Causes Of Hypothyroid

The Causes and Prevention of Intestinal Adhesions
Intestinal adhesions are bands of fibrous tissue that can connect the loops of the intestines to each other, or the intestines to other abdominal organs, or the intestines to the abdominal wall. These bands can pull sections of the intestines out of place and may block passage of food. Adhesions are a major cause of intestinal obstruction.

Adhesions may be present at birth (congenital) or may form after abdominal surgery or inflammation. Most form after surgery. They are more common after procedures on the colon, appendix, or uterus than after surgery on the stomach, gall bladder, or pancreas.
The risk of developing adhesions increases with the passage of time after the surgery.

The causes and prevention of intestinal adhesions.
Although intestinal obstruction from intra-abdominal adhesions is a relatively common surgical emergency, the vast majority of adhesions are harmless and may be protective or even life-saving. The causes of intestinal adhesions are presented, and various methods advocated to prevent adhesions are discussed. The surgeon is advised to reduce unnecessary adhesion formation by meticulous
surgical technique, control those adhesions which inevitably form to obtain their beneficial effects, and to avoid the risk of subsequent obstruction.
Diagnosis
X rays (computed tomography) or barium contrast studies may be used to locate the obstruction. Exploratory surgery can also locate the adhesions and the source of pain.

CHINESE HERB MEDICINE FOR ADHESIONS
The problem of developing abdominal adhesions is noted in the Chinese medical literature. Dr. Fu Kezhi, at the Harbin office of ITM, carried out a literature search, yielding several studies summarized here.
Chinese medicine has been applied both to prevention of adhesions and to their treatment when they cause bowel blockage.

The preventive measure involves relatively immediate post-surgical intervention. The basis of the preventive therapy is to treat the abdominal stasis that occurs following surgery. Normally, after an abdominal surgery, the bowels are virtually paralyzed for many hours, up to two days in older patients and complicated surgeries. Doctors and nurses check for the return of bowel sounds (indicating movements) after the surgery, to make sure recovery is proceeding. Since obstructive constipation is one of the primary responses to developing adhesions, concern about bowel stasis is a clear concern.

Symptoms
Some adhesions will cause no symptoms. If the adhesions cause partial or complete obstruction of the intestines, the symptoms one would feel would depend on the degree and the location of the obstruction. They include crampy abdominal pain, vomiting, bloating, an inability to pass gas, and constipation.
Adhesions and Intestinal Blockages After intestinal surgery adhesions (extra scar tissue, connective tissue that should not be there) may restrict the passage of food through the gut. If the GI tract becomes obstructed, nothing can pass through, and this becomes a medical emergency.

Bowel adhesions can cause chronic pain and dysfunction. Bowel adhesions form after trauma to the tissues, caused by the body’s inflammatory response to tissue damage. As the body’s tissues heal, bowel adhesions are formed.

Medical issues to consider
Since adhesions are likely to form after certain surgical procedures, adhesiolysis (surgical removal of adhesions), except for serious problems like bowel obstruction may be pointless. In around 70 per cent of cases, the operation to remove the original adhesions will cause more adhesions to develop. The risks, benefits and alternatives to surgery must be discussed thoroughly before any decision is made.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What causes Panic attacks, hypothyroid or hyperthyroid?
    I have started to have panic attacks this week and I have been on 100mcg of synthroid for over a year and I dont know if the panic attacks are related to my thyroid problem being too high or low.

    • ANSWER:
      too high. the amount of hormone being secreted is too high which increases respirations and stuff. too low would make you tired and fatter.

  2. QUESTION:
    whar are the symptoms and causes of hypothyroid? TSH count is 0.10?
    what are the causes for hypothyroid,is high body temparature a sysmtom,what are the methods to cure

    • ANSWER:
      If the TSH is truly 0.10, the patient is HYPERthyroid, not hypo. THE TSH level is low in hyper, high in hypo.

      High body temps can be found in HYPERthyroid. The cause of the condition must be found in order to determine treatment.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can starting Thyroid medication for hypothyroid (Levoxyl) cause your eyes to swell or hurt?
    I had Grave’s disease (hyperthyroidism) and had past eye problems. I received Radioactive iodine 6 years ago and my thyroid became normal along w ith my eyes. Now this year I became mildy hypothyroid TSH alittle over 7.40 and everything else normal. I was put on .25 mcg of Levoxyl which I stated taking almost a month ago. Now I am experiencing soreness, burning painful eyesballs. Can the medication be doing this? Its such a small dose and I dont know if the graves eye disease is coming back.

    • ANSWER:
      HI LilJay

      NOt sure about the medication, but here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Abnormal immune response is believed be a possible cause of hypothyroidism. The exact cause is not known, but certain antibodies from the immune system will launch an assault on the thyroid, disturbing hormone production. Lumps or tumors that form on the thyroid also disrupt hormone production. Temporary hyperthyroidism can be caused by infection or inflammation, and certain prescription drugs.

      Hyperthyroidism is less common than Hypothyroidism, yet for both diseases, women appear to be more susceptible than men. Be aware that a malfunctioning thyroid may be the cause of recurring illnesses.

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      Natural Cures

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that naturally suppress excess thyroid hormone production. Such foods include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, rutabagas, spinach, turnips, soybeans, peaches, and pears. Eliminate dairy products, over consumption of wheat products, coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks.

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

      Homeopathy: The homeopathic remedy Thyroidium is very helpful in assisting in proper thyroid regulation.

      Juice Therapy: Drink carrot, celery, spinach, and parsley juice; or juice made from a combination of cabbage, watercress, and spinach.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can help regulate thyroid function: vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, choline, trace minerals, iodine, kelp, and thyroid glandulars.

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

      Best of health to you

  4. QUESTION:
    Could xanax or levothyroxine for hypothyroid cause side effects of shortness of breath or muscle pain in the?
    legs? Rn. answers also appreicated.

    • ANSWER:
      I take levothyroxine and have experienced shortness of breath along with a rapid heartbeat… this medication increases thyroid activity which in turn increases metabolism which, if your dosage is too high and needs to be adjusted, will cause these symptoms. Check with your doctor though as soon as possible… it has taken almost three years for the doctor to regulate my medication to the correct level. Until it’s correct, you need to go and have a CBC every three months to check your thyroid function… good luck!

  5. QUESTION:
    Can having Hypothyroid cause missed menstrual periods?
    Almost 3 weeks ago, my Doctor had came to my attention that my Thyroid Level was higher than normal. That same day I had met with my Doctor, I was 3 days late on my menstrual period. My boyfriend and I been having unprotected sex since day one and I have not ever gotten pregnant. I had an abortion when I was a teenager and I thought to myself that was causes me not to get pregnant anytime soon. I am usually on time with my menstrual periods (couple days early or couple days late but not weeks…) I am afraid that I could be pregnant but I want to know if its because of Hypothyroid. Will someone please tell me something…

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, well first of all you are right, if your thyroid tsh test is high that could mean hypothyroid. If the tsh test is low that is hyperthyroid. The tests are opposite of what you would expect. It is your business if you choose to have unprotected sex especially know that you have already had one abortion. While being hypo or hyper thyroid can both affect your periods, the best thing you can do right now is to go to your doctor and have a pregnancy test. It is very important if you are pregnant and need to take thyroid medication that you are taking it as you can possibly have a miscarriage if you do not take your medication. Please seek medical advice soon. Good luck.

  6. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroid/High Cholesterol/weight loss plateau?
    I know that being hypothyroid causes weight gain and high cholesterol (I am on medication for both as of the Jan 2010)…I gained 50 pounds in less than a year before I was diagnosed. After diligently going to the gym starting in August (4-5x a week) eating on average 1200 calories a day, and having a calorie deficit of 500-1000 a day I began losing about 1-2 pounds a week and my waist dropped from a 35 to a 30. But since 10/27 I haven’t lost a pound, no inches lost, and I haven’t changed my routine. The only thing that changed was I had a problem with my cholesterol medication between the doctor and the pharmacy and wasn’t able to take it for about 3 weeks – around the same time I noticed the scale wasn’t budging. I was still taking the thyroid meds.

    Can stopping your cholesterol meds prevent you from losing weight? I have a doctor appt next week for something unrelated but I am sure I can ask him about it. Until then, can anyone help?
    No it doesn’t sound crazy. Before I realized that the meds was the only thing that changed I did decide to up my calorie intake to a 1500-1700 average thinking maybe that would help. I am afraid to take it to 2000 because according to the workouts and daily average calories burned for my body, thats closer to 2200…and I wanted to have a higher deficit than 200 a day.
    Thanks BSpears. Just got them checked about 3 weeks ago. I was at a 6.7 before I started taking the meds. Now just hovering at a 2. My doc is working with me to get them between 1-2 so I know I don’t need an increase. I also just switched to synthroid last month.

    • ANSWER:
      IF you still wanna see some weight loss, I suggest ,and don’t think its crazy, to crunch up your calorie intake from 1200 to about 2000. This is your recommended intake, and should help speed up your metabolism… This means your hypothyroid problem can go away… O AND DON’T FORGET THE GYM WORKOUTS

  7. QUESTION:
    Will hypothyroid medication cause weight gain?
    I’m almost 28, 5’6″ and 145lbs. I was recently diagnosed w/hypo and my dr is trying me on a low dose of levothyroxine. I’m worried. Should I expect weight gain on this medication? I keep hearing horror stories.

    • ANSWER:
      If anything, treating an underactive thyroid might cause you to lose weight, not gain it.

  8. QUESTION:
    Questions about hypothyroid?
    I’ve always had problems with a low thyroid since I was about 12…now im 21. The problem is when my docs 1st checked me for it the only symptoms I had was slow reflexes and so they put me on Synthroid 0.05. When I turned 18 I stopped taking it b/c I was into natural health and refused to put anything in my body but started to feel weird and got checked again for thyroid but they said it was all normal.

    So now I’m 21 and around August 20th I started feeling really run down, fatigue, extremely weak, dizzy, nauseous, loss of appetite, no other symptoms that stick out too much tho. So I went to the doctor and they did a CBC and every level was perfect except my TSH it was elevated 6.37 and the reference range is suposed to be like .03-3.04 or something which indicates I have hypothyroid again. So my doctor said wait it out, and as far as symptoms they came and went, but usually got worse before I get my period. So I finally decided to go back on synthroid and really don’t think I’ve been feeling any better, sometimes I do, especially in the morning like right after I take it, but at the end of the day I feel like death and my heart beats hard and fast and I think that’s a side effect but I never felt any side effects before from synthroid and I was on it for years! And I have alot of questions listed below I hope can be cleared up b/c I’m so frustrated that I’ve been feeling like this for this long up and down and no one understands how I really feel. Oh and I also don’t think this whole thing is from hypothyroid cause like I said I had it when I was younger and never felt THIS BAD from it..

    Could my symptoms be the cause of like a new viral thing maybe?
    Would my other levels be off from my cbc if their was something really bad going on in me?
    Could the synthroid give me shaking hands and a fast fluttering heartbeat even though it never did that in the past?
    When will I feel normal again like I did the whole time when I wasn’t taking it when they said I was fine?
    Can you feel that crappy just from like a 3 point elevation in your tsh?
    Has anyone else ever felt like this?

    Oh and just so you all know I was on a 3 month herbal cleanse, I did cut out table salt which is iodized and I’m a vegetarian but sometimes I eat fish…if that even makes a diff…well thanks for any answers you can give

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroid cause by kosher salt intake only?
    I stopped using iodized salt in favor of kosher salt and sea salt about 4 years ago. Now, I just recently found that my TSH levels were high and my thyroid was Low normal, which the doctor said was a precurser to Hypothyriodism. I also was pregnant last year, which I understand depletes thyroid.

    Do you know of anything with my diet or supplements I can use? I have heard that too much iodine can cause thyroid problems too, so I don;t want to take too much. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Iodine def. hypothyroidism is actually rather rare. Most people get more than enough fromt he foods that they eat (not just iodized salt).

      Were these the first thyroid labs that have been done on you? Or has there been a downward trend? Being pregnant could cause decreased thyroid function…though I think that a year or more is enough time for your body to correct itself.

      Bottom line, you need to find the cause of the increased TSH (and free T levels among others). Is it an iodine def.?…then take a supplement….like getting back on the salt. Is it pregnanct related?….even though it has been a little bit….give it time to correct itself.

      Thyroid levels and TSH can also be caused by medications, infections, certain diseases (other than hypothyroidism), problems with your pituitary, etc etc etc OR it could just be a fluke in the results. Follow-up is needed.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can hypothyroid cause non-stop muscle twitching in the face?
    My family has a long history of thyroid problems, and it seems that I am starting to develop hypothyroidism. I was blood tested back in 2005, but nothing was found and my doctor chose not to run any more tests, just calling me a hypochondriac (I’ve got a new doctor now, of course). These last 3 months I’ve been have severe symptoms, and today I noticed that my left eyelid is twitching rapidly and uncontrollably. At first it would happen once every minute or so, but by now it’s gotten to the point where if it stops it’s only for seconds.
    ***I am going to be officially tested for a thyroid problem tomorrow afternoon***

    Could this have something to do with my thyroid? Should I be concerned, or bring it up to my doctor before my blood test results come in? Also, is there any way to stop it? It’s getting annoying :/

    Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      could be a sign but when my eyes started twitching , hands and legs started shaking i went to doctor and he done blood work and diagnosed me with hyperthyroidism which is the oppose of hypothyroidism hope this help. Contact me if you have any more questions about thyroid problems as had trouble with my thyroid for years at joannajnic@yahoo.co.uk

  11. QUESTION:
    Calling all who know about Hypothyroid development?
    On December 14, 2010 I received the Depo Provera shot. 

    A week later I had terrible symptoms. Fatigue, body pain and weakness, constipation, etc.

    On January 3rd, my thyroid levels were normal. I had a TSH level of 1.090 ML.

    On April 14th, the TSH jumped to 7.125 ML.

    The standard range is .340-5.6.

    Did the Depo cause the Hypothyroid problem, or was this bound to happen???

    I was very active and healthy prior to the shot with no health or weight problems whatsoever.

    My countless symptoms are still relentless and the medications (cortisol and thyroid medication) are not helping. 
    I’m only 18 by the way, not a candidate for this disease.

    • ANSWER:
      All external steroid sex hormones can interfere with thyroid function. It may have been the drug alone or you may have a genetic disposition to thyroid disease and the drug was a trigger.

      Hashimoto’s (autoimmune hypothyroidism) is linked to predisposing genes and certain environmental triggers are known to induce thyroid disease. Known triggers include cigarette smoke, stress, low selenium levels, seasonal and food allergies, sex steroids particularly estrogens, excess dietary iodine, and trauma. Suspected environmental triggers include retroviruses, Yersinia and other enteric bacteria, and aspartame in artificial sweeteners.

      “New research has shown that Hashimoto’s patients with high thyroid antibodies report more symptoms than patients with low thyroid antibodies, even if their thyroid function test is normal. In other words, thyroid replacement is not enough to ameliorate symptoms of autoimmune thyroid disease.”

      Effective strategies for addressing the autoimmune aspect of Thyroid disease include:

      Avoid wheat.
      Correct vitamin D deficiency
      Improve gut flora
      Reduce stress
      Correct underlying adrenal issue, such as DHEA or cortisol imbalance.
      Correct oestrogen dominance. Consider using Natural progesterone.
      Detoxify mercury and other toxins. (Testing for mercury toxicity is available at Sensible-Alternative Clinic).
      Supplement selenium to lower thyroid antibodies. Also helps with conversion of T4 to T3.
      Correct an iron deficiency.
      Herbal medicine Bupleurum, Turmeric, Rehmannia and others.

      Thyroid Disease Triggers: Environmental and Lifestyle Factors in Thyroid Disease | Suite101.com http://www.suite101.com/content/ThyroidDiseaseTriggers-a516#ixzz1KRCqbmJ5

      Hashimoto’s >>> “As the attack increases, you will tend to swing between hypo and hyper, making dosing by labs, and especially the TSH, impossible. Your labs will be high one time, and low the next…back and forth. The hyper is caused by the release of thyroid hormones into your blood due to the destruction. The hypo is caused by the lessening function of your thyroid due to the attack.”

      Hashimoto’s – the autoimmune attack on the thyroid >>>

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/hashimotos/

  12. QUESTION:
    Gastroparesis caused by hypothyroid?
    I’ll be as brief as I can. My mom had her thyroid removed 7 years ago. She has been taking synthroid. In June, her numbers raised and made her very hypothryoid, which in turn led to her getting gastroparesis starting around the end of July. About a month ago she realized she had gastroparesis, and started treating it with Reglan- couldn’t take the horrible side effects and stopped in and will soon take Domperidone once it gets here from the Canadian pharmacy. I hear that if you have diabetes- your gastroparesis will never go away. But what is to be said for people who have gastroparesis caused by thyroid problems? Her thyroid numbers recently dropped to “normal” levels… with medicine and time will the gastroparesis correct itself since her metabolism is back? I can’t find much information on the web and her doctors aren’t much help and are all very vague. We’ve asked her dr. and he said that once thyroid levels are normal, gastroparesis should go away- my question is does anyone know how long this could take? Just because her thyroid numbers are back to normal, does that mean the gastroparesis should instantly correct itself? Or would it take time? Thank you in advance for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no good answer, your doctor knows best as he knows your mother and her medical background.
      It’s commonly caused when the vagus nerve, which controls the movement of food through the digestive tract, is damaged or stops working. It is usually a chronic condition, so treatment does not cure it, but is aimed at helping to manage the condition.
      Hypothyroidism does slow everything down so if this is the reason in your mother’s case your doctor could well be right about the gastroparesis clearing up when levels are normal and stabilised.
      Sometimes, eating six smaller meals a day is more effective than eating three larger ones. Fatty and high-fibre foods can slow digestion and be difficult to digest.
      Botulinum toxin has also been shown to improve symptoms when injected directly into the pyloric sphincter. Further research on this form of therapy is needed.
      I am sure your doctor has discussed all this with you already.
      I doubt if anyone can give you a time frame.

  13. 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.

  14. QUESTION:
    How can hypothyroid and hyperthyroid conditions both cause goiters?
    A. A positive feedback loops is triggered in both cases.
    B. A negative feedback loops is triggered in both cases.
    C. Both conditions result in decreased production of TSH
    D. In both conditions, the body thinks the levels of thyroxine are too low, and thus keeps producing more

    • ANSWER:
      YES! HypO and hypER are opposites yet share some same effects such as exhaustion (for two different reasons). Please read “The Complete Thyroid Book” by Ain & Rosenthal.

      BTW, Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis has both hypER & hypO.

      God bless you

  15. QUESTION:
    I was diagnoised with hypothyroid 6 weeks ago.?
    My TSH was 36. I am on 50 mg of levothyroxine. Recently the sides of my neck have started hurting. Is this caused from the hypothyroid or is this a side efect of the meds?

    • ANSWER:
      I think you mean mcg’s, not mg’s. Usually there’s no side effects with thyoid meds, unless one is on too much. Man may have intense hunger for the first week, but that’s about it. 50 mcg’s is a standard starting dose.

      About your neck problem, it may or may not be related to the thyroid meds. Just simply call your doctor and tell him/her that your neck has began to hurt since starting the medication. He/she may order an ultrasound of thre thyroid to see if its swollen.

  16. QUESTION:
    Can my anxiety disorder worsen due to thyroid?
    Does anyone there know if my anxiety depression mood disorder flared up due to hypothyroidism. My TSH was a 5.25 which is over according to new lab reports. I had been doing fine for almost a year on my psychiatric medication and all of a sudden this anxiety stuff has crept back up so I did blood work at the Doctor’s and that’s when they discovered my thyroid was over range. So I thought maybe hypothyroid could cause all my psychiatric disorders to flare up!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Chell, this can absolutely happen. I have been Hypo for over 22 years. Whenever I am off balance I notice an immediate change in my mental well being, and that prompts me to go to the doctor. The thyroid controls everything, and when it is off…we are off. The same is true with hormones. I am post menopausal, and I will warn you in advance, it can play havoc on your mood swings and anxiety, especially combined with a thyroid disorder…just so you are aware.

  17. QUESTION:
    What are the most relevant effects of having a hypothyroid, is this a cause for concern?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, have ya got all day? There are about 50+! Normal TSH should be .3 – 3. Were you tested for antibodies that would indicate if it is from the most common cause—Hashimoto’s disease? If not, need to.

      Is this cause for concern? YES! The thyroid effects every function of your body!

      If you have an Endo that is not treating this, you need to get a new Endo!

      Check these

      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

      http://www.mentalhealth.com/mag1/p51-thyr.html

      God bless you!

  18. QUESTION:
    Can low thyroids be caused by pregnancy? Could that affect pregnancy test results?
    I’m young (21) and pretty healthy. Suddenly, in December, after I had unprotected sex, my periods were very light (1-2 days) for 2 months and skipped this month. I have all the signs and symptoms of pregnancy. I had a blood test for preg 1 week ago and it was negative and also tested for thyroids. My doctors called, suprised today to tell me I had low thyroids. I have read up on the symptoms but some still don’t explain the weird dreams, gaining weight in stomach and breasts only, producing milky discharge from breasts, etc. I have a sister who didn’t find out she was preg until 16 weeks through ultrasound. I’ve been tested for thyroids within the year. Why do I suddenly have it? Can I be pregnant and hypothyroid is caused by that ( I know it happens in pregnant women)? Can low thyroids affect pregnanct test? If pregnant I would be 13-14 weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, if you had a blood test & you were neg. for being pregnant. I’d say you’re definitely not.

      On the thyroid. It just happens. I had it happen to me all of a sudden. It’s very treatable w/ a pill a day. It isn’t caused by pregnancy. It’s a gland in your body that produces too much or not enough of something.

      If you are pregnant, you have to take excellent care of your thyroid. If you don’t the baby could have a problem & have problems in delivery. It’s nothing that blood tests every 4 weeks & pills can’t handle though :)

  19. QUESTION:
    hypothyroid?
    I just went to the doctor and got a copy of my blood test (it is from April 2005, but its the only thryoid test I’ve gotten). This is what it said
    TSH: 5.828 uIU/mL
    Free T4: 1.01 ng/dL
    T4: 10.0 ug/dL
    Isnt a 5.828 a really high TSH? My lab sheet says that the normal range is .360 to 5.8. Isnt it from .3 to 3?
    I am going to the endocrinologist on Monday to do another test…I wonder if it will be better or worse?
    I think my symptoms are getting worse though. I keep getting weird headaches, cant concentrate, all my muscles ache and I toss and turn all night because of it, and today in the store my hand got a little tingly like it was going numb. I also have had irregular periods (they actually stopped completely for about a year), I have bald spots on the front of my head, I am always tired, fatigued, have anxiety and slight panic attacks every once in a while, and I just feel like such a lazy person
    What do you guys think–hypothyroidism causing my problems?
    I am 19 years old, 5 foot 4, and 231 lbs. I have been doing weight watchers for 7 weeks now and going to the gym 4-5 times a day and the weight just doesnt seem to want to go. Also, those blood test results are from when I was 16 years old, so I know that I have gained weight since then…

    • ANSWER:
      my mother has hypothyroid and she was at a 13. but you should be gaining a lot of weight if you are hypothyroid. but it does fit the symptoms.

      Hypothyroidism can cause many different symptoms, such as:

      Feeling tired, weak, or depressed.
      Dry skin and brittle nails.
      Not being able to stand the cold.
      Constipation.
      Memory problems or having trouble thinking clearly.
      Heavy or irregular menstrual periods

  20. QUESTION:
    Are there any weight loss pills that can be taken by hypothyroid people?
    Are there any pills that do not cause any side effects that can be used by hypothyroid people for weight loss? Can anyone suggest name of pills and source of purchase???

    • ANSWER:
      No, there aren’t.

      Hypothyroid people need to consume foods that stimulate the thyroid and avoid foods that disrupt thyroid function.

      Of all the foods to avoid – anything containing soy. Soy is the absolute worst thing you can give to your thyroid, especially if you’re on medication for hypothyroidism.

      Also limit all other goitrogenic foods (google this for a list).

      Thyroid stimulating foods include coconut and coconut oil, avocadoes, shellfish, fish, and seaweed.

  21. QUESTION:
    hypothyroidism an excuse to be morbidly obese?
    i know someone who isn’t “chunky” or “chubby” this person is more then 200 pounds over weight. She claims its because of her thyroid gland, How true is this? Can being hypothyroid really cause one to be morbidly obese?

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  22. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroid Disorder Possible cause?
    Anyone else do one of those low card diets for a long time then later like a year of two end up with Hypothroid Disorder? I think that was the cause of mine.

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  23. QUESTION:
    Hyperthyroidism treatment?
    i have a hyperactive thyroid and my doctor is giving me the option of taking the iodine treatment.im worried because i heard that it might cure my hyperactive thryroid but later on causes a hypothyroid.
    this worries me because hypothyroidism makes people gain weight
    so my question is how likely is it for me to develop hypothyroidism after the treatment and if i do will i gain weight excessively?
    is there anything i need to know about this treatment?
    PLEASE help me because i am very worried!!

    • ANSWER:
      It does make some people gain weight, but rarely is it weight that isn’t needed or excess weight that doesn’t mostly come off once your body has been regulated

  24. QUESTION:
    No meds for Hashimotos?
    is there meds for just Hashimotos disease? That’s not hypothyroidism caused by hashimoto? Blood levels all normal (t3, t4, tsh) but the TPo cam high with antibodies. The doctor said there is no treatment until its in hypothyroid cause by hashimotos? ( i have symptomss of hypo, but the dr.s said its not hypo yet).. anyone ever get meds just for the hashimotos? (no hypothyroidism?)

    • ANSWER:
      That’s correct. There is no treatment for the Hashimoto’s itself. There is only treatment for the symptoms (hypothyroidism).

  25. QUESTION:
    Am I hypothyroid and should I take Liothyronine?
    GP1 says I am hypothyroid. My T3 and T4 are normal but I have elevated ReverseT3 at 420. He says this is the cause of my fatigue, hair loss, and depression. He has me on Liothyronine.
    GP2 doesnt think i should be on this medication as my T3 and T4 are normal. She doesnt know what ReverseT3 is.
    Who do I believe?

    • ANSWER:
      Just because your other thyroid numbers aren’t elevated doean’t mean you shouldn’t be on a thyroid medication.
      What does your TSH show? This would be the test to tell whether you should be on a thyroid medication.Hypothyroid is when your TSH is too high.

  26. QUESTION:
    High tsh 5.82–hypothyroid? Is it causing my problems?
    I just went to the doctor and got a copy of my blood test (it is from April 2005, but its the only thryoid test I’ve gotten). This is what it said
    TSH: 5.828 uIU/mL
    Free T4: 1.01 ng/dL
    T4: 10.0 ug/dL
    Isnt a 5.828 a really high TSH? My lab sheet says that the normal range is .360 to 5.8. Isnt it from .3 to 3?
    I am going to the endocrinologist on Monday to do another test…I wonder if it will be better or worse?
    I think my symptoms are getting worse though. I keep getting weird headaches, cant concentrate, all my muscles ache and I toss and turn all night because of it, and today in the store my hand got a little tingly like it was going numb. I also have had irregular periods (they actually stopped completely for about a year), I have bald spots on the front of my head, I am always tired, fatigued, have anxiety and slight panic attacks every once in a while, and I just feel like such a lazy person
    What do you guys think–hypothyroidism causing my problems?

    • ANSWER:
      The lab reading, as far as I am aware is correct. The slighlty raised TSH is suspicious of hypothyroidism even though your t4 is within normal range. Sometimes when you do a thyroid function test you may catch the condition when it is changing and may not be conclusive and has to be repeated in 2 months or so. Given your symptoms thyroid disease is a possibility but the symptosm are so non specific that it could have other causes. i’m sure your endocrinologist will get to the bottom of this and help you recover.

  27. QUESTION:
    TTC with Hypothyroidism?
    I’ve read many articles saying that in order to conceive and maintain pregnancy that your TSH should be at least a 1.7. Its also said that unbalanced thyroid can cause you not to ovulate and to miss periods – due to annovulation. I have been told my TSH is 9.9 and am now on Synthroid. I also have a multinodular goiter and will be seeing an endocrinologist. I have some questions though.

    I’ve been to a reproductive endocrinologist so how could this have been missed and should that concern me that my doctor did not have my best interest in mind? Can having a TSH of 9.9 needing medication cause infertility? Can hypothyroid cause a skipped period? With proper medication would it still be possible to conceive?

    My primary doctor does not see a connection. My reproductive endocrinologist may not have even checked my TSH levels. Should I believe what I’ve found on medical websites or should I just accept I am not going to ever conceive? Anyone else have this issue?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,
      I also have hypothyroidism (I got diagnosed 6-7 years ago). Before the treatment my TSH level was above 13, now it is under control:)
      Yes, it is totally possible to conceive, you just need to keep your thyroid level under control.

      Once you get pregnant, you will have to check your TSH and t4 more often, like every 2 months. Because the body’s need for thyroid hormone fluctuates during pregnancy, it is possible you ay need dose adjusted. I had to increase my dose.

      I also was diagnosed with PCOS and I did not ovulate properly (either I did not ovulate at all or my eggs were not mature). My doctor put me on Clomid and I got pregnant during first month on Clomid:)
      I have a healthy two months old baby boy now:)

  28. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of hypothyroid and if left untreated can it cause serious problems?

    • ANSWER:
      weight gain, decreased appetie, sleep disturbance, constipation feeling cold, depression, coarse skin, hoarse voice. It can be potentially lethal if left untreated for long

  29. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies for hypothyroid, do they work? are they safe?
    I have seen some stuff like “Raw Thyroid” and other natural remedies at health food stores and such, they have thyroid extracts of bovine (cow). I worry because it says that it may cause nervousness, rapid heartbeat, etc. Do these work and can a small dose cause nervousness and side effects? I am waiting to see an endocrinologist, but in the meantime it would be nice to see if I can feel better somewhat while I wait. Just for reference, my TSH was 5.3
    How much iodine should I take? I saw on the bottle of Kelp it had all these warnings, I’m a little scared to take it until I know how much is safe. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Iodine helps control thyroid function. You can get it at the health food store. Once I started Iodine therapy, my thyroid problem went away without medication.

  30. QUESTION:
    6 sets of labs, bloodwork bouncing between hyperthyroid and hypothyroid??
    What could this be? I am exhausted, gaining weight and my heart is racing. What causes all of these syptoms- my bloodwork shows different ends of the thyroid spectrum just days apart. I had an uptake and scan this morning, will get results in 3 days but I am wondering if anyone has dealt with this before?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you referring to the Tsh bouncing from hypo to hyper? If so, get a free t4 and free t3 test, making sure its done first thing in the morning. The TSH changes throughout the day, so you could test in the morning and it may be hypo, but an afternoon test may indicate hyper. The frees will give a much better picture of what is going on, along with the scan you just had done.

  31. QUESTION:
    Do you think I could be hypothyroid?
    I am so tired all the time. My mother and sister both are hypothyroid. If not this, what could be the cause of my tiredness? I get plenty of sleep and do not have much stress in my life (that I acknowledge, anyway!)
    I haven’t had significant weight gain, which I know is a big factor. But I’ve had chronic diarrhea, decreased sex drive and forgetfulness. Any other ideas if it’s not hypothyroidism?
    I’m just trying to get ideas and questions to ask before I go to the doctor. I am making an appointment tomorrow.

    • ANSWER:
      You may have hypothyroidism if you have any of the following:
      Fatigue, Weakness, Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight, Coarse, dry hair, Dry, rough pale skin, Hair loss, Cold intolerance (can’t tolerate the cold like those around you), Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches, Constipation, Depression, Irritability, Memory loss, Abnormal menstrual cycles, Decreased libido. Get checked immediately! There are ways around this…

      [EDIT]

      You could also visit webmd.com and enter your symptoms. They will list a couple of things that could be wrong with you — of course this does not substitute a classic visit to your doctor.

  32. QUESTION:
    Can hypothyroid with a high TSH cause high blood pressure?
    I’m 25 yrs old female & diagnosed with having hypothyroidism. I started taking synthroid meds when I was about 12 yrs old…now I am up to 150 mcg. The lab results always come back saying that my TSH is very high, but that the thyroid itself is in normal range. I even had an ultrasound done on my thyroid, nothing seems to be irregular/enlarged…for the past 2 years I have been suffering from horribly high blood pressure & my blood test results dont indicate any causes (& no, I don’t have high cholesterol). My doctor also checked my kidney functions (blood, urine, ultra sound) which came out ok & they checked for pheochromosytoma (was ok). My doc gave me different forms of blood pressure meds, beta blockers, & aspirin to control my blood pressure, but none are working. Because the high TSH on my lab results are the only thing that comes out off, I’m thinking that it might be correlated to my high blood pressure…but I can’t find anything to support my theory. Anyone have any ideas???

    • ANSWER:
      The synthroid is a terrible drug. Did your doctor ever examine you for a deficiency in iodine before putting you on synthroid or did he just take a TSH test and prescribe it for you?

      High blood pressure is a vitamin deficiency. Synthroid basically destroys your thyroid’s ability to make the hormones T4 and T3. If you are on a low fat diet, this will contribute heavily to this problem. If you are exposed to fluoride in ANY way, this will deplete your body of iodine. If your diet is deficient in iodine, this will also impact your thyroid.

      It took me one year to get my thyroid function back from the destruction of taking synthroid for 5 years did to me. My doctor told me that I would have to take it for the rest of my life and that if I stopped taking it, I would get very sick.

      I’ve been off of it for 1 year now, I’m not very sick. In fact, I have lost weight, my skin is not dry, my hair is thick and I have lots of energy. He was wrong!

      I found out that I was simply deficient in iodine. The reason your TSH is high is because the Hypothalamus Gland senses that your metabolism needs to be raised so it sends the TRH to the pituitary gland to raise the metabolic rate of the body. So the Pituitary gland sends the TSH hormone to the thyroid telling it to produce T4 and T3 hormones. The T3 hormones are 4 x more powerful than the T4 hormones. If the thyroid does not have enough iodine to mix with the tyrosine amino acid to make thyroxin, the pituitary gets the signal that the thyroid is not producing enough T4 and T3 hormones. So it increases the amount of TSH hormone to try and stimulate the thyroid to produce more.

      Since the thyroid is deficient in iodine, it can’t perform and you have the high TSH hormone issue. The test used to establish the TSH hormone level is not a good one and can be not very accurate.

      Now, if your thyroid function is weak, then there is another function it is responsible for. The parathyroid glands (you have 4 of them) sends a hormone to the thyroid to produce calcitonin. This hormone is responsible for regulating the blood calcium levels. It does this by causing the kidneys to hold onto calcium when the diet is deficient in calcium and it also sends the same signal to the small intestines where calcium is absorbed from the food you eat to allow more calcium to be absorbed. Calcitonin also effects the way osteoclasts in your bone deal with calcium to preserve the calcium in the blood. If your thyroid is not functioning properly, you can see that all these functions will be compromised.

      All these meds are going to take a toll on the body and play havoc with your endocrine system.

      I would strongly suggest you start by testing yourself for an iodine deficiency. Go to the Legal Drug Pusher store and get a small bottle of “tincture of iodine” and paint a 2″ x 3″ patch on your forearm. Note the time of day. Then watch the patch throughout the day and note the time of day when you cannot see it anymore. If it takes just a few hours, you are severely deficient in iodine. You should be able to see the patch after 24 hours.

      Realize that it will take several months to build up your iodine supply in your body. You will have to eliminate all things that have fluoride in them. Toothpaste, drinking water with fluoride in it, soda pop is loaded with it, beer has it in it, and yes, if your municipal water district puts poisonous fluoride in your water supply, you will need a very high quality shower filter.

      There is a very good source of a very safe iodine product that I can advise you to use if you find yourself deficient.

      The next thing I would do is FIRE YOUR DOCTOR. For him to recommend high blood pressure medications without informing you of the alternative of using nutrition to work in conjunction with the medications to solve your problem and to keep you on these drugs is ludicrous. It is not a drug deficiency that is causing the problem.

      You will need to have a good doctor monitor your progress and slowly take you off the drugs as you get healthy from the nutrition and slowly wean yourself totally away from the drugs.

      You are in a cascade of problems now due to the deficiencies and diet. If you continue to follow the drug route, I predict you will become a statistic like many other Americans.

      good luck

  33. QUESTION:
    what causes constant muscle fatigue?
    I have thyriod cancer and am on a thyroid med. My TSH is suppressed and I feel hypothyroid. My muscles burn all the time and I have lost about 75% of my energy over the past few months. I may has SVC for a tumour near the heart. I don’t know if maybe I am deficient in some sort of vitamin?

    • ANSWER:
      This might be of some help….there are many theories out there.

      http://physiologyonline.physiology.org/cgi/content/full/17/1/17

  34. QUESTION:
    Thyroid, corticosteroids and the hypothalamus, T3, cortisol etc.?
    Hi and thank you for answering, I always choose a best answer.
    I am in need of clarification (highly in depth with citations to relevant studies/resources, if possible).

    1. I am in need of clarification as to whether just T4 creates TSH suppression, or T3 does too, and if there is difference in the degree of suppression with respect to relative metabolic activities. Is TRH also suppressed and to what degrees by T4 and T3?

    2. I am curious as to the exact interaction between cortisol (or exogenous corticosteroids) and Trioodthyronine. Can Hypocortisolemia precipitate hypothyroid like symptoms in euthyroid individuals? Can Hypercortisolemia (or for that matter cushing’s) also cause a hypothyroid like state. Do corticosteroids affect corticosteroid metabolism in a linear fashion or is it ‘biphasic’ etc..

    3. What effect do derangement’s of thyroid hormone have on the sympathetic nervous system? Whilst cortisol is released in Flight/fight situations, does it drive epinephrine release as well or is it the reverse? Or are they mediated centrally without interaction?

    4. Is there any basis to the idea of excess rT3 creating a pseudo-thyroid resistance?

    5. Any idea how ‘brain’ iron might be effected by any or all of the above?

    I know the questions are a little on the heavy side but, if you want questions answered, you have to ask them. Thank you in advance for the trouble..

    Ps. Any relevant additional information you wish to impart would also be appreciated

    Liam.

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Liam:

      I asked many of these same questions back in 2004 because my family tends to run low on thyroid and synthroid doesn’t work for us, but Armour thyroid does. At that time, the literature that I was able to access did not directly address many of these questions. I am looking back through my 20 pages of notes and 11 page report that I sent to my mother to see what I can answer. I was also trying to assess the effects on bone repair, so if I send you notes that have that in them, it is only because I copied and pasted a section of my notes without removing the things that are irrelevant to you. The answers will come piecemeal, as I find what I can. Here is some info on corticosteroids:

      I wrote:
      Glucocorticoids directly inhibit pituitary gonadotropin, GH & TSH, render the target tissues of sex steroids and growth factors resistant to these substances and suppress the 5’ deiodinase, which converts the relatively inactive T4 to T3… and direct effects on the bone, causing “low turnover” osteoporosis.

  35. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)?
    Ok I’m currently 15 (male). ever since i was little I was so skinny (actually severely underweight). Until recently (about in the last year and a half) I became obese and weigh almost 200 pounds, i am 5’9″. I tried everything to lose weight and no matter how much I eat or exercise it seems to have no effect of my weight at all. I don’t even eat that much, definately not enough to be gaining this much weight.

    Another symptom was a lymph node under my jaw has been swollen to about .75 inches wide.

    I also read that another symptom of underactive thyroid is sensitiivity to cold. Which is so ironic because starting about a month ago I started to get hives on my skin whenever I was exposed to cold air or water. This is a condition called cold urticaria which usually has no known cause but may be cause by hypothyroid.

    Does it sound to you like I have it? Also how can I get tested to find out if I do have it? Will I just get a blood test? Thanks so much

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    Your experience/knowledge of Hypothyroidism desperately needed?
    On December 14, 2010 I received the Depo Provera shot. 

    A week later I had terrible symptoms. Fatigue, body pain and weakness, constipation, etc.

    On January 3rd, my thyroid levels were normal. I had a TSH level of 1.090 ML.

    On April 14th, the TSH jumped to 7.125 ML.

    The standard range is .340-5.6.

    Did the Depo cause the Hypothyroid problem, or was this bound to happen???

    I was very active and healthy prior to the shot with no health or weight problems whatsoever.

    My countless symptoms are still relentless and the medications (cortisol and thyroid medication) are not helping. 

    I am 18, not an ideal candidate for the condition.

    • ANSWER:
      If the thyroid medicines are going to work, it’s possible that they just haven’t kicked in yet. It can take weeks for them to be fully effective.

      Your age may be irrelevant if you have a strong family tendency towards hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism just popped up for me, despite a healthy lifestyle, because all the women in my family have it.

      But if it isn’t common in your family, you’re right in suspect that perhaps the Depo Provera may be a cause. Talk to your doctor and seek a second opinion from a different doctor if yours isn’t seeing a link to the depo provera.

  37. QUESTION:
    Do TSH levels fluctuate (without medication) in and out of the Hypothyroid range?
    About 4 weeks ago I was told I definitely was Hypothyroid with a TSH of 6. I was not started on medication yet, nor were any changes made to my diet or daily routine. Today, I found out that my TSH (taken 2 days ago) is now a 2.1 and is totally normal. It will be 2 more days before my doctor can talk to me and answer questions. Is it normal to fluctuate in and out of the Hypothyroid range? What could cause this? Am I or am I not dealing with a thyroid problem? I am utterly confused!

    • ANSWER:
      Your thyroid is sputtering like an engine. It is sputtering along and once in a while running normally before it finally fails. you could even become hyperthyroid during these spurts.

  38. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroid condition has anybody received Social Secuity Disability because of this?
    I suffer from Hypothyroidism. I also have a non-toxic goiter. I suffer from extreme fatigue, extreme tiredness, effects my sleep. It also cause total body achnes! Especially if my legs get cold, OMG will they hurt..

    • ANSWER:
      If you’re already on the thyroid medication and your labs are within normal limits, I think you should look elsewhere are a cause of your symptoms. You shouldn’t be feeling this way if your thyroid disease is under control. i think you should consider celiac disease as a cause of your symptoms. I personally had thyroid disease and the synthroid didn’t treat all my symptoms. Much later I found out that it was caused by celiac disease. Celiac disease attacks a lot of parts of your body and thyroid disease is a common problem in celiac patients. It’s also notorious for causing extreme fatigue, tiredness, and body aches. Cut gluten out of your diet for awhile and see if your symptoms subside. After a few months on the diet, my thyroid levels went back to normal on their own and I no longer have to be on medication. Let me know if you have any more questions!

      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/latestresearch/a/celiac.htm

      http://www.celiac.com/articles/1106/1/Celiac-Disease-Symptoms/Page1.html

      http://www.csaceliacs.org/celiac_symptoms.php

  39. QUESTION:
    hypothyroidism & PCOS?
    I’m 18 and I have just been diagnosed with PCOS and Hypothyroidism.I’m overweight, I just began having an irregular periods 3 months ago (which is how I found out about both) and I have cysts.But I have no other symptoms of hypothyroid or PCOS.

    No acne,no dry hair,no hoarse voice,my body temp. feels normal,I’m happy,I’m lively,I have no facial hair or hair loss,no fatigue,no insulin resistance,NOTHING! except for being overweight,due to lack of exercise.

    I don’t think I have Hypothyroidism,could I have been misdiagnosed? And could I just have cysts from having missed periods due to being overweight? I think PCOS is a little far fetched.I mean I really just think I’m overweight and lazy lol.

    Is my Dr. a complete moron or am I just one of the lucky ones who don’t have symptoms?

    And could my Hypothyroid have causes my PCOS? and can either of them ever be resolved all together by weight loss?

    I’m “5,4″ 180 pounds and Pear shaped. Bigger legs and butt,smaller stomach.Could my shape have anything to do with my lack of symptoms? like insulin resistance?
    I have no idea what kind of level I have or what kind of blood test they gave me.They just took blood and gave me a phone call.I don’t really know too much about it =/
    They are trying to put me on medication though,medium level.I haven’t taken it yet though.

