Signs Of Under Active Thyroid

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can someone who was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism at a young age please tell me what your experience was?
    I have been showing signs of under active thyroid for a few months and I'm only 17. I am going to get the blood tests done sometime this week. I'm just curious if there is anyone who can relate to me if I do have it?

    • ANSWER:
      I was 17 when I was diagnosed, too. It's hard to remember everything (I'm 44 now), but I do remember that it wasn't a big deal--I was already on daily medication anyway, so it was just one more pill. But you will need to take thyroid replacement medicine for the rest of your life, probably Synthroid (I've been on .1 mg from the beginning), and you'll need to take it faithfully. My symptoms were weight gain, dry skin and dry hair.

      The most common form of hypothyroidism is called Hashimoto's Disease--your body is treating your thyroid as a foreign body and keeping it from functioning.

      I've never had side effects from the Synthroid, beyond the fact that I have trouble losing weight because of it--it keeps your body at a stable metabolism, even if you want to speed it up a little. Your doctor will give you blood tests occasionally to make sure your blood levels are still right, especially in the beginning. It just takes a tube of blood, and they can usually call you with the results in a couple of days.

      I do remember that when I was diagnosed, the doctor told me that only I would get it that early--it normally doesn't show up until after 18 or so. And the nurses pulled him aside and thought it was a joke--they'd never heard of "Hashimoto's Disease" before, either.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of overactive thyroid?
    What are the symptons of over active thyroid. My neck feels numb all the time and sometimes I am getting a lump in my throat and a pain shoots through my jaw and neck and then today I had like my throat was shaking it was really weird. I have been to the Dr he took my blood pressure and I have to have a blood test for over active thyroid. I was just wondering what the symptons were.

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing you have described would have made me think that diagnosis was likely.

      Symptoms are tachycardia ( fast heart rate ), sweating, feeling hot, heat intolerance, agitation, tremor, increased appetite and weight loss. Often eye signs, exopthalmus, precede the other symptoms. Goitres are more common in under-active thyroid disease.

      You blood test will soon prove or exclude this diagnosis.

  3. QUESTION:
    Could my extreme sweating be related to my thyroid medicine?
    I have hypothyroidism, meaning my thyroid is under-active. I'm wondering if anyone who has this condition has ever experienced excessive sweating (really just my armpits) as a side effect of the medicine (commonly known as levothroid/levothyroxine). I didn't have this problem before I started the medicine. It sucks, though.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, sweating is a side effect of levothyroxine. Let your doctor know about this side effect as soon as possible. Please find a list of side effects below.

      Levothyroxine side effects

      Stop using levothyroxine and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

      Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: headache; sleep problems (insomnia); nervous or irritable feeling; fever, hot flashes, sweating; changes in your menstrual periods; appetite changes, weight changes;

      Less serious side effects may include mild hair loss.

      This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect.

  4. QUESTION:
    Am I taking Levothyroxine wrong? I am gaining weight and I've missed a period?
    I am 16 and have been taking Levothyroxine for around a week after being diagnosed with a under active thyroid. I have so far, rapidly gained weight and missed a period despite getting period pain. Due to the weight gain and missed period I have not taken the Levothyroxine for the last two days, am I taking the medication wrong? Because my doctor promised the opposite to what's happening?!

    • ANSWER:
      The right dosage for levothyroxine varies from person to person. And its hard to get it right first time.

      The weight gain is a sign of underdosage, but paradoxically, menstrual problems are more common with too high dosage

      Go back to your doctor and report what has happened since you last saw him. It is quite normal to have to adjust the dosage in order to get the optimal level.

  5. QUESTION:
    what illness make your lips blue is it under active thyroid or something else?
    ive a thyroid problem im a older person but my lips keep going blue everyone tell me about it .but ive no pain or not short of breath and not cold so what is it ...

    • ANSWER:
      Blue lips is normally a sign that your heart is not functioning properly. You need to visit your GP very soon, just to be on the safe side...

  6. QUESTION:
    Does anyone here know what the role of the thyroid is in weight gain/loss?
    One of my friends was recently told that he had an under-active thyroid, and it was one of the reasons that he had trouble losing weight. What sort of solutions are there for under-active thyroids?

