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Does Hypothyroidism affect the regularity of a menstrual cycle?


I was recently diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. Could is be possible that this go hand in hand with irregular menstrual cycles?
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Is it possible to have hypothyroidism but lose weight instead of gain it?


Hi, I have hypothyroidism, and have for years now. I am 18 and every year i have lost weight. I know one of the usual symptoms is gaining weight, can hypothyroidism also cause someone to lose weight?
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Thyroid medication builds up in your system over time, and needs to be monitored regularly. If too much, or not enough, builds up, your dosage needs to be changed. If you haven't already, see your doctor about this.  (+ info)

Is it true people loose weight with hypothyroidism medication? If so how does it work?


I am a 22 year old female with hypothyroidism and am being referred to an endocrinologist. I am not sure what to expect. For a little over a year now I have not changed my diet or exercise and I slowly gained weight. With hypothyroid hormone treatment will it help or make it easier to loose weight? How does that work?
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The answer to your question is yes. Hypothyroidism is caused by the thyroid's inability to produced a hormone. By replacing the hormone with a synthetic one it will speed up the body's metabolism and thus burn off more calories. This will result in weight loss, although not quickly.
Hope this helps.  (+ info)

Can you have Hypothyroidism and have normal test results?


I'd swear I have hypothyroidism, but my labs always come back normal range. Should I see and endocrinologist anyway? Or would that be a waste of time/money?
My mother had a goiter and had to take thyroid medicine so it's in my family history.
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Yes, they can, especially if all was done was a TSH and if it was done the wron time of day. I swore I had a thyroid problem and asked for testing. All they did was a TSH and they tested me in the afternoon. Of course it came back in range and I was told I did not have a thyroid problem. TSH was tested again in about 10 months when symptoms of more severe and I finally got diagnosed. TSH is a lousy test because TSH changes throughout the day and quite often it doesn't get elevated above range until hypothyroid symptoms are severe. If possible, get another test making sure to test first thing in the morning. Also get a free t3, free t4, and an antibody test. They will show more info.

Do you happen to know what your TSH was? Many doctors are now saying a TSH over 2.0 shows a slowdown in the thyroid gland. in 2003, AACE lowered the TSH range to 0.3 to 3.0, yet most labs still have the range at 0.3 to 5.5. Because of this outdatd range, many people don't get the treatment until their TSH goes above the 5.5.

Below are some thyrod and testing links.  (+ info)

How can I lose weight when I have hypothyroidism?


I am a youngish person, and I am tired of weighing 200 pounds. I just reached that weight yesterday, and it is depressing. I wanted to know what kinds of exercise should I do that would be most effective, and what kind of diet plan would be best. None of the pills for hypothyroidism will work fo rme, so please do not suggest those. Thanks, and any help is greatly appriciated!
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I know exactly how you feel! I also am youngish and suffer from hypothyroidism. I gained weight like crazy and could not get rid of it no matter what I did. Plus, the side effects are you're tired all the time and it leads to depression.

I've been losing weight recently (20 lbs over the past year) through a combination of ways to break the metabolism curse that is hypothyroidism. Firstly, you need to see an endocrinologist to see what replacement thyroid drug you need, they come out with new ones every so often. I'm on Synthroid and it works, but it takes at least two weeks to kick in. You take those every morning before you eat! This is important because anything you eat/take will interfere with thyroid pills!

Also, you may be deficient in vitamins, most of us are. I take a multivitamin and vitamin D, and trust me IT HELPS. Just take them 2-4 hours after your pills because they will block absorption.

I suggest seeing a nutritionist as well, a lot of endo offices have one or two that work with the patients. Once you get the vitamins and the thyroid pills right, it should be easier to lose weight. Unfortunately, losing weight for us is not just a numbers game (calories in vs calories out), it's a chemical equation.

As for exercise, try earlier in the morning right after you take your pill. Aim for 30-60 minutes of moderate-to-high intensity cardio four times a week. Normal people can get away with less, but for us it takes more effort. I would suggest going most days and alternating days of weight training. The weight training is just as important as the cardio because muscles will burn 20X more calories than fat tissue does, thus revving the saggy metabolism.

As for type of cardio, just make sure you crosstrain to avoid muscle memory. Try jogging one day, the bike the next. It's important to keep your body guessing because if you can't adjust, you'll burn more calories with effort.

And finally, water. Drink lots of water to keep your body flushing out the toxins.  (+ info)

Will kelp really help with the symptoms of hypothyroidism?


Can I take kelp pills if I'm already on medication?Will it help with my hypothyroidism?*Thanks
Have you had any experience with it?
I don't have a "goitre"..I was asking if it would relieve some of the symptoms.
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The Thyroid Foundation says not to, as does Mary Shoman (an expert in the field):

"Is goitre due to lack of iodine in our diet? Should I eat kelp to get rid of this goitre?

