Enlarged Thyroid Symptoms Pregnancy

Improving Hormone Health A growing number of physicians believe that thyroid disorders, especially underactive thyroid symptoms in women, are epidemic in our country. Some reasons cited as the root cause of underactive or hypothyroid symptoms are environmental toxins, side effects from pharmaceutical medications and ongoing stress. Low thyroid is five to 10 times more common in women than in men.

The thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped organ in the front of the neck, produces several hormones that regulate the metabolism of every cell in the body.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to get a thyroid problem stable? What about pregnancy & doctors?
    I was having difficulty breathing, swallowing and felt foggy headed. Doctor said my thyroid is enlarged and sent off blood work. I hope to have results in the next day or two. Discovered my grandmother and aunt have thyroid problems and each have a thyroid that has died. I don't understand how one can die. Grandmother had a growth on the died one and it was removed. Anyway, these problems run in the family and I have many symptoms, so I am preparing. Extra worried because I was hoping to try to get pregnant in the next few months. Now I am very concerned about how long it will take to get treated, how long I will have to put off getting pregnant or if I should not, complications with pregnancy (I'm 35 so the time is ticking), increased risks to the development of the baby, and if most doctors can treat this disorder or if I need to travel to a specialist. Should mention I have read WebMD & MayoClinic and numerous other sights. Would like to hear real people's thoughts and more about the process between figuring it out and getting things stabilized. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    Too soon for pregnancy symptoms? wtf is going on with me?
    Ok, the last time I had my period was july 6th, but I missed the ENTIRE month of June when I was supposed to get it on the 16th. I did take a few HPT's in june when I was so late, and negative. I even went to planned parenthood and the dr did an internal exam and told me that my uterus was slightly enlarged and i have no signs of any STD's or infections. She also told me to come in for a pregnancy blood test if i didn't get my period in 10 days, and i wound up getting it the day before the 10th day. But, I NEVER EVER have missed an entire month except when I was pregnant with my son 3 1/2 years ago.

    So, For the past 2 days I feel completely depleted of any/all energy. I have also been getting waves of nausea bad. I have zero appetite, and when I do get some what of an appetite I eat one bite of something and feel sick again. Most food smells have also been making me feel nauseous. (yesterday when my fiance cooked breakfast, and then again just now at an italian restaurant.. I couldn't even eat what I ordered which was just a bowl of pasta and sauce.)

    I am SO tired. ALL i wanna do is rest/lay around/or sleep which is VERY unlike me.

    Also, I have been getting stomach aches.. like high up in my stomach.. more like cramps because they come and go and are not consistent.

    I don't think i am sick with anything.. no fever/coughing/sore throat/vomiting/diarrhea/etc.
    I went to the ER twice last month for a possible thyroid issue but everything came back fine.

    SO, what could be going on with my body? Can i be pregnant from missing June? I did get my period on the 6th of this month and it lasted the full 5 days like normal. Do I wait and see if I get it August 6th or around there? I did have sex since my period ended on the 12th. I had sex on the 12th and up until yesterday the 17th., So.. could I have gotten pregnant withing 5 days and I am experiencing sign's so very early? I have heard that some women get VERY early signs a week or so after conception.

    help plz! advice! I am going crazy! The appetite thing and smells making me sick is whats really got me thinking I am pregnant.. I usually never turn down food (breakfast/lunch/dinner)

    • ANSWER:
      why dont you quit with the panic mode and go get a pregnancy blood test? if thats negative, then you need to see you're doctor about a severe hormone imbalance. The ER gives you a basic blood test, go see a specialist, they will run more in depth tests :)

  3. QUESTION:
    pregnancy symptoms, negative tests ... Please help i need a lot of answers!?
    Okay this is going to be a long one but please if you could take your time to read it i would really appreciate it...

    Okay so my fiance and i have been together for 3 years. I haven't been on birth control for around about 2 years and when i was on it, it wasn't for a long time only a few months. I am 19 and my partners 21.We always used protection such as condoms, On may 16th was the last time i got my normal period. We had sex in my unprotected a few times. I started getting what i thought was a few symptoms such as : Nausea,I had a really high temp of 39.2 and flu symptoms that only lasted one day, headaches,extreme fatigue,sore breasts,etc. I also just "felt" pregnant. I was meant to get my period on the 11th june but instead it was a day late and was just spotting only when i wiped and no period pains at all only a few here and there but nothing like my normal heavy/painful period. I thought that might have been implantation bleeding but when i got negative blood and urine tests i just put it down to a short period. I thought i would just wait and see what happens with my next period-i assumed i wasn't pregnant, but just couldn't shake feeling like i was pregnant. I had a few scares before but nothing like this. we still had unprotected sex during June because we thought well if im not pregnant we are ready for a child either way! both financially and mentally. Through the month of june i started getting blue veins,still sore breasts and enlarged! morning sickness comes and goes. I thought maybe i was just expecting my period.

    So on the 8th july i was expecting my period and it never came. Its 5 days late... on the 6th july(2 days before my period) i started getting what i thought was asthma and turns out to be heartburn and a lot of cervical mucus (which is unusual cause usually im really dry before my period) Only way i can explain it is, it was like nasal mucus- I thought nothing of it but come the day of my period i thought i got it and went to check was just more mucus i just kept feeling wet and everytime i wiped it was there this lasted up until yesterday and the cramps stopped yesterday (12th june) and now i still have no signs of my period. its so confusing but the doctor thinks i'm not pregnant. But he said it could be to early. I figured by my records that i ovulated on the half way through the day on the 26th than finished half way through the day on the 27th (is this normal????)
    This was going off the egg white discharge(fertile) on the 27th i got the white stain in my underwear-what does that mean???

    These are the dates that i tested-
    14th June- doctors urine test(was still spotting)
    17th june-hpt
    20th june-got blood test was negative doc said may be to early
    5th july- negative test (so i pretty much new i wasn't pregnant from this month)
    6th july-got blood test im pretty sure it said 5hcg the doctor didn't tell me just said was neg
    8th july- period due, neg test
    10th july- negative test (today would have been 2 weeks after ovulation IF i conceived on the 26th

    all these tests were done with early morning urine and im going to test again in a few days. But is it possible i could be pregnant from may and not show on the tests??? or do you think its more likely to be pregnant from June?????? i ovulated later in the month and only have a 26 day cycle its really confusing and my doctor wouldn't talk to me about any of this. I had all my levels checked like thyroids,iron,etc and i have no stds. I don't have pcos or ovarian cysts. i am not "hoping" to be pregnant meaning im not thinking about it a lot but i would not mind at all if i was pregnant !!!! Im not stressing and haven't lost weight or gained it nothings new and i have asked my doctor all the reasons what could be going on. He said next step is an ultra sound but if i was pregnant now i should wait til i would be around 8 weeks for an ultra sound and by than im hoping a test would show and if im not pregnant than see whats going on

    I have been having my period for 7 years now and never been late always on time and i get a feeling when im getting my period i'm pretty in touch with my body.

    Im sorry this is so long but i really need help im going insane!! I just want to know whats going on :( has anyone at all had similar problems like this?

    • ANSWER:
      The only thing that I can tell you is to wait a couple days or a week and test again. I would think that if you did get pregnant than it would be from june. Good luck!

  4. QUESTION:
    What is going on with me!! enlarged uterus/negative test/symptoms!?
    Yesterday I had 2 tiny spots of brown sticky spotting in my panties.. my voice is hoarse,i am constantly thirsty and my mouth is dry,i am having stomach cramps but not like regular PMS type cramps.. My stomach muscles feel sore in the middle of my tummy around my belly button. Also, I am tired and sluggish all the time here recently. I have lost 4 pounds in the past month even though i've been eating the same/if not more!

    I am 12 days late for my period.. I went to planned parenthood today and the dr told me that i don't have any infections that she can see, my urine test was negative, and when she did the pelvic exam she told me my uterus was enlarged but not much (slightly enlarged she said). She told me to return for a blood pregnancy test in 10 days if still no period..

    She told me that I could be pregnant and only 2-3 weeks along.. that it all depends WHEN I got pregnant.. not from how late may think I am.. Going by how "late" I am, I would be 6 weeks pregnant.

    plz someone give me a good answer or advice. I can't figure this out!

    Oh, I did go to the ER sunday night and the Dr tested my thyroid levels and they were perfect.. also did a CBC (complete blood count) also perfect. Said I am perfectly healthy and to go to a Gyno about my missed period. (that is why I went to planned parenthood)

    help!

    • ANSWER:
      I would follow the advice of the doctor. I just went to the local Doctor's Care and had a urine test and a blood test. The urine test came back negative (as I expected since it was midday and since most of my HPTs had been negative). I'm waiting to hear back my lab results which could take 3 to 5 business days. My best advice since we're going through the same thing is to get a blood test done and just wait on the results to come back.

  5. QUESTION:
    Pregnant? Not a period then? Thyroid problem messing with my hormones! Rude doctor! Help? PERSONAL EXPERIENCE?
    My husband is deployed and I am alone. I have tricare prime so insurance isn't an issue.
    I've been positive I have endemetriosis for a long time now. I've also been trying to get pregnant but I'm not obsessed with becoming pregnant. I also have an (so far) unidentified thyroid problem. It all ties together in my mind.

    I went to my pcm last thursday with a friend. The doctor and the nurse were very rude. They overstepped some boundries and we were very offended. I guess I'm not very good at sticking up for myself when it comes to telling the doctors what I want and need because I feel like she walked all over me. And that was the first day she met me. 30 seconds into it we were talking about how I wanted to find out about the endometriosis because of extreme pain during my periods. She wouldn't do anything for me about it. She said it didn't matter because since we haven't been married long enough, no fertility specialists would do anything for me anyway. (But I know the longer you have it the more damage it does.) The nurse told my friend and I that we shouldn't have children yet anyway because everybody likes each other for the first two years when they get married and if we have children before that, our husbands will leave us "and you never know if they'll actually pay child support." We were extremely offended by these comments. She has never met our husbands and had just met us! My friend is already pregnant and now she's paranoid about her husband leaving her.
    Also, I told her that doctors in the state that Im from said my thyroid was very enlarged but nothing ever happened with it. My pcm agreed and they took my blood to run tests. They were also going to schedule an ultrasound on my neck to see whats up. But I have yet to hear anything. She said that my thyroid is first priority and that maybe after all of that is taken care of she'll schedule a pap for me. (Because I have never had a check up or a pap)
    Here's where pregnancy and what I think are my periods tie into it. My cycle is about 37 days and the past few months I've had really really light bleeding somtimes just spotting between periods. Lasting no more than a day, maybe two. And also the past few months, what I would think are my periods have also been extremely low maintenance. All I've needed is a little toilet paper in my underwear. They usually last the usual amount of days. 4 or so. (I say "what I think are periods because the bleeding you can have during pregnancy isnt actually a period, it just simulates one) They wrote me off as having irregular periods, but I can feel the difference.
    Very increasingly lately though, I've been feeling these weird feelings in my belly. Usually lower abdomen and sometimes to one side of lower abdomen. Sometimes along or below my belly button. Its not a rumble. Its not gas bubbles. But I can't put my finger on it exactly. Its kind of feels like... small tiny thumps? What I would guess first little kicks would feel like? I considered the show "I didn't know I was pregnant" and I am a pretty petite girl. Thin/normal. I've been bloated for a long time now and now I'm wondering if I could actually be pregnant. Of course there have been other symptoms, and pregnancy tests (last one 3 weeks ago), but because of my thyroid issues (which control your hormones) I'm not relying on other symptoms. Also because of my negative tests, which I thought could also be explained by my thyroid problem. I don't think the test would show up positive if I was pregnant because of it.
    I don't trust my doctor nor do I really like her.
    I will probably transfer different doctors and hospitals. But I would REALLY appreciate similar experiences! Definitely. If you can give me some advice and share your personal experiences with any or all of these problems, that would be amazing. I would love to know I'm not crazy and I'm not the only one with this going on. Any incite at all would be great.
    Please and Thank you soo much.
    My symptoms are consistent with hyperparathyroidism.
    I don't think its gas(and Im not saying it isss kicks,[its possible if I am its from November, so if they were little kicks, that would be an accurate time frame]) but thank you so much :)
    Thank you so much Minnesota! I am so glad you posted. I don't know if I'm just looking for hope or what, but I'm glad you have a similar experience. And oh my gosh! Your doctor was awful! I want to think I would get an attitude back at her, but considering I didn't at my own doc, Idk if I would. I am just so tired of having to defend myself and my actions. I wasn't prepared to try to my doctor. I just don't feel its their job to give me their opinions on when I should have kids. You know? Thats not what you are getting paid for. Don't deny me what tests I want because you don't support me in my decision to start a family. Thank you so much :) )
    And I'm so sorry about your miscarriage. I would probably think it was something she did too. :(

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 14 weeks pregnant right now and the weird feelings in your lower belly sound just like what I've been feeling. And every body's bodies are different so sometimes tests are negative when they should be positive! You really need a different Dr! Most doctors would have looked into your problems more. I can't stand doctors like that. I had a similar experience with a rude doctor (not the same medical problems, but the rudeness). I got pregnant at 19. The first thing she asked me was if I was married. I said no but that it shouldn't matter to her since she was a Dr and not a pastor. After that I thought that would be the end of it. About 10 minutes later she asked me how long me and my bf were together, I said 3 years, and her response was "well at least you have that". I was so pissed off but I didn't want to re-schedule another appointment with a different Dr because I was already there. So I ignored it and let her do the rest of my appointment. She insisted on doing a PAP which she did extremely rough (the most painful one I've ever had). Right after I started spotting, and miscarried later that night. I talked to my normal doctor about it and he said that its safe to get a PAP while pregnant, but I still to this day think she did something to make me miscarry. I am now pregnant again (22 now) and I LOVE my doctor! Keep searching for one! You'll find one you like :) But if you get a bad vibe from a doctor don't trust them! Some of them seem to have their own agendas.

  6. QUESTION:
    What could this be? (thyroid related)?
    Ok, so all summer I have been feeling really tired, fatigued, just crappy in general. My brain has been in this mental fog (meaning it's hard for me to concentrate) This has taken its toll on me. I have had major mood swings (not period related because they checked that out and I never get like that anyway). It's like I'm Bi-polar but I know I'm not. I have also been experiencing weight loss. I went from 130 pounds to 124.

    In addition to the symptoms above, my thyroid is enlarged. It has gotten bigger since June and is now visible and is causing discomfort in my neck. Even wearing my seat belt is uncomfortable. The doctors tested me for hypo/hyperthyroidism, pregnancy, mono, diabetes and they all came back normal. My thyrogolobulin levels are off. They found several nodules on my thyroid during an ultrasound. I have an appt with and Endocrinologist on the 14th but I just want some suggestions of what could be wrong with me.

    It's just so weird. The whole thing. I have symptoms of being hypo AND hyperthyroidism. But they both came back fine. What gives? :(

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid nodules are very common...I have them myself. Usually they are not considered a problem unless you have just one, which is more likely to be cancerous. Even then, thyroid cancer is usually easily cured. Your symptoms may be caused by many things, including depression, or even worry about your condition. There are many things that can go wrong with the thyroid; I think you need to wait for your appt. with the endocrinologist for a definitive diagnosis. In the meantime, try to stop worrying. Most thyroid conditions can be successfully treated.

  7. QUESTION:
    Wondering what might cause my multiple symptoms?
    I'm 20 and had a baby a year and a half ago, after my pregnancy is when all of this started getting really bad.
    I've been going through these periods of pain. Sometimes the pain is worse at certain times than others. It's like everything comes on really strong at the same time or really close together for a while then I have a break but I still feel the pain, just not as much. I can't go to the doctor right now because of money situations so that's why I'm on here trying to figure out what's wrong with me. Here are all of my symptoms.

    fatigue when the flairs aren't present and when they are it's extreme fatigue, I'd say it gets 5 times worse. But my sleeping in the night is not good while this is happening.

    -bone pain EVERYWHERE. I have not done anything to hurt any of these bones, and this happens regularly. Right now the top of my right foot it hurts so much that when I move my foot it gets worse.
    Everywhere else I'm getting sharp pains that come and go but it's very frequent. The pain is in my fingers, hands, wrists, arms, legs, knees, ankles, feet, and toes.

    -sharp deep pelvic pain that comes and goes. Sometimes it's only on the right right, then sometimes its both sides. I'm not sure if it's bone pain or something else.

    -I got a enlarged or swollen lymph node under the right armpit first and then two days later under the right ear. They were very tender for the first two days then now they are just tender to the touch. a few years ago I had a really big swollen one in the same place in the armpit and it hurt really bad and I went to the doc and all they did was tell me it was nothing and gave me something to get rid of the swelling. Now that I got one again, and then another makes me think it's not nothing especially with the onset of all the other pain I'm feeling.

    -under my boobs on the right side was hurting for a while a couple days ago but that went away, it's only a matter of time until it comes back though.

    - I have sharp pains that come and go in my heart or something around my heart.

    -mostly when I wake up my lungs hurt, they feel cold, mostly with breathing. Sometimes it's like that when I'm not just waking up.

    -my thyroid or throat itches when I move my head looking up.
    I already know that I have thyroidtitis and hyperthyroidism.
    I was diagnosed about 6 months ago but I'm not taking anything.
    A lot of the symptoms have nothing to do with that and I'm convinced there is something else too.

    any ideas! I'd like some meaningful answers! I need a doctor but it's not possible for me right now.
    oh i forgot about the kidney pain. I had a kidney infection years ago that required me to go to the hospital. they said it was from a uti.
    I have some kidney pain now as well but I never noticed any signs of a uti.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there, sorry to here of all the pain you're experiencing :( If you have been diagnosed with thyroiditis and hyperthyroidism you really need to make sure you take medication to control it as you say you've been having painful lymph nodes..your armpit..your throat all indicate that you're having some sort of flare up that needs attention, the sooner you can go to dr's the better; Ask for blood tests, it's your health that's suffering here and you need treatment. Your doctor doesn't even sound like a good one if he's not treating your problem. Refusing treatment won't help either! Good Luck!

  8. QUESTION:
    Can someone give me (22 yr old female) advise based on my list of symptoms and concerns?
    i am a 22 yr old female, just getting stable on my own and i am currently waiting on health insurance. my parents split when i was 15 and i have not been on insurance or seen my family dr since then. i have a few concerns and i dont know if they are worth concerning or not...here they are:

    ever since my cycle started ive been irregular. (like 14 yrs old with a 10 day period, or 15 and scared i could be pregnant, even it was almost 100% not an option lol)
    -i recently started to keep track of my cyles and had a scare. i started mar 4, had a normal 7 day period, but when aprl 4, may 4, then june 4 then july came n went it became disturbing. i eventually started on july 5th but it was like i was just spotting for 5 days. then i stopped and a couple days shy of 2 weeks-shockingly, started again, heavy at first painful (not severe) and lasted 7 days.

    i also noticed i dont have a regular or even daily bowel movement. sometimes maybe 3 times a week...sometimes more sometimes less. my stomach is always upset. when i wake up i have to brush my teeth immidiately bc my stomaches already uneasy and morning breath doesnt help. (water makes it worse for some reason) sometimes i can tell that im really backed up because of sharp pains in my stomach or gas that hurts...on the inside?!?!? dont know any other way to describe it...ive tried laxatives, appropriately, but it gives me sharp pains too

    also when i was about 19 i woke up one moring and had an unexplainable swolen foot, ankle, and part of my calf. i could push on my skin and it would leave a distinct dent for about 30 mins. er said i must have sprained my ankle n gave me a cast, but it didnt hurt other than the pain of my foot feeling like it was about to explode and my toes pop off. every week was diff, then it went to both feet, it comes and goes randomly-sometimes longer than others-for about 4 years now.
    havent been able to pinpoint what causes it or what makes the swelling go down, it just happens.
    this past may my mom took me to her dr because of my attitude and apperance yoyoin (stress)
    he overlooked my swelling problem bc it wasnt swollen by the time i got in to see him, and gave me antidepressants-fyi: not neccesary bc i gained alot of weight and financial issues n wutever else was the only reason i was stressed so noticeably, but he said he notice my thyroid looked swollen and that could be the cause of my weight gain and loss thruout the years. he gave me an ultrasound and he said they were enlarged but no nodules, nothing to be concerned with and sent me on my way.

    i feel that i have too many possibles to have a dr just rule EVERYTHING out without noting all my symptoms or concerns, and not look into anything and just send me away. this is the first dr ive been to since i was a teen so i thought i could get some answers and i got...the ambition to search the internet. :)

    last important detail, ive been with my husband for 5 years and for 4 years now we havent used any protection to prevent pregnancy. we've not tried, tried, tried while ovulating and nothing. my mom was diagnosed with endometriosis a few years ago and i thought that might be the explanation to everything. ive mentioned my moms condition to a dr after stating some of my concerns but that was all the further it went. ive researched endometriosis..never had an absolute "yes!" moment from wut ive found but i havent ruled it out either.

    i hope theres someone who can give me advise, or info or suggestions or something so i can live a long happy healthy life. just that should be enough to help someone, not insurance or money. Anything will help, and is appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of your symptoms are similar to PCOS - poly cystic ovarian syndrome - a condition where numerous harmless cysts form in your ovaries. It's not a dangerous condition and is easily treated with hormone therapy - usually birth control type pill with the birth control part taken out, and additional hormones. The cysts aren't cancerous and they do not raise your chances to get cancer either.

      An ultrasound ordered by your doctor is all that's needed to test for it - they will either do it on your lower belly thru the outside, or with an internal probe done vaginally.

      The most common symptoms of PCOS are: extremely irregular periods from the time you first started menstruating, unexplained weight gain, difficulty to lose weight even on exercise programs and diets, hair growth on face chin and neck (more than the standard peach fuzz), and difficulty in getting pregnant. All these should diminish once treatment is started. There can be further issues if left untreated - not from the syndrome or the cysts, but the weight gain, what every overweight person is at risk for, like diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure etc.

      If you do get checked out for this and it turns out to be PCOS, let your doctor know that you would like to get pregnant, as that can change which type of hormone treatment they will use.

  9. QUESTION:
    Hashimoto's disease but only hyperthyroid?
    Over the past 3 years, I've had hyperthyroidism. My tests have always shown mild to moderate overactivity, only one of those has been done when I wasn't pregnant. However, my doctor says I have Hashimoto's. This doesn't make sense to me, shouldn't I have come up hypothyroid at some point in my life (my levels were always fine until after I first got pregnant, about 9 months after I miscarried my tests showed a hyperactive thyroid).
    I do show all the symptoms of Hashimoto's, but I don't remember my doctor ever testing me for the antibodies, etc. He just told me I have an abnormal protein in my blood that attacks my thyroid. He thinks it runs in my family and usually causes hypothyroid, but for some reason it does the opposite in me. I have no symptoms of Graves. My thyroid was slightly enlarged 3 years ago when I first got tested, but became normal quickly and has never been enlarged since. Thyroid uptake scans and ultrasounds have all been normal.
    Does this really sound like Hashimoto's? Granted, due to job changes (and therefore, waiting for insurance to kick in at new jobs), I haven't been able to get tested properly. I am pregnant again, (3rd pregnancy, 1 birth), and during my last one, my levels went to normal in the third trimester and stayed that way for at least a month after the birth. My baby never had any issues with her levels.

    Should I switch doctors?

    • ANSWER:
      Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (enlarged thyroid) can cause bouts of hyperthyroidism. The Hashimoto's causes the thyroid to attack itself, it can then cause the thyroid to over work itself, which causes the occasional hyperthyroid symptoms. It swings back and forth between hyper and hypo, eventually causing permanent hypothyroidism. It's probably a good idea to see an endocrinologist (if you don't already) since they can tell you what is the best treatment.

  10. QUESTION:
    Caffeine is naturally found in which of the following substances?
    1. Which of the following helps to boost the function of the immune system by encouraging the formation of antibodies for protection?
    hormones
    vaccines
    antibiotics
    diuretics

    2. Caffeine is naturally found in which of the following substances?
    soda pop
    fruit juices
    medications
    coffee

    3. Caffeine addiction is caused by continuous ingestion of at least which of the following amounts?
    20 milligrams per day
    100 milligrams per day
    200 milligrams per day
    1,000 milligrams per day

    4. What would be a good use of an analgesic?
    reduce pain
    replace the body's needed thyroid chemicals
    destroy bacterial infections in the throat
    promote sleep

    5. Which of the following may be a desirable effect of caffeine?
    mental arousal
    reduced stress and anxiety
    increased fatigue
    better digestive organ function

    6. Which of the following should you NOT consult to find out the best and current information on drugs?
    government websites
    the local pharmacist who fills your prescriptions
    the physician who is treating your symptoms and disease processes.
    the good friend who believes only in alternative medicine.

    7. Which fairly tasteless and odorless drug causes sleepiness, sedation, and the inability to remember events that occurred when one was under the influence of the drug?
    methamphetamine
    LSD
    rohypnol
    ether

    8. Which of the following is not an effect of fetal alcohol syndrome?
    heart defects
    low birth weight and length
    larger head size
    mental retardation

    9. Which of the following statements about FAS is not correct?
    FAS is not preventable.
    FAS is caused by mothers who drink alcohol while being pregnant.
    Babies born with FAS often suffer heart defects or delayed growth.
    Babies born with FAS often suffer from mental retardation and malformed faces.

    10. Which of the following most commonly used drugs is involved in half of all car crashes?
    heroin
    marijuana
    alcohol
    cocaine

    11. How is alcohol classified?
    a depressant
    a stimulant
    an opiate
    a narcotic

    12. Which of the following is an example of proper drug or medication use?
    taking more medication than prescribed
    taking over-the-counter drugs for a cold
    taking drugs at the wrong time of day
    stopping a prescribed medication too soon

    13. Which childhood disorder is most closely linked to environmental tobacco smoke?
    emphysema
    asthma
    heart attacks
    lung cancer

    14. Which of the following is a result of smoking during pregnancy?
    high infant birth weight
    enlarged head size
    decreased risk of infection
    increased risk of miscarriage

    15. What is the correct term that describes the use of inhalants as a drug in which the person's body slows down and causes the person to lose control of their behavior and emotions?
    injecting
    snorting
    huffing
    licking

    16. Which of the following terms describes what happens when a drug decreases the effect of another drug?
    antagonistic reaction
    synergistic reaction
    intravenous reaction
    hallucinogenic reaction

    17. Which of the following is a common sign of drug abuse?
    gettting good grades in school
    developing friendships that encourage healthy behavior
    good decision-making skills
    unexplained changes in behavior

    18. What is the name for stimulants that are made from everyday products and can keep a person awake for long periods of time, resulting in a lack of interest in usual activities, as well as a loss of appetite and a change in personality?
    methamphetamines
    cocaine
    heroin
    marijuana

    19. Which of the following is NOT a good strategy for preventing drug use and abuse?
    Form clear goals of what you would like to accomplish in the future.
    Take time to study the side effects of drugs on the body.
    Hang out with friends who are known to use drugs.
    Learn refusal skills and the ability to say no when feeling pressured.

    20. You are driving and notice the person ahead of you is weaving and swerving and straddling the lane marker. Such behavior indicates that the driver may be under the influence of which of the following drugs?
    alcohol
    analgesics
    antibiotics
    antiarrhythmics

    21. Which of the following describes organic compounds that can help the body to function better to make energy, produce blood cells, and reduce the risk of birth defects suc

    • ANSWER:
      cdcaadccacbbbdcadaca

  11. QUESTION:
    Could I be pregnant? 3 missed period and negative blood test?
    The last time i had my period was october 25, 2009. it was light. The last time I had intercourse was 2 weeks before that day and haven't had any intercourse since then. I've taken 6 home pregnancy tests, one after the light period, 2 more after missing the first month, and 3 more after missing the second month. I went to the doctor on January 12 and had a qualitative blood test done and it came back negative. I still haven't gotten my period and I have had no symptoms of pregnancy. My only other symptom besides a missed period is an enlarged/swollen/bloated stomach. I'm going to the doctor again Feb. 13, but it's worrying me that I could possibly be pregnant, I don't seem to fit symptoms of other possibilites such as PCOS or thyroid problems...any advice?

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    Newly diagnosed hashimotos disease?
    I found out in January that I had hypothyroidism during my first month of pregnancy. I was put on .25 synthyroid and towards the end of the pregnancy doubled to .50 because the .25 couldn't keep up. Now three months post-partum, I am going back and forth between hypo and hyper. My neck is very thick around the base, dr thinks my thyroid is enlarged, and now my body temp stays around a constant 96-97 degrees. I have an ultrasound on Wednesday to check things out. My throat is also tender to the touch and a constant tight sensation. I'm so freaked about thyroid cancer or something. Are they common symptoms of hasimoto's or thyroiditis?

    • ANSWER:
      I had the exact same thing happen. I had Hashimotos, then after my pregnancy I went hyper and grew a goiter (enlarged thyroid) I had ultrasounds and then biopsies done with healthy outcomes. When my body calmed down with the hormone plunge and I started to feel better, about three months later, my levels were all fine. I am at 150mg of synthyroid though. I did go through hyper and hypo flip again with my next pregnancy, but did not go in, just waited it out and it did go away after 2 1/2 months. Not saying to skip your appointment, just that mine has a pattern of going crazy after giving birth. Good luck and congrats on your new baby!

  13. QUESTION:
    HELP! HEALTH ONLINE!?
    Choose the best answer for each question.

    1. Which of the following helps to boost the function of the immune system by encouraging the formation of antibodies for protection?
    hormones
    vaccines
    antibiotics
    diuretics

    2. Caffeine is naturally found in which of the following substances?
    soda pop
    fruit juices
    medications
    coffee

    3. Caffeine addiction is caused by continuous ingestion of at least which of the following amounts?
    20 milligrams per day
    100 milligrams per day
    200 milligrams per day
    1,000 milligrams per day

    4. What would be a good use of an analgesic?
    reduce pain
    replace the body's needed thyroid chemicals
    destroy bacterial infections in the throat
    promote sleep

    5. Which of the following may be a desirable effect of caffeine?
    mental arousal
    reduced stress and anxiety
    increased fatigue
    better digestive organ function

    6. Which of the following should you NOT consult to find out the best and current information on drugs?
    government websites
    the local pharmacist who fills your prescriptions
    the physician who is treating your symptoms and disease processes.
    the good friend who believes only in alternative medicine.

    7. Which fairly tasteless and odorless drug causes sleepiness, sedation, and the inability to remember events that occurred when one was under the influence of the drug?
    methamphetamine
    LSD
    rohypnol
    ether

    8. Which of the following is not an effect of fetal alcohol syndrome?
    heart defects
    low birth weight and length
    larger head size
    mental retardation

    9. Which of the following statements about FAS is not correct?
    FAS is not preventable.
    FAS is caused by mothers who drink alcohol while being pregnant.
    Babies born with FAS often suffer heart defects or delayed growth.
    Babies born with FAS often suffer from mental retardation and malformed faces.

    10. Which of the following most commonly used drugs is involved in half of all car crashes?
    heroin
    marijuana
    alcohol
    cocaine

    11. How is alcohol classified?
    a depressant
    a stimulant
    an opiate
    a narcotic

    12. Which of the following is an example of proper drug or medication use?
    taking more medication than prescribed
    taking over-the-counter drugs for a cold
    taking drugs at the wrong time of day
    stopping a prescribed medication too soon

    13. Which childhood disorder is most closely linked to environmental tobacco smoke?
    emphysema
    asthma
    heart attacks
    lung cancer

    14. Which of the following is a result of smoking during pregnancy?
    high infant birth weight
    enlarged head size
    decreased risk of infection
    increased risk of miscarriage

    15. What is the correct term that describes the use of inhalants as a drug in which the person's body slows down and causes the person to lose control of their behavior and emotions?
    injecting
    snorting
    huffing
    licking

    16. Which of the following terms describes what happens when a drug decreases the effect of another drug?
    antagonistic reaction
    synergistic reaction
    intravenous reaction
    hallucinogenic reaction

    17. Which of the following is a common sign of drug abuse?
    gettting good grades in school
    developing friendships that encourage healthy behavior
    good decision-making skills
    unexplained changes in behavior

    18. What is the name for stimulants that are made from everyday products and can keep a person awake for long periods of time, resulting in a lack of interest in usual activities, as well as a loss of appetite and a change in personality?
    methamphetamines
    cocaine
    heroin
    marijuana

    19. Which of the following is NOT a good strategy for preventing drug use and abuse?
    Form clear goals of what you would like to accomplish in the future.
    Take time to study the side effects of drugs on the body.
    Hang out with friends who are known to use drugs.
    Learn refusal skills and the ability to say no when feeling pressured.

    20. You are driving and notice the person ahead of you is weaving and swerving and straddling the lane marker. Such behavior indicates that the driver may be under the influence of which of the following drugs?
    alcohol
    analgesics
    antibiotics
    antiarrhythmics

    21. Which of the following describes organic compounds that can help the body to function better to make energy, produce blood ce

    • ANSWER:
      Homework problems? Look up the answers in your textbook or on line. It is not very good for your education to ask us to do your homework.

      New Year's resolution: Do my own homework!


Enlarged Thyroid Symptoms In Women

Improving Hormone Health A growing number of physicians believe that thyroid disorders, especially underactive thyroid symptoms in women, are epidemic in our country. Some reasons cited as the root cause of underactive or hypothyroid symptoms are environmental toxins, side effects from pharmaceutical medications and ongoing stress. Low thyroid is five to 10 times more common in women than in men.

The thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped organ in the front of the neck, produces several hormones that regulate the metabolism of every cell in the body.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Normal T4, "high" TSH, no symptoms--should I be on Synthroid?
    I have gone to several different doctors who have noted that my thyroid gland is slightly enlarged to the touch (not visibly). Blood work shows that I have a TSH of 8.1 ("high") and T4 levels of 0.9 ("normal"). Aside from the fact that my thyroid is slightly enlarged to the touch, I experience none of the symptoms. I saw an endocrinologist a few days ago who put me on Synthroid (88 mcg), and since I started I have been having abdominal cramps and feeling nauseous, meaning the dose is too high and should be adjusted.

    I have been reading around online and this TSH seems to only be moderately high. I have read that Selenium (200 micrograms/day) has been shown to bring autoantibody levels back to normal in women with an underactive thyroid after 3 months of use, and I have read that regular exercise and good diet can also help lower TSH levels. I already exercise fairly often although not as much as I used to--I have no problem increasing my amount of exercise. Likewise, my diet is generally healthy, and I would not mind making a few small adjustments to make it even healthier. I eat a lot of soy right now (tofu, soymilk) which I could cut out if necessary.

    Basically I want to know if there is any reason to be taking Synthroid, which is supposed to help with the management of hypothyroid symptoms, when I have no symptoms. It seems stupid to be taking stuff which is making me sicker (cramps, nausea). I am 20 years old and female, normal BMI. I do Taekwondo 2-3 times a week and I am about to get back into swimming regularly.
    Here are the ranges for my lab:
    t4: 0.8-1.8
    TSH: 0.4-5.1

    • ANSWER:
      TSH is produced in response to the brain sensing not enough thyroid hormone. Likewise, your thyroid is enlarged as part of your body's effort to produce more surface area, and therefore produce more thyroxine. I have been hypothyroid for 20+ years and dosing has always been based on TSH, rather than T4 levels.

      Feeling nausea and cramping is unlikely to be caused by the levothyroxine, which is simply a synthetic form of what's in your body already. I can almost guarantee it's not because the dose is too high because it takes 4-6 weeks for the medication to reach full effectiveness. Two doses are probably not unlike the fluctuation you could have normally from day to day. Just as you are unlikely to feel worse from 2 days of low-dose levothyroxine, you would not expect to notice any improvement in symptoms in 2 days.

      You mentioned autoantibody levels. Being hypothyroid does not automatically mean you have Hashimoto's, the auto-immune type. You would have to be tested specifically for these antibodies.

      As far as whether you should take medication, that's your choice after considering the suggestion of your doctor. However, speaking from experience I can tell you that I am sometimes not aware of hypothyroid symptoms until they're gone. For me they include some difficulty concentrating and fatigue. Personally, I'd give the Synthroid an honest try-- meaning adjusting doses as required until your tests are normal. What have you got to lose? Just my opinion.

  2. QUESTION:
    Too soon for pregnancy symptoms? wtf is going on with me?
    Ok, the last time I had my period was july 6th, but I missed the ENTIRE month of June when I was supposed to get it on the 16th. I did take a few HPT's in june when I was so late, and negative. I even went to planned parenthood and the dr did an internal exam and told me that my uterus was slightly enlarged and i have no signs of any STD's or infections. She also told me to come in for a pregnancy blood test if i didn't get my period in 10 days, and i wound up getting it the day before the 10th day. But, I NEVER EVER have missed an entire month except when I was pregnant with my son 3 1/2 years ago.

    So, For the past 2 days I feel completely depleted of any/all energy. I have also been getting waves of nausea bad. I have zero appetite, and when I do get some what of an appetite I eat one bite of something and feel sick again. Most food smells have also been making me feel nauseous. (yesterday when my fiance cooked breakfast, and then again just now at an italian restaurant.. I couldn't even eat what I ordered which was just a bowl of pasta and sauce.)

    I am SO tired. ALL i wanna do is rest/lay around/or sleep which is VERY unlike me.

    Also, I have been getting stomach aches.. like high up in my stomach.. more like cramps because they come and go and are not consistent.

    I don't think i am sick with anything.. no fever/coughing/sore throat/vomiting/diarrhea/etc.
    I went to the ER twice last month for a possible thyroid issue but everything came back fine.

    SO, what could be going on with my body? Can i be pregnant from missing June? I did get my period on the 6th of this month and it lasted the full 5 days like normal. Do I wait and see if I get it August 6th or around there? I did have sex since my period ended on the 12th. I had sex on the 12th and up until yesterday the 17th., So.. could I have gotten pregnant withing 5 days and I am experiencing sign's so very early? I have heard that some women get VERY early signs a week or so after conception.

    help plz! advice! I am going crazy! The appetite thing and smells making me sick is whats really got me thinking I am pregnant.. I usually never turn down food (breakfast/lunch/dinner)

    • ANSWER:
      why dont you quit with the panic mode and go get a pregnancy blood test? if thats negative, then you need to see you're doctor about a severe hormone imbalance. The ER gives you a basic blood test, go see a specialist, they will run more in depth tests :)

  3. QUESTION:
    Should i get a second opinion?
    Okay i went in for a routine physical and my doctor noticed swelling on the right side of my thyroid. she never asked me anything about how i was feeling or anything. went home and read up on the thyroid and i have a whole lot of the symptoms of hyperthyroid except for the weight loss mine is weight gain. well anyways i have a huge family history of thyroid disorders (im only 22 by the way) on the women's side of my moms family. it does all the way back to my great grand mother. my doctor ordered the labs and had me schedule a ultrasound. results of the blood tests are TSH 0.89, Ft4 1.27, Ft3 3.8. after i did my ultrasound a week later my doctor emailed me the very next day with results ( just the night before i was trying to eat a hamburger with the family on memorial day and i could not even get it down without alot of effort) im going to paste what my doc sent me. " I wanted to let you know that I received the results of your thyroid ultrasound...

    IMPRESSION: Mildly enlarged heterogeneous thyroid.
    Two small hypoechoic nodules, six month follow-up to document
    stability suggested.
    The two nodules were only 7mm which is still too small to do any biopsies so the repeat ultrasound in 6 months is our good next step. If they did not change then they are ok and you probably had them for a long time and the follow up would be to get TSH each year which is a thyroid lab. Karen Semones, MD" i just think there is something else she should be able to do. any insite from others or some doctors?
    oh i already eat plenty of acai berry lol.

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor plan sounds plausible and workable. The method of letting you know may have not been sufficient. Call the doctor and have her explain the labs., why they were taken and the results as to what they indicate. I suggest you go to record release, sign a release of information to you and have them mail it to you. You can study the report, know the normals, have documentation if you do decide to see someone else. It'll have the labs., doctors plan, physical as to what she found recorded. By law it must be provided to you upon request. There is usually no charge for this.


Enlarged Thyroid Symptoms In Children

The thyroid gland is located at the base of the throat just below the Adam's apple. The butterfly shaped gland has two lobes joined by a strip of tissue called the isthmus. The function of the thyroid gland is to produce the thyroid hormones, thyroxine, triiodothyronine and calcitonin.

When evaluating children with a thyroid nodule, they are usually divided into either prepubertal or post-pubertal allowing to make some distinctions. Children will usually present perfectly healthy but will have a lump or nodule in the thyroid and/or hard persistent swollen lymph glands in the neck. If the nodule is large the child may have trouble breathing or swallowing and have a hoarse voice.

The 3 types of thyroid cancer in children:

  • Papillary cancer is the form of cancer that occurs in the cells that produce thyroid hormones containing iodine. It is the most common of thyroid cancers in children. Although it grows very slowly it can spread to the lymph nodes via lymphatics in the neck and occasionally may spread to other areas.
  • Follicular cancer also develops in the cells that produce thyroid hormones containing iodine. This type of thyroid cancer is more common in the slightly older age group and less so in children. It may spread to the neck via blood vessels, causing it to spread to other areas of the body, making it more difficult to control.
  • Medullary cancer is a rare form of cancer that develops in the cells that produce the hormone calcitonin. In children, usually the older age group, this cancer is usually associated with specific inherited genetic conditions. It is the fastest growing type of thyroid cancer and the abnormal cells grow and spread quickly to the neck area.

As a parent, if symptoms present themselves,take the child to the doctor. The doctor will then examine the head and neck area, looking for unusual lumps or nodules.

To determine the production of the thyroid hormones blood testing will be done.

Ultrasound imagining may be ordered to create an image of the neck area to have a better look at the thyroid gland and the lymph nodes. The ultra sound is normally followed by a needle biopsy if necessary to determine the cause of the lump.

A radioactive iodine scan providing information about the thyroid function and areas of the gland that do not absorb iodine normally is sometimes warranted.

Treatment for this condition in children will usually be surgery and possibly followed by radioactive iodine treatment to destroy any remaining cancerous thyroid tissue.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Enlarged thyroid but labs were normal?
    I'm 26, one child, and healthy aside from some symptoms of underactive thyroid..... Only reason I suspected thyroid is my mom and both her sisters are on meds for underactive thyroid..... I have been experiencing huge fluxuations in weight, I'm cold all the time, thinning hair, fatigue despite a healthy diet and regular exercise, irregular period and occasional mild depression. Went to the doctor, he said my thyroid is enlarged but bloodwork was normal. IAnyone ever experienced this?

    • ANSWER:
      sometimes when you have a "borderline thyroid problem" the doc brushes it off not realizing that even borderlin thyroid problems can cause major symptoms. your doc should be treating your symptoms and not just looking at your bloodwork numbers. Also, I have heard the time of day you get your bloodwork done can affect the outcome. Try getting tested again early in the morning. If your thyroid is enlarged that means you have a thyroid problem plain and simple. My doc did a blood test on my for thyroid, it came back borderline-low, then he ordered an ultrasound on my neck to see if my thyroid is swollen, if the results come back that it's swollen, im going to ask him to put me on a low dose of meds so my symptoms can finally go away.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a thyroid diorder in a child age 9?
    My daughter's tyroid seem enlarged and I was curious if she may have an underactive thyroid. She had gained weight in the last year.
    And what causes thyroid problems

    • ANSWER:
      o poor memory and concentration
      o tiredness & fatigue
      o depression
      o irritability
      o weight gain
      o muscle weakness and cramps
      o intolerance to cold weather
      o deteriorating or slowing growth rate
      o constipation
      o dry, coarse, itchy skin
      o brittle hair
      o a croaky, hoarse voice
      o slow reflexes
      o slow heart rate
      o delayed as well as precocious sexual development
      o high cholesterol levels
      o girls may suffer from increased menstrual flow

      NB: children and adolescents with under activity of the thyroid may have almost no symptoms or signs other than weight gain or slowing growth.

  3. QUESTION:
    Fed up and frustrated with the thyroid. ?
    For about 10+ years I have been having the same symptoms. I get the jitters after not haven eaten for a while, and sometimes, just beacause. My doctor gave ma a fasting diabetes test, and of course, it was normal. My throid has tested low a few times, and most often it is normal. My thyroid is enlarged, you can tell when you see it. I also have a cold nodule on the left side of my thyroid that was biopsied, and showed normal resuls. My weight wouldn't be a problem, (I've put on a few) but I'm too exhausted from sometimes doing "nothing" for no reason. So I don't get out there and work out, I have low energy all the time. I'm not the healiest earter, but I do consume some fruits and veggies. Oh, and I'm always "hot" when everyone else is "cold". I have an acne problem, ..... the list of little complaints can go on and on......whats wrong with me??? Can some one out there help? I'm in my early thirties, I've had two children, and with both I've had post pardum depression. I have asthma, its mild though, I think thats pretty much it. Thanks in advance :)

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    Pregnant? Not a period then? Thyroid problem messing with my hormones! Rude doctor! Help? PERSONAL EXPERIENCE?
    My husband is deployed and I am alone. I have tricare prime so insurance isn't an issue.
    I've been positive I have endemetriosis for a long time now. I've also been trying to get pregnant but I'm not obsessed with becoming pregnant. I also have an (so far) unidentified thyroid problem. It all ties together in my mind.

    I went to my pcm last thursday with a friend. The doctor and the nurse were very rude. They overstepped some boundries and we were very offended. I guess I'm not very good at sticking up for myself when it comes to telling the doctors what I want and need because I feel like she walked all over me. And that was the first day she met me. 30 seconds into it we were talking about how I wanted to find out about the endometriosis because of extreme pain during my periods. She wouldn't do anything for me about it. She said it didn't matter because since we haven't been married long enough, no fertility specialists would do anything for me anyway. (But I know the longer you have it the more damage it does.) The nurse told my friend and I that we shouldn't have children yet anyway because everybody likes each other for the first two years when they get married and if we have children before that, our husbands will leave us "and you never know if they'll actually pay child support." We were extremely offended by these comments. She has never met our husbands and had just met us! My friend is already pregnant and now she's paranoid about her husband leaving her.
    Also, I told her that doctors in the state that Im from said my thyroid was very enlarged but nothing ever happened with it. My pcm agreed and they took my blood to run tests. They were also going to schedule an ultrasound on my neck to see whats up. But I have yet to hear anything. She said that my thyroid is first priority and that maybe after all of that is taken care of she'll schedule a pap for me. (Because I have never had a check up or a pap)
    Here's where pregnancy and what I think are my periods tie into it. My cycle is about 37 days and the past few months I've had really really light bleeding somtimes just spotting between periods. Lasting no more than a day, maybe two. And also the past few months, what I would think are my periods have also been extremely low maintenance. All I've needed is a little toilet paper in my underwear. They usually last the usual amount of days. 4 or so. (I say "what I think are periods because the bleeding you can have during pregnancy isnt actually a period, it just simulates one) They wrote me off as having irregular periods, but I can feel the difference.
    Very increasingly lately though, I've been feeling these weird feelings in my belly. Usually lower abdomen and sometimes to one side of lower abdomen. Sometimes along or below my belly button. Its not a rumble. Its not gas bubbles. But I can't put my finger on it exactly. Its kind of feels like... small tiny thumps? What I would guess first little kicks would feel like? I considered the show "I didn't know I was pregnant" and I am a pretty petite girl. Thin/normal. I've been bloated for a long time now and now I'm wondering if I could actually be pregnant. Of course there have been other symptoms, and pregnancy tests (last one 3 weeks ago), but because of my thyroid issues (which control your hormones) I'm not relying on other symptoms. Also because of my negative tests, which I thought could also be explained by my thyroid problem. I don't think the test would show up positive if I was pregnant because of it.
    I don't trust my doctor nor do I really like her.
    I will probably transfer different doctors and hospitals. But I would REALLY appreciate similar experiences! Definitely. If you can give me some advice and share your personal experiences with any or all of these problems, that would be amazing. I would love to know I'm not crazy and I'm not the only one with this going on. Any incite at all would be great.
    Please and Thank you soo much.
    My symptoms are consistent with hyperparathyroidism.
    I don't think its gas(and Im not saying it isss kicks,[its possible if I am its from November, so if they were little kicks, that would be an accurate time frame]) but thank you so much :)
    Thank you so much Minnesota! I am so glad you posted. I don't know if I'm just looking for hope or what, but I'm glad you have a similar experience. And oh my gosh! Your doctor was awful! I want to think I would get an attitude back at her, but considering I didn't at my own doc, Idk if I would. I am just so tired of having to defend myself and my actions. I wasn't prepared to try to my doctor. I just don't feel its their job to give me their opinions on when I should have kids. You know? Thats not what you are getting paid for. Don't deny me what tests I want because you don't support me in my decision to start a family. Thank you so much :) )
    And I'm so sorry about your miscarriage. I would probably think it was something she did too. :(

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 14 weeks pregnant right now and the weird feelings in your lower belly sound just like what I've been feeling. And every body's bodies are different so sometimes tests are negative when they should be positive! You really need a different Dr! Most doctors would have looked into your problems more. I can't stand doctors like that. I had a similar experience with a rude doctor (not the same medical problems, but the rudeness). I got pregnant at 19. The first thing she asked me was if I was married. I said no but that it shouldn't matter to her since she was a Dr and not a pastor. After that I thought that would be the end of it. About 10 minutes later she asked me how long me and my bf were together, I said 3 years, and her response was "well at least you have that". I was so pissed off but I didn't want to re-schedule another appointment with a different Dr because I was already there. So I ignored it and let her do the rest of my appointment. She insisted on doing a PAP which she did extremely rough (the most painful one I've ever had). Right after I started spotting, and miscarried later that night. I talked to my normal doctor about it and he said that its safe to get a PAP while pregnant, but I still to this day think she did something to make me miscarry. I am now pregnant again (22 now) and I LOVE my doctor! Keep searching for one! You'll find one you like :) But if you get a bad vibe from a doctor don't trust them! Some of them seem to have their own agendas.

  5. QUESTION:
    pregnancy symptoms, negative tests ... Please help i need a lot of answers!?
    Okay this is going to be a long one but please if you could take your time to read it i would really appreciate it...

    Okay so my fiance and i have been together for 3 years. I haven't been on birth control for around about 2 years and when i was on it, it wasn't for a long time only a few months. I am 19 and my partners 21.We always used protection such as condoms, On may 16th was the last time i got my normal period. We had sex in my unprotected a few times. I started getting what i thought was a few symptoms such as : Nausea,I had a really high temp of 39.2 and flu symptoms that only lasted one day, headaches,extreme fatigue,sore breasts,etc. I also just "felt" pregnant. I was meant to get my period on the 11th june but instead it was a day late and was just spotting only when i wiped and no period pains at all only a few here and there but nothing like my normal heavy/painful period. I thought that might have been implantation bleeding but when i got negative blood and urine tests i just put it down to a short period. I thought i would just wait and see what happens with my next period-i assumed i wasn't pregnant, but just couldn't shake feeling like i was pregnant. I had a few scares before but nothing like this. we still had unprotected sex during June because we thought well if im not pregnant we are ready for a child either way! both financially and mentally. Through the month of june i started getting blue veins,still sore breasts and enlarged! morning sickness comes and goes. I thought maybe i was just expecting my period.

    So on the 8th july i was expecting my period and it never came. Its 5 days late... on the 6th july(2 days before my period) i started getting what i thought was asthma and turns out to be heartburn and a lot of cervical mucus (which is unusual cause usually im really dry before my period) Only way i can explain it is, it was like nasal mucus- I thought nothing of it but come the day of my period i thought i got it and went to check was just more mucus i just kept feeling wet and everytime i wiped it was there this lasted up until yesterday and the cramps stopped yesterday (12th june) and now i still have no signs of my period. its so confusing but the doctor thinks i'm not pregnant. But he said it could be to early. I figured by my records that i ovulated on the half way through the day on the 26th than finished half way through the day on the 27th (is this normal????)
    This was going off the egg white discharge(fertile) on the 27th i got the white stain in my underwear-what does that mean???

    These are the dates that i tested-
    14th June- doctors urine test(was still spotting)
    17th june-hpt
    20th june-got blood test was negative doc said may be to early
    5th july- negative test (so i pretty much new i wasn't pregnant from this month)
    6th july-got blood test im pretty sure it said 5hcg the doctor didn't tell me just said was neg
    8th july- period due, neg test
    10th july- negative test (today would have been 2 weeks after ovulation IF i conceived on the 26th

    all these tests were done with early morning urine and im going to test again in a few days. But is it possible i could be pregnant from may and not show on the tests??? or do you think its more likely to be pregnant from June?????? i ovulated later in the month and only have a 26 day cycle its really confusing and my doctor wouldn't talk to me about any of this. I had all my levels checked like thyroids,iron,etc and i have no stds. I don't have pcos or ovarian cysts. i am not "hoping" to be pregnant meaning im not thinking about it a lot but i would not mind at all if i was pregnant !!!! Im not stressing and haven't lost weight or gained it nothings new and i have asked my doctor all the reasons what could be going on. He said next step is an ultra sound but if i was pregnant now i should wait til i would be around 8 weeks for an ultra sound and by than im hoping a test would show and if im not pregnant than see whats going on

    I have been having my period for 7 years now and never been late always on time and i get a feeling when im getting my period i'm pretty in touch with my body.

    Im sorry this is so long but i really need help im going insane!! I just want to know whats going on :( has anyone at all had similar problems like this?

    • ANSWER:
      The only thing that I can tell you is to wait a couple days or a week and test again. I would think that if you did get pregnant than it would be from june. Good luck!

  6. QUESTION:
    disability/ assistance/ HELP?
    am a 22 yr old Female, married, 1 child who is 2. I was in pursuit of becoming a RN registered nurse. I have a few health problems, but FINALLY got accepted and now have health insurance. Because of my having health insurance, I got testing done on a few physical issues that were concerning me. I was diagnosed about 1 month ago with pulmonary hypertension by an echocardiogram, heart clots, and holes are ruled out as being a cause(with a transesophageal echocardiogram) and I am now seeing a Pulmonary Hypertension specialist, who did a right heart catheterization on me 2 days ago (which is considered the golden standard of pulmonary hypertension diagnosis,and gives a direct measurement of the actual hypertension range, instead of an estimate like the echocardiogram, and the Transesophageal echocardiogram. My diastolic measurement was 83, which in a healthy persons pulmonary artery should be about 20. I know that my heart on the right side is enlarged due to the pressure build up, I know that it is pushing on that side of my lung, and I know that my prognosis is 10 years OPTIMAL --unless there is a breakthrough in medicine for this rare disease that affects 1 : 1 million people. And for me the cause is unknown which makes my diagnosis, Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. However, during the right heart catherization I fell into the category of the few with this disease that have a good response to the medication. So because of that my prognosis could be better if I take the medications , and do all I can to improve my condition. The problem is, The medications I need to take to improve this are warfarin(a blood thinner)-very cheap, Viagra(yes,it was originally created for hypertension), but because folks have difficulty getting errections and I need this to LIVE, insurance won't cover it, and I have to pay for an 8 day supply. I also need to take a medication which I have not yet been prescribed, which will cost between 85-125 THOUSAND dollars a year, depending on the brand, and I know my Insurance company is trying to find reasons to change this... So does anyone know what I should do, or what I am entitled to? the only option I see is going on disability. Other than the money, I have horrible symptoms of fatigue, because oxygen isnt being pumped adequately to the rest of my body, which often causes me to faint as as result of not enough oxygen to my brain, which can be brought on by taking 4 steps, or simply standing up. it causes TONS of other symptoms, not to mention my other health problems prior to this diagnosis. I just dont know what to do because I have to take my meds to live, but can't afford them, and there's no way i can work right now due to my physical and mental status, even if I did work, who has over 100 thousand dollars to spend on 1 type of medicine??? If my time is limited I need to use every ounce of energy and muster up any happiness left to shed on my 2 year old and the rest of my family who are hurting. I have seen people cry (like my dad), who I have never seen cry not ONE other time in MY ENTIRE LIFE!!! I stay up at night wondering if my daughter will even remember me, and if so, hoping that I am not remembered subconsciously as a sick, weak, depressed mother who ...blah...
    I also don't know if I were to recieve it if it would be based on shitty part time jobs I had while I was in school, working to be something and working to save peoples lives, making the deans list Every quarter, and aspiring to prevent people from having to deal with health care workers that I have. Although they say there is no known cause, it is only because they can't prove that my problem is due to thyroid disease. My normal TSH(thyroid stimulating hormone) should be 5 at the highest, bloodwork was done, and 2 years later I was retested by my current physician. whoever did it the first time overlooked that my TSH was 394 instead of 5 .. A SIGNIFICANT difference, which is why I have hashimotos thyroiditis, also known simply as hypothyroidism, or a leukocyte deficiency, which is known as an auto immune disease. Auto immune diseases however have been linked to PAH as as well as simply put,,, Thyroid diseases this was uncontrolled for so long and go to such a crazy range that it could be why I am where I am now. I am stuck in all of this, and my husband is stuck having to look after me and our daughter because I can't walk 5 feet without fainting for about 3 minutes, and 4minutes and higher can cause irreversible brain damage...I'm just sooo overwhelmed, and young, and I don't know what order, or what steps for that matter to take?? If anyone could help I would really apppreciate this.

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry to hear what is going on, I have been following your situation, and I can't fathom how you are able to deal with it. Here are my suggestions.

      You have extremely serious problems that require you to have optimum mental as well as physical health. You have made a valiant effort to pull your weight and not become part of a social program, but there is no shame in needing it when you are suffering and dealing with the hand you have been dealt. These programs are for the exact reason of what you are dealing with.

      First speak with your doctor. If a medication which is considered "not medically necessary" as "Viagra" is, may well be covered if the doctor justifies why you need it. Many of them are, and once it is clarified then they will cover them. If this is not the case, and for the other horrendously expensive drugs you are needing, talk to your pharmacist. They will help you apply for discounts through the drug companies for financial help when it is so important for you to have the medication.

      Apply immediately for SDI. Then call Social Security and apply for SSDI. You definitely have the medical records proving you are not able to hold down a job. There is no shame in any of these, you paid into the system the entire time you worked, and would you not want anyone else you read about suffering from problems like yours, not receiving the benefits our tax dollars go to. I don't think you would begrudge another person, so why would you not do so yourself. If you have problems with Social Security, (you may just because of your young age), then get an attorney specializing in Social Security. They work on contingency, however because your case probably will not have much back pay, you may need to find one who will handle yours pro bono. S.S. administration or your county's health department should be able to help you locate one.

      This will give you the rest and chance you need to take care of yourself, and your family. The added stress you are under is just making everything a hundred times worse. Modern medicine is giving us miracles everyday, and I sincerely hope you are another one. The first step is getting the medication and financial help you need to deal with these things. Please remember, you paid your taxes and so does your husband. Use the programs you need to use to get well. Best of luck with everything, and please take care of yourself!~~

  7. QUESTION:
    disability/assistance/HELP?
    am a 22 yr old Female, married, 1 child who is 2. I was in pursuit of becoming a RN registered nurse. I have a few health problems, but FINALLY got accepted and now have health insurance. Because of my having health insurance, I got testing done on a few physical issues that were concerning me. I was diagnosed about 1 month ago with pulmonary hypertension by an echocardiogram, heart clots, and holes are ruled out as being a cause(with a transesophageal echocardiogram) and I am now seeing a Pulmonary Hypertension specialist, who did a right heart catheterization on me 2 days ago (which is considered the golden standard of pulmonary hypertension diagnosis,and gives a direct measurement of the actual hypertension range, instead of an estimate like the echocardiogram, and the Transesophageal echocardiogram. My diastolic measurement was 83, which in a healthy persons pulmonary artery should be about 20. I know that my heart on the right side is enlarged due to the pressure build up, I know that it is pushing on that side of my lung, and I know that my prognosis is 10 years OPTIMAL --unless there is a breakthrough in medicine for this rare disease that affects 1 : 1 million people. And for me the cause is unknown which makes my diagnosis, Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. However, during the right heart catherization I fell into the category of the few with this disease that have a good response to the medication. So because of that my prognosis could be better if I take the medications , and do all I can to improve my condition. The problem is, The medications I need to take to improve this are warfarin(a blood thinner)-very cheap, Viagra(yes,it was originally created for hypertension), but because folks have difficulty getting errections and I need this to LIVE, insurance won't cover it, and I have to pay for an 8 day supply. I also need to take a medication which I have not yet been prescribed, which will cost between 85-125 THOUSAND dollars a year, depending on the brand, and I know my Insurance company is trying to find reasons to change this... So does anyone know what I should do, or what I am entitled to? the only option I see is going on disability. Other than the money, I have horrible symptoms of fatigue, because oxygen isnt being pumped adequately to the rest of my body, which often causes me to faint as as result of not enough oxygen to my brain, which can be brought on by taking 4 steps, or simply standing up. it causes TONS of other symptoms, not to mention my other health problems prior to this diagnosis. I just dont know what to do because I have to take my meds to live, but can't afford them, and there's no way i can work right now due to my physical and mental status, even if I did work, who has over 100 thousand dollars to spend on 1 type of medicine??? If my time is limited I need to use every ounce of energy and muster up any happiness left to shed on my 2 year old and the rest of my family who are hurting. I have seen people cry (like my dad), who I have never seen cry not ONE other time in MY ENTIRE LIFE!!! I stay up at night wondering if my daughter will even remember me, and if so, hoping that I am not remembered subconsciously as a sick, weak, depressed mother who ...blah...
    I also don't know if I were to recieve it if it would be based on shitty part time jobs I had while I was in school, working to be something and working to save peoples lives, making the deans list Every quarter, and aspiring to prevent people from having to deal with health care workers that I have. Although they say there is no known cause, it is only because they can't prove that my problem is due to thyroid disease. My normal TSH(thyroid stimulating hormone) should be 5 at the highest, bloodwork was done, and 2 years later I was retested by my current physician. whoever did it the first time overlooked that my TSH was 394 instead of 5 .. A SIGNIFICANT difference, which is why I have hashimotos thyroiditis, also known simply as hypothyroidism, or a leukocyte deficiency, which is known as an auto immune disease. Auto immune diseases however have been linked to PAH as as well as simply put,,, Thyroid diseases this was uncontrolled for so long and go to such a crazy range that it could be why I am where I am now. I am stuck in all of this, and my husband is stuck having to look after me and our daughter because I can't walk 5 feet without fainting for about 3 minutes, and 4minutes and higher can cause irreversible brain damage...I'm just sooo overwhelmed, and young, and I don't know what order, or what steps for that matter to take?? If anyone could help I would really apppreciate this.

    • ANSWER:
      You haven't worked enough to receive disability from SS. In order to qualify,you have to have worked 40 quarters,which is 10 years.
      Depending on your household income,you could qualify for SSI,which is for those who are disabled but did not work enough quarters,if you are deemed disabled by the government. If you have a spouse that has a good job,your income might be over the limit as a household and you wouldn't qualify. If you do,I think the highest amount you can get is around 0.00 a month.
      Disability can sometimes take years to get. The government loves to turn people down. The average person waits around 2 years till they are approved.
      Once you are approved,you have to wait two years before health insurance,medicare,kicks in.
      If you Doctor thinks you are unable to perform any type of job due to your disability,you should file with the SS office. I would imagine your condition would qualify you for disability fairly quickly.
      Just wanted to let you know all the bad aspects of it. People assume that you can just go apply and get a check and insurance a few weeks later.
      Good luck to you and your family.


Enlarged Thyroid Symptoms Causes

You may have heard of a condition known as an enlarged thyroid. In fact, you may suspect that you or someone you know has this condition. This article explores the nature of this organ, the causes of an enlarged thyroid, and 3 frequency-asked questions about this condition.

What Your Thyroid Does for Your Body

Your thyroid is part of your body's endocrine system, a network of glands that release important hormones for the regulation of normal bodily functions. It is a small organ less than an ounce in weight (under normal conditions) and divided into two halves or lobes. The lobes are joined by a band of tissue called an isthmus.

The thyroid's job is to convert iodine into thyroid hormones, known as T3 and T4. These hormones control metabolism, the conversion of oxygen and calories into energy. Every cell in the body is dependent upon the thyroid hormone for its normal functioning.

This organ's function is activated by the pituitary gland, found at the base of the brain. When the body's thyroid hormone gets too low, the pituitary gland releases TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) to tell the thyroid to produce more T3 and T4.

Causes of an Enlarged Thyroid: 3 FAQs

Some people develop an enlarged thyroid gland, a condition also known as goiter. When it becomes enlarged, the thyroid can be seen from the outside as a mass inside the neck.

In some cases, goiter results in the overproduction of thyroid hormone and/or becomes malignant. In other cases (non-toxic goiter), the thyroid becomes enlarged but there is no over-production of the hormone.

Here are 3 frequently-asked questions about the causes of this condition:

1. What causes an enlarged thyroid? There are a number of possible causes of goiter, or enlarged thyroid. Only your doctor can tell you for sure what is causing your condition.

2. Can a diet deficient in iodine cause enlarged thyroid? Technically, someone who does not eat enough iodine in their diet can experience an enlarged thyroid. However, given that iodine is found in abundance in many common foods, this is usually not the cause of goiter.

3. What else can cause an enlarged thyroid? The more common cause is a defect in the synthesis of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) that is released by the pituitary gland in the brain.

Treatment Options

If your thyroid problem is small or moderate-sized, it can be treated with thyroid hormone. This is taken as a pill. This is an effect treatment because the thyroid hormone supplied in the pill causes the pituitary to make less TSH, which will result in the stabilization of the thyroid gland. While this will not decrease the size of the thyroid, it will stop it from growing.

More commonly, a doctor will recommend the removal of the parts of the thyroid that are causing compression in other parts of the neck, such as the trachea or esophagus. Compression can lead to frequent coughing, a change in the voice, or nighttime choking.

If the goiter is determined to be malignant, it will almost certainly be recommended for removal via surgery. Fortunately, less than 5% of enlarged thyroids are malignant.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What causes an enlarged thyroid and how to avoid it?
    What are the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      The thyroid gland can be enlarged for the following reasons:
      1) Enlargement due to iodine deficiency. Rare in developed nations. The gland gets bigger to try and compensate for decreased thyroid hormone production due to nutritional deficiency of iodine.
      2) Enlarged because it is inflamed. Can happen with both underactive and overactive thyroid, so the symptoms would vary. With overactive thyroid such as in Graves Disease, there would be fast heart rate, weight loss, feeling hot all the time. With underactive thyroid, there would be fatigue, feeling cold, gaining weight.
      3) Enlarged due to benign nodules. Called a multinodular goitre, this is usually without symptoms. Ultrasound can confirm the diagnosis and also ensure that none of the nodules look like they need biopsy.
      4) Enlargement due to a cyst or multiple cysts. Can be drained by the physician, but would be prudent to look with ultrasound and perhaps biopsy.
      5) Enlarged due to cancerous growth. Rather rare, but your physician can decide whether the thyroid needs a biopsy.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are causes of an enlarged thyroid besides cancer or hyper/ hypo thyroidsim?
    I'm a 23 year old female. I was told my two different doctors that I have an enlarged thyroid. The both gave me the thc test and it came back normal. Neither doctor went any further with it and I'm worried. I have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism.

    • ANSWER:
      That is called a goiter, and it has no other causes. If you have all of the other symptoms of hypothyroidism too, in addition to the goiter, you need to get treatment for your hypothyroidism.

      Get your ducks in a row first though. You had a TSH blood test. Thyroid stimulating hormone. You didn't have a blood test for pot. It's really hard to get a doctor to take you seriously when you have a thyroid condition in the first place (as you found out). You have to do your research before you go in, know more than the doctor, and know what tests to demand. If you do things like get he names of the tests wrong, you'll never get treatment.

      That being said, TSH is a useless test. All it means is that you need further testing. Every Dr. will use it for diagnosis, but it can't be used for diagnosis. It is an indirect test, so it's ridiculous to diagnose based on it. You need a direct test of your thyroid. That is Free T3 and Free T4. See how those come out. They are the definitive tests for a thyroid problem.

      It took me until my 3rd doctor to get a diagnosis of my thyroid problem, and until my 6th doctor before I could get some help with my symptoms. So I know what you are going through. Hang in there. Find a new doctor. If that one can't help you, find another one.

  3. QUESTION:
    thyroid symptoms and the pains it causes please if anyone had information i really need help thank you?
    i was recently told that i have an enlarged thyroid, along with a cyst and nodule on it.. i have to get a thyroid scan in 2 weeks before they can treat me, i have really bad head aches and now for the first time ever have menstrual pains,, horrible pains i was wondering if anybody has information about this i would greatly appreciate it. thanks!
    yea i know the wait is killing me, it was actually 3 weeks, but one has passed. but the doctor did do the blood work and my thyroid levels were up, so i guess this could be reason for the painfull periods.. ive never had pains before and this is just horrible pain. thanks for the help

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    Can having thyroid antibodies cause symptoms?
    My tsh came back at .54 and t3 and and t4 and within normal limits, but my tpo and thyroglobulin antibodies are high, also they said my right lobe is very enlarged and my left is slightly enlarged. I asked is this why I have symptoms and she said no because my tsh and stuff is normal. This can't be right.

    • ANSWER:
      OH YES! TSH means little when there are antibodies present...this is indicative of Hashimoto's disease (most common cause of Hypothyroidism). You need a new doctor!

      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

  5. QUESTION:
    multinodular goiter with normal thyroid levels cause thyroid symptoms?????????
    ok so for months now ive had a lot of thyroid symptoms and have had many many thyroid tests done through blood work. and they always come back normal. recently i had an ultrasound done and my thyroid is really enlarged and multinodular. had it tested and wasnt cancerous. doctors are reccomending for me to have my thyroid removed, but they dont guarantee that my symtoms will go away because they dont know if its caused by the thyroid or not. my symptoms are anxiety attacks, depression, heart palpitations, fatigue, pains in my arm, sometimes finger tips are numb, dizziness, off balance feeling, more painfull periods, and a bunch of other stuff. they only thing i dont understand is how can my thyroid be so enlarged that the doctors say its hude with nodules on it and function normally???? i dont know if i should go through with the surgery or not? please if anyone has information or has experienced anything like this i would really appreciate your help. i keep asking doctors and they just seem to not know whats going on.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get copies of your labs and get a second opinion too. once you have your thyroid removed there is no going back. I have a multi nodule thyroid and it has been like that for 12 years. Have your doctor test ALL thyroid Antibodies you may have hashimoto and/or Graves. The symptoms you state are a mixture of both diseases. You also need to make sure your doctor is testing NOT ONLY your TSH (the only thing most doctors care about) but also your Free T3 and Free T4. Many symptoms can come from not enough or too much T3 or T4 and TSH can still look normal. Another thing is to have your Iron and ferritin levels check because low iron or ferritin can mimic thyroid symptoms.

      If you have your thyroid removed your symptoms will get worse before they get any better. You will have to take thyroid hormone replacements because you will not have your thyroid to make them on its own. My opinion is if your thyroid is functioning and your not having breathing swallowing problems let your thyroid and nodules alone they are not cancerous so let them alone and monitor them if they get bigger and become bothersome then consider having the nodules removed. Once its removed you may have more problems and more symptoms until hormone doage is right and for many that can be a real battle.

  6. QUESTION:
    can mono cause enlarged thyroid, help im 18?
    ok so 2 weeks ago developed an enlarged thyroid that is pretty painless and not that bothersom, but it is pretty big, my question is, i seem to have all the symptoms of mono, sore throat, extreme fatiuge, fevers, i was put on blood pressure medicine because i was getting tachycardias that would b anywhere from 100 to 140 bpm, so far its worked, trouble sleeping, some days i just feel sick and the next pretty decent, so back to my question, can mono cause an enlarged thyroid? i realize that all my symptoms sound like hyperthyroidism, but i had tests and they all came back normal. any input would be amazing.

    • ANSWER:
      Sure its your thyroid? There are a lot of lymph nodes in that area and mono can cause them to swell. http://www.medicinenet.com/infectious_mononucleosis/article.htm. What ever the problem is your doctor should've examined you and did the appropriate tests. Your best bet is to call the doctors office and speak to a nurse. Get them to explain things to you

  7. QUESTION:
    what is an enlarged thyroid, and what are the symptoms?
    Are there treatment options? what causes this condition I was just diagnosed!! Help Please!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Check Webmd for hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism for symptoms. Yes there are treatment options. Medication can control it if you are of child bearing age. A "radioactive cocktail" if you are passed that age. In some cases, such as my own, it needs to be removed. The important thing is to get an excellent endocrinologist (specializes in thyroid disease and diabetes, which are not related). Going to any other specialist or you family doctor would be taking a big chance, and the thyroid effects everything in your body, from skin, hair and fingernails to heart, fertility and mental/emotional condition. Good luck, don't be afraid, just educate yourself about the thyroid as much as you can. Become the expert!!