    • ANSWER:
      i have low thyroid. if you have low thyroid...here's a great question to answer: can you see the floor of your house? that was what was asked of me at one point, and to my amazement, the answer was no!
      anyway, the signs are:fatigue and lack of energy. Women suffering from underactive thyroid experience heavier menstrual periods. Sluggishness and forgetfulness are symptoms of underactive thyroid problem. Other symptoms of this thyroid disorder are dry skin and hair and constipation.
      if you have high thyroid, or an overactive one, the signs are:increased body metabolism. This is followed by weight loss and excessive warmth and sweating. Persons suffering from overactive thyroid experience trembling hands, irritability and rapid heartbeat or palpitations. Women with overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism may experience shorter or lighter menstrual periods.
      I take medication, and sadly will have to take 1 pill everyday for the rest of my life. there's a blood check that they will do to see if you have low or high. i hope i've helped you!!

  7. QUESTION:
    Why do i feel as if i never get any sleep, even though i do?
    I'm 16 and i have hypothyroidism and i suffer from extreme exhaustion, and i know that's a symptom of under active thyroid but i feel a different kind of exhaustion- like i haven't slept at all. I often cant move when i wake up because im so exhausted, my eyes are all stuck together and i have really bad dark circles and i just look and feel like i haven't slept in a very long time, even though i do.

    • ANSWER:
      You should consult doctors about this. There could be multiple causes. People are going to think this is crazy but something could be draining your energy or attacking you psychically. If you're having nightmares that could be a sign. Definitely see a doctor.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the alternative treatments available in India on Breast cancer?
    I am treating my wife with the help of an experienced Naturopath with mainly 'wheat grass' juce as main ingradient for last three months since she had been dignosed for the cancer. Though it has not spread anywhere in the body, it is quite under controll. I want to know is there other remedy which will add to fast recovery. We are working on the way shown by Ann Wigmore. Will anybody from this group will suggest any thing else from Wheat Grass therepy?

    • ANSWER:
      Alternatives treatments take time, they are slow and cure to the grassroot level.

      Here is a natural cure for Cancer,

      CANCER

      The word ‘cancer ‘ comes from the latin "carcinoma" meaning crab. It is the most dreaded disease and refers to all malignant tumors caused by the abnormal growth of a body cell or a group of cells. It is today the second largest killer in the world, next only to heart ailments. The term covers more than 200 diseases.

      The majority of cancers occur in the age group 50-60. Sex does not affect the incidence of the disease. It, however, affects the site of growth. In men, cancer is usually found in the intestines, the prostate and the lungs. In women, it occurs mostly in the breast tissues, uterus, gall bladder, and thyroid.

      Symptoms
      The symptoms of cancer vary according to the site of the growth. The American Cancer Society has prescribed seven signs or danger signals in general which may indicate the presence of cancer. These are: a sore that does not heal; change in bowel or bladder habits; unusual bleeding or discharge; thickening or lump in breast or elsewhere; indigestion or difficulty in swallowing; obvious change in a wart or a mole, and a persistent and nagging cough or hoarseness. Other symptoms may include unexplained loss of weight, particularly in older people, a change in skin color, and changes in the menstrual periods, especially bleeding between periods.

      Causes
      The prime cause of cancer is not known. Certain cancer- causing substances, known as carcinogens, however, increase the chances of getting the disease. About 80% of cancers are caused by environmental factors, 40% of male cancers in India are linked with tobacco, a known cancer-causing agent. The consumption of pan, bettlenut, tobacco, and slaked lime has been linked with lung and throat cancers. Heavy consumption of alcoholic drinks can cause esophageal, stomach, and liver cancers. Occupational exposure to industrial pollutants such as asbestos, nickel, tar, soot, and high doses of x-rays can lead to skin and lung cancers and leukemia. Other factors contributing to cancer are vital infections, trauma, hormone imbalance, and malnutrition. Many well-known biologists and naturopaths, however, believe that a faulty diet is the root cause of cancer. Investigations indicate that the cancer incidence is in direct proportion to the amount of animal protein, particularly meat, in the diet. Dr. Willard J. Visek, a renowned research scientist explained recently a link between excessive meat eating and cancer. According to him, the villain is ammonia, the carcinogenic by-product of meat digestion.