    • ANSWER:
      First, PCOS, especially in teenagers does not require you to be obese or have facial hair. Cysts are also not required to have this diagnosis! Your doctor needed to test your level of testosterone to make this diagnosis. S/he may have called it something else (DHEA etc). All women have some levels of testosterone; women with PCOS may have higher levels. Having higher levels (“hyperandrogenism” and having irregular periods (“oligomenorrhea”) can technically be enough to make a diagnosis. Many PCOS patients do have the symptoms you listed (acne, insulin resistance, facial hair), but certainly not all. Your doctor may have also tested your insulin levels, and two other hormones, FSH and LH. All would help in the diagnosis.

      As for hypothyroidism, you can ask for it to be retested, especially since you seem to have so few symptoms and probably wouldn’t want to take a medication unnecessarily. TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is the blood test that should definitely be ordered. They might order additional thyroid tests (T3 and T4 for example).

      You may also consider seeing an endocrinologist. This is a doctor who specializes in hormones. Hormones are at the root of both hypothyroidism and PCOS.

      You asked if other things like weight and shape could affect your symptoms. Many things can influence these symptoms and it’s best to discuss them in detail with a doctor who also knows more about your lifestyle, genetics, other health problems etc.

      Good luck.

  40. QUESTION:
    I am Anemic, Hypoglycemic and Hypothyroid! Anyone know what could be the greater cause of these things?
    I found out that I have all three of these things. Anemia: I have smaller red blood cells than what is normal and am not iron/folic defficient. There has to be a link to having all three. Maybe there is something else wrong that is causing all three of these… any ideas? Does anyone suffer from all or some of these?

    • ANSWER:
      eat more meat…sugar… and talk to your body….. you are in charge….,. your brain is stronger than the rest of the problems…. you alone can fix it and are in charge…. take control.

  41. QUESTION:
    Help? Hypothyroid sensitivity to cold has caused me hypothermia?
    I’m 17 so I’m on a low dose of my thyroid medication. I’ve been having problems all my life with the sensitivity to the cold. However, for the past year, multiple times I’ve gotten mild hypothermia. I’m tired of it. I get it even when it’s not near freezing temperature. I constantly dress warm, drink warm things, make sure the heat’s on a bit, and yet this keeps happening. The most recent I had to be put in the hospital for.

    About 3 weeks ago was the worst. My lips turned white, my mom said my complexion was ghastly, my temperature was 95.0 degrees [When I reached the hospital, it dropped even more.], I couldn’t move or do things properly, and it was scary when I got to the hospital. They put me in bed and put about 10 + warm blankets on me. Even so, I was shaking like crazy and still freezing.

    I can’t keep having this issue, I have no idea what else I can do though! Also, I’m naturally really small – both in height and weight. Which makes me even more cold. Could this be something else? Not just a symptom of hypothyroid. And also, what else can I do? I have no ideas now. I try all the time to make sure I don’t freeze yet this happens. ):

    I can’t gain weight either, I have a pain condition and when I weigh more… Ehh… More physical pain.

    • ANSWER:
      I did this same thing…about four times over the course of about 5 yrs…this was before I was diagnosed Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis. I would freeze terribly & even w/ 10 blankets, it would keep on for about an hr…I would be sore the next day or so from tightened muscles. I felt as if it was how one would feel going into hypothermia. Doctor had no answer. When I was diagnosed, I found that I had probably had this thyroid problem coming on for a long long time…I had also had migraines since my teens & had severe constipation & sleep apnea. I had started having excessive sleepiness (even w/ CPAP for the apnea) and then really itchy, dry skin.

      Unless you are really skinny, that in itself should not cause you to be more cold.

      It sounds as if your meds need dose adjustment….if your doctor won’t do it, get a NEW doctor!

      Blessings

  42. QUESTION:
    I am hypothyroid, but still can’t overcome this fear of bipolar?
    All the symptoms that i’m experiencing, excessive worry, slow growth( I’m 18) insomnia, trouble concentrating, a little bit of depression but mostly just pessimism, match up to my hypothyroid condition (6.6 level) but i can’t seem to get over the fear of developing bipolar. My mother had it & I know it can be hereditary but since I’m hypothyroid, should I just focus on this since it’s what’s causing my problems? Thanks everyone and happy new years (:

    • ANSWER:
      Give all your thoughts to your thyroid problem. You know that your problems are coming from that.

      Bipolar CAN be hereditary. Don’t worry about something that hasn’t and may never happen to
      you.

      Concentrate all your energy in today. Enjoy each day as much as you can.

      Worrying won’t change anything.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is PCOS automatic if you are obese?
    If you can’t get pregnant and obese, does that mean you have polycistc ovarian syndrome? Or could hypothyroid be the cause of infertility? Both have been mentioned to me. Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      I was diagnosed with PCOS last year after knowing darn well I had it long before that. I had EVERY symptom of PCOS but no doctor would ever diagnose me with the syndrome. I finally found a gynocologist that recognized my problem. Because of him and his fantastic knowledge of the syndrome, I was able to conceive on my own with no fertility meds 3 weeks after my first visit!

      I have also struggled tremendously with my weight for years and didn’t know why. At 286 lbs, I finally couldn’t take it anymore and went on Weight Watchers. I was able to lose 77 lbs in less than a year. I also went on Metformin, which is given to women with PCOS, as although it’s a diabetic medication to regulate blood sugar, it also regulates ovulation in women with PCOS. I became pregnant 3 weeks after starting the Metformin. I miscarried at 5 months in Dec 2006, but am currently pregnant again.

      If you have PCOS, weight and obesity will ALWAYS be a struggle. I have learned this. I am making sure I eat right and am not allowing myself to gain a ton of weight during my pregnancy. Women with PCOS tend to have a higher rate of fertility problems, weight problems, skin problems, the rate of miscarriage is higher, the list goes on and on.

      Although there is no cure, it is a somewhat manageable syndrome, but you have to be your own advocate and manage it yourself. Once I finally got diagnosed, life became easier. Believe it or not , 10% of ALL women suffer from PCOS. It’s more common than people think.

      Good luck!

  44. QUESTION:
    Is my thyroid causing these problems?
    I am a healthy 19 year old girl, but I just found out I have hypothyroid. For the last couple of months, I have been experiencing anxiety and nervousness. My blood pressure and heart rate have also been high every time I have went to the doctor. I know hyperthyroid causes anxiety and increase heart rate, but can hypothyroid? I have just starting taking synthyroid and the doctor told me it will take a while to work.

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    Thyroid issues or something else?
    I just recently discovered that I am hypothyroid. After years of complaining of cognitive issues and being diagnosed with depression, add, and a sleep disorder (idiopathic hypersomnia), I finally requested to see results from the 2 latest blood labs I had done. The numbers were indicative of hypothyroidism, even though my doctor said I was in “normal” range. TSH was 4.5 on the last test (GP also checked T3 and T4).

    I’ve had some major cognitive problems for quite some time. It’s so bad that I thought I was getting dementia even though I’m only 25 years old. I know being hypothyroid can cause that but I think my problems are so bad, that they could be more than just thyroid issues.

    I have a really bad memory.

    My main problem is brain fog. These are my symptoms:
    -have trouble forming complete thoughts
    -can’t keep up in conversations/can’t think of anything to say EVER. I’m very awkward (this resulted in me having social anxiety)
    -problems with critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making
    -always making dumb mistakes
    -slow thinking
    -not very many thoughts go through my head (feel like my mind is blank all the time)
    -no opinions, creativity, or personality
    -when I do talk, I don’t think it makes sense a lot of the time and it’s not very fluent
    -verbal communication skills are not very good
    -written communication skills are not that much better

    Basically I feel like someone kidnapped by brain. I’m sure everyone who knows me probably thinks I’m a dumb@ss. Everything I do and say is wrong. I feel so stupid all of the time. It affects my job performance and personal life. I feel like I’m failing at work because I never have anything to say about anything and it takes me forever to grasp and understand what other people are doing. I hardly even talk to my friends because my mind is so cloudy, I can’t think of what to say or do. This is making me very depressed at the moment. Is this more than just a thyroid problem or is this common? Does it ever get better?

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Problem? Pituitary Gland? Terrible Cognitive and Memory Problems?!?
    I have a strong suspicion that I am hypothyroid. After years of complaining of cognitive issues and being diagnosed with depression, ADD, and a sleep disorder (idiopathic hypersomnia), I finally requested a blood test to see if I have an underactive thyroid.

    I’ve had some major cognitive problems for quite some time. It’s so bad that I thought I was getting dementia even though I’m only 27 years old. I know being hypothyroid can cause that but I think my problems are so bad, that they could be more than just thyroid issues. Pituitary gland?

    I have a really bad memory.

    My main problem is brain fog. These are my symptoms:
    -have trouble forming complete thoughts
    -can’t keep up in conversations/can’t think of anything to say EVER. I’m very awkward (this resulted in me having social anxiety)
    -problems with critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making
    -always making dumb mistakes
    -slow thinking
    -not very many thoughts go through my head (feel like my mind is blank all the time)
    -no opinions, creativity, or personality
    -when I do talk, I don’t think it makes sense a lot of the time and it’s not very fluent
    -verbal communication skills are not very good
    -written communication skills are not that much better

    Basically I feel like someone kidnapped by brain. I’m sure everyone who knows me probably thinks I’m a dumb@ss. Everything I do and say is wrong. I feel so stupid all of the time. It affects my job performance and personal life. I feel like I’m failing at work because I never have anything to say about anything and it takes me forever to grasp and understand what other people are doing. I hardly even talk to my friends because my mind is so cloudy, I can’t think of what to say or do. This is making me very depressed at the moment. Is this more than just a thyroid problem or is this common? Does it ever get better?

    • ANSWER:
      My husband is on a thyroid meds.He says that alto about not remembering things,at 27 I would put my money on it.The doc.on this post listen to him, i just know from experience & being a Mom.They do call me doctor Mom & call me up cause not only from experience i read medical literature.I hope you are ok.Do u take any medications,that to can cause memory loss.

  47. QUESTION:
    I’m searching for a disease that causes extreme pain from normal touch – especially in the spine area?
    Some symptoms present (may not be associated) are, aching in joints, hypothyroid disease, paranoia, and *excessive pain when spine is touched in one spot* body pain, cold hands. Surgeries include ceserean, gastric bypass, hysterectomy. Several surgeries have included a spinal tap… the pain seems to be generated in the area of previous spinal tap. The entire back will spasm with normal touch, the patient has thought someone poked a needle with poison into her because of the intense pain. When spasm occurs, eyes glaze, patient will yelp, becomes excessively defensive and doesn’t want to be touched anywhere as though entire body becomes highly sensitive to touch.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you may have more than one issue going on, which is why you may be having difficulty finding a source. I would suggest you start a timeline of what condition happened first, then second, and so on. Then take it to your doctor. This may be able to help them understand how potentially one thing led to a string of other issues. You’re in my prayers.

  48. QUESTION:
    i have a lot of hypothyroid symptoms but the Dr. says levels are within range, but i feel bad, what do i do?
    I always feel tired and depressed, sleepy, and disoriented, like I’m always loosing my train of thought and
    I’m forgetting easy things to do and this is happening at work, and it happened college making me forget when i got nervous, messing my test up, causing me to fail, what do I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Find another doctor.
      You should be looking into hypothyroid symptoms that are concerning you as well as looking into other possible causes of these symptoms, your doctor should try to help you identify what is causing this and some solutions.
      Also, it wouldn’t hurt to see a therapist. It may not just be a physical thing, but emotional as well. If you’re under a lot of stress or have had recent changes in your life, etc., this may be your body reacting to that.

  49. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroid wiry crinkly hair: what component/nutrient is it missing and…?
    Hypothyroid wiry crinkly hair: what component is it missing and…?
    is it reversible? I want to know what component is the hair missing that causes it to crinkle up? I have been experimenting with many conditioners and treatments but none seem to help the hair that has already been affected. Is this even reversible or is that hair permanently damaged? Is there anything I can take or rub on my scalp to prevent more hair from crinkling up? My hair used to be straight and soft, now it’s crinkly on the crown of my head.

    • ANSWER:
      I assume you don’t mean curly, but that it is coarse and wiry. This is from the thyroid. If you just started synthroid, it will take a while for the hair to grow out and become smooth again. (Hair grown at about 1/2 inch a month.) If you’ve taken it a while, check your level, you may need more.
      If your level has been normal for a while, then I don’t know.
      Good luck.

  50. QUESTION:
    What causes ovarian cysts?
    I missed my period for about 3 months,I went to the doctors and I had cysts all over my ovaries.I don’t think I have PCOS,I didn’t get a test done for it.But I don’t have any other symptoms but these.I got diagnosed with Hypothyroidism the very same day,I don’t have any other signs of that either.The only link to Hypothyroid is me being over weight.What could be wrong? what should I get checked for next or should I just see another doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      ovarian cysts are from when the egg tries to exit the ovary and gets stuck and doesn’t release. follicles form cysts after….. I have hypothryoid too and the cyst problem could be endocrine as well. I would get a 2nd opinion but that’s just me :)


Side Effects Of Hypothyroidism

Armour Thyroid
Armour Thyroid (thyroid tablets) is for oral use. Your doctor may prescribe Armour Thyroid if you have had problems with a synthetic therapy or, if you or your doctor prefers natural products. Although most people have no problems when taking Armour Thyroid, side effects are possible. If the dosage is too high, symptoms of hyperthyroidism may occur, including hair loss, a rapid heart rate, and high blood pressure. Serious side effects of Armour Thyroid may also occur; seek medical attention immediately if you develop signs of an allergic reaction, such as itching, hives, or unexplained swelling.Several medications could cause negative interactions with Armour Thyroid. Drug interactions may occur if Armour Thyroid is taken with gas-relieving medicines, calcium supplements, or certain seizure medications. These Armour Thyroid drug interactions can prevent the thyroid drug from being absorbed into the digestive tract, so it is important to take these medicines at least a few hours apart.

The most common starting dose for patients with hypothyroidism is Armour thyroid 60mg which is cut in half with a razor blade and half is taken after breakfast and the other half after dinner. Taking it after meals also helps to reduce volatility of the blood-level of T3. If the patient has any problem breaking or cutting the pill, they should purchase a pill-cutter at the pharmacy.

Armour Thyroid is a natural product; it may not be suitable for your use. Prior to using Armour Thyroid, talk to your health care professional to ensure this is the correct medication for you. You should consult your health care professional prior to use for the following:

If you have a history of allergy or intolerance to any medications or other substances If you have a history of high blood pressure If you have a personal or family history of blood clots, or a personal history of heart disease or stroke If you have been diagnosed with diabetes If you have adrenal insufficiency If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

If you experience chest pain, increased pulse rate, palpitations, excessive sweating, heat intolerance, or nervousness, please consult your doctor immediately; your dose may need to be adjusted.

Hyporthyroids

Hypothyroidism Excessive Sweating – Excessive Sweating In One Armpit – Stops Sweating
Hypothyroidism Excessive Sweating

Certain emotional and psychological conditions are known to trigger excessive sweating syndrome. These emotional or psychological states include anxiety nervousness or even anger. Although psychological distress is a widely acceptable cause of sweating this sweaty palms effect mostly occurs in absence of outside stimulation. That is why its causes are thought to be rooted in the sympathetic nervous system.

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This article will hopefully let you see that although you may very well be able to cover up sweating using antiperspirants pills or even Botox injections this doesn’t cure it. To fully cure it you need to solve the cause which could be 1 or many different things.

Excessive sweating can make a person smell awful! You may experience this awful smell by being the unlucky person who gets to sit beside him on a bus or shake his sweaty hand. Everyone has experienced this kind of situation and everyone hates it.

These are some approaches to over sweating: Botox (botulinum toxin) — recently approved in the U.S. by the FDA for treating excessive axillary (underarm) sweating.

Excessive sweating is the main symptom of hyperhidrosis. It may affect the entire body or just certain body areas such as the armpits hands face or feet. Because it causes increased wetness on the surface of the hands the face and other areas of the body this condition may significantly affect a person’s social life. Many people feel self-conscious about shaking hands or hugging and may avoid physical activity because it makes them sweat.

Excessive sweating of the hands interferes with many routine activities such as securely grasping objects. Some hyperhidrosis sufferers avoid situations where they will come into physical contact with others such as greeting a person with a handshake. Hiding embarrassing sweat spots under the armpits limits the sufferers arm movements and pose.

Thyroid Condition Symptoms

Understanding Hypoactive Thyroid Causes, Symptoms and Treatments
When the thyroid gland is not responding to the pituitary gland’s release of thyroid stimulating hormone, the result is a hypoactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, and insufficient levels of thyroid hormone in the blood. This condition affects more women than men, and requires life long treatment to replace the hormones not being produced by the thyroid.

Thyroid hormones

The hormones secreted by the thyroid are:

Thyroxine (T4), which contains four atoms of iodine.
Triiodothyronine (T3), has three atoms of iodine attached

Thyroxine is turned into Triiodothyronine by the liver, and it is these hormone levels that determine the type of thyroid disease that is present. These hormones work to regulate the rate at which your body burns energy. They affect weight and sleep patterns, menstrual cycle changes in women and sexual dysfunction (ED) in men.

Another hormone involved in this process is thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), manufactured by the pituitary gland. When thyroid hormone levels in the blood are low, the pituitary gland releases TSH, which stimulates the thyroid to produce and secrete more hormone.

Symptoms:

Subclinical hypothyroidism is the term that describes the initial symptoms of hypothyroidism that can be overlooked and mimic other conditions. Symptoms include:

Fatigue
Intolerance to cold
Dry and/or pale skin
Hair loss and brittle nails
sore muscles, slow movements and weakness
Hoarse voice
a change in facial expression
Depression
Memory deficits and difficulty in concentrating
Increased weight
Constipation
fertility problems and increased risk of miscarriage
heavy, irregular or prolonged menstrual periods
Bradycardia (slow heart rate)

Goiter is a swelling in one or both lobes that site on either side of the thyroid gland, that appears as an enlargement on the lower aspect of the neck.

Causes:

Hypothyroidism is more common in older people.
Women are more likely to be affected than men.
Autoimmune conditions such as diabetes, vitiligo, and Addison’s disease.
Certain medications, such as lithium carbonate (psychotropic med) and amiodarone (for the heart)
Inefficient amount of iodine
Autoimmune Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
Problems with hypothalamus or pituitary gland

Hypothyroidism is diagnosed by testing the blood TSH levels and thyroid hormone levels in the blood. A diagnosis of autoimmune hypothyroidism is usually determined by the presence of certain antibodies in the blood, which show as a problem with autoimmunity.

Treatment:

Treatment for Hypothyroidism involves replacing the thyroid hormones that are absent. This is easily accomplished by taking oral levothyroxine. The dosage will need to be adjusted by your physician to get the correct dosage for you. Regular blood testing will be required to check hormone levels. Medication will then be adjusted accordingly. Medication and treatment for underactive hypothyroid will continue for the rest of the patient’s life. Once the correct dose of thyroxine replacement has been determined, yearly blood tests will be needed to ensure appropriate hormone levels are maintained.

Fetal thyroid development occurs after the 12th week of pregnancy. Until then the fetus depends on the mother’s thyroid hormone levels for nervous system development. The mother can feel safe in taking her thyroid supplements. She needs it for her health, as well as for the health of the developing fetus.

If you are hypothyroid and plan to have children sometime in the future, let your doctor know of your plans so that your health can be in the most optimal condition as possible.

Thyroid Nodules Symptoms

Symptoms of Throat Cancer
Throat cancer usually develops on the mucosal surface of the larynx, pharynx or mouth. The most common symptom of throat cancer is the lump or the nodule in the neck. The symptoms for the thyroid cancer vary depending on the type of the thyroid cancer. The thyroid cancers are rare. The different symptoms observed in the throat cancer are

The throat cancer usually begins with the nose and later spread to all the part of the body. This starts with a lump or nodule in the base of the neck and spread to the lymph node in the neck. If the lump persisted for more than a week then it must be consulted with a specialist. Though all the lumps are not cancer, the lump in the nose is the first stage for a throat cancer. The lump is the main symptom in the case of the thyroid gland cancer. Though the lumps are not painless, they tend to enlarge and result in the throat cancer.

The next noticeable symptom of throat cancer is the change in the voice. The hoarseness or the change in the voice lasting for more than a week must be consulted with the appropriate physician. The change in the voice must be consulted with an otolaryngologist. An otolaryngologist is a specialist in the field of head and neck who can examine for the possibility of the vocal cord or other type of cancer. The examination can be done without much pain. Not all the voice change cause from the cancer. Although the voice change that persists for more than a week must be consulted with an otolaryngologist.

The next type of symptom causes from the tumors that occurs in the nose, throat and in lungs. The tumors may result in bleeding in regions like nose, throat or in mouth. If the bleeding occurs in mouth saliva and if it occurs frequently, then the physician must be consulted to examine the possible reason for the bleeding.

The next type of the symptom is the swallowing problems that arise due to this type of cancer that occur in throat or the esophagus. This makes the swallowing of any solid food difficult and harmful. Even liquid food may be found difficult to swallow in this condition. This condition will cause the food to stick at one point in the mouth and eventually make it either to go in or come out. If the trouble at swallowing the food persists for more than a week, then a physician must be consulted to diagnose the problem. In general a barium swallow x-ray or an esophagoscopy will be done to examine the causes.

The next type is too with the swallowing problem. When there is a constant pain in the ear while swallowing the food, this maybe the sign for the tumor in the throat. Usually this symptom occurs along with any of the other symptoms of the throat cancer. If it occurs with any lump or pain in the throat, then the seriousness of the problem is high. This type of symptom can be examined by an otolaryngologist.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can a small thyroid nodule cause symptoms?
    Doctor’s have sent me blood work 3 times end it is always normal, but i had an ultrasound done and i have a small nodule on left side of my thyroid my thyroids lookes abnormal. and have symptoms like tremors in my hands i feel jittery, anxious, palpitations, hair falling out,trouble swallowing, have mood swings, i feel sleepy all day, muscles fell weak, low body temperature, could this be the nodule i have or is it just anxiety?

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure you get tested for celiac disease. I basically had all of those and my labs came back mildly hypothyroid, but it didn’t explain all the symptoms including the anxiety and shakiness. I found out later that I had celiac disease which causes thyroid problems. All of those symptoms are associated with celiac disease. It’s an autoimmune disease caused by gluten intolerance so the cure is a gluten free diet. Let me know if you have any questions. I accept pm’s.

      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/latestresearch/a/celiac.htm

      http://www.csaceliacs.org/celiac_symptoms.php

      http://www.celiac.com/articles/1106/1/Celiac-Disease-Symptoms/Page1.html

      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/

      oh, and also, there is such a thing as subclinical hypothyroidism. It’s where you have all the symptoms, but your labs are normal. Many doctors recognize it now. Also, get your labs and look at them to make sure they aren’t using an outdated scale. That’s what happened to me. My TSH was like 4.5 and the doctor told me it was normal. It wasn’t.

  2. QUESTION:
    What should be done about a thyroid problem, when nodules are present, what are symptoms?
    Are allergies commonly related to thyroid issues? Are there are any nontradition / non western medicine approaches to treatment? Is this an issue that should be adressed by a doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are having thyroid problems, yes you do need to go to a doctor. My grandmother had to have her’s removed at the age of 19. You can get cancer of the thyroid and you don’t want to take chances with that. You will need to have some tests run to find out for sure if it is your thyroid that is the problem and your doctor will go from there. Make an appointment and if any one of your immediate family members have had any kind of thyroid disease, you need to tell you doctor about that also. I hope all is well.

  3. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Cancer? TSH is normal, but I still have symptoms + nodules?
    I have an enlarged thyroid and two 2cm nodules. I’m scheduled for a biopsy in a week, but am wondering what the chances are of this being cancer. All of my thyroid levels are NORMAL, however I have ALL the symptoms of hypo (hair loss, exhaustion, weight gain, abnormal periods, dry skin, cracked nails, etc. etc. etc.), plus I have a hoarse voice, swollen lymphnode on the same side, and feel like I have a pill stuck in my throat. Any thoughts from thyroid cancer survivors? These symptoms all came on very fast, within the last couple months.

    Side note: I did have half of my thyroid removed 5 years ago for a large, benign nodule.

    • ANSWER:
      Ι think it is better seeing a doctor in person to answer this kind of questions.

  4. QUESTION:
    Are any of these symptoms related to the fact that i have hypothyroidism and thyroid nodules?
    so november 2009 i was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and a 4mm nodule on the right side.
    i’ve been on synthroid since then and i’ve had a few dosage adjustments.
    and the dr said that the thyroid nodule was not big enough to even worry about back then.
    i see my endocrinologist regularly (although i have not seen him since august and my next appointment is not until february).
    i mentioned in july that around where the nodule is hurts a bit. he said that was pretty typical and didn’t seem to think much of it.
    personally i think the nodule may be getting bigger and thats why its bugging me. i’m not due to have another ultrasound to look at it until just before i go see him again in february though.

    for the last couple months i’ve been having these symptoms and i’m wondering if they are in any way related to the hypothyroidism and the nodule…
    -high BP (primary dr put me on medication to control it)
    -headaches. some are the worst headache i’ve ever had. they happen a few times a week and it literally feels like my brain is swelling up and going to explode out of my head. its this big pressurized feeling. (primary dr thought it was due to the high BP. when they didn’t go away after the medication i had an MRI but it was normal so now she wants me to see a neurologist but if its related to my thyroid then obviously i wouldn’t need to see a neurologist)
    -tender/sore breats
    -nausea (not all the time but several times throughout the dr and its typically worse in the morning and at night)
    -extreme stomach hunger pains (i get full quick and then seem to get hungry quick and when i don’t eat something asap my stomach starts to hurt. it doesn’t growl or anything it just hurts and makes me feel sick)
    so what do you think could these symptoms be related to my thryoid problems? i just don’t know what dr to see about what symptoms ya know?

    oh and btw i have been noticing a few other symptoms lately that i KNOW are thyroid related like
    -being moody
    -gaining a few pounds even though i have not changed my diet or exercise
    -being absolutely freezing
    -exhausted
    idk if that info helps in any way.

    • ANSWER:
      A lot to say to you:

      1) Synthroid is THE worst medication you could have been put on, and many doctors don’t get this yet. Read what patients have learned here: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work
      2) Patients are light years ahead of most doctors about what really does work, which is here: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/natural-thyroid-101
      3) High blood pressure is the result of continuing hypothyroidism: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/long-and-pathetic
      4) Nausea is a sign that you now have adrenal fatigue, both from being undiagnosed too long, and being on Synthroid: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/adrenal-info
      5) Nodules usually point to Hashimotos: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/hashimotos

      Read this patient-to-patient website thoroughly. It will open your eyes and push you to find a much better doc.

  5. QUESTION:
    are any of these symptoms related to the fact that i have hypothyroidism and thyroid nodules?
    so november 2009 i was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and a 4mm nodule on the right side.
    i’ve been on synthroid since then and i’ve had a few dosage adjustments.
    and the dr said that the thyroid nodule was not big enough to even worry about back then.
    i see my endocrinologist regularly (although i have not seen him since august and my next appointment is not until february).
    i mentioned in july that around where the nodule is hurts a bit. he said that was pretty typical and didn’t seem to think much of it.
    personally i think the nodule may be getting bigger and thats why its bugging me. i’m not due to have another ultrasound to look at it until just before i go see him again in february though.

    for the last couple months i’ve been having these symptoms and i’m wondering if they are in any way related to the hypothyroidism and the nodule…
    -high BP (primary dr put me on medication to control it)
    -headaches. some are the worst headache i’ve ever had. they happen a few times a week and it literally feels like my brain is swelling up and going to explode out of my head. its this big pressurized feeling. (primary dr thought it was due to the high BP. when they didn’t go away after the medication i had an MRI but it was normal so now she wants me to see a neurologist but if its related to my thyroid then obviously i wouldn’t need to see a neurologist)
    -tender/sore breats
    -nausea (not all the time but several times throughout the dr and its typically worse in the morning and at night)
    -extreme stomach hunger pains (i get full quick and then seem to get hungry quick and when i don’t eat something asap my stomach starts to hurt. it doesn’t growl or anything it just hurts and makes me feel sick)
    so what do you think could these symptoms be related to my thryoid problems? i just don’t know what dr to see about what symptoms ya know?

    oh and btw i have been noticing a few other symptoms lately that i KNOW are thyroid related like
    -being moody
    -gaining a few pounds even though i have not changed my diet or exercise
    -being absolutely freezing
    -exhausted
    idk if that helps in any way.

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of these definitely seem like signs of thyroid problems. I would suggest making a list of every thing thats going wrong to take to the doctor with you, that way when you get there you will remember everything that you wanted to address. Maybe your medication is under dosed? You should definitely go see a doc, it doesn’t sound like you’re feeling too well and you want to get better asap. And if your doctor that you’re going to doesn’t think much of it, you need to go find a new doctor, because something clearly isn’t right. Good luck! Hope you feel better soon!

  6. QUESTION:
    I had a thyroid ultrasound at the endocrinologist and he saw 3 nodules?
    My endocrinologist told me that he could see 3 thyroid nodules on ultrasound and that my thyroid is inflamed. But when I got a second ultrasound approximately 2 weeks later they said that everything is fine. I haven’t gone back to the doctor yet, but I’m majorly frustrated because I’m still having some symptoms that made them think I had a thyroid problem in the first place (tachycardia). Does anyone else know what this could be?? thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Nodules alone don’t always cause symptoms, so they may not even be related to your condition.

  7. 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!

  8. QUESTION:
    Could these be symptoms of a thyroid nodule/cyst? Do you have experience with a thyroid nodule/cyst?
    Hi everyone,

    My Mum has been diagnosed with 3 thyroid nodules/cysts and has been experiencing many symptoms. Could the following be possible symptoms of a thyroid nodule or cyst:

    - Hoarseness/ Raspy voice.
    - Pain in the front of the throat (right where the thyroid gland is).
    - A “tickle” in the throat.
    - A dry cough.
    - Post-nasal drip

    Could they be symptoms? Or does it sound like something worse? :(

    Have you had an experience with a thyroid nodule/cyst? What was your experience? Did you have symptoms?

    10 points for best answer!

    Thank you so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I think those could possibly indicate another nodule. Since she has has a history of thyroid nodules, I think it would be best for her to get her doctor’s opinion on this.

  9. QUESTION:
    IIrregular shaped thyroid but no specific nodules?
    I received in the mail results of ultrasound of my thyroid. It says Thyroid has an irregular shape but no specific nodules were seen. Should I be concerned? I have been having several of the symptoms associated with thyroid problem.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there should be slight concern, with the symptoms. Irregular shapes are common, except it accompanies illnesses.

  10. QUESTION:
    What were your thyroid cancer symptoms?
    I was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism as well as nodules that may be cancerous. To those of you who have had thyroid cancer, what kinds of symptoms did you experience prior to your diagnosis? I know symptoms are different for everyone, but I’m really worried right now, and any information you can give me about this would be really helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      The only symptom I had was a large, hard lump on my throat. Many people have nodules, and the vast majority (95%) are benign, so more likely than not, you don’t have to worry.. Here’s a list of symptoms: http://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/thyroid/thyroid-cancer-symptoms also check out http://thyca.org for everything you’ve wanted to know about thyroid cancer.

  11. QUESTION:
    New On-Set of Thyroid Symptoms. Help!?
    I have yet to go for a TSH but a recent ultrasound found several thyroid nodules. I have gained 20 lbs in the past month and really can’t afford this! I have several other symptoms as well such as palpitations, trouble swallowing, etc. My question is…. if they get my thyroid regulated with meds, will my excess weight come off or am I doomed to be like this? I am not a vain person. I am getting married soon and need to fit in my wedding dress! Hoping for some answers.

    • ANSWER:
      If you get your Thyroid under control with meds, yes you can lose the weigh, but you need to see a Dr.just incase its more then just a over or under active Thyroid

  12. QUESTION:
    can a thyroid nodule cause these symptoms?
    (somewhat condensed background).
    november 2009:
    -diagnosed with hypothryodisim and put on synthroid
    -had thyroid ultrasound and found a 4mm nodule
    may 2010:
    -started feeling blah and got hyperthyroid symptoms
    june 2010:
    -went to endocrinologist and my TSH was way too low so he lowered my dosage.
    july 2010:
    -TSH still too low so my dosage was lowered aggain
    -started getting some mild pain on my right thyroid lobe (where the nodule is) and the dr said that was not a big deal.
    august 2010:
    -TSH is fine so i continue on the dosage from july.
    late september 2010:
    -ran out of refills so the office faxed in a new prescription to the pharmacy. i got them and started taking them.
    early november 2010:
    -finished pills (i admit i do forget to take them every now and then)
    -went to the store and refilled my pills
    -got home realized they were not the right dosagte but also realized that the other bottle was not the ccorrect dosage either so i had been taking the wrong dosage for a whole month.
    -called the dr office and they faxed in the correct dosage so i’m now on the right dosage

    now to the symptoms i’m having.
    in early september i started getting headaches almost daily. some of them were THE WORST HEADACHE OF MY LIFE. it really scared me cuz they just felt like no other headache i’ve ever had.
    my mom’s a nurse and took my BP while i was having one of the killer ones and she said it was 160/100. i went to my primary dr and she said the headaches were probably caused my the high blood pressure (although i didn’t have high BP until i started getting the headaches so it makes me wonder). she put me on lisinopril for the high BP and said to come back in 3 weeks. i did and the headaches weren’t quite as frequent but there were still around a few times per week. my BP was perfect. she said that the medicine can take up to 6 weeks to fully work so told me to come back in another 3 weeks. i did and again my BP was perfect but i said that i was still getting headaches a few times per week and that they scared me.
    she ordered an MRI and i had that last week. the results were that everything looked normal. she said the next step would be to see a neurologist.
    also i hadn’t really mentioned it to my dr but i’ve been getting slightly nauseous every day. its typically in the morning but can be any time of day really. at the time i didn’t think that it was related to the high BP and headaches but now idk.
    and lately i’ve been getting hungry to the point that i feel really sick and have a bad stomach ache even after not eating for a couple hours.
    and my breasts have been extrmeely tender for about 3 weeks and i don’t know if that has anything to do with anything either.

    so with all of that do you know if any of that would be related to my thyroid nodule?
    i’m not suppsoed to have another thyroid ultrasound until january but it does seem like the nodule is getting bigger so i’d rather not wait until then IF you think my symptoms could be related to my nodule.
    PEARL:
    i’m not a kid i’m 24yrs old.
    my mom is a RETIRED registered nurse with no affiliation with the endocrinologist i’m seeing so she’s not “take sides” here. she doens’t know too much about thyroid conditions so we are trusting the dr.
    at the time that they found the nodule the dr said it was way to small to worry about at the moment and said if it started to grow then something would be done. (most people have a nodule and don’t know about it and most people do not have thyroid cancer and the people that DO have it are easily cured).
    i’m sure if this next ultrasound shows that the nodule has grown a lot that the dr will def order a fine needle biospy but if he still feels its way too small to worry about then i will trust him. he’s not lazy he comes highly recommended by many people due to his promptness and thuroughness.
    all i was wondering was if my symptoms:
    -high BP
    -headaches
    -nausea
    -stomach hunger pains
    -tender breats
    are related in any way to thyroid nodules

    • ANSWER:
      You most likely have Hashimotos disease, which is an autoimmune attack on the thyroid and causes nodules. You need to read about it here: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/hashimotos This is from a patient-to-patient website on far better treatment strategies.

      Second, because you have been put on the WORST medication ever invented for thyroid disease (Synthroid), you probably now have adrenal fatigue, which causes the nausea you mention. Doctors are often clueless about this, so read this: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/adrenal-info

      And here’s why Synthroid sucks: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work

      And here’s what works: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/natural-thyroid-101

      Read the entire website. It will open your eyes and you’ll either have to teach your doctor or find a much better one, because this one will only keep you sick; http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/how-to-find-a-good-doc

  13. QUESTION:
    THYROID SYMPTOMS???? PLEASE HELP!!!!?
    ok before I begin I would like to start by saying I would really appreciate REAL help and not people saying “go to the doctor” or “call your doctor” as I know I need to see doctors and been to tons of doctors and hospitals this past year and continue to do so. Now im just looking for people who have the same symptoms as I do, or can offer any help thanks!

    here are the symptoms,,, I constantly feel drowsy like im on medication or something
    feeling of being off balance. for example if im sitting on a chair i feel as if im tipping over
    or I feel like im on a ship constantly moving side to side (not actually moving)
    I keep twitching in my legs, butt, and toes
    my arm hurts all the time and my fingers go numb
    I have horrible pressure in my head along with face pains and pressure.
    I cant stand on my feet or walk very long because I start to feel as if im going to faint
    if im standing i need to hold on to something
    I get hot flushes and chills
    sleep a lot
    burning mouth and my tongue looks white with tiny red dots all over (feels like I burned it with hot tea or something)
    sometimes I get ear aches or burning in my ears too sort of like i rubbed pepper in my ears
    sometimes same thing happens in my eyes
    I dont sneeze,itch,or have a stuffy nose so i dont think its due to allergies
    ive tried everything for sinuses, but nothing helps, and i dont even feel my sinuses are swollen.
    my head feels heavy all the time and insane pressure on a daily basis.
    I am a 26 year old female. also had an enlarged thyroid with nodules on it which i had removed 2 months ago and am on levathroxine thyroid replacement medication. i go get my levels tested regularly and the doctor says my levels are “perfect”.

    tests ive had done
    testing for anemia. Negative
    brain ct scan. Normal
    cbc. normal
    thyroid levels. normal
    neck mri. normal
    other bunch of blood work. normal
    ekg. normal

    PLEASE HELP IF ANYONE IS GOING THROUGH ANYTHING LIKE THIS OR HAS ANY IDEA WHAT COULD BE WRONG WITH ME!

    im constantly going to doctors and they cant figure anything out… i dont even go to work anymore because most of the time i cant get out of bed or walk out of the house with out feeling as if im going to faint. one other thing thats on my mind and might sound crazy is menopause??????
    could this be possible at my age?

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly, have you sought psycho therapy? You sound depressed, severely depressed.

  14. QUESTION:
    Recently diagnosed: Thyroid nodules AND moderate enlargement, what do I expect next?
    I went into my doctors office for a sinus infection, and he found that my thyroid seemed enlarged. Ultrasound results showed that I have 2 nodules on the left side, and the overall thyroid is moderately enlarged. My blood test (for thyroid function) came back fine. So my question is, what will be next? I have an appoint with a specialist in like 6 weeks :( . I thought if the thyroid is enlarged or shrunken, that would mean that it is not working properly? If my blood test were okay this time, could it change later? Can it fluctuate? I have had some of the symptoms: major fatigue, headaches, I have a hard time keeping weight off (even with a VERY healthy diet and exercise), mood swings. My maternal grandmother has had a thyroid problem most of her life…..don’t know if that matters or not.
    Thanks in advance for any help on the subject.
    I have looked at the symptoms, and it seems like I do have some of the lesser symptoms (MAJOR fatigue (for like YEARS now), headaches (for like years as well), trouble loosing weight, bouts of depression, ect. So I don’t know way I would have some of the symptoms but OK bloodwork.

    • ANSWER:
      Like you I went in for something different, allergies. I was shocked to find out my thyroid was enlarged but when I looked up the symptoms it made sense. My counts were off though. I had a sonogram which should nodules and then I had the radioactive iodine uptake test. I went to a specialists and he was fantastic, I started on 112 mg of synthroid and my counts were normal within 4 weeks and my thyroid shrunk back down. I take a pill everyday and am just fine.

      The answer above sound much more complicated than just an underactive thyroid with a goiter which is what you sound like you have.

  15. QUESTION:
    I have these symptoms, and I want someone to tell me a 15 year old girl doesn’t have a thyroid nodule!?
    Okay, so three weeks ago I had a cold with a really bad cough, and though my cold has gone away, the cough hasn’t even fully subsided yet three weeks later. I don’t know why, because usually my cough isn’t even bad when I get a cold, and this time it was terrible.
    Now I just started having a sore throat, and when I swallow or talk, it feels like my vocal cords are being pulled on so they’re about to snap. I’ve looked up thyroid nodules, and I have all the symptoms, but it doesn’t say anything about teenagers getting them!
    Can somebody please give me an idea of what I have, and even if it’s most likely a thyroid nodule, anything else it could possibly be?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to see a doctor to find out. There is no other way to tell.

  16. QUESTION:
    Could my thyroid nodules be cancerous?
    I’m 16. I was diagnosed with hypothyroid a year ago. No one else in my family has ever delt with thyroid issues. In may my levels became stable. But before I had symptoms I hypo and hyperthyroid. If I skip one day of meds. I get all thrown off. I just recently had an ultrasound done because I’m having trouble swalloing and flem is always stuck in my throat. I’m waiting on results. I have parts on my skin that won’t tan. What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have had symptoms of hypo and hyper you may be suffering from a disease called Hashimotos. the thyroid is sometimes swollen and sometimes contracted, the synthroid you take could help keep it stable. if the thyroid is enlarged, it would be harder to swallow. I read a book called “the complete thyroid book “by dr. ain and it explains alot about it. you have to be careful because there is alot of fake science out there. Hashimotos is an auto immune disease, and that could be the connection between your thyroid issues and your tanning problems, but I never experienced that. So, if they find nodules, then they may do a fine needle biopsy. you can also get good information from the mayo clinic site, and there is a thyroid yahoo health group where people share info. Also, if it turns out you ever do have cancer, or if you need referals to excellent surgeons or endos, please visit the site www.thyca.org. You are very lucky someone is listening to you. my daughter is 23 and we have had terrible problems getting doctors to take her seriously, and she has my history of hashimotos and thyroid cancer to tell them about! Also, just as an fyi…if you do ever end up with thyroid cancer, if it is follicular or papillary, the chances of you living to a ripe old age are very very good. all that info is at thyca.org, or a yahoo health group called thyca.oh, and take your meds first thing in the morning on an empty stomach with only water for at least the first half hour (I do it if I wake up at 3 am and then go back to sleep) and do not have calcium vitamins for at least 4 hours afterwards. your thyroid meds take 6 weeks to reach the right levels, and missing one day really should not effect you that much…some people have tried only taking meds one giant time per week in medical studies! it could be again, the hashimotos….and if you ever do need the thyroid removed? my scar is so thin that people hardly notice it! anyway, hope that gets you started into the right info. good luck and good health.

  17. QUESTION:
    Does thyroid cancer make hypo symptoms worse?
    I’m wondering if having thyroid cancer would make hypothyroid symptoms worse than if you just have a benign nodule or goiter?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no correlation between thyroid cancer and hypothyroidism. A thyroid cancer tumor functions on its own and doesn’t have any effect on one’s TSH.

  18. QUESTION:
    Could these be thyroid symptoms?
    I have asked this question before:
    “I have headaches all the time, I always have constipation, on and off-(since like 6th grade-now I’m in 10th) I get laryngitis frequently and recently I have sore throats that kill. Also I have hand tremors-my sister has diabetes so I have checked myself and none there. Today I couldn’t control my arm. It flopped around like a fish. I feel weakish in the morning. I eat all of my meals every day. When I had a blood test they said I may have hypothyroidism-but I can’t confirm that until May, the week of school finals. My head is killing me right now. I don’t know what this is. Can anyone help me? oh and could anyone give me advice to help me feel better?
    im pretty sure its not allergies-oh yeah and the doctor also found bumps (nodules? goiters?) on my thyroid.
    Can anyone please, please help me?”
    I never got the results because I never went back. I am now a senior in high school and still have all these problems-but my arm hasn’t done anything crazy since then. I have a lot of constipation and gas with whatever I eat, and still get head aches. When I work out and eat healthy, my body stops me by making me feel weak (my hands shake violently-I eat 3 meals a day, btw, and healthy portions of food). I want to be a healthy person, but my body stops me from going there. Could it have to do with allergies to food or thyroid? Does anyone else have these similar symptoms that knows what is going on? I’d like to get this resolved so I don’t have to worry about being unhealthy anymore. Thanks everyone!