  8. QUESTION:
    What else, besides Hypo/Hyperthyroidism, would cause your thyroid to be enlarged?
    Two doctors have tested me for hypothyroidism because they noticed that my thyroid is enlarged. I have some symptoms of it, but my first test was negative and I'm waiting results for the second one. (by an endocrinologist)

    • ANSWER:
      Graves' disease, which is associated with hyperthyroidism and goiter. HYPOthyroidism is associated with atrophy of the thyroid gland rather than enlargement.

  9. QUESTION:
    Enlarged spleen, thyroid nodules, swollen lymph nodes in neck?
    I just found out that my spleen is swollen, and that is what is causing the pain in my upper left abdomen. I've had thyroid nodules for years, but recently they are much larger, and the nodes near them are swollen now. I am waiting for results of CBC, Hepatic Panel, and mono spot, and have a thyroid ultra-sound scheduled for tonight. Does anyone else have similar symptoms? What could be causing all this?

    • ANSWER:
      First off, you have ALL the classic signs and symptoms of Mono, so I'm glad they are doing a mono spot!

      Enlarge spleen is a condition that normally happens when you have mono due to the fact its a 'filtering' organ and trying to remove the infection. Same with the enlarged lymph nodes in your neck. I'm curious to know if you have a sore throat or have been weak for the last couple of days!

      As for thyroid nodules, experts know that thyroid nodules run in families. This means you are more likely to have a thyroid nodule if one of your parents has had a thyroid nodule. Or they can form when a person has been exposed to to much radiation.

      Hope this helps!

  10. QUESTION:
    What might be the cause of enlarged thyroid?
    During a routine checkup my doctor noticed that one side of my thyroid is slightly larger than the other side. He sent me to the hospital to have an echo done. I'll get the results next week but I'm just curious.
    Because my mother has a history of thyroid problems (NOT cancer, but she did have to have 3/4 of her thyroid removed surgically) I have had my thyroid levels checked once a year via blood tests, and the results were always good, so this came as a bit of a shock to me. I asked my doctor whether (partially) enlarged thyroid was a bad thing, but he's insists on waiting until he gets the results from the echo before saying anything further.
    My thyroid isn't visible swollen, nor have I experienced any recent/unusual symptoms. I'm 24 years old.
    Is it possible that one half of my thyroid is simply bigger than the other, with no further health issues? Or is the fact that it is enlarged a definite sign that something is wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      thyroiditis.

  11. QUESTION:
    Congenital Hypothyroidism and an Enlarged Thyroid?
    My child has Congenital Hypothyroidism (CH). She showed no symptoms of CH at birth, and had gained weight and height at her one week check up, prior to synthroid usage.

    Her first blood test was done within 24 hours of her birth, and showed elevated TSH. She underwent tests: her bone age was "at least" 36 weeks, and she was born at 38 weeks. An ultrasound revealed an enlarged thyroid.

    I understand that an enlarged thyroid may be caused by a genetically recessive trait, or maternal thyroid antibodies during gestation. Are there any other reasons for an enlarged thyroid?

    Could this be a transient condition?

    • ANSWER:
      Around the world, the most common cause of congenital hypothyroidism is iodine deficiency, but in most of the developed world and areas of adequate environmental iodine, cases are due to a combination of known and unknown causes.

      Congenital hypothyroidism is a condition that affects infants from birth (congenital) and results from a partial or complete loss of thyroid function (hypothyroidism). The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped tissue in the lower neck. It makes iodine-containing hormones that play an important role in regulating growth, brain development, and the rate of chemical reactions in the body (metabolism).
      Congenital hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland fails to develop or function properly. In 80 to 85 percent of cases, the thyroid gland is absent, abnormally located, or severely reduced in size (hypoplastic). In the remaining cases, a normal-sized or enlarged thyroid gland is present, but production of thyroid hormones is decreased or absent. If untreated, congenital hypothyroidism can lead to mental retardation and abnormal growth. In the United States and many other countries, all newborns are tested for congenital hypothyroidism. If treatment begins in the first month after birth, infants usually develop normally.
      Most cases of congenital hypothyroidism are sporadic, which means they occur in people with no history of the disorder in their family. An estimated 15 to 20 percent of cases are inherited. Many inherited cases are autosomal recessive, which means two copies of the gene in each cell are altered. Most often, the parents of a child with congenital hypothyroidism are carriers of one copy of the altered gene but do not show signs and symptoms of the disorder. Some inherited cases (those with a mutation in the PAX8 gene or certain TSHR mutations) have an autosomal dominant pattern, which means one copy of the altered gene in each cell is sufficient to cause the disorder.

      Further Outpatient Care:
      Children with congenital hypothyroidism should be monitored clinically and biochemically. Clinical parameters should include linear growth, weight gain, developmental progression, and overall well-being.
      Laboratory measurements of T4 (total or free T4) and TSH should be repeated 4-6 weeks after initiation of therapy, then every 1-3 months during the first year of life and every 2-4 months during the second and third years. In children aged 3 years and older, the time interval between measurements may be increased, depending on the reliability of the patient's caretakers. As dosage changes are made, testing should be more frequent.
      Formal developmental and psychoneurological evaluations should be considered in all infants with congenital hypothyroidism. Such evaluations are especially important in children whose treatment was delayed or inadequate. As mentioned previously, infants diagnosed early but with detectable signs of hypothyroidism at the time of diagnosis are also at increased risk of developmental problems. As with any child, school progression should be monitored and parents encouraged to seek early evaluations and interventions as soon as problems are recognized.
      Thyroid hormone replacement and medical monitoring are required for life.

      Below are some websites with more info.

  12. QUESTION:
    Enlarged thyroid + breathing problems?
    My thyroid gland is enlarged. I can’t exhale very well, which is weird, but it doesn’t feel like something is stuck in my throat or windpipe. It feels like my windpipe is smaller or something. I haven’t been hungry, I’ve been tired, and I keep getting extremely hot or cold. I’ve also been losing hair. This was happening to me before, from the end of March until the beginning of June. I saw an endocrinologist at the beginning of June. However, most of my symptoms had subsided by then, which is when I had my hormone levels tested, and they came back fine. He wasn’t worried even though my neck still felt a little bigger than it used to (but not as bad as it had been) and the doctors found 2 nodules in my ultrasound. The nodules were really small so the doctors decided they weren’t causes of concern.

    Now that the symptoms are back, and have been for the last week or two, I’m concerned again. Is it possible for a thyroid gland to be active then inactive intermittently like this? If I do have a thyroid problem, would it be possible that my thyroid wasn’t secreting excess or a shortage of hormones at the time of my blood test, making my levels come back fine?

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    enlarged spleen and unusual symptoms?
    Enlarged spleen can it cause weight gain and bloating?
    Can enlarged spleen cause weight gain and bloating?
    Can having an enlarged spleen cause bloating and weight gain?

    already went to the doctor
    having a CAT scan on my gastro tract

    then going to see a hemotologist

    I have low platelets of 68

    I also had my thyroid checked and it is fine
    I am 18. I had mono last year without knowing. My platelets went from 90 to 103 then down to 68.

    • ANSWER:
      My first guess is a viral infection but it depends on your history and you need more tests to be sure.

  14. QUESTION:
    Enlarged lymph node........ for 8 months??
    A little background first........
    Back in March I stated losing my hair and having severe fatigue and weight gain. I had some thyroid problems for a while, but they have since resolved and my TSH levels are normal. A few weeks after I noticed the thyroid symptoms I also noticed an enlarged lymph node. The endocrinologist noted it as 1.5 cm. My hair kept falling out even after my thyroid function returned to normal, and I eventually lost it all. It has been 8 months since I first noticed the enlarged node and it still hasn't gone away. I don't know if it is related to the thyroid problems or a separate cause altogether. I have had no infections or anything before or during the time that the node became enlarged. It doesn't feel awefully big (a lot bigger than the others though) when you press on it, but if you lightly run your hand across my neck you can easily feel it. You can also see it protruding from my neck. It doesn't feel hard, but it is firm. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Find a Doctor fast!

  15. QUESTION:
    Enlarged lymph node........for 8 months?
    A little background first........
    Back in March I stated losing my hair and having severe fatigue and weight gain. I had some thyroid problems for a while, but they have since resolved and my TSH levels are normal. A few weeks after I noticed the thyroid symptoms I also noticed an enlarged lymph node. The endocrinologist noted it as 1.5 cm. My hair kept falling out even after my thyroid function returned to normal, and I eventually lost it all. It has been 8 months since I first noticed the enlarged node and it still hasn't gone away. I don't know if it is related to the thyroid problems or a separate cause altogether. I have had no infections or anything before or during the time that the node became enlarged. It doesn't feel awefully big (a lot bigger than the others though) when you press on it, but if you lightly run your hand across my neck you can easily feel it. You can also see it protruding from my neck. It doesn't feel hard, but it is firm. Any ideas?
    I had the tests ran twice by my endocrinologist and my regular doctor and both times the TSH levels were normal. (They were taken 2 months apart). It's not a goiter on my thyroid, the node is on the right upper side of my neck (a little toward the back), far away from my thyroid.
    I didn't have anything done to it. They originally said that it was Hashimoto's, but the endocrinologist said that it was most likely due to the recent birth of my twins (they were 10 months old at the time) and that it would most likely resolve it's self. So we didn't do anything except for keep a close watch on it.

    • ANSWER:
      I have Thyroid troubles too, and my hair still falls out after 11 years! Did you have surgery or have your thyroid irradiated? If not it could be an enlarged piece of your thyroid...(goiter). They also come around if you have an infection(but 8 months is a little long). I have some enlarged nodes under my br3asts and they are very firm, and movable and are called Lypomas.

      Check with your doctor please, don't let it go any farther......

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for mild hyperthyroiism?
    According to blood work it is mild but it does need treatment because of symptoms. Extreme nervousness & anxiousness, insomnia, rapid heartbeat, heat intolerance, constant low grade fever.There are no nodules so I don't think surgery is an option. It may probably caused by a slightly enlarged thyroid or possibly graves disease.
    I have appointment with Dr. I'm just trying to do my research

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    Thyroid problem & nervous energy?
    I am currently undergoing testing for an enlarged thyroid. However, I am filled with lots of nervous energy (racing heart, inability to sleep, etc), which I understand can be caused by having too much thyroid hormone getting into my bloodstream.

    What can I do to ease my symptoms while I'm waiting for my doctor's diagnoses? My body feels like I'm being chased all the time, even when I'm having no stressful thoughts or anxiety!

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    Abnormal thyroid Ultrasound -doctor left message/can not call till monday-freaking!?
    I had an upper respiratory infection and then a sinus infection. Then I found a lump in my neck on side 2 inches above collarbone. Doctor gave me antibiotics and lump got very small since then, maybe 1/4 of a centimeter now. Then I had a lump in throat when swallowing. I had blood work all normal, thryoid blood work all normal, but then I had an ultrasound on thryoid. Doctor left message saying to call the office on monday. Every other message before they left on my voice mail said test results were normal. So, now I positive my ultrasound was abnormal from this message they left to call them. I am so freaking out and scared I have thryoid cancer. I am afraid of the nuclear medicine iodine test because that is radiation & can't that cause cancer. Symptoms I have had are hot flashes, heart palpitations, but maybe that is anxiety. I am 36 with two small kids. Could the upper respiratory infection I had cause an enlarged thryoid?Can an ultrasound tell if a lump is cancer thyroid?
    Thanks everyone. But I read that with the subacute thyroid thing that my thyroid bloodwork would be elevated and they were normal?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like a goitre I had the same thing and had my thyroid removed and am a lot better now. It is not very often a thyroid is cancerous

  19. QUESTION:
    What could this be? (thyroid related)?
    Ok, so all summer I have been feeling really tired, fatigued, just crappy in general. My brain has been in this mental fog (meaning it's hard for me to concentrate) This has taken its toll on me. I have had major mood swings (not period related because they checked that out and I never get like that anyway). It's like I'm Bi-polar but I know I'm not. I have also been experiencing weight loss. I went from 130 pounds to 124.

    In addition to the symptoms above, my thyroid is enlarged. It has gotten bigger since June and is now visible and is causing discomfort in my neck. Even wearing my seat belt is uncomfortable. The doctors tested me for hypo/hyperthyroidism, pregnancy, mono, diabetes and they all came back normal. My thyrogolobulin levels are off. They found several nodules on my thyroid during an ultrasound. I have an appt with and Endocrinologist on the 14th but I just want some suggestions of what could be wrong with me.

    It's just so weird. The whole thing. I have symptoms of being hypo AND hyperthyroidism. But they both came back fine. What gives? :(

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid nodules are very common...I have them myself. Usually they are not considered a problem unless you have just one, which is more likely to be cancerous. Even then, thyroid cancer is usually easily cured. Your symptoms may be caused by many things, including depression, or even worry about your condition. There are many things that can go wrong with the thyroid; I think you need to wait for your appt. with the endocrinologist for a definitive diagnosis. In the meantime, try to stop worrying. Most thyroid conditions can be successfully treated.

  20. QUESTION:
    My blood tests are coming back with various hormonal imbalances. Causes?
    Over the last few weeks, my blood and urine tests have come up with various hormonal problems. I've been suffering from these problems for at least 10 years, but it took me a long time to realize that they were abnormal. Sometimes we get used to our own suffering.

    Symptoms include flushing, excessive sweating, bad headaches (with pounding pulse), palpitations, constipation, cold feet, occasional numbness in extremities, and anxiety. After hearing the symptoms, my doctor suspected pheochromocytoma, but wanted to check the bloodtests.

    The bloodtests came back with very high metanephrines, low creatinine, high TSH, and low testosterone. CT scans found nothing on my adrenal glands, but a sonogram found a slightly enlarged thyroid with a few nodules.

    I guess I'm trying to figure out if there is some overarching condition causing all of this. I guess it's possible I could have several separate endocrine problems, but I'm worried that there may be a problem with the pituitary.

    • ANSWER:
      The endocrine glands are all tied together. The high TSH is indicative of a low thyroid condition. All glands will enlarge to compensate for a lack of minerals that feed that particular gland. The thyroid is no exception. If it is enlarged, it is most likely due to low iodine. Iodine and the amino acid, tyrosine are required to make the thyroid hormones. Additionally, if you have a bad balance of fats in your diet, your liver is not going to be able to produce the steroid hormones that need to be generated to produce the thyroid and sex hormones.

      This is very typical of American diet that is low in fat. These LOW FAT, HIGH CARB diets, combined with bad oil choices are causing huge problems in America like the ones you are having. Especially if you add SOY products to your diet. SOY is terrible for you and will cause many of the problems you are having.

      If you are stressed and eat a high carb diet, this will put a huge burden on your blood sugar balance and you will have to fix that problem before even trying to attempt to fix your endocrine problem. Your diet needs to be balanced so that you get 40% carbs, 30% fats, and 30% protein. The fats should be in the following balance: 60% monounsaturated fats (like olive oil), 30% saturated fats (like you get in grass fed beef, real butter made from RAW cream, coconut oil), and 10% polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids in a 1:1 balance).

      l would concentrate on accomplishing the above before getting more tests because if you are not eating a balanced diet, all the tests are going to focus on a specific problem and they are all related, so it is a "system" problem.

      Do a quick iodine test by buying a small bottle of "tincture of iodine" from the drug store. Paint a 2" x 3" patch on your forearm. Note the time of day. If it disappears in less than 24 hours, you are deficient. If it takes only a couple hours, you are very deficient. It's very easy to become deficient of iodine in America today. Fluoride is the culprit. If you brush with fluoride toothpaste, get fluoride treatments at your dentist, drink fluoridated water, drink soda pop, this will cause severe iodine deficiencies. The lunatics that put fluoride in the water cause huge problems for people, especially babies!

      Headaches, especially migraines are generally due to food allergies and food preservatives.

      Low testosterone is indicative of a "pregnenalone steal" or high stress due to excess carbs (especially sugar), drinking coffee that causes excess adrenal hormone production and exhausted adrenal glands.

      If your body is perceiving you are in a stressed state, your liver will prioritize you away from producing those steroid hormones for sex and thyroid, leaving your limited amount of pregnenalone precursor to be used for making cortisol instead. Low fat diet will add to this problem greatly, especially if you are eating high carbs.

      I would seek out a Certified Nutritional Therapist that can test you to see where your deficiencies are and to recommend a diet that will get you on the right track. Then if you still feel bad, see the doctor.

      good luck

  21. QUESTION:
    If its not my thyroid, what is it?
    This is going to be long so just a heads up for you. This is going to be over the course of about a few months. I started using exercise videos about 3 to 4 months ago. I wanted to lose some weight because I was 5'8'' or 5'9'' and weighed about 140 or 145. I wanted to weigh 120 or 125. After a few weeks I noticed I was getting no results what so ever. I kept exercising thinking maybe I just had to give it some time. But eventually I begin to get fatigued and just simply didn't have the energy to go anymore. My exercising got less frequently until I had to give it up altogether. I begin researching on the internet and stumbled across thyroid problems. I had a lot of the symptoms. My hair was coming out, fatigue, weight gain/inability to lose weight. So I brought up the thought to my parents and we went to my doctor. He took some blood and sent it to the lab. I had to wait a week and during that time things went downhill rather fast. It got to the point to where I didn't want to get out of bed. Then I ended up getting a stomach virus and it took me well over a week to even feel a little better. So when the results finally came back he said my levels were a little high. So he sent me to an endocrinologist. She felt around and asked questions. She said my thyroid was a little enlarged. She ordered more blood to be taken. So I had to wait another week :( . She called and said the results were NORMAL. She said I could develop thyroid problems later in my life but at the time it was normal. But how can it be normal when she plainly said my thyroid was enlarged? My throat feels like something is swollen in it. Sometimes it causes me to choke a little. Now my symptoms are changing. I have been struggling with acid reflux for over a week. It seems to get better and then it gets worse again. But here is the strangest thing some days I can feel absolutely fine and other days I don't get out of bed. I have no appetite one day and the next day I feel like I'm starving! The only thing I want to eat is sugar. I want to eat sugar and drink sugar (cokes). Sometimes my chest has these odd sensations, if you want to call it that. Last night I felt breathless and had a hard time breathing for only a moment. Also I would be sitting in school and the teacher would be talking I would just like ''spaz'' out. I would not even notice the teacher talking and I would be thing about something completely irrelevant. I just don't know what to do anymore. I need to find out what the problem is. What do you think could be wrong? Thanks so much, it means a lot :)
    I forgot to add I have been having headaches that are off/on. They will come one day and last for a whie then go away and not come back for another day or so.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds to me like Hashimoto's disease. You should get copies of both labs. TSH should be .3 -3 but even that may not be the answer...THEY HAVE TO DO ANTIBODIES TEST!!!! And good luck on getting them to.

      They may know that it is this & just want to use a 'wait and see approach' (as it goes up & down in the beginning) and many people just do not go back to the doctor...they end up thinking the doctor 'found nothing wrong'.

      You need an Endo that will do all tests and that will let you know if they are doing the 'wait & see' (as it eventually goes hypO and stays [or so I'm told]).

      I wish you well.

      God Bless You

  22. QUESTION:
    so these r my symptoms.. is it a possibility that my levels r low??
    okay so about a year ago i got blood work done and it said that my thyroid levels were low so i went to get a sonogram and they said my thyroid was mildly enlarged i was supposed to go for blood work again and the doctor never sent for or called me to let me know when i have to go get it done like he said he would.. but anyway my symptoms are:

    -gained about 100 pounds over the course of 1 1/2 years
    -mildly enlarged thyroid
    -i sleep about 14 hours every night n any less im so exhausted
    -always feeling low or even just bored
    -irregular periods (thats wat caused them to do blood work in the first place .. my period lasts for about 8 or 9 days at a time)
    -recent drop in grades over the last year.. havent really been able to concentrate as well as i did.. went from 96 in math down to a 84 for example

    is it a possibility that after all this time my levels could still be low or lower it wasnt this bad a year ago.. wat should i do?? do u think i have hypothyroidism?? oh n if it helps im only 15 thx! =]

    plz help someone im gaining weight rapidly

    • ANSWER:
      Of all the theory we read at med school, you represent a typical case of hypothyroidism.
      Most common cause: iodine deficiency(even more common in girls of your age). That can easily be corrected by iodine supplements.
      If not, there may be a large no. of other causes... Go see your doc, almost all of them are curable.
      All your symptoms pertain to low thyroid hormone levels, so should revert with treatment.

  23. QUESTION:
    do these things mean i have a thyroid disease?
    i turned 15 in may i am about 5 foot 2-3in and i only weigh about 80 pounds i really really hate it and im so self conscious about it!!! it makes me really sad and mad to think that people are thinking im anorexic because i am definitely not!
    i was tested for thyroid because it has been passed down through one side of my family (but my older sister doesnt have it and she is skinny also but more on the normal side) their blood tests didnt showw that i had any problems that was about 2-3 years or so ago, could that have changed by now? and i really really REALLY hate blood tests and im scared to get more done like i wouldnt do it for money!! and i didnt have an enlarged/inflammed thyroid, also is there any way i could get checked for thyroid problems with out blood tests or could they put you to sleep or give you laughing gas for a blood test at a special doctor?
    anyways i am even drinking ensure plus and trying to eat a lot but its hard to gain stil, i have gained 10 pounds since the beginning of the last school year (witthout things like ensure) but i was also a lot shorter then
    i get panic attacks/high anxiety, sometimes i am tired in the morning (is that normal)i dont really know how to explain it like my muscles will sometimes feel weak in the morning or night, underweight/hard to gain weight, constipation (good with a pill i take for it) and i havent started my period yet probably cause im so thin
    do you think this stuff is just how i am and i dont have anything wrong with me, just fast metabolism and stuff?? cause i think those are symptoms of both?
    sorry its long :( (

    • ANSWER:
      Take you body temperature. If it is normaly below 98.2 F, then you can assume you have an isue with your metabolism/thyroid. And then take some times and read this website: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com

      However, it may just be that since you are not yet physically mature, and your sex hormones haven't kicked in yet, you're just where you need to be right now. I was the same at your age and I have matured well. Also I did not get my period until I was 16, and really that is quite normal.

      By the way, I also totally hate blood tests. I used to ick and scream when I had to get one, but now I just hold my breath and look away when they take blood from my arm. It seems to work for me...

      I hope this info helps.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can Hashimoto's thyroiditis cause costochondritis?
    I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease and I have several symptoms, including an enlarged thyroid, high cholesterol, prematurely grey hair, fatigue and joint pain. I also have a hard lump on the tip of my sternum that I suspect is costochondritis and I was wondering if Hashimoto's can cause that?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you can develop costochondritis with hypothyroidism. Your grey hair can also be caused by vitamin B12 deficiency (common with hypothyroidism).

      Hypothyroidism symptoms >>>
      http://www.helium.com/items/343124-hypothyroidism-self-help

      A few good links to check out...

      Thyroid disease >>>
      http://www.sensible-alternative.com.au/metabolic-hormones/thyroid-article

      Selenium lowers TPO thyroid antibodies >>>
      http://jdach1.typepad.com/natural_thyroid/2011/02/selenium-for-hashimotos-thyroiditis-by-jeffrey-dach-md.html

      Cholesterol reduction >>>
      http://www.drgregemerson.com/fact-file/cholesterol-reduction

      Vitamin D deficiency in Hashimoto's Thyroiditis >>>
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX08cfVpRPM

      Stop The Thyroid Madness >>>
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

  25. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Problem, test came back negative?
    A few months ago I had a test done to see if I had a thyroid problem. had all the usual symptoms; an enlarged neck, massive weight gain, tired all of the time and even family history of thyroid problems (half of my entire family is on medication). However, when I got my test done it seemed there was nothing wrong with my thyroid levels and all they found was a small nodule (sp?) that is too small to even do a biopsy on. However, I am still have the same symptoms as before and I practically pass out everyday when I come home because Im so tired.

    So are blood tests always right or in some instances could people still have a thyroid problem when the test comes back negative? Does anyone know of anything else I might have that can cause massive weight gain, neck enlargement or extreme tiredness?

    Thanks in advance. :3

    • ANSWER:
      It has been known for the last 50 years that Thyroid Function Tests are not reliable and that people with perfect blood tests could have advanced hypothyroidism. Find a doc in your area (in sources) that treats to symptoms.

      Myth #1: The TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) blood test is the only way to diagnose hypothyroidism/low thyroid.

      Facts: First, there is no perfect test in medicine—not the TSH or any other. Second, nearly a century before the TSH test was developed, doctors made the diagnosis of hypothyroidism without any tests at all. They listened to their patients and examined them. Since then, there have been many tests that have been blindly followed until they proved to be unreliable and were discarded.

      To this day, there are at least three types of hypothyroidism for which the TSH test does not even test. The TSH is not a useful test for hypothyroidism caused by dysfunction of the pituitary gland or of the hypothalamus (part of the brain,) or for hypothyroidism caused by "tissue resistance" to the effects of thyroid hormone.

      My conclusion: The TSH test can miss the diagnosis of hypothy-
      roidism. To most accurately identify hypothyroidism, I start with the approach that has worked for over a century. I listen to the patient and look for evidence of low thyroid function. If the patient appears hypothyroid, I order blood tests including the TSH, but I also (1) check basal body temperature,1 and (2) check the urine thyroid hormone levels.2 I then interpret all test results in the context of the
      individual patient.

      Myth #2: Normalizing the TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) blood test is the best way to treat hypothyroidism.

      Fact:Many studies have shown adjusting thyroid doses to normalize the TSH blood test leaves many patients with symptoms of low thyroid. World-renowned thyroid specialist, Sir Anthony Toft, MD, discussed this sad fact in 2002. In a speech to the British Endocrine Society, Dr. Toft reviewed some of the evidence that demonstrated that the modern TSH-centered approach was ineffective. He concluded, "...the treatment of hypothyroidism is about to come full circle"—going back to the approach that worked so well before all of our modern tests and treatments were invented.3

      My conclusion: Using the patient as my guide, I focus on reversing the signs and symptoms of low thyroid function while avoiding side effects or signs of thyroid excess. When the TSH is normal but the patient continues to be symptomatic, I prefer to err on the side of treating the patient—not normalizing the blood test.

      Myth #3: Thyroid treatment that reduces the TSH to below the normal range (TSH suppression) has been shown to be harmful, causing atrial fibrillation (a heart rhythm abnormality) and bone thinning.

      Facts: When thyroid hormone is given to a patient, TSH levels decrease. Some say that thyroid treatment that reduces the TSH to below the normal range causes bone thinning and atrial fibrillation.

      Before the TSH test was invented, generations of patients flourished on doses of thyroid medicine that routinely suppress the TSH. To this day, patients with thyroid cancer who are given doses to intentionally suppress the TSH, do very well on this regimen. In 2004, after review of the scientific literature, the US Preventive Services Task Force—a leading authority—addressed the question and concluded that despite the multitude of studies, there remains no proof that TSH suppression
      is dangerous.4

      My conclusions: Listen to the patient, examine the patient and adjust treatment until the patient is well. A century of medical experience and scientific evidence indicate that giving a patient enough thyroid hormone to make them well is a reasonable and safe approach. Blood tests, urine tests and tracking body temperatures all provide additional information, but no one test should be blindly followed.

      Myth #4: Natural thyroid extracts are dangerous because they are not regulated and not consistent in dose.

      Fact: Natural thyroid extracts such as Armour Thyroid are FDA approved prescription medications that contain all 4 human thyroid hormones (T1, T2, T3 and T4.) They are prepared in accordance with the U.S. Pharmacopeia.5 Synthetic thyroid extracts, such as levothyroxine contain only T4 and are also FDA approved.

      Ironically, synthetic T4 preparations seem to have had many more problems with dose consistency than has Armour Thyroid. FDA records show repeated problems with potency and consistency for T4 products including Synthroid.6,7

      My conclusion: There is no evidence that natural thyroid extracts such as Armour Thyroid are unsafe or any more dangerous than synthetic thyroid treatments. In fact, my experience is that natural thyroid extracts are much more effective at restoring normal metabolism and, therefore, very likely better for one's health.

      Myth # 5: Once you start thyroid hormone, you need to take it for the rest of your life.

      Fact: Taking thyroid hormone w

  26. QUESTION:
    Would a normal cbc rule out type 2 diabetes? Symptoms similar to Fibro/rheumatoid issues?
    I am a 33 year old female, and I have had progressive symptoms ever since a miscarriage a few months ago. The symptoms started as muscle pain and headaches, progressed to mirgraines, hunger w/ weight loss, swelling of right wrist/hand, blurred vision, left eyelid twitch, tingling/buzzing feeling in legs & feet (has gotten better), dizziness/"out of it" feeling, pain on side of throat (ultrasound showed a "mildly enlarged" thyroid, but Endocronologist said its not "large enough" to be causing issues, feeling of someone choking me/lump in throat, and now a slight tremor (gets worse when using hands/arms, and better at rest). Got a CBC and other tests (Lyme's, Lupus), all normal- was sent to a rheumatolgist. I am waiting for a batch of test results, including rheumatoid factor, mercury poisoning, celiac disease, vitamin d deficiency, etc... She is telling me a lot of this sound neurological, so that is my next move- and I am terrified! The tremor scares me to death, thinking of Parkinsons/MS- but I am reading that tremors w/ those diseases usually are worse at rest, and get better w/ movement- mine are the opposite. Anyway, I just remembered that my grandfather has type 2 diabetes, and I'm wondering if that is hereditary, and if that would be ruled out by the standard CBC and other tests that were already done.
    If anyone knows, I would greatly appreciate the help. I would also welcome any input regarding what might be going on w/ me. They are suspecting Fibromyalgia- but would that cause blurred vision & tremor? Thanks in advance for any help, as I am waiting for my results & my next doctor's appointment.

    • ANSWER:
      Fibromyalgia is diagnosed after all other options have been eliminated.

      I highly recommend a low carb way of eating to balance hormone functions & allow the body to function at optimal levels & regenerate rather than degenerate. This may alleviate many symptoms & will definitely manage any blood sugar issues.

      I believe the thyroid lab tests are fairly useless & throat swelling would concern me as an issue. I would suggest you take your morning temperature at home using the instructions for the Barnes Basal Temperature test (which can be found online). I would also suggest researching iodine supplementation.

      If you are using Aspartame (brand name Equal) or drink diet sodas with it - stop immediately. Aspartame poisoning mimics MS. I would suggest eliminating (at least for awhile) all artificial sweeteners & eliminating Aspartame permanently.

      I have Fibromyalgia -Vitamin D3 supplementation has cleared the constant muscle pain (for the most part). I did high levels for 3 weeks & was pain free. I knocked the dose down to 2000iu's a day & a week later the pain was back. After restarting high levels, the pain is managed again after 3 days.

      I personally did 35,000iu per day for 2 months trying to refill my stores. It is highly recommended that you have your vit.D levels tested but my research shows toxicity only at outrageous, long term levels.

      I originally did B12 injections daily for a couple of years & then I tried guaifenesin (Dr.St.Amand's protocol) for 10 years but discovered vit.D3 supplementation only recently & that has worked better than anything else!

      Vitamin D3 is not a vitamin at all but a necessary hormone that effects the immune system & nearly every aspect of health. Having low Vitamin D levels greatly increases risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, MS (& maybe even FMS)

      I don't think that FMS, cancer, MS, etc. is a vitamin deficiency but being deficient can create or greatly exacerbate health problems.

      The prescription vitamin D supplements are the wrong type (ergocalciferol ). As warned by the National Institute of Health -

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17023693

      Luckily you can buy vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) over the counter and the upper limits are extremely high. Current recommendations are for 35iu per pound - a 150# person needs minimum of 5250iu per day & the rda is 400iu. This amount is for minimal needs and does not account for depleted stores. March is when stores are at their lowest.

      Vitamin D3 deficiency is becoming an epidemic. U.S. RDA are much too low. It is possible that upper atmosphere pollution is blocking the needed UVB light from the sun.

      http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1560518#i
      http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/10/10/Vitamin-D-Experts-Reveal-the-Truth.aspx

      Dr. Joe Prendergast, an endocrinologist /diabetologist has managed over 1500 diabetic patients and, in the last decade, not one of his patients has had a stroke or heart attack. Only one has even been hospitalized! His secret—50,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily. Dr. Joe further reports:

      * Reversal of advanced coronary disease
      * Reversal of advanced lung disease, avoiding a lung transplant!
      * Cure of multiple sclerosis
      * Cure of amotrophic lateral sclerosis
      * Regression of rheumatoid arthritis
      * Improvement in allergies
      * Control of many cancers including prostate, breast, colon, brain tumors, leukemia, myeloma, etc
      * Reversal of osteoporosis
      * Prevention of influenza
      * Cure of depression and many other mental disorders
      * Hashimoto’s hyperthyroidism

      In summary, the evidence for safety and remarkable efficacy of Vitamin D3 suggests that virtually ALL adults should probably take 50,000 units of D3 daily. This is certainly true for those with virtually any illness.

      http://enews.endocrinemetabolic.com/2008/05/vitamin-dthe-cure-for-many-diseases.html

  27. QUESTION:
    thyroid help.?
    can your thyroid be enlarged for no reason? or is there always a cause for this? just worried, since mine has been enlarged for over 6 years and the doctor is just now ordering an ultrasound. (no symptoms, she just decided i should get one.)

    • ANSWER:
      There's a good chance you have a thyroid disorder. If you do, it's nothing to be worried about - I have one, hypo-thyroid, and it's really not a big deal, I just take one little pill every night. My doctor had noticed for a long time that my thyroid felt kind of big, I never showed any kind of symptoms but she decided to order tests on it just in case, and it showed up. It runs in my family - my grandmother had it, my mother has it, and I have it.

      Like I said, though, it's really not a big issue if you do have a thyroid disorder. I'm no expert, so for all I know, you could be just fine, but even if there is something there, you have nothing to worry about.

      Good luck!

  28. QUESTION:
    thyroid nodules - what happens next..?
    I've had an enlarged goiter for awhile now (found by a routine physical) yet I have normal thyroid results. I switched PCP's recently and she also could feel the goiter. I have A LOT of hypothyroid symptoms... which seem to get worse over time. I'm always cold, memory loss (never had it so bad), dry skin, coarse hair, inability to lose weight, constipated all the time.. (tmi) - severe menstrual cramps and irregular as well, trouble concentrating, fatigue, among other symptoms. I sometimes have shortness of breath and have a random cough that comes and goes.. I sometimes choke on my own saliva! i also notice my neck feels 'tight' when i lay down, like i may choke or feel like i can't breathe. I had an ultrasound that showed 2 nodules.. My PCP referred me for a second opinion with an endocrinologist. My appointment is on the 29th.

    What should I expect with this appointment? Will they do a biopsy there at the appointment if they feel that it's necessary? Is it normal to have an enlarged goiter and all these symptoms with normal results? Can they tell what kind of nodules it is from the ultrasound? And would the ultrasound have been able to tell if the enlarged gland is what is causing the tight feeling in my neck & coughing..
    so many questions, i know !!

    thanks !!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you haven't had an ultrasound yet, so they will probably make you get one. The endocrinologist should palpate your neck to see if they feel goiter, and they will probably order some blood tests too. I highly doubt they would do a biopsy before seeing the ultrasound results, they might just watch it. An ultrasound can tell if the nodules are solid, calcified, or cystic in nature. Try not to worry, good luck!

  29. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like low level carbon monoxide poisoning?
    I've been sick for about 2 years. My thyroid is enlarged, but I've been told time and time again that my thyroid should not be causing my symptoms. I've suffered fatigue, problems concentrating, shortness of breath, diarrhea, and tons of low level problems. Doctors have made light of most of my symptoms, even the difficulty breathing. My EKG turned out to be fine. They tell me oh it's depression, it's anxiety, take a pill. But my gut feeling told me otherwise. I started getting sick about the time we moved into this apartment with a gas stove. The stove is very old and it heats up the whole apartment when it's turned on. About a month ago, our carbon monoxide detector went off. The apt. manager told us to ignore it, it was the battery. Even though the "alarm" light was clearly lit up, and not the battery light. After complaining several times, they finally sent someone to check the stove. Turns out there was a small leak, I have no idea how long it had been there. Could very low levels of gas or CO cause my fatigue and other woes? Should I just call the fire department to inspect the whole apartment, despite the building managers objections?

    • ANSWER:
      It is a possible explanation, yes.
      Go to your local health centre, and ask to have them measure the carbon monoxide levels in your blood (just a simple blood test), that will give an indication.
      I don't think it would be necessary to have the entire apartment inspected though.

  30. QUESTION:
    What Can Cause A Lymph-Node On Your Mastoid Bone To Stay Enlarged For Years?
    I have a history of sinus infections and tooth abscesses. I no longer have a sinus infection, but when I do get them... they stay for months and sometimes, even years. I have to take antibiotics to get rid of them. I plan on going to the dentist for my teeth, as well. Also, I have a thyroid nodule and it's been hanging around for quite a few years. I do get it checked on from time-to-time, though. Anyway, could any of these cause a lymph-node on the mastoid bone to stay enlarged for years... or, do you know of any other possible causes? I'm scared that it could be a symptom of lymphoma, or even thyroid cancer. I do plan on seeing a doctor about this issue, so no need to tell me that - lol. I'm just a hypochondriac and like getting extra advise, even if it only puts my mind at ease for a minute.

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Can someone give me (22 yr old female) advise based on my list of symptoms and concerns?
    i am a 22 yr old female, just getting stable on my own and i am currently waiting on health insurance. my parents split when i was 15 and i have not been on insurance or seen my family dr since then. i have a few concerns and i dont know if they are worth concerning or not...here they are:

    ever since my cycle started ive been irregular. (like 14 yrs old with a 10 day period, or 15 and scared i could be pregnant, even it was almost 100% not an option lol)
    -i recently started to keep track of my cyles and had a scare. i started mar 4, had a normal 7 day period, but when aprl 4, may 4, then june 4 then july came n went it became disturbing. i eventually started on july 5th but it was like i was just spotting for 5 days. then i stopped and a couple days shy of 2 weeks-shockingly, started again, heavy at first painful (not severe) and lasted 7 days.

    i also noticed i dont have a regular or even daily bowel movement. sometimes maybe 3 times a week...sometimes more sometimes less. my stomach is always upset. when i wake up i have to brush my teeth immidiately bc my stomaches already uneasy and morning breath doesnt help. (water makes it worse for some reason) sometimes i can tell that im really backed up because of sharp pains in my stomach or gas that hurts...on the inside?!?!? dont know any other way to describe it...ive tried laxatives, appropriately, but it gives me sharp pains too

    also when i was about 19 i woke up one moring and had an unexplainable swolen foot, ankle, and part of my calf. i could push on my skin and it would leave a distinct dent for about 30 mins. er said i must have sprained my ankle n gave me a cast, but it didnt hurt other than the pain of my foot feeling like it was about to explode and my toes pop off. every week was diff, then it went to both feet, it comes and goes randomly-sometimes longer than others-for about 4 years now.
    havent been able to pinpoint what causes it or what makes the swelling go down, it just happens.
    this past may my mom took me to her dr because of my attitude and apperance yoyoin (stress)
    he overlooked my swelling problem bc it wasnt swollen by the time i got in to see him, and gave me antidepressants-fyi: not neccesary bc i gained alot of weight and financial issues n wutever else was the only reason i was stressed so noticeably, but he said he notice my thyroid looked swollen and that could be the cause of my weight gain and loss thruout the years. he gave me an ultrasound and he said they were enlarged but no nodules, nothing to be concerned with and sent me on my way.

    i feel that i have too many possibles to have a dr just rule EVERYTHING out without noting all my symptoms or concerns, and not look into anything and just send me away. this is the first dr ive been to since i was a teen so i thought i could get some answers and i got...the ambition to search the internet. :)

    last important detail, ive been with my husband for 5 years and for 4 years now we havent used any protection to prevent pregnancy. we've not tried, tried, tried while ovulating and nothing. my mom was diagnosed with endometriosis a few years ago and i thought that might be the explanation to everything. ive mentioned my moms condition to a dr after stating some of my concerns but that was all the further it went. ive researched endometriosis..never had an absolute "yes!" moment from wut ive found but i havent ruled it out either.

    i hope theres someone who can give me advise, or info or suggestions or something so i can live a long happy healthy life. just that should be enough to help someone, not insurance or money. Anything will help, and is appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of your symptoms are similar to PCOS - poly cystic ovarian syndrome - a condition where numerous harmless cysts form in your ovaries. It's not a dangerous condition and is easily treated with hormone therapy - usually birth control type pill with the birth control part taken out, and additional hormones. The cysts aren't cancerous and they do not raise your chances to get cancer either.

      An ultrasound ordered by your doctor is all that's needed to test for it - they will either do it on your lower belly thru the outside, or with an internal probe done vaginally.

      The most common symptoms of PCOS are: extremely irregular periods from the time you first started menstruating, unexplained weight gain, difficulty to lose weight even on exercise programs and diets, hair growth on face chin and neck (more than the standard peach fuzz), and difficulty in getting pregnant. All these should diminish once treatment is started. There can be further issues if left untreated - not from the syndrome or the cysts, but the weight gain, what every overweight person is at risk for, like diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure etc.

      If you do get checked out for this and it turns out to be PCOS, let your doctor know that you would like to get pregnant, as that can change which type of hormone treatment they will use.

  32. QUESTION:
    Hashimoto's disease but only hyperthyroid?
    Over the past 3 years, I've had hyperthyroidism. My tests have always shown mild to moderate overactivity, only one of those has been done when I wasn't pregnant. However, my doctor says I have Hashimoto's. This doesn't make sense to me, shouldn't I have come up hypothyroid at some point in my life (my levels were always fine until after I first got pregnant, about 9 months after I miscarried my tests showed a hyperactive thyroid).
    I do show all the symptoms of Hashimoto's, but I don't remember my doctor ever testing me for the antibodies, etc. He just told me I have an abnormal protein in my blood that attacks my thyroid. He thinks it runs in my family and usually causes hypothyroid, but for some reason it does the opposite in me. I have no symptoms of Graves. My thyroid was slightly enlarged 3 years ago when I first got tested, but became normal quickly and has never been enlarged since. Thyroid uptake scans and ultrasounds have all been normal.
    Does this really sound like Hashimoto's? Granted, due to job changes (and therefore, waiting for insurance to kick in at new jobs), I haven't been able to get tested properly. I am pregnant again, (3rd pregnancy, 1 birth), and during my last one, my levels went to normal in the third trimester and stayed that way for at least a month after the birth. My baby never had any issues with her levels.

    Should I switch doctors?

    • ANSWER:
      Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (enlarged thyroid) can cause bouts of hyperthyroidism. The Hashimoto's causes the thyroid to attack itself, it can then cause the thyroid to over work itself, which causes the occasional hyperthyroid symptoms. It swings back and forth between hyper and hypo, eventually causing permanent hypothyroidism. It's probably a good idea to see an endocrinologist (if you don't already) since they can tell you what is the best treatment.

  33. QUESTION:
    Wondering what might cause my multiple symptoms?
    I'm 20 and had a baby a year and a half ago, after my pregnancy is when all of this started getting really bad.
    I've been going through these periods of pain. Sometimes the pain is worse at certain times than others. It's like everything comes on really strong at the same time or really close together for a while then I have a break but I still feel the pain, just not as much. I can't go to the doctor right now because of money situations so that's why I'm on here trying to figure out what's wrong with me. Here are all of my symptoms.

    fatigue when the flairs aren't present and when they are it's extreme fatigue, I'd say it gets 5 times worse. But my sleeping in the night is not good while this is happening.

    -bone pain EVERYWHERE. I have not done anything to hurt any of these bones, and this happens regularly. Right now the top of my right foot it hurts so much that when I move my foot it gets worse.
    Everywhere else I'm getting sharp pains that come and go but it's very frequent. The pain is in my fingers, hands, wrists, arms, legs, knees, ankles, feet, and toes.

    -sharp deep pelvic pain that comes and goes. Sometimes it's only on the right right, then sometimes its both sides. I'm not sure if it's bone pain or something else.

    -I got a enlarged or swollen lymph node under the right armpit first and then two days later under the right ear. They were very tender for the first two days then now they are just tender to the touch. a few years ago I had a really big swollen one in the same place in the armpit and it hurt really bad and I went to the doc and all they did was tell me it was nothing and gave me something to get rid of the swelling. Now that I got one again, and then another makes me think it's not nothing especially with the onset of all the other pain I'm feeling.

    -under my boobs on the right side was hurting for a while a couple days ago but that went away, it's only a matter of time until it comes back though.

    - I have sharp pains that come and go in my heart or something around my heart.

    -mostly when I wake up my lungs hurt, they feel cold, mostly with breathing. Sometimes it's like that when I'm not just waking up.

    -my thyroid or throat itches when I move my head looking up.
    I already know that I have thyroidtitis and hyperthyroidism.
    I was diagnosed about 6 months ago but I'm not taking anything.
    A lot of the symptoms have nothing to do with that and I'm convinced there is something else too.

    any ideas! I'd like some meaningful answers! I need a doctor but it's not possible for me right now.
    oh i forgot about the kidney pain. I had a kidney infection years ago that required me to go to the hospital. they said it was from a uti.
    I have some kidney pain now as well but I never noticed any signs of a uti.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there, sorry to here of all the pain you're experiencing :( If you have been diagnosed with thyroiditis and hyperthyroidism you really need to make sure you take medication to control it as you say you've been having painful lymph nodes..your armpit..your throat all indicate that you're having some sort of flare up that needs attention, the sooner you can go to dr's the better; Ask for blood tests, it's your health that's suffering here and you need treatment. Your doctor doesn't even sound like a good one if he's not treating your problem. Refusing treatment won't help either! Good Luck!

  34. QUESTION:
    enlarged goiter with normal blood results?
    A couple of years ago during a physical, My DR noticed I had an enlarged goiter and said we should 'keep an eye on it".

    I've had numerous symptoms of hypothyroidism.. I went for a physical a few weeks ago and the nurse called to say my thyroid tests came back NORMAL. I found that surprising! Anyhow my DR also mentioned that other doctors usually recommend having an ultrasound or scan done if the thyroid blood tests come back normal with an enlarged goiter... but said it was a 'waste of time' .. ?? Uh ok.

    I was wondering what it means if you have an enlarged goiter with normal blood results? I am requesting to get a scan done because I sometimes have difficulty swallowing food and that might be the cause.

    btw: My aunt is currently on meds for her thyroid.

    Anyone with experience or information on this is greatly appreciated! Thanks.
    thank you for the helpful info!

    I just called my DR office to see about getting a scan done and they 'suggest' that I wait 3 months and re-do the blood work first. Does that sound right? Should I have to wait that long?
    OH, I do see the 1/2 moon on my thumb nails and like 2 other nails but no 1/2 moon on the rest... is that what you mean?

    • ANSWER:
      A goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland.

      The gland increases in size to increase it's filtering ability. It filters iodine out of the blood and uses it to manufacture thyroid hormone.

      If your thyroid gland is enlarged, there is something going on.. and it's worth checking in to.

      As far as blood tests being 'normal'. Did you get a copy of the lab results?

      Did the run the proper tests?
      Did they use current ranges?
      Did they interpret the results properly?

      If using the old ranges, they can proclaim the results as 'normal' even when they are not.

      If they tested only TSH and not understanding proper interpretation in relation to observed symptoms, they can claim 'normal' even when the 'red flags' exist.

      If you have a family history of thyroid disorders, that puts your risk higher than you will have a problem too, did they run the test to determine if you have an autoimmune thyroid disorder?

      The tests that you want run, at bare minimum, with a goiter present and a family history.. IMHO are:

      TSH
      Free T4
      Free T3
      and thyroid antibodies

      If TSH is over 2.0.. there is something wrong
      If the Frees are at the low ends of their ranges, something is wrong.
      If thyroid antibody levels are elevated... time to check into things and get them under control.

      Having scans done will be able to determine the size of the gland and if there are any masses. Masses/nodules are common with autoimmune thyroid disorders, but can also be in evidence with thyroid cancer.

      The autoimmune disorder Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (Hashi's ) is the most common of the thyroid disorders, the tendency to develop Hashi's runs in families, and nodules are common with Hashi's, developing as a result of tissue damage from the antibodies..

      Simple observation that you can make, to determine if this is something you want to dig into further.

      Look at your thumbnails. See that whitish half circle at that base of the nail, the half moon? Do your fingernails have their mooons?

      If not.. Thyroid disorder.

  35. QUESTION:
    Caffeine is naturally found in which of the following substances?
    1. Which of the following helps to boost the function of the immune system by encouraging the formation of antibodies for protection?
    hormones
    vaccines
    antibiotics
    diuretics

    2. Caffeine is naturally found in which of the following substances?
    soda pop
    fruit juices
    medications
    coffee

    3. Caffeine addiction is caused by continuous ingestion of at least which of the following amounts?
    20 milligrams per day
    100 milligrams per day
    200 milligrams per day
    1,000 milligrams per day

    4. What would be a good use of an analgesic?
    reduce pain
    replace the body's needed thyroid chemicals
    destroy bacterial infections in the throat
    promote sleep

    5. Which of the following may be a desirable effect of caffeine?
    mental arousal
    reduced stress and anxiety
    increased fatigue
    better digestive organ function

    6. Which of the following should you NOT consult to find out the best and current information on drugs?
    government websites
    the local pharmacist who fills your prescriptions
    the physician who is treating your symptoms and disease processes.
    the good friend who believes only in alternative medicine.

    7. Which fairly tasteless and odorless drug causes sleepiness, sedation, and the inability to remember events that occurred when one was under the influence of the drug?
    methamphetamine
    LSD
    rohypnol
    ether

    8. Which of the following is not an effect of fetal alcohol syndrome?
    heart defects
    low birth weight and length
    larger head size
    mental retardation

    9. Which of the following statements about FAS is not correct?
    FAS is not preventable.
    FAS is caused by mothers who drink alcohol while being pregnant.
    Babies born with FAS often suffer heart defects or delayed growth.
    Babies born with FAS often suffer from mental retardation and malformed faces.

    10. Which of the following most commonly used drugs is involved in half of all car crashes?
    heroin
    marijuana
    alcohol
    cocaine

    11. How is alcohol classified?
    a depressant
    a stimulant
    an opiate
    a narcotic

    12. Which of the following is an example of proper drug or medication use?
    taking more medication than prescribed
    taking over-the-counter drugs for a cold
    taking drugs at the wrong time of day
    stopping a prescribed medication too soon

    13. Which childhood disorder is most closely linked to environmental tobacco smoke?
    emphysema
    asthma
    heart attacks
    lung cancer

    14. Which of the following is a result of smoking during pregnancy?
    high infant birth weight
    enlarged head size
    decreased risk of infection
    increased risk of miscarriage

    15. What is the correct term that describes the use of inhalants as a drug in which the person's body slows down and causes the person to lose control of their behavior and emotions?
    injecting
    snorting
    huffing
    licking

    16. Which of the following terms describes what happens when a drug decreases the effect of another drug?
    antagonistic reaction
    synergistic reaction
    intravenous reaction
    hallucinogenic reaction

    17. Which of the following is a common sign of drug abuse?
    gettting good grades in school
    developing friendships that encourage healthy behavior
    good decision-making skills
    unexplained changes in behavior

    18. What is the name for stimulants that are made from everyday products and can keep a person awake for long periods of time, resulting in a lack of interest in usual activities, as well as a loss of appetite and a change in personality?
    methamphetamines
    cocaine
    heroin
    marijuana

    19. Which of the following is NOT a good strategy for preventing drug use and abuse?
    Form clear goals of what you would like to accomplish in the future.
    Take time to study the side effects of drugs on the body.
    Hang out with friends who are known to use drugs.
    Learn refusal skills and the ability to say no when feeling pressured.

    20. You are driving and notice the person ahead of you is weaving and swerving and straddling the lane marker. Such behavior indicates that the driver may be under the influence of which of the following drugs?
    alcohol
    analgesics
    antibiotics
    antiarrhythmics

    21. Which of the following describes organic compounds that can help the body to function better to make energy, produce blood cells, and reduce the risk of birth defects suc

    • ANSWER:
      cdcaadccacbbbdcadaca

  36. QUESTION:
    Is it possible that someone experiencing extreme stress could be misdiagnosed with a serious mental illness?
    Especially when the diagnosis comes at 45 years of age, with no previous history of mental illness?

    My apologies for the lengthy additional details, but this is important. Here is a brief summary of what has happened in the past 4 years:

    Single mom with rheumatoid arthritis, a painful, crippling disease.

    Widespread osteoarthritis, in need of two total knee replacements, various other joint reconstruction necessary.

    No pain meds nor pain management prescribed by doctors.

    Currently taking moderate, fluctuating doses of prednisone along with 20 mgs. of methotrexate (a cancer drug) weekly.

    Feelings of guilt over how this disease has affected my family.

    Inability to engage in many previously enjoyed activities. This has led to a sense of loss.

    Mother has been ill during this time and has endured 5 surgeries.

    In the past 90 days the following has occurred:

    Found a breast lump with lymph node swelling in the nearest armpit.

    Enlarged thyroid with thyroid lump.

    Have entered menopause.

    Monthly income has dropped by more than half, with total income per month at less than 0 dollars. Very real possibility of homelessness.

    Strange medical and emotional symptoms include panic attacks, night sweats, extreme fatigue, insomnia, irritability, frequent crying, increased joint and muscle pain, etc.

    Feeling depressed and overwhelmed, I sought counseling. My therapist felt I was simply overly anxious and depressed, and recommended that I speak with the clinic psychiatrist. She felt he may prescribe something to ease my symptoms.

    After only one hour with me, during which he asked only 10-15 questions to which I was not allowed to elaborate in my answer, he slapped me with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, wrote a prescription for anti-convulsants and sent me from his office.

    Needless to say, this has caused additional stress, and I will be seeking a second opinion.

    My question is, considering all that I have endured these past 4 years, is it possible that the diagnosis is grossly inaccurate?

    Might one in my position be expected to suffer anxiety and depression, and experience similar physical and emotional symptoms?

    Thank you for taking the time to read that.
    ((((Kerilyn))))

    Thank you so much. For the past two weeks -- after receiving this diagnosis -- I have been so much more anxious and depressed. That of course has led to me questioning my own sanity even more -- I feel utterly dazed and confused.

    Why don't I take pain meds? My rheumy doesn't prescribe them, so I sought out a GP in order that I may establish as a patient and be treated with pain meds or pain management through alternative methods such as hypnosis, acupuncture, biofeedback...

    Of course, my first appointment with her came shortly after finding the breast lump. That was horrifying. -- all I could think of was what would happen to my kids.

    I admit, I probably had a mental breakdown. If it hasn't yet happened, it's imminent. I'm normally a calm person, but this is too much.

    I also feel that menopause and it's hormonal swings has only added to the distress. What a nightmare this has all been. Now I must find new doctors, tell my story again, keep seeking help. *sigh*
    ((((UP))))

    ((((Ambivalent))))

    ((((Poppy Seed))))

    ((((Mom 2-2))))

    Thank you all so much.

    (((((((Everyone))))))
    Just an added note : The meds he prescribed? I refuse to take them.
    ((((bad tim))))
    (((MiXxed)))

    (((Sassy)))

    (((Warrior)))

    • ANSWER:
      I am an RN..while I am not going to offer medical advice based on this q alone I think Ambivalent has given you the BA so far..you need a second opinion very much and soon.

      Being an RN has not made me any less likely to run into health care delivery debacles, either.

      I do not care to go into my own details other than to say if I had not trusted my gut instincts and what I had learned both as a nurse and through my own research, more than once either myself or a family member would have received medications or treatments that would have been VERY harmful to us as later confirmed through testing or another physician and a proper diagnosis and course of treatement.

      If your instincts are telling you that you have been misdiagnosed, then get a second or third opinion if necessary.

  37. QUESTION:
    Endocrinology Center?
    Complete diagnostic in our thyroid cancer operation center to prevent thyroid gland disorders symptoms.
    Most often the first symptom of thyroid cancer is a nodule in the thyroid region of the neck. However, many adults have small nodules in their thyroids, but typically under 5% of these nodules are found to be malignant. Sometimes the first sign is an enlarged lymph node. Later symptoms that can be present are pain in the anterior region of the neck and changes in voice.Thyroid cancer is usually found in a euthyroid patient, but symptoms of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism may be associated with a large or metastatic well-differentiated tumor.Thyroid nodules are of particular concern when they are found in those under the age of 20. The presentation of benign nodules at this age is less likely, and thus the potential for malignancy is far greater. In the thyroid cancer operation center we do all of the diagnoses in a range that we can cure every patient. The treatment of thyroid cancer may require surgery. Common surgeries include thyroidectomy, lobectomy, and tracheostomy. Radioactive Iodine-131 is used in patients with papillary or follicular thyroid cancer for ablation of residual thyroid tissue after surgery and for the treatment of thyroid cancer. Patients with medullary, anaplastic, and most Hurthle cell cancers do not benefit from this therapy. External irradiation may be used when the cancer is unresectable, when it recurs after resection, or to relieve pain from bone metastasis. Some can cause a calcium deficiency after thyroidectomy, our after service we can manage and monitoring the symptoms.

    http://www.vejthani.com/web-english/thyroid-cancer-disorders-operation-center.php

    • ANSWER:
      If you say so!

  38. QUESTION:
    DOG WITH HAIR LOSS AND ENLARGED NIPPLES. HELP!?
    I have a black lab aged 6. and im so stuck!. at about 2 years old he started to get a bald patch around his eyes, after that over a few months practically all of his fur on his back legs and tail and bum went. and it hasn't come back fully since. vets put it straight down to mites. done skin scraping and never found anything. then their next diagnosis was allergies so they gave him steroids because his fur would sometimes come back (not fully) but he would look near enough like a black lab again then a few weeks later it would go. allergies made sense for a while because he has oily smelly skin and he nibbles to point of bleeding and his paws in between his toes are red raw sometimes. they gave him steroids which he was on for a bout a year and a half. made no difference so i went back and demanded something else to be done because it wasn't only driving him mad it was driving me mad to having to watch him scratch and bite himself stupid...the vets then done another scraping and found nothing. she mentioned he had a yeast infection from the scratching which is what was causing the smell and greasy hair. i now have a shampoo which i have to do twice a week but still doesn't seem to be making any difference, if anything he is scratching more and his paws are now quite red a sore...i have spent hours on the internet finding out what is could all possibly be. i have read his symptoms could be linked to
    1; allergies
    2: mites (mange)
    3: yeast infection
    4: thyroid problems
    5: hormone imbalance

    Here are his symptoms
    1: hair loss back legs, bum, eyes, belly now on his front legs
    2: thick greasy hair (foisty smell)
    3: hot sensitive skin
    4: constant scratching every where
    5: flaky skin (dry)
    6: sore, itchy patches between the toes. scrapes his feet along the floor as if hes been in stinging nettles.
    7: would sometimes come accros as grumpy, no energy.
    8: quite large nipples as if he is a bitch and finished feeding (no distcharge)

    his weight is fine, infact hes a big and strong lab.
    im thinking of getting him castrated. but with it costing £60 its something i cant just go and get done. but i am haoping to get it done within the next couple of months.
    i want to get this sorted so much as he is my baby and he is such a lovely dog with such a gorgous personality. he was a kenneled dog but he now in the house with and as you can imagin the smel and fur is almost impossible to keep under controll. he eats fine has a typical appatite of a dog (wants everything i have) the suggested a blood test to do more allergy tests but this would cost about £250 to £300. im considering taking out a loan somehow or something and just telling them to get it sorted properly but its not that easy. my dad has spent nearly £1000 on him over the last 4 years. he has been to 4 different kinds of vets. im so desperate to get this sorted. i cant walk him during the day incase people look at him and think he is being miss treated. it would kill me if anyone could think that. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SOME HELP ME, IF ANYONE OUT THERE HAS HAD THIS PROBLEM AND HAS FOUND SOLUTIONS THEN PLEASE HELP ME!
    thanks every one!

    • ANSWER:
      Have you taken him to a veterinary endocrine specialist?
      This sounds like an endocrine problem, not a skin issue - that's just a symptom.
      It could well be Cushings Disease, which can be determined by a test:
      http://www.kateconnick.com/library/cushingsdisease.html

      I would suggest you get him to a specialist - they will know how to pin this down much faster, and get you on the road to managing it correctly.

      Here is a support group online as well:
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/CanineCushings-AutoimmuneCare/

  39. QUESTION:
    pregnancy symptoms, negative tests ... Please help i need a lot of answers!?
    Okay this is going to be a long one but please if you could take your time to read it i would really appreciate it...

    Okay so my fiance and i have been together for 3 years. I haven't been on birth control for around about 2 years and when i was on it, it wasn't for a long time only a few months. I am 19 and my partners 21.We always used protection such as condoms, On may 16th was the last time i got my normal period. We had sex in my unprotected a few times. I started getting what i thought was a few symptoms such as : Nausea,I had a really high temp of 39.2 and flu symptoms that only lasted one day, headaches,extreme fatigue,sore breasts,etc. I also just "felt" pregnant. I was meant to get my period on the 11th june but instead it was a day late and was just spotting only when i wiped and no period pains at all only a few here and there but nothing like my normal heavy/painful period. I thought that might have been implantation bleeding but when i got negative blood and urine tests i just put it down to a short period. I thought i would just wait and see what happens with my next period-i assumed i wasn't pregnant, but just couldn't shake feeling like i was pregnant. I had a few scares before but nothing like this. we still had unprotected sex during June because we thought well if im not pregnant we are ready for a child either way! both financially and mentally. Through the month of june i started getting blue veins,still sore breasts and enlarged! morning sickness comes and goes. I thought maybe i was just expecting my period.

    So on the 8th july i was expecting my period and it never came. Its 5 days late... on the 6th july(2 days before my period) i started getting what i thought was asthma and turns out to be heartburn and a lot of cervical mucus (which is unusual cause usually im really dry before my period) Only way i can explain it is, it was like nasal mucus- I thought nothing of it but come the day of my period i thought i got it and went to check was just more mucus i just kept feeling wet and everytime i wiped it was there this lasted up until yesterday and the cramps stopped yesterday (12th june) and now i still have no signs of my period. its so confusing but the doctor thinks i'm not pregnant. But he said it could be to early. I figured by my records that i ovulated on the half way through the day on the 26th than finished half way through the day on the 27th (is this normal????)
    This was going off the egg white discharge(fertile) on the 27th i got the white stain in my underwear-what does that mean???

    These are the dates that i tested-
    14th June- doctors urine test(was still spotting)
    17th june-hpt
    20th june-got blood test was negative doc said may be to early
    5th july- negative test (so i pretty much new i wasn't pregnant from this month)
    6th july-got blood test im pretty sure it said 5hcg the doctor didn't tell me just said was neg
    8th july- period due, neg test
    10th july- negative test (today would have been 2 weeks after ovulation IF i conceived on the 26th

    all these tests were done with early morning urine and im going to test again in a few days. But is it possible i could be pregnant from may and not show on the tests??? or do you think its more likely to be pregnant from June?????? i ovulated later in the month and only have a 26 day cycle its really confusing and my doctor wouldn't talk to me about any of this. I had all my levels checked like thyroids,iron,etc and i have no stds. I don't have pcos or ovarian cysts. i am not "hoping" to be pregnant meaning im not thinking about it a lot but i would not mind at all if i was pregnant !!!! Im not stressing and haven't lost weight or gained it nothings new and i have asked my doctor all the reasons what could be going on. He said next step is an ultra sound but if i was pregnant now i should wait til i would be around 8 weeks for an ultra sound and by than im hoping a test would show and if im not pregnant than see whats going on

    I have been having my period for 7 years now and never been late always on time and i get a feeling when im getting my period i'm pretty in touch with my body.

    Im sorry this is so long but i really need help im going insane!! I just want to know whats going on :( has anyone at all had similar problems like this?

    • ANSWER:
      The only thing that I can tell you is to wait a couple days or a week and test again. I would think that if you did get pregnant than it would be from june. Good luck!

  40. QUESTION:
    Need medical advice. Feeling very sick :( Help?
    Ok so I posted last week on here about this and was adviced to go to the E.R. by people who answered. Here is the previous post: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20101204234252AALGbRt That bug bite part you can ignore as it has went away. I did go to the E.R. and it didn't help at all. I got in there and told them my symptoms (random panic attacks/anxiety, constant racing heart, dramatic weight loss in less than a week, nausea, upset stomache, headaches, aches all over and especially in my joints, congestion, and passing out.) The doctors took a blood and urine test and swabbed the back of my throat and sinuses. They diagnosed me with a bladder infection, sinus infection, and even found bacteria in my blood. They told me I had no illness but only those infections. I looked up what causes bladder infections because I have had quite a few bladder infections when I was younger. It said on a website that it is caused by an enlarged prostate but only in older men, having sex with a female who too has a bladder infection, or when bacteria called E. colli escape the digestive system and enter the bladder. I know for sure I have not had any sex (still a virgin) and as for the enlarged prostate that only happens to older men, not 17 year olds like myself. Now I am not too sure about that E. Colli thing. I am wondering what could be wrong. My family had a theory that I possibly have hyperthyriodism which is when the thyroid makes too much thyroid hormones thus making you sick and causing random anxiety as well. But what seems fishy to me about that theory is that this sickness started immeditely. Hyperthyroidism, I would think, starts slowly and eventually levels out to a consistant release of too much thyroid hormones (correct me if I am wrong.) But regardless there is still something wrong with me and it isn't what those E.R. doctors diagnosed me with. If you are a doctor or atleast have a lot of medical knowledge please reply to this post or email me at joe012594@yahoo.com and help me out here. I don't have a doctor and my insurance isn't excepted by any doctors in the area I live in. The nearest one is 200 miles away. The only place near me that will except my insurance is that E.R. down the block but I can't be constantly going in there. Please help :(

    • ANSWER:
      Well with symptoms like that you need to see a regular doctor not an ER doctor. They are trained to treat on an emergency basis and your symptoms don't sound like an emergency. I'm not trying to downplay what you are going through I just think you need to see a general practitioner and they will be able to assist you better than an ER doctor in this case. You need to make the 200 mile trip if your health is important to you.

  41. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like I have mono?
    Hi, I am a 15 year old male and I believe that I may have mono. It all started about a month ago when I went into the doctor because I was having trouble sleeping, and I was told that I most likely have hyperthyroidism, due to the large goiter on my neck. It turned out that I was actually hypothyroid, and I would have to come in regularly to get my blood checked and possibly be put on medication. However, when I went back into the doctors office, they said my thyroid was in the normal activity range, just very enlarged. I found this very strange because I have been feeling very tired all the time since this whole thing started. Anyways, I was just wondering if I had mono because for the first time today I have been really really really listless. Also, my sleep pattern if very funny, like I go to bed at 8 pm and wake up at 12 am and go back to bed at 4 am and wake up at like 7 am. The doctor said that my spleen was slightly perturbing, and that it could be due to mono or not. I was just wondering If I could have mono because I don't have the usually symptom of having a sore throat. I am however very tired as of recently and really ichy. Also, can having mono cause your thyroid to become enlarged, because I heard that it could. Lastly the doctor said that having this problem could potentially stunt my growth, is this true?
    also, as far as symptoms go, i do occasionally get light headed and have a headache ( although it may be from my contacts)

    • ANSWER:
      No, you are right, it doesn't sound like mono, although if the dr. thinks that might be what is wrong, he should do a blood test, as it would show up in a blood test.

  42. QUESTION:
    disability/ assistance/ HELP?
    am a 22 yr old Female, married, 1 child who is 2. I was in pursuit of becoming a RN registered nurse. I have a few health problems, but FINALLY got accepted and now have health insurance. Because of my having health insurance, I got testing done on a few physical issues that were concerning me. I was diagnosed about 1 month ago with pulmonary hypertension by an echocardiogram, heart clots, and holes are ruled out as being a cause(with a transesophageal echocardiogram) and I am now seeing a Pulmonary Hypertension specialist, who did a right heart catheterization on me 2 days ago (which is considered the golden standard of pulmonary hypertension diagnosis,and gives a direct measurement of the actual hypertension range, instead of an estimate like the echocardiogram, and the Transesophageal echocardiogram. My diastolic measurement was 83, which in a healthy persons pulmonary artery should be about 20. I know that my heart on the right side is enlarged due to the pressure build up, I know that it is pushing on that side of my lung, and I know that my prognosis is 10 years OPTIMAL --unless there is a breakthrough in medicine for this rare disease that affects 1 : 1 million people. And for me the cause is unknown which makes my diagnosis, Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. However, during the right heart catherization I fell into the category of the few with this disease that have a good response to the medication. So because of that my prognosis could be better if I take the medications , and do all I can to improve my condition. The problem is, The medications I need to take to improve this are warfarin(a blood thinner)-very cheap, Viagra(yes,it was originally created for hypertension), but because folks have difficulty getting errections and I need this to LIVE, insurance won't cover it, and I have to pay for an 8 day supply. I also need to take a medication which I have not yet been prescribed, which will cost between 85-125 THOUSAND dollars a year, depending on the brand, and I know my Insurance company is trying to find reasons to change this... So does anyone know what I should do, or what I am entitled to? the only option I see is going on disability. Other than the money, I have horrible symptoms of fatigue, because oxygen isnt being pumped adequately to the rest of my body, which often causes me to faint as as result of not enough oxygen to my brain, which can be brought on by taking 4 steps, or simply standing up. it causes TONS of other symptoms, not to mention my other health problems prior to this diagnosis. I just dont know what to do because I have to take my meds to live, but can't afford them, and there's no way i can work right now due to my physical and mental status, even if I did work, who has over 100 thousand dollars to spend on 1 type of medicine??? If my time is limited I need to use every ounce of energy and muster up any happiness left to shed on my 2 year old and the rest of my family who are hurting. I have seen people cry (like my dad), who I have never seen cry not ONE other time in MY ENTIRE LIFE!!! I stay up at night wondering if my daughter will even remember me, and if so, hoping that I am not remembered subconsciously as a sick, weak, depressed mother who ...blah...
    I also don't know if I were to recieve it if it would be based on shitty part time jobs I had while I was in school, working to be something and working to save peoples lives, making the deans list Every quarter, and aspiring to prevent people from having to deal with health care workers that I have. Although they say there is no known cause, it is only because they can't prove that my problem is due to thyroid disease. My normal TSH(thyroid stimulating hormone) should be 5 at the highest, bloodwork was done, and 2 years later I was retested by my current physician. whoever did it the first time overlooked that my TSH was 394 instead of 5 .. A SIGNIFICANT difference, which is why I have hashimotos thyroiditis, also known simply as hypothyroidism, or a leukocyte deficiency, which is known as an auto immune disease. Auto immune diseases however have been linked to PAH as as well as simply put,,, Thyroid diseases this was uncontrolled for so long and go to such a crazy range that it could be why I am where I am now. I am stuck in all of this, and my husband is stuck having to look after me and our daughter because I can't walk 5 feet without fainting for about 3 minutes, and 4minutes and higher can cause irreversible brain damage...I'm just sooo overwhelmed, and young, and I don't know what order, or what steps for that matter to take?? If anyone could help I would really apppreciate this.

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry to hear what is going on, I have been following your situation, and I can't fathom how you are able to deal with it. Here are my suggestions.

      You have extremely serious problems that require you to have optimum mental as well as physical health. You have made a valiant effort to pull your weight and not become part of a social program, but there is no shame in needing it when you are suffering and dealing with the hand you have been dealt. These programs are for the exact reason of what you are dealing with.

      First speak with your doctor. If a medication which is considered "not medically necessary" as "Viagra" is, may well be covered if the doctor justifies why you need it. Many of them are, and once it is clarified then they will cover them. If this is not the case, and for the other horrendously expensive drugs you are needing, talk to your pharmacist. They will help you apply for discounts through the drug companies for financial help when it is so important for you to have the medication.

      Apply immediately for SDI. Then call Social Security and apply for SSDI. You definitely have the medical records proving you are not able to hold down a job. There is no shame in any of these, you paid into the system the entire time you worked, and would you not want anyone else you read about suffering from problems like yours, not receiving the benefits our tax dollars go to. I don't think you would begrudge another person, so why would you not do so yourself. If you have problems with Social Security, (you may just because of your young age), then get an attorney specializing in Social Security. They work on contingency, however because your case probably will not have much back pay, you may need to find one who will handle yours pro bono. S.S. administration or your county's health department should be able to help you locate one.