      Treatment
      The effective treatment of cancer consists of a complete change in diet, besides total elimination of all environmental sources of carcinogens, such as smoking and carcinogenic chemicals in air, water and food. There has recently been a surge of popular interest in the concept that diet is not just a minor, but rather a major factor in both the development and the prevention of cancer. The disease can be prevented and even treated by dietary programs that include ‘natural foods ‘ and the use of megavitamin supplements.

      As a first step, the patient should cleanse the system by thoroughly relieving constipation and making all the organs of elimination - the skin, lungs, liver, kidneys and bowels - active. Enemas should be used to cleanse the colon. For the first four or five days, the patient should take only juicy fruits like oranges, grapefruits, lemons, apples, peaches, pears, pineapples and tomatoes. Vegetable juices are also useful, especially carrot juice.

      After a few days of an exclusive fruit diet, the patient may be given a nourishing alkaline-based diet. It should consist of 100 per cent natural foods, with emphasis on raw fruits and vegetables, particularly carrots, green leafy vegetables, cabbage, onion, garlic , cucumber, asparagus, beets, and tomatoes. A minimum requirement of high quality protein, mostly from vegetable sources such as almonds, millet, sesame seeds, sprouted seeds and grains, may be added to the diet.

      Dr. Ann Wigmore of Boston, U.S.A., the well-known naturopath and a pioneer in the field of living food nutrition, has been testing the effect of a drink made of fresh wheatgrass in the treatment of leukemia. She claims to have cured several cases of this disease by this method. Dr. Wigmore points out that by furnishing the body with live minerals, vitamins, trace elements, and chlorophyll through wheatgrass juice, it may be able to repair itself.

      Johanna Brandt, the author of the book ‘The Grape Cure‘ has advocated an exclusive grape diet for the treatment of cancer. She discovered this mode of cure in 1925, while experimenting on herself by fasting and dieting alternately in the course of her nine-year battle with cancer. She claimed to have cured herself by this mode of treatment. She recommends a fast for two or three days so as to prepare the system for the change of diet.

      After the short fast, the patient should have a grape meat every two hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. This should be followed for a week or two even a month or two, in chronic cases of long standing. The patient should begin the grape cure with a small quantity of 30, 60, to 90 grams per meal, gradually increasing this to double the quantity. In course of time, about 250 grams may safely be taken as a meal.

      Recent researches have shown that certain vitamins can be successfully employed in the fight against cancer and that they can increase the life expectancy of some terminal cancer patients. According to recent Swedish studies vitamin C in large doses can be an effective prophylactic agent against cancer. Noted Japanese scientist, Dr. Fukunir Morishige, and his colleagues who have been examining the healing potential of vitamin C for the last 30 years, have recently found that a mixture of vitamin C and copper compound has lethal effects on cancer.

      According to several studies, vitamin A exerts an inhibiting effect on carcinogenesis. It is one of the most important aids to the body’s defense system to fight and prevent cancer. Dr. Leonida Santamaria and his colleagues at the University of Pavia in Italy have uncovered preliminary evidence suggesting that beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A may actually inhibit skin cancer by helping the body thwart the cancer-causing process known as oxidation.

      Recent studies from all over the world suggest that a liberal use of green and yellow vegetables and fruits can prevent cancer. The 20-years old, ongoing Japanese study found that people who ate green and yellow vegetables every day had a decreased risk of developing lung, stomach, and other cancers. A Harvard University study of more than 1,200 elderly Massachusetts residents found that those who reported the highest consumption of carrots, squash, tomatoes, salads, or leafy green vegetables, dried fruits, fresh strawberries or melon had a decreased risk of cancer.

      The other useful measures are plenty of rest, complete freedom from worries and mental stress and plenty of fresh pure air.

