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Would a thyroidectomy resolve the problems I have due to my hypothyroidism?

For many years I have had extreme problems due to my hypothyroidism. I have dark course hair on my face, stomach, back, buttock, and legs(I am female so this is not normal.) I also get hot flashes, overactive sweating, extreme weight loss and weight gain. I have been on Synthroid medication int he past and this hasn't helped wtih any of these things. Would a thyroidectomy solve these problems for me?

NO, I have hypothyroidism, not to the extremes like you, but you need to see and Endocrinologist. Your hormones sound way out of balance. So before you make a decision that cannot be reversed, seek out another doctor and get more than one opinion. I believe the Endocrinologist should be your first step. Good luck.  (+ info)

What exactly do the meds for hypothyroidism do?

I have had trouble losing weight forever. I finally went to the doctor to see if there was something wrong with me. It turns out, i have hypothyroidism. I just started the medication today. Will it help me lose weight? or what exactly do the meds do? I don't really know anything about hypothyroidism except that my thyroid isn't producing enough hormones to keep my metabolism working at a steady rate. any information about hypothyroidism would be great!

Treatment for hypothyroidism restores your metabolism back to normal. However regular check up of the hormonal levels, TSH, T3, T4, etc., are very important to regulate your treatment. Please consult your Doctor if you have any symptoms like palpitations, tremors, too much increase in apatite, loss of weight etc., to enable him to control the dose.  (+ info)

I was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism and I am going to start on synthroid.?

I just wanted to know if any other sufferers have advice for other things I could do along with medication to make myself feel better? I was also wondering if anyone else had the symptom of numbness or tingling in various parts of the body associated with hypothyroidism? I just want to be sure that I don't have something else along with the hypothyroidism. I don't want to overlook anything when it comes to my health!

The best thing for you to concentrate on is getting good medical treatment. You have to be firm with your doctor. You usually have to demand the proper treatment. And if the doctor won't listen to you, you need to find a new doctor. All of this is very stressful, but it's necessary,

For now, you need blood tests every 6 weeks at least - free T3 and free T4. You need to get paper copies of your lab results every time you see the doctor. Don't rely on him to tell you that you are "normal". You need to see the lab results, along with the reference ranges. On the lab results, write down your symptoms from the day you had your blood drawn. This is so you can figure out what your hormone levels are when you were feeling the best. Then strive to keep that level by adjusting your medication.

Once your labs are totally stable, and you are symptom free, then you can gradually cut back on the testing, to every 6 months or so.

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What are the risks to an unborn baby in pregnancy if you have hypothyroidism?

I am 2 months pregnant with baby #1 and recently found out that I have hypothyroidism. My doc says it's okay to take the meds she prescribed w little affect on the baby...but this is the same hospital that told my Grandpa he had bronchitis for a month-he died 2 months later of lung cancer. Is my doc right?

Not to worry! It is safe to take Synthroid while pregnant. In fact, to not take it could harm your baby. Just be sure that you have routine TSH levels drawn to be sure that your levels are good. Also, ask your doctor for some hand outs on this. You will feel better once you have a little information.

Good luck and congrats
By the way, one of my good friends has thyroid problems and had no issues at all while being pregnant. She does have to have her thyroid removed in a few weeks ( the baby was born in Dec).  (+ info)

What are risks for pregnant women with hypothyroidism?

I was wondering if someone could give me sights to explain what hypothyroidism is.? The doctor said I was perfectly healthy other than that. I know weight loss is an issue, but can it cause infertility or the inability to concieve right away? I really love my doctor but he did not explain what it was. I am 10 weeks and 4 days pregnant and wanted to know if it could cause any complications in pregnancy. I know this is alot to ask but I wanted to know whether other than tyroid medication whether there was anything in my diet I needed to change. Any help would be appreciated. I only would like advice. I know that you are not doctors but any helpful sites or input would be useful.

Thank you in advance.

Just do everything that they tell you too and keep taking your medicine. My cousin has that and she has had 2 perfectly healthy baby girls, but did have a very hard pregnancy. Here is a link about pregnancy and thyroidism.  (+ info)

Can I lose weight if I have Hypothyroidism and start taking medication?

I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. I am 25 yo male, 105 kilos, 6 feet tall. My doctor has prescribed Thyronorm 25 mcg. Will taking the drug lead to weight loss over time?

I just had my blood tests come back last week and told I have the beginnings of an underactive thyroid (Hypo). Haven't started medication, but I have been reading up on the subject and it seems like you shouldn't have any problems losing weight. Once you are able to bring down your thyroid levels low enough - your symptoms will subside and any weight that you may have gained (due to hypo, of course and not excess calorie intake) will correct itself. This information is according to medical journals and also patient comments on health boards due to personal experience.  (+ info)

Why is hypothyroidism more common in women than men?

I know what hypothyroidism is, but what causes more women to have hypothyroidism than men? If a male has hypothyroidism what would be some causes to that? In general, what are some underlying causes of hypothyroidism? My dad told me he went to the doctors and has hypothyroidism and has to go back to find out the causes. I don't know if their is a family history of hypothyroidism or other auto-immune diseases.