      This will give you the rest and chance you need to take care of yourself, and your family. The added stress you are under is just making everything a hundred times worse. Modern medicine is giving us miracles everyday, and I sincerely hope you are another one. The first step is getting the medication and financial help you need to deal with these things. Please remember, you paid your taxes and so does your husband. Use the programs you need to use to get well. Best of luck with everything, and please take care of yourself!~~

  43. QUESTION:
    disability/assistance/HELP?
    am a 22 yr old Female, married, 1 child who is 2. I was in pursuit of becoming a RN registered nurse. I have a few health problems, but FINALLY got accepted and now have health insurance. Because of my having health insurance, I got testing done on a few physical issues that were concerning me. I was diagnosed about 1 month ago with pulmonary hypertension by an echocardiogram, heart clots, and holes are ruled out as being a cause(with a transesophageal echocardiogram) and I am now seeing a Pulmonary Hypertension specialist, who did a right heart catheterization on me 2 days ago (which is considered the golden standard of pulmonary hypertension diagnosis,and gives a direct measurement of the actual hypertension range, instead of an estimate like the echocardiogram, and the Transesophageal echocardiogram. My diastolic measurement was 83, which in a healthy persons pulmonary artery should be about 20. I know that my heart on the right side is enlarged due to the pressure build up, I know that it is pushing on that side of my lung, and I know that my prognosis is 10 years OPTIMAL --unless there is a breakthrough in medicine for this rare disease that affects 1 : 1 million people. And for me the cause is unknown which makes my diagnosis, Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. However, during the right heart catherization I fell into the category of the few with this disease that have a good response to the medication. So because of that my prognosis could be better if I take the medications , and do all I can to improve my condition. The problem is, The medications I need to take to improve this are warfarin(a blood thinner)-very cheap, Viagra(yes,it was originally created for hypertension), but because folks have difficulty getting errections and I need this to LIVE, insurance won't cover it, and I have to pay for an 8 day supply. I also need to take a medication which I have not yet been prescribed, which will cost between 85-125 THOUSAND dollars a year, depending on the brand, and I know my Insurance company is trying to find reasons to change this... So does anyone know what I should do, or what I am entitled to? the only option I see is going on disability. Other than the money, I have horrible symptoms of fatigue, because oxygen isnt being pumped adequately to the rest of my body, which often causes me to faint as as result of not enough oxygen to my brain, which can be brought on by taking 4 steps, or simply standing up. it causes TONS of other symptoms, not to mention my other health problems prior to this diagnosis. I just dont know what to do because I have to take my meds to live, but can't afford them, and there's no way i can work right now due to my physical and mental status, even if I did work, who has over 100 thousand dollars to spend on 1 type of medicine??? If my time is limited I need to use every ounce of energy and muster up any happiness left to shed on my 2 year old and the rest of my family who are hurting. I have seen people cry (like my dad), who I have never seen cry not ONE other time in MY ENTIRE LIFE!!! I stay up at night wondering if my daughter will even remember me, and if so, hoping that I am not remembered subconsciously as a sick, weak, depressed mother who ...blah...
    I also don't know if I were to recieve it if it would be based on shitty part time jobs I had while I was in school, working to be something and working to save peoples lives, making the deans list Every quarter, and aspiring to prevent people from having to deal with health care workers that I have. Although they say there is no known cause, it is only because they can't prove that my problem is due to thyroid disease. My normal TSH(thyroid stimulating hormone) should be 5 at the highest, bloodwork was done, and 2 years later I was retested by my current physician. whoever did it the first time overlooked that my TSH was 394 instead of 5 .. A SIGNIFICANT difference, which is why I have hashimotos thyroiditis, also known simply as hypothyroidism, or a leukocyte deficiency, which is known as an auto immune disease. Auto immune diseases however have been linked to PAH as as well as simply put,,, Thyroid diseases this was uncontrolled for so long and go to such a crazy range that it could be why I am where I am now. I am stuck in all of this, and my husband is stuck having to look after me and our daughter because I can't walk 5 feet without fainting for about 3 minutes, and 4minutes and higher can cause irreversible brain damage...I'm just sooo overwhelmed, and young, and I don't know what order, or what steps for that matter to take?? If anyone could help I would really apppreciate this.

    • ANSWER:
      You haven't worked enough to receive disability from SS. In order to qualify,you have to have worked 40 quarters,which is 10 years.
      Depending on your household income,you could qualify for SSI,which is for those who are disabled but did not work enough quarters,if you are deemed disabled by the government. If you have a spouse that has a good job,your income might be over the limit as a household and you wouldn't qualify. If you do,I think the highest amount you can get is around 0.00 a month.
      Disability can sometimes take years to get. The government loves to turn people down. The average person waits around 2 years till they are approved.
      Once you are approved,you have to wait two years before health insurance,medicare,kicks in.
      If you Doctor thinks you are unable to perform any type of job due to your disability,you should file with the SS office. I would imagine your condition would qualify you for disability fairly quickly.
      Just wanted to let you know all the bad aspects of it. People assume that you can just go apply and get a check and insurance a few weeks later.
      Good luck to you and your family.

  44. QUESTION:
    Intermittent nausea/lightheadedness/weakness?
    Since January, every few months I experience about a week long bout of dizziness/nausea/lightheadedness/muscle weakness. It feels very scary to me, like I'm about to die or something, like my heart is not beating fast/hard enough or my brain is slowly dying. Kinda feels like my chest is giving out or giving up and I'm going to faint, but I never do. It happens when I'm sitting at the computer, or especially while I'm eating or very shortly after eating.
    Background : had a Paragard copper IUD inserted 1.5 years ago. Starting one month after the insertion, TERRIBLE right side pelvic pain that lasts like 2-3 days and comes and goes every other month or so...doesn't tend to go hand in hand with my dizzy spells. This pain has been happening since the insertion
    Last blood work done at time of insertion showed TSH at 3.59. Doctor said it's normal...hypothyroid runs in my family and the doctor said my thyroid is definitely enlarged. In fact, I can even see it in pictures of myself! So how is this normal? Some sites I look at, looks like I have symptoms of Hashimoto's...but hyper symptoms, not so much hypo...does Hashi's swing back and forth?
    I have intermittent difficulty swallowing. No pain...just difficult to swallow. Very intermittent.
    I have terrible allergies. I haven't matched it up previously, but this last week I experienced this bout of nausea and weakness (like blood is leaving my arms and I can't grip a pencil) and the lightheadedness ... I was also feeling fluid in my ears! My ears were popping and crackling when I swallowed or blew my nose and when I would lay down at night, I would feel liquid drain in my ears and sinuses drain down my throat even though I didn't have a runny nose that day.
    Going through my date book from when I started writing down symptoms...it sorta seems these weeks are lining up around ovulation or right at the end of my periods but I don't know. I don't know if I'm anemic, but I took a gold ring and was able to draw dark gray lines all over my body with it...read somewhere that that might signal anemia but I don't know.
    So does anyone know if Hashimoto's/Anemia/Hormonal Issues can cause these random weeks every few months where I feel like I'm dying? I just can't think that it would be something so simple, knowing how bad I feel you know? Like it's gotta be cancer or something much worse and that's why I feel so bad.
    These terrible terrible right side pains (also I should mention every so often since I've had this inserted I've also had random shooting/stabbing rectal pain too) ... what does this sound like? Endo? Cysts? Could any of those female type issues cause these terrible nausea/lightheadedness spells? My periods are heavy as heck and I usually have spotting 5 days before them and they last long.
    Thanks for any insight, it'll be a couple months before I can get into the doctor and I just wanna know which things I should really press for answers on...like thyroid or possible female issues.

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    HELP! HEALTH ONLINE!?
    Choose the best answer for each question.

    1. Which of the following helps to boost the function of the immune system by encouraging the formation of antibodies for protection?
    hormones
    vaccines
    antibiotics
    diuretics

    2. Caffeine is naturally found in which of the following substances?
    soda pop
    fruit juices
    medications
    coffee

    3. Caffeine addiction is caused by continuous ingestion of at least which of the following amounts?
    20 milligrams per day
    100 milligrams per day
    200 milligrams per day
    1,000 milligrams per day

    4. What would be a good use of an analgesic?
    reduce pain
    replace the body's needed thyroid chemicals
    destroy bacterial infections in the throat
    promote sleep

    5. Which of the following may be a desirable effect of caffeine?
    mental arousal
    reduced stress and anxiety
    increased fatigue
    better digestive organ function

    6. Which of the following should you NOT consult to find out the best and current information on drugs?
    government websites
    the local pharmacist who fills your prescriptions
    the physician who is treating your symptoms and disease processes.
    the good friend who believes only in alternative medicine.

    7. Which fairly tasteless and odorless drug causes sleepiness, sedation, and the inability to remember events that occurred when one was under the influence of the drug?
    methamphetamine
    LSD
    rohypnol
    ether

    8. Which of the following is not an effect of fetal alcohol syndrome?
    heart defects
    low birth weight and length
    larger head size
    mental retardation

    9. Which of the following statements about FAS is not correct?
    FAS is not preventable.
    FAS is caused by mothers who drink alcohol while being pregnant.
    Babies born with FAS often suffer heart defects or delayed growth.
    Babies born with FAS often suffer from mental retardation and malformed faces.

    10. Which of the following most commonly used drugs is involved in half of all car crashes?
    heroin
    marijuana
    alcohol
    cocaine

    11. How is alcohol classified?
    a depressant
    a stimulant
    an opiate
    a narcotic

    12. Which of the following is an example of proper drug or medication use?
    taking more medication than prescribed
    taking over-the-counter drugs for a cold
    taking drugs at the wrong time of day
    stopping a prescribed medication too soon

    13. Which childhood disorder is most closely linked to environmental tobacco smoke?
    emphysema
    asthma
    heart attacks
    lung cancer

    14. Which of the following is a result of smoking during pregnancy?
    high infant birth weight
    enlarged head size
    decreased risk of infection
    increased risk of miscarriage

    15. What is the correct term that describes the use of inhalants as a drug in which the person's body slows down and causes the person to lose control of their behavior and emotions?
    injecting
    snorting
    huffing
    licking

    16. Which of the following terms describes what happens when a drug decreases the effect of another drug?
    antagonistic reaction
    synergistic reaction
    intravenous reaction
    hallucinogenic reaction

    17. Which of the following is a common sign of drug abuse?
    gettting good grades in school
    developing friendships that encourage healthy behavior
    good decision-making skills
    unexplained changes in behavior

    18. What is the name for stimulants that are made from everyday products and can keep a person awake for long periods of time, resulting in a lack of interest in usual activities, as well as a loss of appetite and a change in personality?
    methamphetamines
    cocaine
    heroin
    marijuana

    19. Which of the following is NOT a good strategy for preventing drug use and abuse?
    Form clear goals of what you would like to accomplish in the future.
    Take time to study the side effects of drugs on the body.
    Hang out with friends who are known to use drugs.
    Learn refusal skills and the ability to say no when feeling pressured.

    20. You are driving and notice the person ahead of you is weaving and swerving and straddling the lane marker. Such behavior indicates that the driver may be under the influence of which of the following drugs?
    alcohol
    analgesics
    antibiotics
    antiarrhythmics

    21. Which of the following describes organic compounds that can help the body to function better to make energy, produce blood ce

    • ANSWER:
      Homework problems? Look up the answers in your textbook or on line. It is not very good for your education to ask us to do your homework.

      New Year's resolution: Do my own homework!

  46. QUESTION:
    swollen lymph node in neck?
    I am very concerned about my health right now, I usually don't get sick, but lately I have been getting some kind of enlarged something on my neck, that feel tender and painful. sometimes I have it on the left or right side of my throat just above the clavicle and usually disappears in 24 hrs, then my neck gets swollen again after a couple of weeks and so on. The thing is that along with the swelling i feel tired, i have muscle pain usually on upper back, back of my neck, shoulders, and hands, that also disappears with the swelling, I don't get any cold or flu symptoms or fever which can be sign of infection. I have read that several condition can cause swollen lymph node, including cancer, infections, HIV. but maybe I have a thyroid problem, i don't know, but then my Dr. just checked my thyroid hormone through blood and it came within normal limits. Maybe it has something to do with infertility, since I have been trying to conceive for more than a year and I had a miscarriage on august of last year. Anyways do any of you have a clue about this?

    • ANSWER:
      this actually happens to me a lot. usually the lymph nodes in my neck get swollen when my allergies are severely irritated. i live in a city with high cedar count so whenever i leave for a few days and come back, this happens while my body re-adjusts to the cedar again. this also happens to me whenever i'm getting sick, which is then accompanied by back and neck pain, as well as fatigue. you seem to be describing the latter case, so maybe you're coming down with the flu or something. try drinking lots of OJ, resting and doing what you'd normally do when fighting the flu. if the lymph nodes are still swollen after a few days then it may be something more serious.

  47. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a vet to miss an undescended testicle when neutering a male dog?
    I know it sounds crazy but my dog is 11 and seems to have all of the symptoms of testicular cancer, although he was neutered as a puppy. He has enlarged mammary glands (everyone always thinks he is a female who just had puppies) a pendulous stomach and one vet even did a test on him and said he had a large amount of estrogen in him. He also has thyroid problems (is on soloxin), skin allergies, a crusty nose and just had a tumor removed on his leg. Poor thing. The vets don't seem to ever know what is wrong with him. So, is there any chance he can still have an undescended testicle inside of him that is causing at least some of his problems?
    What I meant was, maybe he didn't miss getting both of them, he just didn't tell us he didn't get both of them, and yes, those are the symptoms of testicular cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      I suppose it is possible, but unlikely. Anybody can make mistakes, we are only human, after all. I highly doubt he has an undescended testicle.

      Poor guy, he is going through a lot. Neutering a dog does not guarantee against cancers, it just reduces the probability by a lot.

      Good luck.

  48. QUESTION:
    Can anyone help me with a medical diagnoses? please!!!!?
    So right now I am in a wheelchair and the only thing the doctors have figured out is that my spinal cord is enlarged, not inflamed. So right now i am a paraplegic. The doctors thought that this could be caused by many things so they did a spinal tap, which showed nothing, a plasmapheresis, which did nothing, i had a ton of blood taken, lots of MRIs, and yet they still dont know what is wrong. So here are my symptoms: paraplegia, of course. I have also have decreased sensation starting from around T8 and down and i also have impaired motor function as well. I did not experience any sort of trauma to my back nor was I ever sick before this incident. What happen was my legs just started feeling weak and numb then over a period of a few months they got much worse until i could no longer walk. As of right now the only thing i can voluntarily move from T8 and down are my toes and some of the foot. The only thing the doctors think it could be is transveres myelitis or a spinal tumor but they still doubt it could be those things. And they have pretty much ruled out viral/bacterial, MS, and a thyroid abnormality. If you know someone that can help or if you can help please let me know. anything will help! thanks! and if you have more questions just ask me

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    IM EFFING SCARED!! Can Anemia cause petechiae?!?!?!?
    Hey,

    I'm a 20 year old female and I honestly believe that I have some form of Leukemia... and I also believe that I am slowly, but surely, dying from this disease. Here are a few of my main concerns/symptoms and the reasons behind why I so strongly think this and in my head... know this:

    - I have been bruising a lot more than normal for the past couple of months. I constantly have bruises and they are mainly on my lower parts - as in, my legs, etc.
    - My body, also for the past couple of months, has been cramping and aching in random spots... from my feet, legs, back, shoulders, etc.
    - This I noticed yesterday, but I found more today - petechiae, forgive the spelling. I have at least, well... around 7 of them (that I know of.)
    - I seem some-what weaker than normal and kinda' off, like... fatigued. I look a little pale and I have these dark circles underneath my eyes. Oh, and yes, this all started around a couple of months ago.
    - My periods have been a little off for a few-ish months, but... to be honest... I'm not too concerned about it.
    - Once again, for the past couple of months, I sometimes get small and short headaches after I stretch, get up to fast, or go to the restroom.
    - For years and year I've had an enlarged lymph-node right behind my ear (not on my ear and kinda' right on the hair line.) I also, have a thyroid nodule, which I've had for a few years... if not more.
    - Around a month and a half ago, I got some tests done - blood tests: CBC, thyroid levels and some others, like iron. Results for the blood tests came back normal. I had an EKG and a pap-smear done and yup, all normal. The only thing that came back abnormal was my UA, which has quite a bit of protein it (around 100, or over in the trace amount.) No, I'm not pregnant... just to get that out there, but I did have a possible early miscarriage.
    - Random, but my Mom is anemic.
    - I suffer from sever depression, anxiey and other mental issues and that's also, another long story.

    So, that's about it, really. There may be more, but those are the most important symptoms and what-not. I want everyone to know that I am making an appointment at a local doctors' office in my town and I don't have medical insurence; I would rather not get in to that because it's a long story all on its own.

    Thank you and I appreciate your advise.
    P.S. I don't trust those CBC results because of my current symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      There are a number of causes of Petechiae in adults of which Leukemia is only one.
      The Mayo Clinic lists these possible causes:Certain medications, Hemolytic uremic syndrome, Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, Luekemia, Lupus, Measles, Mononucleosis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
      The symptoms of Mono seem to align best with your symptoms. Visit the Mayo Clinic website at
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mononucleosis/DS00352/DSECTION=symptoms
      to compare your symptoms

      If you are still concerned about your platelet levels, visit this website
      http://bit.ly/h24UNP
      to learn about natural remedies for low platelet levels that don't require visiting a doctor.

  50. QUESTION:
    What is the cause of foot,hand swelling and joint pain if all arthritis is ruled out?
    I`m a 34 year old that woke up one morning to swollen hands,feet along with pain in arms, shoulders, knee`s. Couldn`t make a fist with hands. My condition has worsened with prolonged pain in joints during the day, very uncomfortable sleeps (waking up to numbness pain and tingling of the arm, shoulder). I have been like this for a month and have been to the doctor to rule out liver kidney heart problems. Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus,thyroid, pv have been negative as well. The only thing that stands out irregularly on tests are my enlarged red blood cells. Doctors still haven`t diagnosed me and conditions are worsening with debilitating pain when I walk or try lifting anything light above my shoulders. My finger grip is painful even when I try lifting a pillow or trying to pull bed sheets over to my side at night. I`ve been talking about this to family and friends but trying to hide how much pain I`m really in. Sometimes I can`t even lye down beside my husband because I usually annoy him with constant turning positions as I can`t get comfortable at all when lying down, it`s so painful in shoulders, neck and arms resulting in numbness. I was prescribed teva-neproxin for pain and swelling ( a potent non-steroid drug to especially reduce swelling) this had absolutely no effect on me whatsoever. If anyone out there who might have some background on these symptoms could help...maybe direct me in the right step of where to go to get a diagnosis, or give me some idea`s as to what this may be I could share them with my doctor. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      One question is how much exercise do you get? If you don't get much or none your body is building up waste materials inside because it takes the exercise to move it on out of your body. Drinking lots of water is best as well, and cutting way, way back on any sugar intake. If these things are under control you then have to look at some of the joints and pains you are having.
      You can have tight muscles in your back helping this to become a problem. Here is how to release that and do the neck as well:
      Neck
      Invert your hands and put them next to your head placing your thumbs in under your ears and you lower your head until your neck is fully extended, release the pressure but hold your head there for another 30 seconds.
      With your neck in the bent position, replace your thumbs in under the ears and your fingers behind your neck but right next to your skull this time. Press your fingers and thumbs together again and hold. Relax your body while waiting. When the muscles have all released, slowly lift your head until it’s level again, release the pressure but hold your head like that for another 30 seconds.
      Back:
      (do from a sitting position)
      Place your left hand on your left leg next to your body. Place your right hand over your left shoulder and find the muscles next to your spine and press on them and hold. After 30 seconds slowly lower your body forward and to the outside of your left leg, keeping your left arm fairly straight as you do. When you reach your lap remain there for another 10 seconds, release the pressure but rest there for another 30 seconds. Then reverse your hand positions and do your right side.
      Go through them once and see if you feel any difference. Then you said hands so you should do the wrists and that goes like this:
      Wrist:
      With hand resting in front of you and your wrist bent half way closed, press down hard slightly behind the wrist and hold that pressure. After 30 seconds slowly open your wrist up as far as you can, release the pressure but hold your wrist open for another 30 seconds.
      Try releasing your arms by pressing into the middle of the arm and holding pressure there for 30 seconds, then straighten your arm out, release the pressure but hold it straight for another 30 seconds.
      Then with your arm resting in your lap press into the bicep and hold the pressure there for 30 seconds. Then slowly straighten the arm out so the muscle is stretched, release the pressure and hold the arm stretched for another 30 seconds.
      for your legs, while sitting, wrap both hands around the muscle just behind the knee and squeeze and hold. Bigger muscle longer time. Also while holding the pressure, relax your body and try holding tension in your hands because of your grip. After one minute, slowly slide your foot forward until extended, release the pressure but continue to hold extended for another 30 seconds.
      For your lower leg, put it in your lap and wrap both hands around it about mid way , so you are kind of on the bottom of the muscle. Squeeze tight and hold. Relax again. after 45 seconds slowly raise your toes up as far as they will go, release the pressure but hold the toes up for another 30 seconds.
      See where this gets you and what pains you may have left. Let me know about them, if any, and I will try to help with them as well.


Enlarged Thyroid Symptoms During Pregnancy

You may have heard of a condition known as an enlarged thyroid. In fact, you may suspect that you or someone you know has this condition. This article explores the nature of this organ, the causes of an enlarged thyroid, and 3 frequency-asked questions about this condition.

What Your Thyroid Does for Your Body

Your thyroid is part of your body's endocrine system, a network of glands that release important hormones for the regulation of normal bodily functions. It is a small organ less than an ounce in weight (under normal conditions) and divided into two halves or lobes. The lobes are joined by a band of tissue called an isthmus.

The thyroid's job is to convert iodine into thyroid hormones, known as T3 and T4. These hormones control metabolism, the conversion of oxygen and calories into energy. Every cell in the body is dependent upon the thyroid hormone for its normal functioning.

This organ's function is activated by the pituitary gland, found at the base of the brain. When the body's thyroid hormone gets too low, the pituitary gland releases TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) to tell the thyroid to produce more T3 and T4.

Causes of an Enlarged Thyroid: 3 FAQs

Some people develop an enlarged thyroid gland, a condition also known as goiter. When it becomes enlarged, the thyroid can be seen from the outside as a mass inside the neck.

In some cases, goiter results in the overproduction of thyroid hormone and/or becomes malignant. In other cases (non-toxic goiter), the thyroid becomes enlarged but there is no over-production of the hormone.

Here are 3 frequently-asked questions about the causes of this condition:

1. What causes an enlarged thyroid? There are a number of possible causes of goiter, or enlarged thyroid. Only your doctor can tell you for sure what is causing your condition.

2. Can a diet deficient in iodine cause enlarged thyroid? Technically, someone who does not eat enough iodine in their diet can experience an enlarged thyroid. However, given that iodine is found in abundance in many common foods, this is usually not the cause of goiter.

3. What else can cause an enlarged thyroid? The more common cause is a defect in the synthesis of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) that is released by the pituitary gland in the brain.

Treatment Options

If your thyroid problem is small or moderate-sized, it can be treated with thyroid hormone. This is taken as a pill. This is an effect treatment because the thyroid hormone supplied in the pill causes the pituitary to make less TSH, which will result in the stabilization of the thyroid gland. While this will not decrease the size of the thyroid, it will stop it from growing.

More commonly, a doctor will recommend the removal of the parts of the thyroid that are causing compression in other parts of the neck, such as the trachea or esophagus. Compression can lead to frequent coughing, a change in the voice, or nighttime choking.

If the goiter is determined to be malignant, it will almost certainly be recommended for removal via surgery. Fortunately, less than 5% of enlarged thyroids are malignant.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    pregnancy symptoms, negative tests ... Please help i need a lot of answers!?
    Okay this is going to be a long one but please if you could take your time to read it i would really appreciate it...

    Okay so my fiance and i have been together for 3 years. I haven't been on birth control for around about 2 years and when i was on it, it wasn't for a long time only a few months. I am 19 and my partners 21.We always used protection such as condoms, On may 16th was the last time i got my normal period. We had sex in my unprotected a few times. I started getting what i thought was a few symptoms such as : Nausea,I had a really high temp of 39.2 and flu symptoms that only lasted one day, headaches,extreme fatigue,sore breasts,etc. I also just "felt" pregnant. I was meant to get my period on the 11th june but instead it was a day late and was just spotting only when i wiped and no period pains at all only a few here and there but nothing like my normal heavy/painful period. I thought that might have been implantation bleeding but when i got negative blood and urine tests i just put it down to a short period. I thought i would just wait and see what happens with my next period-i assumed i wasn't pregnant, but just couldn't shake feeling like i was pregnant. I had a few scares before but nothing like this. we still had unprotected sex during June because we thought well if im not pregnant we are ready for a child either way! both financially and mentally. Through the month of june i started getting blue veins,still sore breasts and enlarged! morning sickness comes and goes. I thought maybe i was just expecting my period.

    So on the 8th july i was expecting my period and it never came. Its 5 days late... on the 6th july(2 days before my period) i started getting what i thought was asthma and turns out to be heartburn and a lot of cervical mucus (which is unusual cause usually im really dry before my period) Only way i can explain it is, it was like nasal mucus- I thought nothing of it but come the day of my period i thought i got it and went to check was just more mucus i just kept feeling wet and everytime i wiped it was there this lasted up until yesterday and the cramps stopped yesterday (12th june) and now i still have no signs of my period. its so confusing but the doctor thinks i'm not pregnant. But he said it could be to early. I figured by my records that i ovulated on the half way through the day on the 26th than finished half way through the day on the 27th (is this normal????)
    This was going off the egg white discharge(fertile) on the 27th i got the white stain in my underwear-what does that mean???

    These are the dates that i tested-
    14th June- doctors urine test(was still spotting)
    17th june-hpt
    20th june-got blood test was negative doc said may be to early
    5th july- negative test (so i pretty much new i wasn't pregnant from this month)
    6th july-got blood test im pretty sure it said 5hcg the doctor didn't tell me just said was neg
    8th july- period due, neg test
    10th july- negative test (today would have been 2 weeks after ovulation IF i conceived on the 26th

    all these tests were done with early morning urine and im going to test again in a few days. But is it possible i could be pregnant from may and not show on the tests??? or do you think its more likely to be pregnant from June?????? i ovulated later in the month and only have a 26 day cycle its really confusing and my doctor wouldn't talk to me about any of this. I had all my levels checked like thyroids,iron,etc and i have no stds. I don't have pcos or ovarian cysts. i am not "hoping" to be pregnant meaning im not thinking about it a lot but i would not mind at all if i was pregnant !!!! Im not stressing and haven't lost weight or gained it nothings new and i have asked my doctor all the reasons what could be going on. He said next step is an ultra sound but if i was pregnant now i should wait til i would be around 8 weeks for an ultra sound and by than im hoping a test would show and if im not pregnant than see whats going on

    I have been having my period for 7 years now and never been late always on time and i get a feeling when im getting my period i'm pretty in touch with my body.

    Im sorry this is so long but i really need help im going insane!! I just want to know whats going on :( has anyone at all had similar problems like this?

    • ANSWER:
      The only thing that I can tell you is to wait a couple days or a week and test again. I would think that if you did get pregnant than it would be from june. Good luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    Pregnant? Not a period then? Thyroid problem messing with my hormones! Rude doctor! Help? PERSONAL EXPERIENCE?
    My husband is deployed and I am alone. I have tricare prime so insurance isn't an issue.
    I've been positive I have endemetriosis for a long time now. I've also been trying to get pregnant but I'm not obsessed with becoming pregnant. I also have an (so far) unidentified thyroid problem. It all ties together in my mind.

    I went to my pcm last thursday with a friend. The doctor and the nurse were very rude. They overstepped some boundries and we were very offended. I guess I'm not very good at sticking up for myself when it comes to telling the doctors what I want and need because I feel like she walked all over me. And that was the first day she met me. 30 seconds into it we were talking about how I wanted to find out about the endometriosis because of extreme pain during my periods. She wouldn't do anything for me about it. She said it didn't matter because since we haven't been married long enough, no fertility specialists would do anything for me anyway. (But I know the longer you have it the more damage it does.) The nurse told my friend and I that we shouldn't have children yet anyway because everybody likes each other for the first two years when they get married and if we have children before that, our husbands will leave us "and you never know if they'll actually pay child support." We were extremely offended by these comments. She has never met our husbands and had just met us! My friend is already pregnant and now she's paranoid about her husband leaving her.
    Also, I told her that doctors in the state that Im from said my thyroid was very enlarged but nothing ever happened with it. My pcm agreed and they took my blood to run tests. They were also going to schedule an ultrasound on my neck to see whats up. But I have yet to hear anything. She said that my thyroid is first priority and that maybe after all of that is taken care of she'll schedule a pap for me. (Because I have never had a check up or a pap)
    Here's where pregnancy and what I think are my periods tie into it. My cycle is about 37 days and the past few months I've had really really light bleeding somtimes just spotting between periods. Lasting no more than a day, maybe two. And also the past few months, what I would think are my periods have also been extremely low maintenance. All I've needed is a little toilet paper in my underwear. They usually last the usual amount of days. 4 or so. (I say "what I think are periods because the bleeding you can have during pregnancy isnt actually a period, it just simulates one) They wrote me off as having irregular periods, but I can feel the difference.
    Very increasingly lately though, I've been feeling these weird feelings in my belly. Usually lower abdomen and sometimes to one side of lower abdomen. Sometimes along or below my belly button. Its not a rumble. Its not gas bubbles. But I can't put my finger on it exactly. Its kind of feels like... small tiny thumps? What I would guess first little kicks would feel like? I considered the show "I didn't know I was pregnant" and I am a pretty petite girl. Thin/normal. I've been bloated for a long time now and now I'm wondering if I could actually be pregnant. Of course there have been other symptoms, and pregnancy tests (last one 3 weeks ago), but because of my thyroid issues (which control your hormones) I'm not relying on other symptoms. Also because of my negative tests, which I thought could also be explained by my thyroid problem. I don't think the test would show up positive if I was pregnant because of it.
    I don't trust my doctor nor do I really like her.
    I will probably transfer different doctors and hospitals. But I would REALLY appreciate similar experiences! Definitely. If you can give me some advice and share your personal experiences with any or all of these problems, that would be amazing. I would love to know I'm not crazy and I'm not the only one with this going on. Any incite at all would be great.
    Please and Thank you soo much.
    My symptoms are consistent with hyperparathyroidism.
    I don't think its gas(and Im not saying it isss kicks,[its possible if I am its from November, so if they were little kicks, that would be an accurate time frame]) but thank you so much :)
    Thank you so much Minnesota! I am so glad you posted. I don't know if I'm just looking for hope or what, but I'm glad you have a similar experience. And oh my gosh! Your doctor was awful! I want to think I would get an attitude back at her, but considering I didn't at my own doc, Idk if I would. I am just so tired of having to defend myself and my actions. I wasn't prepared to try to my doctor. I just don't feel its their job to give me their opinions on when I should have kids. You know? Thats not what you are getting paid for. Don't deny me what tests I want because you don't support me in my decision to start a family. Thank you so much :) )
    And I'm so sorry about your miscarriage. I would probably think it was something she did too. :(

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 14 weeks pregnant right now and the weird feelings in your lower belly sound just like what I've been feeling. And every body's bodies are different so sometimes tests are negative when they should be positive! You really need a different Dr! Most doctors would have looked into your problems more. I can't stand doctors like that. I had a similar experience with a rude doctor (not the same medical problems, but the rudeness). I got pregnant at 19. The first thing she asked me was if I was married. I said no but that it shouldn't matter to her since she was a Dr and not a pastor. After that I thought that would be the end of it. About 10 minutes later she asked me how long me and my bf were together, I said 3 years, and her response was "well at least you have that". I was so pissed off but I didn't want to re-schedule another appointment with a different Dr because I was already there. So I ignored it and let her do the rest of my appointment. She insisted on doing a PAP which she did extremely rough (the most painful one I've ever had). Right after I started spotting, and miscarried later that night. I talked to my normal doctor about it and he said that its safe to get a PAP while pregnant, but I still to this day think she did something to make me miscarry. I am now pregnant again (22 now) and I LOVE my doctor! Keep searching for one! You'll find one you like :) But if you get a bad vibe from a doctor don't trust them! Some of them seem to have their own agendas.

  3. QUESTION:
    What could this be? (thyroid related)?
    Ok, so all summer I have been feeling really tired, fatigued, just crappy in general. My brain has been in this mental fog (meaning it's hard for me to concentrate) This has taken its toll on me. I have had major mood swings (not period related because they checked that out and I never get like that anyway). It's like I'm Bi-polar but I know I'm not. I have also been experiencing weight loss. I went from 130 pounds to 124.

    In addition to the symptoms above, my thyroid is enlarged. It has gotten bigger since June and is now visible and is causing discomfort in my neck. Even wearing my seat belt is uncomfortable. The doctors tested me for hypo/hyperthyroidism, pregnancy, mono, diabetes and they all came back normal. My thyrogolobulin levels are off. They found several nodules on my thyroid during an ultrasound. I have an appt with and Endocrinologist on the 14th but I just want some suggestions of what could be wrong with me.

    It's just so weird. The whole thing. I have symptoms of being hypo AND hyperthyroidism. But they both came back fine. What gives? :(

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid nodules are very common...I have them myself. Usually they are not considered a problem unless you have just one, which is more likely to be cancerous. Even then, thyroid cancer is usually easily cured. Your symptoms may be caused by many things, including depression, or even worry about your condition. There are many things that can go wrong with the thyroid; I think you need to wait for your appt. with the endocrinologist for a definitive diagnosis. In the meantime, try to stop worrying. Most thyroid conditions can be successfully treated.

  4. QUESTION:
    Hashimoto's disease but only hyperthyroid?
    Over the past 3 years, I've had hyperthyroidism. My tests have always shown mild to moderate overactivity, only one of those has been done when I wasn't pregnant. However, my doctor says I have Hashimoto's. This doesn't make sense to me, shouldn't I have come up hypothyroid at some point in my life (my levels were always fine until after I first got pregnant, about 9 months after I miscarried my tests showed a hyperactive thyroid).
    I do show all the symptoms of Hashimoto's, but I don't remember my doctor ever testing me for the antibodies, etc. He just told me I have an abnormal protein in my blood that attacks my thyroid. He thinks it runs in my family and usually causes hypothyroid, but for some reason it does the opposite in me. I have no symptoms of Graves. My thyroid was slightly enlarged 3 years ago when I first got tested, but became normal quickly and has never been enlarged since. Thyroid uptake scans and ultrasounds have all been normal.
    Does this really sound like Hashimoto's? Granted, due to job changes (and therefore, waiting for insurance to kick in at new jobs), I haven't been able to get tested properly. I am pregnant again, (3rd pregnancy, 1 birth), and during my last one, my levels went to normal in the third trimester and stayed that way for at least a month after the birth. My baby never had any issues with her levels.

    Should I switch doctors?

    • ANSWER:
      Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (enlarged thyroid) can cause bouts of hyperthyroidism. The Hashimoto's causes the thyroid to attack itself, it can then cause the thyroid to over work itself, which causes the occasional hyperthyroid symptoms. It swings back and forth between hyper and hypo, eventually causing permanent hypothyroidism. It's probably a good idea to see an endocrinologist (if you don't already) since they can tell you what is the best treatment.

  5. QUESTION:
    Caffeine is naturally found in which of the following substances?
    1. Which of the following helps to boost the function of the immune system by encouraging the formation of antibodies for protection?
    hormones
    vaccines
    antibiotics
    diuretics

    2. Caffeine is naturally found in which of the following substances?
    soda pop
    fruit juices
    medications
    coffee

    3. Caffeine addiction is caused by continuous ingestion of at least which of the following amounts?
    20 milligrams per day
    100 milligrams per day
    200 milligrams per day
    1,000 milligrams per day

    4. What would be a good use of an analgesic?
    reduce pain
    replace the body's needed thyroid chemicals
    destroy bacterial infections in the throat
    promote sleep

    5. Which of the following may be a desirable effect of caffeine?
    mental arousal
    reduced stress and anxiety
    increased fatigue
    better digestive organ function

    6. Which of the following should you NOT consult to find out the best and current information on drugs?
    government websites
    the local pharmacist who fills your prescriptions
    the physician who is treating your symptoms and disease processes.
    the good friend who believes only in alternative medicine.

    7. Which fairly tasteless and odorless drug causes sleepiness, sedation, and the inability to remember events that occurred when one was under the influence of the drug?
    methamphetamine
    LSD
    rohypnol
    ether

    8. Which of the following is not an effect of fetal alcohol syndrome?
    heart defects
    low birth weight and length
    larger head size
    mental retardation

    9. Which of the following statements about FAS is not correct?
    FAS is not preventable.
    FAS is caused by mothers who drink alcohol while being pregnant.
    Babies born with FAS often suffer heart defects or delayed growth.
    Babies born with FAS often suffer from mental retardation and malformed faces.

    10. Which of the following most commonly used drugs is involved in half of all car crashes?
    heroin
    marijuana
    alcohol
    cocaine

    11. How is alcohol classified?
    a depressant
    a stimulant
    an opiate
    a narcotic

    12. Which of the following is an example of proper drug or medication use?
    taking more medication than prescribed
    taking over-the-counter drugs for a cold
    taking drugs at the wrong time of day
    stopping a prescribed medication too soon

    13. Which childhood disorder is most closely linked to environmental tobacco smoke?
    emphysema
    asthma
    heart attacks
    lung cancer

    14. Which of the following is a result of smoking during pregnancy?
    high infant birth weight
    enlarged head size
    decreased risk of infection
    increased risk of miscarriage

    15. What is the correct term that describes the use of inhalants as a drug in which the person's body slows down and causes the person to lose control of their behavior and emotions?
    injecting
    snorting
    huffing
    licking

    16. Which of the following terms describes what happens when a drug decreases the effect of another drug?
    antagonistic reaction
    synergistic reaction
    intravenous reaction
    hallucinogenic reaction

    17. Which of the following is a common sign of drug abuse?
    gettting good grades in school
    developing friendships that encourage healthy behavior
    good decision-making skills
    unexplained changes in behavior

    18. What is the name for stimulants that are made from everyday products and can keep a person awake for long periods of time, resulting in a lack of interest in usual activities, as well as a loss of appetite and a change in personality?
    methamphetamines
    cocaine
    heroin
    marijuana

    19. Which of the following is NOT a good strategy for preventing drug use and abuse?
    Form clear goals of what you would like to accomplish in the future.
    Take time to study the side effects of drugs on the body.
    Hang out with friends who are known to use drugs.
    Learn refusal skills and the ability to say no when feeling pressured.

    20. You are driving and notice the person ahead of you is weaving and swerving and straddling the lane marker. Such behavior indicates that the driver may be under the influence of which of the following drugs?
    alcohol
    analgesics
    antibiotics
    antiarrhythmics

    21. Which of the following describes organic compounds that can help the body to function better to make energy, produce blood cells, and reduce the risk of birth defects suc

    • ANSWER:
      cdcaadccacbbbdcadaca

  6. QUESTION:
    Newly diagnosed hashimotos disease?
    I found out in January that I had hypothyroidism during my first month of pregnancy. I was put on .25 synthyroid and towards the end of the pregnancy doubled to .50 because the .25 couldn't keep up. Now three months post-partum, I am going back and forth between hypo and hyper. My neck is very thick around the base, dr thinks my thyroid is enlarged, and now my body temp stays around a constant 96-97 degrees. I have an ultrasound on Wednesday to check things out. My throat is also tender to the touch and a constant tight sensation. I'm so freaked about thyroid cancer or something. Are they common symptoms of hasimoto's or thyroiditis?

    • ANSWER:
      I had the exact same thing happen. I had Hashimotos, then after my pregnancy I went hyper and grew a goiter (enlarged thyroid) I had ultrasounds and then biopsies done with healthy outcomes. When my body calmed down with the hormone plunge and I started to feel better, about three months later, my levels were all fine. I am at 150mg of synthyroid though. I did go through hyper and hypo flip again with my next pregnancy, but did not go in, just waited it out and it did go away after 2 1/2 months. Not saying to skip your appointment, just that mine has a pattern of going crazy after giving birth. Good luck and congrats on your new baby!

  7. QUESTION:
    HELP! HEALTH ONLINE!?
    Choose the best answer for each question.

    1. Which of the following helps to boost the function of the immune system by encouraging the formation of antibodies for protection?
    hormones
    vaccines
    antibiotics
    diuretics

    2. Caffeine is naturally found in which of the following substances?
    soda pop
    fruit juices
    medications
    coffee

    3. Caffeine addiction is caused by continuous ingestion of at least which of the following amounts?
    20 milligrams per day
    100 milligrams per day
    200 milligrams per day
    1,000 milligrams per day

    4. What would be a good use of an analgesic?
    reduce pain
    replace the body's needed thyroid chemicals
    destroy bacterial infections in the throat
    promote sleep

    5. Which of the following may be a desirable effect of caffeine?
    mental arousal
    reduced stress and anxiety
    increased fatigue
    better digestive organ function

    6. Which of the following should you NOT consult to find out the best and current information on drugs?
    government websites
    the local pharmacist who fills your prescriptions
    the physician who is treating your symptoms and disease processes.
    the good friend who believes only in alternative medicine.

    7. Which fairly tasteless and odorless drug causes sleepiness, sedation, and the inability to remember events that occurred when one was under the influence of the drug?
    methamphetamine
    LSD
    rohypnol
    ether

    8. Which of the following is not an effect of fetal alcohol syndrome?
    heart defects
    low birth weight and length
    larger head size
    mental retardation

    9. Which of the following statements about FAS is not correct?
    FAS is not preventable.
    FAS is caused by mothers who drink alcohol while being pregnant.
    Babies born with FAS often suffer heart defects or delayed growth.
    Babies born with FAS often suffer from mental retardation and malformed faces.

    10. Which of the following most commonly used drugs is involved in half of all car crashes?
    heroin
    marijuana
    alcohol
    cocaine

    11. How is alcohol classified?
    a depressant
    a stimulant
    an opiate
    a narcotic

    12. Which of the following is an example of proper drug or medication use?
    taking more medication than prescribed
    taking over-the-counter drugs for a cold
    taking drugs at the wrong time of day
    stopping a prescribed medication too soon

    13. Which childhood disorder is most closely linked to environmental tobacco smoke?
    emphysema
    asthma
    heart attacks
    lung cancer

    14. Which of the following is a result of smoking during pregnancy?
    high infant birth weight
    enlarged head size
    decreased risk of infection
    increased risk of miscarriage

    15. What is the correct term that describes the use of inhalants as a drug in which the person's body slows down and causes the person to lose control of their behavior and emotions?
    injecting
    snorting
    huffing
    licking

    16. Which of the following terms describes what happens when a drug decreases the effect of another drug?
    antagonistic reaction
    synergistic reaction
    intravenous reaction
    hallucinogenic reaction

    17. Which of the following is a common sign of drug abuse?
    gettting good grades in school
    developing friendships that encourage healthy behavior
    good decision-making skills
    unexplained changes in behavior

    18. What is the name for stimulants that are made from everyday products and can keep a person awake for long periods of time, resulting in a lack of interest in usual activities, as well as a loss of appetite and a change in personality?
    methamphetamines
    cocaine
    heroin
    marijuana

    19. Which of the following is NOT a good strategy for preventing drug use and abuse?
    Form clear goals of what you would like to accomplish in the future.
    Take time to study the side effects of drugs on the body.
    Hang out with friends who are known to use drugs.
    Learn refusal skills and the ability to say no when feeling pressured.

    20. You are driving and notice the person ahead of you is weaving and swerving and straddling the lane marker. Such behavior indicates that the driver may be under the influence of which of the following drugs?
    alcohol
    analgesics
    antibiotics
    antiarrhythmics

    21. Which of the following describes organic compounds that can help the body to function better to make energy, produce blood ce

    • ANSWER:
      Homework problems? Look up the answers in your textbook or on line. It is not very good for your education to ask us to do your homework.

      New Year's resolution: Do my own homework!


Enlarged Thyroid Symptoms And Causes

If you are thinking that you may be having thyroid problems, but are not sure what the symptoms are, you should be aware that there are different kinds of thyroid problems and different symptoms for each one. There are two main conditions of the thyroid that affect the levels of hormones in the gland, and can cause a lot of symptoms. One is having an over active thyroid and the other is having an under active thyroid. Each of these two main conditions carries with it a variety of different symptoms that can range in severity and you should be familiar with them to know what to watch out for.

Some of the most common symptoms that people experience when having an overactive thyroid include loss of weight, thinning hair, sweating, nervousness, and increased body temperature. If you are experiencing these kinds of symptoms and seem to feel like you can not eat enough to keep from losing weight, you should consider talking to your doctor about getting tested for normal thyroid levels. There are tests that can be done to determine what the thyroid levels are, and doctors can then prescribe the proper treatments or medication that can help keep it regulated.

Symptoms that you may have an under active thyroid can include coarse or thinning hair, dry skin, brittle nails, yellowish look of the skin, slow body movements, cool skin, inability to tolerate cold, feeling tired, sluggish, weak, memory problems, depression or difficulty concentrating. The degree of symptoms that you may experience with an under active thyroid depend on your age, how long you have had the problem and the seriousness of the condition.

Sometimes, the symptoms may be very mild and go on for some time before you notice them. Because there is such a variety of symptoms with an under active thyroid, it may be common to have it diagnosed as another kind of condition like depression. The symptoms can also come on gradually, which makes it more difficult to diagnose the problem early on. Sometimes, people may have slight symptoms for a long time before they are actually diagnosed with having an under active thyroid.

It is important that you go see your doctor if you begin to experience any of those symptoms over time and if you notice that you are experiencing extreme weight fluctuations and changes in your energy levels. Most conditions of the thyroid can be treated by a combination of medication and diet. Most people can keep their thyroid levels regulated with treatment and keep their symptoms of thyroid problems under control. Watch for any changes in your weight, temperature and energy levels to report to your doctor.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What causes an enlarged thyroid and how to avoid it?
    What are the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      The thyroid gland can be enlarged for the following reasons:
      1) Enlargement due to iodine deficiency. Rare in developed nations. The gland gets bigger to try and compensate for decreased thyroid hormone production due to nutritional deficiency of iodine.
      2) Enlarged because it is inflamed. Can happen with both underactive and overactive thyroid, so the symptoms would vary. With overactive thyroid such as in Graves Disease, there would be fast heart rate, weight loss, feeling hot all the time. With underactive thyroid, there would be fatigue, feeling cold, gaining weight.
      3) Enlarged due to benign nodules. Called a multinodular goitre, this is usually without symptoms. Ultrasound can confirm the diagnosis and also ensure that none of the nodules look like they need biopsy.
      4) Enlargement due to a cyst or multiple cysts. Can be drained by the physician, but would be prudent to look with ultrasound and perhaps biopsy.
      5) Enlarged due to cancerous growth. Rather rare, but your physician can decide whether the thyroid needs a biopsy.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are causes of an enlarged thyroid besides cancer or hyper/ hypo thyroidsim?
    I'm a 23 year old female. I was told my two different doctors that I have an enlarged thyroid. The both gave me the thc test and it came back normal. Neither doctor went any further with it and I'm worried. I have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism.

    • ANSWER:
      That is called a goiter, and it has no other causes. If you have all of the other symptoms of hypothyroidism too, in addition to the goiter, you need to get treatment for your hypothyroidism.

      Get your ducks in a row first though. You had a TSH blood test. Thyroid stimulating hormone. You didn't have a blood test for pot. It's really hard to get a doctor to take you seriously when you have a thyroid condition in the first place (as you found out). You have to do your research before you go in, know more than the doctor, and know what tests to demand. If you do things like get he names of the tests wrong, you'll never get treatment.

      That being said, TSH is a useless test. All it means is that you need further testing. Every Dr. will use it for diagnosis, but it can't be used for diagnosis. It is an indirect test, so it's ridiculous to diagnose based on it. You need a direct test of your thyroid. That is Free T3 and Free T4. See how those come out. They are the definitive tests for a thyroid problem.

      It took me until my 3rd doctor to get a diagnosis of my thyroid problem, and until my 6th doctor before I could get some help with my symptoms. So I know what you are going through. Hang in there. Find a new doctor. If that one can't help you, find another one.

  3. QUESTION:
    thyroid symptoms and the pains it causes please if anyone had information i really need help thank you?
    i was recently told that i have an enlarged thyroid, along with a cyst and nodule on it.. i have to get a thyroid scan in 2 weeks before they can treat me, i have really bad head aches and now for the first time ever have menstrual pains,, horrible pains i was wondering if anybody has information about this i would greatly appreciate it. thanks!
    yea i know the wait is killing me, it was actually 3 weeks, but one has passed. but the doctor did do the blood work and my thyroid levels were up, so i guess this could be reason for the painfull periods.. ive never had pains before and this is just horrible pain. thanks for the help

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  4. QUESTION:
    Can having thyroid antibodies cause symptoms?
    My tsh came back at .54 and t3 and and t4 and within normal limits, but my tpo and thyroglobulin antibodies are high, also they said my right lobe is very enlarged and my left is slightly enlarged. I asked is this why I have symptoms and she said no because my tsh and stuff is normal. This can't be right.

    • ANSWER:
      OH YES! TSH means little when there are antibodies present...this is indicative of Hashimoto's disease (most common cause of Hypothyroidism). You need a new doctor!

      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

  5. QUESTION:
    multinodular goiter with normal thyroid levels cause thyroid symptoms?????????
    ok so for months now ive had a lot of thyroid symptoms and have had many many thyroid tests done through blood work. and they always come back normal. recently i had an ultrasound done and my thyroid is really enlarged and multinodular. had it tested and wasnt cancerous. doctors are reccomending for me to have my thyroid removed, but they dont guarantee that my symtoms will go away because they dont know if its caused by the thyroid or not. my symptoms are anxiety attacks, depression, heart palpitations, fatigue, pains in my arm, sometimes finger tips are numb, dizziness, off balance feeling, more painfull periods, and a bunch of other stuff. they only thing i dont understand is how can my thyroid be so enlarged that the doctors say its hude with nodules on it and function normally???? i dont know if i should go through with the surgery or not? please if anyone has information or has experienced anything like this i would really appreciate your help. i keep asking doctors and they just seem to not know whats going on.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get copies of your labs and get a second opinion too. once you have your thyroid removed there is no going back. I have a multi nodule thyroid and it has been like that for 12 years. Have your doctor test ALL thyroid Antibodies you may have hashimoto and/or Graves. The symptoms you state are a mixture of both diseases. You also need to make sure your doctor is testing NOT ONLY your TSH (the only thing most doctors care about) but also your Free T3 and Free T4. Many symptoms can come from not enough or too much T3 or T4 and TSH can still look normal. Another thing is to have your Iron and ferritin levels check because low iron or ferritin can mimic thyroid symptoms.

      If you have your thyroid removed your symptoms will get worse before they get any better. You will have to take thyroid hormone replacements because you will not have your thyroid to make them on its own. My opinion is if your thyroid is functioning and your not having breathing swallowing problems let your thyroid and nodules alone they are not cancerous so let them alone and monitor them if they get bigger and become bothersome then consider having the nodules removed. Once its removed you may have more problems and more symptoms until hormone doage is right and for many that can be a real battle.

  6. QUESTION:
    can mono cause enlarged thyroid, help im 18?
    ok so 2 weeks ago developed an enlarged thyroid that is pretty painless and not that bothersom, but it is pretty big, my question is, i seem to have all the symptoms of mono, sore throat, extreme fatiuge, fevers, i was put on blood pressure medicine because i was getting tachycardias that would b anywhere from 100 to 140 bpm, so far its worked, trouble sleeping, some days i just feel sick and the next pretty decent, so back to my question, can mono cause an enlarged thyroid? i realize that all my symptoms sound like hyperthyroidism, but i had tests and they all came back normal. any input would be amazing.

    • ANSWER:
      Sure its your thyroid? There are a lot of lymph nodes in that area and mono can cause them to swell. http://www.medicinenet.com/infectious_mononucleosis/article.htm. What ever the problem is your doctor should've examined you and did the appropriate tests. Your best bet is to call the doctors office and speak to a nurse. Get them to explain things to you

  7. QUESTION:
    what is an enlarged thyroid, and what are the symptoms?
    Are there treatment options? what causes this condition I was just diagnosed!! Help Please!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Check Webmd for hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism for symptoms. Yes there are treatment options. Medication can control it if you are of child bearing age. A "radioactive cocktail" if you are passed that age. In some cases, such as my own, it needs to be removed. The important thing is to get an excellent endocrinologist (specializes in thyroid disease and diabetes, which are not related). Going to any other specialist or you family doctor would be taking a big chance, and the thyroid effects everything in your body, from skin, hair and fingernails to heart, fertility and mental/emotional condition. Good luck, don't be afraid, just educate yourself about the thyroid as much as you can. Become the expert!!

  8. QUESTION:
    What else, besides Hypo/Hyperthyroidism, would cause your thyroid to be enlarged?
    Two doctors have tested me for hypothyroidism because they noticed that my thyroid is enlarged. I have some symptoms of it, but my first test was negative and I'm waiting results for the second one. (by an endocrinologist)

    • ANSWER:
      Graves' disease, which is associated with hyperthyroidism and goiter. HYPOthyroidism is associated with atrophy of the thyroid gland rather than enlargement.

  9. QUESTION:
    Enlarged spleen, thyroid nodules, swollen lymph nodes in neck?
    I just found out that my spleen is swollen, and that is what is causing the pain in my upper left abdomen. I've had thyroid nodules for years, but recently they are much larger, and the nodes near them are swollen now. I am waiting for results of CBC, Hepatic Panel, and mono spot, and have a thyroid ultra-sound scheduled for tonight. Does anyone else have similar symptoms? What could be causing all this?

    • ANSWER:
      First off, you have ALL the classic signs and symptoms of Mono, so I'm glad they are doing a mono spot!

      Enlarge spleen is a condition that normally happens when you have mono due to the fact its a 'filtering' organ and trying to remove the infection. Same with the enlarged lymph nodes in your neck. I'm curious to know if you have a sore throat or have been weak for the last couple of days!

      As for thyroid nodules, experts know that thyroid nodules run in families. This means you are more likely to have a thyroid nodule if one of your parents has had a thyroid nodule. Or they can form when a person has been exposed to to much radiation.

      Hope this helps!

  10. QUESTION:
    What might be the cause of enlarged thyroid?
    During a routine checkup my doctor noticed that one side of my thyroid is slightly larger than the other side. He sent me to the hospital to have an echo done. I'll get the results next week but I'm just curious.
    Because my mother has a history of thyroid problems (NOT cancer, but she did have to have 3/4 of her thyroid removed surgically) I have had my thyroid levels checked once a year via blood tests, and the results were always good, so this came as a bit of a shock to me. I asked my doctor whether (partially) enlarged thyroid was a bad thing, but he's insists on waiting until he gets the results from the echo before saying anything further.
    My thyroid isn't visible swollen, nor have I experienced any recent/unusual symptoms. I'm 24 years old.
    Is it possible that one half of my thyroid is simply bigger than the other, with no further health issues? Or is the fact that it is enlarged a definite sign that something is wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      thyroiditis.

  11. QUESTION:
    Congenital Hypothyroidism and an Enlarged Thyroid?
    My child has Congenital Hypothyroidism (CH). She showed no symptoms of CH at birth, and had gained weight and height at her one week check up, prior to synthroid usage.

    Her first blood test was done within 24 hours of her birth, and showed elevated TSH. She underwent tests: her bone age was "at least" 36 weeks, and she was born at 38 weeks. An ultrasound revealed an enlarged thyroid.

    I understand that an enlarged thyroid may be caused by a genetically recessive trait, or maternal thyroid antibodies during gestation. Are there any other reasons for an enlarged thyroid?

    Could this be a transient condition?

    • ANSWER:
      Around the world, the most common cause of congenital hypothyroidism is iodine deficiency, but in most of the developed world and areas of adequate environmental iodine, cases are due to a combination of known and unknown causes.

      Congenital hypothyroidism is a condition that affects infants from birth (congenital) and results from a partial or complete loss of thyroid function (hypothyroidism). The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped tissue in the lower neck. It makes iodine-containing hormones that play an important role in regulating growth, brain development, and the rate of chemical reactions in the body (metabolism).
      Congenital hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland fails to develop or function properly. In 80 to 85 percent of cases, the thyroid gland is absent, abnormally located, or severely reduced in size (hypoplastic). In the remaining cases, a normal-sized or enlarged thyroid gland is present, but production of thyroid hormones is decreased or absent. If untreated, congenital hypothyroidism can lead to mental retardation and abnormal growth. In the United States and many other countries, all newborns are tested for congenital hypothyroidism. If treatment begins in the first month after birth, infants usually develop normally.
      Most cases of congenital hypothyroidism are sporadic, which means they occur in people with no history of the disorder in their family. An estimated 15 to 20 percent of cases are inherited. Many inherited cases are autosomal recessive, which means two copies of the gene in each cell are altered. Most often, the parents of a child with congenital hypothyroidism are carriers of one copy of the altered gene but do not show signs and symptoms of the disorder. Some inherited cases (those with a mutation in the PAX8 gene or certain TSHR mutations) have an autosomal dominant pattern, which means one copy of the altered gene in each cell is sufficient to cause the disorder.

      Further Outpatient Care:
      Children with congenital hypothyroidism should be monitored clinically and biochemically. Clinical parameters should include linear growth, weight gain, developmental progression, and overall well-being.
      Laboratory measurements of T4 (total or free T4) and TSH should be repeated 4-6 weeks after initiation of therapy, then every 1-3 months during the first year of life and every 2-4 months during the second and third years. In children aged 3 years and older, the time interval between measurements may be increased, depending on the reliability of the patient's caretakers. As dosage changes are made, testing should be more frequent.
      Formal developmental and psychoneurological evaluations should be considered in all infants with congenital hypothyroidism. Such evaluations are especially important in children whose treatment was delayed or inadequate. As mentioned previously, infants diagnosed early but with detectable signs of hypothyroidism at the time of diagnosis are also at increased risk of developmental problems. As with any child, school progression should be monitored and parents encouraged to seek early evaluations and interventions as soon as problems are recognized.
      Thyroid hormone replacement and medical monitoring are required for life.

      Below are some websites with more info.

  12. QUESTION:
    Enlarged thyroid + breathing problems?
    My thyroid gland is enlarged. I can’t exhale very well, which is weird, but it doesn’t feel like something is stuck in my throat or windpipe. It feels like my windpipe is smaller or something. I haven’t been hungry, I’ve been tired, and I keep getting extremely hot or cold. I’ve also been losing hair. This was happening to me before, from the end of March until the beginning of June. I saw an endocrinologist at the beginning of June. However, most of my symptoms had subsided by then, which is when I had my hormone levels tested, and they came back fine. He wasn’t worried even though my neck still felt a little bigger than it used to (but not as bad as it had been) and the doctors found 2 nodules in my ultrasound. The nodules were really small so the doctors decided they weren’t causes of concern.

    Now that the symptoms are back, and have been for the last week or two, I’m concerned again. Is it possible for a thyroid gland to be active then inactive intermittently like this? If I do have a thyroid problem, would it be possible that my thyroid wasn’t secreting excess or a shortage of hormones at the time of my blood test, making my levels come back fine?

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  13. QUESTION:
    enlarged spleen and unusual symptoms?
    Enlarged spleen can it cause weight gain and bloating?
    Can enlarged spleen cause weight gain and bloating?
    Can having an enlarged spleen cause bloating and weight gain?

    already went to the doctor
    having a CAT scan on my gastro tract

    then going to see a hemotologist

    I have low platelets of 68

    I also had my thyroid checked and it is fine
    I am 18. I had mono last year without knowing. My platelets went from 90 to 103 then down to 68.

    • ANSWER:
      My first guess is a viral infection but it depends on your history and you need more tests to be sure.

  14. QUESTION:
    Enlarged lymph node........ for 8 months??
    A little background first........
    Back in March I stated losing my hair and having severe fatigue and weight gain. I had some thyroid problems for a while, but they have since resolved and my TSH levels are normal. A few weeks after I noticed the thyroid symptoms I also noticed an enlarged lymph node. The endocrinologist noted it as 1.5 cm. My hair kept falling out even after my thyroid function returned to normal, and I eventually lost it all. It has been 8 months since I first noticed the enlarged node and it still hasn't gone away. I don't know if it is related to the thyroid problems or a separate cause altogether. I have had no infections or anything before or during the time that the node became enlarged. It doesn't feel awefully big (a lot bigger than the others though) when you press on it, but if you lightly run your hand across my neck you can easily feel it. You can also see it protruding from my neck. It doesn't feel hard, but it is firm. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Find a Doctor fast!

  15. QUESTION:
    Enlarged lymph node........for 8 months?
    A little background first........
    Back in March I stated losing my hair and having severe fatigue and weight gain. I had some thyroid problems for a while, but they have since resolved and my TSH levels are normal. A few weeks after I noticed the thyroid symptoms I also noticed an enlarged lymph node. The endocrinologist noted it as 1.5 cm. My hair kept falling out even after my thyroid function returned to normal, and I eventually lost it all. It has been 8 months since I first noticed the enlarged node and it still hasn't gone away. I don't know if it is related to the thyroid problems or a separate cause altogether. I have had no infections or anything before or during the time that the node became enlarged. It doesn't feel awefully big (a lot bigger than the others though) when you press on it, but if you lightly run your hand across my neck you can easily feel it. You can also see it protruding from my neck. It doesn't feel hard, but it is firm. Any ideas?
    I had the tests ran twice by my endocrinologist and my regular doctor and both times the TSH levels were normal. (They were taken 2 months apart). It's not a goiter on my thyroid, the node is on the right upper side of my neck (a little toward the back), far away from my thyroid.
    I didn't have anything done to it. They originally said that it was Hashimoto's, but the endocrinologist said that it was most likely due to the recent birth of my twins (they were 10 months old at the time) and that it would most likely resolve it's self. So we didn't do anything except for keep a close watch on it.

    • ANSWER:
      I have Thyroid troubles too, and my hair still falls out after 11 years! Did you have surgery or have your thyroid irradiated? If not it could be an enlarged piece of your thyroid...(goiter). They also come around if you have an infection(but 8 months is a little long). I have some enlarged nodes under my br3asts and they are very firm, and movable and are called Lypomas.

      Check with your doctor please, don't let it go any farther......

  16. QUESTION:
    Abnormal thyroid Ultrasound -doctor left message/can not call till monday-freaking!?
    I had an upper respiratory infection and then a sinus infection. Then I found a lump in my neck on side 2 inches above collarbone. Doctor gave me antibiotics and lump got very small since then, maybe 1/4 of a centimeter now. Then I had a lump in throat when swallowing. I had blood work all normal, thryoid blood work all normal, but then I had an ultrasound on thryoid. Doctor left message saying to call the office on monday. Every other message before they left on my voice mail said test results were normal. So, now I positive my ultrasound was abnormal from this message they left to call them. I am so freaking out and scared I have thryoid cancer. I am afraid of the nuclear medicine iodine test because that is radiation & can't that cause cancer. Symptoms I have had are hot flashes, heart palpitations, but maybe that is anxiety. I am 36 with two small kids. Could the upper respiratory infection I had cause an enlarged thryoid?Can an ultrasound tell if a lump is cancer thyroid?
    Thanks everyone. But I read that with the subacute thyroid thing that my thyroid bloodwork would be elevated and they were normal?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like a goitre I had the same thing and had my thyroid removed and am a lot better now. It is not very often a thyroid is cancerous

  17. QUESTION:
    What could this be? (thyroid related)?
    Ok, so all summer I have been feeling really tired, fatigued, just crappy in general. My brain has been in this mental fog (meaning it's hard for me to concentrate) This has taken its toll on me. I have had major mood swings (not period related because they checked that out and I never get like that anyway). It's like I'm Bi-polar but I know I'm not. I have also been experiencing weight loss. I went from 130 pounds to 124.

    In addition to the symptoms above, my thyroid is enlarged. It has gotten bigger since June and is now visible and is causing discomfort in my neck. Even wearing my seat belt is uncomfortable. The doctors tested me for hypo/hyperthyroidism, pregnancy, mono, diabetes and they all came back normal. My thyrogolobulin levels are off. They found several nodules on my thyroid during an ultrasound. I have an appt with and Endocrinologist on the 14th but I just want some suggestions of what could be wrong with me.

    It's just so weird. The whole thing. I have symptoms of being hypo AND hyperthyroidism. But they both came back fine. What gives? :(

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid nodules are very common...I have them myself. Usually they are not considered a problem unless you have just one, which is more likely to be cancerous. Even then, thyroid cancer is usually easily cured. Your symptoms may be caused by many things, including depression, or even worry about your condition. There are many things that can go wrong with the thyroid; I think you need to wait for your appt. with the endocrinologist for a definitive diagnosis. In the meantime, try to stop worrying. Most thyroid conditions can be successfully treated.

  18. QUESTION:
    My blood tests are coming back with various hormonal imbalances. Causes?
    Over the last few weeks, my blood and urine tests have come up with various hormonal problems. I've been suffering from these problems for at least 10 years, but it took me a long time to realize that they were abnormal. Sometimes we get used to our own suffering.

    Symptoms include flushing, excessive sweating, bad headaches (with pounding pulse), palpitations, constipation, cold feet, occasional numbness in extremities, and anxiety. After hearing the symptoms, my doctor suspected pheochromocytoma, but wanted to check the bloodtests.

    The bloodtests came back with very high metanephrines, low creatinine, high TSH, and low testosterone. CT scans found nothing on my adrenal glands, but a sonogram found a slightly enlarged thyroid with a few nodules.

    I guess I'm trying to figure out if there is some overarching condition causing all of this. I guess it's possible I could have several separate endocrine problems, but I'm worried that there may be a problem with the pituitary.

    • ANSWER:
      The endocrine glands are all tied together. The high TSH is indicative of a low thyroid condition. All glands will enlarge to compensate for a lack of minerals that feed that particular gland. The thyroid is no exception. If it is enlarged, it is most likely due to low iodine. Iodine and the amino acid, tyrosine are required to make the thyroid hormones. Additionally, if you have a bad balance of fats in your diet, your liver is not going to be able to produce the steroid hormones that need to be generated to produce the thyroid and sex hormones.

      This is very typical of American diet that is low in fat. These LOW FAT, HIGH CARB diets, combined with bad oil choices are causing huge problems in America like the ones you are having. Especially if you add SOY products to your diet. SOY is terrible for you and will cause many of the problems you are having.

      If you are stressed and eat a high carb diet, this will put a huge burden on your blood sugar balance and you will have to fix that problem before even trying to attempt to fix your endocrine problem. Your diet needs to be balanced so that you get 40% carbs, 30% fats, and 30% protein. The fats should be in the following balance: 60% monounsaturated fats (like olive oil), 30% saturated fats (like you get in grass fed beef, real butter made from RAW cream, coconut oil), and 10% polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids in a 1:1 balance).

      l would concentrate on accomplishing the above before getting more tests because if you are not eating a balanced diet, all the tests are going to focus on a specific problem and they are all related, so it is a "system" problem.

      Do a quick iodine test by buying a small bottle of "tincture of iodine" from the drug store. Paint a 2" x 3" patch on your forearm. Note the time of day. If it disappears in less than 24 hours, you are deficient. If it takes only a couple hours, you are very deficient. It's very easy to become deficient of iodine in America today. Fluoride is the culprit. If you brush with fluoride toothpaste, get fluoride treatments at your dentist, drink fluoridated water, drink soda pop, this will cause severe iodine deficiencies. The lunatics that put fluoride in the water cause huge problems for people, especially babies!

      Headaches, especially migraines are generally due to food allergies and food preservatives.

      Low testosterone is indicative of a "pregnenalone steal" or high stress due to excess carbs (especially sugar), drinking coffee that causes excess adrenal hormone production and exhausted adrenal glands.

      If your body is perceiving you are in a stressed state, your liver will prioritize you away from producing those steroid hormones for sex and thyroid, leaving your limited amount of pregnenalone precursor to be used for making cortisol instead. Low fat diet will add to this problem greatly, especially if you are eating high carbs.

      I would seek out a Certified Nutritional Therapist that can test you to see where your deficiencies are and to recommend a diet that will get you on the right track. Then if you still feel bad, see the doctor.

      good luck

  19. QUESTION:
    If its not my thyroid, what is it?
    This is going to be long so just a heads up for you. This is going to be over the course of about a few months. I started using exercise videos about 3 to 4 months ago. I wanted to lose some weight because I was 5'8'' or 5'9'' and weighed about 140 or 145. I wanted to weigh 120 or 125. After a few weeks I noticed I was getting no results what so ever. I kept exercising thinking maybe I just had to give it some time. But eventually I begin to get fatigued and just simply didn't have the energy to go anymore. My exercising got less frequently until I had to give it up altogether. I begin researching on the internet and stumbled across thyroid problems. I had a lot of the symptoms. My hair was coming out, fatigue, weight gain/inability to lose weight. So I brought up the thought to my parents and we went to my doctor. He took some blood and sent it to the lab. I had to wait a week and during that time things went downhill rather fast. It got to the point to where I didn't want to get out of bed. Then I ended up getting a stomach virus and it took me well over a week to even feel a little better. So when the results finally came back he said my levels were a little high. So he sent me to an endocrinologist. She felt around and asked questions. She said my thyroid was a little enlarged. She ordered more blood to be taken. So I had to wait another week :( . She called and said the results were NORMAL. She said I could develop thyroid problems later in my life but at the time it was normal. But how can it be normal when she plainly said my thyroid was enlarged? My throat feels like something is swollen in it. Sometimes it causes me to choke a little. Now my symptoms are changing. I have been struggling with acid reflux for over a week. It seems to get better and then it gets worse again. But here is the strangest thing some days I can feel absolutely fine and other days I don't get out of bed. I have no appetite one day and the next day I feel like I'm starving! The only thing I want to eat is sugar. I want to eat sugar and drink sugar (cokes). Sometimes my chest has these odd sensations, if you want to call it that. Last night I felt breathless and had a hard time breathing for only a moment. Also I would be sitting in school and the teacher would be talking I would just like ''spaz'' out. I would not even notice the teacher talking and I would be thing about something completely irrelevant. I just don't know what to do anymore. I need to find out what the problem is. What do you think could be wrong? Thanks so much, it means a lot :)
    I forgot to add I have been having headaches that are off/on. They will come one day and last for a whie then go away and not come back for another day or so.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds to me like Hashimoto's disease. You should get copies of both labs. TSH should be .3 -3 but even that may not be the answer...THEY HAVE TO DO ANTIBODIES TEST!!!! And good luck on getting them to.

      They may know that it is this & just want to use a 'wait and see approach' (as it goes up & down in the beginning) and many people just do not go back to the doctor...they end up thinking the doctor 'found nothing wrong'.

      You need an Endo that will do all tests and that will let you know if they are doing the 'wait & see' (as it eventually goes hypO and stays [or so I'm told]).

      I wish you well.

      God Bless You

  20. QUESTION:
    so these r my symptoms.. is it a possibility that my levels r low??
    okay so about a year ago i got blood work done and it said that my thyroid levels were low so i went to get a sonogram and they said my thyroid was mildly enlarged i was supposed to go for blood work again and the doctor never sent for or called me to let me know when i have to go get it done like he said he would.. but anyway my symptoms are:

    -gained about 100 pounds over the course of 1 1/2 years
    -mildly enlarged thyroid
    -i sleep about 14 hours every night n any less im so exhausted
    -always feeling low or even just bored
    -irregular periods (thats wat caused them to do blood work in the first place .. my period lasts for about 8 or 9 days at a time)
    -recent drop in grades over the last year.. havent really been able to concentrate as well as i did.. went from 96 in math down to a 84 for example

    is it a possibility that after all this time my levels could still be low or lower it wasnt this bad a year ago.. wat should i do?? do u think i have hypothyroidism?? oh n if it helps im only 15 thx! =]

    plz help someone im gaining weight rapidly

    • ANSWER:
      Of all the theory we read at med school, you represent a typical case of hypothyroidism.
      Most common cause: iodine deficiency(even more common in girls of your age). That can easily be corrected by iodine supplements.
      If not, there may be a large no. of other causes... Go see your doc, almost all of them are curable.
      All your symptoms pertain to low thyroid hormone levels, so should revert with treatment.

  21. QUESTION:
    do these things mean i have a thyroid disease?
    i turned 15 in may i am about 5 foot 2-3in and i only weigh about 80 pounds i really really hate it and im so self conscious about it!!! it makes me really sad and mad to think that people are thinking im anorexic because i am definitely not!
    i was tested for thyroid because it has been passed down through one side of my family (but my older sister doesnt have it and she is skinny also but more on the normal side) their blood tests didnt showw that i had any problems that was about 2-3 years or so ago, could that have changed by now? and i really really REALLY hate blood tests and im scared to get more done like i wouldnt do it for money!! and i didnt have an enlarged/inflammed thyroid, also is there any way i could get checked for thyroid problems with out blood tests or could they put you to sleep or give you laughing gas for a blood test at a special doctor?
    anyways i am even drinking ensure plus and trying to eat a lot but its hard to gain stil, i have gained 10 pounds since the beginning of the last school year (witthout things like ensure) but i was also a lot shorter then
    i get panic attacks/high anxiety, sometimes i am tired in the morning (is that normal)i dont really know how to explain it like my muscles will sometimes feel weak in the morning or night, underweight/hard to gain weight, constipation (good with a pill i take for it) and i havent started my period yet probably cause im so thin
    do you think this stuff is just how i am and i dont have anything wrong with me, just fast metabolism and stuff?? cause i think those are symptoms of both?
    sorry its long :( (

    • ANSWER:
      Take you body temperature. If it is normaly below 98.2 F, then you can assume you have an isue with your metabolism/thyroid. And then take some times and read this website: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com

      However, it may just be that since you are not yet physically mature, and your sex hormones haven't kicked in yet, you're just where you need to be right now. I was the same at your age and I have matured well. Also I did not get my period until I was 16, and really that is quite normal.