ANSWER:
Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of goitre in the world but NOT in this country. We have had iodized salt for two generations, and there are many other sources of iodine now in our diets so that, if anything, we are receiving more iodine than in most places in the world. There is no point whatsoever in adding more iodine to the diet and that includes kelp, a form of seaweed high in iodine often sold in health food stores. The problem is that too much iodine is just as dangerous as too little iodine. Excess iodine can also cause goitres and can either cause a low thyroid state, (hypothyroidism) or excess output of thyroid (hyperthyroidism). It also aggravates Hashimoto's thyroiditis. In Canada it is a mistake to ingest kelp."

Mary Shoman said:

"While some herbalists and vitamin proponents recommend iodine tablets or kelp supplements (which are high in iodine) for people with thyroid problems, you need to be extremely careful about any decision to take iodine or kelp supplements if you are on thyroid hormone replacement therapy."

Read more: http://thyroid.about.com/cs/drugdatabase/f/kelp.htm

Hope that helps!  (+ info)

Can you have hypothyroidism even if your blood tests are normal?


I have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism including extreme cold intolerance, but my blood tests are normal. Doctors have refused to prescribe thyroid medicines for me.

I have two friends who take synthroid for hypothyroidism even though they don't have any symptoms at all.

Can you have hypothyroidism even if your blood tests are normal?
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Absolutely yes! It is very insightful of you that you recognize your hypothyroid symptoms, in spite of the fact that those so-called "professionals" refuse to acknowledge them. Evidently many doctors refuse to treat patients because they are relying on outdated thyroid lab test ranges, which have been revised by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) in 2001. Their new "normal" range is significantly lower than was previously indicated, as they have finally recognized that MANY women (millions) have been walking around with undiagnosed cases of hypothyroidism for years, all the while complaining to their doctors about their symptoms and being told they were "normal"! This is so outrageous, but not surprising to me anymore. I've learned that I know far more about my body and its symptoms than most "physicians" I've seen!

To read about the AACE's new guidelines, see: http://thyroid.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=thyroid&cdn=health&tm=7&gps=447_441_1276_578&f=10&su=p284.9.336.ip_p726.4.336.ip_&tt=2&bt=0&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.thyroid-info.com/articles/aacereversal.htm.

Better still, check out this website:http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/. It is chock FULL of information and feedback from women just like you who were told they were "normal" yet have suffered for years with undiagnosed hypothyroidism. It provides detailed information on symptoms, treatments, medications, etc. I think it will be immensely helpful to you and hopefully set you on the right path to a solution! I hope this helps and don't give up. Trust your gut instincts!  (+ info)

Easy ways to lose weight for people that have Hypothyroidism?


I have hypothyroidism, and am having trouble losing weight. Any suggestions?
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I have lost weight and have Hypothyroidsm. I went on Weight Watchers online and just took it a day at a time, sometimes a meal at a time. Also, make sure you are on the correct dose of meds for this health problem. Best of luck, but I assure you it can be done. I lost 2 pounds a week like anyone else.  (+ info)

Anybody know if there is a connection b/w hypothyroidism and red blotches on the skin?


My girlfriend has had this for the last 10 years and has had hypothyroidism for 17. She has been tested for autoimmune diseases which came back negative. Has anyone else ever seen this?
My girlfriend has had this for the last 10 years throughout this time it has spread from her right hand up her arm and onto her face. It is not a rash!!! She has also had hypothyroidism for 17. She has been tested for autoimmune diseases which came back negative. Has anyone else ever seen this?
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red blotches on the skin is NOT a symptom of hypothyroidism. in fact it is a symptom of hyperthyroidism.

is it possible that your girlfriend is taking too high of a dosage of thyroid meds and its making her have hyperthyroidism symptoms?  (+ info)

What are the symptoms of having low T4 levels specifically (and NOT just hypothyroidism in general)?


I know what the symptoms are for hypothyroidism but I want to know if there are specific symptoms for having low T4 levels, regardless of T3 levels or other aspects of hypothyroidism. I have Hashimoto's disease and have HIGH T3 levels but LOW T4 levels. Since I have other health issues, I want to know what symptoms I should be expecting from the low T4. Thanks.
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Thyroxine is the body's main metabolic hormone, regulating the rate of oxygen use by cells, and the generation of body heat. In the liver, T4 promotes glucose metabolism to pyruvate, gluconeogenesis from fats, and increases release of cholesterol. In the digestive system, T4 increases secretion of digestive juices, and promotes smooth muscle contractions for motility. In skeletal and in cardiac muscles, T4 promotes normal development, tone and function. In bones, T4 promotes growth and coordinates maturation with age. In the nervous system, T4 promotes normal development of the system during youth, and maintains it's functions during adulthood. In the reproductive system, T4 promotes the ability for conception, and secretion of milk by the breasts. In the skin, T4 promotes hydration, secretions of exocrine glands, and the growth of hair. With low serum levels, you might experience the opposite of the normal effects.  (+ info)

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