg swelling, or swelling in the abdomen.

      ******************************************************************

      I COPY AND PASTED THIS INFO I FOUND:

      Patients on methadone maintenance report a wide range of methadone effects. A long list of methadone's effects has be compiled and is presented below. Some of these methadone effects are easily mistaken as withdrawal symptoms or as other medical conditions.

      Methadone side effects include but are not limited to:

      drowsiness
      lightheadedness
      weakness
      euphoria
      dry mouth
      urinary retention
      constipation
      slow or troubled breathing
      Methadone side effects that are more rare include but are not limited to:

      allergic reactions
      skin rash
      hives
      itching
      headache
      dizziness
      impaired concentration
      sensation of drunkenness
      confusion
      depression
      blurred or double vision
      facial flushing
      sweating
      heart palpitation
      nausea
      vomiting
      Methadone side effects that are more uncommon include but are not limited to:

      anaphylactic reactions
      hypertension causing weakness and fainting
      disorientation
      hallucinations
      unstable gait
      tremor
      muscle twitching
      myasthenia gravis
      kidney failure
      seizures

      CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR.... HE/SHE WILL BE ABLE TO ANSWER ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS!

  21. QUESTION:
    Can an under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism) cause low body weight or weight loss?
    My doctor suggested I go to an endocrinologist because I was complaining about bad sleep, low mood, and a severe lack of energy. I feel tired nearly all the time. The endocrinologist said that these are signs of underactive thyroid. He did a test and said that my thyroid hormone level was just on the low end of the normal range. It might be a problem or it might not. He suggested I try a low dose of thyroid hormone pill for 6 weeks. He didn't feel certain that it was a thyroid problem, so I'm a little wary of trying the medication. Most of my symptoms fit hypothyroidism except for one: I have a very low body weight, even though I eat well. hypothyroidism usually causes weight gain, not loss. Is it at all possible that I can have a low body weight, fatigue, and low mood because of an under active thyroid? The conditions seem to clash a bit.

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    Is there another cause of Hypothyroidism?
    I'm a young person and have been diagnosed with subclincial hypothyroidism. I have every symptom of hypo except for weight gain which they have told me will eventually come in my lifetime. I will become one of those fat middle aged women no one loves are cares about. They said I will get full blown hypo in 5,10,15,20 years. They can't tell me exactly when, just 'It will shut down eventually'

    And then there all the information abouot how treatment doesn't work and they just stay fat for the rest of their lives even after treatment.

    The depression is very bad and I'm suicidal and have been under observation 2 times, and this diagnoses is the cause of it, the inevitable life long misery of weight gain and fatigue and depression.

    I may have cealics disease and someone said this can cause hypothyroidism, so if i am diagnosed and gluten free will my symptoms go? This is my last hope for a normal life.

    • ANSWER:
      When your thyroid doesn't produce enough hormones, the balance of chemical reactions in your body can be upset. There can be a number of causes, including autoimmune disease, treatment for hyperthyroidism, radiation therapy, thyroid surgery and certain medications.
      Your thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the front of your neck, just below your Adam's apple. Hormones produced by the thyroid gland have an enormous impact on your health, affecting all aspects of your metabolism.
      Two main hormones
      Your thyroid gland produces two main hormones, thyroxine (T-4) and triiodothyronine (T-3). They maintain the rate at which your body uses fats and carbohydrates, help control your body temperature, influence your heart rate, and help regulate the production of protein. Your thyroid gland also produces calcitonin, a hormone that regulates the amount of calcium in your blood.
      The rate at which T-4 and T-3 are released is controlled by your pituitary gland and your hypothalamus — an area at the base of your brain that acts as a thermostat for your whole system. The hypothalamus signals your pituitary gland to make a hormone called thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). Your pituitary gland then releases TSH - the amount depends on how much T-4 and T-3 are in your blood. Finally, your thyroid gland regulates its production of hormones based on the amount of TSH it receives.
      Although this process usually works well, the thyroid sometimes fails to produce enough hormones. Hypothyroidism may be due to a number of different factors, including:
      Autoimmune disease. People who develop a particular inflammatory disorder known as Hashimoto's thyroiditis suffer from the most common cause of hypothyroidism. Autoimmune disorders occur when your immune system produces antibodies that attack your own tissues. Sometimes this process involves your thyroid gland. Scientists aren't sure why the body produces antibodies against itself. Some think a virus or bacterium might trigger the response, while others believe a genetic flaw may be involved. Most likely, autoimmune diseases result from more than one factor. But however it happens, these antibodies affect the thyroid's ability to produce hormones.
      Treatment for hyperthyroidism. People who produce too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) are often treated with radioactive iodine or anti-thyroid medications to reduce and normalize their thyroid function. However, in some cases, treatment of hyperthyroidism can result in permanent hypothyroidism.
      Radiation therapy. Radiation used to treat cancers of the head and neck can affect your thyroid gland and may lead to hypothyroidism.
      Thyroid surgery. Removing all or a large portion of your thyroid gland can diminish or halt hormone production. In that case, you'll need to take thyroid hormone for life.
      Medications. A number of medications can contribute to hypothyroidism. One such medication is lithium, which is used to treat certain psychiatric disorders. If you're taking medication, ask your doctor about its effect on your thyroid gland.
      Less often, hypothyroidism may result from one of the following:
      Congenital disease. Approximately 1 in 3,000 babies in the United States is born with a defective thyroid gland or no thyroid gland at all. In most cases, the thyroid gland didn't develop normally for unknown reasons, but some children have an inherited form of the disorder. Often, infants with congenital hypothyroidism appear normal at birth. That's one reason why most states now require newborn thyroid screening.
      Pituitary disorder. A relatively rare cause of hypothyroidism is the failure of the pituitary gland to produce enough TSH — usually because of a benign tumor of the pituitary gland.
      Pregnancy. Some women develop hypothyroidism during or after pregnancy (postpartum hypothyroidism), often because they produce antibodies to their own thyroid gland. Left untreated, hypothyroidism increases the risk of miscarriage, premature delivery and preeclampsia — a condition that causes a significant rise in a woman's blood pressure during the last three months of pregnancy. It can also seriously affect the developing fetus.
      Iodine deficiency. The trace mineral iodine — found primarily in seafood, seaweed, plants grown in iodine-rich soil and iodized salt — is essential for the production of thyroid hormones. In some parts of the world, iodine deficiency is common, but the addition of iodine to table salt has virtually eliminated this problem in the United States.