      By the way, I also totally hate blood tests. I used to ick and scream when I had to get one, but now I just hold my breath and look away when they take blood from my arm. It seems to work for me...

      I hope this info helps.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can Hashimoto's thyroiditis cause costochondritis?
    I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease and I have several symptoms, including an enlarged thyroid, high cholesterol, prematurely grey hair, fatigue and joint pain. I also have a hard lump on the tip of my sternum that I suspect is costochondritis and I was wondering if Hashimoto's can cause that?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you can develop costochondritis with hypothyroidism. Your grey hair can also be caused by vitamin B12 deficiency (common with hypothyroidism).

      Hypothyroidism symptoms >>>
      http://www.helium.com/items/343124-hypothyroidism-self-help

      A few good links to check out...

      Thyroid disease >>>
      http://www.sensible-alternative.com.au/metabolic-hormones/thyroid-article

      Selenium lowers TPO thyroid antibodies >>>
      http://jdach1.typepad.com/natural_thyroid/2011/02/selenium-for-hashimotos-thyroiditis-by-jeffrey-dach-md.html

      Cholesterol reduction >>>
      http://www.drgregemerson.com/fact-file/cholesterol-reduction

      Vitamin D deficiency in Hashimoto's Thyroiditis >>>
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX08cfVpRPM

      Stop The Thyroid Madness >>>
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

  23. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Problem, test came back negative?
    A few months ago I had a test done to see if I had a thyroid problem. had all the usual symptoms; an enlarged neck, massive weight gain, tired all of the time and even family history of thyroid problems (half of my entire family is on medication). However, when I got my test done it seemed there was nothing wrong with my thyroid levels and all they found was a small nodule (sp?) that is too small to even do a biopsy on. However, I am still have the same symptoms as before and I practically pass out everyday when I come home because Im so tired.

    So are blood tests always right or in some instances could people still have a thyroid problem when the test comes back negative? Does anyone know of anything else I might have that can cause massive weight gain, neck enlargement or extreme tiredness?

    Thanks in advance. :3

    • ANSWER:
      It has been known for the last 50 years that Thyroid Function Tests are not reliable and that people with perfect blood tests could have advanced hypothyroidism. Find a doc in your area (in sources) that treats to symptoms.

      Myth #1: The TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) blood test is the only way to diagnose hypothyroidism/low thyroid.

      Facts: First, there is no perfect test in medicine—not the TSH or any other. Second, nearly a century before the TSH test was developed, doctors made the diagnosis of hypothyroidism without any tests at all. They listened to their patients and examined them. Since then, there have been many tests that have been blindly followed until they proved to be unreliable and were discarded.

      To this day, there are at least three types of hypothyroidism for which the TSH test does not even test. The TSH is not a useful test for hypothyroidism caused by dysfunction of the pituitary gland or of the hypothalamus (part of the brain,) or for hypothyroidism caused by "tissue resistance" to the effects of thyroid hormone.

      My conclusion: The TSH test can miss the diagnosis of hypothy-
      roidism. To most accurately identify hypothyroidism, I start with the approach that has worked for over a century. I listen to the patient and look for evidence of low thyroid function. If the patient appears hypothyroid, I order blood tests including the TSH, but I also (1) check basal body temperature,1 and (2) check the urine thyroid hormone levels.2 I then interpret all test results in the context of the
      individual patient.

      Myth #2: Normalizing the TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) blood test is the best way to treat hypothyroidism.

      Fact:Many studies have shown adjusting thyroid doses to normalize the TSH blood test leaves many patients with symptoms of low thyroid. World-renowned thyroid specialist, Sir Anthony Toft, MD, discussed this sad fact in 2002. In a speech to the British Endocrine Society, Dr. Toft reviewed some of the evidence that demonstrated that the modern TSH-centered approach was ineffective. He concluded, "...the treatment of hypothyroidism is about to come full circle"—going back to the approach that worked so well before all of our modern tests and treatments were invented.3

      My conclusion: Using the patient as my guide, I focus on reversing the signs and symptoms of low thyroid function while avoiding side effects or signs of thyroid excess. When the TSH is normal but the patient continues to be symptomatic, I prefer to err on the side of treating the patient—not normalizing the blood test.

      Myth #3: Thyroid treatment that reduces the TSH to below the normal range (TSH suppression) has been shown to be harmful, causing atrial fibrillation (a heart rhythm abnormality) and bone thinning.

      Facts: When thyroid hormone is given to a patient, TSH levels decrease. Some say that thyroid treatment that reduces the TSH to below the normal range causes bone thinning and atrial fibrillation.

      Before the TSH test was invented, generations of patients flourished on doses of thyroid medicine that routinely suppress the TSH. To this day, patients with thyroid cancer who are given doses to intentionally suppress the TSH, do very well on this regimen. In 2004, after review of the scientific literature, the US Preventive Services Task Force—a leading authority—addressed the question and concluded that despite the multitude of studies, there remains no proof that TSH suppression
      is dangerous.4

      My conclusions: Listen to the patient, examine the patient and adjust treatment until the patient is well. A century of medical experience and scientific evidence indicate that giving a patient enough thyroid hormone to make them well is a reasonable and safe approach. Blood tests, urine tests and tracking body temperatures all provide additional information, but no one test should be blindly followed.

      Myth #4: Natural thyroid extracts are dangerous because they are not regulated and not consistent in dose.

      Fact: Natural thyroid extracts such as Armour Thyroid are FDA approved prescription medications that contain all 4 human thyroid hormones (T1, T2, T3 and T4.) They are prepared in accordance with the U.S. Pharmacopeia.5 Synthetic thyroid extracts, such as levothyroxine contain only T4 and are also FDA approved.

      Ironically, synthetic T4 preparations seem to have had many more problems with dose consistency than has Armour Thyroid. FDA records show repeated problems with potency and consistency for T4 products including Synthroid.6,7

      My conclusion: There is no evidence that natural thyroid extracts such as Armour Thyroid are unsafe or any more dangerous than synthetic thyroid treatments. In fact, my experience is that natural thyroid extracts are much more effective at restoring normal metabolism and, therefore, very likely better for one's health.

      Myth # 5: Once you start thyroid hormone, you need to take it for the rest of your life.

      Fact: Taking thyroid hormone w

  24. QUESTION:
    Would a normal cbc rule out type 2 diabetes? Symptoms similar to Fibro/rheumatoid issues?
    I am a 33 year old female, and I have had progressive symptoms ever since a miscarriage a few months ago. The symptoms started as muscle pain and headaches, progressed to mirgraines, hunger w/ weight loss, swelling of right wrist/hand, blurred vision, left eyelid twitch, tingling/buzzing feeling in legs & feet (has gotten better), dizziness/"out of it" feeling, pain on side of throat (ultrasound showed a "mildly enlarged" thyroid, but Endocronologist said its not "large enough" to be causing issues, feeling of someone choking me/lump in throat, and now a slight tremor (gets worse when using hands/arms, and better at rest). Got a CBC and other tests (Lyme's, Lupus), all normal- was sent to a rheumatolgist. I am waiting for a batch of test results, including rheumatoid factor, mercury poisoning, celiac disease, vitamin d deficiency, etc... She is telling me a lot of this sound neurological, so that is my next move- and I am terrified! The tremor scares me to death, thinking of Parkinsons/MS- but I am reading that tremors w/ those diseases usually are worse at rest, and get better w/ movement- mine are the opposite. Anyway, I just remembered that my grandfather has type 2 diabetes, and I'm wondering if that is hereditary, and if that would be ruled out by the standard CBC and other tests that were already done.
    If anyone knows, I would greatly appreciate the help. I would also welcome any input regarding what might be going on w/ me. They are suspecting Fibromyalgia- but would that cause blurred vision & tremor? Thanks in advance for any help, as I am waiting for my results & my next doctor's appointment.

    • ANSWER:
      Fibromyalgia is diagnosed after all other options have been eliminated.

      I highly recommend a low carb way of eating to balance hormone functions & allow the body to function at optimal levels & regenerate rather than degenerate. This may alleviate many symptoms & will definitely manage any blood sugar issues.

      I believe the thyroid lab tests are fairly useless & throat swelling would concern me as an issue. I would suggest you take your morning temperature at home using the instructions for the Barnes Basal Temperature test (which can be found online). I would also suggest researching iodine supplementation.

      If you are using Aspartame (brand name Equal) or drink diet sodas with it - stop immediately. Aspartame poisoning mimics MS. I would suggest eliminating (at least for awhile) all artificial sweeteners & eliminating Aspartame permanently.

      I have Fibromyalgia -Vitamin D3 supplementation has cleared the constant muscle pain (for the most part). I did high levels for 3 weeks & was pain free. I knocked the dose down to 2000iu's a day & a week later the pain was back. After restarting high levels, the pain is managed again after 3 days.

      I personally did 35,000iu per day for 2 months trying to refill my stores. It is highly recommended that you have your vit.D levels tested but my research shows toxicity only at outrageous, long term levels.

      I originally did B12 injections daily for a couple of years & then I tried guaifenesin (Dr.St.Amand's protocol) for 10 years but discovered vit.D3 supplementation only recently & that has worked better than anything else!

      Vitamin D3 is not a vitamin at all but a necessary hormone that effects the immune system & nearly every aspect of health. Having low Vitamin D levels greatly increases risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, MS (& maybe even FMS)

      I don't think that FMS, cancer, MS, etc. is a vitamin deficiency but being deficient can create or greatly exacerbate health problems.

      The prescription vitamin D supplements are the wrong type (ergocalciferol ). As warned by the National Institute of Health -

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17023693

      Luckily you can buy vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) over the counter and the upper limits are extremely high. Current recommendations are for 35iu per pound - a 150# person needs minimum of 5250iu per day & the rda is 400iu. This amount is for minimal needs and does not account for depleted stores. March is when stores are at their lowest.

      Vitamin D3 deficiency is becoming an epidemic. U.S. RDA are much too low. It is possible that upper atmosphere pollution is blocking the needed UVB light from the sun.

      http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1560518#i
      http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/10/10/Vitamin-D-Experts-Reveal-the-Truth.aspx

      Dr. Joe Prendergast, an endocrinologist /diabetologist has managed over 1500 diabetic patients and, in the last decade, not one of his patients has had a stroke or heart attack. Only one has even been hospitalized! His secret—50,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily. Dr. Joe further reports:

      * Reversal of advanced coronary disease
      * Reversal of advanced lung disease, avoiding a lung transplant!
      * Cure of multiple sclerosis
      * Cure of amotrophic lateral sclerosis
      * Regression of rheumatoid arthritis
      * Improvement in allergies
      * Control of many cancers including prostate, breast, colon, brain tumors, leukemia, myeloma, etc
      * Reversal of osteoporosis
      * Prevention of influenza
      * Cure of depression and many other mental disorders
      * Hashimoto’s hyperthyroidism

      In summary, the evidence for safety and remarkable efficacy of Vitamin D3 suggests that virtually ALL adults should probably take 50,000 units of D3 daily. This is certainly true for those with virtually any illness.

      http://enews.endocrinemetabolic.com/2008/05/vitamin-dthe-cure-for-many-diseases.html

  25. QUESTION:
    thyroid help.?
    can your thyroid be enlarged for no reason? or is there always a cause for this? just worried, since mine has been enlarged for over 6 years and the doctor is just now ordering an ultrasound. (no symptoms, she just decided i should get one.)

    • ANSWER:
      There's a good chance you have a thyroid disorder. If you do, it's nothing to be worried about - I have one, hypo-thyroid, and it's really not a big deal, I just take one little pill every night. My doctor had noticed for a long time that my thyroid felt kind of big, I never showed any kind of symptoms but she decided to order tests on it just in case, and it showed up. It runs in my family - my grandmother had it, my mother has it, and I have it.

      Like I said, though, it's really not a big issue if you do have a thyroid disorder. I'm no expert, so for all I know, you could be just fine, but even if there is something there, you have nothing to worry about.

      Good luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    thyroid nodules - what happens next..?
    I've had an enlarged goiter for awhile now (found by a routine physical) yet I have normal thyroid results. I switched PCP's recently and she also could feel the goiter. I have A LOT of hypothyroid symptoms... which seem to get worse over time. I'm always cold, memory loss (never had it so bad), dry skin, coarse hair, inability to lose weight, constipated all the time.. (tmi) - severe menstrual cramps and irregular as well, trouble concentrating, fatigue, among other symptoms. I sometimes have shortness of breath and have a random cough that comes and goes.. I sometimes choke on my own saliva! i also notice my neck feels 'tight' when i lay down, like i may choke or feel like i can't breathe. I had an ultrasound that showed 2 nodules.. My PCP referred me for a second opinion with an endocrinologist. My appointment is on the 29th.

    What should I expect with this appointment? Will they do a biopsy there at the appointment if they feel that it's necessary? Is it normal to have an enlarged goiter and all these symptoms with normal results? Can they tell what kind of nodules it is from the ultrasound? And would the ultrasound have been able to tell if the enlarged gland is what is causing the tight feeling in my neck & coughing..
    so many questions, i know !!

    thanks !!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you haven't had an ultrasound yet, so they will probably make you get one. The endocrinologist should palpate your neck to see if they feel goiter, and they will probably order some blood tests too. I highly doubt they would do a biopsy before seeing the ultrasound results, they might just watch it. An ultrasound can tell if the nodules are solid, calcified, or cystic in nature. Try not to worry, good luck!

  27. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like low level carbon monoxide poisoning?
    I've been sick for about 2 years. My thyroid is enlarged, but I've been told time and time again that my thyroid should not be causing my symptoms. I've suffered fatigue, problems concentrating, shortness of breath, diarrhea, and tons of low level problems. Doctors have made light of most of my symptoms, even the difficulty breathing. My EKG turned out to be fine. They tell me oh it's depression, it's anxiety, take a pill. But my gut feeling told me otherwise. I started getting sick about the time we moved into this apartment with a gas stove. The stove is very old and it heats up the whole apartment when it's turned on. About a month ago, our carbon monoxide detector went off. The apt. manager told us to ignore it, it was the battery. Even though the "alarm" light was clearly lit up, and not the battery light. After complaining several times, they finally sent someone to check the stove. Turns out there was a small leak, I have no idea how long it had been there. Could very low levels of gas or CO cause my fatigue and other woes? Should I just call the fire department to inspect the whole apartment, despite the building managers objections?

    • ANSWER:
      It is a possible explanation, yes.
      Go to your local health centre, and ask to have them measure the carbon monoxide levels in your blood (just a simple blood test), that will give an indication.
      I don't think it would be necessary to have the entire apartment inspected though.

  28. QUESTION:
    What Can Cause A Lymph-Node On Your Mastoid Bone To Stay Enlarged For Years?
    I have a history of sinus infections and tooth abscesses. I no longer have a sinus infection, but when I do get them... they stay for months and sometimes, even years. I have to take antibiotics to get rid of them. I plan on going to the dentist for my teeth, as well. Also, I have a thyroid nodule and it's been hanging around for quite a few years. I do get it checked on from time-to-time, though. Anyway, could any of these cause a lymph-node on the mastoid bone to stay enlarged for years... or, do you know of any other possible causes? I'm scared that it could be a symptom of lymphoma, or even thyroid cancer. I do plan on seeing a doctor about this issue, so no need to tell me that - lol. I'm just a hypochondriac and like getting extra advise, even if it only puts my mind at ease for a minute.

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    Can someone give me (22 yr old female) advise based on my list of symptoms and concerns?
    i am a 22 yr old female, just getting stable on my own and i am currently waiting on health insurance. my parents split when i was 15 and i have not been on insurance or seen my family dr since then. i have a few concerns and i dont know if they are worth concerning or not...here they are:

    ever since my cycle started ive been irregular. (like 14 yrs old with a 10 day period, or 15 and scared i could be pregnant, even it was almost 100% not an option lol)
    -i recently started to keep track of my cyles and had a scare. i started mar 4, had a normal 7 day period, but when aprl 4, may 4, then june 4 then july came n went it became disturbing. i eventually started on july 5th but it was like i was just spotting for 5 days. then i stopped and a couple days shy of 2 weeks-shockingly, started again, heavy at first painful (not severe) and lasted 7 days.

    i also noticed i dont have a regular or even daily bowel movement. sometimes maybe 3 times a week...sometimes more sometimes less. my stomach is always upset. when i wake up i have to brush my teeth immidiately bc my stomaches already uneasy and morning breath doesnt help. (water makes it worse for some reason) sometimes i can tell that im really backed up because of sharp pains in my stomach or gas that hurts...on the inside?!?!? dont know any other way to describe it...ive tried laxatives, appropriately, but it gives me sharp pains too

    also when i was about 19 i woke up one moring and had an unexplainable swolen foot, ankle, and part of my calf. i could push on my skin and it would leave a distinct dent for about 30 mins. er said i must have sprained my ankle n gave me a cast, but it didnt hurt other than the pain of my foot feeling like it was about to explode and my toes pop off. every week was diff, then it went to both feet, it comes and goes randomly-sometimes longer than others-for about 4 years now.
    havent been able to pinpoint what causes it or what makes the swelling go down, it just happens.
    this past may my mom took me to her dr because of my attitude and apperance yoyoin (stress)
    he overlooked my swelling problem bc it wasnt swollen by the time i got in to see him, and gave me antidepressants-fyi: not neccesary bc i gained alot of weight and financial issues n wutever else was the only reason i was stressed so noticeably, but he said he notice my thyroid looked swollen and that could be the cause of my weight gain and loss thruout the years. he gave me an ultrasound and he said they were enlarged but no nodules, nothing to be concerned with and sent me on my way.

    i feel that i have too many possibles to have a dr just rule EVERYTHING out without noting all my symptoms or concerns, and not look into anything and just send me away. this is the first dr ive been to since i was a teen so i thought i could get some answers and i got...the ambition to search the internet. :)

    last important detail, ive been with my husband for 5 years and for 4 years now we havent used any protection to prevent pregnancy. we've not tried, tried, tried while ovulating and nothing. my mom was diagnosed with endometriosis a few years ago and i thought that might be the explanation to everything. ive mentioned my moms condition to a dr after stating some of my concerns but that was all the further it went. ive researched endometriosis..never had an absolute "yes!" moment from wut ive found but i havent ruled it out either.

    i hope theres someone who can give me advise, or info or suggestions or something so i can live a long happy healthy life. just that should be enough to help someone, not insurance or money. Anything will help, and is appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of your symptoms are similar to PCOS - poly cystic ovarian syndrome - a condition where numerous harmless cysts form in your ovaries. It's not a dangerous condition and is easily treated with hormone therapy - usually birth control type pill with the birth control part taken out, and additional hormones. The cysts aren't cancerous and they do not raise your chances to get cancer either.

      An ultrasound ordered by your doctor is all that's needed to test for it - they will either do it on your lower belly thru the outside, or with an internal probe done vaginally.

      The most common symptoms of PCOS are: extremely irregular periods from the time you first started menstruating, unexplained weight gain, difficulty to lose weight even on exercise programs and diets, hair growth on face chin and neck (more than the standard peach fuzz), and difficulty in getting pregnant. All these should diminish once treatment is started. There can be further issues if left untreated - not from the syndrome or the cysts, but the weight gain, what every overweight person is at risk for, like diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure etc.

      If you do get checked out for this and it turns out to be PCOS, let your doctor know that you would like to get pregnant, as that can change which type of hormone treatment they will use.

  30. QUESTION:
    Hashimoto's disease but only hyperthyroid?
    Over the past 3 years, I've had hyperthyroidism. My tests have always shown mild to moderate overactivity, only one of those has been done when I wasn't pregnant. However, my doctor says I have Hashimoto's. This doesn't make sense to me, shouldn't I have come up hypothyroid at some point in my life (my levels were always fine until after I first got pregnant, about 9 months after I miscarried my tests showed a hyperactive thyroid).
    I do show all the symptoms of Hashimoto's, but I don't remember my doctor ever testing me for the antibodies, etc. He just told me I have an abnormal protein in my blood that attacks my thyroid. He thinks it runs in my family and usually causes hypothyroid, but for some reason it does the opposite in me. I have no symptoms of Graves. My thyroid was slightly enlarged 3 years ago when I first got tested, but became normal quickly and has never been enlarged since. Thyroid uptake scans and ultrasounds have all been normal.
    Does this really sound like Hashimoto's? Granted, due to job changes (and therefore, waiting for insurance to kick in at new jobs), I haven't been able to get tested properly. I am pregnant again, (3rd pregnancy, 1 birth), and during my last one, my levels went to normal in the third trimester and stayed that way for at least a month after the birth. My baby never had any issues with her levels.

    Should I switch doctors?

    • ANSWER:
      Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (enlarged thyroid) can cause bouts of hyperthyroidism. The Hashimoto's causes the thyroid to attack itself, it can then cause the thyroid to over work itself, which causes the occasional hyperthyroid symptoms. It swings back and forth between hyper and hypo, eventually causing permanent hypothyroidism. It's probably a good idea to see an endocrinologist (if you don't already) since they can tell you what is the best treatment.

  31. QUESTION:
    Wondering what might cause my multiple symptoms?
    I'm 20 and had a baby a year and a half ago, after my pregnancy is when all of this started getting really bad.
    I've been going through these periods of pain. Sometimes the pain is worse at certain times than others. It's like everything comes on really strong at the same time or really close together for a while then I have a break but I still feel the pain, just not as much. I can't go to the doctor right now because of money situations so that's why I'm on here trying to figure out what's wrong with me. Here are all of my symptoms.

    fatigue when the flairs aren't present and when they are it's extreme fatigue, I'd say it gets 5 times worse. But my sleeping in the night is not good while this is happening.

    -bone pain EVERYWHERE. I have not done anything to hurt any of these bones, and this happens regularly. Right now the top of my right foot it hurts so much that when I move my foot it gets worse.
    Everywhere else I'm getting sharp pains that come and go but it's very frequent. The pain is in my fingers, hands, wrists, arms, legs, knees, ankles, feet, and toes.

    -sharp deep pelvic pain that comes and goes. Sometimes it's only on the right right, then sometimes its both sides. I'm not sure if it's bone pain or something else.

    -I got a enlarged or swollen lymph node under the right armpit first and then two days later under the right ear. They were very tender for the first two days then now they are just tender to the touch. a few years ago I had a really big swollen one in the same place in the armpit and it hurt really bad and I went to the doc and all they did was tell me it was nothing and gave me something to get rid of the swelling. Now that I got one again, and then another makes me think it's not nothing especially with the onset of all the other pain I'm feeling.

    -under my boobs on the right side was hurting for a while a couple days ago but that went away, it's only a matter of time until it comes back though.

    - I have sharp pains that come and go in my heart or something around my heart.

    -mostly when I wake up my lungs hurt, they feel cold, mostly with breathing. Sometimes it's like that when I'm not just waking up.

    -my thyroid or throat itches when I move my head looking up.
    I already know that I have thyroidtitis and hyperthyroidism.
    I was diagnosed about 6 months ago but I'm not taking anything.
    A lot of the symptoms have nothing to do with that and I'm convinced there is something else too.

    any ideas! I'd like some meaningful answers! I need a doctor but it's not possible for me right now.
    oh i forgot about the kidney pain. I had a kidney infection years ago that required me to go to the hospital. they said it was from a uti.
    I have some kidney pain now as well but I never noticed any signs of a uti.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there, sorry to here of all the pain you're experiencing :( If you have been diagnosed with thyroiditis and hyperthyroidism you really need to make sure you take medication to control it as you say you've been having painful lymph nodes..your armpit..your throat all indicate that you're having some sort of flare up that needs attention, the sooner you can go to dr's the better; Ask for blood tests, it's your health that's suffering here and you need treatment. Your doctor doesn't even sound like a good one if he's not treating your problem. Refusing treatment won't help either! Good Luck!

  32. QUESTION:
    enlarged goiter with normal blood results?
    A couple of years ago during a physical, My DR noticed I had an enlarged goiter and said we should 'keep an eye on it".

    I've had numerous symptoms of hypothyroidism.. I went for a physical a few weeks ago and the nurse called to say my thyroid tests came back NORMAL. I found that surprising! Anyhow my DR also mentioned that other doctors usually recommend having an ultrasound or scan done if the thyroid blood tests come back normal with an enlarged goiter... but said it was a 'waste of time' .. ?? Uh ok.

    I was wondering what it means if you have an enlarged goiter with normal blood results? I am requesting to get a scan done because I sometimes have difficulty swallowing food and that might be the cause.

    btw: My aunt is currently on meds for her thyroid.

    Anyone with experience or information on this is greatly appreciated! Thanks.
    thank you for the helpful info!

    I just called my DR office to see about getting a scan done and they 'suggest' that I wait 3 months and re-do the blood work first. Does that sound right? Should I have to wait that long?
    OH, I do see the 1/2 moon on my thumb nails and like 2 other nails but no 1/2 moon on the rest... is that what you mean?

    • ANSWER:
      A goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland.

      The gland increases in size to increase it's filtering ability. It filters iodine out of the blood and uses it to manufacture thyroid hormone.

      If your thyroid gland is enlarged, there is something going on.. and it's worth checking in to.

      As far as blood tests being 'normal'. Did you get a copy of the lab results?

      Did the run the proper tests?
      Did they use current ranges?
      Did they interpret the results properly?

      If using the old ranges, they can proclaim the results as 'normal' even when they are not.

      If they tested only TSH and not understanding proper interpretation in relation to observed symptoms, they can claim 'normal' even when the 'red flags' exist.

      If you have a family history of thyroid disorders, that puts your risk higher than you will have a problem too, did they run the test to determine if you have an autoimmune thyroid disorder?

      The tests that you want run, at bare minimum, with a goiter present and a family history.. IMHO are:

      TSH
      Free T4
      Free T3
      and thyroid antibodies

      If TSH is over 2.0.. there is something wrong
      If the Frees are at the low ends of their ranges, something is wrong.
      If thyroid antibody levels are elevated... time to check into things and get them under control.

      Having scans done will be able to determine the size of the gland and if there are any masses. Masses/nodules are common with autoimmune thyroid disorders, but can also be in evidence with thyroid cancer.

      The autoimmune disorder Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (Hashi's ) is the most common of the thyroid disorders, the tendency to develop Hashi's runs in families, and nodules are common with Hashi's, developing as a result of tissue damage from the antibodies..

      Simple observation that you can make, to determine if this is something you want to dig into further.

      Look at your thumbnails. See that whitish half circle at that base of the nail, the half moon? Do your fingernails have their mooons?

      If not.. Thyroid disorder.

  33. QUESTION:
    Caffeine is naturally found in which of the following substances?
    1. Which of the following helps to boost the function of the immune system by encouraging the formation of antibodies for protection?
    hormones
    vaccines
    antibiotics
    diuretics

    2. Caffeine is naturally found in which of the following substances?
    soda pop
    fruit juices
    medications
    coffee

    3. Caffeine addiction is caused by continuous ingestion of at least which of the following amounts?
    20 milligrams per day
    100 milligrams per day
    200 milligrams per day
    1,000 milligrams per day

    4. What would be a good use of an analgesic?
    reduce pain
    replace the body's needed thyroid chemicals
    destroy bacterial infections in the throat
    promote sleep

    5. Which of the following may be a desirable effect of caffeine?
    mental arousal
    reduced stress and anxiety
    increased fatigue
    better digestive organ function

    6. Which of the following should you NOT consult to find out the best and current information on drugs?
    government websites
    the local pharmacist who fills your prescriptions
    the physician who is treating your symptoms and disease processes.
    the good friend who believes only in alternative medicine.

    7. Which fairly tasteless and odorless drug causes sleepiness, sedation, and the inability to remember events that occurred when one was under the influence of the drug?
    methamphetamine
    LSD
    rohypnol
    ether

    8. Which of the following is not an effect of fetal alcohol syndrome?
    heart defects
    low birth weight and length
    larger head size
    mental retardation

    9. Which of the following statements about FAS is not correct?
    FAS is not preventable.
    FAS is caused by mothers who drink alcohol while being pregnant.
    Babies born with FAS often suffer heart defects or delayed growth.
    Babies born with FAS often suffer from mental retardation and malformed faces.

    10. Which of the following most commonly used drugs is involved in half of all car crashes?
    heroin
    marijuana
    alcohol
    cocaine

    11. How is alcohol classified?
    a depressant
    a stimulant
    an opiate
    a narcotic

    12. Which of the following is an example of proper drug or medication use?
    taking more medication than prescribed
    taking over-the-counter drugs for a cold
    taking drugs at the wrong time of day
    stopping a prescribed medication too soon

    13. Which childhood disorder is most closely linked to environmental tobacco smoke?
    emphysema
    asthma
    heart attacks
    lung cancer

    14. Which of the following is a result of smoking during pregnancy?
    high infant birth weight
    enlarged head size
    decreased risk of infection
    increased risk of miscarriage

    15. What is the correct term that describes the use of inhalants as a drug in which the person's body slows down and causes the person to lose control of their behavior and emotions?
    injecting
    snorting
    huffing
    licking

    16. Which of the following terms describes what happens when a drug decreases the effect of another drug?
    antagonistic reaction
    synergistic reaction
    intravenous reaction
    hallucinogenic reaction

    17. Which of the following is a common sign of drug abuse?
    gettting good grades in school
    developing friendships that encourage healthy behavior
    good decision-making skills
    unexplained changes in behavior

    18. What is the name for stimulants that are made from everyday products and can keep a person awake for long periods of time, resulting in a lack of interest in usual activities, as well as a loss of appetite and a change in personality?
    methamphetamines
    cocaine
    heroin
    marijuana

    19. Which of the following is NOT a good strategy for preventing drug use and abuse?
    Form clear goals of what you would like to accomplish in the future.
    Take time to study the side effects of drugs on the body.
    Hang out with friends who are known to use drugs.
    Learn refusal skills and the ability to say no when feeling pressured.

    20. You are driving and notice the person ahead of you is weaving and swerving and straddling the lane marker. Such behavior indicates that the driver may be under the influence of which of the following drugs?
    alcohol
    analgesics
    antibiotics
    antiarrhythmics

    21. Which of the following describes organic compounds that can help the body to function better to make energy, produce blood cells, and reduce the risk of birth defects suc

    • ANSWER:
      cdcaadccacbbbdcadaca

  34. QUESTION:
    Is it possible that someone experiencing extreme stress could be misdiagnosed with a serious mental illness?
    Especially when the diagnosis comes at 45 years of age, with no previous history of mental illness?

    My apologies for the lengthy additional details, but this is important. Here is a brief summary of what has happened in the past 4 years:

    Single mom with rheumatoid arthritis, a painful, crippling disease.

    Widespread osteoarthritis, in need of two total knee replacements, various other joint reconstruction necessary.

    No pain meds nor pain management prescribed by doctors.

    Currently taking moderate, fluctuating doses of prednisone along with 20 mgs. of methotrexate (a cancer drug) weekly.

    Feelings of guilt over how this disease has affected my family.

    Inability to engage in many previously enjoyed activities. This has led to a sense of loss.

    Mother has been ill during this time and has endured 5 surgeries.

    In the past 90 days the following has occurred:

    Found a breast lump with lymph node swelling in the nearest armpit.

    Enlarged thyroid with thyroid lump.

    Have entered menopause.

    Monthly income has dropped by more than half, with total income per month at less than 0 dollars. Very real possibility of homelessness.

    Strange medical and emotional symptoms include panic attacks, night sweats, extreme fatigue, insomnia, irritability, frequent crying, increased joint and muscle pain, etc.

    Feeling depressed and overwhelmed, I sought counseling. My therapist felt I was simply overly anxious and depressed, and recommended that I speak with the clinic psychiatrist. She felt he may prescribe something to ease my symptoms.

    After only one hour with me, during which he asked only 10-15 questions to which I was not allowed to elaborate in my answer, he slapped me with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, wrote a prescription for anti-convulsants and sent me from his office.

    Needless to say, this has caused additional stress, and I will be seeking a second opinion.

    My question is, considering all that I have endured these past 4 years, is it possible that the diagnosis is grossly inaccurate?

    Might one in my position be expected to suffer anxiety and depression, and experience similar physical and emotional symptoms?

    Thank you for taking the time to read that.
    ((((Kerilyn))))

    Thank you so much. For the past two weeks -- after receiving this diagnosis -- I have been so much more anxious and depressed. That of course has led to me questioning my own sanity even more -- I feel utterly dazed and confused.

    Why don't I take pain meds? My rheumy doesn't prescribe them, so I sought out a GP in order that I may establish as a patient and be treated with pain meds or pain management through alternative methods such as hypnosis, acupuncture, biofeedback...

    Of course, my first appointment with her came shortly after finding the breast lump. That was horrifying. -- all I could think of was what would happen to my kids.

    I admit, I probably had a mental breakdown. If it hasn't yet happened, it's imminent. I'm normally a calm person, but this is too much.

    I also feel that menopause and it's hormonal swings has only added to the distress. What a nightmare this has all been. Now I must find new doctors, tell my story again, keep seeking help. *sigh*
    ((((UP))))

    ((((Ambivalent))))

    ((((Poppy Seed))))

    ((((Mom 2-2))))

    Thank you all so much.

    (((((((Everyone))))))
    Just an added note : The meds he prescribed? I refuse to take them.
    ((((bad tim))))
    (((MiXxed)))

    (((Sassy)))

    (((Warrior)))

    • ANSWER:
      I am an RN..while I am not going to offer medical advice based on this q alone I think Ambivalent has given you the BA so far..you need a second opinion very much and soon.

      Being an RN has not made me any less likely to run into health care delivery debacles, either.

      I do not care to go into my own details other than to say if I had not trusted my gut instincts and what I had learned both as a nurse and through my own research, more than once either myself or a family member would have received medications or treatments that would have been VERY harmful to us as later confirmed through testing or another physician and a proper diagnosis and course of treatement.

      If your instincts are telling you that you have been misdiagnosed, then get a second or third opinion if necessary.

  35. QUESTION:
    Endocrinology Center?
    Complete diagnostic in our thyroid cancer operation center to prevent thyroid gland disorders symptoms.
    Most often the first symptom of thyroid cancer is a nodule in the thyroid region of the neck. However, many adults have small nodules in their thyroids, but typically under 5% of these nodules are found to be malignant. Sometimes the first sign is an enlarged lymph node. Later symptoms that can be present are pain in the anterior region of the neck and changes in voice.Thyroid cancer is usually found in a euthyroid patient, but symptoms of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism may be associated with a large or metastatic well-differentiated tumor.Thyroid nodules are of particular concern when they are found in those under the age of 20. The presentation of benign nodules at this age is less likely, and thus the potential for malignancy is far greater. In the thyroid cancer operation center we do all of the diagnoses in a range that we can cure every patient. The treatment of thyroid cancer may require surgery. Common surgeries include thyroidectomy, lobectomy, and tracheostomy. Radioactive Iodine-131 is used in patients with papillary or follicular thyroid cancer for ablation of residual thyroid tissue after surgery and for the treatment of thyroid cancer. Patients with medullary, anaplastic, and most Hurthle cell cancers do not benefit from this therapy. External irradiation may be used when the cancer is unresectable, when it recurs after resection, or to relieve pain from bone metastasis. Some can cause a calcium deficiency after thyroidectomy, our after service we can manage and monitoring the symptoms.

    http://www.vejthani.com/web-english/thyroid-cancer-disorders-operation-center.php

    • ANSWER:
      If you say so!

  36. QUESTION:
    DOG WITH HAIR LOSS AND ENLARGED NIPPLES. HELP!?
    I have a black lab aged 6. and im so stuck!. at about 2 years old he started to get a bald patch around his eyes, after that over a few months practically all of his fur on his back legs and tail and bum went. and it hasn't come back fully since. vets put it straight down to mites. done skin scraping and never found anything. then their next diagnosis was allergies so they gave him steroids because his fur would sometimes come back (not fully) but he would look near enough like a black lab again then a few weeks later it would go. allergies made sense for a while because he has oily smelly skin and he nibbles to point of bleeding and his paws in between his toes are red raw sometimes. they gave him steroids which he was on for a bout a year and a half. made no difference so i went back and demanded something else to be done because it wasn't only driving him mad it was driving me mad to having to watch him scratch and bite himself stupid...the vets then done another scraping and found nothing. she mentioned he had a yeast infection from the scratching which is what was causing the smell and greasy hair. i now have a shampoo which i have to do twice a week but still doesn't seem to be making any difference, if anything he is scratching more and his paws are now quite red a sore...i have spent hours on the internet finding out what is could all possibly be. i have read his symptoms could be linked to
    1; allergies
    2: mites (mange)
    3: yeast infection
    4: thyroid problems
    5: hormone imbalance

    Here are his symptoms
    1: hair loss back legs, bum, eyes, belly now on his front legs
    2: thick greasy hair (foisty smell)
    3: hot sensitive skin
    4: constant scratching every where
    5: flaky skin (dry)
    6: sore, itchy patches between the toes. scrapes his feet along the floor as if hes been in stinging nettles.
    7: would sometimes come accros as grumpy, no energy.
    8: quite large nipples as if he is a bitch and finished feeding (no distcharge)

    his weight is fine, infact hes a big and strong lab.
    im thinking of getting him castrated. but with it costing £60 its something i cant just go and get done. but i am haoping to get it done within the next couple of months.
    i want to get this sorted so much as he is my baby and he is such a lovely dog with such a gorgous personality. he was a kenneled dog but he now in the house with and as you can imagin the smel and fur is almost impossible to keep under controll. he eats fine has a typical appatite of a dog (wants everything i have) the suggested a blood test to do more allergy tests but this would cost about £250 to £300. im considering taking out a loan somehow or something and just telling them to get it sorted properly but its not that easy. my dad has spent nearly £1000 on him over the last 4 years. he has been to 4 different kinds of vets. im so desperate to get this sorted. i cant walk him during the day incase people look at him and think he is being miss treated. it would kill me if anyone could think that. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SOME HELP ME, IF ANYONE OUT THERE HAS HAD THIS PROBLEM AND HAS FOUND SOLUTIONS THEN PLEASE HELP ME!
    thanks every one!

    • ANSWER:
      Have you taken him to a veterinary endocrine specialist?
      This sounds like an endocrine problem, not a skin issue - that's just a symptom.
      It could well be Cushings Disease, which can be determined by a test:
      http://www.kateconnick.com/library/cushingsdisease.html

      I would suggest you get him to a specialist - they will know how to pin this down much faster, and get you on the road to managing it correctly.

      Here is a support group online as well:
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/CanineCushings-AutoimmuneCare/

  37. QUESTION:
    pregnancy symptoms, negative tests ... Please help i need a lot of answers!?
    Okay this is going to be a long one but please if you could take your time to read it i would really appreciate it...

    Okay so my fiance and i have been together for 3 years. I haven't been on birth control for around about 2 years and when i was on it, it wasn't for a long time only a few months. I am 19 and my partners 21.We always used protection such as condoms, On may 16th was the last time i got my normal period. We had sex in my unprotected a few times. I started getting what i thought was a few symptoms such as : Nausea,I had a really high temp of 39.2 and flu symptoms that only lasted one day, headaches,extreme fatigue,sore breasts,etc. I also just "felt" pregnant. I was meant to get my period on the 11th june but instead it was a day late and was just spotting only when i wiped and no period pains at all only a few here and there but nothing like my normal heavy/painful period. I thought that might have been implantation bleeding but when i got negative blood and urine tests i just put it down to a short period. I thought i would just wait and see what happens with my next period-i assumed i wasn't pregnant, but just couldn't shake feeling like i was pregnant. I had a few scares before but nothing like this. we still had unprotected sex during June because we thought well if im not pregnant we are ready for a child either way! both financially and mentally. Through the month of june i started getting blue veins,still sore breasts and enlarged! morning sickness comes and goes. I thought maybe i was just expecting my period.

    So on the 8th july i was expecting my period and it never came. Its 5 days late... on the 6th july(2 days before my period) i started getting what i thought was asthma and turns out to be heartburn and a lot of cervical mucus (which is unusual cause usually im really dry before my period) Only way i can explain it is, it was like nasal mucus- I thought nothing of it but come the day of my period i thought i got it and went to check was just more mucus i just kept feeling wet and everytime i wiped it was there this lasted up until yesterday and the cramps stopped yesterday (12th june) and now i still have no signs of my period. its so confusing but the doctor thinks i'm not pregnant. But he said it could be to early. I figured by my records that i ovulated on the half way through the day on the 26th than finished half way through the day on the 27th (is this normal????)
    This was going off the egg white discharge(fertile) on the 27th i got the white stain in my underwear-what does that mean???

    These are the dates that i tested-
    14th June- doctors urine test(was still spotting)
    17th june-hpt
    20th june-got blood test was negative doc said may be to early
    5th july- negative test (so i pretty much new i wasn't pregnant from this month)
    6th july-got blood test im pretty sure it said 5hcg the doctor didn't tell me just said was neg
    8th july- period due, neg test
    10th july- negative test (today would have been 2 weeks after ovulation IF i conceived on the 26th

    all these tests were done with early morning urine and im going to test again in a few days. But is it possible i could be pregnant from may and not show on the tests??? or do you think its more likely to be pregnant from June?????? i ovulated later in the month and only have a 26 day cycle its really confusing and my doctor wouldn't talk to me about any of this. I had all my levels checked like thyroids,iron,etc and i have no stds. I don't have pcos or ovarian cysts. i am not "hoping" to be pregnant meaning im not thinking about it a lot but i would not mind at all if i was pregnant !!!! Im not stressing and haven't lost weight or gained it nothings new and i have asked my doctor all the reasons what could be going on. He said next step is an ultra sound but if i was pregnant now i should wait til i would be around 8 weeks for an ultra sound and by than im hoping a test would show and if im not pregnant than see whats going on

    I have been having my period for 7 years now and never been late always on time and i get a feeling when im getting my period i'm pretty in touch with my body.

    Im sorry this is so long but i really need help im going insane!! I just want to know whats going on :( has anyone at all had similar problems like this?

    • ANSWER:
      The only thing that I can tell you is to wait a couple days or a week and test again. I would think that if you did get pregnant than it would be from june. Good luck!

  38. QUESTION:
    Need medical advice. Feeling very sick :( Help?
    Ok so I posted last week on here about this and was adviced to go to the E.R. by people who answered. Here is the previous post: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20101204234252AALGbRt That bug bite part you can ignore as it has went away. I did go to the E.R. and it didn't help at all. I got in there and told them my symptoms (random panic attacks/anxiety, constant racing heart, dramatic weight loss in less than a week, nausea, upset stomache, headaches, aches all over and especially in my joints, congestion, and passing out.) The doctors took a blood and urine test and swabbed the back of my throat and sinuses. They diagnosed me with a bladder infection, sinus infection, and even found bacteria in my blood. They told me I had no illness but only those infections. I looked up what causes bladder infections because I have had quite a few bladder infections when I was younger. It said on a website that it is caused by an enlarged prostate but only in older men, having sex with a female who too has a bladder infection, or when bacteria called E. colli escape the digestive system and enter the bladder. I know for sure I have not had any sex (still a virgin) and as for the enlarged prostate that only happens to older men, not 17 year olds like myself. Now I am not too sure about that E. Colli thing. I am wondering what could be wrong. My family had a theory that I possibly have hyperthyriodism which is when the thyroid makes too much thyroid hormones thus making you sick and causing random anxiety as well. But what seems fishy to me about that theory is that this sickness started immeditely. Hyperthyroidism, I would think, starts slowly and eventually levels out to a consistant release of too much thyroid hormones (correct me if I am wrong.) But regardless there is still something wrong with me and it isn't what those E.R. doctors diagnosed me with. If you are a doctor or atleast have a lot of medical knowledge please reply to this post or email me at joe012594@yahoo.com and help me out here. I don't have a doctor and my insurance isn't excepted by any doctors in the area I live in. The nearest one is 200 miles away. The only place near me that will except my insurance is that E.R. down the block but I can't be constantly going in there. Please help :(

    • ANSWER:
      Well with symptoms like that you need to see a regular doctor not an ER doctor. They are trained to treat on an emergency basis and your symptoms don't sound like an emergency. I'm not trying to downplay what you are going through I just think you need to see a general practitioner and they will be able to assist you better than an ER doctor in this case. You need to make the 200 mile trip if your health is important to you.

  39. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like I have mono?
    Hi, I am a 15 year old male and I believe that I may have mono. It all started about a month ago when I went into the doctor because I was having trouble sleeping, and I was told that I most likely have hyperthyroidism, due to the large goiter on my neck. It turned out that I was actually hypothyroid, and I would have to come in regularly to get my blood checked and possibly be put on medication. However, when I went back into the doctors office, they said my thyroid was in the normal activity range, just very enlarged. I found this very strange because I have been feeling very tired all the time since this whole thing started. Anyways, I was just wondering if I had mono because for the first time today I have been really really really listless. Also, my sleep pattern if very funny, like I go to bed at 8 pm and wake up at 12 am and go back to bed at 4 am and wake up at like 7 am. The doctor said that my spleen was slightly perturbing, and that it could be due to mono or not. I was just wondering If I could have mono because I don't have the usually symptom of having a sore throat. I am however very tired as of recently and really ichy. Also, can having mono cause your thyroid to become enlarged, because I heard that it could. Lastly the doctor said that having this problem could potentially stunt my growth, is this true?
    also, as far as symptoms go, i do occasionally get light headed and have a headache ( although it may be from my contacts)

    • ANSWER:
      No, you are right, it doesn't sound like mono, although if the dr. thinks that might be what is wrong, he should do a blood test, as it would show up in a blood test.

  40. QUESTION:
    disability/ assistance/ HELP?
    am a 22 yr old Female, married, 1 child who is 2. I was in pursuit of becoming a RN registered nurse. I have a few health problems, but FINALLY got accepted and now have health insurance. Because of my having health insurance, I got testing done on a few physical issues that were concerning me. I was diagnosed about 1 month ago with pulmonary hypertension by an echocardiogram, heart clots, and holes are ruled out as being a cause(with a transesophageal echocardiogram) and I am now seeing a Pulmonary Hypertension specialist, who did a right heart catheterization on me 2 days ago (which is considered the golden standard of pulmonary hypertension diagnosis,and gives a direct measurement of the actual hypertension range, instead of an estimate like the echocardiogram, and the Transesophageal echocardiogram. My diastolic measurement was 83, which in a healthy persons pulmonary artery should be about 20. I know that my heart on the right side is enlarged due to the pressure build up, I know that it is pushing on that side of my lung, and I know that my prognosis is 10 years OPTIMAL --unless there is a breakthrough in medicine for this rare disease that affects 1 : 1 million people. And for me the cause is unknown which makes my diagnosis, Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. However, during the right heart catherization I fell into the category of the few with this disease that have a good response to the medication. So because of that my prognosis could be better if I take the medications , and do all I can to improve my condition. The problem is, The medications I need to take to improve this are warfarin(a blood thinner)-very cheap, Viagra(yes,it was originally created for hypertension), but because folks have difficulty getting errections and I need this to LIVE, insurance won't cover it, and I have to pay for an 8 day supply. I also need to take a medication which I have not yet been prescribed, which will cost between 85-125 THOUSAND dollars a year, depending on the brand, and I know my Insurance company is trying to find reasons to change this... So does anyone know what I should do, or what I am entitled to? the only option I see is going on disability. Other than the money, I have horrible symptoms of fatigue, because oxygen isnt being pumped adequately to the rest of my body, which often causes me to faint as as result of not enough oxygen to my brain, which can be brought on by taking 4 steps, or simply standing up. it causes TONS of other symptoms, not to mention my other health problems prior to this diagnosis. I just dont know what to do because I have to take my meds to live, but can't afford them, and there's no way i can work right now due to my physical and mental status, even if I did work, who has over 100 thousand dollars to spend on 1 type of medicine??? If my time is limited I need to use every ounce of energy and muster up any happiness left to shed on my 2 year old and the rest of my family who are hurting. I have seen people cry (like my dad), who I have never seen cry not ONE other time in MY ENTIRE LIFE!!! I stay up at night wondering if my daughter will even remember me, and if so, hoping that I am not remembered subconsciously as a sick, weak, depressed mother who ...blah...
    I also don't know if I were to recieve it if it would be based on shitty part time jobs I had while I was in school, working to be something and working to save peoples lives, making the deans list Every quarter, and aspiring to prevent people from having to deal with health care workers that I have. Although they say there is no known cause, it is only because they can't prove that my problem is due to thyroid disease. My normal TSH(thyroid stimulating hormone) should be 5 at the highest, bloodwork was done, and 2 years later I was retested by my current physician. whoever did it the first time overlooked that my TSH was 394 instead of 5 .. A SIGNIFICANT difference, which is why I have hashimotos thyroiditis, also known simply as hypothyroidism, or a leukocyte deficiency, which is known as an auto immune disease. Auto immune diseases however have been linked to PAH as as well as simply put,,, Thyroid diseases this was uncontrolled for so long and go to such a crazy range that it could be why I am where I am now. I am stuck in all of this, and my husband is stuck having to look after me and our daughter because I can't walk 5 feet without fainting for about 3 minutes, and 4minutes and higher can cause irreversible brain damage...I'm just sooo overwhelmed, and young, and I don't know what order, or what steps for that matter to take?? If anyone could help I would really apppreciate this.

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry to hear what is going on, I have been following your situation, and I can't fathom how you are able to deal with it. Here are my suggestions.

      You have extremely serious problems that require you to have optimum mental as well as physical health. You have made a valiant effort to pull your weight and not become part of a social program, but there is no shame in needing it when you are suffering and dealing with the hand you have been dealt. These programs are for the exact reason of what you are dealing with.

      First speak with your doctor. If a medication which is considered "not medically necessary" as "Viagra" is, may well be covered if the doctor justifies why you need it. Many of them are, and once it is clarified then they will cover them. If this is not the case, and for the other horrendously expensive drugs you are needing, talk to your pharmacist. They will help you apply for discounts through the drug companies for financial help when it is so important for you to have the medication.

      Apply immediately for SDI. Then call Social Security and apply for SSDI. You definitely have the medical records proving you are not able to hold down a job. There is no shame in any of these, you paid into the system the entire time you worked, and would you not want anyone else you read about suffering from problems like yours, not receiving the benefits our tax dollars go to. I don't think you would begrudge another person, so why would you not do so yourself. If you have problems with Social Security, (you may just because of your young age), then get an attorney specializing in Social Security. They work on contingency, however because your case probably will not have much back pay, you may need to find one who will handle yours pro bono. S.S. administration or your county's health department should be able to help you locate one.

      This will give you the rest and chance you need to take care of yourself, and your family. The added stress you are under is just making everything a hundred times worse. Modern medicine is giving us miracles everyday, and I sincerely hope you are another one. The first step is getting the medication and financial help you need to deal with these things. Please remember, you paid your taxes and so does your husband. Use the programs you need to use to get well. Best of luck with everything, and please take care of yourself!~~

  41. QUESTION:
    disability/assistance/HELP?
    am a 22 yr old Female, married, 1 child who is 2. I was in pursuit of becoming a RN registered nurse. I have a few health problems, but FINALLY got accepted and now have health insurance. Because of my having health insurance, I got testing done on a few physical issues that were concerning me. I was diagnosed about 1 month ago with pulmonary hypertension by an echocardiogram, heart clots, and holes are ruled out as being a cause(with a transesophageal echocardiogram) and I am now seeing a Pulmonary Hypertension specialist, who did a right heart catheterization on me 2 days ago (which is considered the golden standard of pulmonary hypertension diagnosis,and gives a direct measurement of the actual hypertension range, instead of an estimate like the echocardiogram, and the Transesophageal echocardiogram. My diastolic measurement was 83, which in a healthy persons pulmonary artery should be about 20. I know that my heart on the right side is enlarged due to the pressure build up, I know that it is pushing on that side of my lung, and I know that my prognosis is 10 years OPTIMAL --unless there is a breakthrough in medicine for this rare disease that affects 1 : 1 million people. And for me the cause is unknown which makes my diagnosis, Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. However, during the right heart catherization I fell into the category of the few with this disease that have a good response to the medication. So because of that my prognosis could be better if I take the medications , and do all I can to improve my condition. The problem is, The medications I need to take to improve this are warfarin(a blood thinner)-very cheap, Viagra(yes,it was originally created for hypertension), but because folks have difficulty getting errections and I need this to LIVE, insurance won't cover it, and I have to pay for an 8 day supply. I also need to take a medication which I have not yet been prescribed, which will cost between 85-125 THOUSAND dollars a year, depending on the brand, and I know my Insurance company is trying to find reasons to change this... So does anyone know what I should do, or what I am entitled to? the only option I see is going on disability. Other than the money, I have horrible symptoms of fatigue, because oxygen isnt being pumped adequately to the rest of my body, which often causes me to faint as as result of not enough oxygen to my brain, which can be brought on by taking 4 steps, or simply standing up. it causes TONS of other symptoms, not to mention my other health problems prior to this diagnosis. I just dont know what to do because I have to take my meds to live, but can't afford them, and there's no way i can work right now due to my physical and mental status, even if I did work, who has over 100 thousand dollars to spend on 1 type of medicine??? If my time is limited I need to use every ounce of energy and muster up any happiness left to shed on my 2 year old and the rest of my family who are hurting. I have seen people cry (like my dad), who I have never seen cry not ONE other time in MY ENTIRE LIFE!!! I stay up at night wondering if my daughter will even remember me, and if so, hoping that I am not remembered subconsciously as a sick, weak, depressed mother who ...blah...
    I also don't know if I were to recieve it if it would be based on shitty part time jobs I had while I was in school, working to be something and working to save peoples lives, making the deans list Every quarter, and aspiring to prevent people from having to deal with health care workers that I have. Although they say there is no known cause, it is only because they can't prove that my problem is due to thyroid disease. My normal TSH(thyroid stimulating hormone) should be 5 at the highest, bloodwork was done, and 2 years later I was retested by my current physician. whoever did it the first time overlooked that my TSH was 394 instead of 5 .. A SIGNIFICANT difference, which is why I have hashimotos thyroiditis, also known simply as hypothyroidism, or a leukocyte deficiency, which is known as an auto immune disease. Auto immune diseases however have been linked to PAH as as well as simply put,,, Thyroid diseases this was uncontrolled for so long and go to such a crazy range that it could be why I am where I am now. I am stuck in all of this, and my husband is stuck having to look after me and our daughter because I can't walk 5 feet without fainting for about 3 minutes, and 4minutes and higher can cause irreversible brain damage...I'm just sooo overwhelmed, and young, and I don't know what order, or what steps for that matter to take?? If anyone could help I would really apppreciate this.

    • ANSWER:
      You haven't worked enough to receive disability from SS. In order to qualify,you have to have worked 40 quarters,which is 10 years.
      Depending on your household income,you could qualify for SSI,which is for those who are disabled but did not work enough quarters,if you are deemed disabled by the government. If you have a spouse that has a good job,your income might be over the limit as a household and you wouldn't qualify. If you do,I think the highest amount you can get is around 0.00 a month.
      Disability can sometimes take years to get. The government loves to turn people down. The average person waits around 2 years till they are approved.
      Once you are approved,you have to wait two years before health insurance,medicare,kicks in.
      If you Doctor thinks you are unable to perform any type of job due to your disability,you should file with the SS office. I would imagine your condition would qualify you for disability fairly quickly.
      Just wanted to let you know all the bad aspects of it. People assume that you can just go apply and get a check and insurance a few weeks later.
      Good luck to you and your family.

  42. QUESTION:
    Intermittent nausea/lightheadedness/weakness?
    Since January, every few months I experience about a week long bout of dizziness/nausea/lightheadedness/muscle weakness. It feels very scary to me, like I'm about to die or something, like my heart is not beating fast/hard enough or my brain is slowly dying. Kinda feels like my chest is giving out or giving up and I'm going to faint, but I never do. It happens when I'm sitting at the computer, or especially while I'm eating or very shortly after eating.
    Background : had a Paragard copper IUD inserted 1.5 years ago. Starting one month after the insertion, TERRIBLE right side pelvic pain that lasts like 2-3 days and comes and goes every other month or so...doesn't tend to go hand in hand with my dizzy spells. This pain has been happening since the insertion
    Last blood work done at time of insertion showed TSH at 3.59. Doctor said it's normal...hypothyroid runs in my family and the doctor said my thyroid is definitely enlarged. In fact, I can even see it in pictures of myself! So how is this normal? Some sites I look at, looks like I have symptoms of Hashimoto's...but hyper symptoms, not so much hypo...does Hashi's swing back and forth?
    I have intermittent difficulty swallowing. No pain...just difficult to swallow. Very intermittent.
    I have terrible allergies. I haven't matched it up previously, but this last week I experienced this bout of nausea and weakness (like blood is leaving my arms and I can't grip a pencil) and the lightheadedness ... I was also feeling fluid in my ears! My ears were popping and crackling when I swallowed or blew my nose and when I would lay down at night, I would feel liquid drain in my ears and sinuses drain down my throat even though I didn't have a runny nose that day.
    Going through my date book from when I started writing down symptoms...it sorta seems these weeks are lining up around ovulation or right at the end of my periods but I don't know. I don't know if I'm anemic, but I took a gold ring and was able to draw dark gray lines all over my body with it...read somewhere that that might signal anemia but I don't know.
    So does anyone know if Hashimoto's/Anemia/Hormonal Issues can cause these random weeks every few months where I feel like I'm dying? I just can't think that it would be something so simple, knowing how bad I feel you know? Like it's gotta be cancer or something much worse and that's why I feel so bad.
    These terrible terrible right side pains (also I should mention every so often since I've had this inserted I've also had random shooting/stabbing rectal pain too) ... what does this sound like? Endo? Cysts? Could any of those female type issues cause these terrible nausea/lightheadedness spells? My periods are heavy as heck and I usually have spotting 5 days before them and they last long.
    Thanks for any insight, it'll be a couple months before I can get into the doctor and I just wanna know which things I should really press for answers on...like thyroid or possible female issues.

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    HELP! HEALTH ONLINE!?
    Choose the best answer for each question.

    1. Which of the following helps to boost the function of the immune system by encouraging the formation of antibodies for protection?
    hormones
    vaccines
    antibiotics
    diuretics

    2. Caffeine is naturally found in which of the following substances?
    soda pop
    fruit juices
    medications
    coffee

    3. Caffeine addiction is caused by continuous ingestion of at least which of the following amounts?
    20 milligrams per day
    100 milligrams per day
    200 milligrams per day
    1,000 milligrams per day

    4. What would be a good use of an analgesic?
    reduce pain
    replace the body's needed thyroid chemicals
    destroy bacterial infections in the throat
    promote sleep

    5. Which of the following may be a desirable effect of caffeine?
    mental arousal
    reduced stress and anxiety
    increased fatigue
    better digestive organ function

    6. Which of the following should you NOT consult to find out the best and current information on drugs?
    government websites
    the local pharmacist who fills your prescriptions
    the physician who is treating your symptoms and disease processes.
    the good friend who believes only in alternative medicine.

    7. Which fairly tasteless and odorless drug causes sleepiness, sedation, and the inability to remember events that occurred when one was under the influence of the drug?
    methamphetamine
    LSD
    rohypnol
    ether

    8. Which of the following is not an effect of fetal alcohol syndrome?
    heart defects
    low birth weight and length
    larger head size
    mental retardation

    9. Which of the following statements about FAS is not correct?
    FAS is not preventable.
    FAS is caused by mothers who drink alcohol while being pregnant.
    Babies born with FAS often suffer heart defects or delayed growth.
    Babies born with FAS often suffer from mental retardation and malformed faces.

    10. Which of the following most commonly used drugs is involved in half of all car crashes?
    heroin
    marijuana
    alcohol
    cocaine

    11. How is alcohol classified?
    a depressant
    a stimulant
    an opiate
    a narcotic

    12. Which of the following is an example of proper drug or medication use?
    taking more medication than prescribed
    taking over-the-counter drugs for a cold
    taking drugs at the wrong time of day
    stopping a prescribed medication too soon

    13. Which childhood disorder is most closely linked to environmental tobacco smoke?
    emphysema
    asthma
    heart attacks
    lung cancer

    14. Which of the following is a result of smoking during pregnancy?
    high infant birth weight
    enlarged head size
    decreased risk of infection
    increased risk of miscarriage

    15. What is the correct term that describes the use of inhalants as a drug in which the person's body slows down and causes the person to lose control of their behavior and emotions?
    injecting
    snorting
    huffing
    licking

    16. Which of the following terms describes what happens when a drug decreases the effect of another drug?
    antagonistic reaction
    synergistic reaction
    intravenous reaction
    hallucinogenic reaction

    17. Which of the following is a common sign of drug abuse?
    gettting good grades in school
    developing friendships that encourage healthy behavior
    good decision-making skills
    unexplained changes in behavior

    18. What is the name for stimulants that are made from everyday products and can keep a person awake for long periods of time, resulting in a lack of interest in usual activities, as well as a loss of appetite and a change in personality?
    methamphetamines
    cocaine
    heroin
    marijuana

    19. Which of the following is NOT a good strategy for preventing drug use and abuse?
    Form clear goals of what you would like to accomplish in the future.
    Take time to study the side effects of drugs on the body.
    Hang out with friends who are known to use drugs.
    Learn refusal skills and the ability to say no when feeling pressured.

    20. You are driving and notice the person ahead of you is weaving and swerving and straddling the lane marker. Such behavior indicates that the driver may be under the influence of which of the following drugs?
    alcohol
    analgesics
    antibiotics
    antiarrhythmics

    21. Which of the following describes organic compounds that can help the body to function better to make energy, produce blood ce

    • ANSWER:
      Homework problems? Look up the answers in your textbook or on line. It is not very good for your education to ask us to do your homework.

      New Year's resolution: Do my own homework!

  44. QUESTION:
    swollen lymph node in neck?
    I am very concerned about my health right now, I usually don't get sick, but lately I have been getting some kind of enlarged something on my neck, that feel tender and painful. sometimes I have it on the left or right side of my throat just above the clavicle and usually disappears in 24 hrs, then my neck gets swollen again after a couple of weeks and so on. The thing is that along with the swelling i feel tired, i have muscle pain usually on upper back, back of my neck, shoulders, and hands, that also disappears with the swelling, I don't get any cold or flu symptoms or fever which can be sign of infection. I have read that several condition can cause swollen lymph node, including cancer, infections, HIV. but maybe I have a thyroid problem, i don't know, but then my Dr. just checked my thyroid hormone through blood and it came within normal limits. Maybe it has something to do with infertility, since I have been trying to conceive for more than a year and I had a miscarriage on august of last year. Anyways do any of you have a clue about this?

    • ANSWER:
      this actually happens to me a lot. usually the lymph nodes in my neck get swollen when my allergies are severely irritated. i live in a city with high cedar count so whenever i leave for a few days and come back, this happens while my body re-adjusts to the cedar again. this also happens to me whenever i'm getting sick, which is then accompanied by back and neck pain, as well as fatigue. you seem to be describing the latter case, so maybe you're coming down with the flu or something. try drinking lots of OJ, resting and doing what you'd normally do when fighting the flu. if the lymph nodes are still swollen after a few days then it may be something more serious.

  45. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a vet to miss an undescended testicle when neutering a male dog?
    I know it sounds crazy but my dog is 11 and seems to have all of the symptoms of testicular cancer, although he was neutered as a puppy. He has enlarged mammary glands (everyone always thinks he is a female who just had puppies) a pendulous stomach and one vet even did a test on him and said he had a large amount of estrogen in him. He also has thyroid problems (is on soloxin), skin allergies, a crusty nose and just had a tumor removed on his leg. Poor thing. The vets don't seem to ever know what is wrong with him. So, is there any chance he can still have an undescended testicle inside of him that is causing at least some of his problems?
    What I meant was, maybe he didn't miss getting both of them, he just didn't tell us he didn't get both of them, and yes, those are the symptoms of testicular cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      I suppose it is possible, but unlikely. Anybody can make mistakes, we are only human, after all. I highly doubt he has an undescended testicle.

      Poor guy, he is going through a lot. Neutering a dog does not guarantee against cancers, it just reduces the probability by a lot.

      Good luck.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can anyone help me with a medical diagnoses? please!!!!?
    So right now I am in a wheelchair and the only thing the doctors have figured out is that my spinal cord is enlarged, not inflamed. So right now i am a paraplegic. The doctors thought that this could be caused by many things so they did a spinal tap, which showed nothing, a plasmapheresis, which did nothing, i had a ton of blood taken, lots of MRIs, and yet they still dont know what is wrong. So here are my symptoms: paraplegia, of course. I have also have decreased sensation starting from around T8 and down and i also have impaired motor function as well. I did not experience any sort of trauma to my back nor was I ever sick before this incident. What happen was my legs just started feeling weak and numb then over a period of a few months they got much worse until i could no longer walk. As of right now the only thing i can voluntarily move from T8 and down are my toes and some of the foot. The only thing the doctors think it could be is transveres myelitis or a spinal tumor but they still doubt it could be those things. And they have pretty much ruled out viral/bacterial, MS, and a thyroid abnormality. If you know someone that can help or if you can help please let me know. anything will help! thanks! and if you have more questions just ask me

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    IM EFFING SCARED!! Can Anemia cause petechiae?!?!?!?
    Hey,

    I'm a 20 year old female and I honestly believe that I have some form of Leukemia... and I also believe that I am slowly, but surely, dying from this disease. Here are a few of my main concerns/symptoms and the reasons behind why I so strongly think this and in my head... know this:

    - I have been bruising a lot more than normal for the past couple of months. I constantly have bruises and they are mainly on my lower parts - as in, my legs, etc.
    - My body, also for the past couple of months, has been cramping and aching in random spots... from my feet, legs, back, shoulders, etc.
    - This I noticed yesterday, but I found more today - petechiae, forgive the spelling. I have at least, well... around 7 of them (that I know of.)
    - I seem some-what weaker than normal and kinda' off, like... fatigued. I look a little pale and I have these dark circles underneath my eyes. Oh, and yes, this all started around a couple of months ago.
    - My periods have been a little off for a few-ish months, but... to be honest... I'm not too concerned about it.
    - Once again, for the past couple of months, I sometimes get small and short headaches after I stretch, get up to fast, or go to the restroom.
    - For years and year I've had an enlarged lymph-node right behind my ear (not on my ear and kinda' right on the hair line.) I also, have a thyroid nodule, which I've had for a few years... if not more.
    - Around a month and a half ago, I got some tests done - blood tests: CBC, thyroid levels and some others, like iron. Results for the blood tests came back normal. I had an EKG and a pap-smear done and yup, all normal. The only thing that came back abnormal was my UA, which has quite a bit of protein it (around 100, or over in the trace amount.) No, I'm not pregnant... just to get that out there, but I did have a possible early miscarriage.
    - Random, but my Mom is anemic.
    - I suffer from sever depression, anxiey and other mental issues and that's also, another long story.

    So, that's about it, really. There may be more, but those are the most important symptoms and what-not. I want everyone to know that I am making an appointment at a local doctors' office in my town and I don't have medical insurence; I would rather not get in to that because it's a long story all on its own.

    Thank you and I appreciate your advise.
    P.S. I don't trust those CBC results because of my current symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      There are a number of causes of Petechiae in adults of which Leukemia is only one.
      The Mayo Clinic lists these possible causes:Certain medications, Hemolytic uremic syndrome, Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, Luekemia, Lupus, Measles, Mononucleosis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
      The symptoms of Mono seem to align best with your symptoms. Visit the Mayo Clinic website at
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mononucleosis/DS00352/DSECTION=symptoms
      to compare your symptoms

      If you are still concerned about your platelet levels, visit this website
      http://bit.ly/h24UNP
      to learn about natural remedies for low platelet levels that don't require visiting a doctor.

  48. QUESTION:
    What is the cause of foot,hand swelling and joint pain if all arthritis is ruled out?
    I`m a 34 year old that woke up one morning to swollen hands,feet along with pain in arms, shoulders, knee`s. Couldn`t make a fist with hands. My condition has worsened with prolonged pain in joints during the day, very uncomfortable sleeps (waking up to numbness pain and tingling of the arm, shoulder). I have been like this for a month and have been to the doctor to rule out liver kidney heart problems. Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus,thyroid, pv have been negative as well. The only thing that stands out irregularly on tests are my enlarged red blood cells. Doctors still haven`t diagnosed me and conditions are worsening with debilitating pain when I walk or try lifting anything light above my shoulders. My finger grip is painful even when I try lifting a pillow or trying to pull bed sheets over to my side at night. I`ve been talking about this to family and friends but trying to hide how much pain I`m really in. Sometimes I can`t even lye down beside my husband because I usually annoy him with constant turning positions as I can`t get comfortable at all when lying down, it`s so painful in shoulders, neck and arms resulting in numbness. I was prescribed teva-neproxin for pain and swelling ( a potent non-steroid drug to especially reduce swelling) this had absolutely no effect on me whatsoever. If anyone out there who might have some background on these symptoms could help...maybe direct me in the right step of where to go to get a diagnosis, or give me some idea`s as to what this may be I could share them with my doctor. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      One question is how much exercise do you get? If you don't get much or none your body is building up waste materials inside because it takes the exercise to move it on out of your body. Drinking lots of water is best as well, and cutting way, way back on any sugar intake. If these things are under control you then have to look at some of the joints and pains you are having.
      You can have tight muscles in your back helping this to become a problem. Here is how to release that and do the neck as well:
      Neck
      Invert your hands and put them next to your head placing your thumbs in under your ears and you lower your head until your neck is fully extended, release the pressure but hold your head there for another 30 seconds.
      With your neck in the bent position, replace your thumbs in under the ears and your fingers behind your neck but right next to your skull this time. Press your fingers and thumbs together again and hold. Relax your body while waiting. When the muscles have all released, slowly lift your head until it’s level again, release the pressure but hold your head like that for another 30 seconds.
      Back:
      (do from a sitting position)
      Place your left hand on your left leg next to your body. Place your right hand over your left shoulder and find the muscles next to your spine and press on them and hold. After 30 seconds slowly lower your body forward and to the outside of your left leg, keeping your left arm fairly straight as you do. When you reach your lap remain there for another 10 seconds, release the pressure but rest there for another 30 seconds. Then reverse your hand positions and do your right side.
      Go through them once and see if you feel any difference. Then you said hands so you should do the wrists and that goes like this:
      Wrist:
      With hand resting in front of you and your wrist bent half way closed, press down hard slightly behind the wrist and hold that pressure. After 30 seconds slowly open your wrist up as far as you can, release the pressure but hold your wrist open for another 30 seconds.
      Try releasing your arms by pressing into the middle of the arm and holding pressure there for 30 seconds, then straighten your arm out, release the pressure but hold it straight for another 30 seconds.
      Then with your arm resting in your lap press into the bicep and hold the pressure there for 30 seconds. Then slowly straighten the arm out so the muscle is stretched, release the pressure and hold the arm stretched for another 30 seconds.
      for your legs, while sitting, wrap both hands around the muscle just behind the knee and squeeze and hold. Bigger muscle longer time. Also while holding the pressure, relax your body and try holding tension in your hands because of your grip. After one minute, slowly slide your foot forward until extended, release the pressure but continue to hold extended for another 30 seconds.
      For your lower leg, put it in your lap and wrap both hands around it about mid way , so you are kind of on the bottom of the muscle. Squeeze tight and hold. Relax again. after 45 seconds slowly raise your toes up as far as they will go, release the pressure but hold the toes up for another 30 seconds.
      See where this gets you and what pains you may have left. Let me know about them, if any, and I will try to help with them as well.


Enlarged Thyroid Hypothyroidism

A thyroid disorder called hypothyroidism means you have an underactive thyroid gland. If you have trouble losing weight no matter what you do, it could be because you are hypothyroid. There are almost 30 million Americans with thyroid disease and women are 7 times more likely than men to have it. Hypothyroid is the most common thyroid disorder and often misdiagnosed by doctors.

Thyroid is a small butterfly shaped gland located directly below the Adams apple. This gland swells up accompanied by an inflammatory sensation, when not working properly. This can be seen as a small bulge in the area. Doctors might feel the size of the gland by keeping hand around your neck and making you swallow.

Because thyroid disorder causes so many other degenerative diseases, a thyroid that functions properly can restore health in so many other areas of your body. When you neutralize the acids in your body and eliminate acid-forming substances from your diet, you give your thyroid a chance to heal. Improved thyroid function will, in turn, help your other body organs function properly.