  9. QUESTION:
    How do you know when your thyroid is not working how it should be?
    I've heard that when your thyroid is not working how it should be it starts to give you signs. For example you hair falls out you gain weight ect ect.... is any one having this problem? If so what can you do to make it function how it should be?

    • ANSWER:
      There are two basic conditions involving your thyroid.

      Hypothyroidism - under-active: http://www.medicinenet.com/hypothyroidism/article.htm

      and Hyperthyroidism - overactive: http://www.medicinenet.com/hyperthyroidism/article.htm

      A simple blood test can determine if anything is amiss.

  10. QUESTION:
    What Is Causing Muscle Spasms In My Left Calf?
    I've been experiencing muscle spasms in my left calf for about the passed week or so. I've experienced muscle spasms in my calves before but none that have lasted an extended period of time and only been in the one calf. With the spasms I haven't experienced any pain really, it's actually more like a quiver than a spasm. I'm just worried it might be the sign of something more serious, please help!

    • ANSWER:
      For most cramps, stretch. If a spasm strikes the calf (by far the most common cramp site), pull the front of the foot up toward the knee. Since cramps usually result from muscle fatigue, you may be able to prevent such spasms by gently stretching before you exercise your calves.Stand a few feet from a wall, brace yourself against the wall with your hands and lean forward, keeping your heels on the ground until you feel a pull in your calves. This maneuver before bedtime can also help prevent unexplained nighttime spasms. If the cause isn't muscle fatigue, your physician may find other possibly treatable causes. These can include circulatory problems, hyperventilation an under active thyroid and low blood levels of calcium or (rarely) magnesium. And good luck.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are some of the possible reasons for having puffy eyelids in the morning?
    Lately, I've been waking up with puffy eyelids. Usually this only happens if I've overdosed on salty foods the night before. What other things can cause this?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/under-eye-puffiness/AN00664

      What causes puffy eyes? Is there anything I can do to reduce it?

      Mayo Clinic dermatologist Lawrence Gibson, M.D., and colleagues answer select questions from readers.
      Answer
      Mild puffiness of the skin under your eyes can result from a number of causes, including:

      Heredity
      Fluid retention such as due to changes in weather or hormone levels
      Allergies or dermatitis, especially if puffiness is accompanied by redness and itching
      Under-eye puffiness is usually only a temporary cosmetic concern and rarely a sign of a serious underlying medical condition. Some tips for reducing mild under-eye puffiness:

      Raise the head of your bed at night. This helps prevent fluids from accumulating around your eyes as you sleep.
      While sitting up, apply a cool tap water compress to the skin under your eyes for a few minutes. You can also use chilled cucumber slices, a refrigerated gel mask or chilled, damp tea bags.
      There is some anecdotal evidence that hemorrhoid cream applied under the eyes can reduce puffiness. But no clinical trials have evaluated its effectiveness for this use. Also, ingredients in hemorrhoid cream may be irritating to the skin around your eyes, resulting in dryness and inflammation.

      If puffiness is severe and persistent or you notice swelling (edema) in other parts of your body, see your doctor. He or she will want to rule out other possible causes of swelling, such as kidney or thyroid problems or a side effect of medications.

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      http://www.ageless.co.za/what-causes-puffy-eyes.htm#What%20causes%20puffy%20eyes?

      Thyroid problems
      People suffering from a thyroid problem (also referred to as a goiter) normally have very protruding eyes - if you have any qualms about your thyroid not functioning effectively, or if you have any symptoms of an over - or under active thyroid please check the amount of iodine you consume, and consult your doctor immediately.

      Aging and nutrition
      As we age, the fragile skin around our eye start to lose its elasticity, and the lymphatic drainage system, which helps to keep the area voided of excess fluids, loses it proper functioning.
      Nutrition can also play a part and although our product will assist in re-vitalizing the collagen and elastin in the skin around the eyes, you do need vitamin C in your body in order for collagen to be formed.

      In the absence of vitamin C, the body cannot produce collagen. The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of 60 mg of vitamin C per day it will not achieve much, nor will it assist in enhancing and furthering the quality of your skin – this amount is only enough to prevent beriberi (scurvy).