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest that you go back to your Doctor and finds out the results,you may require further testing and medication.The symptoms of a thyroid problem mimics a lot of other conditions,so find the right way,back to the Doc

  19. QUESTION:
    Can depakote interfere with your thyroid blood tests?
    I have the understanding that Depakote is not only to treat depression but is said to help those with thyroid symptoms and
    people who get migraines. If a person has all the symptoms of hyperthyroid and a nodule is found on their thyroid but they have been on depakote because it was thought they were manic depressive. Then when they go in for their thyroid tests their
    thyroid tests come back normal. Could the depakote be interfering with their thyroid test results?

    • ANSWER:
      I can’t find anything that states that Depakote is said to help those with thyroid symptoms. I can’t see how it could possibly help either.

      It is extremely common for hyperthyroidism to be misdiagnosed as a mental illness such as bipolar though, due to laziness on the part of the doctor, and unwillingness to run the right tests.

      This is from the product insert:

      PRECAUTIONS
      There have been reports of altered thyroid function tests associated with valproate. The clinical significance of these is unknown.

      CNS Effects
      Irregular menses, secondary amenorrhea, breast enlargement, galactorrhea, and parotid gland swelling. Abnormal thyroid function tests (see PRECAUTIONS).

  20. QUESTION:
    what is this disease symptoms on thyroid?
    diffuse enlargement of thyroid ,goiter multiple nodules autoimmune hypothoroid now i have a thyroid storm what disease is this as the doctors are assuming this thyroiditis 2 weeks ago specialist sent me to have biospy as this ultrasound showed i have thyroid storm so they sent me to see a surgeon and do still not have any answers so i still dont know how dangerous this is so please can you please answer some of these questions as i am quite confused

    • ANSWER:
      Goiter (swollen thyroid) and nodules are generally caused by iodine deficiency. If iodine deficiency is left unaddressed for too long, sometimes problems with the thyroid can result.

      From the description you provided, it sounds like Hashimotos Thyroiditis.
      Here is an article that talks about Hashis:

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/hashimotos

      If you are in a “thyroid storm” (severe over production of thyroid hormones), there are supplements to take which might calm your thyroid down. One of them is an over the counter supplement called
      L-Carnatine. But please read the above article first.

      They sent you to a surgeon? Uh-oh. Please remember that the thyroid is one of the most important glands in the body. Loosing the thyroid will alter a person’ health and life forever, and not in a good way. http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/thyroidless It is always best to try and repair the underlying cause of a problem.

      I hope the info I have provided helps you.

  21. 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!

  22. QUESTION:
    during an ultrasound for another reason, a thyroid nodule was found. The radiologist recommended during nothi?
    but follow-up, but my family doctor recommends a fine needle biopsy. I’m about to leave on vacation and would like to postpone this. What are your feeling regarding this problem? I have no thyroid symptoms and it is not felt manually

    • ANSWER:
      Getting the biopsy done as soon as possible is the most cautious approach, but it doesn’t seem likely that delaying the biopsy for a week or two would create much of a risk since one doc didn’t even think a biopsy was necessary – but you never know for sure what the risks actually are until the biopsy is done. Maybe you could schedule the biopsy immediately after you return.

  23. 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. :)

  24. QUESTION:
    I have several thyroid nodules and normal hormone levels. “wait and see”from Dr. Should I push for FNA biopsy?
    My Thyroid is so enlarged in addition to the nodules that I have been told I have a goiter. I have several symptoms of Grave’s disease but normal hormone levels. I am starting to feel choked all the time. How do I convince the Dr. that I don’t want to wait and see. The egotistical jerk I have to put up with in rural Ky instead forces acid refux medicine on me and talks to me like I am stupid. I want a new dr but they are hard to come by here, atleast those that are specialist. Can a general practitioner order the FNA? I am desperate and getting more miserable everyday. I am tired of being sick all the time and now I am deformed too. My eyes look so gross and I have read that “the bug eye” is erreversable. I am only 37.

    • ANSWER:
      I had Thyroid cancer and I had to change doctors in order to find one who would take it seriously. My first doctor kept dismissing it as “nothing.” You need to get at least an FNA to find out what you’re dealing with. I highly recommend finding a good center with expertise in Thyroid disease. You can find them on the web. Thyroid disease, even if it is cancer, is very treatable. But time is of the essence. Good luck. You’re too young to have these issues. Find a better medical practice and go to them. I just did a google search on Thyroid Centers Kentucky and the University of Kentucky Medical Center comes up. You should check them out. In my experience, The university hospitals are generally up on the latest information.

  25. 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.

  26. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever had a thyroid nodule biopsy?
    im 17 i have hypothyroism symptoms, i have a goiter and i also have nodules, what pisses me off is that ive been feeling ill for 41/2 months and i know its my thyroid because my fatigue,weight gain,constipation,dry skin,dry hair came out of nowhere. Anyways ive been to three different endocrinologists and they suck! but im getting a biopsy and i want to know what the procedure is like?

    • ANSWER:
      Well…….they use this huge stainless steel needle and ………………. OKAY I’m just kidding you! *lol*

      Seriously though, my wife has what you have- a goiter. She had the biopsy procedure. It is NOT a scary procedure and actually takes all of about 7 minutes. It’s done right in the doctor’s office.

      The doctor will provide a local anesthetic to numb the area where the thyroid is. He will insert…..are you ready…..a very small needle so he can take a tiny sample or two of tissue from the thyroid. Any discomfort is minimal. My wife told me it did not hurt at all. It may even take less than 5 minutes.

      And that’s it. They send you on your way. You’ll be just fine.

  27. QUESTION:
    Can thyroid cancer cause hypo symptoms?
    I’m currently waiting for a biopsy to be done on two nodules found on my thyroid. 5 years ago I had the left lobe removed due to a benign 5cm nodule, now they have found two more less than 2cm, and my thyroid is enlarged. If a nodule is cancerous, does it cause more symptoms than a non-cancerous nodule. Or can non-cancerous nodules cause things like hair falling out, dry skin, exhaustion, weight gain, etc even when thyroid levels are normal. On top of having hypo symptoms even though my level is normal, I also have a swollen lymphnode, hoarse voice and the feeling of a pill stuck in my throat.

    • ANSWER:
      To answer your question, Yes i has thyroid cancer that had spread the lymph nodes on the right side of my neck.
      Before they found out i had cancer i had all the symptoms you describe and maybe more except the hair loss. At the time all my blood test where suggesting my thyroid levels where all fine, It wasent until they started doing biopsy’s on lumps i had on my neck that they realized i had cancer.
      Thyroid cancer is very beatable:)

  28. QUESTION:
    What is your experience with a Thyroid Nodule?
    I am 25 years old and my doc found a small 3X3mm nodlue on my thyroid 2 years ago. I just got another ultrasound and she found that it has grown to 5X7mm. I have to go see an endocrinologist and she thought that he might suggest i get a biopsy.

    She wasnt too concerned that it was cancer, but since my thyroid labwork showed slight “hyperthyroid” activity she wants to figure this out.

    I know nodules are common especially in young women. I have no history of cancer in my family. Although my labwork showed slight hyperthyroid, I am experiencing the EXCAT OPPOSITE maor symptom…i am gaining weight instead of losing.

    to nodules contribute to hyper or hypo thyroidism? Do they remove small nodules like this or not usually? hmm.
    Is removal of part or all of the thyroid a common procedure?

    • ANSWER:
      It has been said that if you had to have cancer, and if you had your choice, thyroid cancer should be high on your list because the cure rate is so excellent. Therefore, if you or your doctor discover a nodule (lump) in your thyroid gland don’t panic. Thyroid nodules are very common, but only about 5% of them contain cancer, and more than 90% of thyroid cancers are curable.
      To be sure to help yourself the most, follow your doctor’s recommendations for the evaluation of your nodule to determine whether it is one of the 95% that are benign (harmless), or one of the 5% that are malignant.

      Blood tests measure thyroid function
      Here is what usually happens during an evaluation of a thyroid nodule: first you will have an examination and blood tests to determine whether the overall output of thyroid hormone is normal, increased, or decreased. Normal results are usually obtained, because thyroid nodules usually do not produce thyroid hormone, and also do not interfere with the function of the rest of the thyroid gland. Those few nodules that do actively produce thyroid hormone without regard to the body’s needs are called autonomous nodules. Patients with these nodules may become hyperthyroid if the blood level of thyroid rises above normal. These nodules are nearly always harmless.

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      On the other hand, sometimes nodules develop in thyroid glands that do not produce normal amounts of thyroid hormone, and blood levels of thyroid hormone in such patients may therefore be low. A very common condition in which this occurs is chronic thyroiditis. The disorder is also known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis in honour of the Japanese physician who first described it in 1912. In this condition, antibodies directed against the thyroid appear in the body, and often can be detected in the blood. Although a nodule in a patient with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is probably part of the thyroiditis, thyroid cancers are sometimes seen in these patients, so further study of such a nodule usually is necessary.

      A very uncommon form of thyroid cancer, medullary cancer, produces a substance called calcitonin. Blood tests can detect calcitonin, sometimes even before these nodules can be felt. Since medullary thyroid cancer often runs in families, the calcitonin test can be done to make the diagnosis early when the disease is highly curable. However since this disorder is uncommon, serum calcitonin is checked routinely only when there is a family history of this type of thyroid cancer.

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      Thyroid scan may help
      An important and widely used initial screening test for thyroid nodules is the thyroid scan. If you have a thyroid scan, you will be given a tiny amount of radioactive material that is taken up by your thyroid. Imaging machines detect the radioactivity and record it on film to produce a picture showing the distribution of the radioactivity in your thyroid. Thyroid nodules may show up on scanning as zones of decreased activity (“cold” nodules) or zones of increased activity (“hot” nodules). Hot nodules almost never contain cancer.

      Most cold nodules are also harmless, but since thyroid cancers usually appear as cold nodules as well, all cold nodules require further study. Some physicians advise an ultrasound test to determine whether a cold nodule is solid (as are most tumors whether or not they contain cancer) or a fluid-filled cyst. Ultrasound studies are being ordered less and less often, because needle biopsy will provide the same information, and also can provide cells and tiny tissue fragments for microscopic study by pathologists.

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      Needle biopsy
      Needle biopsy may sound frightening, but a local anesthetic is used, so that usually you will not have much pain, only a sensation of pressure or mild discomfort. Needle biopsies are of two basic types. If you are to have a fine needle biopsy, the physician doing it will use a very thin needle to withdraw thyroid cells. Ordinarily, several samples are taken from different parts of the nodule to ensure that the nodule has been studied thoroughly. Since large needle biopsy is done with a bigger needle that can take a core of tissue from the nodule, these larger tissue samples are easier for most pathologists to interpret. However, the fine needle biopsy which is simpler and produces less discomfort is the more commonly performed biopsy procedure.

      It takes a few days to obtain the final report from the pathologist who examines the biopsy specimens. The report will usually indicate one of the following findings:

      The nodule is benign (not cancer). This is the result obtained in approximately two-thirds of patients from whom enough tissue has been obtained in the biopsy test. Moreover this diagnosis by an experienced pathologist is highly reliable. The risk of overlooking a cancer is generally less than 5%, and less than 1% in medical centres with the most experience. Generally, these nodules need not be removed. Instead, your doctor may recommend treatment with thyroid hormone in an attempt to shrink the nodule, or at least prevent further growth. If the nodule fails to shrink, or enlarges during treatment, the biopsy can be repeated or the nodule removed surgically.
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      The pathologist’s diagnosis at surgery is almost always the same as that obtained from the needle biopsy. Even when enlargement of a nodule does occur, it is more likely to be caused by inner bleeding, degeneration, or inflammation than by malignancy.

      The nodule is malignant (cancer). In my practice about 10% of nodules from which needle biopsy produces specimens adequate for diagnosis are malignant. Such nodules should be removed. Definite or highly suspicious findings of malignancy are nearly always confirmed at surgery. The extent of the operation performed depends upon the type of cancer, the extent of disease determined by tests before the operation, and also the findings during surgery.
      The specimen is inadequate to make any diagnosis. Pathologists experienced with needle biopsy work tend to be very fussy about making diagnoses unless they are confident that sampling of the nodule has been adequate. Some thyroid nodules are composed of dense fibrous tissue, or have undergone such extensive degeneration that recognizable thyroid tissue cannot be obtained. In this situation it is usually best to repeat the biopsy. Other nodules are too small or too deep in the neck to permit needle biopsy. If an adequate specimen cannot be obtained, or if another needle biopsy is impractical, the decision to operate or just observe a thyroid nodule may be based on the physician’s experience in evaluating nodules, the physical examination, and the test described above. In some cases your physician may decide to treat you with thyroid hormone for three to six months or longer in the hope that this treatment will cause the nodule to disappear, or at least to shrink as evidence that your nodule is harmless. If it does not get smaller, but instead enlarges, your physician is likely to recommend removal of the nodule in an operation.
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      The biopsy specimen contains sizable amounts of thyroid cells or tissue, but the microscopic findings permit neither the diagnosis nor exclusion of thyroid cancer. About 18% of nodules for which needle biopsy produces specimens thought to be adequate for diagnosis have these inconclusive findings. The only way to establish a diagnosis on these nodules is to remove them surgically and carefully study them microscopically, looking for signs of malignancy. Still, most of these nodules (about 90%) are benign.
      Diagnosis and management of thyroid nodules require skill and experience on the part of all physicians who participate in the evaluation. Needle biopsy has greatly improved the accuracy of diagnosis. In my clinic, the proportion of nodule patients for whom surgery is advised has been reduced significantly and, at the same time, a number of cancers that otherwise might have been overlooked have been identified and promptly treated.

      Above all, if you think you have a lump in your thyroid, have it checked by your doctor. Most nodules are benign and cared for easily. But even those that do turn out to contain cancer are unlikely to develop into a life-threatening problem, since most thyroid cancers are curable. However, the earlier the treatment is given, the better the result will be for you.

  29. QUESTION:
    Advice on what to expect for thyroid needle biopsy? PETRIFIED! Labs normal but thyroid symptoms. Tired, ETC.?
    I have had thyroid symptoms for a long time, with always normal labs. Doesn’t make sense. Past couple years ultrasound every 6 mos. for thyroid swelling. Multi nodular goiter. Last week u/s showed one nodule getting larger. Have to have fine needle biopsy. I am so scared, right here at Christmas to have to go through this. Have feeling of choking, tightness in throat, lots of congestion in throat, hoarseness at times, fatigue, nervousness, palpitations etc. NORMAL LABS..Anyone have any suggestions? Mother had thyroid removed 80 yrs ago lots of thyroid disease in family. No thyroid cancer, though. I’m scared anyone have this problem????I do have cervical disc ruptures that I’m suppose to have surgery for, could that be causing any of my symptoms???Thanks so much for anyone who can help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. Boy, do i know how you feel. I am going through the exact same thing right now. My thyroid is huge, and the doctor said that she can feel nodules on it. I also have the choking, tightness, and hoarse voice. They want me to go for an ultrasound and biopsy, but i’ve put it off for 2 months now because i just can’t deal with it. I’ve become extremely depressed and scared because i think i have cancer. The worse part is that i have no insurance to help cover the cost of all the tests i need ( which is just making the stress worse ). I can tell you that since thyroid problems run in your family, it puts you at a greater risk. Sorry, i can’t be of more help. Just wanted you to know that you’re not alone. It’s a scary thing to go through, but i’m sure you’ll do fine. Best of luck, feel better soon. <<>>

  30. QUESTION:
    SUFFERING EXTREME FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS COULD IT BE MY THYROID LEVELS?
    Years ago I had Radio Iodine to destroy my thyroid cause of goiter and nodules. I have been on Synthroid 25mcg every since. Over the years I have gone through bouts of sickness. Flu like symptoms are the worse. I cannot remember a time when I have felt good at all. I have run the gambit of doctors and it has been a nightmare. Every time my levels are taken they come back and say that I am in the normal range. I have suffered horrible IBS, headaches, flu like symptoms, hair and skin problems. I have spent years on a sickness roller coaster. They have done all the tests and have told me it is hormonal and I have been on every kind of HRT you can imagine even bio identical. I have been given anti depressants cause I was told it is depression. I have been on IBS meds, and meds for tremors. I have been tested for fibromyalgia, and so much more. Everytime I try and relate my symptoms to a doctor they throw me a pill. Presently I am so sick with these flu like symptoms, and stomach problems, but since my levels are in the normal range no one will listen to me. They want to send me to specialist after specialist, and are sure it is not thyroid. I just want to feel good for a change. I have even lost my health insurance over this for pre existing condition because I have been sent to so many doctors and had so many tests.
    I recently went to a new doctor, and explained my symptoms again, and again I am getting fecal tests, blood work, and he is ready to send me back off to a gastro doctor. I even had a total hysterectomy cause a gyn told me it was the only way to stop the heavy bleeding I was experiencing. Now as I research I find that is another symptom of low thyroid levels. Has anyone else gone through this? I am ready to just increase my meds myself and try to find a level of comfort. From what I read 25mcg is a very low dose.

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    I was diagnosed to have a thyroid nodule and told to do an ultrasound after 6 months.?
    I did not do that due to insurance issues and cost. Also, I had not had any problems related to my thyroid that I noticed. Recently I notice a lump on the right side of my neck. Has anyone had the same symptoms? And, how urgent should I be about getting an ultrasound done?

    • ANSWER:
      You will be surprised to know the numerous things the thyroid controls, it’s amazing. I had a nodule on mine, my heart was racing, I was sweating profusely, I lost weight, I couldn’t concentrate well, my female times were very rough, my skin was dry, I felt like passing out a lot, etc. The symptoms go on and on. If you can, you should get the ultrasound done. All hospitals have social workers that will set up payment plans for you, if needed. Whatever doctor you see, tell them you need the most cost effective testing. There are so many things they can do. I started out with blood work. Then I had a Nuclear Medicine test where they had me take an iodine pill and lay under a camera that took pictures of the amount of iodine that goes to the thyroid, lets them see if the nodule is active or inactive. I never had an ultrasound at all. So if you tell them, cost effective, maybe they can work out a plan for you. I had surgery, removed 1/2 my thyroid and 10 years later had the rest killed with radioactive iodine (massive dose). With a nodule, it usually has to be surgically removed if it is interfering with thyroid activity. Get it checked. Good luck.

  32. 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:

  33. QUESTION:
    Can hypothyroid symptoms get worse quickly?
    I have had symptoms of hypothyroidism for 3 years and I was finally diagnosed recently due to a thyroid nodule. Each day it seems like my nodule is growing and I am feeling worse. Is this possible or am I crazy!!!???!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing would be to ask your dr. I’m sure it’s possible but I’m not a dr. I have hypothyroidism too. Maybe you should get some labs done to see where your levels are and if you are on medication, to see if you are on the right dose.

  34. QUESTION:
    Thyroid meds to reduce a thyroid nodule – anyone done this?
    I have a benign thyroid nodule that has been growing slowly over 5 years. All my T3/T4/TSH numbers were normal. My old endocrinologist put me 175 mg of Levoxal she said to replace my natural thyroid hormones therefore shutting down my thyroid and possibly reducing the size of my nodule or at least stop it from growing. WHAT A DISASTER!!! I became hyperthyroid (duh! hindsight’s 20/20) and an anxiety mess. My hypothyroid Aunt is only on 122mgs and she worked up to that level gradually. I went from 0 to 175mg, no wonder I freaked out! Other doctors have told me that she meant to make me hyper to “burn off” the nodule.

    My numbers are back in “normal” range but I’m still anxious, my heart is racing 100+ beats per minute while resting. My new endocrinolgist put me on Toprol to slow my heart rate but it’s still in the 90′s. I have other hyperthyroid symptoms as well.

    As anyone else gone thru this and have your begun to feel “normal” yet? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      u neeeeeed time
      be patient
      best luck

  35. QUESTION:
    what is solitary thyroid nodules?
    brief explanation of the disorder – that is, what hormone and/or gland is affected

    describe the symptom/ sign

    describe any treatments currently available

    it would be best if you could provide some good resources and quotes

    • ANSWER:
      Solitary thyroid nodules effect the thyroid gland, sometimes the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone is effected by the nodule).

      The signs include hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, hard bump on throat/ neck. An ultrasound can show if it’s hot or cold, cold meaning there is a great chance of cancer. A fine needle biopsy may be necessary, that will usually tell for sure if it is cancer or not.

      If this nodules is benign, you don’t do anything, only observe it. For malignant nodules, you usually have a thyroidectomy. If any cancer has spread outside of the primary tumor, radioactive iodine ablation is necessary.

  36. QUESTION:
    Can you have normal thyroid levels with painful nodules?
    5 years ago I had severe thyroiditis. I had my right thyroid out in 2006. That stopped some of the hyper symptoms but now I’m still having flare ups after every cold. I feel pressure in my neck, throat and difficulty swallowing. My throat will feel really raw too. All blood tests are normal and I had a very thorough test- Hashi, Graves, etc. The only thing that shows is the nodules on my left
    gland.
    I’m in constant severe pain.
    I’m at a lost what to do. Help!
    I’ve seen a endo and tons of other doctors. No one wants to figure it out. The nodules get biopsied and it shows high cellular activity. But they won’t do anything about it. When it comes to the thyroid most doctors are clueless!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to let your doctor know ASAP! Are you going to an endocrinologist?? They should be able to give you some medicine to help with the pain and symptoms.

  37. QUESTION:
    I had an Ultra Sound of the thyroid, which showed some nodules. Very painful!!?
    I recently had an Ultra Sound of my thyroid. I had this lump in my throat, that is very painful, grew quite fast, very hard to swallow, my voice is very harsh and has changed considerably. I have had very large amounts of hair loss, can’t sleep (even with sleep aid). I have felt almost flu like symptoms for the past few months, but without fever. Just weakness, cramping, constipation, very cold sensitive, very dry skin. I have had labs taken and all thyroid labs come back within good levels.

    The ultra sound was as follows.. Left lobe measures 5.0 x2.0 x 1.7 and contains 2 small hypoechoic nodules measuring 3 to 4 mm. The right lobe measures 5.2 x 1.8 x 13.6 cm, there is a 6mm hypoechoic nodule in the anterior midportion and a complex predominatly cystic nodule in the isthmus to the right of midline measuring 1.5 x 0.8 x 1.9 cm.

    My ENT now wants to do an asperation/ultra sound/biopbsy. I’ve been told by several to be very careful doing this. I hat e to say it but I have an HMO, and it’s like this cat and mouse game. I also have Empty Sella Syndrome was diagnoised in 1992. I want to know what should my next step be, and do I have options, and could the two be intertwined somehow. i also had a tumor on my uterous back in 2003 and had to have a full hystorectomy, with steroid treatments for 1yr.

    Help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Most thyroid nodules (cysts too) are benign, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. An ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy is quite safe, so I really wouldn’t worry about what those people said. Tell your insurance company that this is necessary. Your thyroid seems to be enlarged, and your symptoms mimic that of hypothyroidism. If you get the biopsy and it turns out negative, you might be put on Levothyroxine to shrink the nodules/thyroid. Good luck!

  38. QUESTION:
    thyroid taken out symptoms?
    So in a week or so I am getting my thyroid taken out completly. I am also having some nodules taken out in my neck. I am 15 & I have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. It is papillary cancer. I am just wondering after it is taken out with I gain weight or lose weight?

    • ANSWER:
      Eating right can be a challenge for anyone, but it can get even tougher during and after cancer treatment. For instance, treatment often may change your sense of taste. Nausea can be a problem. You may lose your appetite for a while and lose weight when you don’t want to. On the other hand, some people gain weight even without eating more. This can
      be frustrating, too.
      If you are losing weight or have taste problems during treatment, do the best you can with eating and remember that these problems usually improve over time. You may want to ask your cancer team for a referral to a dietitian, an expert in nutrition who can give you ideas on how to fight some of the side effects of your treatment. You may also find it
      helps to eat small portions every 2 to 3 hours until you feel better and can go back to amore normal schedule.

      Hope this helps and good luck to you.

  39. QUESTION:
    Will they remove my thyroid or the thyroid nodule or do nothing?
    I have an enlarged lymph node, about the size of a quarter on my neck. A surgeon did a needle biopsy and there was no sign of cancer. I also have noticeably swollen lymph nodes behind my ears, about the size of peas. My doctor also said my lymph nodes were slighly enlarged in my armpits. My general doctor also found a very small nodule on my thyroid, so small that they had to do an ultrasound to make sure what she was feeling was actually there. The surgeon told me that he was relatively sure it was not lymphoma and if it was it would be very treatable because it would be in the very very early stages. He also did not think my lymph nodes were related to my thyroid because he said sometimes when it’s thyroid cancer it will spread to the neck lymph nodes, but since I had other lypmh nodes swollen that was unlikely that the two were related. (I am still not sure I agree completley with the fact that my other lymph nodes were swollen…because I was sick when I saw him and it would be normal to have all my lymphnodes swollen somewhat… and I only extremely noticeable ones that won’t go away on my neck) Anyways, I have been having a sore throat for like three weeks, and a hoarse voice that comes and goes, which I have only had once or twice in my life before this. A surgeon (who I actually never saw, that just reviewed the ultrasound) said the lump on my thyroid was to small for her to even do a biopsy so she is referring me to an endrocronologist. My question is, since the nodule is so small will they or could they even do anything even though I am having all the signs and symptoms of a thyroid nodule?

    • ANSWER:
      They will likely continue to monitor it with a yearly/ bi-yearly ultrasound. Surgeons tend to leave alone nodules that are not bothersome.

  40. QUESTION:
    Should I see a doctor if a physicians assistant told me I have a symptoms of thyroid problems?
    So I got a new job. So I had to go get a pre-employment physical. She put her hands on my thyroid and had me swallow three times. Then she said do you have a history of thyroid disease in your family? I dont. Is the thinning in your hair normal? I had straightened my hair the day before and had not washed it since. She said I had a nodule on my thyroid and that I should see my doctor. But she also said the cracking in my heals is unormal. Was she overexagerating or should I go to the doctor. I also dont have insurance or medical.

    • ANSWER:
      Q: What is a physician assistant? What can they do?
      A: A physician assistant (P.A.) is a licensed health professional who practices medicine under the supervision of a physician.

      What a physician assistant does varies with training, experience, and state laws. In general, P.A.’s can provide approximately 80 percent of the services typically provided by a family physician. They perform physical exams, diagnose illnesses, develop and carry out treatment plans, order and interpret lab tests, suture wounds, assist in surgery, provide preventive health care counseling, and in 39 states, including Maine, can write prescriptions. A P.A. can do whatever is delegated to him/her by the supervising physician and allowed by law. In most states, a P.A. can treat patients when the physician is away from the practice.

      The scope of the P.A.’s practice corresponds to the supervising physician’s practice. For example, the P.A. working with a surgeon would be skilled in surgical techniques in the operating room, perform pre- and post-operative care, and be able to perform special tests and procedures

      Q: What is the difference between a P.A. and a physician?
      A: Physician assistants are trained in the medical model. In some schools they attend many of the same classes as medical students. One of the main differences between P.A. education and physician education is not the core content of the curriculum but the AMOUNT of time spent in school. The length of a P.A. program is about two thirds that of medical school. Physicians also are required to do an internship, and the majority also complete a residency in a specialty; P.A.’s DO NOT have to undertake an internship or residency. A doctor has complete responsibility for the care of the patient; P.A.’s share that responsibility with the doctors. Doctors are independent practitioners; P.A.’s practice medicine under the supervision of a physician.

      Clinics and HMO like Kaiser employ a lot of PA’s to cut cost. However, I really don’t trust their expertise as they have very limited years in both experience and education. I’d prefer to see a real Doctor. I don’t trust PA if my life depended on it.

  41. QUESTION:
    Facial Flushing, nodule on thyroid, what is wrong with me?
    I have been diagnosed with a nodule on my thyroid. Next step is to see endocrine doctor. I have to wait until January 5th to get in. But I am so scared. I also have had facial flushing, red hot face, ears for 8 days straight. I am not sick with cold/flu. Is this from the thyroid nodule? Is the facial flushing a symptom of cancer? Should I try to get in sooner? I can make it go away and I feel sick because of it. Please help me..
    Thanks, but my doctor said if my thyroid blood level are normal, then I am not hyperactive or underactive. Can they be normal but you still have over/underactive thyroid?

    • ANSWER:
      My daughter just went thru all of this,and they ended up saying her thyroid was hyperactive. The nodules were not malignant and they could shrink with medication they gave her. Please don’t worry yourself sicker..these problems are common with young women and can be treated. When the thyroid messes up it messes up everything in your body..just do what your endocrinologist says and you’ll be fine.

  42. QUESTION:
    Thyroid and cancer? Nodules?
    I’m 16. And a year ago I was diagnosed with hashimotos hypothyroidsm. In may my levels stabled out. But I had hyper and hypo symptoms. If I miss one day of meds I feel off. Latley I’ve been having trouble swalloing. And I feel as if flem is stuck in my throat. So my endocrin decided I should get an ultrasound to check out the nodules. I had it on Monday and no results. I have parts of my skin that won’t tan. And no one else in my family has had the diease. Could It be cancerous?

    • ANSWER:
      I had thyroid cancer and I also feel off if I skip even one dose of my medications. (I don’t think this is due to the cancer since I didn’t start my medications until it was gone/treatment was over, it’s just the way I react to the medicine…so I think that could be what’s happening with you.) I CANNOT go off my thyroid medications or I have a lot of skin, emotional, and other problems. I also feel the phlegm in my throat thing, I think because if I go off my thryoid medications I have sinus problems as well and I’m not sure if my body ever caught up. Maybe you could ask for a mucus thinner, or drink something hot when you start to feel that? If the ultrasound didn’t get any results, maybe you should talk to your doctor about having a test where they look down your throat with a camera and can actually see your thyroid. I had this done for speech issues and that’s actually how they found my thyroid cancer. But mine also showed up on an ultrasound, so if nothing was there and your doctor isn’t worried you probably don’t have anything to worry about.

  43. QUESTION:
    Thyroid nodule in the right lobe what this means?
    have translated this from the Spanish excuse by the errors.

    My girlfriend was diagnose yesterday to have Thyroid nodule in the right lobe what this means?

    they diagnosed following:

    first diagnose: adenopatia servical tapeworm

    second diagnose: Thyroid nodule in the right lobe.

    Additional Details Also him feel a small ball that note from outside by the neck behind the jaw, has pain in the zone the jaw when opening the mouth, also she said that feel something like fever symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      I think the first diagnosis is not related to thyroid problem.
      Tapeworm can result in changes in neck lymph node (cervical node).
      Thyroid nodule can be benign hyperplasia, adenoma or carcinoma (cancer).
      Blood tests can be helpful in the work up along with history and physical exam.
      Thyroid scan (like X-ray study) and/or ultrasound may be necessary. A quick and relatively non-invasive fine needle aspiration of the thyroid nodule can also be helpful to determine whether the nodule is cancer or not.
      Endocrinologist normally is experienced in dealing with thyroid nodule.
      Good luck.

  44. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Cancer? Anyone with symptoms?
    I sort of ask a similar question befor, and a guy said I probably have an infection and to go get myself checked. Well to start, I am. So far have had one ultrasound and discovered a 9mm solid cystic nodule in my thyroid. I was then seen by a endocrinologist. He said it looked suspicious and is now ordering another ultrasound and sending me to an ENT. I asked about a biopsy, and was told they normaly only do a biopsy if the nodual is 1cm (10mm) or it has grown 20% or more in 6 months. I have neck pain, my voice has changed, I get tiered all the time, my neck feels fat, my thyroid is slightly enlarged, let’s not forget the 9mm lump in my thyroid, I get diarrhea often, I feel as if there is a pill stuck in my throat, have noticed its a lil harder to breath but not by much, I do have troubles swallowing and because I keep feeling something in my throat I sometimes gag and vomit when I eat. I’m also constantly swallowing cus I feel something there. I don’t have an infection, nor a viris. I have been very healthy all my life and normaly don’t see a doctor much at all. I do have an aunt who died in her 39′s from thyroid cancer. And know of one niece who has an enlarged thyroid and a great grandmother with hyperthyroidism. If there is more in the family I don’t know about them.

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    I have a multiple nodules (3 to 4 each side) in my thyroid. One growing fast and measuring about 4 cm now?
    I have a multiple nodules (3 to 4 each side) in my thyroid. One growing fast and measuring about 4 cm now. I am 37 years old male and my blood work shown normal TSH, thyroid and parathyroid hormone levels. I did not have any symptoms like difficulty in swallowing, voice change or pain etc so far. However, I feel little cahnge in my voice and difficulty in swallowing today. I am not sure it is true or my imagination. My ultrasound says that the nodule is complex type. I am undergoing ultrasound guided FNA on Monday. I am really very scred of this condition. Please guide me, if any one have similar experience. Thanking you in advance
    Sincerely
    Siva

    • ANSWER:
      I just had this over the summer. I have a nodule on my thyroid too. I’m 29 and a guy. I had an ultrasound and then an ultrasound guided biopsy in August. My blood work initially showed me as hyperthyrodic but then was normal. The biopsy turned out benign. Yours probably will too, especially having more than one nodule. Thyroid nodules are surprisingly common. In fact, other than being super worried about cancer, the worst part of the deal was my neck was a little sore after the biopsy.

      Also, if you find out that you do have cancer, thyroid cancer is the “best” type of cancer because it is almost always isolated to JUST the thyroid gland. They remove the gland and you go on medication for the rest of your life. Just take a pill every day and you’re good to go.

      There are worse things to worry about. So just relax, get your FNA done and all will be well.

  46. QUESTION:
    Normal thyroid ultrasound report?
    Hi there, i just got my ultrasound thyroid results printed from my doctor yesterday, Could someone please help me understand these results and if they are in the “normal” thyroid ranges. my doc didnt print out my thyroid blood results though. oh well here i go, can you please help me understand what this means.

    Report:

    No previous study avaliable for comparison.

    The right lobe of the thyroid measures 1.8 x 5.4 x 1.6cm in dimension. The echotexture is homogeneous with normal vascularity identified. The left lobe measures 1.9 x 5.1 x 1.6cm in dimension and also demonstrates normal echotexture and vascular flow. The isthmus measures 3mm in dimension.

    No retrosternal thyroid extension is noted.

    Several small cystic nodules are identified within the mid pole of the left lobe. They contain no internal vascularity and the largest measures 4 x 4 x 2mm in dimension.

    Several lymph nodes are seen bilaterally within the neck which are up to 1cm in short axis and of normal appearance.

    OPINION:

    Small cystic nodules identified within the thyroid gland which are not hypervascular. Several lymph nodes identified measuring up to 1cm in short axis of normal ultrasound appearance.

    Please help me understand what all this means…i thought thyroids where a bit smaller than that? and that thyroid nodules no matter what the size where to be investigated? Why on earth has my doctor just stopped thinking i am serious about all my symptoms ( on another post ) and just kinda fobbed me off. Why hasnt he wondered why i have “nodules” in the first place? investigated it more etc?

    Please help, whats the normal size of a thyroid?? am i going crazy and imagining all the symptoms? and with that size nodule could it put pressure on my wind/food pipe?

    Thanks in advance!

    ClemAngel

    • ANSWER:
      This report is very normal, although you have a couple nodules. They are VERY common.
      The size of your nodule is LESS than half of a centimeter….that’s tiny and definitely not big enough to put pressure on your wind pipe!
      Take a big breath, you are going to be just fine. :)

  47. QUESTION:
    Should I go back to the doctor about my thyroid nodule?
    About a year and a half ago it was discovered that I have a thyroid nodule. One blood test last summer (2008) showed that my thyroid levels were slightly high, but not enough to warrant medication. These tests have been repeated several times since and have always come back normal. Last February I had an ultrasound which showed a nodule about 1 cm large. My doctor said he could biopsy it if I wanted to, to ease my mind, but he didn’t seem that concerned about it so I declined. The past few weeks, I have had a cough and I always feel like I have phlegm in my throat, especially after I eat or drink. Also I occasionally feel a slight stabbing pain in the fleshy part of my jaw under my chin. Today I noticed a few enlarged lymph nodes in my neck, but I also had a cold last week so that may be why. Also I have had occasional chest tightness/shortness of breath and dizziness over the past few months that the doctor blamed on anxiety as my husband had it too. The cyst on my thyroid is large enough so I can feel it, but I can’t really tell if it’s gotten any larger or not. If it has, it is only slightly. There is no history of cancer in my family, but my mothers paternal grandmother had her thyroid removed when she was in her 20′s (my age) but my grandfather was too young when it happened to remember why. I really don’t like the doctor I have right now and I feel like he doesn’t take me seriously so I’m kind of afraid to go back. He was not the one who did the tests on my thyroid, etc and I cannot see that doctor as I have since moved across the state. I know that thyroid nodules are rarely cancerous, but I am really scared. Do my symptoms warrant going back to the doctor or am I just being paranoid?

    • ANSWER:
      YES! My nodule was cancerous. There was no history of cancer in my family, either Check it out.

  48. QUESTION:
    Strange Feeling in Neck? Thyroid Nodule?
    Occasionally I have felt this strange sensation in my throat, usually after taking ibeprofen and for a while I thought that was the cause. But tonight my allergies were bothering me and I took a benadryl and it happened again. It’s in the area where the thyroid is, and it happens when I swallow. It almost feels like something’s in there or that that part of my neck is swollen or something. For the past two months, also, I’ve had this chest rash that the doctor gave me this stuff for. We don’t know where the rash came from. It went away and today it came back. I know the thyroid can get cancer, but I’m only 17! Do you think This could be a nodule? How serious are benign nodules in the thyroid? Is the rash another symptom? If you could, please answer all of those questions.

    • ANSWER:
      A thyroid nodule is mainly an inflammation due to the thyroid hormone being irregular – few years ago I had a lump on my neck and eventually a scan showed it was thyroid nodules and i thought they meant cancer but was told no cancer there and then I ws given medication for under active thyroid but my problems were weight gain and no matter how hard i tried to lose the weight it didn’t go, I was later found to be type 2 diabetic. Your rash has nothing to do with the thyroid and if you did have something serious it wouldn’t come and go like yours does, I feel it is connected to your allergy as my daughter has an egg allergy and has had same symptoms as you and she cannot take ibuprofen as that sets her allergy off because she also has asthma and paracetamol is only pain killer she can take, she is an adult, I think you are worrying over nothing, Good Luck

  49. QUESTION:
    Yaz has caused weight gain and thyroid problems – advice?
    So I’ve been on Yaz for a little over a year now and gained about 25 lbs (only weighing about 110 before, this has added like 1/5 to my weight!). I had a high temp (99.5-100) for about 3 months straight and had difficulty walking up a single flight of stairs. (I do have asthma, but this had NEVER been a problem before.) After some time I visited my regular doctor and they did some tests to determine that I have some small nodules in my thyroid but it’s nothing that they want to do anything about yet. When saw my GYN the other day, he was very concerned about these symptoms. He has proceeded to do more blood tests and I guess we’ll go from there. Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone else has experienced something similar and if so, if they have any advice or can just tell me what they’ve done. I had awful cramps before and Yaz has practically done away with them, so I really don’t know what I’d do without it or something similar, but I’d also like to weigh less and be healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      I would change my BC

  50. QUESTION:
    Swollen lymph nodes and thyroid cancer?
    Tomorrow im seeing an ENT dr to discuss having my thyroid taken out. To make a long story short 2 years ago I had radiation treatment for hyperthyroidism and a goiter. It didn’t work the way the Endo dr thought it would, meaning the goiter went away and my thyroid levels started to go down, but then the levels would rise again. So it has turned into an up and down numbers game. So we discussed just removing my thyroid.

    But about 6 months ago I started to feel a lot of symptoms related to hypo and hyper thyroid both, and my lymph nodes (glands) in the back of my neck, behind my ears started to swell. The swelling is sometimes tender, and it seems to always be present to an extent, sometimes more swollen then at other times. Also with the swollen glands I have neck stiffness and aches, and sometimes a tightening pressure on the front of my neck. No fever. My regular doctor doesn’t seem to be concerned about it stating that it’s all related to my thyroid not being regulated yet. I have read about thyroid nodules, I have not been checked for those. But when I feel the front of my neck I do feel some hard bumps.

    Is this something I should bring up to the ENT doctor as well as the swollen lymph nodes? I don’t know if I’m being paranoid but I have read up on thyroid cancer and was wondering if people who were diagnosed with thyroid cancer also had swollen lymph nodes? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      If your thyroid is removed it is standard practice for it to be sent to pathology for biopsy.

      IF there is any cancer this would be discovered then.

      Don’t go looking for problems you don’t have.


Low Tyroid

Foods to Lower Blood Sugar Levels – What to Eat and What Not To?
A diabetic’s body does not produce enough insulin to manage the sugar levels within the body. Therefore, it is important that the diabetics strictly follow a charted plan of foods to lower blood sugar strict diet. A diet high in fiber, but low in fat is most often recommended for diabetics. Foods that are high in fiber can help in lowering the level of glucose in the body. Eating smaller meals and eating more frequently throughout the day will help maintain the delicate level of glucose.

Insulin is responsible for changing starches, sugars, and other food into energy inside the body. Decreasing one’s intake of alcohol, fats, and sweets will help regulate this. A diabetic diet should include 2-4 servings of fruit each day. However, since many fruits are high in sugar some of the fruits to add to your diet are banana, apple, mango, orange, raisins and grapes as good food for diabetes.

Fatty foods often contain a lot of butter, cheese, oil or mayonnaise. They are the ones on the menu that are preceded with “fried” or “creamed”. These should be avoided to be free from high blood sugar. Choose instead grilled, baked, roasted, or steamed food. If you must use oil at all in your cooking, replace cooking oil with olive oil or peanut oil, as these contain less fat. Sauces such as barbeque and teriyaki contain high amounts of sugar and therefore are not ideal for the diabetic diet. Try some of the fruits listed above if you’re craving something sweet. Be generous with seasonings (except for salt) to keep food from tasting too bland.

Diabetic diets need to include foods that have little saturated fats and cholesterol, such as fresh fruit, vegetables, and skinless poultry. Only 10-20% of your daily calories should be derived from proteins in foods, such as low-fat dairy products , lean meat, and fish. The remainder of a diabetic diet should be carbohydrates from beans, whole grains, beans, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. A diabetic should have 3-5 servings of vegetables a day to lower blood sugar. However, some vegetables such as potatoes, corn and carrots are rich in carbohydrates, so partake of these sparingly. Eat fruit and vegetables gradually throughout the day so your blood sugar level won’t suddenly rise. Red meats, eggs, and whole milk dairy products should be avoided.

Since often an unhealthy, unbalanced diet is what caused the diabetes in the first place, these changes can be hard to implement. However, maintaining proper nutrition will help for healthy glucose levels with the prevention of heart and blood vessels disease, which in some cases has led to very serious consequences like blinding and even amputation of severely affected limbs. Keep in mind that it is not harmful long-term to treat yourself once in a great while. Just be sure to do so in moderation with an intake of foods to lower blood sugar. Eat well, to live well and be well.

Low Thyroid Hormone

Thyroid Problem Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
Thyroid gland

The thyroid gland is an endocrine (meaning ductless) gland, which secretes its hormones directly into the bloodstream. It is located in the lower part of your neck. It wraps around your windpipe (trachea) like a bow tie, with two connecting lobes, and is well supplied with blood vessels.

The association of thyroid disorders with skin manifestations is complex. Both hypothryoidism and hyperthyroidism are known to cause these changes. In order to study this association of skin changes in relation to hypothyroidism, a study was carried out in the outpatients department of Dermatology of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, over a period of 3 months from Jan-March 2005. Thirty two patients were enrolled in the study and parameters were noted regarding history, general symptoms, cutaneous signs and associated diseases.