To neutralize acids and restore your bodys pH balance, you need to reduce or eliminate consumption of acidic foods and other acidic substances. Adding more alkaline foods and minerals to your diet can help restore thyroid disorder. As your acid level falls, you'll find that your thyroid function will increase.
The thyroid takes in iodine and combines it with tyrosine, an amino acid that then converts it into the hormones T3 and T4. If your thyroid is normal, 80% will be T4 and 20% T3. Both of these hormones travel through the bloodstream, converting calories and oxygen into energy. If this process doesnt work properly, then the calories and oxygen cannot convert the energy properly and you have weight gain or inability to lose weight.

Diagnosis may be carried out through a series of blood tests but since many doctors remain unaware of thyroid problems or recent changes in medical definitions of normal range, many women still struggle to be taken seriously. If you are not satisfied with your doctors diagnosis, always remember that you have the right to a second opinion. Online research can also help you locate doctors in your area who specialize in thyroid disease. Ask for a thyroid antibody test, as well as the other selection of thyroid function tests usually offered. Once a doctor has diagnosed a thyroid problem, you can begin appropriate treatment.

The thyroid, typically enlarged, pale yellow, and lumpy on the surface, shows dense lymphocytic infiltration, and the remaining thyroid tissue frequently contains small empty follicles. The goiter (gradual painless enlargement of the thyroid gland) is usually asymptomatic (no symptoms), but sometimes patients complain of dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing) and a feeling of local pressure.

Thryroiditis is the general term used to describe three different disorders in which the thyroid becomes inflamed. Most commonly, the inflammation takes the form of a chronic, progressive disease known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis or Hashimoto's disease. This condition may be so mild that it may go unnoticed for many years, but eventually it may destroy so much thyroid tissue that hypothroidism develops.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    . Jane lives in Appalachia and suffers from hypothyroidism. Her thyroid gland is enlarged, her body temperatur?
    . Jane lives in Appalachia and suffers from hypothyroidism. Her thyroid gland is enlarged, her body temperature is low, and her hair and skin look brittle and dry. Blood tests show very low levels of circulating iodine, T3, and T4, but high levels of TSH. What is your diagnosis? Why did this occur? What treatment would you recommend?

    • ANSWER:
      Iodine deficiency....
      Her Thyroid Stimulating Hormone is good, her thyroid gland is working hard, hence it is enlarged; but it doesn't have the necessary raw materials.
      She lives far from the ocean, so it would be easy to lack iodine in the diet.
      Treatment: iodine supplementation.
      Once she gets better, iodized salt in the kitchen might be enough to keep her thyroid healthy.

  2. QUESTION:
    Enlarged thyroid, not hypothyroidism?
    Recently I was told I have an enlarged thyroid. She felt my neck and stated that it was "very diffuse" and repeatedly asked if I was having trouble swallowing because of it. She said that she didn't feel any lumps or nodules. Since I have a family history of hypothyroidism, she did some testing to see if I had it and the test came back negative. Now I have to go to the hospital to get an ultrasound on it. (I don't know when that will be yet.)
    So far I don't think that I really have any symptoms (my appointment that it was detected in was for something completely different) of anything being wrong. The only thing I can think of is bruising. I got the blood drawn on Friday and there's still a bruise on my arm that's about 1.5X2 inches. I've donated blood before and I don't remember getting that big a bruise from that, so I don't know if the bruise from this would be considered "outside of normal" or not.
    Anyway, I'm just wondering if anyone with medical training knows if this sounds like something is really wrong. I had a friend go through this same thing a few years ago and ended up being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, so I'm worried to say the least. Basically, I just really want to know what other possibilities there are.
    The only blood testing they did was TSH testing for hypothyroidism. It's possible for TSH testing to be negative for hypothyroidism but there to still be a problem.
    April, you obviously don't have "medical intelligence." If you did, you would know that having normal TSH levels doesn't mean that everything is fine. Once again, I had a friend that had thyroid cancer and...guess what, she had normal TSH levels. Her experience started off the same way mine did. A blood test then on to an ultrasound.
    I asked for people with medical TRAINING, not simply an encounter with the medical system. If I wanted that, I would be asking the person that I know who had a problem with the organ that I'm concerned about.
    April, this will be the last thing I say to you. Your doctor apparently has a cause for your enlarged thyroid: radiation treatment. I don't have something like that to account for it. Therefore, it is important to figure out what is causing it. Body parts don't normally just become enlarged for no reason at all. Regardless of the malignancy of the cause, there is some reason that my thyroid is enlarged and my question was looking for ideas as to what that cause may be. Your answer did not adequately address the question.

    • ANSWER:
      You should really get Free T3, Free T4 with the TSH. " TSH determination is diagnostically misleading and only free hormone measurements are reliable for thyroid function assessment." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12915350?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem%202.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pub%20med_SingleItemSupl.Pubmed_Discovery_RA&l%20inkpos=4&log$=relatedreviews&logdbfrom=p%20ubmed People have enlarged thyroids for various reasons; some do not have any symptoms that go along with it.

      Your doctor is doing an ultrasound to make sure there aren't any small nodules or anything else unusual. It seems kind of common to get a thyroid U/S if there is familial hypothyroidism as well as an enlarged thyroid. If the radiologist finds something out of the ordinary, they'll likely want to biopsy it.

      Oh, and your doctor saying your thyroid is very diffused is a good sign. People who have symmetrical and diffuse enlargement of the thyroid are less likely to have thyroid cancer. Good luck with everything!

  3. QUESTION:
    Congenital Hypothyroidism and an Enlarged Thyroid?
    My child has Congenital Hypothyroidism (CH). She showed no symptoms of CH at birth, and had gained weight and height at her one week check up, prior to synthroid usage.

    Her first blood test was done within 24 hours of her birth, and showed elevated TSH. She underwent tests: her bone age was "at least" 36 weeks, and she was born at 38 weeks. An ultrasound revealed an enlarged thyroid.

    I understand that an enlarged thyroid may be caused by a genetically recessive trait, or maternal thyroid antibodies during gestation. Are there any other reasons for an enlarged thyroid?

    Could this be a transient condition?

    • ANSWER:
      Around the world, the most common cause of congenital hypothyroidism is iodine deficiency, but in most of the developed world and areas of adequate environmental iodine, cases are due to a combination of known and unknown causes.

      Congenital hypothyroidism is a condition that affects infants from birth (congenital) and results from a partial or complete loss of thyroid function (hypothyroidism). The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped tissue in the lower neck. It makes iodine-containing hormones that play an important role in regulating growth, brain development, and the rate of chemical reactions in the body (metabolism).
      Congenital hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland fails to develop or function properly. In 80 to 85 percent of cases, the thyroid gland is absent, abnormally located, or severely reduced in size (hypoplastic). In the remaining cases, a normal-sized or enlarged thyroid gland is present, but production of thyroid hormones is decreased or absent. If untreated, congenital hypothyroidism can lead to mental retardation and abnormal growth. In the United States and many other countries, all newborns are tested for congenital hypothyroidism. If treatment begins in the first month after birth, infants usually develop normally.
      Most cases of congenital hypothyroidism are sporadic, which means they occur in people with no history of the disorder in their family. An estimated 15 to 20 percent of cases are inherited. Many inherited cases are autosomal recessive, which means two copies of the gene in each cell are altered. Most often, the parents of a child with congenital hypothyroidism are carriers of one copy of the altered gene but do not show signs and symptoms of the disorder. Some inherited cases (those with a mutation in the PAX8 gene or certain TSHR mutations) have an autosomal dominant pattern, which means one copy of the altered gene in each cell is sufficient to cause the disorder.

      Further Outpatient Care:
      Children with congenital hypothyroidism should be monitored clinically and biochemically. Clinical parameters should include linear growth, weight gain, developmental progression, and overall well-being.
      Laboratory measurements of T4 (total or free T4) and TSH should be repeated 4-6 weeks after initiation of therapy, then every 1-3 months during the first year of life and every 2-4 months during the second and third years. In children aged 3 years and older, the time interval between measurements may be increased, depending on the reliability of the patient's caretakers. As dosage changes are made, testing should be more frequent.
      Formal developmental and psychoneurological evaluations should be considered in all infants with congenital hypothyroidism. Such evaluations are especially important in children whose treatment was delayed or inadequate. As mentioned previously, infants diagnosed early but with detectable signs of hypothyroidism at the time of diagnosis are also at increased risk of developmental problems. As with any child, school progression should be monitored and parents encouraged to seek early evaluations and interventions as soon as problems are recognized.
      Thyroid hormone replacement and medical monitoring are required for life.

      Below are some websites with more info.

  4. QUESTION:
    Enlarged Thyroid?
    Im 16, I have hypothyroidism. I take levothyroxine but my doctor said I still have a enlarged thyroid. Could it be something more serious, like cancer? I have my first ultersound on Jan. 15.

    • ANSWER:
      It's possible it could be cancer, but it could just be an enlaged nodule. Your thyroid medication may help to shrink it. Just be sure you are on the correct dose, which for most will get your TSH below 2.0.

      I have put a link below for a great thyroid site.

  5. QUESTION:
    My husband has an enlarged thyroid and symptoms of hypothyroidism.What can I expect from his next appointment?
    He is having an ultrasound this week to see why his thyroid is enlarged. He had a ton of labwork done last week (7 vials of blood), we're still waiting for the results. I don't want him to worry and I just keep brushing it off saying he shouldn't worry, that it is all no big deal.... but inside I'm worried :'(

    What kinds of things can we expect to hear at his follow-up appointment after the ultrasound? I'm so worried about my love... I'm sure he'll be ok, but my heart is aching for him :(
    Guih, I think you have hypo and hyperthyroidism confused. He is displaying symptoms of hypothyroidism.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, they take an xray of the Thyroid area to see if its enlarged. They also do lab work to see if the Thyroid hormone is too low or too high. It depends on how much out of range the hormone is. It can be a temporary situation (mine was cause by stress) or it can be something else that needs medication.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can an enlarged thyroid cause this?
    I have hypothyroidism which has caused my thyroid to enlarge. The thing is sometimes when my heart will beat its like it vibrates up into my throat. It only lasts a few seconds then it goes away. I have had an EKG done before (2 times actually, both came back fine). Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I have hasimoto's disease (hypothyroidism) and I don't have that problem. However, if I had an EKG and it came back fine I sure wouldn't worry about it.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are causes of an enlarged thyroid besides cancer or hyper/ hypo thyroidsim?
    I'm a 23 year old female. I was told my two different doctors that I have an enlarged thyroid. The both gave me the thc test and it came back normal. Neither doctor went any further with it and I'm worried. I have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism.

    • ANSWER:
      That is called a goiter, and it has no other causes. If you have all of the other symptoms of hypothyroidism too, in addition to the goiter, you need to get treatment for your hypothyroidism.

      Get your ducks in a row first though. You had a TSH blood test. Thyroid stimulating hormone. You didn't have a blood test for pot. It's really hard to get a doctor to take you seriously when you have a thyroid condition in the first place (as you found out). You have to do your research before you go in, know more than the doctor, and know what tests to demand. If you do things like get he names of the tests wrong, you'll never get treatment.

      That being said, TSH is a useless test. All it means is that you need further testing. Every Dr. will use it for diagnosis, but it can't be used for diagnosis. It is an indirect test, so it's ridiculous to diagnose based on it. You need a direct test of your thyroid. That is Free T3 and Free T4. See how those come out. They are the definitive tests for a thyroid problem.

      It took me until my 3rd doctor to get a diagnosis of my thyroid problem, and until my 6th doctor before I could get some help with my symptoms. So I know what you are going through. Hang in there. Find a new doctor. If that one can't help you, find another one.

  8. QUESTION:
    What else, besides Hypo/Hyperthyroidism, would cause your thyroid to be enlarged?
    Two doctors have tested me for hypothyroidism because they noticed that my thyroid is enlarged. I have some symptoms of it, but my first test was negative and I'm waiting results for the second one. (by an endocrinologist)

    • ANSWER:
      Graves' disease, which is associated with hyperthyroidism and goiter. HYPOthyroidism is associated with atrophy of the thyroid gland rather than enlargement.

  9. QUESTION:
    Can someone with enlarged thyroid gland be granted visa to work abroad?
    Status: growth not advancing for 5 years by taking thyroxine hormone regularly(for hypothyroidism), not interferring with swallowing and not visible except on x ray examination. Have work on supervisory level as farm manager abroad already for 8 yrs without it causing a problem. I beleive having it operated on to remove it is not even the solution because the fact that it is hormonal the defeciency of thyroxine will still be there.

    • ANSWER:
      Shouldn't be an issue

  10. QUESTION:
    Normal TSH level, but enlarged thyroid... what's the problem?
    I've had an enlarged thyroid for a few years now, it's somewhat noticeable. I also feel uncomfortable if I wear close-neck shirts or necklaces, I keep pulling it away from my neck.

    I have some symptoms of hypothyroidism, so I had a thyroid ultrasound which shows a nodule. I then had a needle biopsy which showed it was benign.. but every time I have a blood test, my TSH level is normal. (My test about a week ago showed a TSH level of 1.64 uIU/mL).

    What should I do to reduce the enlargement when hormone therapy is obviously not needed? What could the problem actually be if not hypothyroidism? Please help me understand what's going on..

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest a test for antibodies. I had hashimotos, which is an autoimmune disease of the thyroid. sometimes it was big, and I was a bit hyperthyroid and sometimes it shrunk back and I was hypo. It took years to get the correct diagnosis....but when I look back at old photos, I can see it! Also, at one point, my daughter had thyroiditis, which is an inflammation of the thyroid.
      as to nodules, when they do your blood work, you should keep track of your tg levels, if they are going up, it could be a time for more tests. If your nodules and thyroid are making you uncomfortable, at some point your doctor may suggest a removal. I am giving you my thyca web site (which is for thyroid cancer), not because I think you have it, but because of all the resources...endos, surgeons, studies, etc. The recovery was so much easier than you would think! I also learned alot from the mayo clinic (look under nodules) and there is a book called the complete thyroid book by dr. ain which was pretty good. Learn all you can about nodules and hashimotos etc...and if your endo is mostly diabetes, you may want to look for a specialist. there is a thyroid chat group in the yahoo health groups...not cancer, just about thyroid and maybe they would be able to help as well. good health.

  11. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism?
    Tsh tested to be 5.76... What can you tell me about this?
    Had a scan-slightly enlarged thyroid, no noduals...

    • ANSWER:
      What exactly does this have to do with travel? Just wondering. You could probably get better answers to this in the health section.

  12. QUESTION:
    I have an enlarged thyroid gland (goiter), would taking Synthroid be right for me?
    When I was a child, I got tests done on my thyroid functions and they came back saying I had tested positive for Hashimoto's antibodies. Ever since then every time I've seen a doctor they've pointed out that my thyroid glands feel very enlarged. Recently I've had problems with hypertension, anxiety, insomnia and depression and I was referred to an endocrinologist by my physician, he said my TSH, T3, T4 and all other hormone levels were normal and that I didn't have Hashimoto's thyroiditis or hypothyroidism, but he did say that if I wanted I could take Synthroid to try to decrease the size of my goiter. I'm unsure whether it will actually help my situation due to the fact that I've read some of the main side effects are anxiety and insomnia. I'm worried about the side effects of this drug and whether the benefits will outweigh the consequences for me. If anyone's used this drug for treatment of a goiter I'd really like to hear whether you'd suggest it or not. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      curious that you exhibit the signs and symptoms of HYPERthyroidism but that your thyroid hormone levels have returned normal after testing. but even more curious is the fact that you are exhibiting HYPERthyroid symptoms at all: Hashimoto's thyroiditis (or, autoimmune thyroiditis) can sometimes manifest as hyper thyroid function in the very acute stage of inflammation (auto-immune antibodies attacking the thyroid and the thyroid releasing much of it's pre-made thyroid hormone) but once the indolent stage of the disease sets in it typically results in a HYPO thyroid state, that may or may not be accompanied by goiterous enlargement of the gland itself.

      unusual.

      Endocrinologists are pretty smart peeps so maybe give it a try. I'm not personally aware of Synthroid being able to shrink the thyroid gland itself.

      I do know that radioactive Iodine (either the costly I-123 or cheaper and more abundant I-131 radio-isotopes) can effectively shrink an enlarged thyroid, but the long term effect of this is almost always a hypo thyroid state (that is to say, after taking the radio active Iodine then you will need Synthroid for life in the future in order to stave off symptoms of having too little thyroid hormone). It's a very cheap treatment and comes in a pill form. You go visit the doctor and he gives you the radioactive pill to swallow, you go home, and he follows your thyroid levels for life and eventually places you on Synthroid medication to take for life.

      Surgical treatment of thyroid goiter is not ideal in most people, especially since it can be treated medically.

  13. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever been diagnosed with hypothyroidism during their pregancy?
    I have just found out that I have an enlarged thyroid and I am almost 6 months pregnant. They think this is like an underactive thyroid and I am worried that this was found so late and my babies development could be at risk? Has anyone delt with this?

    • ANSWER:
      I have hypothyroidism, but I knew before I became pregnant. Didn't your doctor discuss the development with you? If not, you should call him/her and ask for another appointment. Did your doc put you on any medication?

  14. QUESTION:
    Tongue pain/ burning ache with thyroid?
    I have hypothyroidism with an enlarged thyroid. Could this be causing this weird ache around my tongue? Sometimes it feels like my tongue, others under my tongue or jaw areas. Glands are not swollen. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello. Yes, thyroid problems can cause all kinds of mouth pain. I have hypothyroidism, and sometimes my teeth and jaw ache really bad. It's common for your tongue to swell up also. At least your glands aren't swollen. Mine are, and they get really painful too. Ever since i was diagnosed with a thyroid problem, every part of my body aches. It's awful :-(

  15. QUESTION:
    I have a goiter in my neck, I think its enlarged thyroid?
    Im 18 and i have a goiter lower then my adams apple and it feels like a lump in my throat. and sometimes i feel wierd pain swallowing.
    I don't have insurance so i can't go to the doctor. But I went to a doctor who is friend of mine and he didn't charge me for it.. he took a look at it and said I have hypothyroidism and Iodine defficiency.
    So he told me to take iodine capsules, wild oregano oil capsules and eat sea weeds to help my thyroid recover. He also told me not to eat alot of dry food, so i mostly eat soups now and drink veggie and fruit smoothies which I make at home.. I think I'm getting better, like I don't feel so tired all the time and dizzy. But the feeling is still there.. And my neck is visibly larger around and bottom of adams apple them most other people.. even tho nobody ever tells me about it..
    Once again, there is no way for me to be seen at the clinic.. and I think there is a natural way to heal thyroid problem..
    What do you think? Please help me.. any more tips?

    • ANSWER:
      Iodine deficiency-your physician sounds interesting.........

  16. QUESTION:
    Diet for someone with no thyroid?
    Help! I'm 17 4'11 and at least 30lbs overweight. My thyroid became enlarged so it was removed last year. I've decided to get really serious about losing weight so I started looking for diets for people with hypothyroidism (no thyroid is still considered hypothyroidism), but most of the diet suggest food that will increase thyroid activity. Obviously those are of no help to me, but I can't find a diet anywhere to help people without thyroids and I am completely lost on what to do now.

    • ANSWER:
      well you should be taking thyroxine, which your dr would have mentioned or prescribed to you. I have hypothyroidism and i eat a lot of low GI foods, like whole meal pastas, bread, fills me up therefore i tend to eat less. lots of fruits and veg as well as drinking lots of water. this will be healthy diet for you

  17. QUESTION:
    My thyroid id enlarged, could it be from cancer?
    I have extremely dry skin, several lumps on my body most of which take itchy fits, I am moody, tired, and overweight, my teeth are rotting at an alarming rate, my vision has gone really bad really fast lately, my joints are hurting more and more, my bowels and bladder are getting hard to control... I have large painful lumps on the back of my neck and severe neck pain. Could it be that I have cancer?? I was told I have hypothyroidism due to blood work and a thyroid scan, ultrasound showed, "either a growth or a fuzzy picture" and I was supposed to come back in 6 months. I have no insurance and cannot afford to pay high prices for doctors. I suffer more and more but cannot go find out anything for fear I will be told the same as always and given a big bill I cannot pay. Everytime I go to the doctors, they say everything is "normal"! Even the thyroid scan was "normal" when I called for the results, I found the "fuzzy pic - growth" info when I went and got a paper copy of the actual test results from the ultrasound to read for myself. My family doctor had said later on about the lowered function of my thyroid and put my on synthroid, 10 mg 1 per day, but I have not been able to get that anymore because of the cost of the visit to get it. Someone please help me??

    • ANSWER:
      It sound like you have hypothyroidism which is causing thyroiditis (inflammation of the gland). The Synthroid should help with symptoms...you can get generic Levothyroxine for per month.

  18. QUESTION:
    What does thyroid ultrasound with results of enlarged heterogeneous gland with nodules mean?
    I am not sure what to think of this. I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and do take medication for my thyroid. Dr ordered the ultrasound because I have been having difficulty swallowing...The doctor did not elaborate just said I needed to see an endocrinologist.

    Thyroid Ultrasound Results: Study demonstrates enlarged heterogeneous gland with the right lobe measuring 4.7 x 2.2 x 1.7 cm with a 5 mm cystic nodule and a 4 mm complex nodule.

    The left lobe measures 5.0 x 1.7 x 1.5 cm and is also heterogeneous without focal and mildly.

    Isthmus is normal measuring 3 mm without local amount.

    Impression: Enlarged heterogeneous gland with subcentimeter cystic nodule in the right lobe and a sub-centimeters complex nodule also in the right lobe.

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    is it possible to have symptoms of both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism?
    I definitely have one of the two, because my doctor says I do, so please don't say I'm just overreacting. Because my thyroid is enlarged. BTW i'm 14

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (autoimmune hypothyroidism) - the most common cause of hypothyroidism - swings between hyper and hypo symptoms. This condition can be misdiagnosed due to a normal TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) level. You need to check for TPO and TgAb antibodies. Higher than normal antibody levels with your symptoms is diagnostic of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. A few links to read through....

      Thyroid disease >>>
      http://www.sensible-alternative.com.au/metabolic-hormones/thyroid-article

      Recommended lab work >>>
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork/

      Hashimoto's Thyroiditis >>>
      http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art53898.asp
      http://www.well-women.com/hashimotos.html

  20. QUESTION:
    The right side of my thyroid is enlarged. What does this usually mean? And what can be done about it?
    I'm a 35-year-old female. Three years ago, the doctor noticed a bulge on the right side of my thyroid. He ran bloodwork and I guess everything was normal because I never heard anything further. This year at my physical, I brought up the possibility of hypothyroidism because I have had some symptoms over the last several years (weight gain, fatigue, depression, cold intolerance, visual sensitivity to light, etc.) and also because both my mom and her mother suffer from hypothyroidism. The doctor felt the lump on my neck, which I mentioned because it seems bigger than it was 3 years ago, and he sent me for bloodwork and a thyroid ultrasound. I was told the bloodwork results were normal and I had the ultrasound a couple of days ago. I'm just wondering whether it's likely that they will do something about the bulge in my neck. It's not quite visible to others (at least not that I have been told), but it can be felt very easily and I don't want some big goiter sticking out of my neck.

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn't seem concerning, you and your doctor should continue to watch it for changes. Sometimes thyroid meds can shrink a goiter or you can use radioactive iodine. If it's not bothering you, you really can't do anything. What is your TSH exactly? You much have sub clinical hypothyroidism.

  21. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism or graves disease?
    I would like to hear from people who have some personal experience with this because i think i may be in the early stages of graves disease. my doctor wants me to have blood tests and an ultrasound of my thyroid, but i cannot do it right now because i don't have any health insurance. I have to wait until i have some way to pay for these tests and anything else if i do have the disease. my thyroid is definitely enlarged, and i have lost a lot of weight unintentionally.

    • ANSWER:
      I had Graves Disease (it's in remission right now), so maybe I can help you with this one. It's definitely something that you should get taken care of though, so maybe there's a way you can get yourself to a free clinic or something to get a simple blood test. Pretty much what brought me to the doctor initially was that I lost weight without really trying to. I also had a voracious appetite. Other symptoms that I only noticed later were dry skin, a dull headache above my eyes (I thought it was a sinus infection until I realized that it went away once my graves was under control), irritable mood swings (this is one of the main reasons you should get it taken care of asap- graves can affect your personality... it can trigger anxiety, irritability, inattention, etc.). Good luck and feel better! Luckily, graves is very treatable but unexplained weight loss can be symptomatic of other more serious illnesses, so you definitely need to get this taken care of.

  22. QUESTION:
    ultrasound results for thyroid?
    I have hypothyroidism and an enlarged goiter. have ultrasound results but I DONT UNDERSTAND THEM. The ultrasound is as follows... Findings: right lobe is 6.5 cm in length x 3.3 x 2.4 cm LEFT lobe 6.9 cm in length x 2.9 x 3.7cm. Isthmus is 1.4 cm. The thyroid parenchyma is heterogeneous. note is made of an echogenic focus in the right lobe inferiority, 1.5 x 0.7 cm. The left lobe echogenic nodules present left lobe upper pole, measuring 7mm and 6mm, unchanged since previous exam.

    impression: enlarged thyroid gland which is markedly heterogeneous in echotexture with calcified nodules described above. Overall the apperance of the thyroid gland is unchanged when compared to the study of 11/3/09..... Should I be worried? what does this mean?
    so the calcified nodules doesnt mean cancer? I was just wondering since my doctor wants me to have it removed due to it not shrinking.

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing to be worried about. It's saying that your hypothyroidism hasn't gotten better or worse since your last ultrasound.

  23. QUESTION:
    If I stop taking my thyroid hormone, how long does it take to die from hypothyroidism...?
    ...and what are the symptoms leading up to that point?

    I've been diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditus. Apparently my thyroid is an enlarged lump of mostly scar tissue, and I must take 100mcg of synthroid each day. I'm also suspected to have Celiac Disease.

    If I were to stop taking my medication cold-turkey, how long would it take to die (if I would die from that), and what would be the symptoms up to that point. The answer evades my google searches.

    By the way, this is just for informational purposes. I like to study survival outside of domestic society and how it applies to emergency situations (Natural disasters, Nuclear war, apocalypse etc). Being a survival enthusiast, my thyroid is going to be a huge factor to determine how long I'll last in a long-term survival situation (should domestic society collapse).

    I have NO intention of stopping my medication against the advice of my endocrinologist. I hear it would be a miserable experience anyway.

    Also while your here... Is it possible to "ration" thyroid hormone if it came down to it? Or is it truly necessary to keep full-dosage even when I'm short of supplies.

    • ANSWER:
      For most would take a long time.
      High cholesterol would block arteries causing strokes, heart attacks etc.
      Among many other events.

  24. QUESTION:
    I know I have an inlarged thyroid because my doctor did some tests and told me I do. But I need info?
    I still have more appointments and tests to do, but I'm sick of waiting and I want to know from people who have had what I have. She told me I do have an enlarged thyroid and she thinks I probably have hypothyroidism but she has to do the test to know for sure. I have been feeling very very week and my heart beat has been racing when I do something little and simple and it feel exhausted all the time. My muscles ache and are very week. I also feel like I have a bad cold and its ongoing but its really bad when I wake up from sleeping. Also I have been getting very bad head aches. I have a 10 month old baby who needs lots of attention and it's killing me. If anyone has had these symptoms related to a thyroid problem please tell me about it.
    also i do have the bump on the bottom of my neck if that is important

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid cannot produce the thryoid hormones. It results in a goiter (the "bump" that you feel in your neck) which is the thyroid gland enlarging.
      The symptoms you have are consistent with hypothyroidism although I'm sure that the doctor will run more tests to confirm. There are medications which you can take that replace the thyroid hormones and will help with your symptoms.
      Good luck!

  25. QUESTION:
    I have a Thyroid disease and my multiple doctors can't diagnose it. Please HELP!!?
    Ok I was first told I have a thyroid disease about 2 years ago. I was 19yrs old and had a 9 month old son. My first and only symptom was I was tired and draging myself through a day. At first I thought it was just having a new baby but when he started sleeping through the night I thought something has got to be wrong. Well my TSH has always been extremeley low and sometime undetectable. But my t3 and t4 have always been normal. First they thought it was secondary hypothyroidism and put me on synthroid. Then that wasn't helping so they did more tests and ruled it out again. My symptoms now are anxiety attacks, shakiness, my mind feels like it's racing and I just can't get enough done. I walk fast and I am now anti social. Which I used to love to talk but now I'm scared of conversation. I have hot flashes, migraines, can't tolerate noise, but the worst one is my extreme fatigue. I've had numerous tests that shows I have a multi nodular goiter, enlarged thyroid, and 4 swallen lymphnodes.

    • ANSWER:
      I have grave's disease - extreme hyperthyroidism. You may have been suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at first and when they gave you synthroid - it could have pushed your thyroid into overdrive! You symptoms are classic hyperthyroid symptoms, but I would see another doctor/specialist to determine exactly what the diagnosis would be. You never have to settle on what one doctor tells you. Remember - they call it a practice for a reason!! Good Luck and I hope you feel better soon!
      Feel free to e-mail me if you have any other questions.
      =)

  26. QUESTION:
    Serious Answers only: Can you have Thyroidism if your blood work is within range?
    Waiting for follow up Dr. visit...I have an enlarged thyroid according to my ultrasound but my T3, T4, and TSH blood work is within range could this mean I still have a thyroid problem? or that it fluctuates from normal to perhaps hypothyroidism? Please note I doubt it would be a deficiency but rather genetic since I do have this in my family.

    • ANSWER:
      Serious answer. All humans are different, so they can have different levels of T4, or indeed of anything else, while still being entirely normal. It may seen a bit arbitrary, but the reference ranges for "normal values" have been established over a long period of time, and if all your thyroid results are within this normal range then you can leave things well alone, because, by definition, you are not hypothyroid. The enlargement of your thyroid is a separate issue, which may need a surgical, rather than medical, review. There are other causes of enlarged thyroids than hypothyroidism.

  27. QUESTION:
    Can a thyroid expert answer my question?
    Back in late June i when to get my blood tests done for my type1 diabetes (since i was eleven and now im seventeen), you know the A1c and that other stuff done. I get the results and my a1c was 10.9 (i when thru a period of stress) Anyways, when my mom saw my T3 level, it showed that is was high. I went to my endocrinologist around 5 days later and he said to go do a thyroid sonogram because i could be developing hypothyroidism. Then around early october i go do the same blood work routine done for my diabetes and i had the thyroid sonogram results already (it showed enlarged thyroid and two nodules) I lowered my A1c to 6.7 :) and my t3 and t4 and ths were normal, but in september i start to feel sick: extreme fatigue, my skin was dry everywhere and peeling off, i became constipated (went to the bathroom every 5 days to go do u know what). I went to him and he said that my t3,t4 and ths were normal and that i didnt have hypothyroidism so i said why do i have these symptoms and he said to eat more fiber and change my soap. So he said that should biopsy these nodules. Honestly he didnt care the consult lasted around 5 mins and i stepped out crying. I went o another endocrinologist the day after and i told him my symptoms and he said to go to a thyroid scan and i just had it done and it revelead mild thyromegaly and mild inhomogeneous tracer uptake/ mild increase trapping function mor prominent in the thyroid gland. So why do i have hypo symptoms.?????

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    What is the definition of this medical term?
    Acromegaly -
    a) enlarged thyroid
    b) farsightedness
    c) enlarged extremities
    d) pituitary hypersecretion
    e) hypothyroidism

    Gigantism
    a) enlarged thyroid
    b) pituitary hypersecretion
    c) acromegaly
    d) hirsutism
    e) enlarged extremities

    • ANSWER:
      acromegaly=enlarged extremities (c),gigantism=pituitary hypersecretion(d)

  29. QUESTION:
    Is it hypothyroidism or something else?
    I have alot of symptoms that point to hypothyroidism, but I've had two seperate blood tests done, and they both said my thyroid levels were normal. I did have a blood test done a few years ago that said my levels were slightly low, but since then I've had the other 2 tests that came back normal. My symptoms are unexplained weigh gain, its nearly impossible for me to lose weight no matter how much I diet and exercise, my eyebrows are thinning, I'm always tired, fatigued and sluggish, I am frequently cold when others are not, and I have dry itchy skin, mostly on my legs. I do not have the symptoms of constipation or a puffy face. Maybe I have something that mimics hypothyroidism, but is something else? Oh yeah, I also had an enlarged thyroid on the right side that has been recently removed to check for cancer, which it was not. And I had all my symptoms before the surgery. Any info would be helpful!

    • ANSWER:
      Sure sounds like you were hypothyroid. Did they do an antibody test to check for Hashimoto's thyroiditis? Are you currently taking thyroxine? Have your symptoms disappeared or are they persisting?

  30. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cysts and Hypothyroidism?
    Kind of a weird question but does anyone know anything about the connection between hypothyroidism and ovarian cysts? I have long thought I may have thyroid issues (enlarged thyroid, unexplained weight gain, swelling in ankles and fingers, hair loss, no energy etc) and was tested once by my gyno but the results seemed to have disappeared! I cannot get my PCP to listen to me and test me. Today I found out I have a pretty big ovarian cyst so think maybe I can get my dr. to finally test my thyroid the right way if I could just find a little more info! Thanks for any help!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to insist that he test your thyroid because your symptoms sound like hypothyroidism which can be very dangerous if not treated. And treatment is easy as a pill a day. If he refuses to test you or loses your results again find another doctor ASAP.I have hypothyroidism I also had to have a complete hysterectomy 6 years ago due to large benign tumors on both ovaries and my uterus. You need to be certain it is only a cyst Good luck and this time do not take no for an answer.

  31. QUESTION:
    Propananol? Inderol? Questions related to exercise and hyper/hypothyroidism?
    I am taking Propananol for tachycardia. My question is. If you are taking a beta blocker and you exercise a lot does it still strengthen your heart? Because my heart rate still does not increase much during exercise due to taking this medicine?
    Also, is there a relationship between Propananol and Hyper/hypothyroidism? I was told at the last doctor visit I had that I had an enlarged thyroid. They did a TSH level and it was WNL. If propananol is the cause and you go off it with the thyroid shrink?
    If it is not hyper/hypo thyroidism or thyroid cance, what other reason would a thyroid have for being enlatrged?
    Yes I know I should be going to a cardiologist and a endocrinologist, I am a registered nurse. But I do not have health insurance right now. Thanks.
    Please keep in mind the symptoms I am giving are indicative more of hypothyroidism and not hyperthyroidism. The tachycardia is related to anxiety and not hyperthyroidism.

    • ANSWER:
      In more than 70% of cases, hyperthyroidism is caused by an autoimmune disorder called Graves’ disease. Normally, antibodies produced by the immune system help protect the body against viruses, bacteria and other foreign substances. In Graves’ disease, antibodies produced by the immune system stimulate the thyroid, making it produce too much hormone. Doctors think Graves’ disease may run in families. It is most common among young women.
      Two other common causes for hyperthyroidism are: Hyper functioning thyroid nodules: one or more nodules or lumps in the thyroid grow and increase their activity so that they make too much hormone. Thyroiditis: a problem with the immune system or a viral infection causes the thyroid gland to become inflamed and leak extra hormone into the bloodstream.

      There are several treatments for hyperthyroidism. Your doctor will choose an appropriate treatment based on your age, your physical condition, and the type and severity of your hyperthyroidism.

      Radioactive iodine: Radioactive iodine is taken by mouth. It gets into the blood stream and is absorbed by overactive thyroid cells. Radioactive iodine damages the cells that have taken it up, causing the thyroid to shrink and the level of thyroid hormone in the body to go down. Permanent low thyroid activity (hypothyroidism) usually is the final result, but this can be treated with thyroid supplements. Despite concerns about radioactive material, this treatment has been used for over 60 years without causing any problems. More than 70% of adults in the United States who develop hyperthyroidism are treated with radioactive iodine.
      Anti-thyroid medication: These drugs gradually treat hyperthyroidism by blocking the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones. Symptoms begin to improve in six to 12 weeks but treatment usually continues for at least a year.
      Surgery (thyroidectomy): Hyperthyroidism can be treated with a surgery in which your doctor removes most of your thyroid gland. After surgery, you will likely develop hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid disease. You will then need to take a thyroid hormone supplement to restore your hormone levels to normal.
      Beta-blockers: No matter what other method of treatment you use, your physician may prescribe a beta-blocker drug to slow your heart rate and reduce palpitations, shaking, and nervousness until your thyroid levels are closer to normal.

      I would say that you should go to the doctor and check if it is your, hyperthyroidism or your past that is catching up or if you just have, hyperthyroidism when you where born with. the problem may still be important — and worth the time spent in an emergency room to have your hyperthyroidism evaluated by a doctor.

      Take care always! OIRAM

  32. QUESTION:
    Do i have hypothyroidism?
    im seventeen and i have an enlarged thyroid and two small nodules. the thing is that my tsh and t4 and t3 are normal but i have been having these symptoms: really bad dry skin and hair, fatigue 24/7 and im always tired,and severe constipation (so severe that i spent 14 days without going to the bathroom) and i can barely breathe, when i wake up its like i never slept oh! and im cold no matter what. Ive been like this for about 3 months and im extremely tired of feeling like this. It worries me cos im a diabetic( since i was eleven). im desperate please anyone help me. i feel like im dying at times. i think its hypothyroidism. dont worry i drink plenty of water,i follow a very strict diet for my diabetes, i never miss my insulin shot but i dont do much exercise cos ofa hip problem i have but any ways what are my other symptoms???

    • ANSWER:
      Additionally, the following measurements may be needed:

      24-Hour urine-free T3[21]
      Antithyroid antibodies — for evidence of autoimmune diseases that may be damaging the thyroid gland
      Serum cholesterol — which may be elevated in hypothyroidism
      Prolactin — as a widely available test of pituitary function
      Testing for anemia, including ferritin
      Basal body temperature

      Check with your doctor about these tests as you continue to have symptoms that indicate an abnormal thyroid. Your doctor can make a definitive diagnosis and start treatment in order for you to feel better. Hope this helps.

  33. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Nodules and Uptake Scan....Help?
    I had an ultrasound done a few weeks ago, and it confirmed I had enlarged thyroid nodules (and its obvious when you look at my neck). It was large enough for the doctor to consider me getting a biopsy done, which I hope I can get next week. I have some symptoms of both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, but I'm pretty sure everyone experiences those sometimes

    I did a thyroid uptake & scan today and yesterday, all I remember seeing on the computer, was it saying "outside of normal range", I saw some percentages: 33.3% and 37%. I asked the tech if he could explain and he said he doesn't have the right to do that. I have to wait til sometime next week to hear the results and I'm curious. I have bloodwork done and my TSH levels seemed normal...what could this mean? Tnx in advance

    • ANSWER:
      First of all I have to tell you NOT to WORRY,ok? :) I had this problem just as you described, I had ultra sound, radio scan, and an FNA which is the biopsy with a fine needle right from your thyroid nodules. Do it! it will make you sure that there's nothing wrong with you and empties the nodules which are now full of blood. :) (it will say at last: Noduler Guiter has been detected)

      You can ask the tech that your nodule is warm or cold. Warm nodules are less dangerous( I mean no danger at all!)

      And finally your dr prescribe you Levothyrixin one each day an hour before breakfast, that will regulate your thyroid gland. :)

  34. QUESTION:
    How long should it take synthroid to work with hypothyroidism?
    I am 27 and have an enlarged thyroid that has significantly grown over the last 5 years. I have constant fatique and all the other symptoms. My blood tests were always "normal" until I went to a new endo. And she knew I needed to be treated for hypothyroidism. She said my tests numbers were on the low side of normal. My question is how long should I wait to see if there is any change? I have been on 112 mcg for 2 weeks. I swear I'm even more fatigued and just downright exhausted. I haven't noticed any difference. I feel like it's not working!!

    • ANSWER:
      It takes 6-8 weeks for your new dose to be fully in your system. If you feel really bad, you could request your endo to draw your blood sooner to see if you are were they want you to be.

  35. QUESTION:
    Can thyroid be the problem even if the tests came back normal?
    I've searched and studied on my symptoms. I have all of them that are listed on www.webmd.com under hypothyroidism.

    All of my symptoms point to it, so I went to my doctor. He did fasting bloodwork. It came back in the normal range. He's convinced it's my thyroid, too and was concerned because it's slightly enlarged. He did an ultrasound of it and nothing looked abnormal, other than the size.

    I'm considering getting a second opinion from another doctor. Does anyone know if there is something else that the doctor should be looking for?

    • ANSWER:
      It's funny you should ask this question, because I have a most bizarre answer.

      About 3 years ago, a very close female friend told me she thought she was hypothyroid, so I instructed her to go to her doctor and get a simple blood test. Everything came back normal.

      The symptoms got worse. So I suggested she go back and have it checked again. Again, everything came back normal.

      A month later, she called me on the phone crying because she didn't understand what was wrong. I told her to go to the doctor yet again, and do NOT accept the answer that everything is normal.

      7 days later, her doctor called her to inform her she had Graves' Disease. It was absolutely the last thing she was expecting, because Graves' Disease generally shows symptoms of hyperthyoidism, not hypo.

      In the end, she was quickly and successfully treated for her Graves' disease, and was her old chipper self in two months.

      It's a long shot, I know. But has your doctor consider this?

  36. QUESTION:
    Will people with enlarged thyroids always be overweight?
    I have hypothyroidism (for those that don't know what that is, it's an abnormally low activity of the thyroid gland). I've always been chunky my whole life, and I just want to know if it's always going to be like that. I'm 15, and i was just recently put on medication for it, but it's still really hard for me to lose weight. I'm eating right and I'm active enough and everything, so i don't know. I don't want to be fat for the rest of my life.
    Please don't advertise any of those silly diet plans/pills. I don't need to go on a diet, I just need an educated answer to my question. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      most of them

  37. QUESTION:
    I have Hypothyroidism, but when dr. puts me on synthroid I feel like I have feathers on my face. 3days off,OK!
    To ad to my problem I have a goiter plus enlarged thyroid and nodules. Dr. put me on syntroid be cause my thyroid was sitting @ 12.6 and within 2 wks I was going nuts with what felt like feathers on my face. Has anyone ever heard of this and what am I going to do, I'm gaining weight and I know your thyroid if it's not right causes a lot of problems with your body. Also after being off of it 1 week not without them I'm extremly tired. It took 3 days when I quit them and all feelings on my face like feathers were gone. The dr. and I figured out this was what was causing it, and I haven't been back yet to see what he's going to suggest. I need some suggetions and I do appreciate your time. In Texas, HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      Usually, if you have a reaction to thyroid medication, it signifies that the dosage needs adjusted. There are other thyroid meds so I am sure your doctor will put you on something else. Meanwhile, there is nothing that you can do. There are no OTC treatments and no changes in diet that will help. The only current and effective treatment for hypothyroidism is a prescribed medication. I suggest you schedule an appointment with your doctor asap.

  38. QUESTION:
    Negative Hypothyroidism test when I have all the symptoms.?
    I have been complaining for months now to my mom that I feel constantly tired. The thought of getting of the couch and doing something is just awful. I had always been a very active person. Then about a month ago I went to the gyno for a yearly exam. When I was there my doctor told me that my thyroid felt enlarged. She had me get an ultrasound and blood work. They found that I have a cyst on my thyroid but they said I do not have hypothyroidism. Why am I still always tired? I have other symptoms such as irregular menstrual cycles (I was put on birth control for this about 2 years ago), brittle nails, and I'm always cold! Also, my mom has hypothyroidism. I don't know if its hereditary or not. Any info or insight for me?
    Thank you both for your helpful answers. Dr. Stat, I have been referred to an endocrinologist already. I was supposed to see him in November, but my mom moved it up to tmw. Lisa A., I was tested for my T3 and T4 levels. I'm just worried that tomorrow at my appointment they will simply dismiss my symptoms because of the results of the blood work.

    • ANSWER:
      Sarah, While it is true you are describing many of the symptoms routinely seen with hypothyroidism, there are also other possibilities. I might suggest requesting a referral to an endocrinologist ( a doctor who specializes in glandular and hormonal disorders) who will re-evaluate your thyroid and run some additional tests. As you may or may not know, there is a close working relationship--called a biofeedback system between the pituitary gland (located in the brain) and the thyroid gland. Without knowing the exact values of your test results, including the TSH level, I really can't say with any degree of certainty how optimally this biofeedback system is functioning. However, I can assure you that there are other metabolic conditions that can cause the symptoms you describe. Please follow through and request a referral to an endocrinologist.

  39. QUESTION:
    How bad is my hypothyroidism?
    I had a baby almost 6 months ago, since then I have barely been able to lose 5 lbs and I weigh 218. I am doing weight watchers and have gotten a trainer, so it's not like I am not trying. I went to my doctor and asked him to test my thryoid since I have been very tired and cannot lose weight. MEDICAL HISTORY: my grandfather had parathyroid cancer after being exposed to some chemical in WWII, my uncle had his thyroid removed and he always tested normal on his thyroid tests up to the day he had a growths on his thyroid reaching 3 inches into his chest. My aunt has hypothyroidism and had a goiter. My mother had nodules growing on her thryoid and had hers totally removed. She always tested normal as well. I am 25 years old and my thyroid is now enlarged. My T3 came back 1.6 and my TSH was at 33.5......How bad is this? Mild, moderate, severe? I am now on Levothyroxine .1 mg...

    • ANSWER:
      Your T3 is within the normal range, but your TSH is pretty high. Subclinical hypothyroidism patients have a TSH range from 5-25, so your 33.5 indicates you have clinical hypothyroidism. Depending on if you are experiencing symptoms, I think you would be mild-moderate hypo. I think the 100 mcg of Levothyroxine should do the trick and bring you back down to the normal range.

  40. QUESTION:
    I NEED SOMEONE WHO KNOWS ABOUT THYROID HORMONE LEVELS.....How bad are my levels?
    I had a baby almost 6 months ago, since then I have barely been able to lose 5 lbs and I weigh 218. I am doing weight watchers and have gotten a trainer, so it's not like I am not trying. I went to my doctor and asked him to test my thryoid since I have been very tired and cannot lose weight. MEDICAL HISTORY: my grandfather had parathyroid cancer after being exposed to some chemical in WWII, my uncle had his thyroid removed and he always tested normal on his thyroid tests up to the day he had a growths on his thyroid reaching 3 inches into his chest. My aunt has hypothyroidism and had a goiter. My mother had nodules growing on her thryoid and had hers totally removed. She always tested normal as well. I am 25 years old and my thyroid is now enlarged. My T3 came back 1.6 and my TSH was at 33.5......How bad is this? Mild, moderate, severe? I am now on Levothyroxine .1 mg...

    • ANSWER:
      Your T3 is within the normal range, but your TSH is pretty high. Subclinical hypothyroidism patients have a TSH range from 5-25, so your 33.5 indicates you have clinical hypothyroidism. Depending on if you are experiencing symptoms, I think you would be mild-moderate hypo. I think the 100 mcg of Levothyroxine should do the trick and bring you back down to the normal range.

  41. QUESTION:
    Anyone take levothyroxine for hypothyroidism?
    I went to see my doctor today because over the last few months I have been experiencing several signs and symptoms that are indicative of hypothyroidism, including hair thinning/loss, dry skin and mouth, generalized fatigue, weight gain no matter how much I work out and eat healthy, and more recently occasional diarrhea and anxiety issues, which all relate to thyroid dysfunction. I am 26 years old and have always been very healthy and fit and almost never get sick. My doctor said that my thyroid felt mildly enlarged, so I had a TSH blood test done and will get the results tomorrow. If I do have hypothyroidism, which I'm fairly certain I do, my doc is going to have me start taking levothyroxine. Has anyone else had good results with this medication? I and just so sick of feeling tired and lousy with all of these symptoms and want to be able to be my normal happy, healthy, and energetic self again.

    • ANSWER:
      I know it's scary knowing that you're gonna need a pill every day forever.
      I'm proof, there's NOTHING to worry about. I've been on Levo since 1996.
      If given the option, have your thyroid completely removed. It will save you MUCH hassle.
      If you just "supplement", you'll always have blood tests and changing dosages all the time.
      Drop me a line, I'll answer any other questions you have.

  42. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism and another..?
    I have Hypothyroidism, have been diagnosed for almost 4 yrs now. Im not sure if I have an autoimmune disease as well. My thyroid has been enlarged no matter what dosage I'm on. They did an ultrasound and found 3 nodules. The Dr. I'm seeing has put my Levothyroxine all the way down to 100mcg even though I was on 150mcg. Before my 2nd pregnancy I had gone all the way up to 145mcg and of course it had to go up during pregnancy, but the 145mcg was pretty close to what I needed not prego. Why would she down it like that? I'm exhausted and in need of a blood draw, I can tell when I need a higher dose. She lowered my prescription because of insomnia and incredibly painful and out of control dandruff. I also have athletes foot on 1 foot that wont go away. Could this be related? I was going to have biopsy on nodules but long story short they didn't and I do need 1. My new insurance wont cover pre existings until August. My question is, any of you have this? What have you done about it?
    Oh and I attend a sliding scale Clinic right now, where I've asked questions and they don't really get answered. I'm looking to find another Dr. here come August when my insurance will cover me.

    • ANSWER:
      I am hypothyroid and take 200mcg of thyroxine. At one stage I was on 300mcg!

      This is an autoimmune disease and my experience is (please note this is only my experience) that this led on to other autoimmune diseases.

      I have found that the thyroid problems affects my hair in that it falls out in great big clumps at times, but no dandruff and no athletes foot.

      You have to bear in mind though, that if you are not getting enough thyroxine, you body will not be able to repair itself adequately.

      I would suggest that you look up yourself on the internet or wherever what the normal levels are for TSH, T3 and T4. These are the blood tests they use to determine whether your thyroxine is working adequately. They normally use TSH but the others are worth understanding and being aware of normal levels. You should then check with your GP what your TSH level was on your last test. If it fell below the normal level they were right to lower your thyroxine because you can become overactive - thryroid.

      You have to take responsibility for understanding your condition and knowing what normal levels are. Then you have to take responsibility for asking for your results each time you are tested. This is the only way you can know for certain that all your test results are being acted on properly.

      If you are still tired and all your levels seem good on the thyroxine you are taking - you need to look at other things.

      I am currently being investigated for celiac disease an autoimmune disease that affects the intestine and means that you have an intolerance to gluten. This is easily treatable by eating the correct food - without gluten.

      However, one of the many side effects is severe tiredness and exhaustion.

      So, I recommend you fully get involved in your treatment and your thyroid results. If all this seems in order, try to look at other things that may be causing symptoms and check it out with your GP.

      Good luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    A once off exposure to chlorine developed hypothyroidism. If chlorine blocked the iodine receptors how unblok
    The chlorine exposure was a once off large one while cleaning furniture with a strong pool chlorine wash. The hypothyroidism was picked up on a regular blood test with TSH level of 20 a couple of weeks ago. I have a diet high in iodine - kelp, sushi, iodised salt, and no symptoms of hypothyroidism (eg lethary, weight gain etc). If this chlorine exposure blocked my iodine receptors I figure all i need to do is unblock them so the iodine can again be utilised. Thyroid is also enlarged. Can anybody help please?

    • ANSWER:
      Iodoral is the product I use. Much better than eating all the salt, sushi and kelp. You only need to take the iodoral for 6 months and then your done more than likely. Taking it in this form will give you a better way to tell how much you are getting.

      Im sure once you have enough iodine in yoru system it wont really matter and the thyroid will go down in size. Lucky you caught it before the weight gain.

  44. QUESTION:
    What is the average amount of money it costs for hypothyroidism treatments?
    At my last check up, the doctor told me my thyroid gland felt enlarged. I have put off getting tested for it because I don't know how much it costs for lab fees and Dr.'s visits for that matter, also I want to know about how much the treatment is for this problem so I can get this taken care of. An idea of how much money I would need to save to get tested for, pay lab fees, and pay for pills or treatment for hypothyroidism, would be a great help. I know I have all they symptoms, and it was suggested by my OB/GYN to get tested for this. Anyone with any knowledge of this disease please help me with these answers, or what you payed when you got tested and what not, physicians that specialize in this area or endocrine medicine and such are more than welcome and preferred. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my question.

    • ANSWER:
      Pills for hypothyroidism are relatively inexpensive in their generic form, and are generally taken once daily. Even without insurance, the price would likely be under per month. Levothyroxine (the generic hypothyroid pill commonly prescribed) is part of Wal-Mart's generic program. The testin for hypothyroidism is a simple blood draw, although without insurance I am unsure what the cost would be.

  45. QUESTION:
    Do I have hypothyroidism?
    I've gotten one test result before where the doctor told me my levels were abnormal, but I moved away before I could get them tested further. I tested again recently and these were my results:

    T3 Uptake - 39.3
    T4 - 8.9
    FTI - 8.7
    TSH - 1.76

    I don't quite know what these levels mean. My grandmother has hypothyroidism and first alerted me to the fact that my thyroids looked a little swollen. My most recent visit (at a Health Department, not a primary care physician, I made an appointment with one for next week) resulted with my LEFT thyroid being confirmed as enlarged. Over the past three years I have gained 50 pounds with out changing my regular diet or exercise routine, and losing weight is next to impossible, somehow I just can't do it with out starving myself.

    I've developed a serious case of depression (undiagnosed) over the past few months, and I think it has to do with my low self esteem about my weight gain and my on and off bout with anorexia. I'm constantly colder than anyone else in my apartment, even when I know it's warm in the room but I just feel COLD. I feel like I'm 80 years old some days because my joints feel sore and stiff, and I'm only 18.

    I'm at a loss at what to do, I really need help and it feel likes I have no where to turn, and no one can help me.

    • ANSWER:
      It might be Hypothyroid, but its not Raynauld's Syndrome...

  46. QUESTION:
    I think I have hypothyroidism and it is getting worse?
    I'm not going to go into details about the symptoms. I went to the doctor around 4 or 5 months ago because I felt terrible. I had my mom request a blood test and they found my TSH was high. My doctor sent me to an endocrinologist. She did some blood work and everything was fine except I had antibodies attacking my thyroid. She was going to do nothing! I went back to the doctor and he said my thyroid was a little enlarged on one side. Well I went back to the endocrinologist and she put me on Levothyroxine and then Synthroid. I had to stop taking them because I had problems while taking it. Well about a month ago I went to the Emergency Room. They checked my blood and said my thyroid levels were fine. I was like how is that possible? Can you have Hypothyroidism and it be doing like mine is doing? I mean I have antibodies attacking my thyroid right now shouldn't something be done? The endocrinologist mentioned surgery but..I want that as a last resort. Any advice or something I can do? I am feeling pretty bad and my mom is sick of taking me to the doctor. She is actually beginning to wonder if it is all in my head. Which it is not. Thanks for your help. :)

    • ANSWER:
      Hello. Your thyroid levels change constantly. They go up and down, and from morning to night, and day to day, they can change a lot. I've had thyroid disease for 3 years, and my levels have never been the same once. They change all the time. If you have thyroid disease, you need to be on medication, or it will get a lot worse ( and you will start to feel worse over time ). It's really not something to ignore. If Synthroid made you sick, there are other medications you can try. Do research on the internet, and educate yourself thyroid disease. also, make sure you let your mom know how serious this is. Sounds to me like she isn't taking this seriously, and she should be. It can do a lot of damage to your body if left untreated. If the doctors you are going to are not helping you, find a new one. I had to go through quite a few doctors before i found a good one. Some doctors have no clue how to properly treat a thyroid problem. I wish you the best, and i hope you feel better soon. Take care.

  47. QUESTION:
    Question Concerning Hypothyroidism?
    I have a family history of hypothyroid. For the last couple of years I have been having common symptoms of and my uncle who was recently diagnosed with it mentioned that I needed to look into this condition. The more I read and researched I found story after story relating to exactly what I have been experiencing. I went to my doctor (Physician's Assistant) and he did a physical and ran tests. They called and said all was normal. I did read the ACCE current range for thyroid. My TSH is a 4.25 so I asked the nurse to have the PA refer me to an Endrocrinologist and they refused because they say there is nothing wrong with me. The PA wanted to run an ultrasound which will only show if my thyroid is enlarged or if I have a lump. I explained this to them as well and begged the nurse to request the PA to research the current range by the ACCE. They went onto About.com and printed out some information and now they have agreed to run a Free T3 & T4. Can someone share their story or let me know what my next step would be?
    I do not feel that educating oneself after another medical practitioner (my uncle) recommends Iook into a condition can be labeled self-diagnosis. I am not a complainer - do not go to doctor often other than regular check ups. I am 39 years old and I am educated enough to understand that it is my patient right to make certain that test are ran thoroughly by my medical practitioners. I do want to enjoy my quality of life therefore would like for these burdensome symptoms resolved, not just masked over.

    • ANSWER:
      i have hypothyroidism as well and it took them a long time to diagnose mine as well, even though i was telling them i knew it was my thyroid the whole time. my regular doc kept saying my tsh levels were off but they were only between 7 and 10% which normal is 3-5% but they like to see it over 10 to begin treatment, the problem is i was highly symptomatic and suffering a lot, i was so tired i no longer had a good quality of life, my hair was falling out, my skin was so dry, and i couldnt lose weight from the baby i just had for nothing. i finally went in to my doc in tears cuz i was starting to go into a depressive state, which can also be a symptom of hypothyroid, and she agreed to put me on a low dose of meds and send me to an endocrinologist for further diagnosis. there they ran more extensive tests cuz youre tsh levels are affected by a lot of things and can vary greatly depending on a lot of things, she also felt my neck and could feel my thyroid was swollen due to it trying to keep up and from there we began the process of trying to find the right dose of meds, you have to get labs done every 6 wks after beginning meds until youre on the right dose and your tsh levels stabilize and it can take a while to feel better but i would definately push the endocrinologist thing and youre regular doc should be able to feel if youre thyroid is swollen without an ultrasound.

  48. QUESTION:
    I have hypothyroidism. We want to get pregnant! Seeing doctor tomorrow what questions should I ask?
    Last year I found out I had a pretty serious issue with my thyroid. I put on about 30 lbs in about 6 months. After an ultrasound of my thyroid they determined it was enlarged and also had a cyst not to mention hypo active. I was told to just keep an eye on this over the years with a yearly ultrasound to ensure nothing enlarges more. I was put on Synthroid at 50MG.

    So now a year later, we want a baby! I have an appointment tomorrow with my primary doctor. What questions should I ask? Also would it be beneficial to see an endocrinologist to ensure proper thyroid care before and during the pregnancy? Help from anyone who has been through this would be helpful!

    I'm truly scared and worried about having this condition and trying to bring a baby into the world, I’m aware of all the possible side effects and birth defects associated with hypothyroidism. Thanks for all the honest answers!

    • ANSWER:
      First question would be "Will this medication affect my baby?" Then, "Will my condition cause risks in my pregnancy?"

      In cases like this, it is always a good idea to get a second opinion. A perinatologist is a good idea, in addition to the endocrinologist.

  49. QUESTION:
    I have Hashimotos dz. but have had an episode of thyroid storm, can this happen?
    Hypothyroidism with weight gain, hoarseness, swelling, enlarged heart, chronic cough, extreme HBP with extremely high heart rate.Depression, forgetfullness, confusion, new onset diabetes, palpitations, shortness of breath, fatigue, but can't sleep at night. I get about 4 hrs sleep per day. Tingly legs and feet, bladder control problem. Episode of thyroid storm 6 months ago, hospitalized. Taking 150 mcg Levothroid daily. All literature associates thyroid storm with Graves dz., but I have been diagnosed with Hashimotos. Please help me understand this!!

    • ANSWER:
      You have a lot of symptoms of being hypopituitary (pituitary controls thyroid and other glands). Have you been worked up for pituitary problems? I am hypopituitary and have most the symptoms you list. Depression, forgetfullness, confusion, fatigue from low growth hormone, can't sleep at night and fatigue also low cortisol, etc.

      150 levothroid is not necessarily too much. I have Hashimotos and take 125.

  50. QUESTION:
    Is it a thyroid problem?
    Ok- long story short (as short as I can get!)....

    For the last 5 or so years my Grandmother has been convinced that I have a thyroid problem. She had a major problem with hers that the Doc's didn't catch for years. I have just about every symptom of hypothyroidism including pretty sudden weight gain, sudden panic attacks, swallowing problems, hoarse voice and many many more. I have seen 5-6 different doctors (pretty large practice) and EVERY time I see one for the first time the first question they ask is if I have a thyroid problem just by looking at my neck.

    Here's the kicker...
    I have had blood test done to check for problems that always come back fine and I have also had an ultrasound done and they said my thyroid was large but not enlarged. One of the doctors wants to send me to an endocrinologist which is about 2 hours from me.

    My question is have any of you experienced something like this or know someone who has? Is it possible that there could be a problem even though the blood tests/ultrasounds are fine? Any help would be appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Did they test your TSH and thyroxine levels? Were tests performed accurately?

      You should see a specialist-endocrinologist since your family doctor at most is just familiar with cholesterol levels and prescribing antibiotics.

      I would go to the clinic that did your blood tests and get a copy of your blood tests to see if the TSH levels are high or low. I would check my intake of iodine-in salt-to make sure I have enough of it in my diet...........Thyroid makes thyroid hormones from iodine, pituatary controls thyroid by realeasing TSH which stimulates the thyroid to make its hormones. Just remember that for the hormones to be created the thyroid needs iodine in your blood.

      Always leave Clinic with a copy of any blood tests that your Insurance and you paid for-THEY ARE YOURS!

      Check....http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypothyroidism/DS00353/DSECTION=tests-and-diagnosis


Elevated Thyroid Levels

Dr Broda Barnes an acknowledged world expert on thyroid function proposed that hypothyroidism was more prevalent in the U.S than was being diagnosed. He believed that standard examinations on thyroid functions were inadequate and thyroid problems that weren't being diagnosed was responsible for a broad range of health problems.

Dr Barnes estimated that around 40% of the population suffers from a low thyroid condition and would benefit from thyroid supplements. He believed that common diseases like depression, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, menstrual disorders, tonsillitis, ear infection, skin disorders, colds and laziness in children were all as a result of hypothyroidism.

According to Dr Barnes, patients with hypothyroid who took thyroid supplements would significantly lower their risk of cancer, heart disease and arthritis. This statement was made based upon studies from Graz, Austria on 70,000 autopsy studies. He believed that all patients with coronary artery disease should be examined for low thyroid and treated if present. Thyroid hormone is often beneficial for depression sufferers, this disorder can be unresponsive to other treatments even in normal blood tests.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Explain why a patient whose liver has been damaged by hepatitis could show elevated levels of thyroid hormone?
    Explain why a patient whose liver has been damaged by hepatitis could show elevated levels of thyroid hormone and bilirubin

    • ANSWER:
      The damaged liver is not using all the thyroxine the thyroid is producing. The same goes for the gall bladder (bilrubin).

  2. QUESTION:
    Elevated thyroid levels: increase or decrease medication and why?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to have given more details. I'm guessing you're on thyroid replacement therapy and just got a report of your TSH level. Note that TSH is short for "thyroid stimulating hormone" and it isn't a thyroid hormone at all. It's a pituitary hormone that regulates the activity of the thyroid. High TSH levels generally suggest a need for more thyroid hormone, and low levels for less. At any rate, whether or not my guess is correct, you still should wait for instructions from your physician. This is not generally a DIY project.

  3. QUESTION:
    Elevated "thyroid" levels shown in blood test?
    Hey everyone... a couple days ago i took a blood test. Everything else is normal except for i have elevated thyroid levels shown... i looked on google, and they didn't seem to give me an answer and used difficult terminology. i asked my mom what this meant, and she said it's hard for me to explain it to you. does anyone have an answer as to what it means, if i have elevated thyroid levels? i read something about T3 and T4 hormones...will this stunt my growth? i am only 15. my mom said i'm young to develop a problem like this and we are both worried. i'm going to an endocrinologist in a week.

    thanks so much, any answer would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid is an endocrine gland which secrets hormones T3 and T4.elevated secretion of thyroid hormone is called hyperthyroidism.it may give rise to different symptoms.like decreased body weight, incresed heart beat,increased appetite,tiredness and some more serious problems.it all depends on how much elevated ur "thyroid" level is and why it is elevated.don't worry.ur doctor will fix it.it should be curable.best of luck.

  4. QUESTION:
    How is an elevated para thyroid level made normal ?
    When a para thyroid level is high .. how can the level be made normal ?

    • ANSWER:
      You are discribing hyperparathyroidism; it leads to hypercalcemia, kidney stones, and osteoporosis generally. You have a A high level of PTH in the blood.
      (by the way it is the Parathyroid gland)

      The only two choices available for patients with primary hyperparathyroidism are to do nothing, or to have surgical removal of the diseased parathyroid gland (or infrequently, more than one diseased parathyroid gland). Some physicians will elect to not refer their patients for an operation if they have a mild form of primary hyperparathyroidism. Much of this management style stems from the fact that standard parathyroid surgery in the past required the use of general anesthesia and was a major operation. THIS IS NOT GOOD ADVICE! Parathyroid disease will ALWAYS get worse. It will NEVER go away on its own. Remember, it is caused by a tumor that has developed from one of the parathyroid glands. Waiting will just allow the parathyroid tumor to grow bigger. It will NEVER get better on its own. It will NEVER stay the same.

      The standard "Old Fashioned" operation that is still performed by nearly all general surgeons and ENT surgeons can be dangerous, thus everywhere you read you will see people advise you to "pick an expert surgeon". This is because the old fashioned operation requires that the surgeon dissect all the structures in your neck to "find" the bad parathyroid gland. All of this dissection increases the chances of bleeding and requires general anesthesia and a large incision. An inexperienced surgeon also has a much lower rate of finding the tumor... Most importantly, however, is that this big operation performed by an inexperienced general surgeon has a risk of injury to the voice box nerve of about 2-5%. Sounds like a pretty low risk??? Well, if the nerve to your voice box is injured, then you will likely never be able to talk again. Trust us, this will ruin your life! Furthermore, if this surgeon is inexperienced and he/she operates on both sides of your neck and injures the voice box nerve on BOTH sides, then you will require a tracheostomy just to be able to breathe, and of course, you can't talk! YES, we are referred patients to our clinic about every 4 DAYS that cannot talk, and a patient that has a tracheostomy comes seeking our help about every 3-4 WEEKS. Finally, AT LEAST ONCE PER DAY we get a referral for a patient that is not cured, thus needing a second operation, after an inexperienced general surgeon or ENT surgeon operated on them.

      HOWEVER, if you find an expert surgeon, then these operations are not nearly as "involved" as they once were. An expert parathyroid surgeon (one that performs at least 100 of these operations per year) will have a MUCH lower rate of complication and will usually cure you. Some new techniques of radioguided parathyroidectomy (the MIRP operation) is DRAMATICALLY better than the old operation. The MIRP operation typically takes less than 20 minutes and you can go home in an hour!

  5. QUESTION:
    Can elevated Troponin levels be related to Thyroid or Infertility problems?
    I often feel fatigued and seem to have a low energy level. This happens a few times a week. I usually have to take prometrium to have a period or I have to be on a birth control pill just to be regular. My first child had to be conceived with clomid. I can go six+ months with no period, if it isn't medicine induced. I have never been told that I have a thyroid problem, but I know that I have irregular periods and infertility issues. Can this cause heart damage or elevated troponin levels?
    Recently, I went to the ER and had an abnormal ekg/ecg. I had an irregular heartbeat and my blood pressure was up and down. After bloodwork and many tests, the only thing they could find wrong was that I had an elevated cardiac enzyme, troponin, in my blood. It was .11 to begin with and about 12-16 hours later it was .10. The doctor told me that this suggested possible heart damage. I had a treadmill stress echo today...no results yet :( If it isn't my heart, what could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      Triponins are only to do with the heart--not periods or infertilty. They will go up due to heart damage--you may have a blocked artery which can cause ischemia (can be reversed) to send the triponins out--what did your ekg say? If your Cardiologist thought you were in danger you would be in the hospital. He will let you know. you will prob have to make changes in life--food, exercise. stop smoking if u do to preserve your heart--I know it is hard but prob okay if you havent heard back.

  6. QUESTION:
    12 weeks pregnant, elevated thyroid level?
    Hi! I'm 12 weeks and 1 day pregnant today! :) I have elevated TH levels on my Thyroid blood test, so my OB/GYN wanted me to have an evaluation with an endocronololgist. Simple enough, right? WRONG! Haha, all of the doctors that i called won't treat me because i am pregnant. They consider that high-risk. What to do? Anyone else have this problem? And also, i was wondering if I waited until the baby was born to get treatment, instead of taking any medication for the elevated thyroid, would that be more dangerous to wait until after when i can actually take the right medication without possibly harming my baby??

    • ANSWER:
      your referring to an elevated TSH right? do you know what yours was? a normal ref range for tsh is 0.350-5.500 anything lower then 0.350 is hyper and anything over 5.500 is hypo thyroid. so if yours is elevated i assume it is hypo thyroid. you need to get treatment now. being hypo or hyper thyroid during pregnancy can harm the baby. there is safe medications you can take during pregnancy to get your tsh into normal range. you may have to see a high risk obgyn that deals with illnesses and pregnancy. call your obgyn and let them know the endos won't see you. and maybe she can refer you to somebody who will. you deffently need to get treatment for this now. please don't wait.

  7. QUESTION:
    Elevated thyroid level when pituitary gland was check, what does this mean?
    Earlier in the week I had a checkup and lab work was done to check my pituritory gland.. This am the dr's office called to inform me that my thyroid level was elevated. What can cause an elevated thyroid level? The nurse really didn't want to provide further detail until I came back next week for further testing, but i am an anxious type person and am very concerned.. Could anyone provide insight into what this means?
    I have a mixed connective tissue disease (undiagnosed) and I have had most of those symptoms you provided. I had a regular well checkup and have no idea in all honestly why the test was done. I have a family history of thyroid disease in my family.

    • ANSWER:
      One of the functions of the pituitary gland (anterior part) is to regulate the thyroid levels. It produces the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH).

      Could be benign tumor of the pituitary (adenoma) or thyroid hormone resistance.
      Chances is it could be normal as well. Thats why further testing is needed.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thyroid-stimulating_hormone#Diagnostic_use

      By the way, do you have the following symptoms described in the following link?
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperthyroidism#Signs_and_symptoms

      If you don't have most of the symptoms, then you're most likely to be healthy.
      Don't worry. Worry and stress is the cause of more diseases.
      Extreme stress may also affect TSH test results.

      Add. Notes: The TSH test is often the test of choice for evaluating thyroid function and/or symptoms of hyper- or hypothyroidism.
      It is frequently ordered along with or preceding a T4 test. Other thyroid tests that may be ordered include a T3 test and thyroid antibodies (if autoimmune-related thyroid disease is suspected).
      A high TSH result often means an underactive thyroid gland that is not responding adequately to the stimulation of TSH due to some type of acute or chronic thyroid dysfunction. Rarely, a high TSH result can indicate a problem with the pituitary gland, such as a tumor producing unregulated levels of TSH. A high TSH value can also occur when patients with a known thyroid disorder (or those who have had their thyroid gland removed) are receiving too little thyroid hormone medication.
      CT (computerised tomography) scan or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan will be done on the pituitary gland to check whether if its the cause of the thyroid problems.
      The pituitary gland/hypophysis is the regulator of the thyroid gland, after all.
      Just wait till your next medical appointment.

  8. QUESTION:
    Questions about Thyroid problems. T4 levels were low..not TSH levels are elevated.?
    Ok so my T4 levels were low, I got on 75 synthroid for 8 weeks and did another blood test. Now my TSH levels are elevated. What could be causing this? What are the symptoms of elevated TSH levels.

    • ANSWER:
      The dosage could be too high. Your doctor might want to decrease the dosage to see if that helps and do follow up blood tests. Good luck and hang in there!

  9. QUESTION:
    Elevated Thyroid level?
    i'm 10 weeks pregnant and my doctors office called to tell me that the rest of my blood work came back, everything is fine except they told me that they would like me to get more testing just to be safe for my thyroid level as it was a little high, but also it could be nothing as when you are newly pregnant, the level can rise. Anyone else have this and what was the outcome?

    • ANSWER:
      The same thing happened to me. They tested my blood at my 12 week appointment and my thyroid levels had increased. They continued to monitor my levels throughout my pregnancy, although my thyroid levels had come back down to normal by my second trimester. Interestingly enough, my thyroid was out of whack again after I gave birth and then leveled back out about three months post-partum. My OB said that it is "normal" (whatever "normal" means during pregnancy - who knows - everyone is so different) for this to occur during and after pregnancy. I'm sure your OB plans to follow necessary protocol, but do make sure you have your blood drawn periodically during your pregnancy.

  10. QUESTION:
    Thyroid levels elevate more after starting armour thyroid?
    so my levels were normal, just like 4.6 or 5.0 or something around there, and i had like 20+ symptoms of underactive thyroid, so we decided to start armour thyroid to see how it would work.

    at first i was on 30 mg , once a day before breakfast. but it made me have bad headaches and my heart race. so i cut it in half everyday.

    so i got my blood tested 3-4 weekd later. and my levels got higher! its like a 6 or something.

    why is that? is it cause i might not need a thyroid pill?