  23. QUESTION:
    I think I have hypothyroidism. Finding a doctor?
    I seem to match a majority of the basic symptoms and have for over a year now (Some worse recently). I'd like to go to a doctor to confirm or find out if something else is causing these symptoms and get treatment. However, I live in a new city (Louisville, Ky) and I'm not sure how I should go about finding the right doctor.

    Also, I'm a college student with no health insurance. =/
    And no, I don't have any basic insurance through my university.

    • ANSWER:
      I would go to the health clinic at the college. They're probably associated with a doctor who either comes to see student patients on occasion, or the clinic most likely has names of local physicians available. Another option would be to look for a medical student or resident-run clinic close to a nearby medical school or teaching hospital.

      Secondly, contrary to other responses, I would not go jumping to find an endocrinologist, let alone an oncologist like someone had mentioned. If you truly have hypothyroid, a general practitioner in either family medicine or internal medicine should be able to manage uncomplicated hypothyroidism at a much lower price to you than a specialist.

  24. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism symptoms, normal tsh?
    I am 20 years old and have dealt with hypothryoid-type symptoms for the past 3 years. Symptoms started appearing about a 6 months to a year after a series a very bad nose bleeds so I've always felt that my problems stemmed from these nose bleeds. My symptoms include imparied cognitive ability (concentration/focus/memory/foggyness), dry skin, sensitive to cold weather, inability to gain weight/muscle mass, brittle hair, heart palpatations, sensitivity to light, and knee/joint pain (diagnosed tendonosis), and some other symptoms. Over the past six months, I have tried to figure out what is wrong with me because originally I didn't percieve these symptoms as a problems. When I told the doctor about my symptoms, particularly the cognitive issues, he recommended I got so a psychologists for ADHD analysis.
    Well, since then I haven't bothered with my GP because of frustration and have had several blood tests to hopes of finding something. Initially, I didn't suspect or know about hypothryoidism. I've had my tesosterone and IGF levels checked and both came back normal, although testosterone was alittle low. Lately, after looking at possible underlying causes of dementia, I've read about hypothryoidism and can really relate to most if not all of the symptoms I read about. However, my TSH has been checked with all of my other blood work because I assume it is protocol these days. It came back at 1.5 which seems to be optimal. There is, however, other descrepancies in my blood work. My Neutrophil % is low, Lympocyte % high, low HDL (24, 19, 30, respectivley) and a high bilirubin count which my doctor called Gilbert Syndrome.

    Should I get my free t3 and free t4 levels checked or is TSH pretty realiable for diagnosing hypothryroidism? Any suggestions are appreciated...

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you should have the T3, Free T3, T4, Free T4 tests done. Sometimes a thyroid problem can still occur even in spite of a normal TSH level.

      I would recommend getting an opinion from a hormone specialist called an endocrinologist as well to see what they think could be going on.

  25. QUESTION:
    do you think i should push for treatment based on my symptoms, hypothyroidism, details inside?
    ok so ive been feeling down recently, not emotionally, im a rock upstairs, but physically run down

    in the last year ive put on a huge amount of weight, and i know i dont exercise enough and i eat a little too much (or used to) but the last time i lost weight i was eating maybe 500 calories a day and my job involved 6 hours a night of essentially cardio workouts and even then i didnt lose much.

    i decided to go to the doctor because i had tried dieting and exercise again to no avail so i went to see what help i could get. she took a history to which i provided to following symptoms (some answers were prompted by her, they are all true, but some i dont notice without thinking on it)

    sensetivity to cold (im used to working in a kitchen, followed by long stints in the walk in freezer) now i get shivery if the wind blows

    weight gain as discussed above

    low energy

    lack of desire to eat, infact if i dont eat breakfast, i can go about 2 days without any food before feeling hungry (my blood sugar is normal, as is my cholesterol)

    low sex drive (my testosterone came out as low, havent had it rechecked yet, but ive gone from having or desiring sex at least once a day to not really wanting sex at all... im 22 and ive gone off sex!!!) its not a performance issue btw it still works fine, i just have no desire for it.

    inability to sleep, and then when i do sleep, i find it incredibly difficult to wake up again.

    muscle weakness, now i know im overweight and out of shape, but i get cramp going up stairs, my hands cramp opening a tin of beans, ive lost no muscle mass but i cant lift or carry the same amounts anymore and i tire very easily.

    now my TSH level was 4.6 which if you dont know is .4 below the "treatment" stage (tsh is the indicator to how much of a kicking your thyroid needs to start working, the higher the number, the more effort it takes to get it to turn on)

    my t4 level was "normal" so she said, but she would have to watch my tsh to see if anything develops

    now considering that since the last blood test on record had a normalish tsh and the huge weight gain (im talking 100lbs in 12 months with no considerable change in diet/lifestyle) that to me shouts "hypothyroidism" but she suggested that the low testosterone may be to blame.

    now im no doctor, but my testosterone was 9 point something, and 10 is normal whereas my tsh is 4.6 gone up alot in the last year, blood relatives with thyroid conditions, and all the symptoms of hypothyroidism, surely that seems a more likely diagnosis? anyway if ive gained weight of course my testosterone will be low, thats why fat people have low fertility... i weight 24 stones at 6 foot tall! i actually make scales say error or the dial do a complete circle (dont laugh lol, ok ill let you laugh) of course there will be other problems, but surely treating for the symptoms is a good idea i mean, its either gonna work, or its not, right? i mean thats diagnostics at its simplest, surely starting at a low 50mg of thyroxine wouldnt cause any harmful side effects? if the symptoms show signs of improvement then increase the dose as necessary, if no improvement in symptoms or the TSH then sure, keep looking...

    am i right in demanding treatment based on the symptoms and the evidence provided above? i cant survive like this much longer im too damn fat, too damn tired, and if i dont get my sex drive back, my relationship with my fiancee is going to take a hit... shes hornier than a dog in heat!

    i await your responses,
    a valid point about the "fat" dieting

    i got a little fat, so i exercised, my job took up my whole life so i didnt get time to eat (never been one to remember to eat... go figure! a fat guy who doesnt get hungry!)

    i have tried eating balanced meals at regular intervals to no avail.

    and fyi, i dont like processed foods, i really love vegetables and as a chef i regularly cook proper food, and when im too busy my fiancee or parents make sure i eat right (cause they know what im like)

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly no one can, or indeed should, demand any treatment that their physician does not feel appropriate. To make a confirmed diagnosis of hypothyroidism requires 3 criteria in most cases, a raised TSH, a low T4 and a positive thyroid antibody. Though of course it does occur in men, it is also much more common in women. It is also the case that in most patients these days who do get a hypothyroid diagnosis, even when levothyroxine is given it makes no difference to the patients weight, as this is usually unrelated to the thyroid disease.