We found gain in weight (71.85%) and lethargy (65.62%) to be the most common complaints. On cutaneous examination, dry, coarse texture of the skin (56%), pigmentary disorders (37.5%) and telogen effluvium (40.62%) were the most common findings. Other associated disorders were vitiligo, melasma, pemphigus, alopecia areata, xanthelasma palpebrarum, etc.
How do I know if I’m having a problem with my thyroid?
There are several things that can go wrong with your thyroid, but the two most common are:
Hypothyroidism when the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone.
Hyperthyroidism when the thyroid produces too much thyroid hormone.

What Causes Thyroid Problems?
All types of hyperthyroidism are due to an overproduction of thyroid hormones, but the condition can occur in several ways:
Graves’ disease: The release of excess hormones is triggered by an autoimmune disorder. For some unknown reason, the body attacks the thyroid, causing it to spill out too much hormone.
Toxic adenomas: Nodules develop in the thyroid gland and begin to secrete thyroid hormones, upsetting the body’s chemical balance; some goiters may contain several of these nodules.
Other thyroid problems
Other thyroid problems show up when the thyroid gland (at the lower front of your throat) swells or gets sore.
These may be a signals for other thyroid diseases:
an enlarging thyroid, called a goiter, is usually a sign that the gland is overworking but could be a failing thyroid trying to do better
Indiand stats on thyroid disease’
’42 million Indians suffer from thyroid disease’

NEW DELHI: Nearly 42 million Indians are suffering from thyroid disease, doctors said on the International Day of Thyroid on Sunday.
According to the Indian Thyroid Society (ITS), thyroid disorders are among the most common and yet most under-diagnosed of all health problems, making it a hidden disease.

Treatment
Hyperthyroidism is treated with radioactive iodine, anti thyroid drugs or surgery. A liberal diet providing adequate amount of calories, proteins, vitamins and minerals is indicated because patients have severe malnutrition since the basal metabolic rate is increased thus the calorie requirement are also increased. 4000 – 5000kcal will be allowed. Protein requirement is also increased to 50% more than the actual requirement which is about 120 – 130 gm per day. This should come mainly from good quality protein egg, meat, poultry and cereal and pulse combination.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can low thyroid hormone symptoms like hair loss be reversed?
    I’m a 19 year old guy, I recently found out that I have a low thyroid hormone level and I’ve had the symptom of hair loss for more than 3 years now, but it’s really starting to show now. Can it be reversed once I start taking the hormone pill that my doctor prescribed to me?

    • ANSWER:
      If the hair loss is indeed due to low thyroid (hypothyroidism), then yes, it can reverse when you take prescribed replacement therapy.

  2. QUESTION:
    I have problem of Hypothyroidism (means Low Thyroid Hormone Level) . What is remedy?
    Please tell me the formula of medicine that can be remedy of Hypothyroidism (Low Thyroid Hormone Level) or any other solution in this matter . Due to this problem i face constipation , poor appetite , poor growth , dry skin , hair loss & depression. I want to increase my Thyroid Hormone Level.

    • ANSWER:
      Remedies for Hypothyroidism:
      1.)You can increase your iodine intake through diet and kelp supplementation. Kelp is rich in iodine and is very affordable. I buy it in tablet form with 225 mcg. of iodine per tablet.

      2.)Bladderwrack is a seaweed that is a rich source of iodine. Traditionally it has been used for weight loss and hypothyroidism. The low incidence of goiter in maritime people has been attributed to the iodine in bladderwrack.

      3.)Regular intake of vitamin B complex is extremely helpful in treating thyroid conditions. Taking them also prevent other minor diseases. You should include green leafy vegetables.

      4.) If we talk about the medication, levothroid or Levothyroxine is used to treat an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). It replaces or provides more thyroid hormone, which is normally produced by the thyroid gland. Low thyroid hormone levels can occur naturally or when the thyroid gland is injured by radiation/medications or removed by surgery.

      To know more about the medication check:

      http://www.canadiandrugsaver.com/hormones/levothroid_95.html

      Also if you looking for generic version check:

      http://www.emedoutlet.com/health-wellness/Levothroid/95.html

  3. QUESTION:
    What would the implication be of low thyroid hormone level….?
    I have been bad coz I didn’t take my ‘Thyroxin’ tablets though the doc prescribed them. I just don’t feel comfortable taking them.

    It’s in my third trimester of pregnancy that doc detected slightly low T4 level.

    How will this likely affect the labour and baby..

    God bless

    34 weeks now.

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid is a really important hormone for fetal development, and potentially also for brain development. We know that after birth, we screen all babies in the U.S. for congenital hypothyroidism. Untreated congenital hypothyroidism leads to mental retardation and short stature. Treated, the kids are completely normal.

      Not taking your medicine won’t affect your labor, but the thyroid hormone does cross the placenta and get to the baby. The 1st 12 weeks are probably the most critical. At some point (like about now), your baby begins making its own thyroid hormone, but still depends on yours to some degree.

      If you don’t want to take thryoid hormone, at least make sure you’re taking enough iodine so the baby can make its own thyroid hormone.

  4. QUESTION:
    How do I get a doctor to treat low thyroid hormone levels?
    My sister has been tested by 2 different doctors. Both physicians have told her that she is at the very bottom of the “normal” side of the scale, and they both admit she shows symptoms of hypothyroidism, but say they see no need to initiate treatment. She is now feeling worse. She is cold all of the time, her fatigue has worsened, and now she is experiencing numbness in her fingers and feet. I am so frustrated with doctors I don’t know what to do. She has tried pushing herself to exercise more thinking that this would help (and after one doctor’s comment that maybe she should try eating some salad), but then all she can do is sleep for hours afterwards because she is so wasted.
    I should also add that my sister never had a problem with her weight and then about two years ago she started to gain weight and had trouble losing it even after increasing her exercise and decreasing her calorie intake.

    • ANSWER:
      First thing your sister needs to do is find out the number result of her test. Also, if it was an afternoon test, it may be inaccurate. All thyroid tests should be done in the morning because TSH is at it’s highest when we sleep, so if we test first thing i the morning it will be caught near it’s highest point. The TSH is the test doctor’s usually diagnose hypothyroidism with. If it’s above a 2.0 it’s suspicious, though most labs will have normal as high as 5.5. I had problems with this 6 years ago and it took anothr year before the TSH finally went above the 5.5 and I got diagnosed. Your sister really needs to research this, as it’s the only way she will get the proper treatment. Once I finally read up on the topic I knew what tests to ask for and what medication would work best for me.

      The next time your sister gets testing. She wants a morning TSH, free t4, free t3, and an antibody test. I’ll include a great thyroid link below for your sister. There are great thyroid message boards on yahoo groups. Check them out sometime.

  5. QUESTION:
    My kid has low thyroid hormone, can she be really sick?
    Low tsh level I am concerned for her she is going to specialist what can I expect?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, she is ill, and needs to be under the care of an Endocrinologist. She will most likely be given supplemental thyroid hormone, and her blood will need to be checked regularly, to monitor the levels of hormone. Do some reading up on this after you have seen the specialist. Get a proper diagnosis, and then do your research.

  6. QUESTION:
    how does low thyroid hormone cause high cholesterol levels?

    • ANSWER:
      Below are links to scientific papers on this issue.

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12034052?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DiscoveryPanel.Pubmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=4&log$=relatedreviews&logdbfrom=pubmed

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15485607?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DiscoveryPanel.Pubmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=5&log$=relatedreviews&logdbfrom=pubmed

      I hope these are helpful for you. Best wishes.

  7. QUESTION:
    I just found out my thyroid hormone is low?
    I have been trying to get pregnant and heard from a lot of people that getting your hormone levels right will help the chances of concieving. Is this right?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, hypothyroidism can affect your ability to conceive. But the level of the disease must be pretty severe. When you have your initial fertility profile done, a TSH level is included. If it is low, it can be treated with medication. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a few years ago, my doctor monitors my levels on a routine basis. As long as it is regulated, there should not be any reason why this condition should hinder conception. Lots of luck to you and all the other ladies here ttc!!!

  8. QUESTION:
    Can low thyroid hormones be the cause of menopause?
    I am 49 and I have very low level T4 Thyroid, my thyroid level dropped rapidly, can this be the cause of menopause.

    • ANSWER:
      It can’t CAUSE menopause, but it can cause your periods to stop. The difference is that your period may start again if you have your thyroid problems fixed. With menopause, your eggs are all gone and your ovaries work only a little. With amenorrhea caused by thyroid problems, you may still have some eggs left.

  9. QUESTION:
    How do low Free4 thyroid levels affect the body (vs. the other thyroid hormone)?
    My doctor told me that there are two different thyroid hormones. I got my levels checked, and my free4 thyroid hormone is low, but my other level was fine. This doctor seems ignorant to me, and was not being straightfoward when I asked him what a low free4 thyroid causes. He said “don’t worry about it,” but seemed to be clueless. My endocrinologist (another doctor) told me that this hormone is low in depressed young women (i do get depressed and suffer from depression). I am ONLY 17 y/o can hardly lose weight, despite the fact that i only drink pure WATER and i eat oatmeal for breakfast. I have been more active in the past, but for the past year have not lifted weights and do not exercise often b/c i am fatigued, cold, and my joints always hurt me. Yet, I only eat fruit and somethimes a rice cake (this is NOT a dessert) for a snack. Unfortunately, certain weeks i get food cravings (for salts and sweets) that get out of control. Soo… how do these low free4 thyroid levels affect the body vs. the other type of thyroid hormone?

    • ANSWER:
      Your thyroid produces both free T4 and Free T3. 80% is T4 and 20% is T3. T3 is stronger than T4.
      Your doctor should also have measured your TSH level which is produced in your pituitary in response to the blood levels of T4 and T3.
      High TSH means an under-active thyroid gland.
      Sounds like you should be on thyroid replacement therapy as depression and weight gain may be due to an under-active thyroid.

  10. QUESTION:
    why a person with low levels of thyroid hormone will gain weight easily?

    • ANSWER:
      Lower metabolic rate means that fewer calories are burned.

  11. QUESTION:
    I have low thyroid hormones doc put me on synthroid is it ok If I take the generic?
    Is there a difference between the two?

    • ANSWER:
      all generics claim to be the same active ingredients, i believe from experience (i’m a nurse) that there are some brand names that work more effectively than their generic but i have found that with meds like thyroid meds or horomones they work the same, i take generic, have for years for my thyriod. it is not a good idea to switch back and forth though, one month brand, one month generic

  12. QUESTION:
    low thyroid stimulating hormone result?
    what does a low tsh result mean?

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    What effect do antacids have on thyroid hormone pills?
    I heard there was a problem taking them at the same time… this is difficult, as I get a lot of indigestion, when low thyroid, you make too much acid which causes indigestion! So I take my thyroid pills before breakfast, then eat breakfast, then have bad indigestion.

    If I take antacid, will it stop the thyroid hormone working correctly?

    • ANSWER:
      I have over-active thyroid. I take my medication on an empty stomach right when I get up in the morning before I take my shower. My pharmacist told me to take it on an empty stomach. Then I eat breakfast just like you. I get heartburn quite often, too, and I always have Tums around. Taking Tums and being on thyroid meds has never bothered me. I’ve never taken them at the exact same time though.

  14. QUESTION:
    In a blood test just to check for Anemia would my doc. also be able to know if my thyroid hormone level is low?
    I’m wondering if I have Hypothyroidism.

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor will need to check your level of thyroid hormones (TSH and free T4). The anemia test only shows the blood counts, etc. They are different tests, but both very easy to get.

      Best of luck.

  15. QUESTION:
    I have a low thyroid dysfunction and have not had my thyroid replacement hormone in 10 months.?
    I have no health insurance and need blood work and a physical before I can get my thyroid medicine. I am feeling the effects of not having this very important supplement. My eyes are messed up, my memory is failing, I get emotional easier than usual and am losing hair by the gobs. Also to mention, I have put on 10 pounds and have stomach issues as well. I am desperate to be the me I used to be. I need to find an at home solution. I fear i will become very sick as the thyroid hormone affects the entire body. Please help
    Just so it is clear, it is not the medicine i cannot afford, it is the blood work and physical.
    some comments on answers recieved…a physical is an examination of the body. As far as going to my doctor for a refill, that is part of what is so upsetting…it is my doctor who won’t give it to me without the blood work and physical examination. She knows the effects of long term untreated thyroid dysfunction. In short, I am not eligable for anything at all because I have no medical insurance. Going to the hospital won’t work because they do not like people using the hospital as their primary doctor and I am afraid my care would be sub par due to that.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no such thing as an ‘at home solution’ to this problem, in my opinion. You are right ! Your thyroid is very important in that it works correctly. You are better off going to the doctor; make a deal with the doctor if you cannot afford the cost of medication. Remind him of his Hippocratic Oath that he took when he graduated from medical college if necessary! But to be frank, medication for the thyroid is not as expensive as some other drugs and I know this from personal experience. So, your health is your wealth! Beg, steal or borrow the money and you will be ok. good luck to you!

  16. QUESTION:
    if a person is having less thyroid hormone.what effects he will have to face..?
    i have low thyroid hormone.i often feel irritation in brain.feel difficulty in concentration.also sluggishness in mentle activity.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, those can be symptoms

      Symptoms may include; fatigue, depression, mood changes, paronia, weight gain, IBS with constipation, dry skin, dry thinning hair, low body temp, slow heart rate, low blood pressure, muscle and joint aches, headaches, sensitvity to light, ridged fingernails, increased cholesterol, sleep apnea, voice changes, goiter, and fertility issues

      These symptoms can be relieved with the right medication and the right dosage of medication. Unfortunately it may be up to you to educate yourself about this, as most doctors go by what they are told by the drug reps. On the right medication cholesterol will go down so no need for cholesterol meds and depression wil be relieved so no need for antidepressants.

      When you test, always test first thing in the morning and find out what your test results are. Your TSH should be around 1.0 if you are on T4. If you are on T4/T3, then the free t4 should be at least midrange and the free t3 high in range.

      Do not settle until you feel well. If your med isn’t helping look into other medications. That’s what I did and I got my life back.

  17. QUESTION:
    very low level of thyroid stimulating hormone?
    what are the causes of very low tyroid stimulating hormone (0.02 IU) for a female 25 years old complaining of lethargy, body pain and cold sensation? Thanks in Advance

    • ANSWER:
      Normally it would be an indication of an over active thyroid, but in your case I believe you have the more rare case of a problem with your pituitary.

      TSH is produced by your pituitary gland to tell your thyroid to produce hormones. You have hypothyroidism caused by a pituitary failure. You may undergo an MRI to take a look at the pituitary. I had that done, when another hormone the pituitary produces was low.

      I had my thyroid removed after cancer. I am not sure what the treatment is for your case. For me it was taking thyroid hormones daily.

  18. QUESTION:
    Will i lose weight after my thyroid hormones are balanced?
    Alright, well recently i was told i have low thyroid hormone levels, which contribute to the fact that i’m overweight. Once i begin the medication, will i begin to lose weight, and return to a normal weight? I’m 17 and i was never really overweight until around age 13-14ish.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      yeah you should. thyroids are tricky when out of control.

  19. QUESTION:
    slightly low pH of thyroid hormones? what does that mean?
    I got my thyroid tested cause I am always exhausted and seem to be unable to lose weight. I called the doctor to ask what my test results were. The receptionist said that my pH of my thyroid hormones was a little low, or that my ph thyroid hormone is a little low, it was unclear. What on earth does that mean? Can a pH of a thyroid do anything? Did she just mean a certain hormone? I am confused.

    • ANSWER:
      LOW TSH suggests you are closer to HYPERthyroidism (overactive), and have too much thyroid hormone circulating.

  20. QUESTION:
    Been TTC for 2 years and my thyroid is low?
    The doctor (RE) called last night and told me she wanted me to retake some blood tests. Because the blood tests I had on day 3 of my cycle said my thyroid was low. too little thyroid hormone . Could this be the reason we have been having troubles getting pregnant? Can they fix this problem? Also can this cause me not to ovulate? Will this mean I will go on clomid? Thank you so much for your answers! Venessa.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes and yes. Or if you do ovulate, it is difficult to stay pregnant. I’m in the same boat right now. Synthroid (thyroid medication) will fix the problem. Good luck! :-)

  21. QUESTION:
    If your on low dose lithium (600mg), will your thyroid hormone production be normal?
    tsh will slowly return to normal
    if tsh is normal will my metabolism return to normal
    is thyroid hormone affected by coffee consumption
    so with no coffee and low dose lithium my metabolism will be normal again
    will my cholesterol return to normal again

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    How long will it take for my thyroid medication (Synthroid) to kick in?
    I’m 19 and was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism yesterday and I was prescribed Synthroid. I’ve suffered the majority of symptoms associated with a low thyroid hormone level for about 3-4 years but the most bothersome have been the extremely low energy and stomach cramps. Would I see an improvement in energy with the first dose I take or could it take days or even weeks for me to see results?

    • ANSWER:
      Synthroid will be fully in your system between 3-8 weeks, it varies person to person. With that, you most likely won’t see an improvement with the first few weeks, and definitely not the first dose. It will be a while, but you’ll be feeling back to normal soon!

  23. QUESTION:
    low thyroid hormones problem?
    i had radioactive iodine 3months ago and since that my doctor didn’t put me on any medications yet they always doing some tests on me but, now i have low thyroid hormones wich makes me so puffy,i gain 35 pnd, in a apr. a month i dont know what to do? they said today they are going to give me some medication for thyroid any expirience with this?

    • ANSWER:
      I had my thyroid removed 3+ years ago and also need to take thyroid medication (hormones).

      For me the medication started 3 days after my surgery at 100 mcg, the smallest dose is 25 mcg. After a few weeks on that dose I took a blood test and they raised my dose to 150 mcg. The process repeated until they found the proper dose. I am at 200 mcg, and have been up to 225 mcg.

      Expect it to take 3-6 months to find the right dose, and your doctor will probably error on the side of caution and start you at a low dose. You doctor should ideally check your thyroid levels every 6 weeks until you are at the proper dose, and then twice a year to make sure the dose is right.

  24. QUESTION:
    Why do I have high levels of thyroid hormones, but a disease that makes me low on hormones?
    I have hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and before I started taking medicine, I was told that my thyroid levels were ridiculously high.(One of them was over 4,000) Anyway, shouldn’t they be lower than normal instead of so high?

    • ANSWER:
      Here’s what will help you understand your high levels: Hashimotos disease is an autoimmune attack on your thyroid. That means your body is attacking your own thyroid as if it’s some terrible enemy. As the attack progresses, you start to have a die off and dumping of thyroid hormones into your blood. That die off causes excess hormones in your blood, and thus “hyper” symptoms, which also means your thyroid hormones in your bloodwork will be high and show that on labwork.

      Other times, because your thyroid is dying, you’ll have low hormones, and thus “hypothyroid.”

      It’s really important to understand it all, and be on the right meds with the right treatment. Here’s a patient-to-patient thyroid website which explains it all: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/hashimotos

  25. QUESTION:
    Low testosterone, Low sex drive, Low thyroid? I have alot of body hair so could I still have low testosterone
    I don’t know if I could have low testosterone or low thyroid hormone. But I have a very low sex drive, I’ve had a low sex drive for about 10 years.. I dont have depression, or high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, or any other major health issues and I’m 39 years old 6 foot/145 pounds. If I had low testosterone wouldn’t alot of my body hair fall out? or if I had low thyroid? I mean I’m as hairy as an ape , but My sex drive is so low, I just don’t understand how I could have low testosterone. As hairy as I am, I should have Loads of testosterone pumping through my body, but I must not, cause my sex drive is so low.

    • ANSWER:
      Lots of body hair sounds like HIGH testoterone.
      However, if you have low thyroid, and this has been diagnosed, hypothyroidism can cause a low libido. This has little or nothing to do with you testosterone levels and everything to do with your thyroid gland.
      You need to consult with your GP, have blood tests done and take it from there. If you have established that the problem is not psychological or mental you need to narrow it down to what the physical problem is.
      Also, remember that “low libido” is relative. It is only if you are not happy or comfortable with your sex drive that you should be concerned.

  26. QUESTION:
    is 0.54 low for TSH(thyroid stimulating hormone)?
    I think something might be wrong with my thyroid… so I checked some of my old test results and noticed my TSH level was 0.54 over a year ago… is that low? and also… if I DO happen to have hypothyroidism, would my TSH levels keep getting lower?

    • ANSWER:
      The lowest number on the range for TSH is actually .3, so unless you are having symptoms and your FT3 and FT4 are out of range, you are fine. The lower the number though, actually, you would have hyperthyroidism, not hypothyroidism. HypoT is when the TSH is high, not low. Confusing I know, exact opposite of what common sense tells you! Anyway, if you ARE having symptoms, get your TSH checked again along with Free T3 and Free T4. It is possible to be hyperT and still be in range if the free’s are out of range.

  27. QUESTION:
    A patient who has been taking synthetic thyroid hormone for ten years has a blood test twice a year to determi?
    A patient who has been taking synthetic thyroid hormone for ten years has a blood test twice a year to determine the proper dosage of her medication. Her most recent blood test reveals that her TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) levels are lower than normal. Will her doctor increase or decrease the dosage of her medication? Why

    • ANSWER:
      When TSH levels are low, it means there is often too much thyroid hormone (T3, T4) in the blood.

      When T3 and T4 are high, TSH becomes low to keep the thyroid from being stimulated.

      When T3 and T4 are low, TSH becomes high to stimulate the thyroid to produce more.

      Therefore the physician may decrease the dosage.

      (Please tell me you’re not one of my students.)

  28. QUESTION:
    How does eating yogurt affect thyroid hormone levels?
    I’ve been taking levothyroxine for several years now. In January, my doctor decided to increase my dosage from 0.25 mcg to 0.5 mcg. On Saturday, April 21st, I began eating a cup of yogurt, Dannon’s Activia brand, a day. This past Friday afternoon, I started feeling hot, and my stomach felt unsettled. I also remember being hungrier than usual between my midmorning snack of yogurt and lunchtime that day. Could eating the yogurt in combination with taking the 0.5 mcg of levothyroxine cause these symptoms? I’ve read that yogurt contains iodine, which can increase thyroid hormone production. I haven’t taken another levothyroxine tablet since that morning and would like to start back in case my thyroid levels become too low before my appointment on May 15th to have my blood checked. I have not had the symptoms again since Friday. Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated!
    Sorry I wasn’t clearer on this point, but if eating foods containing iodine, like yogurt, can boost my thyroid hormone without me having to take the levothyroxine, I would much prefer that.
    As of this morning, I’ve begun taking the levothyroxine. I called my doctor’s office yesterday about the missed doses, and the person I talked with said I should be fine going into May 15th if I started back on it today. I guess time will tell if the symptoms recur. As for salt, I rarely add salt to my food. The only foods I salt are rice, grits, and eggs, and I don’t eat these foods very often.

    • ANSWER:
      Iodine deficiency is rare because of iodized salt. Tell your doctor your change in diet, maybe you fit into this rare group. Do not go off you medication without consulting your doctor. I think seafood and iodized salt maybe better sources of iodine for you.

      Iodine is a trace element found mostly in soil. In a perfect world, crops absorb iodine through their root systems, and humans and livestock take in iodine through the foods they eat. In vast regions of the world… arable land doesn’t contain enough of this essential element, and crops and livestock in these areas are therefore deficient in iodine.

      Iodized salt — table salt with iodine added — is the main food source of iodine. Seafood is naturally rich in iodine. Cod, sea bass, haddock, and perch are good sources. Kelp is the most common vegetable seafood that is a rich source of iodine. Dairy products and plants grown in soil that is rich in iodine are … good sources.

  29. QUESTION:
    If I have low TSH results why decrease Thyroid medicine?
    If my Thyroid Stimulating Hormone test results are low (well below normal) why am I advised to reduce the amount of artificial thyroid I take? With low test results I’d think I’d increase the thyroid medication.

    • ANSWER:
      TSH is the opposite of what you’d think. A TSH <.4 indicates overactive/ hyperthyroidism, and a TSH >4.0 indicates underactive/ hypothyroidism.

      You were told to reduce your Levothyrroxine in order to raise your TSH into the normal range (0.4-4.0 mIU/L).

  30. QUESTION:
    took a blood test for my thyroid. free t 4 was normal 1.0 but (tsh) thyroid stimulating hormone was 0.05 low?
    one test for my thyroid was in the normal range but the other test was low range. what does it mean?

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not an expert on what all the different hormones mean, but a low tsh like that is indicative of hyperthyroidism. I looked back on your previous questions and one think you should consider is celiac disease. It’s an autoimmune disease caused by gluten intolerance. It’s not uncommon among people with thyroid problems and it causes anxiety and depression. I had anxiety for over 15 years and it went away in like 2-3 days on the diet. My thyroid levels went back to normal after about 3 months on the diet (I was hypo).

      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/

      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/latestresearch/a/celiac.htm

  31. QUESTION:
    What can you do naturally to enhance your thyroid hormone production?
    Ok I have asked this question once but I want rewrite. I went to the dr last year and my thyroid level was very low. They say it should be between a 2 and a 7 and I was 1.3. He didnt prescribe me any meds and said next time I came in he would recheck and decide what to take. Now… I have lost my insurance which means I cant PAY for a prescription nor GO SEE a doctor as I am BROKE…. I have to take care of my kids and dont have 5 + whatever the new blood work would cost to have done.. Any serious suggestions would be appreciated. I just cant bare the weight gain any longer.. I have gained around 60lbs in a year and a half…

    • ANSWER:
      Many hypothyroid patient was due to lack of micronutrient IODINE in the diet.

      I personally seen hundreds of patient with hypothyroidism due to Iodine defficiency especially people who live at mountain places which iodine was not incorporated in their diet. Another reason is they are fond of eating GOITROGENS food like cabbage, Broccoli and others…

      Goitrogen containing food inhibit the reabsortion of Iodine in the thyroid galnd.

      Iodine is important on thyroid hormone synthesis (T3&T4).

      Therefore without Iodine there will be no production of thyroid hormones leading to HYPOTHYROID state.

      I suggest to add Iodized salt on your diet.

  32. QUESTION:
    Do low TSH thyroid levels cause weight gain, and would thyroid medication help me lose weight? ?
    I am 17 y/o and My mom said that I have low TSH thyroid hormone. I noticed that for a few years it is VERY hard to lose weight even with exercise and eating PERFECT foods. (i eat soo much brocoli, eat plain oatmeal for breakfast, and NEVER drink soda or juice). All i drink is PURE WATER! Does this have to do with a low TSH thyroid levels? Also, would medication to help my thyroid levels make me lose weight without me even trying?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear,
      Thyroid Hormones are very critical and plays an important role in our body metabolism, so we shouldn’t play with them, unless there is something wrong ! it will affect your mood, your period, sleeping, weight, and bowel habit….
      how did your mother know that ur TSH is low?!
      low TSH means that your thyroid hormones are high ( TSH is a product of the Pitutary gland to stimulate thyroid to produce T3,T4) so it goes down with high thyroid Hormones level!
      about your diet! you should drink healthy juices and run a healthy life style
      you should excercise regularly, with a diet, you will be able to achieve your goals on the long run

      good luck

  33. QUESTION:
    how does thyroid effects body’s metabolism?
    what happeneds if my thyroid produce low hormone or opposite? i am in cabbage diet but i heard cabbage reduces thyroid hormone. does that mean it will make my metabolism faster?
    oh my , and i was thinking i was dieting eating cabbage .

    • ANSWER:
      The thyroid controls how quickly the body burns energy, makes proteins, and how sensitive the body should be to other hormones

      Certain foods contain chemicals which block the production of thyroid hormone, particularly cabbage, broccoli, rutabaga, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, watercress, and peanuts.

      Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid): With too little hormone, you may experience fatigue, weight gain, memory and hair loss, depression, difficulty sleeping and swallowing, mood swings, enlarged thyroid gland (also known as goiter), dry skin, intolerance to cold, and/or high cholesterol levels.

      Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid, including Graves’ disease): with too much hormone, you may experience irritability, nervousness, muscle weakness, tremors, irregular menstrual periods, weight loss, sleep disturbances, goiter, vision problems, palpitations, heat intolerance, and/or impaired fertility.

      Women are at much higher risk than men for thyroid disorders. Hypothyroidism is more common than hyperthyroidism, especially among older women.

  34. QUESTION:
    My THYROID STIMULATING HORMONE (TSH) is 0.05 ulU/ml, i think its low – am i right or not & what is its cause?

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    If not enough thyroid hormone is secreted, an affected individual may exhibit?
    If not enough thyroid hormone is secreted, an affected individual may exhibit:

    a) low energy levels (lethargy)
    b) hyperactivity
    c) goiter
    d) insomnia

    • ANSWER:
      a & c

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

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    My TSH was 5.0 and they put me on thyroid hormone but I experience anxiety. Should I go off it?
    I’m a very mild case of hypothyroid so I’m on a really low dose of Thyroid hormone (30mg). I get anxiety and I’m wondering if this is why. Maybe I should go off it? As long as I won’t start to gain weight and feel too much more fatigue? Does this tiny dose even make a difference?
    It is 30mg of dessicated thyroid. (The natural thyroid from pig…but it is still a prescription.) That is the lowest possible dose.

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Low hormones from Hypo-thyroid, period and pregnant?
    ok i was having pregnancy symptoms and still am but started my period a few days late, since i have low hormones from my thyroid problems could that be the reason for the neg. hpt yesterday and period still? can someone please explain the best they can. today was my first day of having a period and it just felt so weird earlier and then tonight i got the worst cramps ive ever had where i just wanted to crawl into a ball and cry. i don’t know but i FEEL pregnant, or maybe just paranoid. I hope I am pregnant though honestly…any advice would be great! thanks!
    Btw we’ve had unprotected sex almost every single day for the last MONTH…1-2 times a day.

    • ANSWER:
      A hpt detects the level of HCG in your urine which is secreted by an egg that has been fertilized. You should have no HCG in your urine if you are not pregnant. Your thyroid should not be affecting the results of the test.

      Thyroid conditions can affect your fertility and the health of your baby should you become pregnant. You should consult your doctor about the affect your particular condition could have on your fertility. They may want to start you on some fertility medications or take another course of action. The doctor will want to make sure that your thyroid condition is under control. Ask to be referred to a reproductive endocrinologist if you feel like you need a fertility specialist.

      You should consider charting your cycles so that you can increase your chances of getting pregnant. Charting will help you to learn your pattern of ovulation and will document your symptoms and basal body temperature so that you will be able to tell whether or not you have ovulated. It is possible to have a period and not ovulate. If you don’t ovulate, you will not become pregnant. There is free trial software from fertilityfriend.com that can help you get started charting. You may also want to try an ovulation predictor kit (sold in most pharmacies). Good luck!

  39. QUESTION:
    Could low thyroid levels be a sign of pregnancy?
    I had several thyroid problems as a teenager so I had my thyroid removed several years ago. I just had my annual blood work done to test my levels, and my doctor says my results are so low it looks as though I haven’t even been taking my thyroid hormones! It is also a coincidence that I my period is so far a week and a half late. My period has been irregular the past couple months, but not this much. And I have had a couple scares, so I don’t want to jump to conclusions. I was just wondering if it could be a possibility before I go waste money on another test!

    • ANSWER:
      No. Pregnancy usually improves hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism in itself can often cause elongated cycles and anovulatory cycles. For more info, see The Thyroid Solution – Ridha Arem.

  40. QUESTION:
    I suspect I have low thyroid, but want to treat it as naturally as possible, not with synthetics drugs. Doctor
    I want natural treatment and natural hormones if necessary. Does anyone have knowledge or experience with this, such as if I can still buy a mercury thermometer to measure basal body temp. in the morning under armpit. Also any experience with natural treatment and doctors? I have read Dr. Broda Barnes’ book and I feel that many tests that even an endocrinologist would suggest are not really necessary. If basal temperature is low than it seems safe to assume that so is the thyroid, especially when symptoms are present. I want to find a mercury thermometer, then if low temp. is confirmed I want to take armour thyroid and then monitor temp. and any changes in symptoms. If someone has knowledge of natural medicine and treatment which could support me even better than this idea, without costing a fortune, I would most appreciate the info, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I know how you feel. Being diagnosed or getting on the medicine is scary and overwhelming. I had this and I was just like you. I opposed drugs, medicines, synthetics until I learned that thyroid hormone is an absolute must in our bodies in fact it goes into ALL of our cells to regulate metabolism, temperature, moods, nerves, absorbtion and a whole buntch of many things. Then I had a blood work, and another and saw that not taking the meds making my labwork worse! I recommend you to focus on getting the right diagnosis first instead of trying to find shortcuts or ways that you are not helping your body, yourself and your health. We can not live without thyroid hormone – this is a fact! Also, there are no “natural thyroid hormones” like something that you get from a plant, a tincture, a vitamin, or food. If you are thyroid is not producing enough hormone – you need to supplement it. Think about a diabetic who requires insulin (type 1). Would you think it is smart not to take the synthetic insulin shots to keep your blood sugar in control? Of course not – people dont die of diabetes but its complications like heart disease, organ failure and so many more. Same thing applies to your thyroid – you would be crazy to deny your body of something that it needs! So here is what I recommend. Get a comprehensive thyroid panel blood test and look where you stand. Get checked for: TSH (should be under 2 even though the range lists that up to 5.5 is OK – it is not), T4, T3, FreeT4, FreeT3, T3 Uptake, TPO antibodies. When you get the results in your hand – go to about.thyroid.com and check the ranges again. If you are in range – your symptoms could be due to other factors. If you have an underactive thyroid or possibly an autoimmune underactive thyroid (Hashimotos) you NEED medicine. You can denied this from yourself, but why would you? Without the drug you further deteriorate in your health. An untreated thyroid will leave you miserable along with can lead to coma. You can take synthetic drug called Synthroid (T4 only) – it is ok, but many do better on a combination therapy of synthetic T4 and T3, or take pig thyroid supplement as I do and feel like your old self again. I took synthetics before. Please do not confuse yourself synthetic female hormones (HRT) with thyroid hormones. All the mess you hear on the news about Hormone Replacement are about menapausal women getting synthetic estrogens and progesterones. That is not about thyroid treatments! Thyroid hormone replacement therapy has NO side effects if doses correctly and will help you to live a better and healthier life. It is your work to find out if you do better on the synthetic or animal derived product. I know some people say that eating kelp or doing yoga reversed their underactve thyroid condition which may be true in some cases – if their condition is not severe enough where they can function without symptons. Many of us can do all the yoga we want and we still have to take our meds. I wish you good luck and great health!

  41. QUESTION:
    Can too much thyroid hormone cause high blood glucose?
    My tsh was .12 (hyperthyroid) but blood glucose was 100, Seems odd that it’s obvious I have to low of a tsh reading and now sugar is higher. Never had high sugar until this.

    • ANSWER:
      well 100 is not exactly hyper-glycemic! it’s just around the high limit! about the TSH level: exces of thyroid hormones is indeed a couse of high blood sugar! these hormones accelerate all basic metabolisms: proteic, sugra and fats. it makes your body transform glycogen(the way glucose is stored) into circulating glucose. TSH is not a thyroid hormone it’s a hormone secreted by your pituitary gland that causes your thyroid to secrete it’s hormones. when T3 and T4 thyroid hormones raise, by meand of feed-back, it makes your TSH levels go down. that is how you can explain: low TSH, high thyroid hormones, and higher blood sugar.

      hope this helps!!! best of luck!

  42. QUESTION:
    What’s the worst thing that can happen from someone with borderline normal thyroid hormone taking synthroid?
    Basically if i am just bordline normal (almost low) and I take synthroid…what’s are the worst things that can come from it?

    • ANSWER:
      Borderline…..I’ve heard that before. Chances are you are hypothyroid. The TSH is very unreliable for diagnosing hypothyroid as TSH varies throughout the day. To get diagnosed by this test, you have to have had an early morning TSH. I recommend that you find out your lab results, as you may be hypothyroid. Many doctors are now stating a TSH over 3.0 is hypothyroid, while labs still have the range at 5.5. Check out what yours is. Retest again in the morning and get a TSH, free t4, free t3, and an antibody test. Below is a good thyroid link below.

      About the Synthoid, why Synthroid? There are so many other medications. I’d research this more. Most hypothyroid patients feel better with a T4/T3 medication like Armour or Thyrolar, where Synthoid is just T4. The more you know about being hypothyroid the better. Chances are you are hypo.

      I know people who self treat with Armour, as they can do this by body temps and an occassional blood test. I don’t know anyone who has dosed themselves using Synthoid.

  43. QUESTION:
    Overactive thyroid, low blood sugar, shakes and fuzzy head, TTC soon – any ideas?
    Hello there all,

    Well a couple of days ago I got some blood results back from a series of tests I had done after feeling run down a lot lately (and cause I had a spider bite too).

    I got a series of results back, a few funny ones like low vitamin D (not enough sun lol), but the two results I got back that worries me is that I have an overactive thyroid and low blood sugar.

    My low blood sugar was 2.4 when it was meant to be 4-7, and not sure what my thyroid hormones read as but she said both needed to be rechecked and if still the same then I must go onto medication and “get this sorted before you get pregnant again.” (regarding the overactive thyroid)

    Why the medication? How could this affect another pregnancy? (Want to TTC number 2 in 3 months)

    And if I eat and exercise well (I have enough sugar – doctor even thinks so) do you have any idea why these results may be like this?

    She said that I can get shakey with this and a few other symptoms I lost track of (so much we talked about with the spider bite too) and that if I think my symptoms are getting worse, to come in earlier and get the blood tests earlier (she wanted the tests done in another couple of weeks or so).

    So I’m feeling kinda fuzzy in the head, like I can’t concentrate properly, with the shakes and carsick feeling and this has been going on for a couple of days, and it has been worse after doing housework for example, or hopping on my exercise bike. Is this something to worry about? Are these symptoms to worry about and go earlier? Or normal considering my results?

    Thanks for your opinions and sorry this was such a long thingy to read, I’ll also post this in a few areas to see what answers I can get!

    Also my period is all over the place, I have had itchy ankles for a few months too. X

    • ANSWER:
      Hi hun,

      Aww I never knew any of this I feel so bad :-(

      I’ve been reading up on Hyperthyroidism, and there are treatments available for it during pregnancy, however they will put you on a low dose as this could make your baby’s thyroid under active. Your baby would have a thyroid test at birth, and they are usually just fine – the biggest concern is premature labour and a smaller baby, however – You will be under a consultant (In fact you will be anyway as you had a C-section with Keeley. So it just means a few extra appointments really.

      I am Hypoglycemic – my blood sugar drops fairly low, I can’t go for very long with out food, as I get dizzy, shakey, and feel very faint. I’ve had it many a times at work, and have to stop everything, sit down and ask for an apple or some orange juice.

      I don’t know anything about spider bites, and if this could have had an effect, but I do know the shakes are from low blood sugar, it’s an awful feeling isn’t it.
      The fuzzy feeling in your head COULD be due to worrying, any normal person is going to worry when their blood test results aren’t quite what they are supposed to be – I know because, I’m currently having blood tests as I am jaundiced, and I am petrified!!

      Please don’t be too alarmed though hun, remember, if it were at a dangerous level, you would be sent to hospital, or would have much more urgent treatment. This is very common, and the Doctors will sort this out for you ok. If you feel your symptoms are getting worse, then do go back sooner. Just try not to worry you will be fine, and good luck with the TTC :D Ooh we may be pregnant together again :) xxx

  44. QUESTION:
    I had my Thyroid removed 4 weeks ago, now my Thyroid Levels are low,will this get better on it’s own?
    I am a 43 year-old female with 2 children, a daughter, 16 and a son,9-I Home School them-this is a major problem for me.My husband works nights, so I have absolutly NO Help.
    I had all of my thyroid except for my upper lrft lobe and the lymph nodes in my neck removed 4 weeks ago due to Thyroid Cancer.
    The Surgeon said he got all of the cancer-my neck’s still causing me a great deal of pain, is this normal?
    My thyroid levels are low.
    I feel like I was hit by a train and am exhausted and have no energy and have gained weight-up from a size 8 to a size 14-UUUGGGGHHHH! If I keep gaining weight , I’m goung to lose my mind.I am 5’8″ tall and went from 135 lbs. to 180 lbs.-way too much for my liking! I am embarassed to take my clothing off in front of my husband and sex, forget it-I am way too fat!
    Not to mention, I cannot afford to buy even used cothes as the bills from the Hospital add up to over ,000.00 and we only have the one Income as I am unable to find a job since I was laid-off last November and we live in an economically challenged area and my 16 yr. old can’t find a job.
    The Surgeon said that 1/4 of a lobe would produce enough thyroid hormone for my body, just give it some time.
    Do you think I need some Synthroid or some type of Thyroid replacement?
    Is threre a Natural Alternative I can buy at the health Food Store as we have NO Insurance? Also, the scars are bad, how long will it take for them to fade?
    Please NO Mean or Cruel Answers or Comments as I just can’t deal with it right now!
    Thanks in Advance for any and all advice!
    I appreciate all of your answers-I felt like the Surgeon was not too competant, but now I have proof!
    The soonest I can get into my G.P. is on 19 January, since I have no Insurance, that is the soonest I can see the Dr.-I will be sure to tell him all the things that I have learned from all of you!
    Thank You so much for taking the time to help me!
    I truly appreciate the fact that you all cared enough to help!Hugs and Great Karma to Each and EVERY one of You!
    P.S. The Surgeon did not tell me that I would need Synthroid or any other type of thyroid replacement-he simply said that it would even out in time and 1/4 of a thyroid would make enough thyroid hormone to do me, nor did he even suggest follow-ups on the Cancer.
    He acted like I was baty when I told him how bad I feel!

    • ANSWER:
      Good god! Fire your entire medical team and find someone competent to help you immediately. These doctors are committing malpractice on you. I am just too shocked and appalled to say much more. This situation is just way too screwed up. Not only are your doctors trying to kill you by driving you into a myxedema coma, if that doesn’t work, they are going to be sure to kill you by stimulating your cancer to make it grow back. You just DO NOT leave a thyroid cancer patient hypothyroid. Period. You just don’t. In no way is it ok to leave ANY patient hypothyroid, but for a thyroid cancer patient, wow. Just wow.

  45. QUESTION:
    If not enough thyroid hormone is secreted, an effected individual may exhibit:?
    If not enough thyroid hormone is secreted, an effected individual may exhibit:

    a.) low energy levels (lethargy)
    b.) hyperactivity
    c.) goiter
    d.) insomnia

    • ANSWER:
      Low energy – falls asleep a lot when they just sit and rest

  46. QUESTION:
    How critical is it if my Thyroid Stimulating Hormone is .02?
    According to my scale, .35-5.51 is normal. Is .02 extremely low or is that just a normal low? I don’t know how big of a difference .2 to .02 is. Also, how can this be treated? I’ll award a best answer. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      A low TSH result can indicate an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) or excessive amounts of thyroid hormone medication in those who are being treated for an underactive (or removed) thyroid gland. Rarely, a low TSH result may indicate damage to the pituitary gland that prevents it from producing adequate amounts of TSH. Whether high or low, an abnormal TSH indicates an excess or deficiency in the amount of thyroid hormone available to the body, but it does not indicate the reason why. An abnormal TSH test result is usually followed by additional testing to investigate the cause of the increase or decrease. Many medications — including aspirin and thyroid-hormone replacement therapy — may affect thyroid gland function test results. A standard reference range is not available for this test. Because reference values are dependent on many factors, including patient age, gender, sample population, and test method, numeric test results have different meanings in different labs. If, in your test, the reference range is.35 to 5.51, then .02 would be considered extremely low. Extreme stress and acute illness may also affect TSH test results, and results may be low during the first trimester of pregnancy. As stated before, this test will tell you your blood level is low, but your doctor will order additional tests to tell you why. It is from these additional tests that he will order treatment.