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    slightly elevated thyroid peroxidase antibodies?
    i have had multiple miscarriages and just got my blood lab results that show i have a slightly elevated TPO level of 67 (reference is <35). I also have 2 subcentimeter nodules on my thyroid. could this slight elevation be the cause of my miscarriages or is not elevated enough to have an affect? all other tests cannot find a cause for the miscarriages.

    • ANSWER:
      Because you have a slightly raised TPO antibody levels it could mean that you have a thyroiditis and this could be making your thyroid underfunction slightly, which is a very possible reason for having troubles with pregnancy.

      It is more beneficial to know your thyroid function tests - your TSH and T3 levels are good at seeing if your thyroid is functioning properly. Ask your doctor about those tests (which I am sure they would have done) and if they are normal it's probably not your TPO level that's causing your miscarriages.

      I'm sorry to hear about all your miscarriages and problems falling pregnant. I hope that you find the cause to your troubles and that you end up with a successful pregnancy. Best of luck.

  12. QUESTION:
    Will medication for an overactive thyroid make me gain weight?
    I just got a call after some bloodwork saying that my thyroid levels are elevated. This surprised me as I've been *gaining* weight lately. They want to put me on medication for it. Will it make me gain weight? I really don't want to gain any more weight.

    • ANSWER:
      do you know the exact results.

      if your TSH is elevated that means you have an underactive thryoid.
      you would have an overactive thyroid if the levels were low.

      you are gaining weight cuz you have hypothyroidism.

      they want to give you thyroid hormone pills to get your TSH level down to where it should be.
      if anything the pills will help you loose weight they would not make you gain weight.

      here is a great link to learn about hypothyroidism:
      http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/hypothyroidism-topic-overview

  13. QUESTION:
    Are there any reasons other than thyroid disease that would explain elevated TSH?
    I have hypothyroid and have been on medication for just about 7 weeks. I am wondering if anyone knows of any reasons for elevated TSH levels other than hypothyroid. Just curious, you know, you get diagnosed and more and more questions start popping up. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I found this :

      low thyroid level can also mean high levels of triglycerides ... making enough thyroid hormone, TSH levels rise, signaling the thyroid gland to make more. ...

      on this website: http://www.boston.com/globe/search/stories/health/health_sense/031400.htm

      I wish you the best of health.

  14. QUESTION:
    High Thyroid Level?
    Hi! I'm 12 weeks and 1 day pregnant today! :) I have elevated TH levels on my Thyroid blood test, so my OB/GYN wanted me to have an evaluation with an endocronololgist. Simple enough, right? WRONG! Haha, all of the doctors that i called won't treat me because i am pregnant. They consider that high-risk. What to do? Anyone else have this problem? And also, i was wondering if I waited until the baby was born to get treatment, instead of taking any medication for the elevated thyroid, would that be more dangerous to wait until after when i can actually take the right medication without possibly harming my baby?

    • ANSWER:
      You've got to be kidding me! Those doctors need to treat you MORE SO since you are pregnant!!
      I've had hypo-thyroid (underactive thyroid) since I was 12 years old! When I got pregnant last Oct. I went to see an endocrinologist ASAP! You're baby DOES NOT have its own thyroid until about 4 months, therefore its solely depending on YOUR thyroid!
      If you have high or low levels .. that can cause miscarriage!! It is IMPERATIVE that you get to an endocrinologist ASAP.
      I have been on synthroid .125 since the age of 12, when I became pregnant they bumped my synthroid to .167 and now at 28 weeks I'm on synthroid .175.
      You need to get your blood drawn every 6 weeks, because the levels will change due to pregnancy.
      You need to get an endocrinologist NOW. Do NOT take no for an answer!!!
      Elevated TSH Levels mean HYPOTHYROID!! (underactive)! that is EXACTLY what I have!

      good luck! God bless!

  15. QUESTION:
    What does my thyroid test result mean?
    My doc called today said by thyroid levels are slightly elevated - they are a 13.7 - I'm confused because everything I read says a normal level is like under 2. He wants to recheck me in 3 months. Please help - I'm so worried. I'm only 26 is this uncommon for my age?
    I'm still confused after some of these answers....everything I find on the internet says that the levels are from about 0.4 - 5.0. And mine is 13.7??? Why did my doctor tell me the norm was from 4.5 - 12.5 - what is he talking about. I'm more scared now!

    • ANSWER:
      The level they are referring to is likely the TSH - thyroid stimulating hormone, which indirectly measures what your thyroid is doing. By having an elevated TSH, it means your brain is telling your thryoid to make more thyroid hormone - so you are slightly hypothryoid. If you look up hypothyroid anywhere (wikipedia would be a good starting source), you can find some of the symptoms. With a level of 13.7, it isn't ridiculously high, and depends on what kind (if any) symptoms you are having. Waiting 3 months to recheck is totally fine - but if you start feeling differently or experience any symptoms, or worsening of any you do have, bump up your appointment date to recheck sooner. And to answer your last question - thyroid issues can occur at any age, but 26 is certainly not out of the norm. Best of luck to you!

  16. QUESTION:
    Is the contraversy on reference ranges for TSH hormone levels true?
    TSH - The Thyroid Stimulating Hormone - is said to be the "gold standard" in Thyroid testing.

    For the past few decades, a normal reference range for TSH was between .35 - 5.5. But recent research suggest that range should be narrowed down to somewhere between .50 - 2.5.

    To calculate a "reference range," about 200 healthy people in nearly the same geographical location have their Thyroid levels checked and the lab workers find a mean range of what is to be considered "normal" in the "general population." However, recent research speculates that the 200 "healthy" people selected to determine the average normal levels may have had asymptomatic thyroid disease or thyroid autoantibodies without symptoms or signs of thyroid disease, making those ranges bogus, and neccessitating a narrower range.

    Additionally, when Endocrinologists are treating elevated TSH levels, they try to get the TSH to be below 3.0, because anywhere above 3.0 usually leaves the patient very symptomatic.

    Too much TSH generally indicates Hypothryoidism, while too little TSH generally indicates Hyperthyroidism unless TSH is stimulated in excess by the pituitary gland.

    My whole life my TSH was always perfect - about 1.4 - 1.6.

    Since I have been experiencing many symptoms, my TSH has been reaching nearly 4.0. But, the reference ranges at the labs where my blood was drawn are from .35 - 5.5.

    I read in a book where there is contraversy on this subject, so as I did more research, and also researched the AACE (American Academy of Clinical Endocrinologists) I have found that the AACE is getting closer and closer to having those reference ranges narrowed.
    Yet, still the laboratories and some Endocrinologists disagree.

    What's the status on this issue?

    • ANSWER:
      I learned a lot from your post, but I don't have any answers. I have TSH of 6.4 even after 6 weeks on meds. I still don't feel right. I have another appt with the doc on Tuesday. My doc said initially 1.6 was normal.

  17. QUESTION:
    31 weeks pregnant thyroid levels keep rising extremely nervous?
    I was diagnosed with hypothyroid in my last pregnancy and was prescribed synthroid 25 mcg at about 16 weeks pregnancy after delivery I was back to normal. As soon as i found out i was pregnant this 2nd time I told my obgyn about the thyroid issue as early as 6 weeks he told me not to worry. During a routine bloodwork my levels were elevated and at 19 weeks pregnancy he started me on 25 mcg of synthroid then I was switched to 50 mcg and today i get a call from the nurse that now i have to take 100 mcg because my levels are even more elevated after another blood test I am so nervous i have never been through this and i am so worried something might go wrong or something might happen to the baby has anyone been through this and what was the outcome?

    • ANSWER:
      As long as your levels are monitored, and you continue to take the appropriate dose of your medication, you should be just fine.

      My first pregnancy I had been on 50mcg since I was 18, and ended up going off it at first, then back to 25mcg at the end, then off it for the 18 months I breastfed.
      Shortly after stopping breastfeeding, I went back on at 75mcg, and now 14 weeks pregnant with #2 I'm on 125mcg daily.

      I have an aunt who has no thyroid function and was taking the maximum dose (I think like 250mcg daily and 1/2 and extra pill every other day) and had a completely normal, healthy pregnancy.

      I've been on it since I was 18, so I can tell when my dose is wrong and I need to be checked again.

  18. QUESTION:
    High tsh thryoid levels--a big deal?
    Hi. Can someone tell me the symptoms or their personal experience with having an overactive thyroid? I am overweight, have bald spots on the front of my head, cant get my period on my own, fatigued, lots of anxiety, panic attacks sometimes, and have muscle aches. I am 19 years old and I've had all of these symptoms for a while. I went to the gynecologist less than a year ago and she said that my thyroid levels were a little high and that I should go to an endocrinologist. However, my mom (a waitress) seems to think that she is a doctor and thinks that I am just some kind of hypochondriac who is obsessing over symptoms and trying to find problems with myself. I am 231 lbs and currently doing weight watchers and exercising 4-5 times a week. My two sisters have lost weight, my mom is losing weight, and I just seem to be stuck. Anyways, is a slightly elevated thyroid level (I cant remember whether my doctor said 5.2 or 3.2...) enough to have a noticable effect on someone? Thanks
    Also, I had an ultrasound at the gynecologist and they didnt find any cysts on my ovaries, so I dont think I have PCOS.
    My mom doesnt have thyroid problems....she just thinks Im being annoying and obsessive. I just have felt like crap and have had weird symptoms for years and I want a DOCTOR, not my mom, to tell me if I'm healthy or not. She is mad that I keep asking her to help me get better.

    • ANSWER:
      definitely see an endocrine doc, this can be an indicator for several diseases....good luck on the weight loss-remember, you have taken a long time to get this weight, you will need a while to loose it..., however, you may want to seek a 2nd opinion, other than your mom...

  19. QUESTION:
    High/Elevated thyroid?
    I received some results from my doctor and was told my thyroid level was slightly high....she said it should be 2.0, mine is 2.3...hmmm....so obviously i have know idea what this means, so I'm going to see the doctor this week, but until then, can someone give me some insight. What are the symptoms of high thyroid and how can this problem be resolved? and one more....is this considered hypothyroidism or hyper?? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you know what test the doctor is referring to? Usually a TSH is done and the range as recommended by AACE is 0.3 to 3.0. There are many doctors who believe a TSH over 2.0 is not normal and considered subclinical hypothyroidism.

      seeing you didn't mention what the test was, I will list symptoms for both underactive and overactive.

      Symptoms of underactive (hypothyroidism) fatigue, weight gain, depression, dry skin, dry thinning hair, headaches, constipation, low body temp, ridged fingernails, vertigo, high cholesterol, slow heart rate, low blood pressure, sensitivity to light, menstrual problems, fertility issues,

      Symptoms of overactive (hyperthyroidism) headache, weight loss, diarrhea, fast heart rate, increased sweating, nervousness, anxiety,

  20. QUESTION:
    Elevated levels of calcium ion in the blood stimulate the secretion of the hormone?
    A. Thyroid hormone
    B. Testosterone
    C. Calcitonin
    D. Parathyroid hormone

    • ANSWER:
      Calcitonin.

      Calcitonin acts to lower blood calcium as part of a negative feedback loop. Parathyroid hormone would increase calcium.

  21. QUESTION:
    what should your heart rate be an hour after exercise?
    i just got back from hockey, noticed my pulse was high and took it (electronically) and it is 120. is that normal?
    i am 16.

    also: i recently had blood taken from me and my doctor said i had a slightly elevated thyroid level or something.

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    Help with my thyroid problem?
    I need advice. When I went to the emergency room they said my thyroid levels were elevated. Twice my doctor has told me that my levels have been normal in the blood work she has taken. I am sick and recently I developed to large knots on my neck (both sides) a little above my thyroid. I feel like I am choking, and now I may have a liver problem. What is wrong with me and how should I handle my doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      As to how to handle the doctor situation I would recommend getting another opinion, preferably from a doctor that does not share the same office of the doctor you currently go to, to see what they think could be going on.

      As for those knots that you are noticing they could be nodules like little cysts (I was told a few years ago I had a nodule and then when I saw another doctor who checked me and told me my thyroid was clean, there were no nodules).

      I would recommend a consultation with an endocrinologist (a doctor that diagnoses and treats diseases and disorders that relate to the hormones such as with the thyroid) to see what they say.

  23. QUESTION:
    Causes of elevated T3 And T4 During thyroid test?
    The DR had my thyroid checked because I have been experiencing some hair loss.My blood work came back today they said my T3 and T4 levels were elevated.What does that mean exactly dont exactly fit all the symptoms of hyperthyroidism?Iam average weight and find it very difficult to lose any weight even tho I exercise a ton!! I thought people with hyperthyroidism were thin or have fast metabolisms?Also Iam on symbicort and a resuce inhaler and birth control pills could this have effected the results? They never told me to stop taking it b4 the blood test altho I did skip my bc pill that day just in case.
    what exactly is T3 and T4 Do they stand for something?

    • ANSWER:
      T3 and T4 are hormones that are made by the thyroid. When these hormones are elavated that is an indication along with high TSH levels that hypothyroidism can be a problem.

      One of the classic symptoms of hypothyroidism is making it harder to lose weight.

      Yes, it is possible that the Symbicort could have affected the test results but the only way to know for sure is to check with your pharmacist as well to see what they say.

  24. QUESTION:
    Thyroid problems anyone? Also pregnant.?
    Before you start reading, I apologise for how long this is and I thank those who take the time to read it and possibly give me a little advice as to what I should do. I am 10 weeks and 3 days pregnant with my 2nd pregnancy (1st pregnancy stillborn at 23 weeks gestation). The first time my thyroid levels ever got tested was when I went to my GP for the blood test to confirm I was pregnant, after the results came back it showed my thyroid levels were elevated. During my first pregnancy both my antenatal clinic and my GP thought that my levels were not elevated enough to send me to an endocrinologist but were considering it because they were elevated. A few hours after I miscarried first pregnancy they tested my thyroid levels but they never told me if they were normal. Since finding out about my 2nd pregnancy I have been tested 3 times, I've been to an endocrinologist 2 times and have another appointment on the 9th of May. They have done an ultrasound on my neck and found that I have several small thyroid nodules. Now they want to take fluid from the tissue to make sure it's the thyroid producing to much hormones which is the cause of my thhyroid levels. I was reading there are complications, they said they will be using a local anaesthetic... I know this may sound stupid but will this procedure harm my baby, I don't want to lose another and I'm wondering if I should ask them to wait until the baby comes. The endocrinologist said they will not be putting me on medication at this time.
    Just had to add in case you're unsure they will be taking the fluid via needle with an ultrasound guiding it, apparently between 4 and 8 tubes.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      I have a son from my second pregnancy. The first pregnancy turned out to be a miscarriage in the 9th week. Reason being Thyroid Levels. Also one of the main reasons why I ws not getting pregnant initially. After thyroid treatment (not thru fluids and needles or watever) with ELTROXIN, for almost one year, I was pregnant again and had to do the routine thyroid level checking.

      I would like you to know that, thyroid levels do play an important role in your pregnancy. It also makes you lethargic and fat which is not good for the baby.

      I can only suggest you, go for another doctor's opinion before you get anything performed on you. And, most importantly, keep the thyroid levels right.

      All the best with your baby...

  25. QUESTION:
    Pregnant with elevated thyroid blood test... help!?
    Im 10weeks pregnant and I got my thyroid blood tests back. My ob said that the results were a bit of a concern and she has booked me into a specialst (waiting list).

    In the meantime I wanted to get some advice. My levels are:
    Free T4 22.5
    TSH 0.07
    T3 4.7

    Im mainly concerned with how low TSH is, (normal is .5-5) so it seems a little low. Should i be taking iodene supplements or is that making it worse if I do have something wrong.

    Also, I have been having heart palpitations, feeling of throat closing in, and chest pain.. but i have been seeing a doctor about this sepearately. im worried that if i do have something it will affect my little baby.

    Has anyone been pregnant and had similar levels??? please provide your storeis.

    • ANSWER:
      The feelings you are feeling are totally related to your thyroids.
      I had an overactive thyroid when pregnant, and I was on medication for the first 2 months. Somehow during the pregnancy, my levels went back to normal, and thyroids were fine until I had my baby/ he was tested at birth to make sure his thyroid function was fine though.
      The worst that could happen is that you baby is born with an overactive/underactive thyroid, and that can be treated :) Thyroid problems are actually quite common, so doctors are used to dealing with this in pregnant woman :)
      best of luck

  26. QUESTION:
    elevated ANA, moderate billirubin levels, above normal iron levels, and pain...help!?
    i am a 23 year old mother of 2. couple months ago, i went to get a haircut from my stylist who has been doing it since i was born and she said i might want to make a doctors appointment to have my thyroid checked because i was losing a considerable amount of hair. i didnt think to much of it buti went to my doctors 3 week ago because my knees and ankles have been hurting me REALLY bad and told my doctor i wanted to have a blood test for my thyroid and she said she'd check everything. about a week later, she called me saying i have to make an appointment with a rheumatologist because my ANA levels were elevated and then she asked if anyone in my family has ever had rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or fibromyalgia...great grandpa on my moms side and great grandma and great aunt on my dads side have had at least one of those. im going to school to become a MA and a couple days ago we were doing urinalysis and i checked my own urine and found my billirubin was elevated. yesterday, i donated blood and the phlebotomist said that my iron is 15.5, which is higher than normal for a women. WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?!?!
    omg i totally forgot that my doctor had perscribed inflammation pills...which btw ARENT WORKING AT ALL!! uughh

    • ANSWER:
      don't even consider fibromyalgia right now--there is no inflammtion with fibro and your tests indicate it is somethething otehr tahn fibro
      anti inflammatories take a few weeks to start working

  27. QUESTION:
    elevated levels of IgA (613) but don't have celiac disease. what's wrong with me?
    i have idiopathic gastroparesis (delayed gastric emptying with no known cause or trigger) and Hashimoto's thyroiditis (an autoimmune thyroid condition). my gliadin and tTg antibodies were not present and my duodenal biopsy showed norma villi functioning, so i have a conclusive "no" for celiac's disease.... but why is my IgA so high? ref range is 81-463 and mine is 613. this is my biopsy report from april. what does this indicate?

    A. Duodenum, biopsy:
    Duodenal mucosa with vascular congestion, focal minimal chronic inflammation
    and preserved villous architecture.

    B. Stomach, antrum, biopsy:
    Gastric antral and fundic mucosa with mild chronic inflammation, vascular
    congestion and mild reactive fibromuscular and foveolar hyperplasia, suggestive
    of mild reactive gastropathy. No H Pylori organisms are seen with routine stain.

    C. G.E. Juction, biopsy:
    Gastric cardiac and fundic mucosa with edema and vascular congestion.
    No intestinal metaplasia seen.
    No squamous mucosa present.
    yes, i have seen an endocrinologist. i know quite a bit about my gastroparesis and hashimoto's already. my question was more directed at my elevated IgA levels and whether the results of my biopsy could help determine why my IgA is so high.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you seeing an endocrinologist? here is what I found on the net..

      Hashimoto’s thyroiditis

      http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct/search?term=thyroiditis&submit=Search (clinical trials...one with selenium..one with hep c relationship to hashimoto's, one with postpartum link)
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashimoto's_thyroiditis (wikipedia)
      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000371.htm (medline plus)
      http://autoimmune.pathology.jhmi.edu/diseases.cfm?systemID=3&DiseaseID=22 (John Hopkins…hashimoto's thyroiditis is linked to sjorgren’s syndrome)
      http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdbdetail_abstract.html?disname=Hypothyroidism (NORD..hypothyroidism…scroll down for related organizations)
      http://www.hormone.org/public/thyroid/hypothyroidism.cfm (the hormone foundation)
      http://www.thyroid-info.com/hashimotos-encephalopathy.htm (Hashimoto’s encephalopathy…rare)
      http://www.thyroid-info.com/articles/yersinia.htm (hashimoto’s and food borne infection,Yersinia enterocolitica infection, via contaminated meats -- especially raw or undercooked products -- poultry, unpasteurized milk and dairy products, seafood -- and particularly oysters -- from sewage-contaminated waters and produce fertilized with raw manure. Foods can also be contaminated by food handlers who have not effectively washed their hands before handling food or utensils used to prepare food. Improper storage can also contribute to contamination.>> stool test that can detect yersinia enterocolitica )
      http://www.thyroid-info.com/articles/cohen.htm (hashimoto’s and anergic depression)
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/hypothyroidism/a/hashivshypo.htm (hashimoto’s vs hypothyroidism..what is the difference… In the study of 21 patients with euthyroid Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (normal range TSH, but elevated antibodies), half of the patients were treated with levothyroxine for a year, the other half were not treated. After 1 year of therapy with levothyroxine, the antibody levels and lymphocytes (evidence of inflammation) decreased significantly only in the group receiving the medication. Among the untreated group, the antibody levels rose or remained the same.
      The researchers concluded that preventative treatment of normal TSH range patients with Hashimoto's disease reduced the various markers of autoimmune thyroiditis, and speculated that that such treatment might even be able to stop the progression of Hashimoto's disease, or perhaps even prevent development of the hypothyroidism. )
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/hypothyroidism/a/hashivshypo_2.htm (page 2…selenium might help…and calcium with magnesium supplements for nighttime problems)
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/hashimotos/a/encephalopathy.htm (hashimoto’s encephalopathy)
      http://thyroid.about.com/od/hypothyroidismhashimotos/a/preventative.htm (treating antibodies when TSH is normal)
      http://thyroid.about.com/blcohen.htm (treating anergic depression)

      3 books on disease symptoms and treatments

      you could also get these books on ebay or amazon or a half price book store. (last two are very similar)..
      1.Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine
      2.Handbook of Diseases (Lippencott)
      3.Professional Guide to Diseases (Springhouse)

  28. QUESTION:
    Thyroid problem /pregnant wife?
    My wife is almost 20 weeks pregnant. We got a call from the Dr's office today and they said that her thyroid levels came back elevated. They want us to go see a special Dr. that I can not remember what type of Dr. at this time. Her thyroid was tested about 4 weeks ago and the Dr. said everything was OK but wanted to keep an eye on it. We have already had the ultrasound and heard the heart beat and everything was great. Now hearing this new news has me a little worried. Has anyone been through this? What should I expect? Should I be worried? If this is just being diagnosed, is it to late in the pregnancy.This is our first child and I am a little freaked. Any help is greatly appreciated.
    Its been monitored her entire pregnancy, always slightly elevated, but not to much. It just concerns me because they are just now sending us to a specialist. I am hoping its just a precautionary measure on my Dr.'s part.
    Yes, thank you. It is a endocrinologist.

    • ANSWER:
      Try not to worry, this is something that is easily monitored and fixed! I bet your wife was referred to a endocrinologist.

      I had the opposite when I was pregnant, my thyroid was low. It was on the line of the acceptable range, because it was so close they decided not to treat it and just watch it closely. I delivered a healthy set of twins full term with no problems.

      There is medication they can give your wife, if needed, to control the thyroid hormone levels. A quick blood test every couple weeks will keep a close eye on this for the rest of her pregnancy. I know its scary to have something like this pop up, but if you have good docs (which it sounds like you do!), then you shouldn't have to worry too much. Check out the link below for more info. Good luck and I hope all turns out well for you and your wife!

  29. QUESTION:
    In some cases the epiphyseal plate of the long bones of children closes too early?
    In some cases the epiphyseal plate of the long bones of children closes too early. What might be the cause?
    a. under production of thyroid hormone
    b. elevated levels of sex hormones
    c. too much vitamin D in the diet
    d. osteoblast activity exceeds osteoclast activity

    • ANSWER:
      B. Elevated androgen (male sex hormones) levels such as testosterone have been proven to cause early, premature fusion of epiphyseal plates.

  30. QUESTION:
    Help! Thyroid Problem?
    Hey everyone! On February 22nd I had a blood test done for routine prenatal care that showed I had an elevated thyroid. They gave me a prescription for Levothyroxin (Synthroid) and I have been taking it for a little over a week. I started having the "bad" side effects such as, fainting, throwing up, diahrea, dizziness, and head aches. I called my doctor and couldn't get through to him, but the nurse told me to cut the dosage in half and take the pill at night. I went one day without taking the pill and felt great. I took it last night and passed out and threw up this morning. I am just wondering if I am taking the right medicine or what?? They said I have "elevated thyroid" and my level was 5.9 and normal is 2.1. They said it was Hypothyroidism. I researched it and as far as I could tell "hypo" is for low levels of hormones and "hyper" is for high levels of hormones. Can anyone help me!? Am I taking the right medicine or am I just allergic to it or what?! HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      Something is NOT right.
      Synthroid is most definitely for low thyroid.

      If you have elevated levels, you should be on PTU - Propylthiouracil.

      It is crucial to straighten this out with your doctor. I would see an endocrinologist. This is nothing to mess with while you are pregnant. Do NOT take no for an answer!

  31. QUESTION:
    I want to avoid Gastric Bypass Surgery. How can I safely lose 200 lbs?
    I am 5'3" and I weigh 317 lbs. I know I have let myself go.I could offer up many excuses, but that is exactly what they are. I want to safely lose this weight without GBS. I am not above pharmacological aid though.
    Other info, My blood pressure is 110/68, my cholesterol is only slightly elevated, and my thyroid levels are within normal limits.

    Please, I only want real answers. I do not want smart a** responses. I can think up plenty on my own.
    I forgot to add, that I am 34 years old and I am in my final semester of college. I am married to a meat and potatoes kind of guy and I have 2 kids.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey Big,

      First, I'm very proud of you for not taking short cuts for your goal! That and will get us on the subway.

      Exercise...start small and work your way up.
      Walk for 30 minutes everyday.
      Do push ups (they are hard) and squats. Start with 10. If you can't finish them, go through the motions until you reach 10. Then go to 15, then 20. When you get to 20, do 4 sets.

      Squats and push ups work large muscle groups. You will build muscle. Muscle creates a dense body, which in turn burns fat.

      ABS! Do sit ups, obliques and lower back exercises.

      EATING
      First, drink at least 10 glasses of water everyday. Keep a bottle or glass of water at your computer, on your nightstand, in the car and where you sit at work. Cut out the lattes, sodas and juices.

      Make vegetables the bulk of your meals.

      Snack on fruit.

      For the fruits and vegetables, do a lot of colors. Try new ones you've never tasted to avoid boredom.

      Whole grains!
      Whole wheat tortillas instead of bread
      Spelt instead of white rice
      Cheerios instead of Rice Crispies

      Lean meats
      Pork Tenderloin, fish, chicken breasts

      Please stay away from crash diets and diet pills. When done the right way, you will lose steadily and permanently. Please email me if you want a workout buddy.

      Best of luck!

  32. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar levels are elevated directly by some secretions from glands?:?
    1. Pituitary, Thyroid
    2. Pituitary, Pancreas
    3. Thyroid, Adrenal
    4. Adrenal, Pancreas

    • ANSWER:
      4. Adrenal, Pancreas

      The adrenal glands and the pancreas both play a role in regulating blood glucose levels. Cortisone (hydrocortisone) is a glucocorticoid secreted from the adrenal cortex (the outer portion of the adrenal gland). It functions in stimulating liver cells to synthesize glucose molecules from noncarbohydrate substances (such as amino acids and glycerol), a processs referred to as gluconeogenesis. Such processes increase blood glucose levels.

      The beta cells of the pancreas produces the hormone insulin, which is secreted in response to elevated blood glucose levels. It stimulates the synthesis of glycogen from glucose molecules, thus decreasing blood glucose levels. The alpha cells of the pancreas produce glucagon, which, like cortisol, stimulates the synthesis of glucose from noncarbohydrate substances. Additionally, glucagon stimulates the catabolism of glycogen to glucose (glycogenolysis), thus increasing blood glucose levels.

      I hope this helps

  33. QUESTION:
    Missed Periods & slightly abnormal sgpt, cholesterol, blood sugar, white blood cells levels?
    I am 30 year old single Indian female. Due to my divorce 2 years ago I was very depressed and almost not doing any activity. Right now my weight is more than 85 kg, and I am obsessed. last year I was diagnosed with hypothyroid and my TSH level was 6.5, so doctor prescribed thyronorm 50 mcg which I am taking regularly. Now recently I underwent full body chcek-up and my thyroid level was normal, nothing worng with it, but to my surprise sgpt, wbc, FBS levels are elevated and lipid profile is also not normal. Following are my report, wbc (white blood cells) - 11300, fbs (fasting blood sugar) - 108.2, sgpt - 49 u/l and serum Triglyceride is 205.3 mg/dl and S HDL cholesterol is 30.4 mg/dl which all is not normal.

    Most important is I missed my 3 periods and haven't experienced menstruation since last 3 months.

    My feet and legs are always swollen. I feel like there is ring on my ankle because my ankles are swollen as if there is a water retention.

    My heels are also paining every morning on waking up. After waking up I feel I have no energy and I feel so tired. I experience problem in breathing after climbing stairs and can't sit on floor for long time maybe because of obesity. If I sit on floor for more than 5 minutes and if feet is pressed below my thighs then I feel as if some too many ants are running and biting in my feet because of lack of enough blood circulation in feet and hence I have to keep my feet straight to let blood circulation in feet so that ants running in the feet feeling disappear. If I sit on floor then I have difficulty in standing up without anyone's support. My thighs, lower ab and calf are very fat.

    I also have skin problem like new moles are formed in body, fungus below breast, rough skin between the breast and weird rough lines are formed on neck and back of neck etc. I got the appointment of doctor after 7 days as he is v. busy but I talked to him on phone and he said this all must be due to obesity but I can only say after I meet you.

    I admit that my lifestyle is very bad and I am very lazy. I am not drinking or smoking but I am not overweight and not doing any exercise and eating lot of fried food and fast food. Also my body clock is disturbed and very irregular like I get up very late in morning or sometimes wake up whole night and sleep whole day, please tell me now what do I do to get my health better and how do I get my periods back. But now I am very worried as I am too young and also single. Pls Help me I will be grateful to you. I will go to doctor after 7 days but till that pls tell me some home remedies to lower sgpt and get back my periods. Help me please
    Sorry Lana and Nam, the web addresses given by you doesn't work

    • ANSWER:
      If you missed your periods and feeling pain in your heel you may experience urinary problem and pain at your scapula. Acupressure will give you good relief for all your problems. If you want more information please contact classic_erode@yahoo.com

  34. QUESTION:
    Can low levels of progesterone cause digestion problems?
    I am trying to conceive and have many many symptoms of hypothyroidism (which is hereditary in my family) BUT, I am wondering lately if I may also/just have low levels of progesterone. Just for record,last time I checked I had slightly elevated levels of testosterone. I have had chest pains all my life and I have been told it is just anxiety or my breast bone etc...today, after I took my vitamins and ate breakfast I had bad bad chest pain and stomach pain (like gas) Is that indigestion? It went away after about an hour or so and then just now I ate dinner and right when I put my plate in the sink I had to double over in pain from my chest and stomach again. I took Tums AND GasX and I think it is getting better as I write this.
    Chest pain is scary as hell dude! I have three daughters and I worry. SO....I plan on using progesterone cream for TTC and hopefully it will clear up many other symptoms that mimic under active thyroid.
    CAN LOW LEVELS OF THIS HORMONE CAUSE DIGESTION PROBLEMS?
    Thanks
    My chest pain is on my left side.

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    In some cases the epiphyseal plate of the long bones of children closes too early. What might be the cause?
    a. under production of thyroid hormone
    b. elevated levels of sex hormones
    c. too much vitamin D in the diet
    d. osteoblast activity exceeds osteoclast activity

    • ANSWER:
      b. elevated levels of sex hormones

  36. QUESTION:
    Do I have cancer? Or am I just being paranoid?
    I have had low white blood cell count for about 9 months now. But, the doc said it was probably just due to the fact that I have a slightly elevated thyroid levels. I do itch a lot, especially on my neck and chest. I just now noticed a pea sized lump behind my left ear, near my hair line. It does not hurt and is hard. Of course, I did some research online and now I am scared to go to the doctor. I am pretty thin, but I just knock that one up to the thyroid condition, but I have been having tremendous night sweats for a while now... Any suggestions?? I am being paranoid, Right??
    oh, I am not a smoker, drinker, etc... I work out every day, because it's my job... I am tired a lot... Have been diagnosed with graves disease in the past, but I was in remission... they say my thyroid levels are so slightly elevated that it shouldn't make a difference...

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    Do you think this could be Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
    On 3/19/07, I went to the ER because my ear was acting weird. When we got there, the whole waiting room was filled with people throwing up and coughing. Anyway, about a week later, me and my whole entire family got sick. It was THE most horrible flu/intestinal virus that we've ever gotten. I mean, I was dry heaving. I had nothing to throw up, but yet, I still felt like I had to. Anyway, skip to about 2 months later. It started with heartburn and these weird icepick like headaches. Skip all the way through 2007 and 2008 to now, and I've gotten so many strange symptoms. My doctor did diagnose me with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome on 4/3/08 (which is a genetic connective tissue disorder). I don't see why more symptoms of it would be showing up all of a sudden. This makes me question if that virus caused me to get fibromyalgia or CFS or some kind of dysautonomia or something. Here's some of my symptoms. They're intermittent:

    *Headaches (pressure/stabbing sensations)
    *Frequent urination (tests showed nothing/was clean)
    *Painful periods (stabbing pains in lower abdomen/rectum/can't have a BM sometimes cause of it)
    *Muscle aches
    *Electric shock sensations
    *Fatigue/unrefreshing sleep
    *Muscle weakness
    *Diarrhea/constipation/stabbing sensations in stomach/cramps
    *Eye pain/eye floaters
    *Itchy skin
    *Hot flashes/chills
    *Stinging/burning sensation in genital area/vulvodynia
    *Nausea
    *No weight loss, but clothes are somewhat looser on me (even when they're new)
    *Allergies (eyes, throat, nose). Never had allergies before/feels like they're getting worse
    *Sore throat
    *Post nasal drip feeling
    *Dizziness (always had this/EDS)
    *Low blood pressue (always had this/EDS)
    *Gastroparesis (didn't have test, but doc thinks I have it. Goes with EDS)
    *Tingling sensations (finger, legs, arms, hands, sometimes face/neck)
    *Cognitive difficulties (memory, thinking of words, confusion, etc...)
    *Shortness of breath
    *Tachycardia

    These are most of my symptoms. What really bugs me is that I do have OCD and depression among a few other psychiatric illnesses, and people automatically assume it's all in my head. I've had OCD and Depression since I was little, why all of a sudden would I start imagining these feelings. My family doesn't believe me when I tell them about my symptoms. My mom doesn't even believe I have Ehlers Danlos even though my doctor diagnosed me in front of her.

    I've already had a stool sample done, a urinalysis, ANA screen, SED rate (all clean), MRI and CT scan. Had a fatty tissue in brain, but ti went away. My WBC was 10.9 at one time. Had an HIV test done(NEGATIVE!) I am not sexually active or do drugs or anything. AGA levels for celiac were slightly elevated. Thyroid levels were fine.

    What do you all think? Sorry this was long.

    Thanks!
    I am a 20 year old female also.

    • ANSWER:
      You sounds like me, I went through a lot of the same stuff so I will tell you what lengths I went to to get better.

      I have discovered while researching my issue that a lot of it was simple food allergies and nutrient deficiencies. All of that and years of antibiotics lead me to get a systemic yeast infection and leaky gut syndrome. This added anemia and most of your other symptoms to my plate. I started out with just scoliosis which causes me a lot of pain, so that confused my final diagnosis a bit and it took a few years to figure this out.

      So, what I had to do was find out what I was allergic to. You can get an allergy test from the doctor but I had to go to another city for that so I couldn't go through with it. What I did was took out the top 5 food allergens from my diet, as well I already knew I had issues with soy and had stopped eating that which helped a lot. The other allergens are: wheat gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts and sugar. I removed them ALL from my diet, and started to feel much better.

      But because of the systemic yeast issue and the leaky gut, I couldn't absorb nutrients properly and any time I took vitamins, they went right through my intestinal wall into by body causing a severe overdose reaction, even though I took only a bit. What I eventually had to do, and this worked magically, was I got the Yeast Buster Cleans Kit from a local herbal shop.

      This cured my leaky gut issue and I started being able to absorb nutrients again. I started to include a multivitamin in my diet to make up for all the deficiencies from years of bad digestion. I also continue to take a probiotic every night to make sure I always have plenty of the good guys there to kill off excess yeast so I won't ever have a systemic issue again.

      After all this, I find that my allergic reaction to food is greatly reduced, but I personally still stay away from wheat gluten, dairy and soy as much as possible, but now if I have them occasionally I don't suffer, but I am still not going to push my luck.

      I have to continue to make sure that I eat a rainbow of fruits and veggies because if I get low on B vitamins, magnesium, calcium or omega 3, I start to have mood issues again. You can track your nutrient intake on www.fitday.com and you can easily see at the end of the day if you come up short on anything, and supplement accordingly. I also make sure to take a multivitamin once a day just for an extra boost.

      I would recommend you try some of these things and see if you get better, because I would bet that you do. I will leave some information resources below to help you in your journey, I read the free information on these sites, you don't have to buy anything from them. Good luck to you, I hope for the best for you.

  38. QUESTION:
    Total Thyroid Vitamin?
    I am taking this vitamin as of it I don't have a thyroid problem that is diagnosed yet. I have a family history of thyroid problems as my sister and aunt both have graves disease and that's what my thyroid uptake scan showed that I had but is not having elevate levels on my thyroid tests.

    Is this a safe vitamin to take I've been taking it for over a month and am feeling like I have more energy and sleeping less than I was. I am taking one a day

    These are the ingredients in the vitamin:
    Each Tablet Supplies:
    Vitamin B-1 10 mg,
    Vitamin B-2 10 mg,
    Vitamin B-6 10 mg,
    Vitamin B-12 100 mcg,
    Vitamin A (as palmitate) 1000 i.u.,
    Vitamin C 100 mg,
    Vitamin E (as succinate) 30 i.u.,
    Niacin 5 mg,
    Folic Acid 100 mcg,
    Iodine (as kelp, irish moss) 50 mcg,
    Calcium (as chelate) 25 mg,
    Copper (as chelate) 25 mcg,
    Manganese (as chelate) 800 mcg,
    Zinc (as chelate) 1.5 mg,
    Choline 100 mg,
    Beta Carotene 5 units,
    Betaine HCL 75 mg,
    Glutamic Acid 20 mg,
    L-Tyrosine 50 mg,
    Thyroid (thyroxine free) 100 mg,
    Thymus 40 mg,
    Spleen 10 mg,
    Pituitary 3 mg,
    Adrenal 10 mg,
    Parotid 3 mg.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds good to me. The vitamin is a B complex with added minerals. Your body need all that. Truly, I am not a doc or a nutritionist. I have always tried to take care of myself, my kids too, and my wife tries her best as well. What little I know about thyroid problems - the needs are definitely Vit. B complex, and iodine is one of the minerals needed. Read all you can about it online, there is a heap of info out there for us. So glad to hear that the vits helps you and that you feel better already, best luck to you.

  39. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have a slightly elevated troponin levels with no heart problem?
    I have dealt with heart palpitations for 8 yrs. I am 28 now. I went to hospital overnight recently for bad palpitations that were making me sweat. My chest x-ray was negative, echocardiogram-negative, catscan-negative, thyroid test-negative, and all bloodwork was negative except for my troponin level. It was a .11 and that is why they admitted me. They kept me for a day for observation and my heart rhythm was fine. I had a few pvc's they seen but "nothing to worry about" they said. Anyway, I was discharged with no answer to my raised troponin enzyme. It was a .9 when I left. I am now on 25mg lopressor 2x daily. The doctor says he believes nothing its wrong with my heart, but everything I have read suggests any raise in troponin signifies a heart injury. I am going crazy wondering if something is wrong with me. I see my doctor this coming Friday for follow up. I am going to demand seeing a cardiologist. Anyone ever have a similar problem??? Thanks in advance!
    My ekg was normal too

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know who was treating you, but you had NSTEMI,(NON ST ELEVATION MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION). In such cases when you were admitted, did they do the cardiac enzymes too?
      Anyway, you have suffered a myocardial infarction.
      As far as trop level is concerned they will be elevated.
      You have a cardiac problem, and needs to be sorted out.

  40. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection or Other?
    -Stopped birth control on July 15.
    -Period came August 26 and lasted 4 days: brownish pink for the most part but 2 days of dark red.
    -Took Plan B on September 8.

    -"Period" came on September 12 and lasted 5 days: light brown, dark brown, spotty and maybe a tiny bit of red.

    Starting the last day of my September 12 "period" I have had slight irritation and itching mostly associated with a creamy pinkish-light brown discharge.

    -Took Monistat 1 September 17 at 3:00am
    -8:00am woke up to cream discharging? (it's the Monistat cream). Horrible burning sensation, itching, painpain with urination, I can feel my ovaries tingling and I feel nausious.

    I tested negative for pregnancy at the end of August.

    I have recently found out that I have elevated thyroid levels and I am getting tests to find out why today.

    I have been having some pregnancy symptoms.
    I have yeast infection symptoms, without doctor confirmation, taken the Monistat for 1 day and now symptoms way worse.
    I have been with the same partner for 3 years and tested clean of everything.

    What could this be, any help is appreciated.
    I had a blood test done and everything was fine but the thyroid. They didn't say I was diabetic. I

    I am 19.

    • ANSWER:
      it looks like you have yeast infection!

      and if you have yeast infection then you must get rid of it as soon as it is possible!!!

      if you really want to get rid of yeast infection forever then you must follow these tips:

      1) Eat yogurt!!!! It contains helpful bacteria (live cultures, including acidophilus and bifidus) that destroy yeast. Use only plain yogurt with active cultures.

      2) Douche with a solution of 1 to 3 tbsp. vinegar in a quart of water. Repeat once a day while having symptoms, but no longer than a week.

      3) Decrease or eliminate sugar and sugary foods. Sugar promotes yeast growth.

      4) Use a garlic clove as a suppository. Garlic contains a natural anti-fungal agent.

      5) Try gentian violet. It's a traditional remedy for yeast and other infections, and can be found in pharmacies. Swab the area with it once or twice a day. Make sure to use a thick pad - it stains everything.

      6) Use an herbal douche. Combine equal amounts of sage, raspberry and comfrey with 1/4 part goldenseal. This can be combined with cider vinegar.

      7) You must use herbal treatment. In that case Yeastrol is really good (probably the best) product that gets rid of yeast infection comparatively fast and makes you feel more confident knowing that it wont reappear again!
      And of course it is better if you use full course (5 months - if I remember correctly). For me it worked very fast + I dont get yeast infections anymore...

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Yeastrol but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.yeastrol.com/?aid=221781

      good luck!

      Working in women's health - Gynecologist + personal experience

  41. QUESTION:
    what is a person with no insurance suppose to do?
    seriously, if you have no health insurance and get sick, your basically f**ked. i'm at a job that pays me enough money to make my bill payments but doesn't offer me health care. I get no health care but they are paying me more money for that reason. last month my doctor discovered elevated thyroid levels and i'm screwed.

    no insurance company wants to cover me now, i make too much money for government assistance, and my condition has gotten worse. its 130 to see the specialist, each visit, and they testing totals over 500 dollars. that is not including the treatment as i can't afford these tests right now.

    this is just insane. this country has the greatest health care but its citizens are at the bottom end of the health care pole. i pay my taxes, pay my debts, and when i need help, i'm out the door with a boot on my a**.

    how has anyone else dealt with this type of situation? what have you done if you need medical care and didn't have health insurance?

    • ANSWER:
      In a capitalist country you're supposed to drop on the street corner and die slowly. The homeless can't afford health care and that's what they do.

      Welcome to capitalism. You either swim or sink.

  42. QUESTION:
    what is eleveated Thryoid levels mean?
    I had to get some blood work done, and the doctor wants me to get some more done, because apparently i have elevated thryoid levels? What does that mean? What are thyroids and what are the symptoms? I read something fatigue and i know there are days where I almost fall asleep on the road im so tired..I though maybe i just wasnt getting enough rest...

    • ANSWER:
      Well first of all, don't worry too much about what your doctor is telling you - thyroid disorders are extremely common. In fact, the synthetic thyroid hormone replacement pill, called Synthroid, is the most commonly prescriped medication in this country!

      Without knowing all the details of your blood work, it sounds as though your "thyroid stimulating hormone" (referred to on your lab work as TSH) may be high, which means your thyroid isn't producing enough hormone. That would result in you feeling very tired, unable to concentrate easily, gaining weight. Your doctor will order more blood work to zero in more closely at other thyroid factors that will help in properly medicating you to bring your thyroid levels back to where they should be. Please don't worry about this because, again, it is very common. By the way, your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped organ located where a man's Adam's apple is - do a google search and you can read up on that important little gland. Good luck to you - you'll do just fine.

  43. QUESTION:
    Autoimmune thyroid disorder-anyone else have this or can help me?
    Muscle and joint pain for 3 mths and getting worse. Recent tests by rheumatologist show elevated thyroid antibody and CK level. I have been hypothyroid for 12 yrs. I currently take 135 mg Armour Thyroid each day. My last TSH was borderline high. I read where the goal is to get the TSH down around 1 instead of 3. Anyway I see the Dr. again in 3 wks. My RA factor was only 28 so he ruled that out. What can help my joint and muscle pain? I am taking Motrin, Tylenol and Diclofenac but they don't help. The pain could be and likely is fibromyalgia but its never been this bad. I am female, 52. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Just curious, for these 3 months and you being on 135 mg Armour Thyroid each day, is this all from one batch ... like was it a 90 day supply maybe? The reason I ask is that I have struggled between going w/ Armour as vs Synthroid but keep reading that Armour is not standardized and so true strength can vary widely. Perhaps you could try going w/ Synthroid w/ Cytomel added? Just a thought.

      Also, my Endo also wants mine down near to 1 ... thank the Lord! From all I have read, it is rare to find a doctor that understands that we need it like this.

      BTW, "elevated thyroid antibody" ... I take that to mean that yours too is from Hashimoto's disease???

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

      God bless

  44. QUESTION:
    will taking birth control pills affect thyroid tests?
    will taking birth control pills affect thyroid tests? b/c i had two blood tests 1 week apart and my t4 level was elevated both times. do i really have hyperthyroidism or could it b just the bc? i do have a lot of symptoms of hyperthyroidism tho.

    • ANSWER:
      THEY ARE TWO VERY DIFFERENT HORMONES AND EASILY TESTED AS SEPARATE AND UNIQUE. NO, BC DOES NOT AFFECT THE THYROID TEST.

  45. QUESTION:
    10's of millions of ppl have thyroid problems, but I can't get an answer. :( ?
    Just tried to ask this, but don't see that it posted. Sorry if duplicate:

    Went to my doctor about having anxiety problems. He said it had been a couple of years since he checked my thyroid, so sent me for a test. They left me a message yesterday afternoon that said "He wanted you to know that your thyroid levels were just slightly above normal. Give us a call on Monday if you have any questions."

    If you have thyroid disease, what do you think that means. Can levels fluctuate, or if it's even slightly elevated does that mean you have a thyroid problem?

    Thanks for any help.

    • ANSWER:
      As long as your tsh is with in the high and low counts for the normal range then you are ok. If its slightly elevated on the high end, or dangerously close to being too low, then you may need to have it checked periodically.

  46. QUESTION:
    Cat's twitchy behavior?
    My six year old female (spayed) indoor cat has been exhibiting strange behavior for the last few months. She will be sound asleep, and all of the sudden jump up, run around, and start shaking her head and wiggling her ears like they are itching her. This also happens sometimes when she is licking her back and hind legs-- her back fur area near her tail will ripple and twitch, she will jump up, and run around, with her ears wiggling. The episodes last for about 5-10 seconds at a time, anywhere from 2-6 times a day. I have taken her to the vet twice in the last month, with no resolution. Her blood tests came back fine; the only thing was a slightly elevated thyroid level (4.1, with 4 being "high normal"). She does not have fleas or ear mites. The vet felt up and down my cat's back, but couldn't find anything wrong. The behavior continues, and it looks like my cat is in distress when it happens (as opposed to the usual "crazy cat" behavior). Any ideas about what might be wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      Your cat is perfectly normal, thats what they do, it freaks me out till this day, but they do that its like a practice hunt. Take a good look at ur cat when u think its asleep, its not, they pretend then they wake up and run & jump all over the couch, back & fourth throughout the house, then they settle down. Its just what they do. My cat does it at night when were trying to sleep. Aslo if u have an indoor cat its a form of exercise.

  47. QUESTION:
    26 year old female. thyroid or something else??????????????
    I've been feeling really crappy for the past 7 or 8 months. it all started with head aches and panic attacks. then elevated to "anxiety disorder" ive had thyroid tests done that came back normal. but recently ive been feeling worse. so found a new doctor and went to him. he sent me for an ultrasound and my thyroid is very enlarged, but my thyroid levels are normal. i have fatigue, cold and hot sweats, rapid heart beat, heart palpitations, stomach problems, acid reflux, ear aches no infection, dry mouth, arm pains and my finger tips go numb some times.. depression and anxiety! i found an endochrinologist and went to him with my test and he said it shouldnt be my thyroid because my levels look normal. that doesnt sound quite right to me. how can my thyroid be so huge and function normally... i have no clue what this all is from. ive been to atleast 15 different doctors, urgent cares, and hospitals. ive had loads of blood work a ct scan and ekg's. now i feel as though the right side of my face is a bit swollen, and i get small rashes and my feet look dry. anyone with answers please please help! thank you
    no not at all...why?

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    Thyroid panel: Normal TSH and T4, elevated T3, hyperthyroidism?
    Here are my results:

    TSH 2.44 (normal range .40-4.50)
    T4 Thyroxine Total 7.9 (normal range 4.5-12.5)
    Free Index T4 2.6 (normal range 1.4-3.8)
    T3 33% (normal range 22-35%) just shy of being out of range on high side here

    I'm experiencing some symptoms associated with hyperthyroidism, although some are a bit trivial like fatigue etc. Mainly loss of sex drive, loss of hair are my big ones. I do experience some mild irritibility and fatigue sometines. I also missed my period last month, which I've read can happen with hyperthyroidism and after 3 pregnancy tests, I know I'm not prego. No other changes/stress to explain why I missed it.
    But I went to a general doc with my thyroid test results and concerns and he said that they only really look at the TSH level, which mine is normal so he doesn't think I have any thyroid problems. But I've been reading you can have normal TSH/T4 levels and have raised or lowered T3 levels and have hypo/hyperthyroidism. I'm thoroughly confused here, can someone help shed some light for me??

    • ANSWER:
      Unless you are actually well into the disorder, a diagnosis of hypothyroidism can take a while. In the early stages the hormone levels can fluctuate, and could border on the normal range for a while, before moving into the range where most physicians consider treatmenet. It does seem like you will eventually be diagnosed with hypothyroidism, but it may not be for a while yet. The best thing you can do is pay attention to it, and get it checked regularly. Both my daughters are in a situation similar to yours now. They are actually both being treated for hypothyroidism but with a low level of the hormone, only about half of what I take, and they both feel that they are not yet taking enough. So another option is to look for a recently trained doctor if your current doctor is "old school". My doctor seems to think a bit differently from theirs, and believes it is best to treat hypothyroidism early rather than later and to bring the levels to the high range of normal rather than keep them on the low end of normal. So while hypothyroidism is fairly common, and easy to treat, it is still a disorder that can lead to a lot of frustration.

      On a separate note, also get your levels of vitamin B12, vitamin D, and iron .checked, as deficiencies with one or more of those could lead to some of the same symptoms and could somewhat complicate the picture.

  49. QUESTION:
    What causes tingling in the lips and the lower part of the face?
    I have a history of hyperparathyroidism and have both parathyroids on the left removed. My calcium is elevated and is being monitored and my thyroid level is also going to be checked. My other symptoms are those commonly associated with hyperparathyroidism such as bone pain, tiredness, recurrent headaches, dizziness, racing heart, sometimes chest pain, occaisional breathlessness, high blood pressure, lower back pain,etc..

    • ANSWER:
      please, consult ur doctor to regulate dosage of thyroxine. that's all.

  50. QUESTION:
    I have recently received the results of a CBC, and my calcium level is elevated, would I see a endrocologist?
    My doctor is a GP, and hesitates to send patients on to specialists, if he does nothing, would I ask for a referral to a specialist? He is also requesting a thyroid ultrasound ( this was before the CBC/

    • ANSWER:


Effects Of High Thyroid Levels

The thyroid gland is located in the neck area and has a butterfly shape. Its main function is to control the body’s metabolism. The most common forms of thyroid disorder are symptoms which make people too tall or very short, too thin or very fat.

The gland produces four hormones most essential for the body to assimilate and eliminate all the substances that enter the body.

High thyroid levels or hyperthyroidism causes a series of effects that need medical treatment. Untreated, these conditions can lead to sudden death syndrome and other health problems, such as heart condition, bad skin or hair loss, and even thyroid cancer.

Patient’s whit this condition may have insomnia that are slightly different from common sleeping disorders. A regular insomnia sufferer has troubles getting to sleep, but he can sleep for most of the day.

People with hyperthyroidism can hardly fall asleep and wake up suddenly. This sleeping disorder is mostly encountered in people with hormone T4 disorder. This hormone is responsible for the metabolic processes that occur inside the body, such as food assimilation or the replacement of the sleeping hormone.

Another sign of hyperthyroidisms is weight loss. Because of the accelerated metabolism, the patient does not assimilate fat as it suppose to and eliminates most of the vital substances needed, thus resulting in a small weight. The symptoms appear at a time, and endocrinologist may have problems in diagnosing such a condition.

Rapid heart beats or tachycardia is also linked to a thyroid that is over active.

Hormones relished in the body need to be in a perfect quantity for the organism to function properly.

Low levels of hormones secreted by the thyroid have the opposed side effects.

Although symptoms may be similar, there is a big difference in hypothyroidism. Because the hormones can no longer keep the metabolism going as it should, the patient gains a lot of weight fast. Problems with falling asleep are also encountered, and though people with hyperthyroidism feel overactive, those with hypothyroidism might feel tired all the time, no matter how much they sleep.

This problem is more encountered in women than in men, and it mostly affects females over the age of 30. The family history also plays a main role in disorders of the thyroid gland. If the mother was a hypothyroidism it is more likely for her daughters to suffer from the same disorder.

The effects of hyperthyroidism are sometimes harder to diagnose than the ones of hypothyroidism. The first condition manifests slowly, and weight can be lost in a few moths, time in which the gland can produce a lot of damage. In hypothyroidism, the patient gains weight faster, in about a month time. Endocrinologist always submits to a thyroid test those that gained a lot of weight inexplicable.

If the thyroid gland is a danger to the body, in autoimmune conditions, where the organism is attacking the gland, the patient can have the gland removed.

The hormones are injected daily in pre-established quantities that the endocrinologist calculates in reporting to the person’s weight and other body functions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are side effects of high thyroid medications??
    OK, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 1984. I have been properly taking medication ever since- I had Gastric Bypass in March '08. My levels are now going through the roof- My DR has been lowering my dose and I get my blood checked every 4-6 weeks and it has still been high. I am not a hypochondriac but I have been feeling dizzy off and on- my hair is falling out ( BUT this is also a side effect from the surgery as well-double whammy??) Does anyone know what some side effects of high levels of medication is??

    I would prefer experienced answers- people that are intellectual with hypothyroidism-

    Thankyou

    • ANSWER:
      I have hypothyroidism but I have never had a problem of the medications being high. You didn't mention which medicine so I couldn't look it up for you but go to webmd.com and look it up. My hair falls out regardless and I had lap band done 4-16-08. I looked up my medication and here is the results (levothyroxine)
      Side effects of too much thyroid hormone include:

      Heart palpitations.
      Nervousness.
      Trouble sleeping (insomnia).
      Shaking (tremors).
      Frequent bowel movements.
      Too much weight loss.
      Discomfort in warm weather.
      Bone thinning (osteoporosis) if the dose is too high for a long time.
      Report any side effects to your health professional.

      If you have coronary artery disease and take too much thyroid medication, symptoms such as chest pain (angina) or heart rhythm irregularities (arrhythmia) may get worse. Also, you may have an increased risk of heart attack.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can your thyroid level being too high effect your mood?
    For the last three months my doctor has been checking my thyroid levels & two times prior to this one it was really low & now it's really high. He's changed my med level twice & my levels don't seem to be getting any better.
    I feel so sad sometimes & I'm not sure why I do. Is this a side effect of messed up levels? What can I do to get my levels right?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, low thyroid can cause depression which is why all responsible doctors will order the simple blood test for all their patients before prescribing antidepressants. High levels can make your mood erratic. Sadly, you're just going to have to wait it out until your levels stabilize. Your doctor is measuring them often to try to get the dosage right. Depression is not a fun thing to go through but take comfort in knowing that there is a reason for it and that things will get better soon. If it persists past when your levels stabilize you should see a doctor for that problem separately and will perhaps be prescribed an antidepressant. While you're waiting you can try seeing a therapist but this will probably not help unless your sadness is from an environmental factor.
      I have cycling major depressive disorder that is purely biological and everyone once in awhile I "tank" and my medication just can't handle it. I will have a day or two a month when I'm ridiculously sad for no reason at all. During this time I cling to my fiance and my puppies and they are able to help me get through it. There's nothing like a fur tear-catcher and watching them romp around the house gives me comic relief. If you have an animal I would suggest using them as a breathing teddy bear during this time. Of course, a significant other or family member can be wonderful to talk to and a good friend can take your mind off it by bringing you out to lunch.

      Feel better soon!

  3. QUESTION:
    what are longterm side effects of high tsh levels?
    im takeing levothyroxine 0.175MG they had me on 200 but my tsh never fell below 40 what are the long term side effects if my tsh does not fall to normal levels. i had my thyroid removed 5 years ago and have never had normal levels of tsh

    • ANSWER:
      If you don't have a thyroid, your TSH is not relevant. I have no idea why your doctor is testing it. TSH stimulates your thyroid. Since you don't have a thyroid, it can't be stimulated. So TSH does nothing.

      You need to have free T3 and free T4 tests. If they are normal, then your dosage is fine, and you are fine.

  4. QUESTION:
    Does adderall effect the levels of hormones produced by the thyroid?
    I had some blood tests done recently and was on adderall at the time of the tests (I don't have a prescription for adderall). The tests showed abnormally high levels of some hormones produced by the thyroid, could this be because of the adderall I was on?

    I know taking adderall without an Rx isn't safe, so spare me the lecture, please.

    • ANSWER:
      Like your adrenaline levels? Yes. Adderall inhibits the re-uptake of dopamine in brain tissue making it more effective as a neurotransmitter that operates as a precursor to adrenaline production. Adrenaline is released from adrenal glands. The thyroid is an adrenal gland. And all stimulants, including coffee can cause more adrenaline to be released.. Adrenaline is the "fight or flight" hormone. So if you have also been feeling a little more jittery or anxious, then that is most likely why. And I don't know what hormone was on your list of being higher than normal, but that is a big hormone that Adderall affects.

      Adrenaline is also known as epinephrine. It is also similar to nor-epinephrine. So maybe those were the hormones that were listed as elevated?? Ask your doctor and if those were the ones, then the Adderall was probably a big reason as to why it was elevated.

      I know my doctor made sure my thyroid was normal before prescribing me Adderall. Apparently there's a big correlation there.

  5. QUESTION:
    I have hypothyroidism, What can the effect of really high TSH levels have?
    The last time I got a blood test my TSH level was at 287!!! And normal thyroids function between 1 and 5! The doctor said that she had never seen thyroid levels in someone who was still walking and talking. But they did not even increase my Synthroid. All i know is that I am tired all the time. I am sick all the time. I don't eat anything but still am gaining weight like crazy and bounce back in forth from being catatonic to an insomniac. I know these are all normal for hypothyroidism, but I am really scared. I go to college and take care of my grandmother but if something doesn't change, I will not be able to do either anymore. I barely have the ability to shower every couple of days and makes sure I don't starve myself.
    Yea, i went to an endocrinologist when I was 9, after my initial diagnosis. But now because of my insurance, they will not send me unless htey have "exhausted traditional methods" first. I think that after taking the medicine and still having such high levels, That traditional methods are obviously not working.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow go to an endocrinologist, mine was 27 right after I gave birth and they sent me to my endocrinologist. I am tired all the time, how are you functioning are you gaining weight, that normally is the first side effect I see. Good luck they need to up your synthroid how much do you take?

  6. QUESTION:
    High tsh thryoid levels--a big deal?
    Hi. Can someone tell me the symptoms or their personal experience with having an overactive thyroid? I am overweight, have bald spots on the front of my head, cant get my period on my own, fatigued, lots of anxiety, panic attacks sometimes, and have muscle aches. I am 19 years old and I've had all of these symptoms for a while. I went to the gynecologist less than a year ago and she said that my thyroid levels were a little high and that I should go to an endocrinologist. However, my mom (a waitress) seems to think that she is a doctor and thinks that I am just some kind of hypochondriac who is obsessing over symptoms and trying to find problems with myself. I am 231 lbs and currently doing weight watchers and exercising 4-5 times a week. My two sisters have lost weight, my mom is losing weight, and I just seem to be stuck. Anyways, is a slightly elevated thyroid level (I cant remember whether my doctor said 5.2 or 3.2...) enough to have a noticable effect on someone? Thanks
    Also, I had an ultrasound at the gynecologist and they didnt find any cysts on my ovaries, so I dont think I have PCOS.
    My mom doesnt have thyroid problems....she just thinks Im being annoying and obsessive. I just have felt like crap and have had weird symptoms for years and I want a DOCTOR, not my mom, to tell me if I'm healthy or not. She is mad that I keep asking her to help me get better.

    • ANSWER:
      definitely see an endocrine doc, this can be an indicator for several diseases....good luck on the weight loss-remember, you have taken a long time to get this weight, you will need a while to loose it..., however, you may want to seek a 2nd opinion, other than your mom...

  7. QUESTION:
    does anyone know if one of the side effects of lithium can alter your period?
    i am taking lithium for about three weeks i had just gotten my first check result in and they said my thyroid levels are high... i havent had a period since May 26th at first i thought i was pregnant but i have taken two test and they have come back negative... is it possible that the lithium can allter a period?

    • ANSWER:
      Lithium has several different effects.....here is a link for some more info about it's side effects.

      http://www.healthyplace.com/Communities/Bipolar/trillian/lithium_2.htm

      Because of the body trying to adjust, it is theoretically possible; but, just in case i would check with a doctor and make sure that it's not being caused by something else.

  8. QUESTION:
    Thyroid test 6.29 uLU/ML, is this high?
    I've been having trouble sleeping all day (12-14 hours per day), being fatigued, memory problems, speech problems where I lose what I'm talking about all the time, and my right hand shaking. I went to a neurologist a few weeks ago and did a series of tests where the doctor thought I was showing signs of early parkinsons disease. However, I just got a letter saying that one of the tests showed an elevated TSH level of 6.29. Could this be what's actually causing all of my problems or is this just a side note to the probable early parkinsons? Is this level even high enough to really effect me in this manner? The letter said that I did have a normal level of thyroid hormone so I'm a little confused by the meaning.

    • ANSWER:
      This may be a type of under-functioning Thyroid. (It is called sub clinical hypothyroidism).

      It is due to poor conversion of T4 to T3. In this condition there are normal or possibly slightly raised levels of TSH, normal levels of T4 but low levels of T3. So you need to know the levels of T3 & T4. If the T3 is low t can easily be fixed.

      It is unlikely that this is causing all your problems, but it should be checked for optimum health.

      The TSH level is only a little raised, but normally if the TSH level is raised so are the T3 & T4.

      You see TSH is Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, and it stimulates the thyroid to make T3 & T4 (these are the thyroid hormones that make your body run 'fast' or 'slow').

      Ocassionally the body has a bit of a problem converting T4 to T3. (There is more T4, but it has much weaker effects than T3). So if this is happening it could be adding to your Parkinson like symptoms by slowing you down.

      The effects should not be great, but they may be, and it is easy to fix. This is why I think it needs looking at (if it hasn't already been).

      Anyway, if I were you I'd want this simple thing done before I started taking any Parkinsons drugs, just in case it pepped me up a bit.

      I wish you all the best.

  9. QUESTION:
    Do you think that my thinning hair is due to high testosterone levels?
    I have heard from someone that if a women has thinning hair then it may be due to high testosterone levels and that taking birth control can level it out.Well I'm going back to the doctor to check it out.Last time I went it wasn't my thyroid and I felt like the (male) doctor didn't really give me enough information so I'm going to see a female.Since someone has mentioned the high testosterone I've been really thinking.What are effects or symptoms in women of high testosterone?Male traits?Because now that I look at my life I notice that I am irritable almost everyday,quick to anger,can be somewhat aggressive,and have a big sex drive(I sometimes masturbate 2 times a day).I don't have hair in other places than I should but my crown on the top of my head is thinning and seems like it's getting worse over the years.This has been going on for about 4 or more years.Do you think that I have a high testosterone level?If so then is it good to get it balanced out and why?Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      It very well could be due to high testosterone levels.

      However, taking birth control DOES NOT even "it" out. Birth control is either estrogen, progesterone or both which are the hormones that make a woman different from men (just as testosterone:men). We both have all of the above, but women have higher estrogen/progesterone levels and visa versa. It may seem reasonable that if you raise estrogen/progesterone levels that your body will stop making testosterone, but you should really see what your doctor says.

  10. QUESTION:
    High Thyroid antibodies and normal TSH FT4 values. (carry on from last post)?
    Info: Anti TgAb 154.3 IU/mol (lab normal < 4.5) TSH 2.21 mIU/L (lab normal 0.3 - 5.5) FT4 13.2 pmol.L (lab normal 9 - 24)

    Today I went to see the specialist because the ultrasound I did showed a small cystic nodule and heterogeneous echotexture that suggests thyroiditis.

    The specialist says that the functioning of the thyroid appears normal and I have an autoimmune thyroiditis. He didn't use any particular names like Hashitmoto's or Graves. I asked if I could lower the level of antibodies because my thyroid is somewhat inflamed at the moment. He said we could try a dose of 100mg of thyroxine a day to bring down the TSH.

    My question is do I need that kind of dose with TSH level of 2.21? because it seems that peope which much higher TSH can be taking 100mg as well. Should I go to 50 a day?

    And is there long term effects of thyroxine sodium tablets I should be aware of?

    • ANSWER:
      autoimmune thyroiditis is Hashimoto your TgAb shows you have Hashimoto. Did they test your TPO as well?

      You need to have your Free T3 checked as well. The lab ranges are outdated the normal suggested ranges for TSH changed in 2001 or 2002 I forget anyway normal range is .3-3.0
      I think you should be on some meds but I think starting you at 100 is high, start low and work up is what most doctors do and suggest many start on 25 or 50. When my TSH was 30.8 I was given 125....

      Synthetic drugs in my opinion are no good I tried them for 2 years I had more problems on synthetics then I did on nothing at all. You should request natural thyroid hormones. Natural thyroid hormones have the T's you need not just T4 like synthetics.
      check out this site...
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/natural-thyroid-101/

      Thyroxine alone will not drop your antibodies. You need to start a gluten free diet and avoid Iodine. That will help lower them. They are not real high, but the higher the antibodies the more your thyroid is being attacked. My a lady I know her antibodes were over 15,000 and mine were over 6000 then after following Dr. K hers dropped to under 1000 and mine are down to 2500!!
      Buy and read Dr. K's book. here is his website.

      http://drknews.com/

      here is the books website.
      http://www.thyroidbook.com/

  11. QUESTION:
    What are the health consequences of taking high doses of iodine when one has a thyroid cold nodule in the neck
    Kelp is a seaweed that naturally contains high amounts of iodine. I have been taking 1 capsule a day of supplement made from Kelp that provides 400 mcrograms fo iodine- which is 267% of daily recommended value.
    I am hoping this will shrink my thyroid nodule.
    Otherwise my blood work shows a normal level of thyoxine.
    What if any are possible side effects?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      one of the major effect is iodine induced goitre.....it could also leeds 2 cancerous changes so i ll suggest u should consult ur doc. 1st before taking any of such medication and keep regular follow up.

  12. QUESTION:
    Does thyroid hormone effect estrogen level?
    I am 28 yo female. I had my thyroid taken out about 11 years and have been on synthroid ever since. I never really had a problem with my dosage level accept until last year. My husband and I want to start a family and I was told that I have hypothalmus ammenoreah and needed to put on about 15 lbs due to low body fat (I wasn't having periods). I got my hormones checked and my estrogen level was extremely low (again, due to low body fat) As I put on the 15 lbs, my thyroid level went out of wack. It was too high, then too low, then too high. At this point, I am hyperthyroid and getting TOO much thyroid hormone. My estrogen level seems to be decreasing. Does too much thyroid hormone decrease your estrogen level? Or does it not have anything to do with it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. The Thyroid is probably responsable to that problem with the estrogen level. Ask your doctor.

  13. QUESTION:
    High TPO levels with ADD/ADHD medication?
    I've been taking ritalin (40mg LA once in the A.M) for about 6 months now. Recently I took a blood test because my doctor was concerned about my high pulse (its been high long before the ritalin) and it revealed that I had slightly elevated TPO levels. However, everything else was normal, including the size of my thyroid. My doctor is pretty careful when it comes to prescribing stimulants so my heart rate is checked frequently. So far it seems as thought the ritalin has had absolutely no effect on my heart rate. It's been the same as it was prior to the ritalin.

    So my question is, is it safe to continue taking ritalin with high TPO levels(keeping in mind it doesn't seem to be effecting anything else).?

    ps. I see an endocrinologist in 3 months.

    • ANSWER:
      Is your physician going to continue checking your thyroid levels until you see the endocrinologist? If not, try to get an appointment before 3 months from now.

  14. QUESTION:
    Help!!!!! worried about Seroquel side effects!!!?
    Doctor put me 50 mg seroquel xr twice daily for bipolar with psychotic features and I'm worried about the side effects.
    Even though Seroquel XR is not classified as an antidepressant, the FDA has required Seroquel XR to carry the special antidepressant and suicide warning, since Seroquel XR is used to treat depression and bipolar depression. Antidepressants may increase the risk of suicidal thinking or behavior in children, teenagers, and adults (see Depression and Suicide for more information). Therefore, if you notice any changes in symptoms or new symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider immediately. Some of these symptoms may include anxiety, hostility, agitation, panic, restlessness, hallucinations, extreme hyperactivity, and suicidal thinking or behavior.

    Seroquel XR can cause an increase in blood sugar levels and can increase the risk of developing diabetes. Tell your healthcare provider if you develop signs of diabetes while taking Seroquel XR. Possible signs of diabetes can include an increase in thirst, urination, or hunger. If you have diabetes, your blood sugar should be monitored carefully and regularly during treatment with Seroquel XR to make sure your diabetes is not becoming more severe (see Seroquel and Diabetes).

    Seroquel XR can cause a life-threatening condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). Some symptoms of NMS include:

    A high fever
    Stiff muscles
    Confusion
    An irregular pulse or blood pressure
    A fast heart rate (tachycardia)
    Sweating
    Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
    Tell your healthcare provider right away if you think you might have NMS.
    Seroquel XR can cause low white blood cells, which can be dangerous. If you already have low white blood cells (or have experienced a white blood cell drop due to a medication in the past), your healthcare provider should check your white blood cell count during the first few months you take Seroquel XR.

    Seroquel XR can cause a drop in blood pressure when going from a sitting or lying position to standing (known medically as orthostatic hypotension). This can cause a person to faint or to have lightheadedness or dizziness. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms when standing. Orthostatic hypotension can be especially dangerous in people with heart disease or congestive heart failure (CHF).

    Seroquel XR can cause tardive dyskinesia, a condition involving unusual and uncontrollable body or facial movements. The condition can become permanent (even if Seroquel XR is stopped). The best way to prevent it from becoming permanent is to tell your healthcare provider right away if you notice any abnormal movements (including abnormal movements of the tongue) while taking Seroquel XR.

    Seroquel XR can cause cataracts (an eye condition). It is recommended that all people taking Seroquel XR have their eyes checked for cataracts every six months.

    Seroquel XR may increase the risk of seizures. Before starting Seroquel XR, tell your healthcare provider if you have epilepsy or a history of seizures.

    Seroquel XR can cause an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), high liver enzymes, high cholesterol, or high triglycerides. It is probably a good idea to have your thyroid, triglycerides, liver enzymes, and cholesterol checked (using a blood test) regularly while taking Seroquel XR.

    Seroquel XR can cause high levels of the hormone prolactin. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop signs of high prolactin, such as breast enlargement or breast discharge.

    Very rarely, Seroquel XR can cause priapism (a painful erection of the penis that does not go away). Because this is a medical emergency, seek medical care immediately in order to prevent permanent damage to the penis.