  26. QUESTION:
    Can the depo-provera shot cause hypothyroidism?
    I took the depo-provera shot sometime in 2005 and took it for about 6-7 months. I stopped because I rapidly gained about 50-60 lbs. I didn't get my period at all, and I didn't get it again until quite some time after I stopped the injections.

    I ate very healthy, and I worked out almost every day. I haven't really gave it much thought until recently. I haven't gained any weight since then, in fact, I lost 25 lbs doing weight watchers, but I have had a lot of trouble losing any more weight.

    I have an extremely irregular menstrual cycle and decreased sex drive as well. I haven't had my period since late December/early January.

    Also, I have had a very sharp pain around the area of my thyroid, on the left side. It only hurts when I touch it, cough, or look up. I'm wondering if that might also be a symptom of hypothyroidism?

    I will be going to the doctors soon, but I'd like to see if anyone out there has any advice or have had a similar situation as me.

    I greatly appreciate any responses and advice I get. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      This is pretty normal for birth control...I was in your same situation and tried everything to restore it. I switched pills a couple times and gave up, the libido was just not coming back. I then found a natural herbal enhancer that is supposed to increase your sex drive and a couple other things. It's called Hersolution gel, read up about it at herenhancement .com where I saved on it at the time. However it's like an instant libido rush and as I kept using it my sex drive was through the roof and continues to be. The sensation blast is great too, I can't tell you how many times I've had multiple orgasms when before I couldn't even get a single one. Theres also capsules you can take that I've heard are better but I don't like swallowing many pills throughout the day. I was skeptical at first but the return policy was so great that the company was offer. From what I remember you had to try it out for a couple months but then you had time afterwards to return it for a full money back if it didn't work. I didn't have that problem as you can see. Well good luck and I hope this helps.

  27. QUESTION:
    Can hypothyroidism cause excessive hunger or even just hunger pains but then you get full very quickly?
    in 2007 i got silent thyroiditis which is when you fluxuate between hyper and hypo over the couse of a couple months. you don't actually have to treat the disease just treat the symptoms by taking a beta blocker until the thyroiditis goes away by itself.
    i have been perfectly fine since.
    last week i went for my yearly physical and routine blood work. my dr called me the next day saying my TSH was up (indicating hypothyroidism) so i had to go for more blood work (which i did on thursday) and a thryoid ultra sound (haven't been able to make an appointment and i'm not sure if i'll be able to make one until after this next week coming up due to transportation issues).

    at first i didn't think i was even really having any of the symptoms of hypothyroidism cuz the symptoms i did have were just normal things i've dealt with my whole life like being tired and cold. everything else has been fine.
    but then i suddenly started feeling much more tired. (friday i watched my 17 month old niece all day and she took a nap from 10am-12pm and so did i. i then got lunch for both of us and after that she likes to watch yo gabba gabba and dances to the songs. i sat on the couch and she sat in the chair/stood up and danced. i actually fell asleep while she was watching it i was soooo tired still. that freaked me out cuz i realize she could have gotten into trouble and i was sleeping.

    FINALLY GETTING TO THE POINT:
    in the last couple days i've also noticed that i am very hungry. i'll feel hungry for a few minutes and then all the sudden i'll get really bad hunger pains like when you don't eat for a really long time and you actually start feeling sick to your stomach like maybe you shouldn't eat anything.
    then when i do eat i feel full really fast and can't finish my food but then a little while later it starts all over again.
    i've been trying really hard not to eat more than usual through out the day and i just have something like a glass of apple cyder instead of something like chips or what not.
    so to the question. can hypothyroidism make you very hungry?
    thanks for your thoughts but i already know my thyroid is out of whack cuz the tests showed it. plus the fact that i've had thyroid problems in the past.
    and i haven't always been super hungry its just been for a few days now which makes me think the hypothyroid thing is catching up to me. (if hunger is a symptom that is).
    i have tried the low carb thing before and my body can't handle it. after a week of little to no carbs i got physically sick and exhausted. i started crying all the time and was very depressed. as soon as i started having a normal amount of carbs i felt fine again.

    • ANSWER:
      I had basically the same symptons and the doctors told me my thyroid was normal. I think it was a little high or low or whatever. I went on a low carb diet cut out all the yeast, flour, and sugar in my diet ate eggs, green veggies and meat or fish. I did that for about a month then I added yellow veggies after about a week I added melons, I slowly started added different foods into my diet that had more carbs but I still watch how much I eat especially bread. If I have bread I don't eat potatoes. And I don't eat high carbs every day once or twice a week like bread one day and potatoes a couple days later. And stay away from any kind of water that isn't spring water. Chlorine will play havik on your thyroid and make you even worse. There is a disease that causes basically the same symptons I think it's called Candidia you can look it up on the internet under Yeast Connection this will also help with Hypo thyroidism.

  28. QUESTION:
    I ve been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism but i have no symptoms of it on the contrary i've hyperthyroid symptom?
    After blood test my TSH was found to be 10.3 which is far higher than the nomal 3. So it was confirmed that i was having Hypothyroidism. But after reading on the net abt Hypothyroidism, i found i have no symptoms of it whereas i have Heart racing(palpitations irregular beats), high blood pressure, sweating, dizziness, these symptoms which are for hyperthyroidism. My T3 and T4 value are in normal range.
    i did my VMA test for testing for pheochromocytoma ( adrenal tumor) cause it has the same symptoms that i have. but it did not show any signs of me having it.
    I have no clue what is my conditions and what i should get get treated for..can anyone help me.
    My wt is 67 kg and ht is 180 cm. i am 25 yrs old

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    How can Hypothyroidism cause Cataplexy?
    For several years, I had Cataplexy attacks, then, I also started getting sleep problems like, I couldn't sleep during the night, I was drowsy during the day, I couldn't move for some time after waking up, I would hear voices when falling asleep. All in all, I was 100% sure I had Narcoplesy.