      To assist in collagen formation and re-vitalizing your fragile skin around the eyes - please consider taking an extra vitamin C (ascorbic acid) supplement, after checking with your medical practitioner.

      When taking a vitamin C supplement, look at one that contains bioflavonoids (vitamin P) as well, as these bioflavonoids boosts the efficacy with which the vitamin will perform its work.

      Tiredness
      Plain tiredness will add to the problem. Check the amount of hours you sleep and also take note of the amount of hours you work in front of a computer terminal or watch television – both these activities can cause strain.

      Eyedrops will relieve irritation and a bloodshot look, but will do little to soothe tired eyes.

      ... crying...

  12. QUESTION:
    What causes a man to be sterile?
    What causes some men to be sterile? Can a yeast infection that he caught from his wife cause this? And what are the signs of a yeast infection in men, is chunky semen one of them???

    • ANSWER:
      It is rare and never been known to Sterilize the semen of a male.
      or a female in that fact.

      BALANITIS

      What is balanitis? The term Balanitis is used to describe all inflammation of the skin covering the foreskin and/or head (glans) of the penis.

      Symptoms
      •reddening of foreskin or penis
      •rashes, white bumps, on the head of the penis
      •pain or soreness of the penis and foreskin
      •pungent discharges

      Causes

      The male yeast infection symptoms – redness, inflammation, irritation – are all consistent with this general condition. However, many problems other than yeast infection could be the cause.

      Balanitis is usually caused by poor hygiene especially in uncircumcised men. The inflammation can also be due to a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection, caustic soaps, or failure to properly rinse soap off while bathing. Another common cause is from allergies, such as those of latex and chemicals used in condoms or skincare products. Several other diseases, including Reiter's syndrome and lichen sclerosis, erythema multiforme, can also cause balanitis.

      Causes of Male Yeast Infection
      There are a number of causes of yeastinfection in men. These include:

      Diabetes. Elevated sugar in urine encourages bacterial and yeast growth.
      Low immunity, which can result from other conditions, such as an under-active thyroid gland, chronic stress, Lyme disease, and HIV.
      Sexual transmission from a female with a vaginal yeast infection. Although yeast infections are not considered a sexually transmitted disease (STDs). While it is possible to contract one through sexual relations, sex is a rare source of infection.
      Antibiotics. An antibiotic can kill beneficial bacteria found on the penis and in the crotch.
      Condoms with nonoxynol-9 added to the lubricant may contribute to an anal yeast infection.
      Continual masturbation.
      Poor personal hygiene.

      Reasons for Extra Caution
      Men who are not circumcised should be even more careful with their personal hygiene. This includes cleaning properly beneath their foreskins. This is because the warm, moist folds of the foreskin create an ideal environment for yeast to thrive. The area must be kept clean and dry to help prevent an infection. If symptoms appear, a physician can treat it and suggest a cure, including a natural remedy.

      Effects of an Untreated Infection
      Treating a yeast infection is very important. Otherwise, the result is discomfort and inconvenience. You may also end up passing it to your uninfected partner. Although a recurring yeast infection tends to be uncommon and is considered relatively minor, it is still important to pay attention to the signs and symptoms.

      A male yeast infection can be easily treated with a male yeast infection home remedy, such as antifungal creams or ointments. Anti-fungal preparations are available with or without a prescription. To make sure, it is always best to get a diagnosis from your doctor first before you treat it. It is also recommended that you avoid sex during treatment. An oil-based cream treatment also tends to weaken or break condoms.

      wish u luck

  13. QUESTION:
    Does having a lower metabolism make you more likely to be fat?
    We had a huge ass argument in class because we were trying to prove that having a fast metabolism will make you digest your food faster... SO if anybody can write something or find an article to prove this is RIGHT or WRONG.
    I will be choosing best answer today so HURRY UP!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes - Your metabolism is controlled by your thyroid. Having an under active thyroid (Hypothyroidism) means you have a lower metabolism and a sign of that is weight gain. Having an over active thyroid (Hyperthyroidism) means you have a faster metabolic rate and a sign of that is weight loss.