  47. QUESTION:
    How should I take care of myself?
    I was diagnosed with low thyroid hormones, I’ve been feeling tired, weak, sleepy I gained 6 pounds in 2 months and feel ofly depressed. Is there a diet I should follow or anything I can take to better myself. I am scared.

    • ANSWER:
      Who diagnosed you? A doctor I presume. Didn’t your doctor give you some meds or a treatment plan? Darned Obamacare.

  48. QUESTION:
    What hormone or blood value (triglyceride, HDL, LDL, etc.) should be low or high to lose quick weight?
    I’m working out intense, and trying to eat healthy. However my weight loss is very small and minimal. With the things I’m doing, it should def. be faster. I’m really pushing myself to the limits. I’m suspecting a thyroid problem. I heard if there is something wrong with thyroid you can’t lose weight.

    What other, or is there hormone or blood entity that should be high or low in order to quickly lose weight?

    • ANSWER:
      You may be building muscle which is a good thing. Don’t worry abut the scale. Look in the mirror instead.

  49. QUESTION:
    Growth and Thyroid Hormone?
    1) Growth hormone and thyroid hormone both stimulate protein synthesis and osteoblast activity?
    My notes had somewhat similar definitions for both of these, I was wondering are growth hormones and thyroid both the same? Or are they different, but they both increase the rat e of protein synthesis and osteoblast activity?

    2) Also, I was mixing up the function of thyroid and parathyroid hormones.
    Does thyroid secrete calcitonin to lower blood levels
    and parathyroid secrete calcium/phosphates to raise blood levels?

    Ty, any help would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Growth hormone and the thyroid hormones are not the same hormone. They have some overlapping functions (like the ones that you mentioned about stimulating protein synthesis and promoting bone growth) and can work synergistically, but they also have several other, separate, roles. If it helps, you can maybe think about it this way: growth hormone’s major function is to increase growth, which includes increasing things like cell proliferation and metabolism. The thyroid hormones’ major function is to increase metabolism, which can lead to increased growth, among other things. So they work closely together, but they are not the same hormone.

      As for your second question, yes, calcitonin is released to lower Ca2+ levels in the blood and PTH is released to increase calcium levels in the blood.

      Hope that helps some!

  50. QUESTION:
    Can a thyroid cyst cause emotional symptoms even if hormone levels are normal?
    To make a super long story short, in July 2008 I noticed what I thought was a hard lymph node in my neck.I recently had an ultrasound and it was discovered to be a cyst on my thyroid. I had blood work done the same day as the ultrasound and my thyroid hormone levels are normal. Due to a different set of symptoms, the doctor wanted to treat me for depression and anxiety until I told her that I didn’t actually FEEL depressed. She said we’d wait and see what my thyroid levels were and then figure out whether to treat the thyroid, the depression, or both. However, when I thought about it after my appointment, I realized that I definitely do suffer from depression and assumed that my thyroid levels would come back low and that would take care of that. But then they came back normal. Could the thyroid cyst still be causing my depression, or will I have to go on anti-depressants? I will be seeing my doctor on Monday to discuss my options, but anyone’s personal experience or knowledge would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      So far no records indicate that simple cyst can cause depression, unless it huge and making your feel embarrassed:)
      if it is larger then 2 cm, the PEI treatment can shrink it.
      Best of luck


Low Thyroid Symptons

Thyroid Problem Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
Thyroid gland

The thyroid gland is an endocrine (meaning ductless) gland, which secretes its hormones directly into the bloodstream. It is located in the lower part of your neck. It wraps around your windpipe (trachea) like a bow tie, with two connecting lobes, and is well supplied with blood vessels.

The association of thyroid disorders with skin manifestations is complex. Both hypothryoidism and hyperthyroidism are known to cause these changes. In order to study this association of skin changes in relation to hypothyroidism, a study was carried out in the outpatients department of Dermatology of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, over a period of 3 months from Jan-March 2005. Thirty two patients were enrolled in the study and parameters were noted regarding history, general symptoms, cutaneous signs and associated diseases.

We found gain in weight (71.85%) and lethargy (65.62%) to be the most common complaints. On cutaneous examination, dry, coarse texture of the skin (56%), pigmentary disorders (37.5%) and telogen effluvium (40.62%) were the most common findings. Other associated disorders were vitiligo, melasma, pemphigus, alopecia areata, xanthelasma palpebrarum, etc.
How do I know if I’m having a problem with my thyroid?
There are several things that can go wrong with your thyroid, but the two most common are:
Hypothyroidism when the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone.
Hyperthyroidism when the thyroid produces too much thyroid hormone.

What Causes Thyroid Problems?
All types of hyperthyroidism are due to an overproduction of thyroid hormones, but the condition can occur in several ways:
Graves’ disease: The release of excess hormones is triggered by an autoimmune disorder. For some unknown reason, the body attacks the thyroid, causing it to spill out too much hormone.
Toxic adenomas: Nodules develop in the thyroid gland and begin to secrete thyroid hormones, upsetting the body’s chemical balance; some goiters may contain several of these nodules.
Other thyroid problems
Other thyroid problems show up when the thyroid gland (at the lower front of your throat) swells or gets sore.
These may be a signals for other thyroid diseases:
an enlarging thyroid, called a goiter, is usually a sign that the gland is overworking but could be a failing thyroid trying to do better
Indiand stats on thyroid disease’
’42 million Indians suffer from thyroid disease’

NEW DELHI: Nearly 42 million Indians are suffering from thyroid disease, doctors said on the International Day of Thyroid on Sunday.
According to the Indian Thyroid Society (ITS), thyroid disorders are among the most common and yet most under-diagnosed of all health problems, making it a hidden disease.

Treatment
Hyperthyroidism is treated with radioactive iodine, anti thyroid drugs or surgery. A liberal diet providing adequate amount of calories, proteins, vitamins and minerals is indicated because patients have severe malnutrition since the basal metabolic rate is increased thus the calorie requirement are also increased. 4000 – 5000kcal will be allowed. Protein requirement is also increased to 50% more than the actual requirement which is about 120 – 130 gm per day. This should come mainly from good quality protein egg, meat, poultry and cereal and pulse combination.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    my tsh is very low, dr. have suggested that i should go 4 surgery, but i dont have any symptons of thyroid?
    my tsh is 0.04. dr had said to go for surgery to remove the gland. but i dont find any symptons of thyroid. should i go for surgery or any other way is there to detect what excatly i should do? i’m scared of surgery. is there any other way where there is no need for surgery and even my problem is solved?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you seeing a specialist? Did you only get the TSH test for your thyroid? I would definately get another opinion and a full thyroid function test.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can taking synthetic thyroid meds. be harmful if you don’t have a low thyroid? ?
    My dr. said my blood count was normal, but i have numerous symptons that would indicate otherwise(namely, fatigue, headaches, weight gain, cold extremities)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it can be harmful. Thyroid ‘meds’ are just thyroxine, the same hormone the thyroid naturally produces. Look up “hyperthyroidism” – this is when someone has an overactive thyroid, which is producing too much thyroxine. This is exactly the situation you would be in if your thyroid is producing enough thyroxine (which is very easy to tell from a blood test) and then you took some extra as well. The symptoms are dramatic weight loss (not in a good way), anxiety, being angry/over-emotional, shaking, having palpitations or even quite a seriously irregular heart rhythm, osteoporosis, feeling hot all the time, feeling constantly agitated but also really exhausted. Generally people feel pretty rough!

      It is really very straightforward to test thyroid function with a blood test. Also, you can’t just say that you must be hypothyroid because you are tired, have headaches, have put on weight and get cold – we would be diagnosing half the population with hypothyroidism – including me!! If you are really convinved you are ill, go back to your doctor and maybe get some other tests.

  3. QUESTION:
    yes this is for a medical doctor. What relationship exists between the thyroid and the adrenal gland?
    After many years on the same synthroid and having Graves in my twenties, my thyroid blood test kept showing low TSH levels and then i discovered nodules! The bigger question is what causes nodules? I have very little thyroid left. One thing the doctor is checking adrenal dysfunction (cushings) or pituatary gland? :Symptons: extreme tired after waking up in morning, fevers, infections??
    Thank you,

    Maggie

    • ANSWER:
      lymph glands trap foreign bodies and cause lymph nodes to form nodules, mostly in the neck area.

  4. QUESTION:
    Why am I always tired and feel low?
    Ok so here are the symptons – Tired 95% of the time; Occasional Headaches; Feeling Low/over emotional. Had blood tests no anemia, no under active thyroid and no diabetes has anyone got any other ideas???

    • ANSWER:
      Most likly a lack of b12 you can go to your doctors office and ask for a b12 injection if that is not it then nothing will be lost.

  5. QUESTION:
    Pregnancy and Low Thryoid?
    I am 17 weeks pregnant and my doctor just ordered a thyroid test along with some other “routine” tests at 15 weeks. They called me last week to tell me that all the tests came back normal except my thyroid test came back low (they didn’t give me any other information – at the time I didn’t realize how seriouse this can be.) They want me to get a Free T4 test done, which I will be doing tomorrow. I wasn’t having any symptons that I have read about online, so I’m not sure why exactly my doctor had the thyroid test done (I’m glad she did though), I’ve had previouse thryoid testing and they always came back fine, so I was shocked. After reading online about the thyroid function during a pregnancy, I’m concerned about not being on medication thus far. I’m just wondering why, if my doctor has reasons to suspect without symptons that I had a thyroid problem, did she wait until I was well into my second trimester.
    Has anyone been diagnosed with a thyroid problem late in pregnancy?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The site on the Internet to find

      http://www.dricq.com/school/index.shtm

      http://www.dricq.com/school/Health/14102.shtm

      http://www.dricq.com/school/Health/index.shtm

  6. QUESTION:
    I’m suffering a3x3x2cm Thyroid Nudule over lower pole of right lobe & 1cm nodule on left, do I need operation?
    I had this problem since May 2005, at that time the sonography of bilateral thyroid glands was: multinodular goiter over both glands, maximal 2.2×1.19cm but now growing bigger, but it doesn’t affect me from swallowing too much – I don’t have symptons of hand-shaking nor difficulty in breathing or whatsoever. Although ‘operation’ is under consideration, but once I’m operated, I need to take thyroid medicine for the rest of my life. My problem is my thyroid glands are OK, only the Nodules. How can I remove the nodules without taking an operation? Thanks for your answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      My mother had multinodular lesions on her thyroid and a huge goiter. It did affect her swallowing sometimes so she stuck to smoother foods and chewed to avoid large chunks which could stick in her throat. The operation is optional, it’s always your choice. Medication can shrink the nodules and prevent new ones from forming. I would see an endocrinologist to discuss treatment options.

  7. QUESTION:
    What could be wrong with these symptons/?
    I have been feeling very sick after eating and have bad stomach pains. Thoguh my parents make me eat anyway so i dont loose weight. I always feel extemely cold, my finger and toes inparticular, they are white too. I am extrememly tired, and never have any energy no matter how much sleep i get. I often wake in the night freezing or will wake sweating…
    Any ideas???
    My iron used to be low but is now fine, its not thyroid related. and my weight is relatilvy normal.

    • ANSWER:
      People with chronic fatigue syndrome exhibit signs and symptoms similar to those of most common viral infections. Unlike flu (influenza) symptoms, which usually subside in a few days or weeks, the signs and symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome can last for months or years. They may come and go frequently with no identifiable pattern.

      Primary signs and symptoms
      In addition to persistent fatigue, not caused by other known medical conditions, chronic fatigue syndrome has eight possible primary signs and symptoms. These include:

      Loss of memory or concentration
      Sore throat
      Painful and mildly enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits (axillae)
      Unexplained muscle soreness
      Pain that moves from one joint to another without swelling or redness
      Headache of a new type, pattern or severity
      Sleep disturbance
      Extreme exhaustion after normal exercise or exertion
      According to the International Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Study Group — a group of scientists, researchers and doctors brought together by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine a standard method for defining and diagnosing chronic fatigue syndrome — a person meets the diagnostic criteria of chronic fatigue syndrome when unexplained persistent fatigue occurs for six months or more with at least four of the eight primary signs and symptoms also present.

      Additional signs and symptoms
      In addition, people with chronic fatigue syndrome have reported other various signs and symptoms that aren’t part of the official definition of chronic fatigue syndrome determined by the International Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Study Group. These include:

      Abdominal pain
      Alcohol intolerance
      Bloating
      Chest pain
      Chronic cough
      Diarrhea
      Dizziness
      Dry eyes and mouth
      Earache
      Irregular heartbeat
      Jaw pain
      Morning stiffness
      Nausea
      Night sweats
      Psychological problems, such as depression, irritability, anxiety disorders and panic attacks
      Shortness of breath
      Tingling sensations
      Weight loss
      If you have chronic fatigue syndrome, your symptoms may peak and become stable early on, and then come and go over time. Some people go on to recover completely, while others grow progressively worse

  8. QUESTION:
    Can you provide me with progressive symptoms of lukemia?
    A friend of mine who has lukemia has developed a lump in her thyroid and one in her stomach–both are causing her constant pain. They have reduced the size of the lump in her throid but have not been able to work on the lump in her stomach because her white blood count is too low. I know it’s possilble to live for a long time with lukemia but her symptons have us all worried. What do these symptoms indicate?

    • ANSWER:
      Please see the web pages for more details on Leukemia. Leukemia is a broad term covering a spectrum of diseases. Leukemia is clinically and pathologically split into its acute and chronic forms.
      Furthermore, the diseases are classified according to the type of abnormal cell found most in the blood.
      * When leukemia affects lymphoid cells (lymphocytes and plasma cells), it is called lymphocytic leukemia.
      * When myeloid cells (eosinophils, neutrophils, and basophils) are affected, the disease is called myeloid or myelogenous leukemia.

  9. QUESTION:
    2nd miscarriage( underactive thyroid)?
    Hi,

    I want to ask if anybody knows what is the procedure if there is faint hearbeat in baby at 8 weeks druign pregnancy, reason for this is , I had 2 miscarriages in a row( 2nd one quite recent ), I was 11 weeks and when I went for my scan , first i was been told that its faint heartbeat and then I was been told no heartbeat, I asked for another sonographers opinion aswell and they confirmed no heart beat present but I could see the machine myself and it was not grey or black at all, it was tiny faint light where the feotus was,but i couldn’t challenge anything that time as I just started crying….
    I dont know what is causing miscarriages..It took me 7 months to conceive…I am totally devastated, I have underactive thyroid which as per my GP is ”normal” but I still have symptoms affecting my life specially irregular periods( sometimes its just spotting and not even bleeding ) and also other symptoms..like dry skin,itchy skin,,..but still they say its my thyroid is normal,I am taking 100mcg levothyroxine for that…….

    During my 2nd pregnancy..I was spotting from 7 weeks and pain in my lower back just on left side and I was been told that its quite normal sometimes in early pregnancy, I never had any symptons of pregnancy to start with apart from just tiredness…they also gave me a scan on 6th week aswell as there was one spot of bright red blood that I could see and then everything was Ok but 2nd time they said no heart beat…I was 11 weeks when I found out and they said heartbeat stopped at 8 weeks……forsome reason i cldn’t trust that sonographer…(my first scan was vaginal and second one was on abdomen)
    Now, My sister in law said she was in India during her pregnancy, she was bleeding when she was 7 weeks and she was immedietely been taken to hospital and doctors said if there is even slightest faint heartbeat , they can save the baby and they gave shots of hormone(i think progesterone) to sustain the pregnancy and now I have a 6 yr old lovely niece and same happend with my 2 friends from poland…they were been given shots of hormone to sustain their pregnancies,,,,do they do that in NHS Uk ??

    I want to know what is the procedure in NHS, as I think may be it was a faint heartbeat and maybe it was not like ” no heartbeat”…i find NHS staff and my GP very unemotional about these things, they give an impression , its just a miscarriage ,it was meant to happen….

    For my second miscarriage, I went for medical management, where they give you a pill and you go back after 2 days..I started bleeding by taking the pill itself and when i went back in after 2 dsy , I told them that I bleeded heavily and they took me for a scan and I was been told that I passed feotus so I dont need any vaginal pessaries to be inserted in…But still, its been like 3 weeks, I am still spotting some time and lowerback specially left side seems to be in pain…and I have asked for another scan and they have said ”no”,,,,,I really worried that I hope nothing is left inside which affects the fertility part….as I want to try for baby again…may be in 3months time….

    I dont know what to do now specially with NHS…I have started really looking to seek help from alternative therapies like ayurveda aswell as I cant seem to go anywhere with NHS system…

    I will really appreciate if you know anything NHS procedures, similar experience, advice ..anything really.

    • ANSWER:
      Get in to see an endocrinologist-he specializes in thyroid disorders, once you get hat taken care of, you shoud feel better and get that pregnancy going you want.

  10. QUESTION:
    Recurrent Miscarriages and underactive Thyroid?
    Hi,

    I want to ask if anybody knows what is the procedure if there is faint hearbeat in baby at 8 weeks druign pregnancy, reason for this is , I had 2 miscarriages in a row( 2nd one quite recent ), I was 11 weeks and when I went for my scan , first i was been told that its faint heartbeat and then I was been told no heartbeat, I asked for another sonographers opinion aswell and they confirmed no heart beat present but I could see the machine myself and it was not grey or black at all, it was tiny faint light where the feotus was,but i couldn’t challenge anything that time as I just started crying….
    I dont know what is causing miscarriages..It took me 7 months to conceive…I am totally devastated, I have underactive thyroid which as per my GP is ”normal” but I still have symptoms affecting my life specially irregular periods( sometimes its just spotting and not even bleeding ) and also other symptoms..like dry skin,itchy skin,,..but still they say its my thyroid is normal,I am taking 100mcg levothyroxine for that…….

    During my 2nd pregnancy..I was spotting from 7 weeks and pain in my lower back just on left side and I was been told that its quite normal sometimes in early pregnancy, I never had any symptons of pregnancy to start with apart from just tiredness…they also gave me a scan on 6th week aswell as there was one spot of bright red blood that I could see and then everything was Ok but 2nd time they said no heart beat…I was 11 weeks when I found out and they said heartbeat stopped at 8 weeks……forsome reason i cldn’t trust that sonographer…(my first scan was vaginal and second one was on abdomen)
    Now, My sister in law said she was in India during her pregnancy, she was bleeding when she was 7 weeks and she was immedietely been taken to hospital and doctors said if there is even slightest faint heartbeat , they can save the baby and they gave shots of hormone(i think progesterone) to sustain the pregnancy and now I have a 6 yr old lovely niece and same happend with my 2 friends from poland…they were been given shots of hormone to sustain their pregnancies,,,,do they do that in NHS Uk ??

    I want to know what is the procedure in NHS, as I think may be it was a faint heartbeat and maybe it was not like ” no heartbeat”…i find NHS staff and my GP very unemotional about these things, they give an impression , its just a miscarriage ,it was meant to happen….

    For my second miscarriage, I went for medical management, where they give you a pill and you go back after 2 days..I started bleeding by taking the pill itself and when i went back in after 2 dsy , I told them that I bleeded heavily and they took me for a scan and I was been told that I passed feotus so I dont need any vaginal pessaries to be inserted in…But still, its been like 3 weeks, I am still spotting some time and lowerback specially left side seems to be in pain…and I have asked for another scan and they have said ”no”,,,,,I really worried that I hope nothing is left inside which affects the fertility part….as I want to try for baby again…may be in 3months time….

    I dont know what to do now specially with NHS…I have started really looking to seek help from alternative therapies like ayurveda aswell as I cant seem to go anywhere with NHS system…

    I will really appreciate if you know anything NHS procedures, similar experience, advice ..anything really.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Dear,

      First of all I am very sorry for your losts and I really wish you all the best.

      I havent got the whole knowledge however I would advise you to change your GP as it doesn’t sound right that you were not tested properly after it happened second time. I had a problem with my GP and I have changed him for a doctor who has an experience in “females issues”. If you have no information from your surgery who is more suitable for you just log on into their web site or check doctors names and the one with DRCOG (Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gyneacologists)in front of his/hers name you should choose. He/she should have a better understanding of your problem than just any general doctor.

      Once you find the right one tell the doctor about your situation and mention as well how long it takes you to get pregnant and about irregular periods as this might indicate PCOs and there is a proper treatment for it. I was diagnosed with POCs and I had to make a blood tests and USG before doctor could perscribe me anything but it explained my situation. For your records, please read on the internet about PCOs as irregular periods, hormones problems, miscarriedges and problems with fertility are commonly caused by that. You just might need some medical support and everything will be fine.

      Regarding the heart beat of the baby. I know that there is a treatment used in such cases however it will make sence only if the babies heart is still beating… when it stops nothing can be done. As this happened to you twice we could call it a pattern therefore you should concentrate on finding the cause rather, in my opinion. You might have a hormones problem during the pregnancy or your immune system might be attacking your baby itself. There might be a various reasons but my advice once again would be to find a good doctor and find a cause as this will make your life much easier.

      In my case when I went to the doctor I was sent straight away for a treatment and on the very first meeting in vitro was proposed to me – that’s how important that is to find a good GP.

      Don’t give up and everything will be OK.

      If you would like to chat sometimes about your problems let me know :) khan_izabela@yahoo.co.uk

      Best of luck!

      Iza

  11. QUESTION:
    Do you have PCOS and can help?
    I am really looking for experiences people can share with me.
    As over the years i have researched pcos i have come across many things. i know there is a very strong link to it being hereditary, and this shows from my nan to my dad down to me. I am diagnosed severe PCOS for the last 12 years.
    Also I have discovered that PCOS has only recently been linked with insulin resistance and shows that there is so much more research needed in these fields.

    ok fact is insulin resistance produces higher levels of insulin in the blood. that then causes problems with the pituitary gland, and thus secretes incorrect amounts of hormones, resulting in eggs beginging to mature but dont mature enough to be released, then they become foriegn obects, so the body makes them surrounds them by fluid, hence making them a cyst.

    right… so the actual effect from the insulin to the pituitary gland doesnt have to be of a major degree.. but the effect on the female reproductive system becomes catistrophic.. as the female repoductive system is so sensitive..

    therefore – if i have genetically passed down my condition and the whole insulin resistance to my son then surely having an effect on his pituitary gland could result in one of the other hormones, such as tsh, being effected?

    I ask this and ask if anyone else has had the same experience with maybe not just their children but also siblings?

    It is just my 2 yr old son has had constipation and muscle cramps and i have been told it is not unusual in children. basically growing pains and i am not feeding him correctly! but i know it is more as i have tried everything to relieve his constipation and it is not working.. so my Dr sent him for blood tests and the tests have come back that he has a slightly higher than normal tsh reading but a normal free t3,t4 reading. so he doesnt have an underactive thyroid altho constipation and muscle cramps are symptons of it. When i discovered the link between tsh and pituitary my alarm bells rang die to my PCOS and the defenant link down my family.

    I asked when i went to see the dr about the cramps, and i saw him at the time this 4 month bout of constipation he has, had started, so i asked if we had taken the same blood test then could it have shown a different reading. he doesnt think so but cant say for sure.. but i pushed to be referred to a specialist. which he has done. altho he says insulin resistance is not present in infants…..

    As i say all this has so much more research needed.. and so much of this info is new. So i think a link hereditary and to other pituitary hormones as not been made known. (am i making myself clear?) :S

    I also remember reading a while back that they thought insulin resistance started in childhood as the pancreas over producing insulin, and as insulin is a poison, the body then builds up a resistance to it.. but they didnt know why the pancreas would start to over produce slightly.. we are not talking high levels of insulin that would cause low blood sugar, just high enough for the body to not like it and build a defence, a resistance.

    So i fear the higher tsh level he had, shows he has inherited my insulin condition and he is at the stage where is body is working up a defence and resistance to insulin and maybe if he has tests they can find a cause for him…

    to me this makes sense.. mabe i am being ignorant and nieve.
    so please anyone else had a simular experience.. or has what i said made a light go on about a child or sibling that you never thought of before.. maybe there pituitary has been effected with the growth hormone or breast milk hormone…. but i think it would be in a mild way, not severe enough for a dr to make a total diagnosis… maybe they had high readings at some point and had to be monitored..

    thank you all for reading this.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, I have PCOS. I have a normal TSH. My three sisters and one brother have elevated TSH levels but none of my sisters has been diagnosed with PCOS, but they were never investigated either. I was aways very active, ate healthy yet kept gaining weight which was distributed mainly in my abdomen. Finally my blood sugars took a small bump which just kept going higher and higher. I am currently taking three medications to control my blood sugar and stick to my diabetic diet without any difficulty. Two of my sisters are very obese yet only one has a poor diet. My larger sister was also diagnosed with Celiac Disease. The larger sister also has the higher TSH level. She also had gallactorea but never has been pregnant.Another sister has the same problems with her son as you have stated, he is not growing at a normal rate. They did do bloodwork on him for Celiac Disease but not a tsh level. He would of had thyroid studies at birth but I do not think that they were ever rechecked. I have never been pregnant, but that was by choice.

      Very interesting,
      Donna

  12. QUESTION:
    iv had a a problems with my throat for about 1 month now lik its really uncomfortable and hard 2 breathe?
    lik am not gettin enough oxygen my throat doest feel closed bu blocked, and i went to see an ear/nose/throaty specialist but they sed everytin was ok.. so i went bac 2 my doctor and he said the onli thign we havent tested is for thyroid so im waiting for my blood test results but in the mean time i was wunderin if eny1 culd help me…. my symptons have bin ….
    * feeling very cold*
    *tired*
    *weak*
    * i feel lik i can concentrate i dont feel confused but lik i cant focus properli*
    *finding it hard 2 breathe in ma lower throat by my wind pipe*
    *feelin not good and realli sluggish*….
    please eny1 that can help me..
    i had my thyroid test bac and that cam bac as ok so its not thyroid … but my white blood cells were low again i had my blood taken a few weeks ago and they were low fightining infection and then i had my blood taken again and they were back to normal bu now there low again … can eny1 help me with this?

    • ANSWER:
      It sure sounds like the symtoms of hypothyroidism to me. You doctor will put you on replacement therapy which will take up to a few months to help. I hope you feel better as soon as possible.


Symptoms Of Low Thyroid Function

Causes, Symptoms and Diagnosis of Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
Most people have in their colons small pouches that bulge outward through weak spots, like an inner tube that pokes through weak places in a tire. Each pouch is called a diverticulum. Pouches are diverticula. The condition of having diverticula is called diverticulosis. About half of all Americans age 60 to 80, and almost everyone over age 80, have diverticulosis.

When the pouches become infected or inflamed, the condition is called diverticulitis. This happens in 10 to 25 percent of people
with diverticulosis. Diverticulosis and diverticulitis are also called diverticular disease.

Low Residue Diet for Diverticulitis
Grain Products:
enriched refined white bread, buns, bagels, english muffins
plain cereals e.g. Cheerios, Cornflakes, Cream of Wheat, Rice Krispies, Special K
arrowroot cookies, tea biscuits, soda crackers, plain melba toast
white rice, refined pasta and noodles
avoid whole grains

Fruits:fruit juices except prune juice
Vegetables:Vegetable juices
Meat and Protein Choice:well-cooked, tender meat, fish and eggs
Dairy:as directed by your healthcare providers

Causes of Diverticulitis
It’s believed that most diverticula are caused by unnoticed muscle spasms, or by pairs of muscles that don’t contract in a synchronized manner. This puts brief but intense pressure on the mucosal layer, causing pressure at the weakest points. The weakest points are the areas around blood vessels that pass through the inside of the wall of the large intestine (also called the colon). Older people have frailer tissue lining the bowel – this is probably why they have more diverticula.

Symptoms
Most people who have diverticulosis don’t have any symptoms, but some have mild cramps, constipation or bloating. Diverticulitis causes more severe symptoms, including any of the following, but particularly the first two:

Steady abdominal pain
Tenderness to pressure in the lower abdomen
Fever
Nausea
Vomiting
Chills
Cramping
Change in bowel habits (constipation or diarrhea)
Rectal bleeding
Sharper pain with breathing or jarring movements such as walking.

Treatment Involved for Diverticulitis
Diverticular disease is confirmed by a barium enema which usually shows the tell-tale pockets. If there is still doubt about the diagnosis, a narrow tube may be passed up through the anus to inspect the lining of the bowel (colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy). Unless acute diverticulitis is actually occurring, a high-fibre diet and sometimes laxatives are used to treat the condition. Fibrous fruits such as apples and pears are best, together with fresh vegetables and grains. Pain due to spasm in the
colon is treated with anti-spasmodic drugs (such as mebeverine) and analgesics (such as paracetamol).

Points to Remember
Diverticulosis occurs when small pouches, called diverticula, bulge outward through weak spots in the colon (large intestine).
The pouches form when pressure inside the colon builds, usually because of constipation.
Most people with diverticulosis never have any discomfort or symptoms.
The most likely cause of diverticulosis is a low-fiber diet because it increases constipation and pressure inside the colon.

Self-Care
If diverticulitis is treatable at home, patients should expect to remain quiet for a few days. Antibiotics will be prescribed to help kill the bacteria causing the infection. Patients will also temporarily need to avoid all whole grains, fruits and vegetables, so the colon can rest and heal. Once symptoms improve (often in 2 to 4 days) patients can gradually start increasing the amount of high-fiber foods in their diet.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I am going to the doctor for Hypothyroidism (low thyroid function). What to expect?
    My TSH was at 6.6, where 0.4 to 4.2 is normal.

    How high is that? I’ve seem some others report very high numbers so perhaps this is not very high. Let me know.

    I don’t have many symptoms – just a few of the list of symptoms… maybe a little weight gain, depression, joint problems. Nothing serious and most of the items in the list of symptoms I do not have at all!

    Will I have to have another blood test? Other tests on the thyroid such as xray or anything like that? Anything invasive or painful?

    What else should I keep in mind? The appointment is in two days.

    • ANSWER:
      A blood test is usually all it takes to determine thyroid problems. If it is determined your count is too low, the doctor will put you on a thyroid hormone called Synthroid. It usually takes about two weeks for you to feel the changes. You should have more energy, your hair should get shinier, and you might lose a little weight. The doctor will watch your symptoms to be sure you are getting the proper dosage to have your thyroid functioning properly. Make sure you don’t take a generic like levothyroxin. It doesn’t work. You have to take Synthroid. In about 2 weeks,you should feeling more alive, the depression should go away, and you should feel happier than you have in years. Since your body is no longer producing the thyroid hormone, you will probably have to take Syntheroid for the rest of your life. Not a problem since it is just a natural hormone. No bad side effects. Don’t worry, you will be fine.

  2. QUESTION:
    I’m having symptoms of low thyroid but my TSH test came back normal?
    Here’s a list of my symptoms:
    -Extreme Vertigo
    -Hair loss
    -Dry Skin
    -Fatigue
    -Irregular menstrual cycle with painful cramps (Period started coming every 2 weeks then turned to spotting before stopping completely)
    -Anxiety
    -Low blood pressure and low pulse
    -Irritability
    -Dry Mouth

    I’ve been seeing a neurologist regarding the vertigo and he diagnosed me with silent migraines and prescribed Topamax, which I weened myself off of the medication because I couldn’t function while taking it. During my testing, my TSH levels were “normal” according to the nurse that called me. She didn’t tell me what the exact number was. I had vestibular testing done as well and that came back fine. I’ve been having these problems since June and it’s been debilitating. Could I still have problems with hypothyroidism even though my TSH came back normal? I feel like my symptoms are all hormone related.

    Other medical problems that I suffer from are Interstitial Cystitis, which I’m in remission from and no longer take medication for. I also have a problems with Dumping Syndrome after having my gallbladder removed 2 years ago.

    • ANSWER:
      There are two other tests for hypothyroidism your doctor should do. Ask to be tested for T3 and T4, which are not normally done on a typical thyroid test, and may provide the missing link. Your symptoms definitely indicate low thyroid function, even though the TSH test came out normal. I went through the same thing recently; normal TSH and low on the other two tests.

  3. QUESTION:
    Will they be able to finally diagnose me with low thyroid?
    I have quite a few symptoms, constipation, dry skin, dry hair, hair loss, slight weight gain although that could be because of constipation, I get my bloods back tomorrow after having my ‘Thyroid function TSH’ test, but I’m worried as a lot say this doesn’t pick up on it

    • ANSWER:
      The only/best test is TSH.

  4. QUESTION:
    Do some of my symptoms sound like low testosterone?
    Im male and 23 and have a number of health problems. My symptoms are poor mental function, muscle pain and weakness, anxiety, low mood and very low sex drive. Ive been diagnosed with fibromyalgia because the doctors have not found anything wrong with me through head scans, blood tests etc. They have done a lot of blood tests for things like thyroid function, diabetes, anemia etc, all came back normal. One thing they havent checked for though is testosterone levels. Would this be worth getting checked out? Is it common for young men to have low testosterone levels? Thanks for any help.

    • ANSWER:
      i know in women a hormonal imbalance causes pain and fatigue–it would be worth getting tested if you can…

      did the doc do a tenderpoint exam–if not you should not have been diagnosed with fms—-

      fms is not a general term for unexplained pain–it is a specific neuro condition

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

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

    RESPOSTA;

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

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

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

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

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

      God bless

  6. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Issues: Normal test results, but still abnormal function for individual?
    A few years ago I was on thyroid medication which turned out to be unnecessary; I was taken off the meds and currently still am off of them. Since then, I have been experiencing symptoms that hint at an underlying thyroid problem. I gained a lot of weight, sweat at abnormal levels, have fluid retention, a small goiter, constantly chapped lips, bad circulation, problems concentrating and remembering things, mood swings, and the like. After being taken off the the thyroid medication, I started seeing a new doctor who said that I was now in the normal range for thyroid function. He later diagnosed me with Hashimoto’s Thyroitis. I’m not being given any thyroid supplement at the moment.

    Could my thyroid problem be caused by being on unnecessisary medication from before?

    Should I be on low doses of medication now to help balance out my symptoms? I’ve read many things about individuals testing in the normal range, but not having it normal for them. I’ve also heard that Hashimoto’s is treated with a supplement of thyroid meds (which I’m not getting, even though it’s what I have.)

    Thanks in advance for any advice. I’m getting really fed up with my doctor being so strict and reliant on numbers and not on an individual’s symptoms and condition.

    • ANSWER:
      MY ex-h is an expert on thyroid issues. You can test within normal lab ranges and still have a body situation that’s not feeling good and working well.

      Here is a test of whether you are low (hypo) thyroid. Take a regular bottle of iodine, and paint a dollar-bill size patch someplace on your skin – like belly or thigh, where it won’t be rubbed off by clothing or washed off.

      Now, if the iodine disappears (or nearly completely disappears) within 24 hours (it will have been absorbed thru your skin) you are low on thyroid production (t-3, t-4 will help) and need supplementation. For me – it will be gone within 12 hours. If it’s still pretty much there, you should be normal or close to it.

  7. QUESTION:
    How much, on average, would it cost to get a Thyroid Function Test? (No insurance) Info on Hypothyroidism?
    I was told that I might have Hypothyroidism because of my constant low blood pressure & low body temp. I was reading the symptoms and seem to have the following.

    Poor muscle tone (muscle hypotonia)
    Fatigue
    Cold intolerance, increased sensitivity to cold
    Depression
    Constipation
    Muscle cramps and joint pain
    Arthritis
    Thin, brittle fingernails
    Brittle hair
    Paleness
    Dry, itchy skin
    Weight gain
    Thinning of the outer third of the eyebrows
    Low basal body temperature
    Impaired memory
    Impaired cognitive function (brain fog) and inattentiveness <-all the time now
    Migraine headache
    Sluggish reflexes
    Anxiety/panic attacks Increased need for sleep Irritability and mood instability Decreased sense of taste and smell
    Depression (Had

    Could it be the depression & Borderline Personality Disorder causing this or thyroid problems causing the Mental issues?

    Thanks for any info!

    • ANSWER:
      I had the test done just last week and it costs with no insurance.

  8. QUESTION:
    Thyroid function tests?
    My blood tests show my thyroid is just slightly above normal. My doctor wants to put me on Synthroid or something similar but the insurance company won’t pay unless I am “within abnormal” ranges. I have another blood test on Monday. How do I lower it temporarily to get qualified for the meds. I eat well, I exercise, have normal blood pressure, normal cholesterol but am cold all the time, brittle hair, etc. I have all of the usual symptoms of hypothyroidism but I am only slightly over the acceptable levels for the insurance company. Other than juice fasting (the only suggestion I have rec’d to date), can anyone help me with this? I can’t take being 100lbs overweight any more. The doctor has run so many tests on me and there is nothing else wrong with me, I am as healthy as a horse otherwise.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      dont worry about the meds costing too much, the pills are only .50 a month. I am on them now and my insurance doesnt cover meds. Pretty cheap meds to be on. I wouldnt try to alter any tests the doctor does on you. You are asking for trouble playing around with your health.

  9. QUESTION:
    HELP! Health problem that doesn’t seem to go away!?
    Hey guys,

    I’m hoping someone can shed some light on my health issues, basically I have been ill for around 3 years now, various symptoms like rapid heart rate, depression, anxiety, brain fog, eye floaters, itchy scalp, hair loss, itchy inside of my ear with loads of wax build up, smelly breath, tingling sensations in arms and feet, cold extremities, swollen hands and face and many more.

    After being admitted into A&E they found I had a low thyroid function as known as hypothyroidism and started me on thyroxine, now my energy is better as I can make it through the day without falling asleep but can’t do anything remotely taxing like exercise or manual labour.

    I have also started to have alot of problems with my stomach in the past year, feeling like I need to go alot, having loose bowel movements, constipation, pains in the lower left, bloating, gas, lots of acid.

    I also have swollen lymph nodes at the back of my neck and have started to pass what looks like white rice in my stool but I dont eat white rice!

    I get very random mood swings which seem to change pretty rapidly, I also get extremely hungry and dizzy, crave carbs and sugar alot.

    I have had blood tests, colonoscopy and am just about to submit a stool test, all tests are okay so far just showing low thyroid function, colonoscopy was clean, Dr has no idea why I’m getting stomach pains and I am going to the toilet at least once a day sometimes more so it can’t be that.

    I have trouble remembering things and can’t get out of bed in the morning, this is coupled with night time insomnia, luckily I work from home, I’m 25 year old male btw.

    I am having such strange problems, I seem to need to urinate more often and often find that my testicles itch when doing so, I also get really strange “fluttering” sensation in them quite often and sometimes get the same feeling close to my rectum area.

    Sometimes my stomach feels really bruised but on the inside after I have a bowel movement, my Dr gave me drugs for IBS but they didn’t help at all with the cramps or stomach issues.

    I paid to get a hair analysis done and it came up with post virus and parasites, I was also deficiant in biotin and selenium, both of which I’ve supplemented to get my levels back up.

    My question is does anyone actually know what this could be, it’s such a wide range of symptoms that literally seemed to show up overnight, no doctor seems to take me seriously but I know something is not right.

    Can anyone help?
    Thanks guys.

    • ANSWER:

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ai2dxXbg414XnadQZKGF6u8jzKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20110908180731AAGNWL9

      http://www.candida-albicans-cure.com/candida-albicans-symptoms.html

  10. QUESTION:
    2 months of throat pain and no answers.?
    I was diagnosed with a mild case of bells palsy about 8 mos ago but am pretty much recovered to the untrained eye. mri was clear other than bilateral sinusitis. more recently, starting 2 mo ago, i had painful swallowing with a sensation of a lump in my throat. i went to an ent who tested for allergies and scoped me- both clear. i went back a month later because i saw a white-head-looking sore on my tonsil. it was gone the next day when the ent scoped me again and still said all clear. blood work revealed blood sugar level of 60 (slightly low) and slightly low thyroid function. i’m terrified this is cancer and everybody is dismissing my symptoms. i’m a 30 yr old female. 5’2″ 108lbs.

    • ANSWER:
      you MUST see a doctor, and when you do…

      Do NOT take no for an answer YOU are important and your LIFE is more valuable than their lunch.

      You must continue no matter how discouraged you get, talk to many doctors, and if you can stay away from Kaiser, their doctors get a bonus for how much money they save by NOT offering xray and other basic services.

      Tell this to a REAL doctor, no to a few real doctors, who can do what they know how to do to help you.

  11. QUESTION:
    How am I supposed to know what’s wrong with me?
    I have bipolar disorder. I take Cymbalta for that. My mom and both her sisters have fibromyalgia. I show symptoms of it, which haven’t been manifesting as much since I started the Cymbalta. That drug has been a god-send for my physical aches and pains, as well as mental. So, I just recently found out that I have hypothyroid, too. (Low thyroid function). So. If I go get tested for the FMS while I am on the Cymbalta, will it really show that I have it? Should I even bother? It does help with the pain, but there is still a lot there. Just looking for opinions… Thank you!
    Yeah, my mom is on a gluten and sugar free diet. It helps her a lot… I will check that out, thank you!
    I have BPII. My manic episodes are fairly minor and widespread time-wise but still there. I am more often depressed than not. Its not FDA approved for bp but it works for me so I’m happy with that…

    • ANSWER:
      With your family history of fibromyalgia and your low thyroid ask your doctor to test you for celiac disease. They are linked up – and also some people with bipolar benefit from following a gluten free diet.

  12. QUESTION:
    I want to get a full thyroid and cortisol testing done by a doctor but Im on the birth control pill?
    hello, I have a dr appt next week with a family doctor. I want a referral to an endocrinologist. I have symptoms of low adrenal function/cortisol. I have salt and sugar cravings really bad. Im fatigued all the time. I also have inflammation in my body (bladder). Acne,oily skin, I took a female hormone test and everything seems normal. Please dont tell me to go to an urologist cause I have already been and done all those tests also. I will be on birth control soon because my gyn suspects endometriosis. I wanted to still get these tests done and Im wondering if they would be able to do them if Im on birth control?Thanks in advanced for your help (please no links to informational websites)

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    Is there a correlation between low blood sugar and hypothyroidism?
    I have a non-functioning thyroid (had hyperthyroidism and the radioactive iodine treatment and am now hypothyroid) and my TSH levels are in the normal range. It was 1.25 My blood pressure was 90/53, and I usually run lower than the “norm”

    I keep having symptoms of low blood sugar and had a bunch of tests done by my doctor. I have a daughter who is a Type 1 Diabetic, so I also check myself on her meter when I am not feeling well. My numbers are usually between 61-68 when I am feeling low. My doctor says 65 is in the normal range. I know for my daughter, her range is 70-100 and lower than 70 is considered too low.

    The doctor originally suspected an insulinoma when I saw him 6 months ago and the testing then came back normal. A week ago, they did a fasting and PP insulin test on me, along with InsW and C-Peptide. I still haven’t gotten the result of the fasting (checked on daughter’s meter and it was 67 about 30 minutes before I had my blood drawn) and the PP was 80. My C-Peptide was 0.8 (lowest normal on the reference range) and the InsW was 2.5. They also did an A1C on me which was 4.8.

    I’m not sure if the blood sugar issues have anything to do with the hypothyroidism, as they are both autoimmune. My doctor doesn’t seem to be worried, but I have been experiencing what are low blood sugars to me (including all of the hypo symptoms) for about six months. Should I request other tests to be done as well to try to figure out why I keep having lower blood sugar?

    I’m really confused and want to be sure there isn’t something more serious going on. Thanks in advance for any help!