    However, when I went to the doctor, I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism which is a similar condition whose main difference (in symptoms) to Narcolepsy is the existence of Cataplexy. This is what I know at least.

    When I started the threatment for Hypothyroidism (Levotiroxine), the symptoms vanished and I even stopped having Cataplexy attacks. The doctor cleverly avoids the subject and never answers me this, but, how could have Hypothyroidism cause Cataplexy?

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid hormones are not appropriate treatment for obesity or to aid in weight loss. Treatment of obesity in euthyroid patients with replacement dosages of thyroid hormones is ineffective. Serious or life-threatening toxicity may occur when thyroid hormones are given in larger doses, especially when given concomitantly with sympathomimetic amines used for their anorectic effects.
      Levothyroxine is contraindicated in patients with untreated thyrotoxicosis of any etiology and in patients with acute myocardial infarction. Levothyroxine is also contraindicated in patients with uncorrected adrenal insufficiency. Increased requirements for adrenocortical hormone by tissue could precipitate an acute adrenal crisis. In patients with nontoxic diffuse goiter or nodular thyroid disease, particularly elderly patients or those with underlying cardiovascular disease, levothyroxine is contraindicated if the serum TSH level is already suppressed due to the risk of precipitating over thyrotoxicosis. If the serum TSH level is not suppressed, levothyroxine should be used cautiously in conjunction with careful monitoring of thyroid function for evidence of hyperthyroidism and clinical monitoring for potential associated adverse cardiovascular signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Unless associated with hypothyroidism, thyroid hormone is not appropriate treatment of male or female infertility.

      In patients with secondary or tertiary hypothyroidism, additional hypothalamic/pituitary hormone deficiencies should be considered, and, if assessed, treated. Occasionally, chronic autoimmune thyroiditis may occur in association with other autoimmune disorders such as pernicious anemia, adrenal insufficiency, and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Patients with concomitant adrenal insufficiency should be treated with replacement glucocorticoids prior to initiation of therapy with levothyroxine. Failure to do so may precipitate an acute adrenal crisis when thyroid hormone treatment is initiated, due to increased metabolic clearance of glucocorticoids by thyroid hormone. Patients with diabetes mellitus may require upward adjustments of their antidiabetic therapeutic regimens when administered levothyroxine. In patients with primary (thyroidal) hypothyroidism, serum TSH levels (using a sensitive assay) alone may be used to monitor treatment. Frequency of TSH monitoring during levothyroxine dosage titration depends on the clinical situation, but it is generally recommended at 6 to 8 week intervals until normalization. For patients who have recently initiated levothyroxine and whose serum TSH has normalized or in patients who have had their dosage or brand of levothyroxine changed, the serum TSH concentration should be assessed after 8 to 12 weeks. When the optimum replacement dosage has been attained, clinical (physical examination) and biochemical monitoring may be performed every 6 to 12 months, depending on the clinical situation, and whenever there is a change in patient status. It is recommended that a physical examination and a serum TSH measurement be performed at least annually in patients receiving levothyroxine therapy.

  30. QUESTION:
    What is causing these symptoms?
    1. joint pain (mainly in back, stiff toes and knuckles, crackly legs)
    2. hair thinning/loss (not baldness or patchy loss, but thinning all around)
    3. tired a lot/fatigue
    4.can't fall asleep at night, depressed especially late at night
    5.hungry ALL the time, no matter what i eat how healthy/filling or how much i eat
    6. major weight gain even though i havent changed my eating patterns and dont eat a ton, pretty healthy in fact
    7. thirsty often but do not need to urinate
    8. depression/inability to concentrate
    9. decrease in physical endurance, slowish heart beat
    10. diahrea almost everyday for the past few months

    Details: I'm miserably hungry all the time. I try not to give into my cravings though. I've gained 10 pounds in maybe two weeks. I have a very slight case of untreated hypothyroidism, low iron, and low calcium. I'm 16 years old and pretty depressed and I can't fall asleep at night. School has gotten really hard with all of these medical related symptoms. Please help!

    Actually, i used to have antibodies for both hypo and hyperthyroidism. Two years ago i was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, lost a lot of weight. Then my thyroid switched symptoms and leaned more towards the hypothyroidism. i was perscribed synthroid but i no longer take it because it did nothing but make me gain weight.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you should really consider seeing a doctor. The things you described sound like they could lead to something potentially serious

  31. QUESTION:
    could I have hypothyroidism?
    I received lab results back, I go once a year to get my labs done because I am anemic and I try to monitor that yearly. Anyway, I am not a doctor and I know google isn't either, however, I am hoping someone in the Yahoo Answers community can help me out. I feel that I have hypothyroidism. I can't lose weight no matter what I do, I am always cold, I have cramps and aches all over my body (although they aren't so bad I can't handle it), I get headaches, my hair seems to be falling out more, my skin is dry no matter how many bottles of lotion I rub on it and I have irregular periods. I know other things can be causing these symptoms as well but my lab results show my TSH level is 2.42 and my T4 free is 1.03. I also know that the range of "normal" has changed from .5 to 5.0 to now .3 to 3.0 for the TSH level. As I said I am not a doctor and I don't pretend to be one which is why I am asking all you intelligent people. I have an appointment with my doctor on July 12th and I want to make sure I ask the right questions to get the right answers. Thanks so much for all of your help everyone!!!
    I understand only my doctor can give me the answers, I am just trying to see if anyone out there has had similar issues and can help educate me a little more before my appointment. Thanks for your answer

    • ANSWER:
      While I'm not an MD, or qualified to diagnose thyroid conditions, I've had some medical training. It looks like your TSH level falls in a normal range, but your T4 result is low. Though I'd expect your TSH level to be above 4 in hypothyroidism, I'd also expect your T4 to be over 4.5, and it's running quite low. Some doctors would use your T4 results rather than your TSH results to make your diagnosis.