      FYI - Contrary to the above answerer: Hyperthyroidism DOES cause food to pass through your system faster, which is why many people with over active thyroids also have diarrhea. Those with under active have constipation issues.

      I have hypothyroidism and my sister has hyperthyroidism - So I am well versed in how it works...

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the other thing a woman should get every year beside a Pap Smear and Mammogram?
    I saw this on the Oprah Winfrey Show, but I forgot. They said to get a Pap Smear,Mammogram and a MRI I think? She mentioned some blood test you should do also. What should you get besides a Pap Smear and Mammogram?

    • ANSWER:
      I am trying to find exactly what you are asking and having trouble. Here is what I could find:

      "Take charge of your health! Dr. Mehmet Oz shares the ideal age when you should begin getting health tests for many serious health threats:

      Age 20: Cholesterol test
      Age 21: For women, gynecology exam and pap smear (get tested earlier if sexually active)
      Age 35: Blood sugar, anemia and thyroid exams
      Age 40: For women, mammogram (start at age 25 if you have had two female relatives with breast cancer). Also, for men and women, skin exam by partner (take pictures of moles) and baseline electrocardiogram (a test that records the electrical activity of the heart)
      Age 50: Colonoscopy (get one every five years). Also, for men, prostate test
      Age 50–60: Exercise stress test or coronary CTA (if obese or diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes)
      Age 55–60: Thyroid-stimulating hormone blood test (used to detect problems affecting the thyroid gland); memory test (Tell a complex story and repeat key points or have someone tell you a phone number and see if you can remember it—if you can't pick it out of a list of numbers, this could be a sign of early Alzheimer's disease.)"

      AND:

      "In Your 20s and 30s
      A complete physical exam, including a blood pressure and cholesterol check
      A yearly pelvic exam and pap smear by age 21—whether you are sexually active or not
      Regular breast exams
      Total skin checks every three years to analyze freckles and moles to catch skin cancer early. It is one of the deadliest cancers for women under 30.
      A thyroid check at age 35. An unhealthy thyroid can lead to depression, weight gain, mental and physical fatigue, and heart damage.

      In your 40s, 50s and 60s+
      An eye exam once a year after age 40. Make sure your doctor tests for glaucoma, a disease that can cause blindness without any symptoms or warning.
      A yearly mammogram
      A colonoscopy at age 50 to check for colon cancer, even if there is no family history of the disease
      For women 65 and older, checkups should include a blood pressure check, complete blood work, a urinalysis and a hearing test.
      Since women are more than twice as likely as men to develop osteoporosis, get a baseline bone mineral density test to monitor your risk."

      http://www2.oprah.com/index.jhtml

      I have never heard of a woman getting any type of MRI screening exam on a yearly basis. We will do yearly studies to follow a brain tumor, for example, but that is on a patient who has been diagnosed with a problem.

  15. QUESTION:
    How come I get sleepy during the day if I sleep less than 10 hours?
    Is there a way I could train myself to sleep less without feeling like I need more sleep

    • ANSWER:
      day-time drowsiness could be a sign of an underlying medical condition... your doctor can run tests to figure out why you are feeling that way, it could be an under-active thyroid, mono, a blood disorder... but your doctor will be able to find out why, and treat the cause.

  16. QUESTION:
    How can this happen to a patient?
    If a person is put in the hospital for severe depression & receives ECT, how can they stop treatment
    half way through the treatments & say this person is not suffering from depression she has dementia.
    Should they have done a brain scan to determine dementia rather than severe depression. Is there tests they should have done before starting ECT. Also should this hospital be accountable for their actions. This person is 65 years of age. Does anybody have some imput on this.
    What kind of tests can be used to determine dementia.

    • ANSWER:
      Susie--The questions would be how was this women "put" into hospital for treatment of ECT in the first place--what led her doctors to believe this was the objective treatment for her--as you inquired in a previous question--this is a treatment I would never recommend for any one--let alone a women of maturity. Some one had to consent to the treatments--hospital stays--therapy?
      A doctor would do a complete medical history on his patient---> childhood & recent illness, life events,
      operations, medication list---> over medicated ? Drug interactions?
      A physical exam---> balance, eye & hand co-ordination, hearing, connective & conjunctive impairments.