    • ANSWER:
      Connection between thyroid disease and diabetes:

      “To counteract this lack of awareness, and encourage Americans to uncover their family health history to discover their at-risk medical conditions, AACE is launching a new campaign, “The Neck’s Generation: Thyroid Genealogy,” to educate the public about the genetic links associated with thyroid disease. Research shows that there is a strong genetic link between thyroid disease and other autoimmune diseases including certain types of diabetes, anemia and arthritis (2). In fact, thyroid disease affects more than 13 million Americans, yet more than half remain undiagnosed.(3)”

      and…

      “The Diabetes-Thyroid Connection

      AACE’s survey found that 79 percent of Americans did not know there is a connection between diabetes and thyroid disease(6). In fact, fifteen to 20 percent of diabetics and their siblings or parents are at a greater risk of presenting with thyroid disease compared to 4.5 percent of the general population(7).”

      http://thyroid.about.com/library/news/blneckgen.htm

      and…

      “Diabetic patients have a higher prevalence of thyroid disorders compared with the normal population (Table 1). Because patients with one organ-specific autoimmune disease are at risk of developing other autoimmune disorders, and thyroid disorders are more common in females, it is not surprising that up to 30% of female type 1 diabetic patients have thyroid disease. The rate of postpartum thyroiditis in diabetic patients is three times that in normal women. A number of reports have also indicated a higher than normal prevalence of thyroid disorders in type 2 diabetic patients, with hypothyroidism being the most common disorder.” http://journal.diabetes.org/clinicaldiabetes/v18n12000/Pg38.htm

  14. QUESTION:
    Could this be low blood sugar, or thyroid problems?
    Ok, this is a sorta long story but I just want to get all the symptoms out there. I am a 20 year old healthy, happy, confident male suffering from headaches, panic attacks, and other strange symptoms. I have always been very physically fit, happy, confident and hardworking guy that came from a great household. It just doesn’t make sense that I am having anxiety problems. About 3 months ago, I developed a very severe tension headache I believe was caused by TV, studying, too much video games, and stress. It lasted for almost a month and was so debilitating I was throwing up and was not able to function in my daily activities…..like college! It was terrible

    I went home and after a week of being home the headaches went away, for about 3 days I was finally waking up and going to bed without a headache. Well my dumbass went to a party and got 2 hours of sleep and drank a fair share. I woke up the next day with a strange balloony pressure in my temples that didn’t hurt, not like a headache, i was worried i brought the headaches back. It was like that all day till i went to bed. When I started to fall asleep, BAM, panic attacks like crazy, all night long no sleep. Hallucinations, visual color patterns and flashes, intense sudden tinnitus, tingling in hands feet, rapid heartbeat. The best way I could describe it is the sound and feeling of a lighter being lit in my head. It happened pretty much every time I was falling asleep. Happened about 10 times over the next month. I thought it was migraine auras haha. after 2 days of this went to the doc and she said it was anxiety and put me on meds without thinking twice, muscle relaxers and anti depressents,i have not taken them and wont. The main thing that happens is a sudden intense ringing in the ears and everything seems to go white and spotty, and adrenaline surges throughout my body, but goes away in like 10 seconds. Last time it happened i was fishing and laughing about a sex joke with my buddies?!?!

    After about month now, the panic attacks are gone pretty much, but i wake up every morning with pressure in my temples and am foggy headed. It gets worse if i go back to sleep in the morning. If it eat sugar or lots of carbs, it educes a panic attack within a few hours. I have a very hard time concentrating on anything and am having memory loss. Every once in a while i wake up with my bed sheets totally soaked in sweat. My lips tingle sometimes when falling asleep, and when that happens i usually see some small light shows under my eyes. It’s just strange because I am happy, confident, and some days i have 0 symptoms, but them out of the blue they come back the next day. My eyes are very dry in the morning and every once in a while become very fatigued all the sudden. When i get a hot shower, it seems to bring the pressure in my temples back for awhile. Every once in awhile out of the blue i get sharp, explosive electric like pains that shoot through my head, but go away quickly.

    If i get stressed, my temples feel like there is a worm crawling around in them, and they fill up with fluid. and my ears are very sensitive to loud noises. But sometimes its not even stress that causes it. It will happen out of the blue. (they never were)

    I have been working out pretty hard the past 4 days, and eating very healthy and its alitle better, but everything is definatly still there. Im just started to get scared that this stuff isnt going away. I dont want to go the docters and have them just quickly jump on the fact that its only anxiety, anxiety just doesnt fit me.

    thanks alot for your time.
    Just to be more specific, i dont have actual headaches anymore, just that pressury feeling and sometimes a few quick shooting pains, I am pretty sure that it was a serious tension headache i had and not a migraine, but i could be wrong. One other thing i forgot to mention is sometimes out of the blue i will be these strange tingly feelings that wave over my scalp, almost making it feel like my hair is standing up, usually goes away in about 10-30 seconds.

    • ANSWER:
      Get a glucose meter & check your blood sugar.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can Someone please help me make heads or tails out of my thyroid lab test?
    Anyone understand what this is all about? Trying to determine if Im hypo or hyper. I display both hypo and hyper symptoms so I cant say for sure.

    T3 137.6 60.0-181.0 ng/dl
    T4 11.3 4.5-12.6 ug/dl
    TSH 1.97 0.35-5.50 uIU/ml

    thyroid panel by chemiluminescence serum
    primary malfunction of tha thyroid may result in excessive (hyper)or below normal(hypo) release of T3 orT4.In addition,as TSH directly affects thyroid function,malfunction of the pituitary or the hypothalamus influences the thyroid gland activity.Disease in any portion of the thyroid-pituitary-hypothalamus system may influence the levels of T3 and T4 in the blood.In primary hypothyroidism,TSH levels are significantly elevated,while in secondary and tertiary hypothyroidism,TSH levels may be low.In tha Euthyroid sick syndrome,multiple alterations in serum thyroid function test findings have been recognized in patients with variety of nonthyroidal illness (NTI) without evidence of preexisting thyroid or hypothalamic-pituitary disease.
    Thyroid binding Globulin (TBG) concentration remain relatively constant in healthy individuals.however,pregnancy,excess estrogens,androgens,anabolic steroids and glucocorticoids are known to alter TBG levels and may cause false thyroid values for total T3 and T4 tests.
    Below mentioned are the guidlines for pregnancy related reference ranges for total T4,TSH.total T3

    this is the reading of the full lab test. If anyone could shed some light on it that would be great, thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Note the level of your Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). At most labs in the U.S., up until late 2002, the normal range is from around 0.5 to 5.5. That range changed to .3 to 3 as of early 2003.
      # If the TSH level is below normal, your doctor may determine that you are hyperthyroid (overactive thyroid.)
      # If the TSH level is above normal, your doctor may determine that you are hypothyroid (underactive thyroid.)
      # If your doctor ran a test called Total T4 or Total Thyroxine, normal range is approximately 4.5 to 12.5. If you had a low reading, and a high TSH, your doctor might consider that indicative of hypothyroidism.
      # If your doctor ran a test called Total T4 or Total Thyroxine, normal range is approximately 4.5 to 12.5. If you had a low reading, and a low TSH, your doctor might look into a pituitary problem.
      # If your doctor ran a test called Free T4, or Free Thyroxine, normal range is approximately 0.7 to 2.0. If your result was less than 0.7, your doctor might consider that indicative of hypothyroidism.
      # If your doctor ran a test called Total T3, normal range is approximately 80 to 220. If your result was less than 80, your doctor might consider that indicative of hypothyroidism.
      # If your doctor ran a test called Free T3, normal range is approximately 2.3 to 4.2. If your result was less than 2.3, your doctor might consider that indicative of hypothyroidism.
      # If your test results come back “normal” but you have many of the symptoms or risk factors for thyroid disease, make sure you ask for an antibodies test. Some doctors believe in treating thyroid symptoms in the presence of elevated antibodies and normal TSH levels.
      # If your test results come back “normal” but you have many of the symptoms or risk factors for thyroid disease, consider going to a reputable holistic M.D. or alternative physician for further interpretation and diagnosis.

      Looks like they are all normal to me.

  16. QUESTION:
    Nonspecific symptoms, negative labs…any ideas?
    Three weeks ago I started running a low grade temp, had body aches, and was extremely tired. I went to the doctor on a Monday thinking I possible had the flu. Flu was negative, but we both thought it was probably some other virus. For two more days, the low grade temp (highest was 99.6), achiness, and fatigue continued. My temp went away, but the pain has continued. The pain is mostly in my joints, but I have had some random areas that have hurt to touch. (like they would if bruised) There have also been some muscle pains. I have had pain in my neck, shoulders, elbows, hands, upper and lower back, hips, and knees. One day the it’ll be mostly my arms and neck, the next couple days my hips and knees will be killing me. I’m also not sleeping well. I went back to the doctor the following Monday. I was tested for Lyme disease and West Nile, and an arthritis panel and CBC were done. I was prescribed a three week round of doxycycline because the symptoms seemed to point to Lyme and I had a tick about a month prior. I was also prescribed Ultram for the pain. The lab results all came back negative. I’m continuing the doxy just in case, though. After another week and a half, I called to get a refill on the Ultram and discuss checking thyroid function. I went in day before yesterday, and labs were drawn to check thyroid function, CPK, and for mono. All negative. The Ultram is taking my pain level down to just a minor annoyance, but I’m exhausted all the time and I feel really frustrated! If anyone has any ideas or advice, I’d love some input!

    The specific labs I’ve already had done are:

    CBC – RBC and Hgb were like 0.1 lower than the normal range, but everything else was perfectly normal.

    C-reactive protein – normal

    Sed rate – normal

    rheumatoid factor – normal

    ANA – normal

    uric acid – normal

    Lyme – negative (not sure what test they ran – assuming ELISA)

    West Nile – negative

    mono – negative

    TSH – normal

    free T4 – normal

    CPK – normal
    The dr prescribed the standard Lyme treatment before all my results came back, and I’m continuing the antibiotics in case it is Lyme (or another tick borne disease). I thought about getting a different Lyme test done, but I’m not sure about the reliability of any of them!

    • ANSWER:
      Since there IS a known “tick” involved here & you are describing classis a Lyme symptom pattern in your question:
      “One day the it’ll be mostly my arms and neck, the next couple days my hips and knees will be killing me. I’m also not sleeping well.”
      I mean, that SCREAMS Lyme, CH ! And remember, only HALF the people with a Lyme infection will test + on the ELISA, simply because the Lyme “titre” will be less than one, even though there ARE some Lyme anti-bodies present… just not enough!
      You NEED to be re-tested for Lyme in about 4 weeks after beginning the abx (doxycycline), IDEALLY with the blood sent to a sensitive lab for such testing (IgeneX in Palo Alto, CA or MDL in Mt Laurel, NJ…overnighted to them on a Mon-Wed, prefferably).
      Educate yourself about this disease (very important) & REMEMBER, a Lyme diagnosis is a CLINICAL one. If your doc rules out Lyme simply because that ELISA panel is negative, you NEED TO GO SEE ANOTHER DOC… someone more familiar with Lyme diagnosis.
      Atleast you’re on the right stuff to start…”doxy”. Just stay out of the sun & don’t take it near dairy or mineral supplements, as that ties some of it up, making it less effective.
      You’ll probably need to be on a stronger level- as recommended by ILADS (see www.ilads.org & their treatment protocols) and will need to be on antibiotics for a couple/ several MONTHS.
      That exhaustion is almost universal & will only improve as you recover over the weeks to come… but you WILL improve. It sounds like you’re in the “early disseminated stage”. Much better than “late stage” though not as good as “early Lyme” when it comes to treatment.
      REMEMBER THAT LYME SPECIALISTS recommend continuing on abx [atleast] one month BEYOND clearing of all symptoms.
      As your tick [bite] was only ~ a month ago, your chances of reaching that “holy grail” of NO symptoms (LYME symptoms, that is) is excellent. Abx GI tract symptoms will clear afterwards.
      Stay on a LOW CARB DIET along with HiProtein & HiFiber. Good luck!

  17. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroid patients, dr.s, or nurse I need your help. Okay here’s the situation. Click for all details.?
    My friend just got her levels for the thyroid checked because she is hypothyroid or in other words has a low functioning thyroid. Well she was taking 175mcg and they called her and said that her levels for the hormone had elevated so they decreased her dosage. Wouldn’t this be wrong? Isn’t it the smaller the number the better off you are? So wouldn’t they have wanted to increase the meds to lower the level? We are so confused? She also has symptoms of being hypothyroid not hyperthyroid

    • ANSWER:
      Managing hypothyroidism is a balancing act. If the hormone levels have elevated, typically you would back off on the dosage (which they did). If she is once again having symptoms of hypothyroidism, then she needs to see her doctor again. I know it’s a real pain, but once you find the magic dose everything should be ok.

      The doctor may decide to increase the dose back to 175mcg if she wasn’t having any symptoms of hyperthyroidism at that dosage.

  18. QUESTION:
    What could cause tingly skin?
    My skin has been tingling in different areas of my body everyday for about 2 months now and I’m just wondering if anyone else has experienced this and what caused those sensations? When it first started it came with intense burning feelings everywhere (mainly legs and arms though) and my body itched constantly for weeks but now the burning feelings have gone and it’s mainly tingly/prickly feelings (sometimes like things are crawling under my skin :S). Can a hormonal imbalance cause it or a low functioning thyroid? Diabetes?? Poor circulation? Adrenal problems? (I did have adrenal fatigue when the feelings first came but now most of my adrenal fatigue symptoms have gone and only a few remain.)
    I have no idea how to get rid of these feelings and I don’t think it’s dry skin?? There’s no rash either although my skin feels itchy sometimes.
    Thx in advance for any insight & advice!xXx

    • ANSWER:
      It could be excess adrenaline, i have the same as you describe when i have an anxiety attack, when adrenaline is unnecessarily let into my system as a defensive mechanism. Go see a doc/GP and get it checked out to be sure. It could also be an allergic reaction to something.
      Good luck

  19. QUESTION:
    Please help! So many symptoms but I don’t know what’s wrong.?
    If anyone could help me with these symptoms, to either help reduce the symptoms or give me any idea what they could mean that would be great!

    I have had chronic vaginal yeast infections for two years now, tested and confirmed that it is thrush. Treatment works but it comes straight back. I’ve been taking Inner Health Plus but I don’t think it’s helped (it helped lessen symptoms while I’ve been on antibiotics though).

    I have been getting bloating in my tummy for about a year now, found out I’m allergic to wheat (and have IgE level of 1300 last test) but I don’t think wheat is causing the bloating as I’ve tried a wheat-free diet and it hasn’t helped. I had an ultrasound of my ovaries etc… To look for ovarian cancer last month and it was fine.

    I have had diarrhea for the past six months, not bad but still annoying.

    For the past 4 months I’ve experienced excessive sweating, fast heart beat, heart palpitations, absolute heat intolerance to the point where I can’t even drink hot drinks or eat hot food. Doctor did thyroid functions tests and found TSH levels normal and low levels of antibodies (can’t remember exact antibodies or results). I am due to do another blood test this week to see how it’s going.

    These symptoms are only getting worse and I feel like my doctors (yes, I’ve tried multiple, they all give up…) are only half testing for things and then giving up. Does anyone have any ideas what this could be or any tests or conditions I could bring up with my doctor?

    My eyesight is declining very quickly, my optometrist is concerned but can’t find anything wrong with my eyes. My blood glucose levels have been up and down and they can’t figure out why.

    I’m 19, my grandma has hypothyroidism (not sure if it’s autoimmune or not), my grandpa has type II diabetes and so does my dad, I have asthma and am allergic to pretty much everything under the sun! Not seriously allergic though.

    • ANSWER:
      You see to have many symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome… This could have something to do with a gene for hypothyrodism, which your grandma had. Here is some info:

      ***Chronic Fatigue Syndrome***

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is characterized by multiple causative factors. Decreased adrenal function and a weak immune system that allows chronic yeast (candida albicans) or viral infections to fester are among commonly accused culprits. Symptoms of CFS in addition to “unexplained” persistent fatigue may include decreased concentration and short-term memory, headaches, muscle and joint pain without swelling and redness, tender lymph nodes, sore throat, unrefreshing sleep, post-exertional malaise lasting 24 hours or more, along with a host of others.

      Eighty percent of the CFS persons suffer recurrent ear, nose, and throat infections as children, acne as adolescents, recurrent hives, anxiety attacks, headaches, and bowel problems later, as well as being unable to tolerate alcohol. Ninety percent of these people’s cholesterol levels are above 225. These symptoms closely match those of hypothyroidism.

      Treating children’s hypothyroidism substantially reduces the use of antibiotics by bolstering their immune system. Many people with multiple chemical sensitivities meet the CDC guidelines for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Chemically sensitive persons’ weak immune systems are often overwhelmed by numerous airborne and food allergies in addition to environmental toxins. These people usually have personal and family histories consistent with hypothyroidism.

      People who suffer from CFS all require thyroid hormone replacement and iodine/iodide. Chronic yeast infections, allergies, mercury and other heavy metal toxins, magnesium and nutritional deficiencies, and dental problems are also common and must be addressed.

      Has anyone mentioned this to you? Has it been ruled out at all? Bring this info to a doctor if it hasn’t. Or has anyone ever talked to you about Graves disease?

      ***Graves Disease Symptoms***

      •Anxiety
      •Breast enlargement in men (possible)
      •Difficulty concentrating
      •Double vision
      •Eyeballs that stick out (exophthalmos)
      •Eye irritation and tearing
      •Fatigue
      •Frequent bowel movements
      •Goiter (possible)
      •Heat intolerance
      •Increased appetite
      •Increased sweating
      •Insomnia
      •Menstrual irregularities in women
      •Muscle weakness
      •Nervousness
      •Rapid or irregular heartbeat (palpitations or arrhythmia)
      •Restlessness and difficulty sleeping
      •Shortness of breath with exertion
      •Tremor
      •Weight loss (rarely, weight gain)

  20. QUESTION:
    Thrombocytopenia and low IgA. What can this mean.?
    I have been Dx’ed with Thrombocytopenia (low platelet, last count 117). Looking at my last blood lab results, I noticed that my IGA count was low (52, normal is 85 – 400).
    This all started because I went to the Dr for horrible fatigue (no motivation to do ANYTHING) and joint pain and stiffness, especially in the mornings and after sitting for a long period of time (like while watching a movie, playing board games ect).
    It seems like since the low platelet count showed up, that is all that they have concentrated on and have totally ignored my inital complaints. The hemotologist said that the low platelets would not cause the other symptoms.
    All my other blood work has came back normal. (RA, thyroid, diabetis*, liver function, sed rate)
    Soooo, my question is, would this IGA point to anything else that could be causing my symptoms?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      its a secretory immunoglobulin ,it points to low activity of B-Lymphocyes ,its not so significant now ,but its an early flag to get a bone marrow tap to see level of activity?

  21. QUESTION:
    What could these symptoms be?
    For the past two months I’ve had all of these symptoms on and off:

    Dizziness/lightheadedness
    Chest pain and/or light pressure
    Heart palpitations
    Difficulty breathing (I feel like I’m not getting enough air in; like my breaths aren’t deep enough)
    Head pressure (All over my head, but especially bad on my temples. I also occasionally “hear” my heartbeat in one of my ears. It’s a strange popping sound)
    Nausea

    I’ve been to the cardiologist and everything was normal with my heart and I’ve had several blood tests run to make sure that my thyroid was functioning properly and it is. My blood pressure is very low (90/60) and I am in very good shape. I work out everyday and eat very healthy. What do you think it could be?

    • ANSWER:
      (I am not a medical doctor and this is not meant to treat, cure, or diagnosis any disease). Okay, now that that’s out of the way heres what I’m thinking. My current study is in the medical field, and based on what you said it sounds to me that this is a blood flow problem arising AT OR BETWEEN the Aorta (main heart artery) and the brain; this cause is contributed to many things. Although have a healthy lifestyle does give one an advantage against possible bodily occurrences, it does not PREVENT. Based on the symptoms you described this seems to indicate directly with blood circulation, mainly your first 4 symptoms. Consider an artery scan, if their is any problems it would show here. Here is why I think it may be a blood circulation problem. #1 Dizziness/lightheadedness are due to a variety of problems, including the brain not receiving enough blood; you know when you stand up quick you feel light headed (orthostatic hypotension) this occurs from blood pressure drop. #2 Chest pain and/or light pressure, although this may be due for many cardiopulmonary reasons; one of which is a positive pressure gradient occurring outside the heart by an artery. The heart generally attempts to compensate for this by generating a stronger force. #3 Difficulty breathing, this occurs from a variety of things; including, blood distribution disruption. One function of blood is to “carry” oxygen to the brain, when this process is interupted the brain is being neglected proper O2 for function. #4 Low blood pressure, while the diastolic pressure (returning blood pressure, the 60) is lower than what it should be, this does not appear to be lifes threatining. Your systolic pressure (outgoing blood, the 90) is also lower than what it should be, this does not appear to be lifethreatening. But, both of these numbers indicate in a problem with circulation. This is my play by play opinion, although it may or may not be correct, rather it is what I feel is likely. Hope this helps, good luck

  22. QUESTION:
    I have multiple symptoms that my doctor can’t really explain.?
    I have several symptoms that I think are related but my PCP thinks differently. I’m 24 years old 6’2 and somewhere between 245-250 pounds.

    Here are a list of my symptoms:
    1. Can’t seem to loose weight–(have been working out 5-7 days a week and with a personal trainer 2-3 times a week. I’ve been doing this for more than a year but have actually gained a few pounds recently. I’m not perfect but I’m not eating junk food all day. Also, my personal trainer says that I’m doing exercises that many athletes would have difficulty doing–so I’m not skimping in the gym.)
    2. I’m being treated for depression and adult ADD. (75mg Effexor XR daily and Adderall XR 20mg twice a day–it really doesn’t seem to help.)
    3. Over the last 2-3 years I’ve noticed a change in the texture of my hair. It has become very dry and thin…I’m not bald but I’ve also experienced hair loss. I’ve seen a dermatologist and he said that generally it is genetics stemming from the mother’s side of the family–however, my grandparents had full sets of hair.
    4. I experience insomnia on a regular basis–several times a week.
    5. I often just don’t feel well in general–i.e. muscle aches and pains.
    6. My voice never deepened during puberty–so, I unfortunately am mistaken for a woman over the phone 9 times out of 10.
    7. Lately, it seems like I’m in a “mental fog” almost as if my thoughts are delayed, I have trouble making decisions, I loose track of time, and often my mind is just “blank” or I kind of “zone out”.

    I just wonder what others think may be going on. I’ve read multiple articles that indicate it could be anything from hypothyroidism (which runs in the family) to low testosterone. I’ve discussed this numerous times with my PCP but really don’t get anywhere. I’ve always been aware of these symptoms but at the urging of my personal trainer am thinking about seeing an endocrinologist. My PCP has done lab work in the past that he says indicated my thyroid is functioning in the normal range. As an aside my PCP is out of the country until next week. I wondered if anyone experienced these symptoms so I could possibly go back to my PCP or Endocrinologist somewhat educated/prepared.

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    Can someone be hypothyroid (Hashimoto’s) and experience bouts of hyperthyrodism (hashitoxicosis)?
    I’ve looked high and low on the internet and have not found conclusive RELIABLE information on this, so I’m seeking input from a doctor on here who might know. The reason I ask is because I have some symptoms of both (not necessarily at the same time). Right now I do have confirmed hashitoxicosis (mild) but what I really want to know is whether I’ve already been experiencing hypothyroidism due to Hashimoto’s, or is hashitoxicosis evidence that my thyroid is still fully functioning and that hypo will develop in future. Rationally, it seems possible that my thyroid is already low functioning but that occasionally a flurry of thyroid cells is released into the bloodstream, due to my immune system attacking my thyroid. I may have viable thyroid cells, but just not enough for normal levels. I will ask my endo but my appointment is not for a few weeks…..

    • ANSWER:
      I have Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism and have had hyperthyroid symptoms. I have an extensive medical history. Doctors have told me it can be quite common.

  24. QUESTION:
    could i have a thyroid problem?
    I’m 40 year old female with symptoms of tiredness, cramps extreme exhaustion (no its not the hot weather as I feel cold most of the time).
    2 years ago i was diagnosed with over active thyroid and was put on carbimazole for 12 months – there was no follow up and I have since moved counties and have a new doctor – i dont think the new doctor has my old notes so they wouldnt know to test me. Is it possible that I’m now under active. I have vitiligo since 16 – have also tested positive for an ANA test (lupus test done – negative) – I have low blood sugar problems. Both my mum and sister are under active.

    I walk 3-4 times a week (power walk) up hills etc always have found it difficult but now I’m in severe leg pain as though they cramp up and ache so badly it takes my breath away – just below my calf muscles at the back – why?
    I’ve had blood test 2 weeks ago and was told anemic so eat more iron rich foods – been doing that now for 2 weeks

    I drink a lot during the day to stay hydrated cos If I miss a drink I get severe headaches and my kidney hurts so I drink at least 4 pints of diluted juice and about 5-6 cups of tea or coffee

    Everytime I go to the docs they tell me – yes your cyst is still there your kidney function (creatinine clearance) is still low – was 66 now 71 should be about 100 I think – yes your legs are swollen but your heart sounds fine your anemic yes – but go home – its as though I am making a fuss. I understand that I should be more assertive and say – Look I know there is something wrong please help me – Sorry to go on – is there anyone who can understand what could be wrong with me – also I cannot shift any weight – it just seems to be going up

    I have since been back to my doctors with all my symptoms (I was assertive) and because I am so breathless when I talk – I was told that all the tests have been done – and – they are concerned about my breathing – the doc thinks I am hyperventilating – she is referring me to a physio – I cannot believe they havent thought about testing my thyroid – I came out of the doctors and broke down crying – I have lost all faith in GP’s now and I am seriously considering going private.!!!!!
    well I’[m not sure why someone would just reply with - go private then ........ - is this meant to help me
    thank you both for your helpful replies - I do believe that everyone shouldn't ever feel like they are wasting doctors time as I feel like that everytime I visit mine - maybe its me maybe I research my symptoms and explain what it could be - i know it sounds like I am trying to do the doctors job for them but I'm not I know how important their time is so I stay as little as necessary - i just think I am helping by saying what could be the problem - i'm not though am i

    • ANSWER:
      You have such a multitude of symptoms that it is difficult to identify the possible cause of all of them. The possibilities that initially come to mind are: Diabetes, thyroid function, possibly early menopause/hormone imbalance. It is also highly likely that you are worsening your symptoms by drinking so much coffee and tea. Caffeine will act as a diuretic and contribute to dehydration. You roughly need twice the amount of water to coffee in order to balance your hydration levels. I also suggest that you switch to water rather then juice (even if you dilute you juice).

      You need to take charge of your health and insist on getting the help that you need and perhaps look elsewhere if necessary. We are our own health care managers and we absolutely have the right to fire and find a new doc if we don't feel that they are meeting our needs. Nothing is more important then your health.

  25. QUESTION:
    why did alternative doctor pick up on so many more problems with blood test?
    I have not been feeling very well lately, with a bunch of symptoms fatigue, weight gain, ect.. so I got lab tests done and went to an endocrinologist. She told me my vitamin d was a bit low and that basically that was causing every issue I was having. However, still feeling yucky, I went to an alternative health professional who is a phd but works naturally. She told me a load of things were wrong, High cholesterol, low red blood cells, low t3 function of my thyroid ect ect. when I look at the labs themselves they do say low or high, so how could someone as trained as an endo miss this??? or is this alternative woman taking it too far?

    • ANSWER:
      Without having seen your blood test results I couldn't say. However be aware that the reference ranges for blood tests are set so that around 95% of the population fit into them. There are always going to be a few people who normally sit outside the reference ranges. Plus there is also lab error to contend with. As a general rule of thumb when I look at a patient's blood results I'm never that concerned if they are a few points off normal.

  26. QUESTION:
    SO tired ALL the time....what could it be?
    I've been to many doctors...they all check for common conditions and if they don't find anything they don't take me serious or think it's "all in my head".

    I've been checked for Lupus, Thyroid conditions, Celiac, Liver function, Low/High blood sugar and Anemia.

    They've only found that I have a high count of white blood cells in my urine and on a pap smear (they didn't seem to worry about that), a gallbladder polyp, irregular heartbeat and an ovarian cyst.

    My symptoms are:

    - Fatigue/Lack of energy (I get enough rest and I'm still dead tired.)
    - Dizziness.
    - Shortness of breath
    - Raynauds (purple toes)
    - Alopecia (loss of hair)
    - Poor healing (small cuts take forever to heal and when they do they leave an ugly scar)
    - Weird neck twitching (usually when nervous)
    - Trouble speaking sometimes (I mix up words or stumble on words)
    - Loss of sex drive
    - Sweating alot
    - Heat intolerability
    - Frequent runny nose
    - Ringing ears (only noticeable when trying to sleep)

    • ANSWER:
      Dont count on having gotten ALL the thyroid tests you need! ALL these symptoms are possible thyroid disease ones.

      You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, would not matter if ANTIBODIES are present. Indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between hyper & hypo at start)…main cause of HypOthyroid & is worse (...OR Graves Disease - HypERthyroid).

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat 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

      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      God bless

  27. QUESTION:
    Diagnosed with anemia? Iron supplementation? Why doctor is doing this?
    I have been a vegetarian for 11 years (I eat eggs dairy and fish), and thought I was always careful to eat tons of iron-rich veggies as per the nutritionist I saw when I first stopped eating meat. The only thing dietary wise the nutritionist recommended I've failed to do regularly is take molasses (so gross to just drink!). Otherwise, for 11 years I've eaten just as the nutritionist recommended. I've been battling strange symptoms for several years now, with the worse being horrible horrible fatigue. Several other doctors (who knew I was vegetarian) ran many tests on me, and said it was "all in my head", and there was nothing medically wrong with me and referred me to psychologists. I finally saw a naturopathic doctor, who upon hearing my symptoms ordered a blood test for 3 things- Mono, thyroid function and iron levels. Well I don't have mono or thyroid problems, but when he called me he was absolutely shocked that my iron levels were so low. He explained this didn't happen overnight, and I had been severely deficient in iron for some time to have levels so low. He couldn't believe 4 other doctors had never thought to check a vegetarian for low iron when they had symptoms of fatigue. Nonetheless, he put me immediately on a liquid iron supplement and told me to buy a special liquid multivitamin with no iron so I'm taking the appropriate dose of iron. He wants me to take the iron twice a day for a month and then stop taking it the next month. For the no iron month, I am suppose to switch to a different liquid multivitamin with some iron, but not the RDA. At the end of the no-iron month, he would then like me to come in and see him again. I couldn't talk for long because he called at work, so I'm left with some unanswered questions. Why would he be doing this? Putting me on an iron supplement because I'm anemic then taking me off right away? I'm very confused, and it is difficult for me to be able to talk with him over the phone since his office hours happen to be my work hours, and his office closes for lunch right with my lunch. Also, should I be trying to eat even more iron rich foods or taking a tbsp of molasses every day for additional iron since I'm deficient or just keep on my normal diet while on the iron supplement?
    As a note, I am a vegetarian at the recommendation of my old pediatrician and nutritionist. I have pretty much been a vegetarian most of my life. Meat always made me violently ill from both ends, no matter the type. Even fish makes me vomit sometimes, though it usually settles well. My parents tried everything when I was little, but at age 10 my pediatrician told them I just needed to stop eating it and sent me to a nutritionist who put me on a proper vegetarian diet. I was later on diagnosed with Crohn's disease, and suspect my problem with meat has something to do with my screwed up digestive tract. So please no rude comments about being vegetarian. I have no issues with meat eaters, I think it's healthy for most people, but my stomach simply has never been able to take meat. And no, I don't care to try a steak at this point in my life and end up hanging on the toilet all night.

    • ANSWER:
      It's very hard to eat iron rich foods when you are vegetarian because you need to eat a massive amount of it to get the same iron requirement as you would from a tiny piece of red meat. I would just stick to what he says, although I am not sure of him theory behind it, I gather than when you see him again he will be able to get a clearer picture of your anemia - as there are different types of anemia it sometimes is not as easy as just taking one type of iron supplement for the rest of your life. Keep on your normal diet with the iron supplement he's suggested as this is what he will want you to be doing. He needs to get an accurate account of your habits etc, so don't add anything in that you haven't been having. I would assume you will also be having regular blood tests, so carry on with those also. At your next appointment, go along with a list of questions, so you don't forget things that you wanted to ask. Good luck, I hope you feel better soon ;)

  28. QUESTION:
    Low blood platelet count and extreme fatigue?
    90,000 platelet count and extreme fatigue for passed 3 years has become increasingly worse as of late.

    I went to my family doctor last Thursday complaining of extreme fatigue. I am a 19 year old college student and I had absolutely no energy. Regardless of how much I sleep I wake up exhausted (and I don't use that word lightly). I can hardly function at work or school and find it very hard to concentrate. I am an A student but I can feel the toll my fatigue is taking on m studies, work, and social life.

    Doctor ran some tests to rule out usual suspects e.g. Thyroid panel, vitamin decencies etc. Everything was fine except for a mildly low vitamin D count and a 90,000 platelet count. I went back today and was tested for auto-immune indicators, HIV, and clotting factors (PTT) among others. I have been screened for HIV and my fiancé recently had our baby and of course she was rigorously tested for all STD's. So dont just aaHIV to try ro scare me because i know i dont have it. I have had the symptoms for almost I know the Blood won't lie and I will know the cause of this soon enough but I was wondering if anyone had any educated guess as to what it might be. Do not reply unless you have medical experience. I can google the symptoms myself so I don't need someone to copy and paste info. Prefer a doc, nurse, PA etc. Or someone who had similar symptoms and figured it out.

    The fatigue is ruining my life. I can hardly function and it has made me mildly depressed. I'm 19 and I should be full of energy and motivation and I used to be...but IM NOT anymore. I cant stress how horrible this fatigue is and I don't think it's possible to understand Unless you have experienced it yourself. It is ruining me!!! This is why I have become so desperate to post this online. I have never posted my medical information online but this fatigue is destroying me and I am desperate.

    I know I will find out soon enough but let me know if you have personal or medical experience with this.

    Thank

    • ANSWER:
      idk

  29. QUESTION:
    How long does hypothyroidism take to manifest?
    Twice I have tested low on my TSH levels, the later test involving both T3 and T4. My doctor now sent me a prescription for synthroid a few days ago that I have yet to fill. The only reason I even had my thyroid checked in the beginning was because of some infection they thought my toe had that really wasn't that bad and the antibiotics ended up making me feel worse because they were too strong, which is a whole 'nother story. I've had a few CBCs, but I guess that doesn't indicate thyroid function because they never told me anything.

    I know what the symptoms are for hypothyroidism, but I don't have any of them. I mean, yeah I'm sleepy or drowsy when I get less than 7-8 hrs sleep and I do have iron deficiency anemia which could be the cause of that. I get hot or cold when it is truly hot or cold and everyone else feels it. My hair and nails continue to grow without abandon and my skin is not pale (I'm tan) or flaky, although it may be dry from time to time because I have had eczema all my life.

    So if I actually did have hypthyroidism would I know it right off or would it take some time? If anything, I would have HYPERthyroidism as I only weigh around 125-130 lbs and 5'7". I'm freakin skinny! In the meantime I'm taking an herbal supplement my mom already had in the cabinet that is kelp and alfalfa that has 100% DV iodine. IDK how much good that'll do since I don't feel symptoms anyway.

    • ANSWER:
      I have this but have no answer for this question. I do know the hot and cold can get really bad too. I hope your doing well with your infection as well.

  30. QUESTION:
    Rapid heart rate, weight loss, blood tests show nothing?!?
    Ok so in January this year I fainted on the London underground (felt sick and faint and weak before I actually fainted). It was extra packed and hot so I didn't worry too much. But since then, like on the same day, a few hours after it happened, I've had a rapid heart rate, as in, it's faster than usual. Doing more beats per min. And usually every day there will be moments where it speeds up even more to about 110-120 bpm but for no reason! And I feel short of breath/like I can't get enough air. And occassionally I have palpitations for about 10 seconds.
    In May/June my mum noticed I looked thin, I admit I hadn't weighed myself for months so dunno if it was sudden or gradual. I normally way 7 1/2 stone, I'm 5ft 2 and have a naturally slim build, like others in my family. So I don't want any comments saying my "normal" weight was too low. Everyone is different.
    So anyway, weighed myself and I was 7 stone 2! But I hadn't changed my diet/appetite so it happpened without reason!. Went on holiday in June/July so didn't have time to focus on it. When I got back I looked thinner and then weighed 6 stone 13!
    Went to GP, they did blood tests for: thyroid function, kidney and liver function, full blood count, ESR, urea and electrolytes and creatinine. They all came back fine, although she said my potassium levels were slightly low but it was nothing to worry about. Also had ECG, all it showed was my heart rate was too fast.
    I have to note down when my pulse speeds up and go back in a few weeks. They might decide to do a 24hr or 7 day ECG. I have been eating a lot more for the past few weeks, haven't lost any more weight which is good. But it's really unlike me to lose so much weight and struggle to put it back on.
    It's as though my metabolism is too fast, but the results were fine and my GP doesn't yet know what it could be!
    The heart rate is not related to diet, caffeine etc. One thing I noticed is it seems to speed up when I'm anxious/hyper.excited etc. I know it's a normal response in humans, but the fact it goes so fast, and happens when I get the teeniest little bit happy seems odd. It's like my body is over-reacting to things. I never used to be like this!
    No I am not on drugs and I don't drink excessive amounts of alcohol.
    It isn't any medication I'm on.
    I don't think it's stress cos I've hardly been stressed this year and I usually get headaches when I'm stressed.
    I tried cutting out caffeine for a while but it had no effect so I know it isn't that.
    Another thing that has started about a month (maybe a bit longer) ago was that sometimes, say every week-ish, I have a few days where I get a really dry mouth and I feel so awful and drained of energy. I didn't mention it to my GP, but I will next time I go.
    I drink plenty of water, I've actually been drinking more for the past few months cos I knew I probs didn't get enough and decided to take action lol. So it's not what I drink. And it's awful, it's the sort of dry mouth you get when you've had alcohol/you're hungover!
    It's happened again the past few days, but yesterday and the day before, I also kept needing to pee. Today, I haven't had that. But I've still got the dry mouth and I feel really drained and awful.
    I keep wondering about diabetes. But the symptoms would be constant, right?
    Although I'm sure I read about a form of it where the symptoms come and go or may not be as obvious and then it develops into "full blown" diabetes. Anyone know anymore/know what I am talking about?
    My nan has type 2, diagnosed a few years ago, most likely because of her weight, age, etc.
    I know with type 1 it can occur on someone who has no family history, but am I right in thinking type 2 usually does have history? So would that mean that my dad has the "gene" from my nan and then passed it onto me?
    Cos I read about MODY (type 2 in young peple) and wondered...

    Sorry for such a long question, but any help would be much appreciated :)
    I just wondered it anyone else has had these issues, if they could give any more advice, and what they think about these diabetes symptoms that seem to come and go.

    • ANSWER:
      'anxiety pur and simple.
      stop reading medical stuff

  31. QUESTION:
    Doctors can't figure out what's wrong?
    Here are my symptoms:

    -periods of extreme weakness that last for about 10 days and are a few days after my period-has happened twice
    -trouble breathing-feels like I'm trying to breathe through a straw, hard to get air in and out. Used to last for a few days, now it's all the time. Any kind of physical exertion makes it worse, including walking slowly and sitting up
    -pressure and tightness in chest
    -heart skips around, beats too fast and too hard, has a hard time adjusting when I sit, stand, or lie down
    -numbness and weakness in left arm all the time, sometimes it feels worse than other times, can't figure out any triggers.
    -numbness and weakness in feet and calves sometimes
    -keep getting bladder infections for no reason
    -severe vertigo
    -thyroid nodule (non-cancerous)
    -lighter, shorter periods

    I'm 26, female, a little low on the BMI chart, but not bad, and all the tests have come back normal. I've had an EKG, echocardiogram, stress test, blood tests, tests for thyroid function, MRI on my neck, etc. They can see that my heart is beating too fast and so on, but said my heart itself looks healthy. This is debilitating and ruining my life. I can barely move and have to have my husband help me all the time. It is constantly hard to breathe. Does anybody know what it could be??? Not knowing and the doctors not helping is frustrating beyond belief. I don't want to be helpless anymore.
    Oh, yeah. No history of illegal drug use, smoking, or drinking.

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have anything like this?
    I am 25 and have been having odd symptoms for 8 years and have had no luck in finding a doctor to take me serious .
    I have
    severe joint pain (hips, knees and fingers mostly)
    fatigue
    memory loss
    difficulty concentrating
    vision problems
    leg pain
    occasional numbness and tingling of arms or legs
    rapid heart rate and low bp
    dizziness and fainting
    amongst other problems that are less troublesome. Even working in health care I have not been able to find someone to help me. I have been told that I am not diabetic, my thyroid function is fine and I don't have Lymes. If anyone has an idea I would be happy to hear it because if one more doctor tells me that anti-depressants will cure what ails me without doing any tests first, I am going to scream.
    My doctor did the standard first test for lyme(the ELISA) which is very unreliable but that was 4 years after I would have gotten it. I had been bitten by a tick and gotten a bullseye type rash in my late teens but was unable to go to a doctor at the time and quite frankly thought nothing of it. Now insurance wont cover a test for lyme coinfections because the ELISA came back negative.

    • ANSWER:
      have they done every test for lymes? because I once saw a show on Discovery health where a girl was tested for lymes and it was negative and people thought she was crazy and everything and they did a different test for it and it was more accurate and it came back positive. They treated her for it and she felt much better. There were still times she didn't feel up to par because of how long she had it before she was treated, but it's worth a shot to keep looking for a doc to take you seriously. I hate when doctors only rely on machines and one type of test and if it's negative then they say it's in your head and you are making it up. That's a defense because they honestly don't know what's wrong with you but don't want to admit it but they don't hesitate to take your money.

      That's one thing I don't want to do when I hopefully become a doctor (I am pre-med, still in undergrad though)

  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:
    can someone just help me out a little bit about hiv/aids? I will give 10 points and answer any question you ha?
    Please, I just really don't want to hear your bs about how nothing but a hit test can diagnose it. This is know, I know a lot about this and it has scared me since I was a little girl. I went in just for a physical a few weeks ago and everything came back normal. Now, reading up on the disease, it scares me cause I had either once had a symptom or currently do. Or some I think are symptoms but are something else. I had a light cough for a while, I had night sweats like 4 weeks ago, but it was only 3 times and not no more, I have like two white head on my chest and karatosis pillaris (which apparently effects 40% of the world and has nothing to do with the disease), dandruff (not severe) and weight loss.. but I have had weird eating habits eating junk and not much of it but gained back 8 lbs in a few weeks after eating better, the big one is my fiancee got kind of flu sick after I met him and we had sex like 6 times (5 with condom) and that was years ago, and I know about getting sick after getting it like 2-4 weeks after, I also have slight vision problems that I am now noticing on purpose that I may or may not have had all my life and don't know if it is retinal detachment or something.. I see fine, no blurriness or whatever, just when I look at a light and look at another light and alternate looking at them back and forth I notice kind of a refractive trail, it is not very apparent, also I have a canker sore for bout a week. I am seriously freaking out here and don't know if I am over reacting but I need SOME measurement. YES I am going to get properly tested for HIV, all I want is someone to reassure me that something is a good sign I don't have AIDS, not HIV. Just so I can go to sleep here. I read up on CBC's and i get conflicting answers. leukopenia indicate aids/hiv amongst other things which is what I read on all medical sites but then people say it would not show up abnormal (low)? Then I think about the cells that indicate, well normal wbc ranges from 4500-10000 and friggen t4 only accounts for 1000 of them? some doctor told me it is more complicated than that. What I am saying, is if I had AIDS, I know t4 is what is screwed up, but as infections come into play or cancers as a result, would it likely bare some sort of other abnormalities in blood or other symptoms or whatever? I don't even know if my cbc came with differential, I just asked for a cbc. I was told over the phone the next day hemoglobin, liver kidney function, thyroid, wbc, rbc, all came back normal as well as pap and all that. Can someone please give m some temporary relief that I am worrying over nothing and why before I go in? Please don't scare me anymore than I already am

    • ANSWER:
      personally i think you have nothing to worry about jusf stay calm and get tested good look

  35. 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:

  36. QUESTION:
    I have an undiagnosed condition and need help!?
    I am a 20 year old female who has been having stomach problems for the past year or so, and it has gotten much worse in the past six months. The symptoms are now starting to affect more parts of my body, and the pain can be debilitating and is affecting my schoolwork. I was tested for thyroid issues and Celiac, but both were negative. I also went to the ER for abdominal pain a few weeks ago, but that didn't turn up any new results.