      Your symptoms are consistent with hypothyroidism, and that's certainly the likely culprit based on the evidence at hand, but I'd also want to take a look at T3, Serum cholesterol, and pituitary test results.

      Good luck!

  32. QUESTION:
    Strange symptoms - any ideas as to what's wrong with me?
    My symptoms -

    Itchiness (no rash, just itchy all the time) - going on for several months
    Cold feet (I will put on 4 pairs of socks & two blankets and it takes hours to warm up)
    Loss of appetite - going on for about a week now
    extreme fatigue

    Also, I feel a small, hard (about the size of a pea) bump in my neck, it's painful to the touch.

    I have hypothyroidism and am on levothyroxine for it. Have a dr. appt. in 2 weeks but I wanted to see if anyone had any idea what could be causing these symptoms?
    Sidenote- I've been on thyroid medication for over a year, I haven't had a blood test recheck for nearly a year.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds as if your dosage is too high and you're experiencing itcky skin, lowered blood pressure, (then spiking).. your limbs aren't circulating the blood flow. The "cyst" may just be a lympnode..you didn't say where it's located on your neck. (below the ear..behind the jaw).
      -
      You could be anemic. I really feel it's a reaction to your meds so checking with your pharmacist as soon as you can is for the best. Also;
      even though Poison Control is for emergencies..
      they are really helpful for many situations. They're there at the national call center, 24/7, and are pharmacology experts. They know everything there is to know re: street drugs, legal, RX medications, dosages, and over-dosage. They can/will help you. Give them a call and tell them you aren't experiencing distress or an emergency, but you need to speak to someone re: your side fx. Let them know your dose. They can confirm what the med SHOULD be doing vs what it is doing to you. I'm practically positive they'll tell you to start weening yourself off your med. The itchiness, the fatigue, the other symptoms seem to point toward a dosage that's just too high for you. But I am not a pharmacist..THEY ARE. They can tell you exactly what side effects are from which med, and which ones are serious, get to the ER quick ones vs the live with it ones. CALL THEM, any time, day or night..they really will help. Explain you can't get to your prescribing physiciam for two weeks and you're feeling worse.
      Good Luck.
      -
      NATiONAL POiSON CONTROL HOTLiNE:
      (800) 222-1222

      <<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>> n though Poison Control is for emergencies..
      they are really helpful for many situations. They're there at the national call center, 24/7, and are pharmacology experts. They know everything there is to know re: street drugs, legal, RX medications, dosages, and over-dosage. They can/will help you. Give them a call and tell them you aren't experiencing distress or an emergency, but you need to speak to someone re: your side fx. Let them know your dose. They can confirm what the med SHOULD be doing vs what it is doing to you. I'm practically positive they'll tell you to start weening yourself off your med. The itchiness, the fatigue, the other symptoms seem to point toward a dosage that's just too high for you. But I am not a pharmacist..THEY ARE. They can tell you exactly what side effects are from which med, and which ones are serious, get to the ER quick ones vs the live with it ones. CALL THEM, any time, day or night..they really will help. Explain you can't get to your prescribing physiciam for two weeks and you're feeling worse.
      Good Luck.
      -
      NATiONAL POiSON CONTROL HOTLiNE:
      (800) 222-1222

      <<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>

  33. QUESTION:
    Trileptal and hypothyroidism?
    Can trileptal cause hypothyroidism? I've been gaining so much wait (I used to be so thin) and my nails are chipped off. I read that these are some of the symptoms of hypo.

    And if I now have hypothyroidism, can I go back to the way I was? Can I reverse this? Will I be taking medicines for life? Trileptal is such a pain already, I dread going into another kind of medicine.

    Sorry for all the questions. I feel frustrated with my neuro (the one who gave me Trileptal. I asked for a second opinion and the new neuro didn't think Trileptal was necessary. She didn't even think I have complex partial seizures. I followed my first neuro because I responded well to Trileptal. If it caused the hypo, I'd feel really, really bad for not listening instead to my new neurologist).

    • ANSWER:
      Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine) - OXC is shown in clinical trials to affect thyroid serum levels. This however is reversable once you have withdrawn from the medication.

      "Vainionpaa et al.12 evaluated thyroid function in 78 girls taking CBZ, OXC or VPA monotherapy for epilepsy (18 taking OXC). In the first evaluation, the mean serum thyroid hormone concentrations were lower in the girls taking CBZ or OXC. However, TSH concentrations were normal in the girls taking CBZ or OXC, and 67% of the girls taking OXC had serum T4 and/or FT4 levels below the lower limit of the reference range. In conclusion, this study suggested that OXC reduces serum thyroid hormone concentrations in girls with epilepsy and the changes in serum thyroid hormone are reversible after withdrawal of the medication."

      http://www.freundpublishing.com/Journal_Pediatric_Endocrinology_Metabolism/JPEM21p401.pdf

  34. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a condition/disease that can cause hypothyroidism, gullstones .....?
    I have been doing alot of research lately on a few conditions i have developed. When i was about 17 i was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. The Dr. that diagnosed me said at the time i was so underactive my thyroid was about to shut down. I have bee on synthroid to manage this disease. Early this year i was diagnosed with a gullstone. I had been having attacks for years before this unknown to the cause. Frequency of attacks lead to the diagnosis. Recently while talking with my mother she informed me that around the age of 10 i had blood drawn and "spun". The Dr. at the time told her that the fat content in my blood was far to high. I do not have High cholesterol or high blood pressure.

    My worry is that i developed all of these symptoms at an early age. I am only 23. Does anyone know of a possible disease or condition that could tie all of these other symptoms together?

    Im going crazy trying to figure it out! Does anyone know where else i could look?

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    hypothyroidism and Low t4 during pregnancy?
    I am 28 weeks pregnant and have been experiencing rapid heart rate and shortness of breath. My OB tested my thyroid and my T4 levels came back low. He has referred me to an endocrinologist but my appointment isn't for a week. They said this def. could be causing my symptoms (my pulse jumps to 130-150 for no apparent reason). Earlier in my pregnancy my hair would fall out. They told me it was just the hormones. I became frustrated with my OB because she would tell me everything was fine and I knew there was something wrong. I switched to my Doctor and in about 2 weeks he had the problem figured out. My concern is that I am already 7 months pregnant and I know that this condition can have some effect on the baby. Could this have been going on the entire pregnancy and the one before that? I did have a hard time with my weight every since I hit puberty. I joined the swim team in high school thinking it would help me. We were swimming 10000 yards a day and I lost no weight at all. Could this have harmed my baby? Anyone have any experience with this?