    Seroquel XR can cause difficultly swallowing, which can lead to inhalation of food (which can cause pneumonia). Tell your healthcare provider if you notice any problems swallowing.

    • ANSWER:
      If you can find a way to feel better sans the drug... you're way ahead of the game. Start here!
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/positive-thinking/SR00009
      It's never a good idea to rely on meds to aid us in feeling less anxious or depressed.
      Depression plaques all of us at one time or another. Arm yourself with positive thinking and really concentrate on thinking more positive and with more confidence. Granted 50 mg is a small dosage... it can still have many unfavorable side effects. It's OK to feel down, it's OK to feel overwhelmed... feel the feeling and let it go!
      Try keeping a journal and see if you can pinpoint the source of your depression. And then find a way to turn it around.
      I believe in you... won't you believe in you? (^_^)

  15. QUESTION:
    Could the positive health effects of smoking Marijuana outweigh the negatives?
    Stress makes the body release cortisol that has been linked with all sorts of negative effects that I listed below. Could smoking pot reduce the cortisol and have a positive effect? While I accept that pot has 4 x more tar than cigarettes per oz, a person would only smoke about a 1/4 of a pot cigarette or less to get hi.

    Impaired cognitive performance
    Suppressed thyroid function
    Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia
    Decreased bone density
    Decrease in muscle tissue
    Higher blood pressure
    Lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in the body, as well as other health consequences
    Increased abdominal fat, which is associated with a greater amount of health problems than fat deposited in other areas of the body. Some of the health problems associated with increased stomach fat are heart attacks, strokes, the development of , higher levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL), which can lead to other health problem

    • ANSWER:
      this really depends on the person them self.
      some people need it. say for pain or glaucoma, or even aids
      so this question is judged person by person

  16. QUESTION:
    Drastic increase of cholesterol levels lin a short period.?
    Hello,
    AS of February 2009, I was taking 2000mg of Niacin and 4 fishoils (1200mg each), per day to help my cholesteral. At the time my total cholesteral was 204 (H) and Triglyceride was 128, VLDL 26, LDL 2, HDL 50, Ratio 3.5 (all were whitin range.
    My TSH level was very low. (I was on Thyroid med for many years. for the last 5 years, the Endo I was going to stopped looking at my TSH, and was only adjusting medication, to keep my Free T3 an and Free T4 whitin levels. In Feb 2009 my thyroid med was reduced to half the dose to help elevate my TSH.
    My next lab work was done on Aug 2009. The levels were drastically increased. to total chole. 244(H), TriG 168 (H), VLDL 34, LDL, 149 (H), HDL 61, Ratio 4.0.
    At the time I was having this is wierd shaking/bubbling/palpitations which we thought may be related to the ulcer issues I had in the past. My doctor recommended to stop Niacin.
    The issue did not resolve. The doctor requested a Halter monitor, which confirmed, palpitations and flutters. So, my thyroid med was switched from armour to levoxyl and lowered even more.
    I had another lab work done in Jan 2010, levels were sky hight at total CH 305 (H), TriGl 206 (H), VLDL 41 (H), LDL 200 (H), HDL 64, and ratio of 4.8.
    Then I was put on 40 mg of Simvastatin in Feb 2010. The lab results after a short 3 weeks of the treatment drastically dropped to total ch of 164, and all the other values whitin range.

    During the last 3 mos, I had a few muscle issues which came and went and I related them to possibly excercise mishab. Until the pain was outrageous 3 weeks ago. I went to my doctor and we stopped the Simvastatin. I am still in a lot of pain. I haven't been able to excecise the last few weeks. Not being able to excercise increase the possibility of the levels going even higher. I am so very scared of going back on another statin. I read all the issues with statins. I am specially affraid of developing Diabities, as my mother did in her 60's, and her life turned upside down and very short.
    The side effects indicate permenant muscle damage, depression, even heart failure (heart muscle being affected as a side effect), along with lots of other side effect.
    I like to try the Niacin again, but I don't know if it will help me now that my TSH levels are so much higher and within range. ( I was told that it was the main reason for the sudden initial jump in my results).
    I like to know what your advice is on this issue.
    Also, I am curious to know how long after stopping statins your lab results go back to normal, showing my true cholesterol level without the help of statins? I am curious to know my current resultsare since having had my thyroid at its current levels for a few months.
    I am very scared of my high levels, at the same time I am affraid of what Statins may bring on me.

    • ANSWER:
      What you eat can have a significant impact on your health. Proper diet alone can substantially reduce blood cholesterol levels and the risk of coronary heart disease. You can protect your heart health without drugs and medications!

      So, what is the best way to lower cholesterol? Different diets tend to help people lower triglycerides and raise good HDL cholesterol, but they are less likely to have a big impact on bad LDL cholesterol.

      We think that the best and the most effective way is not to diet but to eat proper food. So we compiled a list of foods with drastic cholesterol-lowering properties.
      http://www.healthassist.net/food/cholesterol-lowering-foods.shtml

  17. QUESTION:
    Help! Thyroid Problem?
    Hey everyone! On February 22nd I had a blood test done for routine prenatal care that showed I had an elevated thyroid. They gave me a prescription for Levothyroxin (Synthroid) and I have been taking it for a little over a week. I started having the "bad" side effects such as, fainting, throwing up, diahrea, dizziness, and head aches. I called my doctor and couldn't get through to him, but the nurse told me to cut the dosage in half and take the pill at night. I went one day without taking the pill and felt great. I took it last night and passed out and threw up this morning. I am just wondering if I am taking the right medicine or what?? They said I have "elevated thyroid" and my level was 5.9 and normal is 2.1. They said it was Hypothyroidism. I researched it and as far as I could tell "hypo" is for low levels of hormones and "hyper" is for high levels of hormones. Can anyone help me!? Am I taking the right medicine or am I just allergic to it or what?! HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      Something is NOT right.
      Synthroid is most definitely for low thyroid.

      If you have elevated levels, you should be on PTU - Propylthiouracil.

      It is crucial to straighten this out with your doctor. I would see an endocrinologist. This is nothing to mess with while you are pregnant. Do NOT take no for an answer!

  18. QUESTION:
    What is going on? Thyroid issues? Addison's Disease?
    Hello everyone. Ever since I had my daughter 2 years ago I have been experiencing strange symptoms. I am chronically fatigued, have had constipation for the past 2 mths, have low blood pressure (usually 90/50), borderline low blood sugar, I am always cold, very dry skin, fainting episodes, lack of sex drive, loss of appetite, and I have lost 20 lbs in 2 yrs. I have had most these symptoms since I was about 7, but after my having my daughter they seem more prominent. Also, my mom has hypothyroidism if that matters. I am a 23 yr old female, 5'4 and 104 lbs.

    So a few mths after I had my daughter I went to see my doctor to get my thyroid tested. He said everything was normal, and I am young and skinny so I have nothing to worry about. Well after having these symptoms for about 2 yrs now I decided to take matters into my own hands and see an endocrinologist on my own. He looked at the previous test results and told me that in one test my potassium was high, my calcium was high, and my T4 level was high, but everything else was normal. He found it very strange and I am going in for more tests, including a cortisol test. I am just very confused at this point and don't know what is going on. Does anyone have any idea what all of this could mean? I take Otho Evra birth control, could that effect the levels? Also this time I am fasting, which I did not do previously, could that have an effect as well?
    Forgot to add, my previous T4 was a 14. I am not sure about the other levels, should have asked for a copy of the results.

    • ANSWER:
      Did you have enough iodine in your pregnancy vitamins?
      http://www.iodine4health.com/body/body.htm

      "There is an increased need for thyroid hormone and iodine during pregnancy. Thus each pregnancy is a load on the thyroid function which not every women's thyroid gland carries out adequately..." http://www.iodine4health.com/body/pregnancy/derry_pregnancy.htm

      Here is an iodine article:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/iodine12345/

      Here is a list of recommended labwork for thyroid and related things:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork/
      How to interpret your test results:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/lab-values

      Here is a thyroid discussion group which may be able to shed some more light:
      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Naturalthyroidhormones

      I hope this helps you.

  19. QUESTION:
    A question about autoimmune thyroiditis and breastfeeding?
    I was diagnosed with AI during pregnancy, with hypothyroidism (aTPO antibodies 20 times higher than normal, freeT3 and freeT4 normal, TSH high) and I was stupidly recommended by that doctor to increase my hormonal intake in the last month of pregnancy, even if the blood tests showed that my previous dose was enough to control my hormones. I stupidely took the advice and, as a result I overdosed on thyroid hormones for about 2 months (I was supposed to take the increased dose until 6 weeks after birth, but cut them off after 4 weeks, because I started feeling sick) and got diagnosed with hyperthyroidism... Will the overdose effects go down and turn back to hypothyroidism or should I start taking medication for hyperthiroidism? My new dr agreed on repeating the analysis (4 wees after I stopped taking levothyroxine), which still showed high levels of thyroid hormones, and now I am expected to start medication. But what happens if the overdose effects dissapear and I go back to having a low-active thyroid WHILE taking the new medication?
    Also, I had been breastfeeding my baby for 6 weeks, I interrupted for 3 weeks (by pumping,not ablactation). I still have milk and would like to continue breastfeeding, but hyperthyriodism medication sold in my country is contraindicated while breastfeeding. I know am aware of the danger of feeding my baby on milk overloaded with hormones, but at the same time it would be a shame to stop breastfeeding and use hyperthyroid medicine for a short period of time only... I don't know what to expect. :(

    • ANSWER:
      When you have iatrogenic hyperthyroidism, the treatment is to stop the treatment, not to take other drugs.

      This means that if your doctor made you sick by giving you too much medication, you don't take other medication to counteract that. You just reduce the original medication to appropriate levels.

      You will feel better within a week of reducing your synthroid to a more appropriate dose, and your hyperthyroidism will resolve.

  20. QUESTION:
    Frequent urination even when not having a lot to drink? 10 points!!! Please help!!!?
    Okay, I didn't get too many answers last time I asked this, so I'm hoping for some more answers this time:

    I'm 21. On August 28th, I fell down a flight of stairs and suffered a concussion. As a result, I've had to come back home to Massachusetts and drop out of school for the semester so I can recover. I know some of you will try to suggest that I'm pregnant, but I know that I'm not. First off, I haven't done anything sexual (other than kissing) since May, and even then it was just a BJ, which I know cannot get you pregnant. Plus, I had a pap smear on August 12th as well as multiple pregnancy tests over the summer (all negative). I also had a pregnancy test done August 15th prior to radioactive iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism (which had to be rescheduled until February 2012) and I had one done on August 28th at the ER after my cat scan. Obviously, no one told me I was pregnant and I do not believe that I am. My period is due on September 17th. My periods have been slightly irregular lately (about 6-7 days early and a little lighter due to higher thyroid levels), but I'm going on day 25 of my cycle, so I will be on track for this month.

    Anyway, that's just the back story. For the past couple of days, I've had to pee... A LOT. I normally have a very strong bladder, even when I drink a lot, but lately I've had to go a lot even when I don't drink much. I called my doctor about this, and he is treating me for a UTI despite the fact that I don't really have any burning/stinging during urination. I did have a little burning yesterday AFTER I used the restroom, but that's it.

    I started recorded when I had to pee and what I drank.
    Yesterday:
    I had to use the restroom at 4:45am, 7:15am, 9am, 10am, 12pm, 12:55pm, 2:20pm, 5:54pm, 8:20pm, 10:02pm, 11:12pm. I drank: Chocolate milk (approx. 12oz) at 8am; 1/2 bottle of water (around 12:30pm), 1/2 glass of milk (around 4pm), and Gatorade (because I was worried about my electrolyte balance with such frequent urination -- began around 5pm, finished around 9:30pm -- 32 oz).

    Today I had to use the restroom at: 6:08am, 7:30am, 8:50am, 10:40am, 2:22pm, 10:03pm, and 11:28pm. I drank: water with my pills (I took my thyroid medicine as well as my first dose of antibiotics to treat a suspected case of cystitis -- 6:06am); water for exercising/taking my second pill (almost a whole bottle -- started at 3:30pm, finished around 4:40pm); about 12-15oz of sparkling water at dinner (beginning at 6:45), and about half a bottle of 32 oz Gatorade beginning at 10pm and ending around 11:30pm.

    Like I said, my doctor is treating me for cystitis. When I urinate, my urine does not have a strange odor or color; it is clear, light yellow and the yield is normal, not a minuscule amount. I don't have any other symptoms other than a minor twinge of pain in my lower abdomen every few hours or so, but nothing super noticeable. Plus, like I said, I'm due for my period on Sept. 17th, so that could be why. I barely have any discharge, but that is normal for me prior to my period. I'm also tired, but like I said, I'm recovering from a concussion and I have hyperthyroidism.

    So, should my symptoms be getting better soon? I've taken 2 of the antibiotic pills so far, and I'm set to take them for 4 more days (2 pills/day). Will it just take another day or two to take effect? I've never had something like this before, except for when I was very young, so I'm not really sure what to expect. Any help/reassurance would be great! Thanks!!

    **** Also, my dad does have Type 2 Diabetes, but I'm not sure that's really the case for me. I haven't felt funny other than this increased urination.

    • ANSWER:
      You could have a condition called Diabetes Insipidus. They are constantly thirsty and urinate a lot. It is not related to Type 2 Diabetes but is caused when your kidneys become unable to retain water. Your urine would be less concentrated. If this is the case, it is highly treatable.

  21. QUESTION:
    Can thyroid problems cause birth defects?
    I was in for my two month OB appointment and my doc said that my thyroid problem (they're not producing the right amount of hormones and it's slowing down my metabolism) could cause birth defects, when I asked the nurses who were taking my blood about it, they said that they were double checking everyones thyroid levels because they've found more problems caused by thyroid complications, but that they'd not been told that and don't worry. My doctor has not yet called me back as to whether or not I need a higher dosage of Levoxyl so I've not been able to get my refill. Also I'm out of town and my boyfriend forgot to pack my prenatal vitamins and antibiotics for my UTI, it's been since Friday, will I be alright? Do you have any information of the effects of this?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, my mom has the same thyroid problem as you. She has hypothyroidism which sounds exactly like your problem and I was born perfectly healthy. 9 lbs. 10 oz. I wouldn't be too concerned, but let the doctors do what they do best.

  22. QUESTION:
    childs blood lab results ?
    I am sub clinical hyperthyroid on meds, but my 10 year old son just got his blood labs back and confusing me a little. We are going to an Endocrin in a few weeks but for now his outdated thryroid tests are on my mind. I will post below and if you can tell me where it could be pointing, it would help me a bunch. Also if any of the other condtions he has could effect his thyroid levels and not actually be a thryroid problem. Thank you...
    PS: Please dont tell me I need more tests then what they did, I know they didnt do any anitbodies or tsh.....I have no clue why not either, but they will !!!!

    t4 is low at 3.1 (4.5-10.9)
    t3 uptake is high at 52 (22.5-37)
    fti is normal at 1.6 (1.2-3.1)
    Alk phos is high at 144 (25-100)
    Mono is high at 9.6 (3-9)
    Neut is high at 49.5 (23-45)

    He is currently losing his hair and balding in the crown section. He also has an unclassified eating disorder and has for 6 years (severly picky eater) The only meds he takes is Miralax due to bad diet causing bowel issues. Hes only 30% on growth chart. Tall but very skinny. No other problems.

    • ANSWER:
      I am glad to hear that you are going back to get more lab tests done like the TSH.
      Well here is my research, all points to " Hyperthyroidism".
      In healthy people, the thyroid makes just the right amounts of two hormones, T4 and T3, which have important actions throughout the body. These hormones regulate many aspects of our metabolism, eventually affecting how many calories we burn, how warm we feel, and how much we weigh. In short, the thyroid "runs" our metabolism. These hormones also have direct effects on most organs, including the heart which beats faster and harder under the influence of thyroid hormones. Essentially all cells in the body will respond to increases in thyroid hormone with an increase in the rate at which they conduct their business. Hyperthyroidism is the medical term to describe the signs and symptoms associated with an over production of thyroid hormone. For an overview of how thyroid hormone is produced and how its production is regulated check out our thyroid hormone production page.

      Hyperthyroidism is a condition caused by the effects of too much thyroid hormone on tissues of the body. Although there are several different causes of hyperthyroidism, most of the symptoms that patients experience are the same regardless of the cause (see the list of symptoms below). Because the body's metabolism is increased, patients often feel hotter than those around them and can slowly lose weight even though they may be eating more. The weight issue is confusing sometimes since some patients actually gain weight because of an increase in their appetite. Patients with hyperthyroidism usually experience fatigue at the end of the day, but have trouble sleeping. Trembling of the hands and a hard or irregular heartbeat (called palpitations) may develop. These individuals may become irritable and easily upset. When hyperthyroidism is severe, patients can suffer shortness of breath, chest pain, and muscle weakness. Usually the symptoms of hyperthyroidism are so gradual in their onset that patients don't realize the symptoms until they become more severe. This means the symptoms may continue for weeks or months before patients fully realize that they are sick. In older people, some or all of the typical symptoms of hyperthyroidism may be absent, and the patient may just lose weight or become depressed.
      Common symptoms and signs of hyperthyroidism
      Palpitations
      Heat intolerance
      Nervousness
      Insomnia
      Breathlessness
      Increased bowel movements
      Light or absent menstrual periods
      Fatigue
      Fast heart rate
      Trembling hands
      Weight loss
      Muscle weakness
      Warm moist skin
      Hair loss
      Staring gaze

      Remember, the words "signs" and "symptoms" have different medical meanings. Symptoms are those problems that a patient notices or feels. Signs are those things that a physician can objectively detect or measure. For instance, a patient will feel hot, this is a symptom. The physician will touch the patient's skin and note that it is warm and moist, this is a sign.
      I hope this info has helped you in some small way. My heart goes out to you and your son, once he gets on the proper meds, slowely things should go back to some sort of normality. I wish you the best outcome and healing.

  23. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me with thyroid issues?
    Well around one month ago my doctor tested my thyroid levels as constantly suffering fatigue, depression etc. It came back with TSH of 0.01 (very low) and T3 was 11.1 (extremely high). It reflects hyperthyroidism which makes no sense as have no energy and struggle with my weight. Have been on Neomercazole for 3 weeks and feeling no different. Also taking Deralin as I have too much adrenaline to my heart and pulse over 100. Going for nuclear thyroid scan today but what else can I do to feel better? Also I am looking to join the gym. Will this effect my heart rate in a bad way?
    Just letting you know the doctor has just kept telling me to give the medication time to work but that is not much help for me when I am working two jobs and have to feel somewhat alive at both of them.

    • ANSWER:
      hyperthyroidism makes people tired as well esp in teh first stages of the diease are its an autoimmune problem.. aslo the deralin is a b blocker heart medication that has significant fatigue and tiredness as a common side effect

  24. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had luck getting pregnant with Metformin? Its side effects are bad and I am wondering if it works.?
    My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant since our miscarriage last April. I have PCOS which I have known about for awhile now. PCOS plus my underactive Thyroid are causing me not to ovulate. We thought that the fact that I got pregnant before shows that I am able but my doctor told me my thyroid was probably the reason of the miscarriage and there is a high risk with me going through another miscarriage if I get pregnant prior to my thyroid levels being to normal. My doctor put me on synthroid and Metformin 1000 mgs. I couldnt handle the 1000 mgs because I couldnt even function because of how sick I was. I am now on 500 mgs and have to increase to 1000 as soon as I can handle it. I get so sick that I almost pass. Per my doctor this is the best medicine to take to help me get pregnant. Has anyone had luck with Metformin and getting pregnant? How long did it take?I am sure you understand that when you are ready for a baby you will try anything. Thanks in advance for advice.

    • ANSWER:
      I took metformin for about six months until I got pregnant. I also have PCOS, but not the thyroid problem. I didn't have too many problems with the metformin. The main thing is to eat low fat, low carb foods that are not greasy! That grease will have a really bad effect! Oh I love oranges and I also had some problems when I ate them so I ate them very rarely. And corn and other high fiber foods... I started out at 500 mg twice a day and by the last month I was on 850 mg twice a day. I was also prescribed clomid and I took it four months total. I took 50mg clomid in October, 100mg in November, 150mg in December, skipped January, and 200mg in February. Now I'm 7 weeks pregnant and I feel so happy and lucky!

  25. QUESTION:
    Merina IUD effects after removal how to get back to normal?
    Merina IUD side effects and marina crash side effects for my daughter….still going February- pregnant 19 by 25 yr old first pregnancy... Abortion first ever IUD marina same day insertions as abortion Yr later Sept bloated tummy, anxiety attacks, paranoid, tummy flutters, pushing sensation.. Odor, discharge something’s wrong Next day….Marina removed, antibiotics, bacteria infection Lab test all negative. Next four weeks…. Barley any sleep, barley any food, depression, anxiety, out burst, rage anger, sadness, self verbal destruction, blaming self, tossing turning, moaning, soul hurts, very moody up and down, no patience, confusion, face breaking out…looking pale, skinny, unhealthy….It’s like a drug addict addicted to drugs but this is addicted to the guy who got her pregnant… no drugs ,no alcohol, Call radio station, ask why are they not making sense… TV.. fate/Destiny, symbolic meaning meant to be….. Reality. .NOT an option…. 25 yr old who got me pregnant was a fling off and on a yr.. Convinced self…… had to be with him ,loved him, Drove over to his house daily, Called daily, text daily, Believe the earth was putting signs of fate and destiny to be together with him Couldn’t be in public, took time off from work, saw counselor, who said needed anti- psychotic pills, depression pills, and sleep pills have hormones checked, thyroid level…. Alice in wonderland can’t separate reality from fantasy. Saw another doctor, had test….white blood cells moderately high have to go do more testing. doctor said doesn’t need hormones checked…. said ADHD need meds again… Feel crazy, feel like losing mind, drifting in and out of thought conversation, space out get into trance like sate, and feel as if I can’t control self, Have to be with this guy, have to protect him. Pregnant because of him, Convincing self destine to be together, family marriage future with guy.. Other times acceptance of rejection from him, never wanted to be together. Lost three weeks of work., keys to car taken, keep texting him calling him…Girlfriends tell to stop….Ignore her.. What’s real and what’s not. Keep repeating questions seeing signs, from TV, radio, he wants me……he needs me…All in my head??? Everyone tells me…All in my head.. Can’t take ADHD pill, can’t sleep,….Confusion, blurry vision, see colors…..What’s real??? Snapping at family, angry, disbelief,he wants me…. Reality. Is he doesn’t can’t accept it…. Family thinks I’m loosing my mind…am I? Over a guy? Who was just a fling? Who I thought was the One…. The reality shows, We are meant to be together…..But told It's all in my head… No family history of mental disorder, never have gone though this.. Always had confidence before marina IUD….. Never chased guys, never had too…what’s wrong??? Why this behavior?? know’s better, he wants me, Began Sept 26th..anxiety,flutters,pushing,bloating….swollen belly.. Still going Oct 28th..Removed Sept 28th 09…..after removal instantly feel better then BOOM!!! Downhill spiral of emotions began’s…..Still feel very clouded in her head, confusion expression......head tells her the opposite of what the family tell's her... What can I do as a mother with great concern???? How do I get her back to the happy,outgoing,confident 19 yr old she was????

    • ANSWER:
      This should help regulate her cycles and her hormones. Every time I get off of birth control, even after I gave birth this helped me.

      Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex)
      Chasteberry has the effect of stimulating and normalizing pituitary gland functions, especially its progesterone function. The greatest use of Vitex Agnus Castus - or Chasteberry - lies in normalizing the activity of female sex hormones and it is thus indicated for dysmenorrhoea, premenstrual stress and other disorders related to hormone function. It is especially beneficial during menopausal changes. In a similar way it may be used to aid the body to regain a natural balance after the use of the birth control pill. Because it can increase progesterone and extend the luteal phase, some women begin taking it when they ovulate, though regular daily use is indicated in the promotion of fertility.
      As vitex is safe, it may be used by women seeking to become pregnant to increase chances of conception. More specifically, it can be used by women with irregular ovulatory function and by women with shorter luteal phases. Vitex may also be used after discontinuing use of birth control pills to restore normal ovulation.
      http://gaiaherbs.com/product.php?id=268
      This is what I buy, I would recommend taking it everyday for at least 3 cycles and seeing how it works for you.

      I would suggest her staying off meds for a while and seeing if she cannot gain control of this herself. She needs someone to talk to that's unbiased and professional, a counselor of some kind. I would also suggest condoms or a Paragard IUD (it has no hormones), any kind of birth control that won't affect her hormones.

      ~Pro-Choice Momma; Have had an abortion and I have a 10 month old daughter . I believe in protecting my daughter's choice.

      Abortion: There is a Consensus

  26. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me and why are my TSH levels inconsistent?
    A little over a month ago I had some blood work done because I noticed that something just didn't feel right for the last 2 years. Some of my issues were/are my hair falling out, my skins dry, my nails are brittle to the point where the break so much that they bleed, I'm only 22 years old and I am always extremely sluggish, always tired and very depressed and most importantly, I've been gaining a lot of weight. Just between this september and mid november i gained 15 lbs and I have a healthy diet. My TSH level was a 14.2 last month and my doctor said that since I got sick a 3 days later, with something that seemed like strep (rapid tested negatiive) it could have contributed to my high level so he wanted me to wait another month then get another blood test. I just got my lab results back and my TSH levels are now a 5.09. Is it normal to change that much? Could something else be wrong with me other than thyroid issues? Also, i take adderall so could that be a factor in any of this? I just really need to know what is wrong with me because it is effecting my performance at school and work and I'm getting deperate.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Toni. It sounds like you definitely have a thyroid problem. Yes, TSH can change a lot, even from day to day. I've had hypothyroidism for years, and mine changes a lot ( even on medication ). If you're not happy with your doctor, get a second opinion. A lot of doctors tend to let people suffer with thyroid symptoms, because they want to wait to see what happens. The longer you go without treatment, the worse your symptoms will get. Find a doctor that will listen to you about your symptoms, and help you. I went to quite a few s doctors, before i found a decent one. Good luck. Feel better soon :-)

  27. QUESTION:
    Why not Soy...........................?
    In spite of glaring reports from alternative circles, soy is still considered a miracle food by many people. Even the medical community – who should be aware of the real affects of soy – still recommend this food as a great vegetarian source of protein and nutrients. This, however, is not true.
    I like to call soy an “anti-food.” That may sound harsh to some of you, but what soy does to us is so dangerous, so profound it deserves to be labeled harshly. Here’s just some of the things in soy that, in my opinion (and many other’s), make it an anti-food:
    Phytoestrogens: These are essentially plant hormones. I know a lot of people who buy organic milk to avoid hormones, but don’t realize that soy products are actually even more dangerous. Phytoestrogens interfere with normal hormone regulation. This can really throw our systems out of whack, causing problems like PMS (premenstrual syndrom), cystic fibrosis and even breast cancer in women. In men, these phytoestrogens can cause high estrogen and a decline in testosterone production. This leads to fat weight gain, decreased libido and all sorts of other problems (I know you guys out there don’t like the sound of that). We should also be concerned about the negative impact these plant hormones have on fertility.
    Trypsin Inhibitors: Trypsin is important for protein assimilation, so these inhibitors interfere with protein absorption – ironic, considering soy is considered by many to be a valuable protein source. These trypsin inhibitors have led to stunted growth and pancreatic disorders (including cancer) in test animals.
    Phytic Acid: Soy contains very high levels of phytic acid, which interferes with the use of valuable minerals like calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. The phytic acid in soy is also extremely resistant to soaking, sprouting and fermentation (which works to neutralize phytic acid in other foods like grains Cheeseslave made a great post about soaking grains).
    Soy can also cause problems with the absorption of other nutrients, like vitamin B12 and vitamin D – yet another reason why high soy consumption is causing rampant nutrient deficiencies in vegetarians and vegans. Soy can also damage the thyroid, which may explain why thyroid dysfunction is so common nowadays.
    Furthermore, during processing soy takes on an even uglier face and forms neurotoxins like MSG. Processed soy also contains high levels of aluminum, a highly toxic metal linked to many health problems (like Alzheimer’s).
    Experts like Sally Fallon Morrell, head of the Weston A. Price Foundation, are highly concerned with the amount of soy in our children’s diets today, often beginning with soy formula at birth. I was shocked to read this statement on the Weston A Price Foundation website: ”Babies on soy formula receive the estrogenic equivalent of at least 5 birth control pills per day.”
    Soy is just not meant to be eaten – at least, not the way we eat it today. Remember, traditional cultures ate only small amounts of highly fermented soy (i.e. fermented for six months). Fermented soy was often eaten with foods like fish broth, which would counteract some of the adverse effects like thyroid damage.
    So, this is why I say no to soy. What has been your experience with this food?
    Source: The Nourished Life
    The Nourished Life is a blog which focuses on finding nourishment in life through traditional foods and natural living. My goal is to bridge the gap between real people and real food, making nourishing foods more achievable in the real world. I believe food is the foundation of healthy living, and what you eat will have a substantial impact on your health and well-being. Disease and illness are on the rise now that we depend on processed food for our nourishment, but we can learn from the examples of healthy traditional cultures and make food choices that truly nourish our bodies. Learn helpful tips about reducing stress, getting more quality sleep, improving your body image, avoiding toxic chemicals and much more. Here at The Nourished Life, it’s not about doing everything right – because no one can! It’s about learning what you need to know to live a more nourished life, taking bite-sized steps on this amazing journey down the road of nourishment. After all, it’s not just about reaching a destination – it’s about all the incredible experiences you have along the way.

    • ANSWER:
      Lets get married.

  28. QUESTION:
    I'm on 200 mg Levothyroxine for hypothyroidism and still feeling sluggish and having severe headaches.?
    I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism caused by Hashimoto's Disease about 3 years ago. I am STILL trying to get my thyroid level back on track. My dr has continued to increase my dosage of Levothyroxine to no avail. I was on 175 mg of Levothyroxine up until 2 months ago and my bloodwork showed a TSH level of 20. So he upped my dosage to 200 mg saying that this is near the highest level normally prescribed. I have been taking it for 2 months and felt good for about 3 days and now am back to feeling very sluggish, having severe headaches, brain fog, weight gain (lots), mood swings, etc.
    It feels like I'm not taking anything...no effects whatsoever. (I'm taking it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach with water. I don't eat or drink for at least 1 hour afterwards...just like my dr instructed.)
    Has anyone experienced this difficulty of getting results from thyroid meds? What will the dr end up doing if this high dose doesn't work? I just want my old life back...so does my husband...tired of the mood swings, I'm sure but he's been really supportive!

    Thanks for any info or experiences you can share!

    • ANSWER:
      maybe you need to try b12 vitamins.. b12 is for your energy and such ppl use them to help lose weight as well and you medication might not be making you gain weight it could b from your hypothyrodism cuz it can cause weight gain

      ask your doctor if you can mix b12 vitamins (if you choose to try to) with your medication just incase it could do something to you

  29. QUESTION:
    HOw long does it take for Hypothyroid meds to take effect and lower TSH levels?
    I am curious to know if anyone else has been throught he up and downs of thyroid meds? I started at 11. something and got down to 3.something recently I started feeling bad so I got my labs done came back it had gone up to 5.21! How could it go up and down like that?? He incresed my Armour to 2 grains. I still feel like crap! I feel like I did when I started except for the freezing in bed under the covers! But I am so TIRED again weight gain is awful, depression, muscle twitchs, pain! I have been adjusting meds since last August! And it is still not right! Has anyone else gone throught his. I started with Synthroid but it made me too shakey and I could not sleep then I went to Armour, I do not have any side effects from Armour and because it has both T3 and T4 I heard it was better. I am at a loss, how could I be getting worse and my meds are higher then they were when i felt good? Also I was taking Standard process vitamins for adrenal function and my husband says I felt better then?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey sister,

      Thyroid hormones are slow-acting, so once you find the right level it can take a while for your body to catch up to your meds. Level can depend on a lot of things--like, if you gain weight you need more. Also, whether or not you have a thyroid (I don't anymore--cancer surgery). If you do, and you're supplementing an underactive one, your own thyroid may be producing different amounts at different times. People with Hashimoto's syndrome can have huge variations up and down from their own thyroid.

      Two dietary things to check out, if you still have a thyroid--are you getting enough iodine (which the thyroid needs to produce T4) and, are you eating too much soy? They've been finding that a diet high in soy can depress thyroid output. Remember to check any packaged foods--lots of them use soy now for extra protein and filler.

      Two EXCELLENT info sources-- Mary Shomon's thyroid info pages and newsletter on About.com, which you can have emailed to you or just read on line; and WebMD's discussion board on thyroid. The people there are really knowledgable.

      Also, as the other poster mentioned, you may have more than one thing going on. People with one autoimmune disease often have more than one--fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, lupus, etc. You may want to ask your doctor if you should be watching other symptoms.
      very best luck to you!

  30. QUESTION:
    Hair loss and thyroid replacement?
    I take levothyroxine, 50mcg, once a day. I have taken it since 2009 (around August) and the hair loss started about 3 months ago (around June or July). It is coming out rapidly, filling up my brush almost daily and it just keeps coming. My thyroid levels are good. I also have Hashimoto's but my antibody levels are doing okay.

    I thought it might be a side effect of the drug, but everything says that would have started around when I started taking the drug and would be temporary. I now have an almost bald spot above my temple, and who knows where else there might be more.

    I have tried to take good care of my hair, I take vitamins, I use good conditioner, I only use a wide tooth comb to brush it almost all of the time, I rarely straighten it, I only dye it about 2x a year max if at all, I don't over wash it, I don't use hair ties often and when I do I don't pull my hair tight or use ones with metal pieces. My stylist told me everything I needed to do to help it be healthy and grow longer (preventing breakage) and I have been doing that for over 2 years. My hair was very healthy, and now, even though it still seems healthy, it is falling out at a frightening pace.

    I am 24 years old, female, and under no more stress than I have been my whole life. I have no insurance and can't see a doctor about it at the moment (money is tight, but has been for years, so nothing new for stress there). I don't have kids.

    The only major change in my life is I started on a slightly higher dose birth control (I was on the lowest does available and having breakthrough bleeding, but I'm still on a low dose pill) about 3 months ago. This is the only correlating event and I was told this couldn't be the cause.

    I have no idea why all of a sudden I started losing my hair. Any help? And please don't just suggest I see a doctor, I can't afford it. I need some kind of direction. Thanks.
    Oh, and my iron levels are great.

    • ANSWER:
      Might be Alopecia Areata (SPOT BALDNESS) an autoimmune disease. It causes bald spot that can spread to the whole scalp and sometimes even the whole body. Stress has been known to be the main cause.

      For a start you can compare with the images in www.curespotbaldness.com. Following this, a skin biopsy should be carried out by a trained medical doctor or a dermatologist. This is the best way to diagnose and confirm. It will show any abnormal concentration of T-cells (immune cells) at the affected area.

      My bro did the same when had this problem. However he managed to recover using a treatment he found in the website. Wish you a quick recovery

  31. QUESTION:
    regarding blood sugar levels?...?
    taken a test when I was pregnant & my levels dropped dramatically after drinking the orange juice, then returned to "normal" (per phys) after 10 minutes (no "side effects" noted);; also have noticed that after I eat (not exceptionally full), I will feel drained for ~ 15-20 minutes, non-specific to type of food other than perhaps "sugary foods";; anyone tell me exactly what's going on?? any time I ask a doc, they just say, nothing's wrong, it's ok...? btw, my pregnancy was years back...but this "situation" happens often but not always;; if this info helps...I am not overweight, if anything, on the thin side with high metabolism, unchecked for thyroid condition...any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated!!

    Thxs, ahead!!

    • ANSWER:
      creed - What you describe is NOT diabetes, but may be almost the opposite. It is call "hyperinsulinism" (too much insulin that the body suddenly produces when food is consumed). Hyperinsulinism or hyperinsulinemia refers to an above normal level of insulin in the blood of a person. Normal insulin secretion and blood levels are closely related to the level of glucose in the blood, so that a given level of insulin can be normal for one blood glucose level but low or high for another. Hyperinsulinism can be associated with several types of medical problems, which can be roughly divided into two broad categories: those tending toward reduced sensitivity to insulin and high blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia), and those tending toward excessive insulin secretion and low glucose levels (hypoglycemia). The best physician to evaluate such a possibility is an endocrinologist or internal medicine specialist.

  32. QUESTION:
    Can eating before taking a blood test, effect the results?
    I ate 4 hours before taking a blood test. It showed I had high calcium levels and low Vitamin D levels. Doctor suspects I have a thyroid problem. I ate a bowl of cereal with milk, if that helps.
    No, my doctor did not say to fast.

    • ANSWER:
      yes it can. But if you are worried about V-D, get some sun (without sunblock)

  33. QUESTION:
    If TSH test came out normal, does it mean my thyroid is normal?
    I have a horrible side effects like all what you know about a person who just panic and having anxiety..

    the doctor told me to do a test for TSH ( thyroid Stimulating hormone) and it came out 2.55 uIU/ml

    which was written normal..

    Normal TSH is ( 0.27 - 4.2 )
    does that make me feel safe that my thyroid is normal.. I have heard about T3, T4.. and some strange names for thyroid test...

    can TSH be enough to tell me that it is working well

    I am worried and kind of panicing .. afraid.. my anxiety is killing me please help me

    and I am about to ask the doctor for Adrenal hormone test... so tell me how it works?

    does it take from blood?

    I have anxiety and panic disorder.. as I know.. and can my adrenal test tell me what's wrong?

    what kind tests I have to take to be sure that all what I feel is from adrenal rush into my body..
    I feel horrible .. sad disapointed.

    now my prolactin level is high.. and my period is late.. can anxiety rise my prolactin level up?

    thanks

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    Can TSH test came out normal, does it mean my thyroid is normal?
    I have a horrible side effects like all what you know about a person who just panic and having anxiety..

    the doctor told me to do a test for TSH ( thyroid Stimulating hormone) and it came out 2.55 uIU/ml

    which was written normal..

    Normal TSH is ( 0.27 - 4.2 )
    does that make me feel safe that my thyroid is normal.. I have heard about T3, T4.. and some strange names for thyroid test...

    can TSH be enough to tell me that it is working well

    I am worried and kind of panicing .. afraid.. my anxiety is killing me please help me

    and I am about to ask the doctor for Adrenal hormone test... so tell me how it works?

    does it take from blood?

    I have anxiety and panic disorder.. as I know.. and can my adrenal test tell me what's wrong?

    what kind tests I have to take to be sure that all what I feel is from adrenal rush into my body..
    I feel horrible .. sad disapointed.

    now my prolactin level is high.. and my period is late.. can anxiety rise my prolactin level up?

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The normal range has changed for TSH, it is .3 to 3 with the IDEAL range being . 3 to 2. (The labs have not changed their paper work yet to catch up)If yours is at 2.55, it is a little high and should be at least around 2, and between 1 and 2 ideally. but it isn't critical or anything like that, it is barely out of the ideal range, but in the normal range.
      Off just a little , could make a difference,in how you feel, but a doctor won't necessarily say that.
      You should keep an eye on the TSH (have it tested once a year )and if you can find a doctor to test the T3/T4, then do that. Some wont' test anything besides TSH and T4, ,because they say the hormones for thyroid work in a loop, there is a lot of difference in opinion about what to test., but you need your body to be able to convert the T4 to T3 which is the active form of thyroid hormone that you need.
      So, your TSH isn't that bad, but slightly elevated, which MAY mean you should watch it over the months and if it goes higher you may need some thyroid replacement.
      Good for yu for having it tested.
      A blood test for adrenal hormones is all it is. Ask your doctor to test for cortisol, sex, adrenal , dheas levels there. Many don't test for cortisol, and they should.
      Cortisol is a stress hormone and if one hormone is off, there are probably others off as well.
      Cortisol high levels can cause your symptoms as well, and can indicate adrenal glands overworked, weak or even serious adrenal disease.
      Something sounds like it is off , but you should not panic. That your tSH is in the normal range, and slightly elevated for the 'ideal' range, is a good sign that your bascially ok.
      I don't know about the prolactin , but I hope you find a doctor that knows how to test and not have to rely on yours or your current doctors lack of knowledge.
      You need someone who knows what they are doing.
      Some osteopathic doctors are trained in hormone replacement and may know hormones, and some obgys are trained. You could call a compounding pharmacy and ask them for a list of doctors expert in testing and treating hormones. examples thehallcentervenice.com feelingfff.com
      Here is a free self help method you can go learn and apply to all your fears and panics so to bring them down to nothing quickly eftuniverse.com click on 'get started free' or therapists at eftmasters.com
      Something is off in your body, and sometimes all it takes is a healthier diet, proper vitamins and minerals , sleeping enough,exericse.
      Here is a lot of good information, and answer to yur questions
      thyroid.about.com
      elaine-moore.com
      drugs.com

  35. QUESTION:
    Is it safe for a pregnant woman to drink infant formula?
    I would think not....

    Aluminum

    <5-45 ug/l in breast milk
    557-2,346 ug/l in soy formula
    Aluminum interferes with cellular metabolic processes and information transfer from DNA

    Silicon

    55.45ng/ml in milk of mothers with silicone implants
    51.05ng/ml in milk of mothers without implants
    746-13,811 ng/ml in 26 brands of formula tested for silicon
    The effect of large amounts of silicon on an infant is unknown

    Cadmium

    Cadmium is a highly toxic metal that can cause kidney damage in high amounts. Neurotoxic effects such
    as psychomotor disturbances, behavioral and cognitive disorders have been demonstrated in animal models
    with low-dose exposure. Cadmium levels can be 6 times higher in soy formula compared to milk- based
    formula. Cadmium is also found in cereals with the exposure of dietary cadmium from weaning diets up to
    12 times higher in children fed infant formula compared to breast milk.
    Genetically engineered corn and soy
    Detected in Alsoy (Carnation/Nestle), Similac Neocare (Ross Labs), Isomil (Ross Labs), Prosobee (Mead
    Johnson)
    Transgenic ingredients pose the risk of introducing novel toxins, new allergens, and increased antibiotic
    resistance to infants. The FDA does not require labeling of genetically engineered foods, so parents will
    remain unaware that their baby is consuming transgenic ingredients

    MSG (processed free glutamic acid and processed free aspartic acid)

    These are known neurotoxins found in a number of infant formulas. Because the blood brain barrier is not
    fully developed in infants, these neurotoxins are more accessible to the infant brain than the adult brain.
    The highest levels of these neurotoxins were found in hypoallergenic formulas. Because no studies have
    been done on the long term outcomes of infants fed on hypoallergenic formulas it is unknown if they
    will exhibit more learning disabilities at school age, and/or more endocrine disorders such as obesity, and
    reproductive disorders, later in life.

    Phytoestrogens

    Phytoestrogens are endocrine disruptors found in soy formulas. Infants fed soy formula can have circulating
    phytoestrogen concentrations that are 13,000-22,000 times higher than normal levels in early life. These
    bioactive compounds can create steroid hormone imbalance, compete with enzymes that metabolize steroids,
    drugs and xenobiotics, and can influence gonadal function. Genistein can be carcinogenic if exposure
    occurs during critical periods of differentiation. Soy formula has been linked to premature thelarche (breast
    development in infants and girls under eight years of age). Phytoestrogens (isoflavones) also act on the
    thyroid gland. They are well known inducers of goiter and anti-thyroid agents. They act against the thyroid
    by inhibition of thyroid peroxidase. Children with autoimmune thyroid disease were three times more likely
    to have been fed soy formula in infancy.
    2

    Phthalates and Bisphenol-A

    These are endocrine disrupting industrial chemicals. Phthalates are used as plasticisers and are testicular
    toxins as well as estradiol imitators.
    Bisphenol-A is used in the production of polycarbonate plastics and has been found in plastic baby bottles.
    It can leach from the container and has been known to be estrogenic since 1938. Bisphenol-A resins are
    used as lacquers to coat metal products such as food cans. With a high affinity for fatty products, it has
    been shown to leach into the content of cans during the autoclaving process, including cans of milk based
    infant formula.
    Contaminants in water used to reconstitute concentrated and powdered formula

    Lead

    Lead in water used to reconstitute formula can cause elevations in blood lead levels if used from the hot
    water tap or boiled. Boiling concentrates lead. There is a 6 point IQ drop for every 10ug increase in blood
    lead levels.

    Nitrates

    Infants fed formula reconstituted with nitrate-contaminated water are at risk for potentially fatal methemoglobinemia.
    Nitrates are converted to nitrites by the baby resulting in hemoglobin being converted to
    methemoglobin that cannot bind molecular oxygen. This risk increases if babies under six months are also
    fed baby food with high concentrations of nitrates such as green beans and bananas.

    Atrazine

    Atrazine is a weed killer that causes mammary and uterine cancer in rats. In the cities and towns with
    the worst tap water contamination, formula-fed babies who consume reconstituted formula would receive a
    lifetime dose of this chemical in the first four months of their lives.

    Bacteria

    Significant bacterial contamination can occur during home preparation of powdered infant formula.
    Reconstituted formula stored in the refrigerator shows increasing bacterial counts over time

    • ANSWER:
      makes me glad im a breastfeeder....but then again i was formula fed....i wonder how that affects my milk now...?

  36. QUESTION:
    Bilirubin (Jaundice results and meaning)?
    My newborn 26 days old has been getting his bilirubin tested frequently. On Aug 22 he was 255, 4 days later on aug 26 he was 242 , three days later on monday aug 27 he was 200 and three days later which were todays results were 201, so he seems to be stuck around the 200 level. Doctor isn't saying much just need more tests. and waiting on his ths (thyroid test result to come back)
    What are the risk factors of having Jaundice after 4 weeks old? and are there any side effects?, and what do these levels mean? he is gaining weight ,as well as growing ( 7.4 lb at birth today he is 8.8lbs)
    Thankyou so much for any clairification to this just worried that is all on what these high levels mean,

    • ANSWER:
      Bilirubins test for the function of the kidneys. Babies often get tested for this because they aren't getting rid of their old blood cells, which means that their kidneys aren't filtering out the old blood cells...that is why they often get that yellow color.
      here is a site that might help, but i would come out and ask the doctor. you as a patient(gurardian/parent of your child) have the right to know what is going on with your baby. but babys usually have this problem so i wouldn't really worry to much but if it continues then i'd be worried.

  37. QUESTION:
    How can I better regulate my TSH? I am on thyroid medicine but its not working for me.?
    In Dec. 2009, I became ill with a variant form of Thyroid cancer. I lost my ability to speak. I began to lose my ability to swallow and breathe. I underwent surgery to have thyroid removed. I followed the Low Iodine Diet and underwent the radioactive iodine treatments with isolation and completed treatment this spring. I was put on thyroid medicine.

    Fast Forward 6 months. I now have another form of cancer. This cancer is interfering with my body's ability to absorb and process my thyroid medicine. My Doctor has increased my medicine to a level that is really high. It has no effect but if by chance my body were to absorb it, it would be serious. Is there something I could do that would lower my TSH and make me more comfortable?

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Has any one tried METFORMIN and experienced weight loss?
    i'm going to make this quick, since 2008 i have been feeling horrible, i gained 50 lbs. i couldn't shift it, i hardly eat, i run 45 minutes on a treadmill per day, i went for a blood test, it said i had an underactive thyroid, then i had another and it came back fine, then i demanded a 3rd because i felt so ill, it said i had high testosterone levels and i was missing periods for months and everything!!! my doctor finally diagnosed me with pcos, i was gained weight and having skin boils on my backs, legs, face ect :(

    I'm an 18 year old female, i am so happy right now cause I've finally been diagnosed and he has put me on metroformin and he told me, i am going to have drastic rapid weight loss on these pills and the reason i wasn't losing weight before was because of the disease i didn't no i had. and now I'm going on pills I should be getting better. and all my symptoms will be cured in time.

    I then googled anyone who has been on the same pill as me, (it can be used for pcos or diabetes) and some people have said:
    " I have been taking metformin since Nov11th and have already lost 11lbs I was currently diagnosed with pcos (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) He gave it to me for my pcos and said it would help me lose weight too!"

    - "I take it for diabetes, and have lost 57 pounds in one year."

    - "I guess I should amp mine up.I have it and forget to take it...But usually a dr. doesn't prescrib just metformin for a diet..Diabetics take that...I have lost 40lbs already.."

    -I have lost 40 pounds on it. But before you run to your doctor for it, understand that I follow a rather strict diet 1000-1200 calories a day, limit sweets, and exercise daily (yoga, weight training and interval cardio training)

    I- have lost 30lbs in 2 months using Metformin and the Insulin Resistance diet. I think the diet change is what did it more than the Metformin, honestly. Check out the book about the insulin resistance diet.

    I- HAVE PCOS AND I AM TAKING MWTFORMIN 2000 MG I LOST 12 POUNDS THE FIRST MONTH, THE SIDE EFFECTS LEFT ME IN THE BATH ROOM ALOT SO I GUESS THATS HOW I LOST THE WEIGHT

    - I also have pcos and take metformin. i know that metformin can cause stomach problems and alcohol can make it worse. I did lose about 55 lbs the first 6 months of being on it. drink lots of water and watch your sugar intake because metformin does effect your insulin levels. you are not going to lose weight just by taking metformin but it does help with moderate diet and excercise.

    - I started metformin in July with a starting dosage of 1000mg working up finally to 2500mg for PCOS. In that amount of time I've lost 34 pounds, and also have become pregnant (which was my goal).

    - I've lost 11 pounds in 10 weeks. The diarrea (sorry sp) only lasted one or two times,

    - I lost about 30 pounds........w/out even changing anything in my diet.........actually i started eating more and horribly so after i lost the 30 i gained back some

    - I lost 40 pounds the first year I was on it, but I think that happened for a few different reasons.

    - My doc switched me from avandia to metformin and I lost 30 lbs without trying.

    after reading these stories people on yahoo answers have said, now I feel like there is hope!

    so will I loose weight on these?

    anyone has stories who's been on metroformin?

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      this is a question for your Endocrinologist - I really don't feel qualified to answer this question.

  39. QUESTION:
    I don't understand thyroid results?
    Was over active, had iodine treatment so am now under active,have been for over 10 years. GP called me in about thyroid function test result and said my "something" level should be between 1-3
    but now is 12.1. I am on 175 thyroxin already, GP said that is the maximum I can have. She also spoke about the pituitary gland having an effect. My blood pressure was very high and GP has prescribed water tablets. What is the significance of 12.1 and what adverse effects is that having on me? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I am assuming that you are referring to your TSH level. If it is high it indicates that you are not on enough levothyroxine and are still underactive. I have certainly had the odd patient who required more than 200 micrograms a day.

  40. QUESTION:
    Am I still actually Virgin?
    I never had sex but I think hymen already broke as transvaginal sonography performed easily?
    As I mentioned in my previous post I just turned 30 and separated from ex 1.5 years ago. My ex was impotent so I divorced him. But because of this incident I started suffering from depression and it effects my health badly. So now I am suffering from hormonal imbalance and thyroid. A year ago when I missed my 2 periods, I went to gynecologist. She said that your thyroid level is not so high that it cause to miss periods so I have to check whether you suffer from PCOS. She suggested trnasvaginal sonography. I told her I am virgin, she said it doesn't matter. Then she asked me to lie down and inserted the sonography machine to my vagina. I wonder that the machine was inserted so easily. However as I never experienced penetration so when she tried to insert so deeply I started feeling uncomfortable. Maybe it was psychological but because of uncomfort I started resisting, she asked me to relax my muscles but as I was resisting she took the machine out, and asked to come with full bladder next day from transabdominal sonography.

    1) Now my confusion here is that I am virgin and never had sex or never masturbate even though how machine inserted to vagina very easily and I did not experienced any bleeding. So does that mean my hymen already broken earlier or never had hymen?? I would have asked to doctor but forgot to ask.

    2) Secondly after transabdominal sonography doctor said my ovaries are 2 mm smaller than normal. Doctor said it is little bit smaller but that will not be a major problem. Still I cant say clearly how it may effect. You have to go for remaining eggs left test. I dont know whether doctor was just trying to console me and hiding the truth.

    However FYI she gave me pills and I got the periods and since one year my periods are regular.

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Roop,

      See, you should know well about your body parts. There are many reasons behind a broken hymen. It is not broken only through sex or penetration. It may rapture due to excercise, cycling, stretching, horse riding etc.

      Don't worry about. And pls don't bother about virginity or non-virginity. Just talk with your doctor and ask him/her to be frank to you regarding the problems you have.

      thanks
      aminice0783@yahoo.com

  41. QUESTION:
    I never had sex but I think hymen already broke as transvaginal sonography performed easily?
    As I mentioned in my previous post I just turned 30 and separated from ex 1.5 years ago. My ex was impotent so I divorced him. But because of this incident I started suffering from depression and it effects my health badly. So now I am suffering from hormonal imbalance and thyroid. A year ago when I missed my 2 periods, I went to gynecologist. She said that your thyroid level is not so high that it cause to miss periods so I have to check whether you suffer from PCOS. She suggested trnasvaginal sonography. I told her I am virgin, she said it doesn't matter. Then she asked me to lie down and inserted the sonography machine to my vagina. I wonder that the machine was inserted so easily. However as I never experienced penetration so when she tried to insert so deeply I started feeling uncomfortable. Maybe it was psychological but because of uncomfort I started resisting, she asked me to relax my muscles but as I was resisting she took the machine out, and asked to come with full bladder next day from transabdominal sonography.

    1) Now my confusion here is that I am virgin and never had sex or never masturbate even though how machine inserted to vagina very easily and I did not experienced any bleeding. So does that mean my hymen already broken earlier or never had hymen?? I would have asked to doctor but forgot to ask.

    2) Secondly after transabdominal sonography doctor said my ovaries are 2 mm smaller than normal. Doctor said it is little bit smaller but that will not be a major problem. Still I cant say clearly how it may effect. You have to go for remaining eggs left test. I dont know whether doctor was just trying to console me and hiding the truth.

    However FYI she gave me pills and I got the periods and since one year my periods are regular.

    • ANSWER:
      The thing she inserted was probably small and thin, like a pen. A Hymen (named after the Greek god of Marriage, by the way) only mostly covers the vagina, leaving room for blood to seep out. A pen or other thin object can be inserted without affecting the hymen. A penis is a lot bigger than a hymen and can tear the skin of the hymen like paper and cause terrible pain and profuse bleeding. Before having sex, research hymenal dilation, which allows one to be deflowred with a minimal of pain.

  42. QUESTION:
    thyroid question - bothering me!?
    Ok...so I was diagnosed with hypothyroid in February. I started off on Levothyroxine at 75 mcg. After 6 wks when I went back, the endocronologist said that the levels had dropped from 6.5 to about 1.4 and that I should continue on 75 mcg. A month later when I went to my RE, she told me that my levels had gone really low and that now I had hyperthyroid! She reduced my dosage to 50 mcg. I tested after 6 wks and it showed some improvement and we reduced to 25 mcg. This time however, my levels went high again! It was yet again 6.5 (TSH).
    Since earlier 50 mcg proved too much and now 25 mcg is less, my RE asked me to take 37.5. However after another 6 wks when I tested, I am still at 6.4! Absolutely no effect of the dosage that I'm taking right now. She has now asked me to continue on the same dosage, except that weekly twice I should double the dosage.

    It's now 7 months and my levels have not yet stabilized.
    Did anyone have a similar experience and do any of you have any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Would your doctor consider putting you on natural dissicated thyroid like Armour or a few other brands? It contains not just T4 (Levothyroxine, synthetic, contains just T4), but some T3 and the other Ts. Has your doctor tested for you FT4 and FT3 as well? The perfect range for TSH for a lot of people is 0.4 to about 1.0, normally, and if you are TTC (since you poasted this in the TTC category) get it as close to 1.0 as possible.

      I was on Armour, actually, during my first pregnancy (but it was never increased during prenancy, which might have been a problem, and I will be more vigilant over it with my doctor during hopefully our next pregnancy). After the baby was born, my doctor tested me again finally, and found that I was getting enough FT3/T3 with Armour, but was not getting enough T4, so he added a dose of levothyroxine in addition to my armour dose. It made a huge difference in how I was feeling, the combination.

      Since I am not your doctor, just a lay person with some experience, I would think with a TSH that high, I would try to convince your doctor to UP your dose back to at least 50 mcg, and then talk to your doctor about alternative meds like Armour or similar "natural" (not synthetic meds). Sometimes the non-synthetic work better for some people, and for others, like me, a combination works well.

  43. QUESTION:
    Thyroid question - bothering me!?
    Ok...so I was diagnosed with hypothyroid in February. I started off on Levothyroxine at 75 mcg. After 6 wks when I went back, the endocronologist said that the levels had dropped from 6.5 to about 1.4 and that I should continue on 75 mcg. A month later when I went to my RE, she told me that my levels had gone really low and that now I had hyperthyroid! She reduced my dosage to 50 mcg. I tested after 6 wks and it showed some improvement and we reduced to 25 mcg. This time however, my levels went high again! It was yet again 6.5 (TSH).
    Since earlier 50 mcg proved too much and now 25 mcg is less, my RE asked me to take 37.5. However after another 6 wks when I tested, I am still at 6.4! Absolutely no effect of the dosage that I'm taking right now. She has now asked me to continue on the same dosage, except that weekly twice I should double the dosage.

    It's now 7 months and my levels have not yet stabilized.
    Did anyone have a similar experience and do any of you have any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I am hyperthyroid and it took me SEVERAL months to get my meds right. My mother is hypothyroid and she ended up varying her dosage every other day to find a happy medium. It just takes time. Don't get frustrated. You'll feel so much better when everything levels out.

  44. QUESTION:
    Why do I get a lump in my throat when my Hashimotos tsh levels go up?
    I have type 1 diabeties, hashimotos, extreme vitiligo (sounds like a classic case of schmidts disease, but it's hard just to even get my endocrinologisits to increase my thyroid meds let alone test for anything else). My TSH levels last I knew was a uncomfortable high normal of 5 since my dr increased my synthroid ....I had to go through three different drs to get my levels down from over a 10. The world is a wonderfull place when my levels go down and I feel great. Recently Ive been placed on birth control to stop my menstrual cycle because of PSOS and I am feeling my hypo symptoms nagging again. I FEAR the birthcontrol is effecting my synthroid meds , I know my levels are going back up because when they climb I get the horrible hypo symptoms and fullness with..... a lump in my throat that sets off pain I'm guessing at the parathyroids area on either side,(please let me know what this is..one dr said a cyst, but another disagreed, maby inflamation of sorts) ?
    ..I did in fact have an ultra sound performed the endo said in her opinion their is nothing irregular there....

    • ANSWER:
      maybe you have a goiter, you should see an endocrinologist and have an ultrasound of your thyroid. Maybe you should consider switching your meds to Armour Thyroid, I did and feel wonderful.

  45. QUESTION:
    Any suggestions on what to feed a cat that has CRF?
    My beautiful Peanut is 20 yrs. old and very sick. His thyroid level was diagnosed at 18 very high, it since has been treated successfully with the Methimazole gel. He recently stopped eating and drinking again, but this time it is not his thyroid it is his kidney's. The vet said that it is a side effect of his thyroid. He hydrated him a couple of days ago, but he still will not eat or drink. I guess I am trying to avoid the inevitable, by giving him a little food and water with an appetite stimulant in a syringe, orally, hoping he will begin to eat. Any idea's would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Patti. This is KLIZZ86--I answered a question for you about a week ago (you asked me a question, but I didn't see it until today, so I've been trying to find you). I assume that this is the same cat that you talked about last time? I'm happy that you have been able to get into contact with your regular vet and are working on making him feel better. *I saw your question in religion--please ignore all those insensitive people that do not know your situation. If your vet is still recommending at home care, trust in that for now.*

      While there are kidney specific diets out there, usually when a cat refuses food, the goal is to get any food into him at all. Generally, foods that are low in protein and phosphorus are best for CRF cats. In certain situations, we have even used Gerber baby food (the sweet potatoes are great) for CRF patients. Heating the food is usually helpful, as most cats won't eat a food that doesn't smell. If you can get him to eat, then you may switch him to a food that is more kidney friendly--something you and your vet can discuss. Good luck!

  46. QUESTION:
    In-Depth Question About Cancer Rates?
    The survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on the Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been the subjects of long-term studies on the effects of ionizing radiation on cancer incidence. The frequencies of different types of cancer in these individuals varied across the decades. In the 1950's, high levels of leukemia and cancers of the lung and thyroid gland were observed. The 60's and 70's brought high levels of breast and salivary cancers. In the 1980s rates of colon cancer were especially high. Why do you suppose the rates of different types of cancer varied across time?

    In-depth answer that is explanatory please!

    And please relate it to the Cell Cycle?

    • ANSWER:
      it probably has to do with the vulnerability of certain organs and tissues to radiation. It also could do with the cell turnover rate from the cellular cycle, meaning it might effect an important process (i.e. mitosis) that would normally take place more rapidly (probably the thyroid) rather then colon.

      just a guess. good luck

  47. QUESTION:
    High blood sugar reading, on metmorfin-- is this normal?
    My mom started metmorfin the other day. Her sugar is usually around 130-140 ish when she eats normally, and the doc gave her the metmorfin to bring it down a little. When she eats very small amounts, she can get it at 120, so she wasn't sure if she wanted to take it or not but in the end she decided to do what the doc said and take the metmorfin.
    She also got a prescription for zocor for cholesterol and synthroid for thyroid.
    So she ate normally (double the tiny portions she was restricting herself to before) and her blood sugar level was around 115! Which was great, because it would have been a lot higher if she weren't on it. So she ate this same double portion (normal for most people) again the next day to see what it would do and it was also 115.
    TODAY she ate a lot. Like 3 servings of chinese take-out lol.. she was hungry and wasn't as worried as she would have been because the metmorfin has been bringing it down a lot so far. Anyway, she took the reading 2 hours later and it was at 160. (probably from all that food) .. the doctor had told her to take the metmorfin with her biggest meal every day though and I was just wondering could it have an effect on the level if she takes it at a different time? Her biggest meal is dinner and she eats it sometimes at different times. Yesterday she took it at 5/6 pm ish and today it was more like 7:30. Wednesday, she took it at around 3/4. Is this okay that she takes it at different times (with her biggest meal)???

    She ate a lot tonight so that's gotta be why it was at 160. I think she realized now that she has to eat in moderation even though she's on the medication. How bad is this that it was this high tonight (will that hurt her?), and do you think it would go back down by morning? (Could taking the metmorfin a little later or earlier each day increase her blood sugar as well or is it just the extra chinese food that did this? )

    Thanks. I know they might be stupid questions but I'm worried bout my momma.

    • ANSWER:
      She ate too much, plain and simple. That low dose of Metformin can't handle the sugar load that sort of meal is going to put on your body.

      She can take the Metformin at slightly varying times, as long as she takes it before her meal, and she should always drink a full glass of water with it.

      If she starts to have stomach problems, (this is common with Metformin) tell her to try eating a small serving of any sugar free yogurt, WITH the metformin. This works for most people.

      Metformin won't work if she doesn't keep her portions under control.

      Any level over 140 can cause damage to her eyes, nerves and so on, so she needs to get with the plan and stick with it.

      Tell her to get the book "Diabetes: the first year" by Gretchen Becker. Its written for type 2 diabetics and its very helpful.

  48. QUESTION:
    Effect of opiates on testosterone levels?
    I'm a 20 yr old male and have been using morphine and codeine fairly regularly for the past year and three months (in the form of opium poppy tea, not good I know but I have Asperger syndrome and it's all I can find to ease my social anxiety). My tolerance and level of use has been increasing lately and I currently get through a kilo of poppies a week. Anyway, basicly, I recently decided to have a blood test to check hormone levels, because although I do need to shave regularly I was sure that I had less facial hair than average for my age (everything else is developmentally normal). My serum testosterone was measured at 11.0 nmol/L where the normal range is 8.0-29, LH was eleveated at 10.7 u/L (n = 1.5 - 6.3) and FSH normal at 2.7 (r = 1.0 - 10.1). So basicly although testosterone is within range it is just at the cut off point for below normal, and is certainly below average and I find the high LH a little concerning (I know hi LH and low Tes. is usally due to testicular failure, although I don't feel I have this). They're repeating the LH and FSH in 2 weeks, not tes. bc it was normal, tho I might request this again. Could these findings be related to the opiate consumption, or other chemicals in the tea? I've heard of morphine causing both low LH and TES, but not hi LH. I'm planning to get off soon, how long do you think it would take to recover TES levels after ceasing morphine use? Thanks for any help you can offer, D. Dinneen

    (Plus, I also had slightly low serum thyroid stimulating hormone, 0.34 mu/L (r= 0.35 - 5.5) suggesting borderline hyperthyroidism, wld this be related ?)

    • ANSWER:
      It could definitely play a part in your decreased testosterone. Think about it, these kinds of drugs leave you in a stupor, your not out playing football or shooting hoops while railed in the nature, therefore you aren't producing testosterone naturally, the way your body is use to (getting fired up during sports or other key interactions)

      I suggest laying off the dope for a little, get outside and enjoy life, this will not only increase your manhood but it will also take away from your tolerance. it will be easier to achieve that warm and cozy spot you try and seek.

      i HOPE this helped friend!

  49. QUESTION:
    Anyone on Eltroxin (for hypothyroidism)?
    I'm 19 and I was diagnosed with HypoThy when I was 15.. took 50mg of Eltroxin at the beginning but the dose was too high and got put down to 25mg and continued taking them (with some skipped doses) up until last October when I stopped taking them because they made me feel weird.

    I've been put back on Eltroxin (50mg) in the past fortnight after some blood tests for my thyroid levels came back saying they were very under active (oops!) but the side-effects aren't so nice this time around... they're nowhere near as terrifying as they were when I'd started taking them when I was 15 but I keep randomly getting dizzy spells and finding it hard to breathe and weird feelings in my heart.. but other times my heart rate drops a lot and I feel faint.

    What's going on? Too high or too low a dose?

    I've to go back to my GP in 2 weeks time for a blood test but the side-effects are scaring the crap out of me lately and I'm starting to fail my college course because I'm too terrified to go in in case I pass-out in the middle of class. Should it be anything to worry about or am I over-reacting to some simple pill side-effects?

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    Upper GI/Chest Pain/Pressure - What's the cause?
    For the last 18 months I have had the following symptoms near constantly day and night:

    - Severe to moderate pressure-type pain in the middle of my chest from my throat to my upper stomach
    - Pain and sensitivity to pressure (like when I press on it, lean forward, or when I eat) in my upper stomach
    - Nausea

    In September 2008 I tested positive via Hida Scan (34.9%) for low gallbladder function. Later that month, my gallbladder was removed, but my symptoms have remained.

    In February 2009 I underwent an Endoscopic Ultrasound, which revealed that I was born with a Pancreatic Divisem. Doctors ruled out that this was the cause of the symptoms due to the fact that my amylase and lipase levels are normal.

    Since my symptoms started in May of 2008 I have been to the ER almost 10 times and have had multiple blood draws for (among others) amylase/lipase, sprue panel, thyroid levels as well as CBC rate and hepatitis and a H. Pylori stool sample. I have also had the following tests all which turned up negative:

    07-08-08 Gallbladder Ultrasound
    07-23-08 Endoscopy
    07-28-08 EKG Stress Test/Pulmonary SVC
    09-12-08 Barium Swallow
    09-17-08 Hida Scan
    09-26-08 Gallbladder Surgery
    01-09-09 Chest MRI
    01-19-09 EGD with MRCP
    02-02-09 EGD with Ultrasound
    02-06-09 Barium Meal
    02-12-09 Small Bowel Follow-Through
    02-17-09 EGD with Bravo Placement
    06-15-09 Colonoscopy
    03-16-10 EGD with Sprue Biopsy

    On May 19th 2008 my wife and I took a day trip to Tijuana, Mexico while on vacation in San Diego, CA. Before crossing back over to the US, I stopped ate at taco stand close to the boarder eating two chicken tacos and two pork tacos along with two bottled Cokes. There were no immediate negative effects, but 24 hours later I was having signs of food poisoning in the form of severe cramps, dehydration, nausea and diherria. After a visit to the doctor's office I was given some anti-biotics and felt better generally except for a persistent gnawing at the top of my stomach. Another trip back to the doctor and I was diagnosed with gastritis, tested for H. Pylori and parasites and given a prescription for general Protonix and anti-parasitic medicine. After a few weeks I began to feel better generally and went for a run. This proved to be a mistake because after the run the gnawing sensation returned. I went to the doctor again and this time was checked for gallstones through an ultrasound which came up negative. I was told to continue taking the Protonix and limit my diet to things containing low fat and low acid. That same day I began having severe chest pain, but being only 28 and in good condition assumed that it was nothing serious and after calling the doctor was told that it was most likely acid reflux or esophageal spasms. After a few more weeks of pain and no results from the Protonix I decided to switch to another general practitioner and was able to get in to see a GI specialist. After a barrage of tests ordered by both physicians in late September I had gallbladder surgery. When my symptoms didn't clear up after a few months I was subjected to more testing and tried various drugs to combat smooth and then skeletal muscle tension including nitro glycerin. My GI doctor has ruled out the need for an ERCP, claiming that because my amylase and lipase levels are steady and the risks for the test are too high. The doctor also claimed that I most likely had 'Heightened Viscera Noceception' (which from what I can tell, means absolutely nothing) and that I should get onto an SSRI to correct the problem. This idea was fast-tracked following an emotional breakdown after the death of my brother. I was put on Paxil and Ativan for anxiety and told by my newly prescribed psychiatrist that my pain could be a constant series of anxiety attacks. I was on these medications for eight months and even at maximum dosage both saw no significant improvement. In January 2010 I received the results of a blood draw from a third-party 200 Food Panel testing for IgG. The test indicated that I had an alarmingly high intolerance for wheat, gluten and yeast. To confirm the results I saw a local allergist who performed 50 panel skin prick test. This test came up negative along with subsequent blood-work and a biopsy taken from another EGD. I am currently looking into the viability of IgG food allergy testing and have been on a gluten-free diet for 2-weeks,(with no results) with plans to remain on the diet for a least 8 weeks.

    What is wrong with me?

    • ANSWER:


Effects Of Low Thyroid Levels

The thyroid gland is located in the neck area and has a butterfly shape. Its main function is to control the body’s metabolism. The most common forms of thyroid disorder are symptoms which make people too tall or very short, too thin or very fat.

The gland produces four hormones most essential for the body to assimilate and eliminate all the substances that enter the body.

High thyroid levels or hyperthyroidism causes a series of effects that need medical treatment. Untreated, these conditions can lead to sudden death syndrome and other health problems, such as heart condition, bad skin or hair loss, and even thyroid cancer.

Patient’s whit this condition may have insomnia that are slightly different from common sleeping disorders. A regular insomnia sufferer has troubles getting to sleep, but he can sleep for most of the day.

People with hyperthyroidism can hardly fall asleep and wake up suddenly. This sleeping disorder is mostly encountered in people with hormone T4 disorder. This hormone is responsible for the metabolic processes that occur inside the body, such as food assimilation or the replacement of the sleeping hormone.

Another sign of hyperthyroidisms is weight loss. Because of the accelerated metabolism, the patient does not assimilate fat as it suppose to and eliminates most of the vital substances needed, thus resulting in a small weight. The symptoms appear at a time, and endocrinologist may have problems in diagnosing such a condition.

Rapid heart beats or tachycardia is also linked to a thyroid that is over active.

Hormones relished in the body need to be in a perfect quantity for the organism to function properly.

Low levels of hormones secreted by the thyroid have the opposed side effects.

Although symptoms may be similar, there is a big difference in hypothyroidism. Because the hormones can no longer keep the metabolism going as it should, the patient gains a lot of weight fast. Problems with falling asleep are also encountered, and though people with hyperthyroidism feel overactive, those with hypothyroidism might feel tired all the time, no matter how much they sleep.

This problem is more encountered in women than in men, and it mostly affects females over the age of 30. The family history also plays a main role in disorders of the thyroid gland. If the mother was a hypothyroidism it is more likely for her daughters to suffer from the same disorder.

The effects of hyperthyroidism are sometimes harder to diagnose than the ones of hypothyroidism. The first condition manifests slowly, and weight can be lost in a few moths, time in which the gland can produce a lot of damage. In hypothyroidism, the patient gains weight faster, in about a month time. Endocrinologist always submits to a thyroid test those that gained a lot of weight inexplicable.

If the thyroid gland is a danger to the body, in autoimmune conditions, where the organism is attacking the gland, the patient can have the gland removed.

The hormones are injected daily in pre-established quantities that the endocrinologist calculates in reporting to the person’s weight and other body functions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Effects Of Low Thyroid, blood sugar, and cortate?
    Hi, I have a rare condition called pan-hypo-pituitarisme.
    Basically, from birth, I have not had a working pituritry gland. No reason In particular was found, as I didn't have a tumor or anything...
    But basically it means I have to take a bunch of hormones artificially (thyroxine, cortate, testosterone, and I was taking growth hormone till I was 18).