    Here is a list of symptoms:

    Digestive symptoms - abdominal pain (sometimes crampy and all over, sometimes very sharp in right upper abdomen or left lower abdomen, sometimes made worse coughing or sneezing), LOTS of diarrhea, undigested food in stool almost every day, sometimes fat or mucus in stool, loss of appetite, lots of extreme bloating, some nausea/heartburn/dry-heaving, sometimes foods taste very different than they should (ex - candy tasting extremely acidic, milk tasting like sushi, plain white rice tasting nutty)

    Skin symptoms - I get a red skin rash almost every night or afternoon. It's itchy, not raised, and not dry. It's not related to any contact allergy or physical activity. Sometimes, it seems to happen more often or with more severity when I feel really warm or cold. My hair has thinned significantly in the past year, and I've started getting coarser hair elsewhere on my body (arms, face). My skin feels itchy most of the time.

    Nervous symptoms - extreme fatigue/malaise, depression/anxiety, headaches, trouble concentrating, photophobia and phonophobia, increased sensitivity to cold and heat, numbness in fingers

    Other symptoms - occasional low-grade fever, muscle weakness/pain, joint pain/swelling, easy bruising (once I got a bruise from the elastic band on my sweatpants and it wasn't tight, another time on my arm from holding a package - the bruise was in a line from where the package was resting against my arm), I had some very mild jaundice and green-tinted urine at one point. I'm anemic and have high liver function according to the most recent tests. I don't drink, and I don't take any drugs unless they are prescribed (I deal with headaches by drinking water and resting). Small doses of Lortab helped relieve many of the digestive symptoms (prescribed by the ER). Diseases that have come up with my doctor are: lupus, Crohn's or ulcerative colitis, IBS, Celiac (apparently false negatives are common?), and diverticulitis. Also, gallstones and pancreatic cancer were suggested, but less likely. We are pretty sure it's autoimmune.

    I'm sick of being sick, and am reaching out for help in every place possible. I would love any suggestions or ideas, questions to ask my doctor, tests to request, warm thoughts, or stories (if you had a similar illness and got a diagnosis or found a way to manage the symptoms). I'm seeing my doctor next week, but because I've already gone through two series of tests, I want to be more prepared this time to help lead to a diagnosis more quickly. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      You have a lot of symptoms that could indicate a variety of problems. Celiac Disease, possible intestinal obstruction (Intestinal carcinoma, lymphoma), bruising is indicative of a bleeding disorder such as Von Willebrand disease or leukemia. Upper right quadrant pain indicates gallbladder disease, especially if fever and nausea are present also. Some of your symptoms are also those that present with kidney disease and diabetes so you have a real jungle of symptoms which has a tendancy to lead me back to Celiac Disease because ...

      Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder which can present with an amazing array of symptoms, Gastrointestinal (cramps, pain, bloating, fatty stools, nausea, vomiting), Neurological (tingling, numbness, nerve pain, fatigue, depression and more) and so it is just frustrating for people who have it yet have not been diagnosed plus false negative tests are common. The definitive diagnosis is based on a positive biopsy of the small intestine. It's not uncommon to have a false negative blood test yet have a positive biopsy.

      If you had maybe thought you had Celiac Disease and went on a gluten free diet before being tested that could have created a false positive and it may create a false biopsy if you have been on the gluten free diet for anytime allowing your small intestinal cells to heal and the villi to re-establish. However that doesn't sound likely that you have adapted the diet because you said you are still experiencing symptoms even though some people with refractory Celiac do not see a reversal of symptom via diet.

      If it were me I'd ask the doc to re-test for CD (blood work) and also do stool fat, total protein, albumin, calcium, vitamin b12, autoantibodies, vitamin d, vitamin e, CBC, CMP.

      Oftentimes Celiac Disease causes malabsorption (reason for fatty stool) and this in turn creates vitamin deficiencies within the fat soluble vitamins such as d, calcium, vitamin k. b12 and so forth. It also causes anemia in many people and a host of other symptoms and complications because (via autoimmune response) it can attack your organs such your heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas (autoimmune response) thereby creating symptom from those sources as well.

      Celiac Disease can also cause lactose intolerance (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea in severe cases) and so this complication could be a portion of your symptoms.

      I would suggest you keep a very concise diary of your symptoms, including when they occur (time, date, etc...) and of course exactly what they are. Note what you eat daily so that you can correlate your food intake with symptoms (note whether symptoms appear immediately after, within hours, or even a day or two after ingestion). Be as accurate as possible and by this I mean if you chew a stick of gum, write it down because ...

      You'd be amazed how many products we eat contain wheat, barley or rye (sources of gluten) or are processed with wheat, barley or rye products. Even spices can contain wheat and wheat derivatives that contain gluten. If you drink wine the oaken cask it was probably aged in most likely was treated on the inside of the cask with a wheat paste to prevent leakage. That paste leaches into the wine and guess what? If you have CD you will most likely suffer intestinal damage.

      Of course I am not saying you have Celiac Disease. You may not have it at all. You may have something else entirely such as cancer that could present with a myriad of strange symptoms or it could be a combination of gallbladder disease (pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, jaundice are all possible symptoms) and kidney disease. Now, don't let what I write frighten you, simply get your doc to rule various possibilities out by doing the appropriate tests.

      I wish you better health :-)

  37. QUESTION:
    glands back of neck and groin are swollen? 18yrs old, female, 5month old son?
    Ive seen 2 different doctors who check me right over and they dont think its anything serious. They think its from stress and being run down also becaus eim really skinny and theys aid the skinnier youa re the more easier it is to feel things in our bodies??
    Ive had allergy tests and a complete blood count and full blood examination and my thyroid function tested and nothing is wrong besides im a little vitamin D deficient.
    Seens all my cells were counted would thi shave indicated if i had lymphoma? Im so paranoid about it but hte doctors say this isnt it because they came up suddenly and they move around where as with lymphoma, they gradually appear and are hard.
    Im 18, have a 5month old son.
    Only other symptoms i have is head pain which im told is a tension headache, and i have all over body ache, kinda run down feeling.

    BTW Ive recently had upper abdominal scan, chest xray,ecgs,pelvic ultrasound, ctscan on lower abdomen, and pap smear and pelvic exam and nothing is wrong with me.

    I was also told yesterday that my som has viral broncholitis but that its nearly run its ocurse, could i have caught this of him??would i feel run down with flu like symptoms and a sore throat?

    My son doesnt have a runny nose or cough, just chest congestion.

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    swollen glands, back of neck and in groin.?
    Ive seen 2 different doctors who check me right over and they dont think its anything serious. They think its from stress and being run down.
    Ive had allergy tests and a complete blood count and full blood examination and my thyroid function tested and nothing is wrong besides im a little vitamin D deficient.
    Seens all my cells were counted would thi shave indicated if i had lymphoma? Im so paranoid about it but hte doctors say this isnt it because they came up suddenly and they move around where as with lymphoma, they gradually appear and are hard.
    Im 18, have a 5month old son.
    Only other symptoms i have is head pain which im told is a tension headache, and i have all over body ache, kinda run down feeling.

    BTW Ive recently had upper abdominal scan, chest xray,ecgs,pelvic ultrasound, ctscan on lower abdomen, and pap smear and pelvic exam and nothing is wrong with me.

    • ANSWER:
      You say you have had a CT scan...lymphoma would definitely show up on this especially if the glands are swollen. So you don't have to worry about cancer. :)

  39. 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.

  40. QUESTION:
    17 year old with many endocrine problems? prepare to be baffled help?
    Ok so im 17 5'10" 210lbs
    symptoms:
    Fatique
    Hair Loss
    Access body hair
    Acne
    Weight gain and not being able to lose ( im very active! i did 2 seasons of rowing [crew] including winter conditioning 6 days a week and still GAINED)
    Memory loss
    Abnormal menstrual cycles

    :…..i was diagnosed with hypothyroidism at the age of 12. The cheif of endo. at the childrens hospitil told my mom that he would NOT put me on anything untill my whole thyroid stopped functioning totally…well my mom wasnt going to let that happen. years past as some stressful events happened… so now being 17 my mom and i have made it a mission to figure this out!

    starting about a year ago my doctor put me on Amour Thyroid. Did nothing! Felt no different and actually GAINED 13 pounds! went to a new doctor and she told me i was on the highest does of amour she had ever seen (13 3mg pills a day). she took me off amour thyroid and wanted to see if my body would react to synthroid. Nothing. Then she ordered a blood test for thyroid antibodies. Highest numbers of antibodies she has ever heard of. So she put me on a reverse T3 pill and a low does of synthroid….NOTHINGG….ive been doing some research and i had a bad head injury when i was 8 and ive recently (for the past 6 months or so has been experiencing memory problems. like i cant remember conversations with people or what i did the day before.) soo i was thinking something might be up with my pituitary gland or something that might be giving me these problems?

    now, she also did a full hormone work up. High testosterone and messed up incline levels and resistance.
    which was a perfect match to poly cystic ovarian syndrome. im going to talk to her about looking into treating this next time i meet with my doctor…next week….i know this can be treated with “the pill but i dont want to gain any more!! im sooo frustrated. i also heard of people taking diabetes meds? has anyone had any luck with treatment? I want to lose weight and feel healthy.
    Its been a long battle with losts of false hopes……you dont know how many times i was told ” once you start taking this you will feel amazing and the weight will just fall off”!

    • ANSWER:
      You can have PCOS, and also other issues.

      I understand the frustrations. I had (have) thyroid issues, PCOS, and had pituitary issues to boot and it always seems that as soon as the docs found one issue that they would stop and feel that this is it, when er, dude, um, they seemed not to see that the symptoms and all were still there. Like a band aid on an amputation, so to speak.

      I ended up with two pituitary tumors – which was something they also could not deal with after all, the symptom overlap was a nightmare for me, and they said it could not exist.

      Your instincts are correct. The pill just would muddy the waters – so find a competent doc who would be a neuro-endo and get some real help. It may take a while to find him/her.

  41. QUESTION:
    Scared it’s ovarian cancer?
    For 6 weeks now I’ve been having lower abdominal pain (period type cramping constantly so it never goes) with the occasional sharp stabbing pain on the right side of my abdomen with other symptoms such as
    fatigue
    pelvic pain
    lower back pain which starts from the kidneys and goes right down to my bum
    groin pain
    leg pain which effects the whole tops of both my legs
    Heartburn (recently)
    Bloating in both my stomach area and lower pelvic area
    and even my neck hurts. My periods are still regular usually every 28 days give or take a few days but i have noticed there a lot more painful and no spotting in between.

    I have been to the doctors several times and had 2 full blood counts done, diabetes test, I’ve had my thyroid and liver function tested and have been tested for inflammation all of which have come back clear oh and iv also had a cervical smear which again was normal. My doc doesn’t seem worried but I have a transabdominal and transvaginal ultrasound on the 4th march (earliest date they could give me) but until then i’m scared things are going to get worse.

    Has anyone else had these symptoms with ovarian cysts because im so scared that it might be cancer? Its making me feel awful although the worryings probably not helping.
    By the way I’m 25 years old. Thanks in advance, will pick best answer :)
    I’m not pregnant, forgot to add that in
    Oh and weight loss

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry you are having all these abdominal problems but you are right, many of those symptoms are those of ovarian cancer. You are doing the right thing though, getting these exams as this can be cured if caught early enough. I know it’s hard not to worry, but try to look at it this way, either you have cancer or you don’t. Nothing is going to change that and it’s better to know than let it go if you do have it. I’m betting it’ll be nothing serious from what you’ve said about the exams you’ve had so far so try and relax until March, okay?

      My wife did have some of these symptoms with ovarian cysts and it was just cysts, nothing serious though she did have serious abdominal cramps.

      Good luck! :)

  42. QUESTION:
    I’d like some health advice?
    Firstly, sorry for the repost – I posted this last night, but my question seems to have gone missing.

    I’d like some advice from anyone who may feel qualified to offer an opinion?
    I have been signed off from work for the past 6 weeks, due to what was originally though to be a urinary tract infection. I foolishly waited until I was rather unwell before I went to the doctor and had all the classic symptoms of this. I was prescribed anti biotics and gave a urine sample. Unfortunately, my sample went missing, and so they never had a definitive answer for what was/is wrong. After the antibiotics, I was given a second type of anti biotic as the first didn’t appear to work.

    I was referred to urology as my doctor now thinks that I may have kidney stones, although he did some blood tests and my kidney function was normal. I’m now concerned as to what may be wrong – I don’t feel that I have a UTI anymore, but I still feel very weak, and have episodes where I feel very faint (and will pass out). Most recently I have episodes where I feel like I’m drunk, and it’s very difficult to speak coherently, and my friends have told me I do things like trying to chop vegetable with the knife upside down, and not even noticing, and then fainting. It’s very strange, and I’m beginning to get very worried.

    All my urine samples since then have shown high levels of white blood cells, but no specific infection. My blood count was low, my liver and kidney function are fine, I don’t have diabetes/thyroid problems, but my ESR level was very high. My blood pressure is fine. I had very early stage ovarian cancer five years ago, but since then have not had any health problems or illnesses.

    My doctor doesn’t seem to be sure of what’s wrong, and I’d like to know if any of you think there may a reason for this, or if I’m still run down? Thanks for taking the time to read this – I know it’s very long, and not very coherent!

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry but im not a medical expert so i can’t really help you much. What i would say is that you could try and get some more opinions, there is nothing stopping you seeing another specialist or doctor. You could even call NHS direct and they may be able to point you in the right direction. Hope you feel better soon.

  43. QUESTION:
    24 year old female, aching joints, stiff neck, sudden and severe loss of energy, plus more…?
    I’m 24 years old, got the flu just over 2 months ago and haven’t felt right since. My doctor said he tested my thyroid, white blood count, liver function, cholesterol and for RA and everything came back good. I’ve been taking adderall for ADHD for several years and I stopped feeling it’s effects after the flu.

    My doctor said depression but the medication did nothing but keep me up all night. This is not depression.

    My symptoms (that may or may not be related):
    - Aching and stiffness (especially when I go to bed) in neck, back, and arms
    - All day fatigue, tiredness, lethargy and sudden muscle weakness (mostly in arms)
    - Occasional heartburn…even in back
    - Urinary leakage (comes and goes, weeks at a time, when standing or sitting straight up)
    - Chronic low back pain with occasional sharp stabbing pains on left side
    - Almost daily lower stomach cramping first thing in morning (with or w/out diarrhea)
    - Identical Beau’s lines in both big toes (growth consistent with time of flu)
    HELP!
    I live in Kansas…we barely have trees :)

    Definitely not pregnant…after my daughter I had a laparoscopy and they found cysts, endometriosis, and Allen-Masters syndrome…doctor said I may not be able to have more.

    And I do workout with weights…not as much as I did before I started feeling 80 years old…but usually at least 3 times a week…usually I can only last about 20 or 30 minutes before I’m in pain.

    Doctors just try to put me on antidepressants and birth controls…I can’t do either because they make me crazy…really.

    My biggest concern is how suddenly all my symptoms came…I got the flu…the fever went away but the aching and fatigue did not.

    • ANSWER:
      Did you doctor check you for Chronic Fatigue Immunity disorder syndrome? What about Fibromyalgia?

      The stomach cramping/diarrhea and urinary problems sound like Irritable Bowel Syndrome/Irritable bladder. They, along with chronic weakness, aching and stiffness all go along with CFIDS and/or FM. Short term memory loss, occasional confusion are also symptoms. Do you have either of those?

      The problem is, some doctors, especially older doctors, still don’t recognize that these conditions exist.

      You haven’t had undiagnosed pain long enough to be diagnosed with FM, but there are blood tests that go along with a CFIDS diagnosis. Ask your doctor if he has considered these disorders. If he tells you they don’t exist, find a doctor who does believe in them. There are treatments now for both.

      Editing this to say that it is believed with CFIDS and FM, flu or any serious illness/surgery/pregnancy could act as a trigger. Not as a Cause, but something that sets off an existing condition. Antidepressants are used for FM, but there are many other treatments also. Cognitive therapy is one, either alone or in conjunction with medications.

  44. QUESTION:
    Any idea what might be causing this *other* than a heart problem?
    Back-tracking a bit, about 3 weeks before Christmas, my sister and I were out hiking through an orchard at the local tree farm to get our Christmas tree when I suddenly got this sharp pain from below my left shoulder blade straight to a spot just to the left of my sternum a little below my collar bone. It only lasted a moment, and I felt fine afterwards. So I didn’t think too much of it, until a week and a half later when I was still feeling run-down/generally ill. Went to the doctor at that point and told her about what had happened. She checked me over and had me wear a Holter monitor for a day. Test results came back completely normal. Ok, fine. After that, it took a couple days for me to get going again, but then I pretty much felt normal for about 2-3 weeks.

    Skip to New Year’s Eve. My sister, her fiance, my best friend, and I got together to celebrate. I drank rather more than I should have, on a mostly-empty stomach. Next day, I was feeling a bit sick to my stomach and a little headachy and generally blah, but I figured it was because of how much I’d had to drink, so I didn’t think anything of it.

    A few days later, I wasn’t feeling any better. My appetite was essentially gone, and I’d started getting these fluttering/twitching feelings in my chest, nasty heart burn, shaking chills, dizzy spells, and this odd, uncomfortable numb/tingling sensation in my face/head, hands, and up my arms. So back to the doctor. She checked me over (again), ordered some blood work (liver and kidney function and such), and an abdominal ultrasound. She also started me on Prilosec. Again, the test results came back completely normal. We’re not finding anything physically wrong with me.

    Another week and a half pass, and I’m still not feeling right. The fluttering, numb/tingly sensation, dizzy spells, and shivers are somewhere between getting worse and just not getting better. And I’m starting to get this tightness in my throat/upper chest off and on. Heartburn has improved, but isn’t completely gone. I’ve also not really slept properly since New Year’s, so I’m exhausted. Back to the doctor. Again, nothing physically wrong- lungs are clear, heart sounds normal, stomach/intestines all sound as they should. She ordered another blood test (one she thought we’d done the first visit after New Year’s, but we hadn’t) to check my thyriod. That one came back…either slightly high or slightly low, whichever means that my thyroid is a little bit over-active. She didn’t think that it was enough to be causing my symptoms, and said she wanted me to get it checked again in 3 months time. She also started me on .25mg of xananx once a day to help with anxiety.

    For the first couple days, the xanax seemed to help a fair bit, and for the better part of a week, I seemed to be doing better. Still tired most of the time, and still getting occasional tightness in my throat, and a general sick feeling, but not as bad. Then this past Saturday night, I spent the night sleeping on my sister’s couch (she wanted me to go with her to some food co-op that’s about the same distance as my house from her apartment, but in the opposite direction). Since Sunday, I’ve been feeling sicker again-stomach’s a bit off, barely any appetite, and I’ve still been getting tightness in my chest, and the heartburn’s been back- not as constant as it was before I started the Prilosec, but a bit worse. Then yesterday while I was at work, about an hour or so after lunch, out of nowhere I started getting this burning/aching pain across the back side of my left shoulder. For the first few minutes, my throat/chest started feeling tight again, but that passed quickly. My shoulder was hurting for a good 20-30 minutes at least. This was after waking up sick to my stomach and spending most of the morning with heartburn from hell. Today, woke up feeling sick again, and I had another spell with my shoulder earlier this afternoon like yesterday (but not quite as bad, and not as long).

    My own research online has pointed to an anxiety disorder, a form of depression, and a heart problem. I’m only in my mid-20s, but I’m rather over-weight and I’ve got a pretty bad family history of hear disease on both sides. And I’m a worrier by nature. So needless to day, I’ve been a rather worried about all this. I’m wondering if anyone else has any insite on what might be going on/has had a similar experience.

    (And before anyone starts telling me to go see the doctor again, I’ve already got an appointment for later this afternoon.)

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    Can you help me with my questions please?
    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

    • ANSWER:
      Now really, Sadye, what are you doing yourself? This is not a question, it’s Schoolwork and that’s Your work. Have you been sleeping at classes, huh?
      Anyway, 10 is alcohol fur sure.
      I think you’ve heard all the answers in school, and they are in your schoolbooks, too, I bet.
      But I guess it’s time for you to Google a little. Have fun!

  46. QUESTION:
    Hashimoto’s and normal tsh levels? Possible to feel hypo?
    Any tips from others dealing with this would be greatly appreciated and would make me feel like I’m not crazy. :)
    I had doctors telling me my thyroid gland felt enlarged since January 2010,they’d test my tsh and everything was normal. Finally this May a different doctor ordered an ultrasound of my thyroid gland, radiologist and my doctor agreed it is “mildly enlarged”, they also found that 2 of my parathyroid glands are also enlarged. I was sent to an endocrinologist late May and she ordered a load of labs, parathyroid function, kidney function,tsh, metabolic panel, vitamin d and tested for thyroid antibodies.My tsh was .93 (late may), my last tsh was this january and was 1.9. I tested positive for thyroid antibodies and my level was 69, my vitamin d is also low and is the supposed reason for my parathyroid glands being enlarged,am now taking 1000 units of vitamin d daily now.
    At my initial appt. with my endo she talked to me mainly about hyperthyroidism because of they way my level dropped, I told her I have none of those symptoms. She called me at work to tell me I have Hashimoto’s and low vit d levels, take vitamin d daily and she will recheck my tsh and vit d in 6 months. She had no time to answer any questions and said absolutely no to any medication.. so I did my own research. I have just about every symptom of HYPOthyroidism and have had them for years. My mother had hashimotos and no longer has a thyroid gland, almost every one of her siblings is hypo and a few are hyper (there are 9 total). I called her back w/my concerns and still said absolutely no to treating it.
    I’ve had pain in the joints of my fingers x 3 years
    pain/swelling in my knees x 8-9 yrs (i do not have lymes or arthritis, mri and xray done on my knees show nothing wrong at all) I’ve seen orthopedic doctors for this.
    my muscles ache all the time in all sorts of places, legs,arms, back.
    my skin is very dry and seems to be bad yr round, am now using a prescription scalp solution for my horribly dry scalp that seemed to come out of no where 2 yrs ago.
    I cannot get pregnant again (5 yrs of trying-finally gave up and decided it was’nt meant to be), i missed 2 days of birth control 9 yrs ago and got pregnant instantly.
    I could sleep all day if I did’nt have a life, I am tired all the time and feel like I’m in a fog. I have been on 3 antidepressants (over 5 yrs) the doctors threw at me and nothing really worked so I just stopped them.
    I used to be someone who never really got nervous or scared about things..over the past few yrs I have anxiety over many stupid little things that shouldnt bother me,even meeting w/friends for dinner and sometimes break out in hives on my chest and back when my anxiety is bad.
    my weight fluctuates every couple months w/ no change in diet. I gain about 10 lbs and a month or so later I lose that plus maybe some more. (i am not a large person, so this usually goes unnoticed by most people)
    I have and have had bad menorrhagia for many yrs. but usually don’t get anything to stop the bleeding because I have a clotting disorder already and extra hormones puts me at higher risk for a clot.
    the list goes on…
    If my tsh was only .93 in May, why do I feel like someone with hypothyroidism? Maybe it’s just coincidence? I have a very slim neck and my enlarged thyroid is a tiny bit noticeable (by my endo and now me since she showed me) Why is this a “wait and see” disease? Why would they allow your thyroid gland to get bigger? It does’nt make sense.I would rather feel hyper than hypo any day, I have felt like crap for way too long.
    (fyi- i am 28 yrs old..going on 80) I have an appt with a new endo on Thursday but he works alongside with the last one I saw so I’m guessing he wont be of any help either and just a waste of another copay.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh my goodness, the TSH test as the only thyroid test, and no treatment? ugh
      This is NOT a wait-and-see disease. The thyroid is one of the most
      important glands in the body. It regulates the entire metabolism, and when
      the thyroid is not functioning properly it can affect everything from
      adrenals, sex hormones, bones, circulation, hair, and weight, to energy,
      mental acuity, eyesight, and so on…

      Here is an article that might help you find a better doctor:

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/how-to-find-a-good-doc

      Here is the Hashimotos article:

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/hashimotos

      Lots of great thyroid treatment info:

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/things-we-have-learned/

      Recommended tests:

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork/

      What the test results mean:

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/lab-values/

      There are a couple of thyroid groups that I think will benefit you:

      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Naturalthyroidhormones/

      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/thyroidless (co-mod has Hashis)

      I sincerely hope this info helps you.

  47. QUESTION:
    What’s wrong with me? Doctor doesn’t know. Anyone with medical knowledge help?
    I am a 19 year old female, 5′ 11″, 224lbs.

    Medications I’m on:
    0.250 mg/0.035(?) Sprintec a day(for birth control) (Been on them for over 4 months)
    300MG Lamotrigine a day(Mood stabilizer for Bipolar Disorder) (Been on them for over 6 months)
    300MG Seroquel(Anti-Psychotic for Bipolar Disorder) (Been on them for about 3 months)
    50MCG Levothyroxin(for Hypothyroidism) (Been on them for over 2 years)

    Main symptoms:
    Easy bruising/Thin blood (Doctor says I have low platelets, but she doesn’t think it’s causing it.)
    Hair loss (it’s the worst part, I have bald spots along my hairline)

    Minor symptoms/possibly related:
    Mouth sores (like little infections that won’t go away.)
    I sleep more than most people, on average 11 hours a night, lately 9 hours a night, but it makes me tired throughout the day.

    Tests already performed by my doctor:
    Lamotrigine levels, Normal
    Hepatic Function Panel, Normal
    CBC With Diff, Normal
    Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate, Normal
    Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, Normal
    EBV Early Antigen IgG, Normal
    EBV Anti VCA IgM, Normal
    EBV Anti VCA IgG, NOT Normal
    EBV Nuclear IgG Screen, NOT Normal
    Testosterone, Female/Children, Normal
    (So, I have had Mononucleosis, but I guess the tests say I don’t have it currently.)

    I’m kind of curious about Lupus, but I don’t know if the tests already checked for that? I don’t know much about this medical stuff, I just mainly want to stop going bald. So does anyone know what could be causing this? Should I have my Doctor do more tests? If so, which tests?
    Hey, doesn’t hurt to ask. Maybe some one on hear is a doctor or something?

    • ANSWER:
      One of the few known triggers for lupus is the Epstein-Barr virus that causes mononucleosis. Not everyone who gets mono develops lupus, however.

      90-95% of people with lupus experience joint pain. Other symptoms include fatigue (feels like you have the flu all the time), running frequent fevers, and having a hard time getting well once you get sick.

      Tests that can help diagnose or rule out lupus include:
      CBC with differential
      CMP
      Sed rate (ESR)
      Antinuclear antibody (ANA)
      Antidouble stranded DNA
      Complement

      The vast majority of general doctors do not have the trainng to diagnose lupus. If you suspect lupus, get a referral to a rheumatologist. You can find rheumatologists at www.rheumatology.org

  48. QUESTION:
    FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT GLANDULAR FEVER, MONO?
    I posted a few days ago but im still worried and dont see myd octor until friday. Iv eben sick for 3 months and had a baby 5 months ago. I had numerous scans and blood tests, went ot he hospital multiple times. Ive had headaches (mostly at the back), muscle aches, tired,chest pains, dizzy and sore throat, really bad stomach pains.
    Finally last week i was told that ive had glandular fever and epstein barr virus at some stage buti dont have it now. Could i be feeling sick becuse of that. That doctor guesses i would have caught it about 4months ago becasue my immune system was low after having the baby.

    So can symptoms last this long?? Ive never had a temperature. I read if you ahve had these viruses that your more likely to get get lymphoma or ms, so im freaking out.

    Im 18, had 1st baby 5 months ago. Lately ive been getting really bad chest pains that feel deep, they start from the middle of my ribs to the right of my chest. My gallbladder has been checked. My ribs also hurt.

    Ive had plenty of blood tests done and everyhtign seems normal and liver function is good. Ive had an upper abdominal ultrasound and chest xray 3months ago and everything was normal.Thyroid has been checked twice and its perfect!!

    Also if i had it 4 months ago, am i still contagious?? i have a baby so how do i know if he has it??
    WHEN WILL I FEEL BETTER? I JUST FEEL RUN DOWN AND HAV BEEN LOSING WEIGHT DUE TO NO APPETITE

    • ANSWER:
      I had mono. You’re really only contagious for the first couple weeks. It’ll go on for a few months. It sucks. Just stick it out, it’ll go away eventually. I had to miss PE in 8th grade for most of a quarter because of it.

  49. QUESTION:
    pharmacy fundamentals questions need help?
    The dermis is the outermost layer of the skin.
    A) True
    B) False
    2. An arrhythmia is any change or deviation from the normal rate or rhythm of the heart.
    A) True
    B) False
    3. Iron deficiency anemia may be due to loss of iron or an inadequate intake of iron.
    A) True
    B) False
    4. Pernicious anemia is due to a lack of intrinsic factor leading to inadequate absorption of vitamin B12.
    A) True
    B) False
    5. The two divisions of the peripheral nervous system are the parasympathetic and sympathetic systems.
    A) True
    B) False
    6. The skin is the body’s first line of defense.
    A) True
    B) False
    7. The basic functional unit of the kidney is the
    A) nephron
    B) glomerulus
    C) renal corpuscle
    D) filtration unit
    8. Which of the following systems does not eliminate wastes?
    A) Respiratory
    B) Circulatory
    C) Digestive
    D) Urinary
    9. Glucagon is released by
    A) the liver
    B) the stomach
    C) the pancreas
    D) the hypothalamus
    10. Severe chest pain that occurs when the heart does not receive enough oxygen is called _____.
    A) pericarditis
    B) myocardial infarction
    C) atherosclerosis
    D) angina pectoris
    11. Which of the following blood pressure reading would be considered prehypertension?
    A) 120/80
    B) 130/80
    C) 140/90
    D) 150/90
    12. Primary organs of the immune system include the:
    A) thymus gland.
    B) spleen.
    C) liver.
    D) lymph nodes.
    13. Osteomalacia in children is called:
    A) cretinism.
    B) scurvy.
    C) rickets.
    D) myxedema.
    14. Anaphylactic shock is a result of:
    A) low blood volume.
    B) severe allergic reaction.
    C) malignant hypertension.
    D) bacteria or microorganisms in the blood.
    15. Risk factors for a myocardial infarction include:
    A) hypertension.
    B) cigarette smoking.
    C) obesity.
    D) all of the above.
    16. Normal blood pressure is:
    A) 120/80.
    B) 140/90.
    C) 130/70.
    D) 150/70.
    17. Hypertension is best described as:
    A) high venous blood pressure.
    B) low venous blood pressure.
    C) high arterial blood pressure.
    D) low arterial blood pressure.
    18. Which of the following is a controllable factor in preventing atherosclerosis?
    A) age
    B) sex
    C) heredity
    D) diet
    19. The respiratory system consists of:
    A) the lungs.
    B) the chest.
    C) the conducting airways.
    D) all of the above.
    20. Common signs and symptoms of asthma include:
    A) wheezing.
    B) fever.
    C) dyspnea.
    D) a and c.
    21. The lymphatic system includes:
    A) lymph ducts.
    B) lymph vessels.
    C) lymph nodes.
    D) all of the above.
    22. The most common cause of glomerulonephritis includes:
    A) strep infections.
    B) staph infections.
    C) E. coli.
    D) Klebsiella.
    23. The adrenal glands sit on top of the:
    A) lungs.
    B) pancreas.
    C) kidneys.
    D) ovaries.
    24. The ovaries secrete:
    A) progesterone.
    B) testosterone.
    C) estrogen.
    D) a and c.
    25. A goiter is a growth on the:
    A) pancreas.
    B) parathyroids.
    C) pituitary.
    D) thyroid.
    26. The parts of the brain include:
    A) the cerebrum.
    B) the cerebellum.
    C) the brainstem.
    D) all of the above.
    27. A cataract is a clouding of the:
    A) cornea.
    B) iris.
    C) lens.
    D) conjunctiva.
    28. The layers of the skin include:
    A) the epidermis.
    B) the dermis.
    C) the subcutaneous layer.
    D) all of the above.
    29. Herpes varicella is also known as:
    A) chickenpox.
    B) shingles.
    C) cold sores.
    D) fever blisters.
    30. A highly contagious skin disease caused by Staphylococcus and Streptococcus bacteria is:
    A) folliculitis.
    B) impetigo.
    C) erysipelas.
    D) cellulitis.
    31. What is the outermost layer of the skin?
    A) stratus corneum
    B) epidermis
    C) subcutaneous tissue
    D) dermis
    32. What is the windpipe?
    A) larynx
    B) epiglottis
    C) pharynx
    D) trachea
    33. The thyroid gland secretes T3, T4, and ____________________.
    34. The most important function of the respiratory system is the inspiration of ____________________ and the expiration of carbon dioxide.
    35. Skin cancers are the most common cancers in the United States. They include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and ____________________.
    36. Myocardial infarction is also known as a (n) ____________________.
    37. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease results from ____________________.
    38. Parkinson’s disease causes a decreased number of neurons in the brain which secrete ____________________.
    39. An illness characterized by progressive memory failure, impaired thinking, and personality changes is known as ____________________.
    40. The most common disorders of vision are age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and ____________________.
    41. Diabetes mellitus type 1 was formerly known as “____________________” diabetes.
    42. ______________________________ is a condition caused by decreased secretion of insulin or the ineffective use of insulin.
    43. Another term used to describe high blood pressure is ____________________.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you need help or do you need someone to do your entire homework assignment? Seriously, these are pretty easy questions! If you do not know the answers, you could research them and have this assignment completed so much quicker than the time it probably took you to type this whole thing out. Do your own homework. You might learn something critical to your future career.

  50. QUESTION:
    What does this sound like to you?
    I have had for about 3 months a sensation of numbness and tingling and pain in my hands and feet. It gets worse when I am tired and upon waking in the morning. Exercise does nothing to alleviate it and hot tea in the morning seems to decrease the sensations. Some days it’s worse than others but I can always feel it. I work in a cooler 8 hrs per day 5 days per week and handle cold and frozen foods – but when I am not in the cold for several days even – the symptoms do not go away. Sometimes I feel completely freezing cold. The doctor checked for diabetes, thyroid, and ran all the basic blood tests which came out normal. I do not have swelling, or skin color changes at all. I’m in my 30s and no history of medical issues other than being a migraine sufferer but do have low blood pressure. The foods I eat and the vitamins I take seem to make no difference when the exception that caffiene seems to improve these symptoms. It’s really starting to impact how I can function on a daily basis and making me feel depressed. It seems to get worse when I’m under stress but who can live a stress free life? I don’t have any skin rashes but recently I need to urinate very frequently with no pain. Could these be signs of a kidney infection? Maybe I should ask the doctor for a urinalysis? Where do I go from here? COQ10 doesn’t do much and neither do the other herbal solutions such as acidophilus and Calcium/magnesium. The doctor seems to think that I have Raynaud’s disease or am experiencing the early signs of Rheumatoid arthritis and that there is nothing that I can do to resolve it. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I am no doctor, but a family member of mine had Raynaud’s disease and it went away. Random cold hands and feet, along with discoloration of the skin (they turn white) are two of the most prevalent symptoms for this disease and sometimes there is no known cause of this disease, as well. It is a possibility that you do have this condition.

      Low blood pressure could also be causing poor blood circulation, throughout your body and poor circulation causes a tingly feeling. If you have poor circulation in certain parts of your body, those parts will feel cold and tingly.

      What I am getting at is, your low blood pressure could be causing poor blood circulation, which could be causing the onset of Raynaud’s disease.

      Note: *I am not a doctor and take no responsibility and/or liability for my answer. You should always consult a doctor for a professional answer. I only offer/provide information*

      Check out this article about Raynaud’s http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/ate/heartandblood/203836.html ; it briefly states how one’s body may not be good at protecting itself from the cold when frequently in a cold environment. I felt it related to your situation since you are always in a cooler.

      There are more Q&A articles here: http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/ate/health/heart_blood_circulation/600233.shtml

      I hope this helps!


Low Thyroid Diet

Fix Low Thyroid Problems – Find a Good Diet to Help Thyroid Problems
Most people who have a thyroid problem suffer from hypothyroidism and when you find the right diet it can be a great help to curing this problem. One of the major issues that is associated with a low thyroid is that you can gain weight and if it goes untreated then you may not know what is causing you to have this weight gain. If you get checked out and find that your levels are out of whack then you need to use diet and exercise to help regulate the issue. It is important that you use a mix of exercise along with a healthy diet because this will increase your success rate.

Get Free : Thyroid Health Remedies

You want to first avoid certain foods that are high in salt such as chips and salty crackers as well. Also if you take a lot of iron supplements this can create an issue with your thyroid so you want to avoid it if possible. It is best to stick with a low carb high protein diet because this will allow your body to lose fat while increasing your metabolism as well. You should add fruits and vegetables into your diet also and these will help your body to balance out your thyroid.

Find: Natural Thyroid Cures

Remember that if you have unexplained weight gain then you should go to the doctor to check and see if you may have a thyroid issue. It is very common to have a gain in weight when your thyroid is out of balance. Using a proper diet and exercise plan can improve your chances of having a healthy body.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why do I have to be on a low iodine diet for thyroid nuclear scan?
    I am just wondering why and what if someone doesn’t go by the diet and eat whatever they want, will the test results show cancer when it’s really not?

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    Low Iodine diet before Radio Iodine treatment for thyroid cancers?
    I am just starting a low Iodine diet for 2 weeks (less tan 65 micrograms) before I have a radioactive Iodine treatment for Thyroid cancer. I was wondering if there is anyone who has any menu ideas, or meal ideas for me, or have been on the same diet? I have a few basic ones, but you can only eat the same thing so many times!
    Thanks for any feedback!

    • ANSWER:
      I went through the same thing last November – during Thanksgiving! It didn’t seem like it would be that difficult but once you start you realize just how much you can’t eat.

      For breakfast I ate oatmeal with dried fruit and nuts (unsalted). I also had a few egg white omelets.

      I made a big pot of beef stew (see link below for recipe) so I had that for many many dinners. I also had pasta with homemade sauce. If you seach you can find one brand of canned tomatos that doesn’t have salt.

      For dessert I made wacky cake (recipe is also below) – it’s a chocolate cake that uses cocoa powder so it’s ok.

      I bought a cookbook online, but a lot of the recipes are also here –

      http://www.thyca.org/ThyCa%20Cookbook%20011804.pdf

  3. QUESTION:
    Can the low iodine diet cause extreme tiredness even though I had my whole thyroid gland removed?
    I had my thyroid removed about a month ago…found out I have thyroid cancer. I’m taking a high dose of Synthroid. I have started the low iodine diet to prepare for my radioactive iodine treatment, but I am unusually exhausted! Would the diet cause this even though I no longer have a thyroid?

    • ANSWER:
      It shouldn’t, but it could. You might be eating substantially less calories on the Low Iodine Diet compared to your regular diet, so decreased caloric intake can be one of the problems. When did you start your Synthroid? You might not be on the correct dose (too low = hypo) and that could be causing your exhaustion. Make sure you are eating enough, stay properly hydrated, and take it easy. You might want to let your doctor know about the exhaustion, especially if it continues after your Low Iodine Diet is over…that would signal it’s time to check your blood levels! Good luck with your Low Iodine Diet, RAI ablation and scans! Fingers crossed for clean scans!

  4. QUESTION:
    I need to lose 100+ lbs. I have a low thyroid, insulin resistant; what would be the best diet plan for me?
    I am 37 and otherwise healthy. I cant afford Nutrisystem or such. I need simple plan to follow and advice. I cant prepare special meals so I need it to be adaptable for my family also.

    • ANSWER:
      You don’t need Nutrisystem. What you need is a good routine of eating and exercise in order to lose the weight. I am presuming you are already taking thyroid meds. If you are, you should start a diet that involves eating little amounts of carbs and more protein. Your metabolism will be sluggish from your thyroid problem so you need to kick start it again so it starts burning calories at a faster rate so you must start doing exercise at least 4 times a week. Don’t worry if you can only fit in 30 mins each day but you have to start somewhere. Speed walking, skipping, running, spinning classes etc. Make sure you do plenty of cardio and with your low fat, low carb diet you will start to see improvement quickly. Without doing this regularly, you will not get the results you want but a new outine will work.

  5. QUESTION:
    How can I stick with my low-carb diet?
    I’m going to start doing a low-carb diet. I have a thyroid condition and Low-Carb has been the only thing that has helped me to lose weight. I’ve tried low fat and all of that and it doesn’t work for me.

    I don’t really have very much weight to lose (about 25lbs, but due to my condition, I gain very easily)

    However, I love carbs and find that even though I see results, it’s very hard for me to stick to.

    Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Plan your menus by the week using Atkins or South Beach. and while you are planning, plan in a treat “cheat” every few days. I plan mine in for Sundays.

      Don’t give up on the low carbing, and don’t think of the one little treat, like a dip of real ice cream, as blowing the diet!!

      It is all in the planning. If you want an ice cream every day, give up some other higher carb equivalent.

      I never buy “low carb” labeled foods. Same with “low fat” foods or “sugar free” foods. they all have something else in them that is worse for us. Like too much salt to try to make them taste better.

      Have a tiny candy bar!! Make it the dark chocolate. But never never deprive yourself if you reallly must have a bite of something.

      Plan in the “cheats” and you won’t have to feel guilty for breaking your diet plan.

  6. QUESTION:
    I started the low iodine diet for the thyroid scan, he said that i probably have Hyperthyroid…?
    i feel sick, is that normal?

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    What foods can I eat on a low idodine diet?
    I am going to be going through a low iodine diet soon because of Thyroid cancer, and I wanted to know if anyone knew some foods I can eat while I am on this diet, Ive taken this diet twice before, and I kept haveing trouble with it because of the food selections, it would help me out alot if someone can give me advice on what I can eat.

    • ANSWER:
      I did this twice too and found it surprisingly difficult. I love cheese and dairy so that was the hardest part for me. One recipe I found (and the only one I still use after) is this one for granola bars. I just used egg white instead of the whole egg and added dark chocolate – http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Jo-Anns-Power-Bars/Detail.aspx

      I also made beef stew, which wasn’t the best one I ever had but was pretty good. Just the normal beef, veggies and then water plus canned pureed tomatoes (the one brand that didn’t have salt) and I added non-iodized salt.

  8. QUESTION:
    Anyone here have low thyroid and corrected it with diet..no doctor pills?

    • ANSWER:
      There are no plants or foods that will correct hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is caused by the Thyroid gland not producing enough hormones to maintain health in the body. Hormones are only produced by the human body not plants.
      There are, however, herbs that will enhance the effect of Thyroxine and lessen the symptoms of hypothyroidism.

  9. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have a soy free diet to help my thyroid?
    Since soy hurts the thyroid and soy is in almost everything. What can i do to avoid it?

    I have low thyroid and soy does affect it. and i take meds for it.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the type of soy. Soy lechitin, which is an emuslifier, will not affect you. I believe this is what you are referring to when you say it is in almost everything. What you need to look out for is when it says soybean, soy protein, tofu, etc. But if it says soy lechitin, you’re ok. There are a lot of goitrogens out there; not just soy. But soy is the one you really need to watch out for.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goitrogen

  10. QUESTION:
    Just started Low iodine diet prior to cat scans [thyroid cancer] anyone know if Jello is ok?

    • ANSWER:
      Check the label to see if salt is listed on the ingredient list. Also, make sure that no red dye is listed. I am the mom of a teenage thyca patient and just went through this in October. Please do not go by the other post. You need to watch more than just seafood and iodized salt. For better info. go to www.thyca.org and check out the info. on the LID. Also, sign up for the listserv on yahoo for thyca patients. It is very informative. Best of luck to you. I know the hypo stuff is no fun at all!