    • ANSWER:
      No, I'm sure your boy is fine. I didn't have the same experience, but a friend of mine did and her baby turned out fine.

  36. QUESTION:
    I need some advice on how to help treat hypothyroidism?
    When I first met my fiancee, he was 21, quite a thin guy, healthy though, except for the smoking part. After he quit smoking, he suddenly gained a lot of weight (I mean, like... 30 pounds in a few months). At first I thought it was because he wasn't smoking anymore, but a year goes by and more symptoms appear... after a visit to a doctor, looks like he has an under-active thyroid.

    I'm in a holistic health program right now, and I'm just learning, so I don't know much about how to treat this. I have an idea of a homeopathic treatment, I have the idea that a weak liver could cause hypothyroidism... so I'm just wondering, is there any natural ways that I can help him? I don't want to put him on drugs, or have him popping a pill for the rest of his life. Is there something we could do to, maybe, help his thyroid for good? Any diets or anything?

    Thanks for any insight!

    • ANSWER:
      I think this article might be of some help:
      "...One of the key amino acids involved in the manufacture of the thyroid hormones is tyrosine. This nutrient, by the way, has been used to help cocaine addicts kick the habit by helping them avoid the worst of the withdrawal symptoms, including tiredness, depression, and irritability. It is also one of the active agents in a new formulation called Thyro Boost, which will help too. It includes kelp, which provides iodine (the other nutrient needed to make thyroid hormones) in the form of iodide and energy-boosting Co-Enzyme Q10. Thyro Boost is available by mail order from the Nutri Centre (0800 –587 2290)...."

  37. QUESTION:
    Being treated for hypothyroidism, is anyone else being treated for this also?
    I'm only on 0.1 MG, and have been on it for about 2 months now. My tiredness was going away for about 2 weeks, been then has recently returned along with my swollen fingers (my face isn't as puffy as it had been). Is there a reason as to why my symptoms are returning again? I've never missed a pill, and I have not returned to the doctor for blood testing yet but have an appt on May 10th. I also do not know the underlying cause for my hypothyroidism. Any knowledge someone could offer would be greatly appreciated! Thanx!

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroidism means that your thyroid is not producing thyroid hormone which leads to weight gain, fatigue, tiredness, and constipation along with edema (swelling). You may need to get a higher dose of your medication. Your thyroid may have gotten more sluggish meaning it is now producing less hormone than it was when he first put you on the meds. Be sure to tell the doctor you are having problems.

  38. QUESTION:
    Multiple symptoms be related to one illness?
    For most of my life I have felt like an outsider, the feeling as if there was something wrong with me. My doctors as a child said it was teen depression or that i was trying to get attention.For 20 years now i still feel this way and the doctors tell me that it is my thyroid. I have "hypothyroidism" so now i take a synthetic hormone to help with the disorder. Well mentally and emotionally it has gotten worse. The feeling of depression, fatigue, body aches, anxiety, paranoia, brain fog, lack of general happiness, forgetfulness, and aggression. I know this is not me, deep down i feel there is something bigger. A doctor suggested bi-polar, but i did not have enough signs to be diagnosed as such.I feel as if i am on the verge of loosing my mind 50% of the time and that's on a good day. My family history contains bi-polar, heart disease, diabetes, and several more mental issues. could i just be going nuts or have a form of autism like a friend suggested? I have heard that a form of autism can be associated with the attack on the thyroid causing hypothyroidism. At this time i feel confused because every time i see any doctor they tell me that it is all in my head. Well yeah that's why i am there. I get shrugged off or told just to stay on my synthroid and i will be fine. well it's gotten so bad i can even do my school work, spend time with my kids, or function properly on most given days.My life has completely become a daily task to smile and just get through. it is effecting me so horribly i have trouble recalling, thinking Straight, multiple thoughts congesting, loosing focus and no doctor seems to even give me the time of day to find out what is wrong. my question is what kind of doctor should i see?

    • ANSWER:
      You just need to find the right doctor. Google "find a naturopath" and I think you will be very happy.

  39. QUESTION:
    Is lithium induced hypothyroidism reversible?
    Developed hypothyroidism after yrs on lithium-went on thyroid meds after only 4 months of low thyroid symptoms-then all good. (Have been treating for hypothyroidism for only 1 yr) Now, may be able to stop lithium w/out further pysch probs but doctor told me hypothyroidism that was caused by lithium is irreversible-is he right? He was WRONG on another huge subject just a week ago and I am hoping lithium induced hypothyroidism ( hypo symptoms started just 1 year ago and treated within 4 months of start) may be reversible if lithium is discontinued...many thanks

    • ANSWER:
      yes ,

  40. QUESTION:
    Varied symptoms, unknown cause...any insight would be appreciated.?
    I'm a 23 year old female without any sort of bad medical history. I'm on the pill, and have no conditions to speak of. I eat well and exercise regularly.

    In the past months though, I've been experiencing sudden episodes of weakness, light-headedness, extreme, sudden fatigue and nausea, which last about 20-30 mins. I'm generally tired. It usually happens in the evenings. I have had many recent changes in my life, which I think are to blame...

    But could this *really* all be stress-related? When these episodes happen, I'm never particularly anxious, or stressed, they seem very random. I will be consulting a DR, but any advice would be welcome. It's all very weird, and disconcerting, to be honest. How much can stress really affect my health, and if it's not stress, then what? (I've already ruled out pregnancy and hypothyroidism or anemia.) Thanks for your help.
    *It's also important to note that I drink 1,5 litres of water a day, exercise every day, and do not drink any sort of soda. I've changed my diet radically over the past few years, and it's generally healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds to me like stress and a bit of tension. I experienced something similar. Worrying about it also adds to it.

      You should do some relaxing excercises during the day, just a few where you stretch a bit, breathing excercises and even some walking.

      Try try changing some of your regular routines, maybe take a friday or monday off to extend your weekend and don't worry too much.