    For legal purposes (which I don't want to go into in particularly), I need some medical literature describing the side effects of low thyroid (e.g. in the case that I hadn't had my tablets).

    I have read the following side effects on a couple of websites, but I need something that I could present to a court, to prove that without my tablets, I could have the following symptoms:

    confusion
    fatigue
    low tolerance for stress
    Difficulty remembering things short term, and long term.
    low blood sugar level

    I need as much medical literature as I can get showing these symptoms as a result of those deficiency's, so I can present it to the court.
    Here are the dosages I am on per day:

    Thyroxine: 1 x 100 microgram tablet first day, then 2 x 100 microgram tablets the next day.

    Cortate: 3 x 5mg tablets in the morning, and 2 x 5mg tablets in the afternoon.

    I also weigh 47 KG if that helps in any way.

    Cortate:
    Like I said.... I have already looked through search engines and looked at websites for the effects, BUT I need something more official, rather than just a blog (would be quallified as "Hearsay").

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    Must I take a drug to bring my Thyroid levels up to normal?
    My Dr. Said my thyroid levels are low, I hate taking drugs for the side effects they always cause. MUST I take drugs for this?What will happen if I don't take Synthroid. or stoptaking it after 2 months of being on it?
    Thanks "Jack of all trades,"
    I'll heed your advice.
    TO MISSYWOSS. My doctor does not know me well, as we just moved here from another state, that's why I'm asking for help from other medical sources, but thanks anyway.
    To all others...I really appreciate answers from Sensible people

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it's important and I felt the same way at the beginning since when I was younger I vowed never to take Any drugs but look at it this way, it's really not so much a drug as you are replacing something in your body that your body has used up--you were born with it in your body.

      But let me tell you as my co-workers and I have ALL discovered. I'm not sure if it's because the pharmacy classes mainly teach about synthroid because the drug companies make more $ from synthroid but the more natural form, Armour, works better for ALL of us and usually costs a lot less.

      It's important to find yourself a good endocrinolgist because just like people in all occupations, there are definitely some better, some worse and it can make a big difference.

      There are extremely serious consequences to not taking your thyroid meds. The lesser of these is weight gain, feeling cold all the time, mental sluggishness, depression. One person I know wasn't diagnosed until she went into a coma-like state which could happen if you don't take it long enough.

      Anytime you want to talk about this, I have been on thyroid meds for years because of hypothyroidism--dperrine98@yahoo.com

  3. QUESTION:
    Can stress effect the outcome of a thyroid level test?
    i was under alot of stress and they said i might have hypothyroidism but are going to redo the test in a week. if i lower my stress will it effect my thyroid levels?

    • ANSWER:
      The stress increases the levels of a hormone called Cortisol and its high levels slows the thyroid function.
      Read more here >>> http://fitness-healthandbeauty.com/cortisol-stress-affects-the-body-influence-on-health

      There also you can find useful tips which will help you to reduce the stress.

  4. QUESTION:
    what are the effects of a low calcium blood level?
    say someone had a thyroid problem. how would this effect his blood calcium homostasis as well as his bones? and how would you explain normal regulation of blood calcium?

    • ANSWER:
      In medicine, hypocalcaemia is the presence of low serum calcium levels in the blood, usually taken as less than 2.1 mmol/L or 9 mg/dl or an ionized calcium level of less than 1.1 mmol/L (4.5 mg/dL). It is a type of electrolyte disturbance. In the blood, about half of all calcium is bound to proteins such as serum albumin, but it is the unbound, or ionized, calcium that the body regulates. If a person has abnormal levels of blood proteins, then the plasma calcium may be inaccurate. The ionized calcium level is considered more clinically accurate in this case

      [edit] Cause
      It manifests as a symptom of a parathyroid hormone deficiency/malfunction, a Vitamin D deficiency, or unusually high magnesium levels hypermagnesemia, or low magnesium levels hypomagnesemia.

      More specifically, hypocalcemia may be associated with low PTH levels as seen in hereditary hypoparathyroidism, acquired hypoparathyroidism (surgical removal MCC of hypoparathyroidism), and hypomagnesemia. Hypocalcemia may be associated with high PTH levels when the parathyroid hormone is ineffective; in chronic renal failure, the hydroxylation of vitamin D is ineffective, calcium levels in the blood fall, and high PTH levels are produced in response to the low calcium, but fail to return calcium levels to normal.

      Eating disorders
      Excessive dietary magnesium, as with supplementation.
      Prolonged use of medications/laxatives containing magnesium
      Absent parathyroid hormone (PTH)
      Hereditary hypoparathyroidism
      Acquired hypoparathyroidism
      Hypomagnesemia
      Following parathyroidectomy, "Hungry Bone Syndrome"
      Following thyroidectomy, the parathyroid glands are located very close to the thyroid and are easily injured or even accidentally removed during thyroidectomy
      In DiGeorge Syndrome, a disease characterized by the failure of the third and fourth pharyngeal pouches to develop, the parathyroid glands do not form and there is thus a lack of PTH.
      Ineffective PTH
      Chronic renal failure
      Absent active vitamin D
      Decreased dietary intake
      Decreased sun exposure
      Defective Vitamin D metabolism
      Anticonvulsant therapy
      Vitamin-D dependent rickets, type I
      Ineffective active vitamin D
      Intestinal malabsorption
      Vitamin-D dependent rickets, type II
      Pseudohypoparathyroidism
      Deficient PTH
      Severe acute hyperphosphatemia
      Tumor lysis syndrome
      Acute renal failure
      Rhabdomyolysis (initial stage)
      Osteitis fibrosa following parathyroidectomy
      Exposure to hydrofluoric acid
      As a complication of pancreatitis
      As a result of hyperventilation
      Alkalosis, often caused by hyperventilation
      Chelation Therapy
      Neonatal hypocalcemia
      Very low birth weight (less than 1500 grams)
      Gestational age less than 32 weeks

      [edit] Symptoms
      Perioral tingling and parasthesia, 'pins and needles' sensation over the extremities of hands and feet. This is the earliest symptom of hypocalcemia.
      Tetany, carpopedal spasm are seen.
      Latent tetany
      Trousseau sign of latent tetany (eliciting carpal spasm by inflating the blood pressure cuff and maintaining the cuff pressure above systolic)
      Chvostek's sign (tapping of the inferior portion of the zygoma will produce facial spasms)
      Tendon reflexes are hyperactive
      Life threatening complications
      Laryngospasm
      Cardiac arrhythmias
      EKG changes
      Prolonged QTc
      Prolonged ST interval

      [edit] Management
      Two ampoules of intravenous calcium gluconate 10% is given slowly in a period of 10 minutes, or if the hypocalcemia is severe, calcium chloride is given instead.
      Maintenance doses of both calcium and vitamin-D (often as 1,25-(OH)2-D3, i.e. calcitriol) are often necessary to prevent further decline.

  5. QUESTION:
    Can your thyroid level being too high effect your mood?
    For the last three months my doctor has been checking my thyroid levels & two times prior to this one it was really low & now it's really high. He's changed my med level twice & my levels don't seem to be getting any better.
    I feel so sad sometimes & I'm not sure why I do. Is this a side effect of messed up levels? What can I do to get my levels right?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, low thyroid can cause depression which is why all responsible doctors will order the simple blood test for all their patients before prescribing antidepressants. High levels can make your mood erratic. Sadly, you're just going to have to wait it out until your levels stabilize. Your doctor is measuring them often to try to get the dosage right. Depression is not a fun thing to go through but take comfort in knowing that there is a reason for it and that things will get better soon. If it persists past when your levels stabilize you should see a doctor for that problem separately and will perhaps be prescribed an antidepressant. While you're waiting you can try seeing a therapist but this will probably not help unless your sadness is from an environmental factor.
      I have cycling major depressive disorder that is purely biological and everyone once in awhile I "tank" and my medication just can't handle it. I will have a day or two a month when I'm ridiculously sad for no reason at all. During this time I cling to my fiance and my puppies and they are able to help me get through it. There's nothing like a fur tear-catcher and watching them romp around the house gives me comic relief. If you have an animal I would suggest using them as a breathing teddy bear during this time. Of course, a significant other or family member can be wonderful to talk to and a good friend can take your mind off it by bringing you out to lunch.

      Feel better soon!

  6. QUESTION:
    Does thyroid activity effect testosterone levels?
    Does thyroid activity effect testosterone levels?
    I have found that taking thyroid suppressant medication Tapazole seems to cause my testosterone levels to rise. I have to use testosterone injections or gels as I do not produce testosterone. In the absence of hyperthyroidism treatment, testosterone supplements barely kept me in the low reference range around 300ng/dl. Taking tapazole whilst keeping testostrone supplement constant drove my levels to a toxic 2500-3000ng/dl. Could it be that testosterone accumulates as my formerly overactive thyroid does not metabolise testosterone as quickly now that I am taking tapazole to suppress it.
    2 days ago - 1 day left to answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely. Are you seeing an endocrinologist? You should definately consult with him/her.

      I don't know what your symptoms are, but what needs to be determined is whether your levels are actually low or if could be effected by your levels of SHBG - many times your free testosterone concentration will not change with thyroid activity, but the SHBG levels could skyrocket, which may bound testosterone and cause symptoms. I'm not a Dr....so you should ask one about SHBG.

      Do you have Grave's? have you thought about iodine treatments?

  7. QUESTION:
    What are the side effects of Effexor(antidepressant)?
    So I have low thyroid...levels are fine now. Turns out I have hashimotos. I got further blood testing done and no defficiencies have really showed up. So of course, doctor decides that an antidepressant will help me. Thats great. I have trouble sleeping, bowels are moving slower and just in general my whole system is slower. How can an antidepressant help this? And if I am suffering from social anxiety/avoidance from people how would this help? I just did a bit of research on this antidepressant and it says one of the side effects if it is anxiety? Wth are doctors just shoving antidepressants in young students faces. How can I get rid of hashimotos(autoimmune)?

    • ANSWER:
      A site that may be able to help you: www.effexor.com . This describes Effexor XR, but XR is only extendend - release. This may help you view the side effects. I have heard some people that are great on Effexor and some have terrible reactions. If you experience side effects contact your healthcare professional.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are side effects of Thyroid medication?
    A few months ago I had my thyroid levels checked and it was boarder-line under active. My Dr said to re-test in a year or so as if it got any lower I would need to take medication.

    Since then, I've noticed that my hair is a little dried out and grows slower than usual.. Im also finding it harder to loose weight. Im thinking that my thyroid levels must have dropped. So if it has, they would probably put me on thyroid meds..

    I was just wondering if there are any side effects with these meds. Any advice or comments would be greatly appreciated.

    Also, If I decide not to take meds will it effect me badly long term?

    • ANSWER:
      You may have an A vitamin deficiency and also need more iodine in your vitamin regimen.

  9. QUESTION:
    Thyroid testing blood work?
    so my thyroid tests came back abnormal they want me to come back for further testing
    ive already made my appointment but i was just curious

    what further testing do i need to do?
    and why?

    also does low blood sugar effect thyroids because i always experience symptoms of low blood sugar and does strenuous exercise effect thyroids and sugar levels?

    if anyone is a doctor or has experienced this then please could you answer
    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Blood work is all they need to test.
      It's the T3 & T4 that they test for.
      I'm on medican for the rest of my life because of my thyroid.
      They check my blood every year now.

      Blood sugar has nothing to do with it.

  10. QUESTION:
    What effects our sex drive?
    Does having a low thyroid level affect our testosterone or sex drive?
    I had thyroid surgery about a decade ago and seem to have trouble holding an erection around ladies while in bed. I was told to take thyroid/synthroid after surgery but stopped years ago.

    Again, can this be part of the reaso for having trouble with keeping erections?????

    • ANSWER:
      It could be Eric, and I suggest that you take a little time and study through google the title

      Endocrinology.

      You will find that the hormones of the body work together and pull the sexual aspect and testosterone into the equation totally as is with insulin even.
      You run into brain chemistry where you will find titles like up-takers and up-taker in inhibitors which completely influence such things and mood, sense of well being, sex drive, appetite for food and the works of your physical appetites and desires.

      Check it out and see your doctor for the best path forward in getting your awesome sex back

      Me! :- )

  11. QUESTION:
    Does thyroid hormone effect estrogen level?
    I am 28 yo female. I had my thyroid taken out about 11 years and have been on synthroid ever since. I never really had a problem with my dosage level accept until last year. My husband and I want to start a family and I was told that I have hypothalmus ammenoreah and needed to put on about 15 lbs due to low body fat (I wasn't having periods). I got my hormones checked and my estrogen level was extremely low (again, due to low body fat) As I put on the 15 lbs, my thyroid level went out of wack. It was too high, then too low, then too high. At this point, I am hyperthyroid and getting TOO much thyroid hormone. My estrogen level seems to be decreasing. Does too much thyroid hormone decrease your estrogen level? Or does it not have anything to do with it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. The Thyroid is probably responsable to that problem with the estrogen level. Ask your doctor.

  12. QUESTION:
    Would 3 weeks on T4 lower your TSH levels and make your thyroid under active?
    Over the last few months I've gained weight for no reason so a friend gave me a pack of T4's. I took then for 3 weeks (not every day). They didn't work so I stopped taking them.

    A week or so after I had a blood test done for other reasons and my TSH levels were 0.01 (very low). So now the doctor wants me to take another blood test to see what my T3 and T4 levels are. I didn't tell him about the T4...

    Could it be because I took the T4 that my TSH are very low? Or could my TSH levels have been low prior to me taking the T4???

    I have other symptoms of Hypothyroidism (under active) like weight gain, always cold, muscle sourness, fatigue and so on.

    If the T4 effected my TSH levels, should I ask the doctor for another test later to confirm it? If so, how long should I wait for my TSH levels to returned to normal (if they were effected by the T4 at all)?

    I'm very confused and would be great full for any help I could get.

    I should probably just tell the doctor, but I don't think my mum would be very impressed...

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    I have an 11 1/2 year old toy fox terrier who has been plagued by chronic ear infections and skin allergies?
    This has been going on for many, many, years! I have taken her to specialists, checked her for allergies, been on numerous medications (antifungal and antibiotics - you name it!) bought special shampoos, creams, ointments, ear cleansing solutions, natural, apple cider vinegar treatments, boric acid washes, and the list goes on. Her current vet thinks she is hypothyroid - looking back over records from a specialist I took her to in British Columbia Canada (we live in the states) her T4 was 9.5. My understanding is the normal range is 13-44 proving she does have low thyroid levels!! The specialist did not even mention this to me, instead wanted more expensive and elaborate tests!! Sorry for the long spill but I hate to see that my precious pet has suffered because of this so called specialist!!! My question-does anyone else have a dog diagnoised with hypothyroid? How did they respond to the medication and are there side effects?
    Does anyone have a dog with similiar symptoms especially the chronic ear/skin infections? After taking meds for hypothyroid did the symptoms clear up? Is your dog much happier and energetic?
    Vet prescribed soloxin .05 twice a day. He halved the regularly prescribed dose because of her age.
    Hoping this will help her and not cause any medication side effects. I'm a little OCD about medication for my little dog! :)

    • ANSWER:
      consider Canidae dry dog food, all life stages, for your dog to possibly eliminate the skin allergies....many yahoo answer people have said that their dogs had skin problems and other maladies that seemed to DISAPPEAR after switching to Canidae dry dog food, all life stages, which is an ALL NATURAL, NO BY-PRODUCTS, NO GRAINS OR FILLERS, ALL HUMAN GRADE INGREDIENTS, NO BEET PULP OR SALT, AND IS REASONABLY PRICED AND AFFORDABLE !!...IN MY OPINION, THE BEST DRY DOG FOOD, AVAILABLE ANYWHERE, ALL USA INGREDIENTS, MADE IN THE USA, WITH A MONEY BACK GURANTEE IF UNHAPPY !!.....check it out at Canidae.com for more information, and a list of dealers by Zip code.....MANY BREEDERS RECOMMEND CANIDAE, AND MANY YAHOO ANSWER PEOPLE SWEAR BY CANIDAE, AND HAVE USED IT FOR MANY YEARS WITH GREAT SUCCESS AND SATISFACTION !!..try it, what have you got to lose, and maybe your dog's skin allergies will disappear !!???...good luck to y'all !!!

  14. QUESTION:
    HOw long does it take for Hypothyroid meds to take effect and lower TSH levels?
    I am curious to know if anyone else has been throught he up and downs of thyroid meds? I started at 11. something and got down to 3.something recently I started feeling bad so I got my labs done came back it had gone up to 5.21! How could it go up and down like that?? He incresed my Armour to 2 grains. I still feel like crap! I feel like I did when I started except for the freezing in bed under the covers! But I am so TIRED again weight gain is awful, depression, muscle twitchs, pain! I have been adjusting meds since last August! And it is still not right! Has anyone else gone throught his. I started with Synthroid but it made me too shakey and I could not sleep then I went to Armour, I do not have any side effects from Armour and because it has both T3 and T4 I heard it was better. I am at a loss, how could I be getting worse and my meds are higher then they were when i felt good? Also I was taking Standard process vitamins for adrenal function and my husband says I felt better then?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey sister,

      Thyroid hormones are slow-acting, so once you find the right level it can take a while for your body to catch up to your meds. Level can depend on a lot of things--like, if you gain weight you need more. Also, whether or not you have a thyroid (I don't anymore--cancer surgery). If you do, and you're supplementing an underactive one, your own thyroid may be producing different amounts at different times. People with Hashimoto's syndrome can have huge variations up and down from their own thyroid.

      Two dietary things to check out, if you still have a thyroid--are you getting enough iodine (which the thyroid needs to produce T4) and, are you eating too much soy? They've been finding that a diet high in soy can depress thyroid output. Remember to check any packaged foods--lots of them use soy now for extra protein and filler.

      Two EXCELLENT info sources-- Mary Shomon's thyroid info pages and newsletter on About.com, which you can have emailed to you or just read on line; and WebMD's discussion board on thyroid. The people there are really knowledgable.

      Also, as the other poster mentioned, you may have more than one thing going on. People with one autoimmune disease often have more than one--fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, lupus, etc. You may want to ask your doctor if you should be watching other symptoms.
      very best luck to you!

  15. QUESTION:
    how do i lose weight successfully with diabetes and low thyroid?
    ive had troube with yo-yo dieting i do study all the time and i talked to a lady who had a sister who went and had the sleeve put over the stomach and she lost 75 lbs wel i dont have the money for the sleeve does any one know what works i eat alot of veggies but i get 25 lbs off and then i plateau i work out alot the drs put me on metformin but bad side effects i do now take herbal glycotrol to help with a1c levels i wanna lose 50 more lbs. the pharmacist says all of those medicines can cause stomach probs and i do take a levoythrpxin a day for thyroid i already have ibs probs someone help. ive worked out on cardio till my joints hurt i wanna save my pancreas

    • ANSWER:
      The manner in which you describe your situation leads me to believe that you are a type 2 diabetic. There are many other available medications to treat this besides metformin hydrochloride. There is no herbal medication that I know of which reduces the glycated hemoglobin A1C or for that matter actually lowers glucose. If your thyroid function is well controlled by levothyroxine then your thyroid is not an issue so far as your weight is concerned. Gastric procedures are generally reserved for those with a Body Mass Index greater than 40 kg/M2 or a Body Mass Index greater than 35 kg/M2 if there are co-morbid health conditions such as diabetes. If you are over-weight and obese weight loss will improve diabetic control. I would suggest that you consult a dietitian or a diabetic nurse educator. Everyone is unique and there is no 'magic' diet. You sound motivated so with further education from such a consultation hopefully you will succeed. I wish you the very best of health and in all things may God bless.

  16. QUESTION:
    TSH levels and underactive thyroid, what's your target?
    My TSH level is hovering dangerously close to 5, which usually is considered normal (but barely). However, there are a growing number of physicians who believe lower TSH levels are better. Anyone here who had their dr increase their hormone replacement to suppress TSH below 3? How do you feel, side effects etc? And if you want to say what do you take, synthroid, cytomel, other? BTW I am diagnosed Hashimoto's and am currently on 100mcg synthroid, I suspect I need more because I feel like crap all the time but am otherwise healthy. My Dr. thinks "normal is normal" so she won't raise my medicine. My TSH is 4.97.
    Wow, what part of My Dr. says blah blah raise my medication was unclear? And I'm looking to see if anyone is following the new TSH guidelines and has noticed an improvement in well-being so I'm asking for subjective patient experiences, not "specialized" knowledge. Is English a dead language?
    SHEEP!

    Asking this question showed me what sheep people are. You wander into the doctor's office like zombified sheep, you take no interest in your diagnosis, you don't question your doctor, you don't examine his or her conclusions, you do no research of your own, you seek no understanding. You swallow whatever is prescribed and do what you are told. Bleat, bleat little sheep. All the answers sucked. I guess I am the only one around here smart enough to bother to understand my condition, test results, and possible treatment avenues. Not to mention the poor understanding of the english language demonstrated by those who answered.

    • ANSWER:
      This is such a specialised area that it is impossible to give general advice. You need specialist advice based on your medical history so I would suggest you see an endocrinologist.

  17. QUESTION:
    what is the effect of thyroid function in pregnancy...?
    My doc told me that some thyroid level of mine is slightly low.. I went for another test last week, and will see the doc after a week or so..

    What are the implications...

    28 weeks now.

    God bless

    • ANSWER:
      If you are wondering what your thyroid does in general is gland that makes and stores hormones that help regulate the heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and the rate at which food is converted into energy. Thyroid hormones are essential for the function of every cell in the body. They help regulate growth and the rate of chemical reactions (metabolism) in the body. Thyroid hormones also help children grow and develop. Basically it is more focused on your metabolism if your levels are irregular, yours being low, it would mean you may have a difficult time gaining or keeping on weight, this would be very important during pregnancy as you are required to gain. The type i have (Hypothyroidism) actually makes it difficult to lose weight; i was diagnosed before i became pregnant and when i found out i was the dr just said to keep a close eye on it (by routine bloodwork) and continue taking medication. Havent had any problems with it since i have been pregnant so it is not much to worry about as long as it is controlled! :)

  18. QUESTION:
    Total T3 and Reverse T3 in thyroid diagnosis?
    hi,
    i recently got some blood work done for my T3 and reverse T3.
    however since a lot of endocrinologists do not know/ or have not read the recent studies about reverse T3 for thyroid diagnosis, they do not know how to interpret the results.

    below are some extracts from the research papers....

    "few practicing physicians, including endocrinologist, are aware this because it was not taught in medical school, but it contributes to low tissue levels of thyroid in a significant percentage of patients with symptoms"

    AND

    "Most endocrinologists believe that reverse T3 (rT3) is just and inactive metabolite with no physiologic effect, which is not the case, This study and subsequent others demonstrate that rT3 is a more potent inhibitor of T4 to T3 conversion than PTU (propylthio­uracil),. In fact, rT3 is 100 times more potent than PTU at reducing T4 to T3 conversion.

    anyways till i find a doctor- can someone help me calculate it so i can check if its in the normal range

    thx
    http://www.hormoneandlongevitycenter.com/thyroidtreatments1/

    • ANSWER:
      I think I'd get a free t3 also. Total T3 just tells you how much T3 there is. It doesn't tell you how much is available.

      Why did your doctor do a reverse T3 if he/she didn't know what the results would mean?

  19. QUESTION:
    Could it hurt our sex drive?
    If you "men" have a total testosterone of 624 NG/DL..... and a free level of testosterone at 16.8 NG/DL.... but a very low thyroid level.... Could that still effect their ability to hold erections?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry Eric,

      This stuff is really for you and your doctor to talk out. Hormones are not the only things driving erections. You have to be mentally turned on to be able to start the chemistry that results in an erection. This arousal could be from your hand, from an image, and girl or a guy. Sometimes after all the doctor stuff is done, all that is left is lifestyle/attraction issues.
      Talk to your doctor very intimately and in clear detail about your hormone levels and their effects.

  20. QUESTION:
    My TSH levels too low despite decrease in Synthroid medication. Why?
    About a year ago I was Diagnosed with Thyroid cancer and had my thyroid removed. I have since been put on Synthroid medication to replace my thyroid hormones. Recently I was put on a lower dose due to my TSH levels being right on the verge of too low, but still within normal range. However, despite a decrease in medication my most recent blood work shows my TSH has become even lower, and way below what should be normal which has caused me to be hyperthyroid. Shouldn't a decrease in medication cause the opposite effect and if anything make my TSH rise? I am still waiting to hear back from my doctor, but I am wondering what could have caused this?

    • ANSWER:
      TSH and your level of thyroid medication are inversely related, so you're thinking is correct. A low TSH = hyperthyroid, a high TSH = hypothyroid. We all have natural fluctuations with how our bodies absorb and use thyroid hormones, so our levels will never be the same.

      I actually had the same thing that happened to me. I decreased my Synthroid, but my TSH dropped. If you haven't changed the way you take your Synthroid or started or stopped other medication that might interfere with absorption, you just might be an anomaly like me.

  21. QUESTION:
    Could the positive health effects of smoking Marijuana outweigh the negatives?
    Stress makes the body release cortisol that has been linked with all sorts of negative effects that I listed below. Could smoking pot reduce the cortisol and have a positive effect? While I accept that pot has 4 x more tar than cigarettes per oz, a person would only smoke about a 1/4 of a pot cigarette or less to get hi.

    Impaired cognitive performance
    Suppressed thyroid function
    Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia
    Decreased bone density
    Decrease in muscle tissue
    Higher blood pressure
    Lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in the body, as well as other health consequences
    Increased abdominal fat, which is associated with a greater amount of health problems than fat deposited in other areas of the body. Some of the health problems associated with increased stomach fat are heart attacks, strokes, the development of , higher levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL), which can lead to other health problem

    • ANSWER:
      this really depends on the person them self.
      some people need it. say for pain or glaucoma, or even aids
      so this question is judged person by person

  22. QUESTION:
    Help! Thyroid Problem?
    Hey everyone! On February 22nd I had a blood test done for routine prenatal care that showed I had an elevated thyroid. They gave me a prescription for Levothyroxin (Synthroid) and I have been taking it for a little over a week. I started having the "bad" side effects such as, fainting, throwing up, diahrea, dizziness, and head aches. I called my doctor and couldn't get through to him, but the nurse told me to cut the dosage in half and take the pill at night. I went one day without taking the pill and felt great. I took it last night and passed out and threw up this morning. I am just wondering if I am taking the right medicine or what?? They said I have "elevated thyroid" and my level was 5.9 and normal is 2.1. They said it was Hypothyroidism. I researched it and as far as I could tell "hypo" is for low levels of hormones and "hyper" is for high levels of hormones. Can anyone help me!? Am I taking the right medicine or am I just allergic to it or what?! HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      Something is NOT right.
      Synthroid is most definitely for low thyroid.

      If you have elevated levels, you should be on PTU - Propylthiouracil.

      It is crucial to straighten this out with your doctor. I would see an endocrinologist. This is nothing to mess with while you are pregnant. Do NOT take no for an answer!

  23. QUESTION:
    I have Hypothyroidism...but?
    i am taking thyroxine, have been for about 6+ months now - how long until there should be an effect, i still seem to be really tired and my nails and hair is brittle - apparent symptoms of low thyroid levels..so how long until i notice a change in my health?

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroidism - What your doctor may not tell you but you need to know
      Hypothyroidism is a common health condition affecting millions of women that is frequently overlooked in our health care system. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) estimates that 10% of Americans - more than the number of Americans with diabetes and cancer combined - suffer from thyroid disease. Many of these people are not receiving adequate care for a number of reasons. The AACE estimates that half of the people with thyroid disease are not being diagnosed. For those patients properly diagnosed, the standard conventional treatment is often ineffective. The bottom line is that millions of Americans are hypothyroid, many hypothyroid patients receive inadequate treatment, and millions more are hypothyroid and may never even know.
      http://www.asktheinternettherapist.com/archive_hypothyroidism.asp

  24. QUESTION:
    i have Hypothyroidism...but?
    i am taking thyroxine, have been for about 6+ months now - how long until there should be an effect, i still seem to be really tired and my nails and hair is brittle - apparent symptoms of low thyroid levels..so how long until i notice a change in my health?

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    Drastic increase of cholesterol levels lin a short period.?
    Hello,
    AS of February 2009, I was taking 2000mg of Niacin and 4 fishoils (1200mg each), per day to help my cholesteral. At the time my total cholesteral was 204 (H) and Triglyceride was 128, VLDL 26, LDL 2, HDL 50, Ratio 3.5 (all were whitin range.
    My TSH level was very low. (I was on Thyroid med for many years. for the last 5 years, the Endo I was going to stopped looking at my TSH, and was only adjusting medication, to keep my Free T3 an and Free T4 whitin levels. In Feb 2009 my thyroid med was reduced to half the dose to help elevate my TSH.
    My next lab work was done on Aug 2009. The levels were drastically increased. to total chole. 244(H), TriG 168 (H), VLDL 34, LDL, 149 (H), HDL 61, Ratio 4.0.
    At the time I was having this is wierd shaking/bubbling/palpitations which we thought may be related to the ulcer issues I had in the past. My doctor recommended to stop Niacin.
    The issue did not resolve. The doctor requested a Halter monitor, which confirmed, palpitations and flutters. So, my thyroid med was switched from armour to levoxyl and lowered even more.
    I had another lab work done in Jan 2010, levels were sky hight at total CH 305 (H), TriGl 206 (H), VLDL 41 (H), LDL 200 (H), HDL 64, and ratio of 4.8.
    Then I was put on 40 mg of Simvastatin in Feb 2010. The lab results after a short 3 weeks of the treatment drastically dropped to total ch of 164, and all the other values whitin range.

    During the last 3 mos, I had a few muscle issues which came and went and I related them to possibly excercise mishab. Until the pain was outrageous 3 weeks ago. I went to my doctor and we stopped the Simvastatin. I am still in a lot of pain. I haven't been able to excecise the last few weeks. Not being able to excercise increase the possibility of the levels going even higher. I am so very scared of going back on another statin. I read all the issues with statins. I am specially affraid of developing Diabities, as my mother did in her 60's, and her life turned upside down and very short.
    The side effects indicate permenant muscle damage, depression, even heart failure (heart muscle being affected as a side effect), along with lots of other side effect.
    I like to try the Niacin again, but I don't know if it will help me now that my TSH levels are so much higher and within range. ( I was told that it was the main reason for the sudden initial jump in my results).
    I like to know what your advice is on this issue.
    Also, I am curious to know how long after stopping statins your lab results go back to normal, showing my true cholesterol level without the help of statins? I am curious to know my current resultsare since having had my thyroid at its current levels for a few months.
    I am very scared of my high levels, at the same time I am affraid of what Statins may bring on me.

    • ANSWER:
      What you eat can have a significant impact on your health. Proper diet alone can substantially reduce blood cholesterol levels and the risk of coronary heart disease. You can protect your heart health without drugs and medications!

      So, what is the best way to lower cholesterol? Different diets tend to help people lower triglycerides and raise good HDL cholesterol, but they are less likely to have a big impact on bad LDL cholesterol.

      We think that the best and the most effective way is not to diet but to eat proper food. So we compiled a list of foods with drastic cholesterol-lowering properties.
      http://www.healthassist.net/food/cholesterol-lowering-foods.shtml

  26. QUESTION:
    are my anxiety attacks coming from a thyroid problem?
    I have been seeing a psychiatrist for the past 3 years for severe mood disorder/anxiety. I'm on medications and for the past 6 months I have been doing great. Managing my panic attacks with my basic coping strategies. Since beginning of July my panic attacks started happening again out of the blue. Went to the doctor and had my blood drawn and my iron and thyroid levels were in the abnormal ranges. Doctor said it looks to be the start of hypothyroidism. Was referred to an endocrinologist, she said my levels seemed fine and nothing to worry about yet. She didn't want to put me on any medication yet as it's too early and may cause side effects. My mom has hypothyroidism. Do I have it too, does it get better or will I need to eventually go on medication? My blood work for my thyroid was TSH 5.20 and T4 was 15

    Other than that I have no idea what's going on. I am so tired and sluggish, forgetful, anxious, nervous, my heart is pounding out of my chest, low libido. I seem to have the symptoms but nothing the doctors are doing about it!

    It would just help to ease my mind to know if this sudden anxiety comeback is caused from my thyroid.
    No botox for me. I don't mess around with that type of stuff :)
    My feratin level is at 15
    what's so scary is I have already seen 2 endos already!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to find another doctor! First of all any TSH above 3.0 is hypothyroid the endo your seeing is no good. Most Endo's dont keep up to date with the thyroid they are great for diabetics beyond that most not all but many fall short. Find a DO that is willing to see and treat you. Not wanting to give you medication for fear of other symptoms is a cop out. I know people who have had a TSH of 3.6 and were put on meds and did great! Once diagnosed hypothyroid like you obviously are you need to have labs done every 6 months, and most good doctors will not let a hypothyroid patient's TSH get over 2 but since SYMPTOMS are the best way to treat and a good doctor that keeps up with modern practices would no that and keep up with that, many doctors then end up keeping TSH around 1 because that is were studies show patients start to feel better. some hypo patients dont feel better until they are close to 0....

      You need to have your Free T4 and Free T3 tested as well TSH is not the right thing to base treatments and diagnoses on. Also have your Antibodies checked for hashimoto.

      Other things you need to have checked are your VitD, Iron, Ferritin, and vit C all can give or increase hypo symptoms if they are abnormal.

      All the symptoms you discribed area hypo symptoms and if a doctor does not want to treat you when your having such symptoms they are of no use to you!

      Also Request natural thyroid hormones synthetic are not so great and many have lots of issue with them. Check out
      www.stopthethyroidmadness.com

      Dr. Datis Kharrazian has a book its a great read for hypothyroid patients I HIGHLY recommend you read it here is his website as well
      http://drknews.com/

  27. QUESTION:
    Hair loss and thyroid replacement?
    I take levothyroxine, 50mcg, once a day. I have taken it since 2009 (around August) and the hair loss started about 3 months ago (around June or July). It is coming out rapidly, filling up my brush almost daily and it just keeps coming. My thyroid levels are good. I also have Hashimoto's but my antibody levels are doing okay.

    I thought it might be a side effect of the drug, but everything says that would have started around when I started taking the drug and would be temporary. I now have an almost bald spot above my temple, and who knows where else there might be more.

    I have tried to take good care of my hair, I take vitamins, I use good conditioner, I only use a wide tooth comb to brush it almost all of the time, I rarely straighten it, I only dye it about 2x a year max if at all, I don't over wash it, I don't use hair ties often and when I do I don't pull my hair tight or use ones with metal pieces. My stylist told me everything I needed to do to help it be healthy and grow longer (preventing breakage) and I have been doing that for over 2 years. My hair was very healthy, and now, even though it still seems healthy, it is falling out at a frightening pace.

    I am 24 years old, female, and under no more stress than I have been my whole life. I have no insurance and can't see a doctor about it at the moment (money is tight, but has been for years, so nothing new for stress there). I don't have kids.

    The only major change in my life is I started on a slightly higher dose birth control (I was on the lowest does available and having breakthrough bleeding, but I'm still on a low dose pill) about 3 months ago. This is the only correlating event and I was told this couldn't be the cause.

    I have no idea why all of a sudden I started losing my hair. Any help? And please don't just suggest I see a doctor, I can't afford it. I need some kind of direction. Thanks.
    Oh, and my iron levels are great.

    • ANSWER:
      Might be Alopecia Areata (SPOT BALDNESS) an autoimmune disease. It causes bald spot that can spread to the whole scalp and sometimes even the whole body. Stress has been known to be the main cause.

      For a start you can compare with the images in www.curespotbaldness.com. Following this, a skin biopsy should be carried out by a trained medical doctor or a dermatologist. This is the best way to diagnose and confirm. It will show any abnormal concentration of T-cells (immune cells) at the affected area.

      My bro did the same when had this problem. However he managed to recover using a treatment he found in the website. Wish you a quick recovery

  28. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me with thyroid issues?
    Well around one month ago my doctor tested my thyroid levels as constantly suffering fatigue, depression etc. It came back with TSH of 0.01 (very low) and T3 was 11.1 (extremely high). It reflects hyperthyroidism which makes no sense as have no energy and struggle with my weight. Have been on Neomercazole for 3 weeks and feeling no different. Also taking Deralin as I have too much adrenaline to my heart and pulse over 100. Going for nuclear thyroid scan today but what else can I do to feel better? Also I am looking to join the gym. Will this effect my heart rate in a bad way?
    Just letting you know the doctor has just kept telling me to give the medication time to work but that is not much help for me when I am working two jobs and have to feel somewhat alive at both of them.

    • ANSWER:
      hyperthyroidism makes people tired as well esp in teh first stages of the diease are its an autoimmune problem.. aslo the deralin is a b blocker heart medication that has significant fatigue and tiredness as a common side effect

  29. QUESTION:
    childs blood lab results ?
    I am sub clinical hyperthyroid on meds, but my 10 year old son just got his blood labs back and confusing me a little. We are going to an Endocrin in a few weeks but for now his outdated thryroid tests are on my mind. I will post below and if you can tell me where it could be pointing, it would help me a bunch. Also if any of the other condtions he has could effect his thyroid levels and not actually be a thryroid problem. Thank you...
    PS: Please dont tell me I need more tests then what they did, I know they didnt do any anitbodies or tsh.....I have no clue why not either, but they will !!!!

    t4 is low at 3.1 (4.5-10.9)
    t3 uptake is high at 52 (22.5-37)
    fti is normal at 1.6 (1.2-3.1)
    Alk phos is high at 144 (25-100)
    Mono is high at 9.6 (3-9)
    Neut is high at 49.5 (23-45)

    He is currently losing his hair and balding in the crown section. He also has an unclassified eating disorder and has for 6 years (severly picky eater) The only meds he takes is Miralax due to bad diet causing bowel issues. Hes only 30% on growth chart. Tall but very skinny. No other problems.

    • ANSWER:
      I am glad to hear that you are going back to get more lab tests done like the TSH.
      Well here is my research, all points to " Hyperthyroidism".
      In healthy people, the thyroid makes just the right amounts of two hormones, T4 and T3, which have important actions throughout the body. These hormones regulate many aspects of our metabolism, eventually affecting how many calories we burn, how warm we feel, and how much we weigh. In short, the thyroid "runs" our metabolism. These hormones also have direct effects on most organs, including the heart which beats faster and harder under the influence of thyroid hormones. Essentially all cells in the body will respond to increases in thyroid hormone with an increase in the rate at which they conduct their business. Hyperthyroidism is the medical term to describe the signs and symptoms associated with an over production of thyroid hormone. For an overview of how thyroid hormone is produced and how its production is regulated check out our thyroid hormone production page.

      Hyperthyroidism is a condition caused by the effects of too much thyroid hormone on tissues of the body. Although there are several different causes of hyperthyroidism, most of the symptoms that patients experience are the same regardless of the cause (see the list of symptoms below). Because the body's metabolism is increased, patients often feel hotter than those around them and can slowly lose weight even though they may be eating more. The weight issue is confusing sometimes since some patients actually gain weight because of an increase in their appetite. Patients with hyperthyroidism usually experience fatigue at the end of the day, but have trouble sleeping. Trembling of the hands and a hard or irregular heartbeat (called palpitations) may develop. These individuals may become irritable and easily upset. When hyperthyroidism is severe, patients can suffer shortness of breath, chest pain, and muscle weakness. Usually the symptoms of hyperthyroidism are so gradual in their onset that patients don't realize the symptoms until they become more severe. This means the symptoms may continue for weeks or months before patients fully realize that they are sick. In older people, some or all of the typical symptoms of hyperthyroidism may be absent, and the patient may just lose weight or become depressed.
      Common symptoms and signs of hyperthyroidism
      Palpitations
      Heat intolerance
      Nervousness
      Insomnia
      Breathlessness
      Increased bowel movements
      Light or absent menstrual periods
      Fatigue
      Fast heart rate
      Trembling hands
      Weight loss
      Muscle weakness
      Warm moist skin
      Hair loss
      Staring gaze

      Remember, the words "signs" and "symptoms" have different medical meanings. Symptoms are those problems that a patient notices or feels. Signs are those things that a physician can objectively detect or measure. For instance, a patient will feel hot, this is a symptom. The physician will touch the patient's skin and note that it is warm and moist, this is a sign.
      I hope this info has helped you in some small way. My heart goes out to you and your son, once he gets on the proper meds, slowely things should go back to some sort of normality. I wish you the best outcome and healing.

  30. QUESTION:
    Explain the immune response to mononucleosis, how does it cause the long term effects?
    I'm 3 months of having mono, my last DR visit a month ago showed normal blood counts, no anemia, normal sodium and potassium, normal liver function, and normal thyroid levels. Almost a month prior when I was diagnosed I had elevated liver function and a positive monospot test, with more severe symptoms. Now, I'm dealing with feeling crappy in the mornings, low energy, mild nausea and malaise. What biologically is the cause for the convalescent symptoms? and am i pretty much in the clear for not having the MAJOR symptoms again, I already relapsed once and don't want it to happen again. Does the normal tests mean I'm soon to be well again?

    • ANSWER:
      It's the immune systems way of slowing you down.

  31. QUESTION:
    need to know what is wrong with my dog ?
    she has been sick for two and a half months. first starting with bumps on her snout and light foam from the mouth while eating. now nose is dry cracking and bleeding. around eyes are scabbed up and bleeds. along with horrible ear infections swelling of the feet with thickening of the pads on the paws lack of appetite and thirst lethargic behavior weight loss been to three different vet tried multiple meds. only test that came back abnormal was thyroid test her levels were very low but thyroid meds have no effect and she was given a very strong antibiotic and a steroid witch reversed all damage for the duration of treatment but soon after meds were finished all symptoms came back she has no auto- immune disorder please help don't think she can take it much longer and have already paid lots of vet bills for nothing

    • ANSWER:
      Hi

      Sounds like she's miserable. If you have a Holistic Vet in your area, you may get some answers. I'm also attaching a link that you can browse thru. There are 3 categories. You know your dog better than anyone else, and I hope you find the answer.

      http://www.helpmyhound.com/dog_diagnosis.php

      Best of luck,
      Rebel

  32. QUESTION:
    Effect of opiates on testosterone levels?
    I'm a 20 yr old male and have been using morphine and codeine fairly regularly for the past year and three months (in the form of opium poppy tea, not good I know but I have Asperger syndrome and it's all I can find to ease my social anxiety). My tolerance and level of use has been increasing lately and I currently get through a kilo of poppies a week. Anyway, basicly, I recently decided to have a blood test to check hormone levels, because although I do need to shave regularly I was sure that I had less facial hair than average for my age (everything else is developmentally normal). My serum testosterone was measured at 11.0 nmol/L where the normal range is 8.0-29, LH was eleveated at 10.7 u/L (n = 1.5 - 6.3) and FSH normal at 2.7 (r = 1.0 - 10.1). So basicly although testosterone is within range it is just at the cut off point for below normal, and is certainly below average and I find the high LH a little concerning (I know hi LH and low Tes. is usally due to testicular failure, although I don't feel I have this). They're repeating the LH and FSH in 2 weeks, not tes. bc it was normal, tho I might request this again. Could these findings be related to the opiate consumption, or other chemicals in the tea? I've heard of morphine causing both low LH and TES, but not hi LH. I'm planning to get off soon, how long do you think it would take to recover TES levels after ceasing morphine use? Thanks for any help you can offer, D. Dinneen

    (Plus, I also had slightly low serum thyroid stimulating hormone, 0.34 mu/L (r= 0.35 - 5.5) suggesting borderline hyperthyroidism, wld this be related ?)

    • ANSWER:
      It could definitely play a part in your decreased testosterone. Think about it, these kinds of drugs leave you in a stupor, your not out playing football or shooting hoops while railed in the nature, therefore you aren't producing testosterone naturally, the way your body is use to (getting fired up during sports or other key interactions)

      I suggest laying off the dope for a little, get outside and enjoy life, this will not only increase your manhood but it will also take away from your tolerance. it will be easier to achieve that warm and cozy spot you try and seek.

      i HOPE this helped friend!

  33. 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.

  34. QUESTION:
    High Thyroid antibodies and normal TSH FT4 values. (carry on from last post)?
    Info: Anti TgAb 154.3 IU/mol (lab normal < 4.5) TSH 2.21 mIU/L (lab normal 0.3 - 5.5) FT4 13.2 pmol.L (lab normal 9 - 24)

    Today I went to see the specialist because the ultrasound I did showed a small cystic nodule and heterogeneous echotexture that suggests thyroiditis.

    The specialist says that the functioning of the thyroid appears normal and I have an autoimmune thyroiditis. He didn't use any particular names like Hashitmoto's or Graves. I asked if I could lower the level of antibodies because my thyroid is somewhat inflamed at the moment. He said we could try a dose of 100mg of thyroxine a day to bring down the TSH.

    My question is do I need that kind of dose with TSH level of 2.21? because it seems that peope which much higher TSH can be taking 100mg as well. Should I go to 50 a day?

    And is there long term effects of thyroxine sodium tablets I should be aware of?

    • ANSWER:
      autoimmune thyroiditis is Hashimoto your TgAb shows you have Hashimoto. Did they test your TPO as well?

      You need to have your Free T3 checked as well. The lab ranges are outdated the normal suggested ranges for TSH changed in 2001 or 2002 I forget anyway normal range is .3-3.0
      I think you should be on some meds but I think starting you at 100 is high, start low and work up is what most doctors do and suggest many start on 25 or 50. When my TSH was 30.8 I was given 125....

      Synthetic drugs in my opinion are no good I tried them for 2 years I had more problems on synthetics then I did on nothing at all. You should request natural thyroid hormones. Natural thyroid hormones have the T's you need not just T4 like synthetics.
      check out this site...
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/natural-thyroid-101/

      Thyroxine alone will not drop your antibodies. You need to start a gluten free diet and avoid Iodine. That will help lower them. They are not real high, but the higher the antibodies the more your thyroid is being attacked. My a lady I know her antibodes were over 15,000 and mine were over 6000 then after following Dr. K hers dropped to under 1000 and mine are down to 2500!!
      Buy and read Dr. K's book. here is his website.

      http://drknews.com/

      here is the books website.
      http://www.thyroidbook.com/

  35. QUESTION:
    Effect of chronic opiate use on testosterone levels?
    I'm a 20 yr old male and have been using morphine and codeine fairly regularly for the past year and three months (in the form of opium poppy tea, not good I know but I have Asperger syndrome and it's all I can find to ease my social anxiety). My tolerance and level of use has been increasing lately and I currently get through a kilo of poppies a week. Anyway, basicly, I recently decided to have a blood test to check hormone levels, because although I do need to shave regularly I was sure that I had less facial hair than average for my age (everything else is developmentally normal). My serum testosterone was measured at 11.0 nmol/L where the normal range is 8.0-29, LH was eleveated at 10.7 u/L (n = 1.5 - 6.3) and FSH normal at 2.7 (r = 1.0 - 10.1). So basicly although testosterone is within range it is just at the cut off point for below normal, and is certainly below average and I find the high LH a little concerning (I know hi LH and low Tes. is usally due to testicular failure, although I don't feel I have this). They're repeating the LH and FSH in 2 weeks, not tes. bc it was normal, tho I might request this again. Could these findings be related to the opiate consumption, or other chemicals in the tea? I've heard of morphine causing both low LH and TES, but not hi LH. I'm planning to get off soon, how long do you think it would take to recover TES levels after ceasing morphine use? Thanks for any help you can offer, D. Dinneen

    (Plus, I also had slightly low serum thyroid stimulating hormone, 0.34 mu/L (r= 0.35 - 5.5) suggesting borderline hyperthyroidism, wld this be related ?)

    • ANSWER:
      tends to lower testosterone levels

  36. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism and Cytomel?
    I have suffered from depression for a long time. Lately it has worsened. My psychiatrist sent me for blood work and found that my thyroid level is low and put me on Cytomel. Has anyone here taken this before? What kind of side effects did you have? Do you think it helped you? How long did it take before you started noticing a difference in how you felt? Thanks!
    I forgot to add that I have been on several antidepressant medications prior to trying the Cytomel...all of them have either not worked at all or worked for a little bit and then stopped.

    • ANSWER:
      Cytomel is a synthetic T3 thyroid hormone (triiodothyronine). It has many effects on the body which can basically be summed up by turning up the furnace. Hypothyroidism is a relatively common cause of secondary depression and it is not surprising that you did not respond to antidepressive medications before as these do not treat the underlying cause.

      The effects of this medication do not fully develop until 3-4 weeks after starting treatment, although you should notice a gradual improvement after the first week. You may not feel spectacular, but you should be feeling more "normal."

      Periodic blood tests should be done every 4-6 weeks to make sure you are on the right dose.

      Good luck.

  37. QUESTION:
    What is going on? Thyroid issues? Addison's Disease?
    Hello everyone. Ever since I had my daughter 2 years ago I have been experiencing strange symptoms. I am chronically fatigued, have had constipation for the past 2 mths, have low blood pressure (usually 90/50), borderline low blood sugar, I am always cold, very dry skin, fainting episodes, lack of sex drive, loss of appetite, and I have lost 20 lbs in 2 yrs. I have had most these symptoms since I was about 7, but after my having my daughter they seem more prominent. Also, my mom has hypothyroidism if that matters. I am a 23 yr old female, 5'4 and 104 lbs.

    So a few mths after I had my daughter I went to see my doctor to get my thyroid tested. He said everything was normal, and I am young and skinny so I have nothing to worry about. Well after having these symptoms for about 2 yrs now I decided to take matters into my own hands and see an endocrinologist on my own. He looked at the previous test results and told me that in one test my potassium was high, my calcium was high, and my T4 level was high, but everything else was normal. He found it very strange and I am going in for more tests, including a cortisol test. I am just very confused at this point and don't know what is going on. Does anyone have any idea what all of this could mean? I take Otho Evra birth control, could that effect the levels? Also this time I am fasting, which I did not do previously, could that have an effect as well?
    Forgot to add, my previous T4 was a 14. I am not sure about the other levels, should have asked for a copy of the results.

    • ANSWER:
      Did you have enough iodine in your pregnancy vitamins?
      http://www.iodine4health.com/body/body.htm

      "There is an increased need for thyroid hormone and iodine during pregnancy. Thus each pregnancy is a load on the thyroid function which not every women's thyroid gland carries out adequately..." http://www.iodine4health.com/body/pregnancy/derry_pregnancy.htm

      Here is an iodine article:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/iodine12345/

      Here is a list of recommended labwork for thyroid and related things:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork/
      How to interpret your test results:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/lab-values

      Here is a thyroid discussion group which may be able to shed some more light:
      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Naturalthyroidhormones

      I hope this helps you.

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the life expectancy of a dog diagnosed with Cushing's disease?
    My 7 year old terrier has recently had blood work done which indicates the possible existance of Cushing's disease.

    He had elevated ALP of 146 last year and this year it is 176.
    His thyroid is low at 0.49.

    The vet thinks he might be pre-cushings, hence the only slightly elevated alp levels.

    He shows no other symptoms of the disease, no excessive drinking or eating, no incontinence or frequent urination. He is active and playful and has no intolerance to heat.

    My question is how might the presence of cushing's disease effect his life expectancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Cushing's disease, also known as hyperadrenocorticism Left untreated, Cushing's disease will progress and can lead to life-threatening disorders such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, and liver and kidney failure, and to chronic maladies such as hypothyroidism and infections of the skin, ears, gums, eyes, or bladder. Cushing's disease cannot be cured, but the treatments available can prolong your pet's quality of life and keep him around for years longer. If an adrenal tumor is causing the disease, surgery may be indicated. Either way, it's better to get started on treatment.

      There are 3 forms of Cushing's Disease:

      Pituitary-Dependent Cushing's Disease - This is the most common form of Cushing's Disease. It accounts for approximately 85% of cases. It occurs when a very small tumor develops in the pituitary. This tumor sends excessive messages to the adrenal glands to produce and release steroids beyond what the body needs.

      2. Adrenocortical Tumors - Tumors of the adrenal glands account for the other 15% of the cases. These are functional masses which are malignant about 50% of the time. The majority of dogs with adrenal tumors are female.

      3. Iatrogenic Cushing's Disease - This form of the disease is caused by excessive and/or prolonged steroid administration.

      The life expectancy of a dog with Cushing's is shorter than for normal dogs. The average survival time after diagnosis is 2 years with the appropriate treatment. Complications that may arise include embolisms, infections, hypertension, heart failure diabetes, pancreatitis, and other illnesses.

      Owning a pet with Cushing's Disease can be problematic.

  39. QUESTION:
    Can you have blood work done if you're not feeling well?
    I'm supposed to go and have blood work done tomorrow (just annual stuff - cholesterol - sugar levels - thyroid - etc.). Yesterday I started coming down with some kind of flu or cold. I was running a temp last night (101)- and I think I still have a low grade fever today. Can I still get the blood work done - or do I have to wait until I'm healthy? Any effects that this will have on the results?

    • ANSWER:
      It's a good idea to keep your appointment and get it done. If you have an infection, they will catch it in your white blood count, as it will be elevated. So, yeah, good time to go.

  40. QUESTION:
    What are the negative effects of prolonged statin usage?
    My doctor prescribed LIPTOR 10mg dose about 2 years ago for my then total cholesterol of 250mg/dl. Since the last 6 months I have been in ill-health with these symptoms:
    - mild fever in the evenings
    - loss of appetite
    - very low energy levels
    - easily exhausted
    - occasional gastritis
    - overall not able to motivate myself to "rise and shine"
    and feeling miserable.
    My present cholesterol is around 160 - 180 mg/dl.
    I have been tested for almost all diseases/conditions under the sun including Diabetes,AIDs,TB,Cancer,Cardiac disorders, thyroid-kidney-liver-pancreas-etc etc malfuctions, and my body and brain has been put thru several CAT and MRIs: net result =
    "you are OK - nothing wrong with you".
    Could it be that my statin usage is responsible? (my cardiologist says NO)
    Or are my doctors missing something else?
    PLEASE HELP - I NEED IT

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, I would consider a new doctor.. your symptoms could most definitely be associated with side effects of Lipitor. Secondly, statins are known to deplete the body's production of CoQ10, an extremely important substance in the body that plays a large role in energy production and heart health (google CoQ10 for details). Anyone taking statins should highly consider taking supplemental CoQ10. Mention this to your current doc... better yet, mention it to your NEW doc. Btw.. I am a doctor myself.

  41. QUESTION:
    I want to stop taking my thyroid medication.....?
    I've been on thyroid medication for about 4-5 years. I was tested and my levels were slightly below normal. After a few months and more blood tests, my doctor recommended levothyroxine for hypothyroidism. I didn't realize this until recently.... but I have been having symptoms of excessive sweating, night sweats, flushing... I'm still gaining weight and keep thinking I'm in the throws of menopause (at 39). Every doctor says I'm too young for menopause, but I still keep it in the back of my mind. I'm tired of being hot all the time. My problem lies here: Recently I forgot to renew my script for levothyroxine and went days without taking it. At the same time I started takine OTC herbal menopause relief pills.... Generic Estroven. All of a sudden I was feeling cooler, needing a blanket to sleep instead of kicking off the sheets. It felt great... I thought it was the Estroven. Then I started taking the levothyroxine again and within hours I started sweating again. Great, my luck! I started researching the levothyroxine and found one of the side effects is sweating... now I don't want to take it because I'm tired of being the sweaty fat-girl everywhere I go. What will happen if I stop taking my thyroid meds? If my thyroid was on the low side of normal before, will it go back to that? Maybe I could try herbal thyroid medication? I have no insurance anymore due to the economy and being unemployed, so I can't just buzz into my docs office whenever I feel like it. What should I do. I'm tired of being hot all the time. Thanks for listening! Erin

    • ANSWER:
      I know what your feeling, having hypothyroidism myself. I am also 39 and have been taking Levothyroxine for 8 years. You need to continue taking your medication, this is very important. Read this article http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/hypothyroidism-topic-overview It explains a little about not taking your meds. I found it to be a very interesting article. I also am really frustrated with the side effects, but I am living with it. I wish you the best of luck in finding some kind of substitute. I am just going to continue with my meds that I am taking now. By the way, I go to wal-mart to purchase mine. You can get it there for .00 a month.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can i miss 2 weeks of levothyroxine?
    I had my thyroid removed and have been on one dose or another of Eltroxin and/or Synthroid for the past 3 years. I have forgotten my medication and will be unable to take it for 2 weeks. Should i be concerned? what effects can i expect? how low can my hormone levels drop (and for how long) before it becomes serious?

    • ANSWER:
      I would call your doc. & have him/her prescribe you some.
      The hormone does take a while to build up in your bloodstream, so the reverse may also be true. Doc's require you not to be on them for 1 month to run tests but that is with people with their Thyroid intact. There are a variety of symptoms but it is also very individual. What were your symptoms, this is what you should look for...
      Every person's body is different including yours.

  43. QUESTION:
    Can eating before taking a blood test, effect the results?
    I ate 4 hours before taking a blood test. It showed I had high calcium levels and low Vitamin D levels. Doctor suspects I have a thyroid problem. I ate a bowl of cereal with milk, if that helps.
    No, my doctor did not say to fast.

    • ANSWER:
      yes it can. But if you are worried about V-D, get some sun (without sunblock)

  44. QUESTION:
    what type of hormonal issue would this be?
    i've been to so many different doctors, had blood work done innumerable times, ultrasounds, etc and no one seems to be able to provide a legitimate answer and solution. i've had a period since i've been about 11 or 12, and it was never normal. always for about two weeks if not more, extremely heavy, and a few times a year rather than once a month. it's never come at a specific time, always random (up to this day.) when i was around 14, i got a period for a month or two, extremely heavy, which drained so much blood that i was anemic for a short period of time due to low iron levels. the exhaustion appeared to parallel what friends would explain mono as (which i've also been tested for, it is not mono.) that was the main sign something was wrong and has occurred since. (also the main reason i decided to inquire.) they put me on a strong pill (a birth control pill, but a strong one not normally prescribed, don't remember the name.) and it was corrected, well, in the sense that it went how it did prior. as i got a few years older, it seemed to occur again similarly. they put me on a generic bc pill and kept attempting to patch up the issue. a gyn claimed my thyroid levels were slightly off, so slightly, to the point where it wouldn't effect anything. they also claimed i had polycystic ovary syndrome, but again, that it was so minor that there was really nothing to do about it. there were also no cysts, as proved on multiple ultrasounds. doctors have recently just been trying to patch it with different pills and methods. my current gyn wants to take me off the pill entirely and see how that works - a method that before proved to be even worse and make the bleeding heavy and more or less constant, and i don't want to go through all that just for my new gyn (old one retired) to more or less experiment. i'm currently on yaz and taking it constantly and once more reached a period of more or less constant bleeding for two months. it's quite light, but along with this, comes the extreme exhaustion, constant headaches, along with random aches, occasion stomach cramps, odd eating habits, bad skin, and extreme (and entirely random) anxiety caused over nothing particular. i'm not sure if this would play a part, but within the past year or two, i never seem to get a period unless an event is coming up, literally. the only time i got a period was a day before or after leaving for vacation, a day or on a holiday, etc. my last period started on my birthday and hasn't stopped since. i'm not sure if anything could actually cause such. it's been a huge burden on my life since starting a period and i've been to doctor upon doctor, primary physicians, emergency rooms, gyn's, etc. most can explain that something appeared off, but haven't a clue what to do for me. others write it off as hypochondria. does anyone have any advice, as i'm going back to another doctor which will likely be pointless. i've also researched this to little avail of my own. as much information as you could give would be helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have PCOS that is the hormonal issue. You listed symptoms of it!!
      It's not easily diagnosed and those that know very little about it can not help you!
      You need to see an endocrinologist as OB/GYNs are not educated about PCOS, or find an OB/GYN that is educated in it.

      What tests have they ran?

      I have PCOS but no cysts. You can have it and have no cysts!
      here are my symptoms-
      Absent period/Heavy Bleeding - When I do get my period it will last from 30 days up to over 2 years!
      Oily Skin
      BAD Acne
      Overweight/Hard time losing weight
      Oily Hair/Dandruff
      Skin Tags
      Exhausted all the time
      Constant Migraines
      Anxiety/Depression

  45. QUESTION:
    A question about autoimmune thyroiditis and breastfeeding?
    I was diagnosed with AI during pregnancy, with hypothyroidism (aTPO antibodies 20 times higher than normal, freeT3 and freeT4 normal, TSH high) and I was stupidly recommended by that doctor to increase my hormonal intake in the last month of pregnancy, even if the blood tests showed that my previous dose was enough to control my hormones. I stupidely took the advice and, as a result I overdosed on thyroid hormones for about 2 months (I was supposed to take the increased dose until 6 weeks after birth, but cut them off after 4 weeks, because I started feeling sick) and got diagnosed with hyperthyroidism... Will the overdose effects go down and turn back to hypothyroidism or should I start taking medication for hyperthiroidism? My new dr agreed on repeating the analysis (4 wees after I stopped taking levothyroxine), which still showed high levels of thyroid hormones, and now I am expected to start medication. But what happens if the overdose effects dissapear and I go back to having a low-active thyroid WHILE taking the new medication?
    Also, I had been breastfeeding my baby for 6 weeks, I interrupted for 3 weeks (by pumping,not ablactation). I still have milk and would like to continue breastfeeding, but hyperthyriodism medication sold in my country is contraindicated while breastfeeding. I know am aware of the danger of feeding my baby on milk overloaded with hormones, but at the same time it would be a shame to stop breastfeeding and use hyperthyroid medicine for a short period of time only... I don't know what to expect. :(

    • ANSWER:
      When you have iatrogenic hyperthyroidism, the treatment is to stop the treatment, not to take other drugs.

      This means that if your doctor made you sick by giving you too much medication, you don't take other medication to counteract that. You just reduce the original medication to appropriate levels.

      You will feel better within a week of reducing your synthroid to a more appropriate dose, and your hyperthyroidism will resolve.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can anyone help decode these thyroid numbers?
    I am on a .088 dose of levothroid and am 8 weeks postpartum. I have had unusual thyroid numbers in the past, with TSH levels from almost 60 to .02 after being put on .10 dose of levothroid.

    I just had my blood checked yesterday afternoon and my TSH was slightly low at .2 and my Free T4 was normal. Does this sound normal? Could being postpartum mess up my numbers? I am exclusively breastfeeding so not sure if this effects my numbers either. Any info is appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, being postpartum could mess up the numbers. And it is not unusual to need an increase in thyroid medication after giving birth. Check with your doctor.

  47. QUESTION:
    How bad is this for me?
    How bad is eating like a cup of chipotle mayo and like a pound of smoke gouda cheese, a pound of fresh mozzarella and like a half pound of smoke gruyere?

    i binge like this like twice a week.. but then ill only eat some fruit and veggies on the other day.. how is this effecting me??

    i reall cant help it. it must just be all in my head cuz i lost like 100 pounds with just diet and exercise and it gave me medical problems so the doctors want me to gain some back.. so its like i want to indulge so much cuz i know i can, but then when i do it i feel guilty and dont want to look or feel fat again so i starve myself and just eat fruit and veggies for several days until i dont feel fat anymore... then i do it all again

    (Im a 19 year old male.. i weight like 145 now and used to weigh 250 about a year and a half or 2 ago. Ive been diagnosed with anemia, low heart rate, low testosterone, low thyroid, low ALT liver level and my body is all messed up but i keep pushing myself since the doctors cant figure a cause or a cure)

    do i need professional help? can i keep eating whatever i want?

    ive had breakdowns and outburts about all this.. i really freak out about it.. i just want to be healthy and am scared of being fat again.. im just so lost and i feel like nobody understands me anymore

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah you need some help. With the diagnosis you just gave, your eating patterns are certainly not helping you on any of them. The constant binging, and then not eating is ruining your thyroid, resulting in some of your other problems.

      It sounds like you have deveolped or are developing an eating disorder. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be healthy, but you are not being healthy. You are obsessing over what you eat, binge eating, and have some serious medical problems. Get some help dude.

  48. QUESTION:
    Help!!!!! worried about Seroquel side effects!!!?
    Doctor put me 50 mg seroquel xr twice daily for bipolar with psychotic features and I'm worried about the side effects.
    Even though Seroquel XR is not classified as an antidepressant, the FDA has required Seroquel XR to carry the special antidepressant and suicide warning, since Seroquel XR is used to treat depression and bipolar depression. Antidepressants may increase the risk of suicidal thinking or behavior in children, teenagers, and adults (see Depression and Suicide for more information). Therefore, if you notice any changes in symptoms or new symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider immediately. Some of these symptoms may include anxiety, hostility, agitation, panic, restlessness, hallucinations, extreme hyperactivity, and suicidal thinking or behavior.

    Seroquel XR can cause an increase in blood sugar levels and can increase the risk of developing diabetes. Tell your healthcare provider if you develop signs of diabetes while taking Seroquel XR. Possible signs of diabetes can include an increase in thirst, urination, or hunger. If you have diabetes, your blood sugar should be monitored carefully and regularly during treatment with Seroquel XR to make sure your diabetes is not becoming more severe (see Seroquel and Diabetes).

    Seroquel XR can cause a life-threatening condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). Some symptoms of NMS include:

    A high fever
    Stiff muscles
    Confusion
    An irregular pulse or blood pressure
    A fast heart rate (tachycardia)
    Sweating
    Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
    Tell your healthcare provider right away if you think you might have NMS.
    Seroquel XR can cause low white blood cells, which can be dangerous. If you already have low white blood cells (or have experienced a white blood cell drop due to a medication in the past), your healthcare provider should check your white blood cell count during the first few months you take Seroquel XR.

    Seroquel XR can cause a drop in blood pressure when going from a sitting or lying position to standing (known medically as orthostatic hypotension). This can cause a person to faint or to have lightheadedness or dizziness. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms when standing. Orthostatic hypotension can be especially dangerous in people with heart disease or congestive heart failure (CHF).

    Seroquel XR can cause tardive dyskinesia, a condition involving unusual and uncontrollable body or facial movements. The condition can become permanent (even if Seroquel XR is stopped). The best way to prevent it from becoming permanent is to tell your healthcare provider right away if you notice any abnormal movements (including abnormal movements of the tongue) while taking Seroquel XR.

    Seroquel XR can cause cataracts (an eye condition). It is recommended that all people taking Seroquel XR have their eyes checked for cataracts every six months.

    Seroquel XR may increase the risk of seizures. Before starting Seroquel XR, tell your healthcare provider if you have epilepsy or a history of seizures.

    Seroquel XR can cause an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), high liver enzymes, high cholesterol, or high triglycerides. It is probably a good idea to have your thyroid, triglycerides, liver enzymes, and cholesterol checked (using a blood test) regularly while taking Seroquel XR.

    Seroquel XR can cause high levels of the hormone prolactin. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop signs of high prolactin, such as breast enlargement or breast discharge.

    Very rarely, Seroquel XR can cause priapism (a painful erection of the penis that does not go away). Because this is a medical emergency, seek medical care immediately in order to prevent permanent damage to the penis.

    Seroquel XR can cause difficultly swallowing, which can lead to inhalation of food (which can cause pneumonia). Tell your healthcare provider if you notice any problems swallowing.

    • ANSWER:
      If you can find a way to feel better sans the drug... you're way ahead of the game. Start here!
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/positive-thinking/SR00009
      It's never a good idea to rely on meds to aid us in feeling less anxious or depressed.
      Depression plaques all of us at one time or another. Arm yourself with positive thinking and really concentrate on thinking more positive and with more confidence. Granted 50 mg is a small dosage... it can still have many unfavorable side effects. It's OK to feel down, it's OK to feel overwhelmed... feel the feeling and let it go!
      Try keeping a journal and see if you can pinpoint the source of your depression. And then find a way to turn it around.
      I believe in you... won't you believe in you? (^_^)

  49. QUESTION:
    My periods are very irregular, I'm 15, please help me?
    I first started my period when I was 13, and ever since from the start I've had irregular periods.
    Since I was about 6 I've had an underactive thyroid, so I take about 125mg of Thyroxine. I've noticed that when my thyroid levels go a bit lower then they should be, I've had heavier periods.
    I am also Diabetic type 1, not sure if this effects it in any way either.
    I usually have my periods every 2 - 3 months.
    I'm worried that I won't be able to have kids in the future..
    I haven't lost any weight and I'm at a healthy weight.
    I am quite stressed though. I've noticed that my periods became even more irregular when I get more stressed?
    And I am NOT pregnant - I am a virgin.
    Also if this helps, when I have my periods they usually last about 3-4 days. 5 days at worst.

    • ANSWER:
      You are still in the early stages of being a wee wifie. It can take a good few years to establish a totally regular routine. My cousin was whipped into hospital at age seven with type one diabetes. She now is the proud mummy of three smashing kiddies, so there should be no worries on that score!! Try to relax, stress and worry will upset your cycle. Believe me, once you are in a regular pattern, you will wish for the day that all this crappy bleeding and pain is over.

  50. QUESTION:
    Obesity Causes? Social Stigma?
    Obesity: Social Prejudices and the Medical Community’s Disregard

    It’s a meaner world out there folks. Everywhere you turn there are people who choose to be hateful in deed and word for just about any reason you can think of. There is the obvious and not so subtle racism, class prejudice, ageism, and political polarization, just to name a few.

    That’s not to say that there are not exceptions to every rule but so many people have adopted political correctness to such a degree that humans have found much more subtle ways of showing their hatreds.

    Some of these behaviors have gone underground only to emerge in our institutions, businesses and social strata. Sure it’s always been there but now it appears that its effects are more noticeable and very, effectively dehumanizing to those on the receiving end of the many prejudices and bigotry being voiced concerning those of us who are not a size 5.

    Obese, heavy, overweight people are REALLY catching hell. People assume that when they see an overweight or obese person that they must be lazy, unproductive; lacking the will to take better care of them selves. I am sure that a small percentage of people in the USA fit that bill, however, you may be surprised that most of them do not.

    There are many reasons for obesity. The bottom line though is that people who are obese or become obese have bodies that literally no longer work the way they are supposed to.

    Here are a few medical and non-medical reasons people become obese:

    Processed Foods: White-flour-based anything, sugar, coffee, booze and high sodium content (all of which usually make up processed food) is the enemy of the human body. It doesn’t know what to do with it but glean what little nutrients it can, store the majority and dump the rest.

    Hypothyroidism: Since the thyroid controls the basic workings of the human metabolism, if it is too low, then it cannot convert many food calories into a usable source and that inability will cause weight gain despite healthy eating practices. When the thyroid goes wacko on the low end you WILL get fat. If it goes wacko on the high end, you can lose weight exponentially and have as many medical problems as an obese person.

    Cushing’s Disease/Syndrome (Cushing’s disease has always been considered a dog or horse problem, hmmm go figure): This disease is “reportedly” prevalent in only 10% of each million people if you want to believe what the CDC, FDA and AMA bother to report. Cushing’s occurs because the body producing too much Cortisol. Cortisol controls regulation of blood pressure and the immune system, and keeps insulin levels in the body stable. In Cushing’s Disease, it is assumed that only a tumor on the pituitary gland is responsible for the production of excess Cortisol. However, a few other doctors disagree and have found that Cushing’s Syndrome can also be caused by food dependency and steroid- based products such as Prednisone; especially if they have been taken for long periods of time.

    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: is a hormonal disorder in women. Most women would not know to ask their doctors to have them tested for this disease because the medical community considers it rare. I dare say it may be the norm today with the amount of hormones coming through our food products for many years.

    Oral Contraceptives: Progestins and other steroid based drugs for cancer often throw the thyroid out of balance and injure the Hypothalamus, which usually results in weight gain.

    Anti-Psychotic and Anti-Depressants: Taken even a short time, depending on the health of the thyroid or hypothalamus, will cause either weight gain or weight loss. The majority is weight gain especially in those taking these drugs for many years. I am doing research now as to how many people taking these drugs have had their thyroid effected, treated ,or removed.

    Insulin and Insulin-Stimulating Drugs: These drugs are used to treat diabetes almost always leads to weight gain. Talking about a conflict of interest when it comes to a person already overweight from diabetes and deeply disturbing for those with type 2 diabetes

    [ Reviewed By: Harvey Simon, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; ]

    Doctors, pharmaceutical companies, the diet industry, and exercise businesses have a vested interest in keeping as many people obese as possible. Money.
    I mean do you know how much a lap-band and stomach stapling costs? In some instances Medicare will pay for these surgeries before they pay for the many tests available to diagnose any one of the above stated problems.

    Instead, millions are spent on denigrating people who find themselves obese and have no clue why. Billions are spent on gyms, get-thin drugs, exercise tapes and books, special foods, diet clubs, plastic surgeons and equipment, by people desperate to reclaim active, healthier lives and avoid the worse part…social stigma.
    People are openly mea

    • ANSWER:
      what's the question?