  11. QUESTION:
    What is your opinion of the strict low carb high fat diet?
    and do you think it works, or will it just make me gain weight in the long run. I had my son 6 months ago and lost all but about 12 pounds and that was 2 months ago. I have been on a low calorie diet and work out for an hour or more just about every day, but can’t seem to lose the last 12 pounds. I am at a loss. I have had blood work and my thyroid is fine, so I don’t know what could make the scale not budge. Help.

    • ANSWER:
      i cut out all carbs from my diet (excepting fruit and vegetable carbs) and lost 20 pounds while eating like 4 ounces of nuts a day – not the best, but i was still losing weight! eliminating carbs really does work =)

  12. QUESTION:
    i have low thyroid not a big eater. take medication for it. is there a diet pill that won’t interfier?

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest to concern with your doctor before starting any health program as this is critical issue

  13. QUESTION:
    Hello everyone! Does anyone know if I can have brown sugar when I am on a low iodine diet?
    I am on a low iodine diet because I am a thyroid cancer patient. It has been a very restrictive diet, because I have to avoid all foods that are procesed, dairy products, food with sodium already in it, restaraunt food,… and the list goes on and on. I was told not to have GRANULATED SUGAR but does that mean that brown sugar is ok?????

    • ANSWER:
      NOOOOOOOOOOOOO brown sugar is just granulated sugar with syrup added

  14. QUESTION:
    Do I eat a low fiber diet or a high fiber diet with leaky gut?
    I have leaky gut and candida problem. which to do first? the candida cleans or heal the leaky gut?I don’t have any pain, I have a thyroid problem and so the digestive tract is slow. I have to balance blood sugars, so do I eat a low fiber diet or a high fiber diet? which diet helps in healing leaky gut?

    • ANSWER:
      This is hard to heal,as I have tried to heal my son`s candida,and can take a very long time,and need to stay on a restrictive diet.I would make sure you eat raw foods,as they have enzymes.When trying to treat my son,we did lots of meat and veggies,but some like carrots,are not allowed,I think.Use pro biotics and prebiotics.Don`t consume gluten as this can make it worse.Are you on an anti fungal?Can cause horrible die off and charcoal tabs may help absorb the toxins.May want to start with no anti fungals at first,so the die off isn`t as bad.

  15. QUESTION:
    thyroid medication, why would doseage go down when I diet and lose weight?
    I have been on a low calorie diet since Jan 28, 2008 and have lost 33 pounds, last trip to the doctor she did blood test and found I need less Metformin for sugar, also said with the weight loss I need 112 thyroid and I have been taking 125 for years, I never knew ones throid ever got better just worse, is this true ?

    • ANSWER:
      There’s not much of a difference in the dosage. It could be due to time of day of the testing. A TSH test will be higher first thing in the morning and lowest around 2PM. If you had an afternoon test, your doctor may decrease your dosage bsed on the lower TSH. When hypothyroid, TSH testing should be close to when the metabolism is near its lowest for the day and this is first thing in the morning.

      As far as lowering the dosage of Metformin. That s normal with weight loss.

  16. QUESTION:
    Would low levels of thyroid prevent me from effectively losing weight?
    I have gained 30 pounds since I had my baby in April that despite diet and excercise, I have not lost. I’ve been on the same doesage of thyroid meds for six months. Just today I had my levels checked and they were way low. Does this have anything to do with the lack of weight loss?
    My doctor did prescribe a higher dose.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried the Lil Jack work outhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKCGe2Ezris it is GREAT

  17. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism and low carb diet?
    Anyone here have underactive thyroid and tried low carb diet? Is it safe?

    Im thinking of trying the low carb diet, as my weight seems to be going up and up because of underactive thyroid, no matter how much I excercise and how healthy I have been eating hasnt made a difference at all.

    Thanks in advance :)
    I am on Levothyroxine.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you take meds for it? My friend has thyroid problems.. dieting doesn’t help her, she has to adjust her dosage with the doctor.

  18. QUESTION:
    Are low carb diets good for thyroid weight loss?

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    Weight loss for women with PCOS and low thyroid levels?
    I was recently diagnosed with PCOS as wel las low thyroid function (not low enough to be hypothyroidism). I was wondering, would a regular family doctor prescribe me Metformin? If not, what natural supplements can I take to help me lose weight? Multivitamins? Would taking Thyroid helper assist me in any way? Would birth control help? What’s the most effective medication to help in weight loss for PCOS and low thyroid function in your experience? I’m already on a low GI/GL diet and will resume my exercise regime as soon as finals are over (i usually hit the gym 3 times a week at least).

    • ANSWER:
      I know of a really great product line that will definitely help you achieve the body image you are hoping for in a matter of weeks. It consists of all natural supplements that help counteract the unwanted parts of your diet and assist your body in losing fat and calories while gaining muscle. You should definitely check it out, it’s called The Core 4 System made by Xyngular. You can take a look and see what you think at www.xyngular.com/caseysmith.

  20. QUESTION:
    Do you think a low carb diet would have helped Jabba The Hutt slim down?
    BQ: do you think he had a thyroid condition?

    • ANSWER:
      He was on low carb. That thing he ate in Jedi was pure protein. You know he had a thyroid problem from the spittle on the corner of his mouth.

  21. QUESTION:
    I DO NOT like to take pills that a pharm cmpny has made so is there a good vit for a low thyroid.?
    I have a low thyroid and it is very hard to lose weight, Dr. cann’t seem to figure it out 1 says it’s a little low another says your fine. BUT I am still gaining weight with only a 1000 calorie diet. And Lots of water. NO SODA! HELP!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Dear if you do not take the medication to make your thyroid normal, you risk the thinning of your hair on your head. And you will feel cold in winter, when everyone around you is comfortable. And of course your weight will stabilize once you reach the proper dosage of thyroxine. I have been taking thyroxine or the generic levothroxin since 1954. I would be terrible sleepy or tired if not on the medication. And of course with low thyroid, you risk getting a goiter.

  22. QUESTION:
    Things that are low in iodine suitable for the low iodine diet ? read info for reasons why?
    I had the operation for thyroid cancer now need radio Iodine but no idea about the diet

    • ANSWER:
      The biggest culprits of iodine are things from the sea, dairy and iodized salt. You will have to avoid a lot of prepared foods and will have to make your own meals. You should follow the diet for 2 weeks. Info about he diet: http://thyca.org/rai.htm#diet and a low iodine diet cookbook: http://thyca.org/Cookbook.pdf

  23. QUESTION:
    I have a low thyroid. What can I do to improve it? Any natural ways people deal with there low thyroid! Help?
    I have gain weight, 20 pounds in two years, feel tired all the time, and many other things. I have been trying to lose weight and its not dropping. My doctor told me my levels are low, but he is not giving me any meds. I have changed my diet, and cut out alcohol..

    • ANSWER:
      Avoid table salt and get your iodine from kelp instead. Real Salt is a good cheap natural salt complete with minerals and no added caking agents like aluminum. Too much or too little iodine can interrupt thyroid function. The key is balance.

      Artificial sweeteners are very hard on your thyroid and should be avoided at all costs. I understand that weight is your concern, but artificial sweeteners can cause a vicious cycle. All chemical food additives are detrimental to your thyroid and should be avoided.

      Guggul is an ayurvedic herb known to help the thyroid.

      Hormones used in factory farming practices are in the meats and meat products that you eat. Eat organic meat or none at all. At the very least get the stuff marked hormone free. Careful of products that name a specific hormone as they may contain other hormones.

      Fluoride and chlorine are hard on the thyroid so avoid tap water and fluoride toothpaste.

      Healthy fats from fish, nuts, flax, olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, etc. are great for your metabolism and support thyroid function.

      Taking a quality vitamin supplement and a full spectrum amino acid is good for everyone, but can support thyroid function. Especially tyrosine.

      Cilantro can help detox heavy metals that interfere with thyroid metabolism while parsley, cinnamon, fennel, ginger and peppermint can help with metabolism and digestion.

      Bentonite clay can help detoxify and take stress off the thyroid, kidneys and liver while alkalizing the body which can also help thyroid function.

      The best thing that you can do is avoid prepackaged processed foods and eat a simple well balanced diet that will allow your body to work as it was intended. We’ve evolved on foods like beans and rice, whole grain breads, vegetables and herbs of all kinds, fresh raw milk from grass fed cows and small amounts of meat for a very long time. Our bodies are not meant to eat the modern diet.

      If nothing else, begin by adding herbs to your foods. Herbs are some of the most nutrient dense plants and they make foods taste yummy. Keep adding more and more good stuff and the bad stuff will get pushed over and fall away.

      Remember the liver and kidneys are responsible for converting most of the thyroid hormones, so the less they are taxed with a high chemical, sugar, and unhealthy fat diet, the better they can help the thyroid to heal. Eat fiber, good fats, and nutrient dense foods.

      Here is are some links that may help.

      http://www.restorativemedicine.com/pages/hypothyroidism_moderate.html/

      http://www.thyroid-info.com/articles/ed-bauman.htm

      http://www.giveittomeraw.com/group/AdrenalThyroid

      http://www.drshen.com/herbsforthyroid.htm

  24. QUESTION:
    is cool whip allowed ona low iodine diet?
    im on a low iodine diet due to some thyroid cancer testing.. is it allowed??

    • ANSWER:
      A low iodine diet means no milk or milk products. See this website for more information on what is or is not allowed: http://thyroid.about.com/cs/cancer/a/lowiodinediet.htm

  25. QUESTION:
    Low thyroid/obesity/irregular cycles and getting pregnant?
    I am “morbidly obese”, have hypotyroidism (low thyroid) and smoke. I’m trying to quit smoking and attempting to diet (we all know how that goes.. ha). I also do not have regular cycles. I was on Depo for about a year. My last shot was well over 2 years ago but yet I still do not have regular cycles. I’ll go anywhere from 1-3 months with no period and when I do have one, they last anywhere from 3-6 weeks. I’d really like to have a baby. Does anyone have any tips? I’ve tried asking my doctor and all she says is “there is really nothing you can do”. I’m getting pretty tired of hearing that. Serious answers only please! Thank you in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, listen to me PLEASE!

      1) Never listen to what ONE doctor says…especially if she’s not a specialist. First thing you have to do is find a new doctor–one that will work with you and be on your team. It’s going to take some work to get pregnant, but if you’re willing to do your part and find a doctor willing to help you, then that’s half the battle. Find a Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) in your area. These doctors specialize in weight issues, pregnancy, and fertility. They treat patients everyday with diabetes, thyroid issues, PCOS–who want to get pregnant. If your current doctor IS an RE, then find another one.

      With that said, your RE will look into your thyroid issue, which may be causing your cycle to be wacky. He/she will also test your hormone levels, test you for Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), and other fertility issues that can get in the way of you getting pregnant. If he/she decides you are a good candidate for fertility medication, then that’s the route you’ll take.

      2) STOP smoking…. today. Find a smoking cessation program that you can live with. Your RE (when you have one) can also make some suggestions.

      3) Start eating better and exercising. I’m not talking about Olympic training and dramatic weight loss here…just small changes. Look at your eating habits and see where you can clean it up. Start walking or going to the gym a few days a week… whatever you can do. Do you know that for some women with fertility issues losing as little as 10% of their body weight is enough to “kick start” their reproductive system into high gear?! If you weigh 300lbs, that’s only 30lbs, even less if you weigh less. Get started.

      4) When you do get pregnant (and you WILL!) don’t screw around with a garden variety OBGYN… go straight to a high risk pregnancy specialist. I know what I’m talking about. I’m 40 and overweight and got pregnant. It makes ALL the difference to be in the care of someone who knows how to deal with extraordinary situations.

      5) You can do this if you really want it. You may not get pregnant next month, but it will happen. Get rid of anyone who is negative or pessimisstic. Positive, loving support ONLY from now on. Remember, that average couples with no issues can take up to a year to get pregnant. So don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t happen right away. Give it time and be GOOD to yourself!

      You can email me anytime if you have questions or need support. You can do it!!

      Good luck and sprinkling lots of baby dust for you!

  26. QUESTION:
    I need a diet that will do three things: Lower my cholesterol, help my thyroid, and help me to lose weight.?
    Anyone have any suggestions? I don’t want to go on medication for my cholesterol. I am already taking Synthroid for my Thyroid- (Hypothyroidism). Thanks for any help!

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    What’s the best diet pill for someone with hypothyroid, PCOS, fibromyalgia, and prediabetes & no metabolism?
    I have a low thyroid, PCOS, fibromyalgia, prediabetes, and a condition in which my stomach does not easily digest food. I seem to have no luck loosing weight and have no metabolism. Is there a diet pill that would work for me?

    • ANSWER:
      Their is no pill you should take in your condition.

  28. QUESTION:
    Low thyroid levels question :D?
    I think i have a low thyroid atm, if i eat properly, and go back to my normal fitness, will my acne go away, i have a little dry skin on my face, doc says its normal and thyroid levels are a little lower then normal, he says im fine since i dont have bad skin around my body, brittle nails, my neck and hair is healthy and fine and isnt falling out in chunks. Do people only get hypothyroid when they stop producing thyroids properly? I dont think i have hypothyroid, im just wondering, will my thyroid levels go back to normal? It dropped when i started to fast lol, she said its completely fine and reversable once im back to normal! thanks :) She also says theres no need for a blood test since i dont fit into the main symptoms. This isnt the first time i have dry skin, i had dry skin in march-ish when i had lack of sleep, so it made thyroid levels drop etc. But i never had weight gain and after i slept properly i was back to normal! Best answers to the most simple, im only 15 :)

    Just so you know my nails are perfectly fine, my skin is so healthy around my body, just there is a little dry skin on my face. I think its because my skin hasnt had enough moisture lately (Bad diet from fasting! ). She says my hair is perfectly healthy aswell and its normal to have a little bit of dandruff, its just dry skin on your scalp.

    • ANSWER:
      Every person does not have all the possible symptoms. There is no cure.

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

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat 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

      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      God bless

  29. QUESTION:
    Pregnancy or Low thyroid?
    Okay I have all the signs of pregnancy and have taken numerous home pregnancy tests which were all negative. I am 37 days late. Ive always had a regular and normal Cycle. I am not on any kind of prescription drugs and I haven’t changed my diet or exercise. I know some women could still be pregnant even though they keep getting negative results. People have suggested that I get a blood test, but the doctor I went to said that a blood test is just like a urine test, so he said it wouldnt really matter and I had another negative preg test while I was there. He wasn’t a gynecologist but a physician assistant first of all. He said that I could have a low thyroid. I continue to have really bad cramps that feel like menstrual cramps but no period comes. Do you think that its more likely that I have a low thyroid or am pregnant? Ive learned that the cramps could be the uterus expanding. Im so confused. Please help

    • ANSWER:
      Hi! I am sorry u are experiencing these cramps. However, I have a low thyroid function or in medical terms they call it hypothyroidism. I must tell you that I havent faced these symptoms ever, and I was diagnosed about 20 years ago. Thyroid can however play with your mind BIG time.
      However, in order to be sure, you have to get some blood tests. The reason I am telling you this is because pregnancy test are not always 100% accurate. Have you experienced any signs of feeling really tired, or emotional, sleepy, moody? These may be both signs for hypothyrodism and pregnancy. Depression can and will delay your period. It happened to me, and I was without a cycle for about three months, yet I wasnt pregnant.
      Seeing a doctor would be an excellent idea. Believe me. Have him test you for pregnancy and do your thyroid hormones T3, T4 and TSH.

      Best of luck!

  30. QUESTION:
    Is my low thyroid levels realted to not eating meat?
    The doctor said I have low thyroid levels (“a sleepy thyroid”) and now my mom is saying that it’s because I don’t have enough iodine (and meat) in my diet.

    Is there a connection between the two? I eat fish and eggs, but I haven’t eaten meat for 4 years.
    Can anyone tell me why I might have low thyroid levels? I was reading online and it said one possible cause IS iodine deficiency…
    Thanks for the answers! And yes, I am well aware that fish is an animal. I supposed it would have been more accurate to say that I do not eat warm blooded mammals (-_-”)

    • ANSWER:
      One possible cause IS iodine deficiency. Start using iodized sea salt in place of other salt, if you don’t already, and get a vegetarian/vegan iodine or multi-mineral supplement with the recommended USRDA of iodine (or equivalent if you’re in another country). One thing though, a person who eats fish and eggs is highly unlikely to be depleted in any of the things customarily associated with eating meat, and there is no need for a vegan to be depleted in any of those things if they’re eating enough of a variety of foods and rounding it out with dietary supplements.

      SKEPTIC and NOT: I thought it was eating meat that was supposed to make a person aggressive? Chill out. A lot of pescatarians don’t necessarily think they are meat eaters, though I am sure every one of them realizes that fish is not a vegetable. There is no need to be so consumed with what other people do or don’t do that you get that upset and attacking.

  31. QUESTION:
    Does my Sheltie have “low thyroid”?
    My Shetland Sheepdog has been scratching non-stop lately…she is getting bald spots, and has open sores from the scratching and biting. She stinks, even after a bath. She is also over weight, and she is on a normal diet. I googled Sheltie health problems, and one of the possibilities was the “low thyroid” thing. What do you think, and can any one give me some info on it, all the websites are pretty confusing, I’m only 14, my brain can only handle so much, haha. Help me and my doggie?? Please!!

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of hypothyroidism typically do not include obsessive scratching/itching, however, each breed is different. I highly suspect allergies and/or a skin condition on top of hypothyroidism.

      Your best bet is to call your veterinarian and set up an appointment for an exam and a T4 panel (thyroid panel). I wish you luck!

      ADD: The answerer below gave you a wonderful website! Looks like all the symptoms match! Time for that vet appointment!!

  32. QUESTION:
    I want to lose 50 lbs. I’m 5ft. 175lbs. Does anyone know what I can do? I have a low active thyroid.?
    I want to lose a lot of weight. I hate the way I look. I have a low active thyroid. I can’t find a diet that works for me. I look 6 months pregnant. Can anyone relate?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have a low active thyroid, you need to treat it! That’s part of the reason you are overweight!! And don’t let any doctor put you on Synthroid or Levoxyl, which are T4-only meds and WILL leave you hypo. Instead, get on Armour, which is desiccated thyroid, and gives you exactly what your own thyroid gives you–T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin. And raise according to the elimination of symptoms, not the TSH. See this gal’s website: www.stopthethyroidmadness.com

  33. QUESTION:
    I am an overweight woman with a very bad thyroid problem?
    I am overweight, by more than 100 lbs, have lost weight over and over just to gain back as others have done, The gastric bypass is out for now, cant get a dr to take my medicade insurace, my biggest health problem now is my thyroid will not stay normal, Ive had bad thyroid that I know if fo r 20 yrs, every time I have a check,,the dosage has to be increased, This summer thryroid bottomed out ,, thus stopping dieting process dead in its tracks,the dr said when thyroid was built back up if it can be, I might want to try the strict low carb, diet, that he had been told it was good for thyroid, He is a family dr and dont know much about nutrition and the body,, but my question is “has anyone with very low thyroid been on this diet and did it work for them,

    • ANSWER:
      When you say low thyroid, do you mean hypothyroidism? If this is the issue, your doctor should have referred you to an endocrinologist. They are the ones that can help you.

  34. QUESTION:
    Low iodine diet and drinking alcohol?!?
    ok so i have thyroid cancer, and today i have to start my low iodine diet. (great ugh) anyway it also so happens to be my 21st birthday today as well. what i am wondering is if its ok to drink alocohol while on this diet because of course i would like to go out to the bar and stuff tonight and this weekend…it would be a real bummer if i cant!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol is fine on the low iodine diet but make sure you don’t get tempted to eat foods that aren’t allowed when you are drunk :P. This website is really good for telling you which foods are okay and which aren’t:

      http://www.thyca.org/rai.htm

      Good luck, and hope you do okay :)

  35. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to lose weight with under active thyroid disease?
    I have gained 10 kilos and now on thyroid medication but after a month still gaining weight despite on low fat diet. is this a losing battle?

    • ANSWER:
      Oprah ( the tv presenter) has an underactive thyroid but she is trying to lose weight.
      I don’t think it’s impossiable but it’s just going to be hard .
      Good luck.

  36. QUESTION:
    May have a problem with my thyroid. Low body temp, weight gain, hair loss…help?
    First of all, I would appreciate only someone with medical training or previous experience with this to answer.
    Here it is: I am always tired, and I’m slightly overweight (okay maybe more than slightly…its like 20 or 30 pounds). I try to eat healthy, and while I was in college this past year I worked out every day for at least two months. However, over the course of that two months, I actually GAINED weight. I also gained inches around my waist, my thighs, my face is thicker…I gained about ten pounds and although I know maybe some of that is muscle from weight lifting, the cardio seemed to do nothing and I am actually fatter. Fabulous.
    In January of 2009, I went to school in Argentina and played soccer for 6 months. I lost weight then, but I had a really poor diet and about half of my hair fell out. As soon as I started eating a somewhat normal diet again though, all of my weight plus some came back!
    I was also on WebMD and it said that a sign of thyroid problems was low body temperature…my normal temp is around 96 or 97. I’ve heard about thyroid problems before, although I don’t want to pass off the fact that I’m overweight on something like that. If it can be cured by a pill or different diet or something, that would be great but I want to take responsibility for my health if it is my fault that I am this way. SO…has anyone else had this problem? I should probably just go to a doctor and get a blood test but I’d really appreciate it if you guys had some input for me.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes I agree you should get it checked out immediately. Get all your hormone levels checked not just thyroid. And if it is a hormone deficit, then your doctor may prescribe you a pill to take daily to increase your hormone level.

  37. QUESTION:
    What other women out there can’t lose weight despite healthy diet and exercise?
    I have done everything doctors, nutritionists, magazines, and websites have recommended to get in shape and it is just futile. I need to lose about 30 more pounds. I have lost 14 lbs since January 1. Thats 14 lbs in 9 months. I have done low calorie diets with the healthiest foods available, drank water by the gallon, worked out 5x/week- aerobics with weights in addition to “parking far away and taking the stairs” and “taking 10,000 steps a day”, eating small meals, and drinking tea. I have tried increasing calories following the advice of the “your body is in stavation mode” logic. I have had my thyroid testing including TSH, T3, and T4. I have been tested for blood sugar problems. Please is there anyone else who has followed the accepted philosphies on getting in shape and it hasn’t worked (if so, did you find something that did)? Does anyone else think there is more to weight loss than what doctors spew about calories in vs calories out?

    • ANSWER:
      i too am struggling to lose weight. i go to the gym religiously and have a trainers to consult anytime i need them. i eat healthy, low sodium, low calorie, low fat, high protein foods. do i lose weight? nope. i’m not one of those women who think that they are overweight, but are really fit and don’t realize it. i am truly overweight. although i remain overweight, my doc says that i am healthier by continuing this lifestyle. she continually reminds me that it took years to put on the weight and it may take years to lose it.

      i don’t have any advice for you other than to keep at it. think of it this way…you’ve lost 14 pounds in 9 months. that’s 56 pounds in 3 years! i put on my weight 5 to 10 pounds a year and it may only come off that quick…but gaining or losing, every pound counts!

  38. QUESTION:
    Low Blood Sugar and Low Crab Diet?
    I am trying desperately to loose weight. For many years I was very active and exercised loads , but I did enjoy a carb rich diet , which was made up of wholesome carb. Then a few years a go I started with low blood sugar. It is so severe, i have had blood tests and lots of checks and nothing is showing. I have had checks for diabetes and thyroid checks too. Some one mentioned going back to basics a higher protein diet, i asked the doctor about this and he said that he agreed that high protien diets helped peope with low blood sugar like mine, although offically guidlines say they are not allowed to endorse there.
    Has any one tried one is there any site with the basics I should follow?

    • ANSWER:
      Low blood sugar is called “hypoglycemia”.
      I have had it for years.
      Oftentimes, we give it to ourselves by poor diet, running on candy and caffeine instead of proper meals, skipping meals, and by a fast-paced life. It cannot be cured but it can be controlled.

      A diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates is good because it helps stabilize your blood sugar levels.

      Some people think eating sugar or drinking sugary soft drinks will help raise their blood sugar but the opposite is true. Eating sugar and high carbs actually lowers blood sugar in people who suffer from hypoglycemia.

      Our bodies convert carbohydrates into blood sugar very quickly for fast energy.

      Foods that contain sugar, along with foods high in carbohydrates (that turn into blood sugar) cause your blood sugar to increase initially, but the body senses the sugar and counters with insulin from the pancreas. The final result is a dramatic “sugar drop” and lower blood sugar than when you began. When your sugar drops quickly and your energy falls, your body then tries to correct it by injecting adrenaline into the blood for a quick energy boost. The adrenaline causes shaking, and rapid heartbeat or heart palpitations. It can also trigger a panic attack.

      Again, our bodies convert carbohydrates into sugar for energy. The process is quick. Protein is also converted into sugar. However, the process is much much slower.

      By avoiding food and drink that are high in sugar and carbohydrates, and eating meals that are high in protein, you will avoid the high and low blood-sugar roller-coaster rides that are giving you trouble.

      Your goal is to smooth out your blood sugar so there are no severe peaks and valleys. It takes several days. Remember that when you digest sugar and carbs, your blood sugar will spike dramatically, causing your body to inject insulin into the blood to lower it dramatically. The result is hypoglycemia. The symptoms are weakness, shaking, confusion, inability to concentrate, dizziness, sweating, hyperventilation, panic or anxiety attacks, nausea, and eventually unconsciousness. You can even go into a coma if the problem is very severe.

      A low carb, high protein diet will prevent all this but the diet must be maintain.
      It is a lifestyle, not a quick fix.

      As someone with low blood sugar, you CANNOT skip meals. In fact, it is important to nibble on something every 2 or 3 hours. Do not let your sugar drop. Carry a few granola bars or something in your purse so you always have something to munch on. You don’t have to over eat but you should always be nibbling throughout the day. Never go without eating.

      After you have controlled your sugar levels for a long time, it will be OK to enjoy some ice cream or a candy bar. Just don’t over do it.

      If you do not control your hypoglycemia now, it can turn into diabetes later in life.

      Above all… Avoid soft drinks and anything with caffeine. Even diet soft drinks are harmful and cause severe sugar drops.

  39. QUESTION:
    Low carb/Low salt diet?
    Due to an under-active thyroid, I’ve recently put on 20+ pounds of additional weight within the last four months. This means my metabolism is extremely slow, and I’m tired a lot. It leaves my body out of balance so losing weight is harder Than putting it on. My Dr. Put me on a low carb, low sodium diet. Can anyone tell me why? And I am due for my next appointment in a week. What types of foods am I suppose to eat that are low in carbs and salt?? I’m unsure but I will be cutting out all soda and sugary products, and I will be walking everyday. If I get fatigued so easily, how will I manage to have energy by cutting out processed foods and caffein? Any help is greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Low carb is best for weight loss & in the case of under active thyroid, best for maintaining weight, even if you don’t lose because gaining weight is real easy with a low metabolism. I would follow Dr.Broda Barnes advice though for someone with thyroid dysfunctions to never go below 1500 calories or 30g of net carbs per day – otherwise the thyroid could be harmed further.

      All carbs including vegetables convert to sugar in the body, for maximum healing to take place, you need a diet high in saturated fats – saturated fat is required for organs & hormones to function properly.

      I don’t understand the low salt recommendation. Low carb has a diuretic effect & salt is essential with a low carb way of eating. Glycogen is depleted with a low carb way of eating. Glycogen holds 3x it’s weight in water & you lose the water when emptying glycogen stores. This creates a temporary electrolyte imbalance. I suggest eating avocados daily or adding potassium supplements.

      Salt is absolutely essential in supporting the adrenal glands. The thyroid & adrenals have a symbiotic relationship. Sugar & caffeine stress the adrenal glands. The adrenals need to be in fully functioning condition before thyroid hormones can be taken. Salt and water work together to do important work in your body, including stimulating your metabolism, helping you detoxify, support your adrenals and making sure your nerves, hormones and immune system function properly.

      I recommend only natural thyroid hormones which have a full complement of T1-T2-T3-T4 hormones
      & suggest you join this group for guidance -

      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/NaturalThyroidHormones/

      I recommend the Atkins program to get you past carb withdrawals within 3 days but keep carb levels at not less than 30g – This means that for the first few weeks, your carbs should only come from non starchy vegetables & only from green vegs the first 2 weeks.

      I highly recommend virgin coconut oil for people needing quick energy – coconut oil is the only fat that is converted to quick energy like a carb but without the blood sugar, insulin & adrenal stress issues. There is much debate about coconut oil supporting thyroid but it has many essential health benefits and I highly recommend using daily. I also recommend daily seaweed & oysters.

      I suggest -

      1. optimizing vit.D levels with a minimum of 10,000iu per day
      2. researching iodine supplementation & eating seaweed daily
      3. If you are using artificial sweeteners or drinks/foods with chemicals – stop immediately
      4. consider getting a fluoride filter for your water – I recommend Berkey but Zerowater will do also
      5. immediately starting Atkins low carb way of eating to normalize blood sugar, insulin & other hormones (discuss with doctor lowering or eliminating any meds for blood sugar, blood pressure or cholesterol – doing these with low carb will lower levels dangerously so)

      1 oz. (about 4) canned oysters has naturally occurring zinc (170% DV) & 90% DV of vitamin B12 as well as getting 1g a week in Omega 3 fatty acids, EPA/DHA. Animal studies show that zinc deficiency is associated with decreased serum T3 levels. Zinc may play a role in thyroid hormone metabolism in patients with low T3 and may contribute to conversion of T4 to T3 in humans.

      Iodine is essential to thyroid health. Iodine is added to some salt products but chloride displaces iodine making adding iodine to sodium chloride (salt) a useless endeavor. Fluoride also displaces iodine so I recommend not using toothpaste with fluoride & filtering fluoride from water.

      Every day you should be eating these 2 items. If you need additional fat or calories, you can add a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil to the ground flax seed cereal.

      Half an avocado mashed with 2 mayo seasoned with cayenne & eaten with pork rinds or celery.

      Ground flax seed (4 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg – let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 min for daily fiber needs.

      *
      The brain gets its energy from ketone bodies when insufficient glucose is available. After blood glucose is lowered for 3 days, the brain gets 30% of its energy from ketone bodies. After 40 days, this goes up to 70% (during the initial stages the brain does not burn ketones, since they are an important substrate for lipid synthesis in the brain). In time the brain reduces its glucose requirements from 120g to 10g per day.

      Ketones have been described as “magic” in their ability to increase metabolic efficiency, while decreasing production of free radicals, the damaging byproducts of normal metabolism. The heart and brain operate 25% more efficiently using ketones as a source of energy

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketone

      http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/08/25/why-has-this-lifesustaining-essential-nutrient-been-vilified-by-doctors.aspx

  40. QUESTION:
    Low sodium diet/exercise plan?
    I am 14 and for the past 5-6 months I’ve been excessively tired.
    I had a sleep study done and the reason why, was because I don’t reach all stages of sleep.
    Yet I don’t have sleep apnea.

    Along the way they noticed I had a bit of high blood pressure,even though I’m in my weight class, at 5ft 6in. in height.
    I have multiple lab draws per month, such as lipid panels, etc.etc. Testing everything, yet it all comes back as normal.
    My family has a history of high blood pressure such as my father who takes medication to control his. He also has some sort of problem with his thyroid.

    Today I went in for a EKG and some sort of scan where they put 10 stickers on your body and connect you to a machine.
    My EKG came back as perfect.
    I also had to meet a kidney doctor, who said he heard murmuring below my belly button, which he thinks could possibly be a narrowing tube to my kidneys, which could also cause high blood pressure.
    So I’m to have a ultra sound on my kidneys as well on the 24th.
    I’m also to drop off urine samples in the next two weeks because they found my body was throwing out protein.

    I’ve been put on a low sodium diet, I’ve been limited to 3000mg per day, and I should exercise/play 60min. a day.

    Any ideas on what to eat, how much to eat and how to keep track of the sodium I’ve consumed?
    Any ideas for easy exercises to do?
    I’ve never really been much of a sports lover, so… I’m not really sure how to exercise properly other then a brisk walk or jog.

    Help is much appreciated :D

    • ANSWER:
      Targetted weight loss is quite difficult, some peeple would declare impossible, however I melted away 3 inches from my waistline by following the guidance on the web portal in the box below. Give it a try, their information is very sensible!

  41. QUESTION:
    thyroid..diet…What’s the deal here?
    Okay. Lets start with stats I suppose.

    Age: 21
    Height : 5’7″
    Weight : 120lbs
    Hip to Waist : .39
    BMI : 18.8

    Here is the dilemma.

    I run a mile and bike 2-3 miles five times a week.
    I eat anywhere from 1200 – 1500 calories a day.
    I drink plenty of water (ad least my 8 fl oz)
    I take b12 is the morning and afternoon.
    I don’t drinks soda, beer, or smoke anything.
    I don’t eat excess salt.
    I’m not depressed.

    My problem is that despite the fact that I’m eating and average of 1400 calories and working off near to 250, I’m not losing a single pound! My clothes don’t fit different either…what’s worse is that if I do eat more than 1500 calories I gain!!

    So I’m wondering if I might have a thyroid problem of some sort. I have these symptoms:

    Cold hands and feet
    Low body Temperature
    Chronic constipation
    Fatigue (without the b12)

    So there it all is.

    I’m actually considering taking a drop of iodine each day if that might help.

    Let me know what you think!

    Thanks for your time.
    I’m well aware of how many actual calories I am eating. I dont eat sweets or candy and I’ve been studying diets and health since I was 17. Also…I work out for the actual time I say and I work hard. It just seems like the scale wont budge…
    You know I find it so funny that anybody one here that has a question can get an answer about health problem UNLESS they are already skinny. God knows skinny should never complain or wonder what’s wrong. “Get over yourself”? Are we really teenagers here? It’s a question…you don’t have to answer. So if you don’t believe that I’m well aware of what I eat and hard I work out you can, quite frankly, screw off. What are you even doing answering my question if you don’t believe it’s worth an answer?? Honesty people. Grow up.

    And for the record…skinny people are not ‘vain’ to still worry about thier wieght…perhaps that is the reason they are the ‘skinny’ ones to begin with.

    Urgh…

    • ANSWER:
      Here’s the deal. If you burn more calories than you take in, you’re going to lose weight, there’s no doubt about it.

      When I hear you are running 2-3 miles, I instantly think you SHOULD be burning AT LEAST 300 calories a workout. Add this to your base metabolic rate (usually about 1800-2000 calories a day), and you “supposed” 1400 calorie-a-day diet should have you dropping pounds.

      So as I see it, eiher you aren’t working out as hard as you should be, or you don’t know how to truly count calories in the foods you eat, and you are actually eating a lot more calories than you think.

      I know a lot of people who are a bit delusional about this stuff, they work up a sweat and think “oh great, now I’ll have a couple Snickers bars for a post-workout treat, I earned it!”

      *edit* I dont believe you. it’s that simple. It’s physiologically impossible NOT to loe weight living the way you are living ( and frankly the way you are eating is NOT healthy)

      If you had a true thyroid problem, you’d know it. stop reading webMD and thinking you know what’s wrong. Here’s a tip, all those symptoms you described– can be present in anything from stress to the flu.

      Get over yourself and start living in reality.

  42. QUESTION:
    Confused…thyroid…diet….what?
    Okay. Lets start with stats I suppose.

    Age: 21
    Height : 5’7″
    Weight : 120lbs
    Hip to Waist : .39
    BMI : 18.8

    Here is the dilemma.

    I run a mile and bike 2-3 miles five times a week.
    I eat anywhere from 1200 – 1500 calories a day.
    I drink plenty of water (ad least my 8 fl oz)
    I take b12 is the morning and afternoon.
    I don’t drinks soda, beer, or smoke anything.
    I don’t eat excess salt.
    I’m not depressed.

    My problem is that despite the fact that I’m eating and average of 1400 calories and working off near to 250, I’m not losing a single pound! My clothes don’t fit different either…what’s worse is that if I do eat more than 1500 calories I gain!!

    So I’m wondering if I might have a thyroid problem of some sort. I have these symptoms:

    Cold hands and feet
    Low body Temperature
    Chronic constipation
    Fatigue (without the b12)

    So there it all is.

    I’m actually considering taking a drop of iodine each day if that might help.

    Let me know what you think!

    Thanks for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible – for the best answer, go see your doctor. They will draw blood to test and check your thyroid levels.

  43. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any good diet medicine?
    that i can take with my synthroid for low thyroid? it cannot have ephedrin in it.. whether it be pills, a drink.. whatever.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your nearest health store a buy some vitamins! they naturally will help you lose weight! also try lemon as a appetite suppressant, drink lots of water (6-8) ounces. you also need to exersise 15 min. a day for at least 3 days a week!

  44. QUESTION:
    Hi, My husband is having the Iodine test for thyroid cancer. He is now on a special diet preparing for the?
    the test. My question is with him having low iodine in his body could that cause a severe headache?

    • ANSWER:
      Is he withdrawing from his thyroid hormone instead of having Thyrogen injections? If he is off his medication, a headache could be one of the side effects of him going hypothyroid. I’ve never heard or have had a headache while on the low iodine diet. Iodine doesn’t affect him anymore since he has no thyroid. A call to his doctor never hurts if you are worried about something.

  45. QUESTION:
    What are some natural ways to help with evening out a low thyroid problem?
    okay so a couple years ago i was diagnosed with a thyroid problem and was put on medication for it the symptoms improved and i lost a bunch of weight(I’m chubby) now however i am completely certain i need the dosage of my medication changed since all of my symptoms are back and i have gained all of the weight i had once lost back in a real short time frame and for no reason(no diet/exercise change) obviously i do plan on exercising more now but i don’t have money to go to my doctor right now and don’t have insurance so i am looking for natural ways/remedies to help with this problem so does anybody know any? I’m pretty depressed about this right now especially the weight thing so any suggestions are welcome
    Thanks for answering but I’m not asking about depression I’m asking for ways to help with a legitimate thyroid condition

    • ANSWER:
      I am afraid that I have no idea what a thyroid problem even is, but I am sorry to here that you are feeling down. Keep being happy, you deserve it.

  46. QUESTION:
    When I diet, I feel awful physically. Do other people have this? What causes this? How can I lose weight?
    I generally follow a healthy diet (lots of fruit and veggies, not much junk food) and I exercise, yet I am about 100 pounds overweight and have developed many health problems as a result.

    I very much want to lose weight, but when I diet, I feel awful. I get bad headaches and feel dizzy, and I sometimes feel nauseous or disoriented.

    I have tried many diets (low calorie, low carb, low fat, Ornish, Weight Watchers, etc) and on every diet, I either feel so terrible that I have to give up, or I don’t lose weight. This time, I’m doing Weight Watchers Flex. I keep hoping my body will adapt to the diet, but it’s been 6 weeks on the diet and I still feel awful.

    I have been to many dieticians and endocrinologists, but they say there’s nothing wrong with me, other than I’m fat. I do not have low thyroid levels.

    My symptoms are so bad that it’s hard to work, so I don’t know if I can continue dieting. Do other people get this? What causes this? What do I do about it?

    • ANSWER:
      You are probably trying to lose too much weight too fast and that, of course, makes you feel unwell. You have to be patient and do it gradually at the rate of one or two pounds or one kilo a week.

      A vegetarian diet might perhaps help as very few vegetarians are overweight.

      The Atkins diet certainly works but is regarded as a health hazard by most Health Authorities. Perhaps you should do a web search for “atkins diet” and judge for yourself if you are not familiar with it.

  47. QUESTION:
    can low thyroid levels be corrected by any NATURAL methods, food exercise, dieting, accupuncture,?

    I just found out I can’t take Synthroid so now what.? I’m going to an endocronoligist next month… fed up!
    Mathew W
    My T4 is 1.10 and my TSH is 2.390
    DNA I was on it but the side effects were terrible, bad heart palpitations breathless all the time. edema. all stopped when i stopped the Synthroid
    To DNA I think you didn’t read the question properly. I WAS on Synthroid and it didn’t agree with me at all. NOT Armour. I’m going to see if my doctor will try me on Armour though. any more advice is most welcome

    • ANSWER:
      The best natural method is actually a medication. It’s called Armour thyroid and it has been around for over 100 years. It works great. I’ve been on it for over 4 years with great results. I originally ws on Levoxyl and it did nothing for my symptoms. Links below.

      While I don’t think Synthroid is a good medication, why did your doctor say you could not take it? Anyway, if you want something natural that’s been around for years look into Armour. I love it!

      I just wanted to add in response to your comment……For many who use Armour thyroid they need to split the dosage in half, so there’s not too mch T3 all at once. If you were taking it all at once that explains it. I gues I read the folowup wrong…sorry about that.

      I added another couple of useful links

  48. QUESTION:
    Will you motivate me to keep on my diet?
    I am feeling a little defeated because I found I have a low thyroid today.
    I am not a lard. I am 5’7 and am 140 pounds you stupid B!tch!

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to loose weight remember this,what you put into loosing weight you’ll get out of it.Be presistant.,consistant,
      stay focused.No pain no gain.When working out reach deep.
      You can do this.

  49. QUESTION:
    dog section: low thyroid result, taking thyrotabs…?
    She’s at 52lbs. In 4 wks she goes back to be weighed/tested. Assuming the thyrotabs get her back at the right levels, should she loose any weight in this time frame?

    I’m a bit nervous, last time I had it out with my vet over diet and I really don’t want to go back to that, I love the vet office-its just lately we’ve been having the diet issue with them lol
    Oh jeez, she barely gets more food than the 13lb cats. She’s limited to the very least amount I can give her with a few treats broken down into tiny bits for training.

    I got her last yr 3x the weight she should be, she dropped 10lbs, gained 2lb and has stopped. Hence why we went to the vet because it made no sense to me why she wouldn’t drop anymore.
    Okay people, I’m a bit flustered so sorry if I’m rude, it is not the amount I’m feeding her it’s WHAT I’m feeding the vet dislikes. Raw prey model diet, yes I am doing it correctly. Vet wants me to feed SD and that’s not going to happen.
    And I know she’s overweight, she’s the biggest sheltie i’ve ever seen. I call her tubby, fatty, and when we go down stairs I always make sure to comment “I hope she doesn’t roll down them!”

    I’m mean, I could go on and on with what I call her, but yes I know she’s obese.

    • ANSWER:
      If I understand you correctly, two things are happening:

      1. Dog was determined to be hypothyroid and you are now treating that.

      2. Your vet feels your dog is too heavy, although you apparently do not feel this is the case.

      The two problems can be related, but don’t have to be. It’s possible that the dog has an underfunctioning thyroid AND you are overfeeding him.

      I would not expect a big weight loss in 4 weeks of thyro-tabs, no. (My family’s breed is prone to hypothyroidism and we don’t see big weight swings, but we also regularly check thyroid function and don’t overfeed. We discover the thyroid issue through regular testing, not because we saw a big change in the dog–we know to check in this breed.)

      How about this as a proposed compromise? Weigh the dog. Start the thyro-tabs. Don’t change anything else this month. Weigh the dog again in a month when you go to the vet for the re-check.

      I think you are going to find there is very little difference in weight unless your dog had a SEVERELY underfunctioning thryroid. ;)

      At that point, you’ll have to figure out how to get weight off the dog. Personally, I do not feel you need a prescription diet or a ‘light/senior” food. You need to reduce the amount of his regular food and always measure it carefully to get weight off him. It’s pretty simple if people would just DO IT.

  50. QUESTION:
    If most of the females in my family have underactive thyroid inluding my mum am I likely to have it?
    I have gained quite a bit of weight recently with no other explanation as I have stuck to the same low fat diet for years, plus I exercise for at least one hour everyday and walk everywhere instead of car or bus. Yet I have still gained almost two stone in the last couple of months. There are also kidney problems in my family.

    • ANSWER:
      you might