  41. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give me an idea of whats wrong with me?
    I go to the doctor Monday but its still bothering me of what's all going on. Along with a ton of other symptoms, my main ones that affect me the most in every day life are cold intolerance. I'm constantly freezing and idk why. I've been shaking really bad for the past couple weeks and I can't stop even if I'm not cold ill shake a lot. My hands the most. I'm so exhausted no matter how much I sleep. I've started dragging my feet from class to class because I'm too tired to pick up my feet.I barely make it to class because its exhausting and I can barely stay awake in class. Its also hard to write. My handwriting used to be pretty since I'm a girl(: but its super messy now and I can barely read it let alone my teachers. I can't describe the feeling but its like my hand is so tired and it feels really light an I just can't hold the pencil up and then it just gets sloppy. I can't remember things easily. I usually forget something every morning because I can't think of it and like when I'm writing I forget how to spell a simple word like like or I forget my name or I forget how to spell a letter an it takes like 5 minutes for me to remember. That's ben going on a week. My last major thing is that I've been gaining weight a lot lately and I don't know why. I'm eating the same like I always have but I've gained probably ten pounds in 2 or 3 weeks. An I've always been pretty skinny now I'm like chubby and got rolls. I've cut out like pretty much all sodas and been drinking water and tea an nothing after 7 to eat but I still gained. An its all fat. I'm healthy but so exhausted i m not doing anything now. Nothing has changed that could do this that I know of. I have great iron so not anemia. I think their gonna test for hypothyroidism cause my aunt has it. Any ideas of what it could be though? I'm 16 only by the way.Thank you!

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    Borderline Personality Disorder and Hypothyroidism?
    I'm 18 and was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism about a month and a half ago. Before and after I was given medication, I was noticing all of my psychological issues I've been having for several years--and just so happen to have gotten worse when I was experiencing the symptoms of the thyroid disease. After being on the medication, some of my symptoms have gotten better, but I'm still having these fears of abandonment, have mood changes from crying to being perfectly fine during the day, have impulses for drugs and alcohol, have impulses to self-injure myself, and overall have a had time managing any type of relationship.

    Is it possible that I have it? I was thinking about seeing my doctor when I go home from college in the summer to see, because I don't feel normal half the time. Is it caused by my hypothyroidism? Or is it just symptoms of my hypothyroidism?

    • ANSWER:
      WEll, you are doing well thinking all this through, and I think you are on the right track. Hypothyroidism can cause all kinds of problems in how one feels and thinks, as well. On top of that you have hormones and growth issues. That is why I would ,and any good therapist or doctor would not just jump to label you something as serious as 'borderline'.
      You need to ask them to evaluate you well, and see how it comes out. If it were me, since i am really skeptical of any doctors and therapist that label people 'borderline', then I would ask them before you agree to be evaluated and spill your guts, exactly if they use that category in their practice, and if and how they would treat it, or if they think it is treatable, and ask them all kinds of questions on their views of feeling self injury, impulse control issues and the like.
      I think that this sounds like all things that could be thyoid, hromone related, for the most part.
      The frontal lobes that contrl impulses, does not fully develope until one is at least 25, so that is a factor here also, and another reason to hold off on such a heavey diagnosis.
      So, what i am saying it is all important for you to research each therapist /doctor you are interested in seeing, find out what their perspective and treatment modality is, and keep looking until you find one you think is right one and can help you. Otherswise it is a waste of time and money, and you could be put on meds that don't rreally help you.
      I think you should call a compoupnding pharmacy and ask them waht doctors in your area will test, and know how to treat hormones, that is a big issue with hypothyroid, since most doctos have a 'protocol' on how to deal with it, and will tell the patient that the rest is 'mental' , which sounds like what happened to you already, adn that is just WRONG and inaccurate. There are many thyroid people who go through these issues.
      Here , thyroid.about.com that is about the best site for thyroid there is. Also, stopthethyroidmadness.com (org?) and elainemoore.com
      So , get more info and find the right people to help you.
      feelingfff.com thecanaryclub.org and thehallcenter.com could help you also.

  43. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism caused by Autoimmune disease?
    My question is weird. I was brought up by a mother who's over obsessive with health issues so now I have no real idea of what is serious and what's not.

    I have previous history of hypothyroidism as caused by autoimmune disease. I am a single mother, full time student and a part-time worker. I barely have time to sleep let alone go to the doctor for a checkup. I need to know how serious this things is and if my symptoms are part of the disease or I'm most likely very stressed :)

    my symptoms:
    1. the thyroid is so big you can see it when I'm standing straight (it kind hangs out a bit)
    2. I'm constantly tired
    3. period is very irregular
    4. Gain weight EXTREMELY easily (my metabolism is extremely slow)
    5. nervous system goes haywire all the time
    6. lack of sleep
    7. constipation sometimes
    8. Slow thought process - I'm studying International Business and it's a very competitive program and I know I'm not dumb but I do notice that to calculate something it takes me much longer than it used to. not because I can't think of an answer, but because i just can't think. I don't know how to explain this. sorry

    I know that you wont' have a medical advice but if someone ha previous experience with a similar disease and can guide me in the right direction that would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      You have Hasimoto's Thyroiditis. You should get on Levothyroxine which could be prescribed by your internal med. doctor, or an endocrinologist. Once your levels are stable, all your symptoms should get better.

  44. QUESTION:
    can hypothyroidism cause a delay in a positive result?
    hi
    im 20 years old with a 8 1/2 month old little boy. i developed hypothyroidism after my son was born and have only been being treated for 2 months.
    my period was due last thursday so i'm nearly a week late.
    i did a home pregnancy test at 4 weeks 2 days and it was negative.
    i have all the usual pregnancy symptoms, nausea cramping and back pain and i'm pretty sure i'm pregnant.
    my questions are:
    can hypothyroidism cause a delay in the production of hcg making a positive test not appear till later?
    is it normal after pregnancy for your periods to be erratic? i've always been regular before?
    please help i'm so confused!!!
    also please could you tell me how many weeks you were before you got a positive result
    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      This could help give you some information-

      http://www.babyhopes.com/articles/periodlate.html

      And I know what the answerer above me said, but the thyroid is responsible for regulating the chemicals/hormones in the body. So yes, if it is off-kilter, it can affect things.
      Just try to relax and take it easy, and try another test as soon as you wake up in a day or two.
      If it still reads negative and you haven't started, give your OB a call. Tell them what's been going on, and see if they can give you a blood test. If you're pregnant, it'll show up on that test.
      Good luck, sweetie!