      Mental Status Exam---> Addenbrooke Cognitive Exam ----> this distinguishes between Alzheimer's
      and Frontotemporal Dementia.
      Alzheimer's---> Orientation to time, date, place, attention, memory
      Dementia---> Language skills, objects, persons, places, things.

      Numerous medical conditions can cause mental impairment. During the physical exam, a doctor will look for signs of other medical conditions and have lab tests done to find any treatable condition. Routine tests might/should include, but not limited to the following:

      Thyroid hormone tests to check for an under active thyroid.
      Vitamin B12 blood test to look for a vitamin deficiency.
      Complete blood count, or CBC, to look for infections.
      ALT or AST, blood tests that check liver function.
      Chemistry screen to check the level of electrolytes in the blood and to check kidney function.
      Glucose test to check the level of sugar in the blood.

      Sorry--here are a few other tests which a doctor might run--along with a few which he might feel are necessary which we will not mention.

      HIV testing to look for AIDS.
      Erythrocyte sedimentation rate, a blood test that looks for signs of inflammation in the body.
      Toxicology screen, which examines blood, urine, or hair to look for drugs that could be causing problems.
      Antinuclear antibodies, a blood test used to diagnose autoimmune diseases.
      Testing for heavy metals in the blood, such as a lead test.

      Did the doctor have a CT Scan done? ---> MRI? ---> SPE CT and/or PET Scans?---> High resolution with slicing?

      Susie--these are just a few of the things which I can think of at the moment--with out knowing about your friend and knowing the issues and circumstances which led her to the treatment which she was given --I really do not know what else to suggest.
      Is the hospital liable? Why would they be? I can not answer that.
      I would suggest she seek the advice of an attorney.
      Good luck.

  17. QUESTION:
    What is the description of a cancerous lymph node?
    Can they be seen Outside of the body?

    • ANSWER:
      Lymph nodes can be seen on the outside of the body - few years ago I had a lump on my neck and after scans etc I was told it was and inflamed lymph node and to determine if I had cancer somewhere in the upper body they done a fine needle biopsy but thankfully it was all clear, after another scan it was shown I had an under active thyroid. Lymph nodes in the armpit can be a sign of breast caner and in the groin area can be a sign of stomach/bowel cancer.

  18. QUESTION:
    Could this lump have anything to do with hyperthyroidism?
    I feel like evrything is going wrong with me. I have not had my period for over a year, I am 14, and not pregnant. Also I found this very small lump on my neck, it is soft and feels like jelly. Coudl this lump be connected to hyperthyroidism? May that be the cause of my absent period?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you had a blood test to check your TSH levels? If you haven't, go see your doctor who can arrange for you to have a blood test which will be able to tell if your thyroid is over or under-active. The signs for an over active thyroid (hyperthyroidism) are: Weight loss, Heat intolerance and sweating,Irritability,Palpitations,Muscle weakness,Bowel movements,Menstruation problems, skin,hair and nails become weaker.
      You can sometimes get lumps (goiter) if you have either hypothyroidism (under-active) or hyperthyroidism.
      Remember periods can be irregular until you are eighteen. I would go to your doctors and explain about your menstruation problems and about the lump just to be sure and get things checked.

  19. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what the Spartan diet is?
    This is supposed to be a diet to test to see if you have a thyroid problem.

    • ANSWER:
      All I know about it is that you significantly decrease your serving sizes when eating. I think people that are on that diet eat mainly nuts, fruits and vegetables. They restrict their caloric intake as well. Maybe if you went on that diet and continued to gain weight (or maintain) it would be a sign of an under-active thyroid.

  20. QUESTION:
    Apart from keeping hypochondriacs and other attention seekers out of GPs' offices, what good does quackery do?

    "AS GP's are always complaining that they are overworked and have too many people who are not sick complaining they are ill they really should be thanking altmed practitioners for taking this load off them."

    My point exactly. Let the people with nonexistent illnesses, take nonexistent treatments.