Thyroid activity fluctuates within the day in response to diet, stress, temperature, etc. In light of this knowledge, one can speculate or identify genetic, hormonal, lifestyle, & dietary factors as contributors to hypothyroidism.

Since hypothyroidism often besets someone gradually, it is one of the degenerative diseases that gets noticed as lifespans increase.As you mentioned, autoimmune diseases can target the thyroid & cause dysfunction, either by elevating thyroid activity or decreasing it (sometimes it increases it first & then decreases it later). It's hard to isolate this as genetic or hormonal, since women do tend to have more autoimmune disorders. Perhaps it's both. Estradiol (an estrogen) can have an antagonistic effect on thyroid function by competing for binding sites. If estradiol binds first, then thyroxine/tetraiodothyronine (T4) & triidothyronine (T3) cannot exert their effects. Estradiol also limits other thermogenic (calorie burning) & potentially thyroid stimulating effects due to its functions in limiting muscular development & encouraging fat storage. Furthermore, estradiol does not limit the activity of the adrenal glands the way that testosterone does. The "fatigue" of the adrenal glands (not as pronounced or fatal as Addison's Disease) due to insufficient curbing of their activity can decrease thyroid function. Lifestyle factors such as lack of stress reduction accelerate this process. Finally, women tend to consume less calories than men; more specifically, they eat less fat & protein. Whereas adequate fat consumption is essential for the production of certain hormones (cortisol, aldosterone, progesterone, estradiol, testosterone, etc.), adequate protein consumption is essential for peptide hormones like thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones consist of the amino acid tyrosine combined with 1, 2, 3, or 4 atoms of iodine (hence, they have names such as tri - iodo - thyronine). In the hope of losing weight or keeping weight down, many women deprive themselves of the building blocks for healthy amounts of hormones. Some foods & supplements are goitrogenic (goiter inducing/reduce thyroid activity), such as soy. Sometimes, the cause is idiopathic (of unknown origin).

Men with hypothyroidism may have similar causes, such as an insufficient diet, excessive stress, etc. Low testosterone may correlate with low thyroid hormones, but it's hard to say which causes which, as there are thyroid receptors in the testes, yet testosterone may increase or decrease thyroid hormone production (without necessarily causing hypothyroid symptoms). Likewise, men may have idiopathic hypothyroidism.

Most of the factors listed above still fall within two basic categories: primary (the organ itself) hypothyroidism or secondary (the organ[s] that instruct it to act) hypothyroidism. Both men & women may have hypothyroidism as a result of inadequate TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) from the pituitary gland or failure of the thyroid to respond properly to TSH.

Sorry to make your eyes bleed from this lengthy response. As a final consideration, make sure your dad's doctor tests for thyroid function thoroughly via blood tests. TSH standards for hypothyroidism have been drastically revised (from 5.0 or greater to 3.0 or greater), & TSH itself is insufficient to identify true hypothyroidism without accounting for symptoms. The pituitary often mismeasures need for thyroid stimulating hormone. T4, T3, free T4, free T3, & reverse T3 are vital for determining true thyroid function. The source listed below contains information from patients contending with hypothyroidism who seek the best, most up-to-date medical advice concerning their disease. I wish you & your father well, as this can be very difficult to treat without a good doctor *who listens*.  (+ info)

How do you treat and get rid of a hoarse voice caused by hypothyroidism?

I have hypothyroidism, and one of the things it does to you is make you have a hoarse voice all the time. This is a problem for me because I love to sing, but my throat tells me no. I need some suggestions for what I can do for my voice. I can't have anything with licorice root in it, it will mess up my thyroid. Thanks :)

some people say gargle with salt water.others will say that it will come back in time.it might be symtums of a cold comming on.there are cough medicines in drug section of walmart or K-mart you might check out.myself thinks you might be of that age where your voice is changing.  (+ info)

Is there a correllation between difficult pregnancy and hypothyroidism?

I have hypothyroidism. I have had it for 4.5 years now. Since being diagnosed it has been under control with medication and I have not had any problems with it fluctuating at all. My husband and I are going to beging trying to have a baby very soon and I have heard that women who have thyroid conditions have difficult pregnancies with all sorts of complications. Is this true? If so, what can I do to deter these complications if anything or at least ease them somewhat?

I think it's the other way around. Pregnancy causes all sorts of havoc with your thyroid. Be prepared to start fluctuating.  (+ info)

Is it bad to drink coffee when you have hypothyroidism?

I have been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and I love to drink coffee. Is it bad to drink coffee? And what will happen if I do?

i driink coffee everydayy and i also have hypothyroidism.
i dont think it effects me any different.
im young so we've decided not to do anything about this right now. but i do have to sayy im pretty skinny. sometimes i sleep for 16 hours and wake up super tiired.
it def. effects my liife in different ways. but not when i driink coffee !!  (+ info)

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