  45. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism cause of blood in stool?
    Ok here is my dilemma . I have had problems in the last 16 weeks, with severe unexplained daily stomach cramps. I have been throwing up(not pregnant) daily after meals. And now blood has been showing in my stool for the last two weeks. It doesn't show on my toilet paper but it is definitely on the stool. So I went to the doctor and he had sum blood tests run and put me on some hemmrhoid medication, which he thought the blood might be. Now we found out that I have hypothyroidism, but two weeks later after taking the hemmrhoid meds, the blood is still showing in my stool. I don't have any of the symptoms of hemmrhoids..such as itching and he did a digital rectal check too and didn't find anything. Now my problem is that he is just leaving this blood in my stool situation alone and thinks that it because of my low acting thyroid it might have been causing this. Has anybody had this problem before? I feel so sick all the time and want to get checked more, but obviously my doctor doesn't want to look into this further.

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  46. QUESTION:
    What supplements/treatments do you recommend for hypothyroidism?
    I have been experiencing hair loss, excessive sweating, severe depression, severe intolerance of hot climates/surroundings, frequent nausea, and stomach pains since I was seventeen. The year before, I starved myself for a month in order to lose some weight. I have a very prevelent family history of thyroid disorder. I think, perhaps I triggered this with the shock to my metabolism that my anorexia caused. I have been eating regularly since I was 19, but the symptoms persist. What should I do? I am tired of being uncomfortable all of the time, and having thinning hair in parts because of my body's problem...I'm only 19! My libido is one eighth of what it used to be, and my cognitive abilities aren't what they once were...I did a bit of research and saw that all of my symptoms lined up with hypothyroidism, and I wish to know where to look or what to eat, or what I can do to change my body back...

    • ANSWER:
      Levothyroxine from your doctor though he will want to do a thyroid function (blood)test first to confirm.

      There are also herbal supplements available (ask in store) but as alternative not in addition to thyroxine I would go with prescribed thyroxine which although synthetic is similar to what you are missing and should rectify all the symptoms.

  47. QUESTION:
    hypothyroidism????
    im 5'4 and wiegh 140, im pretty much overwieght and i know it, i swim daily and eat pretty healthy......but i think i might have a problem with my thryoid.....
    i have the following symptoms that i looked up:
    fatigue - im tired all the time - cause i get up early for swim?
    dry skin- my skin is really dry, all the time, i use mosturizer but it never seems to work....chlorine???
    cramps + constipation
    irratibility - more than usual
    pale skin - when i was younger my skin was never this pale... just a long winter

    so i want to know if im over-reacting or if i might actually have a problem

    • ANSWER:
      For me I noticed my hands and fingers ached.
      But, everybody is different. If insurance isn't a issue then a simple blood test could ease your mind.
      Good luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    Low body temperature, thryoid problem?
    I had all of the symptoms for hypothyroidism -- low body temperature, slow heart rate, constipation, dry skin/thinning hair, sensitivity to cold, etc.. - I went into the doctors, had a blood test done of TSH. I had this test done about 6 years ago and it came back as "normal" - again, with symptoms being more dramatic, my results came back "normal". -- So what is causing my symptoms then, if thyroid is supposively working "fine"? Is there a possibility the TSH test is missing something? Where should I go from here?
    I took the TSH test 6 years and the past week - both came up Normal

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. A TSH will miss the most common cause of hypothyroidism. Functional hypothyroidism. There are actually several types of thyroid hormone secreted. They have different levels of metabolic activity. Functional hypothyroidism is when the thyroid secretes too much inactive thyroid and not enough active thryroid. There is a blood test that directly measures this.

      What you should do is make an appointment directly with an endocrinologist. The reason is, most family doctors simply are not experienced enough to understand what is going on, so you should go see the specialist. Explain to him that you have all the signs of hypothyroidism but your TSH is normal. Tell him you suspect your thyoid is making the wrong form of thyroid and this is fooling the test. He will give you the correct test to detect if this is going on.

      Also, people who are deficient in growth homrone or in testosterone (if you are a man) show similar symptoms. These should be tested for as well. If that is the problem, then supplementing the hormone with injections will make the symptoms go away (and make you feel a whole lot better). Again, this is something to do under the direct supervision of an endocrinologist.

  49. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism, anemia, and brain fog?
    I'm 20 years old. For the past 8 months, I've been feeling very spacey, out of it, and foggy. I'm sometimes worried it's derealization or depersonalization, but I've always been able to cope with stress very well and I think this came out of nowhere. I feel dizzy and like I'm always sort of floating through life, on the edge of losing consciousness or fainting. When I first got my blood drawn, they found I had beta thalassemia minor, which isn't supposed to show any symptoms. My thyroid was fine. Then, about 4 months later, I got my thyroid tested again, and my TSH was high (5.81). I started taking 25mcg Synthroid and the next time I got tested my TSH was 12.9. It made me feel a little, but not significantly better. It was also found that I had low-ish vitamin D levels, and antibodies (124) against my thryoid, causing the hypothyroidism. If anyone has ANY idea what could be going on, or if this spaciness is characteristic of hypothyroidism, I would be greatly appreciative!
    Oh, and also, a brain MRI showed a mucus retention cyst in my right maxillary sinus.

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  50. QUESTION:
    I had a hair-line fracture in the back of my skull two years ago... Could this be why I'm feeling depressed?
    I am looking into tests for depression, anxiety, ADD (not hyperactive), lack in motivation, and spontaneous weight gain. Is this hypothyroidism? Is this because of my fractured skull? What could these symptoms be caused by?

    • ANSWER:
      If you're considering Hypothyroidism you would need to look for other symptoms. Is your hair weaker now. Do you get cold easily. Are you always tired. Is the weight gain significant. Are your nails brittle. Do you have any nausea or sick feelings. Any lump in your throat?

      In order to be hypothyroidism there would most likely be a few other symptoms that would hold your attention. Hypothyroidism is linked to depression and anxiety too. As far as ADD and the others go you really need to consider more than just depression and weight gain.
      Just go to the doctor. Really, if its Hypothyroidism, it isnt a big deal. And lots of people are depressed. It probably isnt too big of a deal.