    PS I ran out of letters
    SCORPIAN: that witty comeback reminds me of primary school :-)

    • ANSWER:
      As GP's are always complaining that they are overworked and have too many people who are not sick complaining they are ill they really should be thanking altmed practitioners for taking this load off them.

      In reality they are threatened by altmed practitioners, just like you are, because they feel someone else might come along and offer something better than they can.

      Allopaths know they do not have exclusive rights to health care provision but for some strange reason feel that they ought to in spite of killing and maiming a far higher proportion of patients than any altmed therapy.

      PS. I though GP's practiced in Surgeries not offices? I guess this shows how business orientated the practice of medicine has become.

      Edit:
      ####My point exactly. Let the people with nonexistent illnesses, take nonexistent treatments.####

      David, I've sent people back to GP's with Signs of Serious Neuro pathology, thyroid disorders, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, etc.
      The one with Clonus and balance problems got told to go home and stop being so silly cos she was having a panic attack! This was after her refelexes were taken too!

      Is it possible GPs' miss things and write them off as hyperchondria because they either:

      - Can't be bothered?
      - Just get it wrong?
      - The patient has a condition they don't recognise/acknowledge and can't actually treat?
      - Don't recognise the symptomology as conclusive to a known patern so the patient must be lying or deluded?
      - Forget who is paying them and that they are providing a service?
      - Other reasons?
      - All of the above?

      Edit 2:
      Forgot to Add,
      People come to me with real problems and real pain often after seeing a GP first who'se done nowt but give them pain killers.
      I then treat them and get them better. Effectively I provide a better service than the GP. Whoopi Do! OK lets do a deal they refer all their patients with musculoskeltal pain to me, I wouldn't have a clue how to treat an under/over active thyroid etc. I'll refer all the brain tumors, thyroid dysfunction, other systemic stuff I can't treat to them?

      Altmed_Friend, I sympathise with your point of view but I also enjoy watching David_G make a complete idiot of himself and love to wind him up. He keeps coming up with the same old stuff, so i figure I should do the same. I always like to put a new twist on things to keep him on his toes....

  21. QUESTION:
    Why is my period lasting longer than normal?
    Usually my period is 5 days long, ive never experienced one any different length of time. However this week i had my period, everything normal and then now for three days after ive had spotting....i was sick all this week and just moved to college so idk if that has something to do with it.

    is this bad?

    • ANSWER:
      Menstrual cycles vary from woman to woman. There are women who have a shorter cycle of around twenty three days, and there are also women who have longer cycles of about thirty five days. This range of the menstruation cycle, i.e., twenty three to thirty five days is considered normal medically. Sometimes, due to various reasons, a woman might face an irregularity in her periods, i.e., they may not occur for more than two months or even if they occur, there is very heavy bleeding involved. Both these are the signs of long cycles. Let's find out, why do women experience this, followed by some remedies to normalize the menstruation.

      Causes

      Stress and Anxiety: If the woman is under some kind of mental stress, due to any event in her personal or professional life, it can cause irregularity in the cycle, i.e. delay the cycle or cause excessive bleeding.

      Poor diet: If the woman does not eat properly, skips meals or eats mostly junk food which lacks in the required nutrients essential for a healthy body, it can cause an alteration in her menstrual cycles.

      Medication: A woman who is taking some drugs or medicines, can have her cycles altered as a side effect of the medication.

      Physical Activity: An excess of physical activities, such as exercising more than the body can take, can also create menstrual problems.

      New Cycle: When a girl has just started with her menses, for a period of up to a year, her cycle might be irregular, resulting in her experiencing long cycles.

      Menopause: A woman above the age of forty, who is nearing menopause, experiences lots of irregularities and changes in her menstrual cycles, till the time they finally end. These changes take place due to an unbalance that is created in the hormones estrogen and progesterone, when a woman nears the end of her reproductive years.

      Sex: A woman who has had sex for the first time, might find her menstrual cycle getting changed during that specific month. This is because lots of hormonal changes take place inside a woman's body when she becomes sexually active.

      Disease: Women who have diabetes, thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, liver problems, pelvic inflammatory disease, polycystic ovary syndrome or other health conditions are more prone to having long cycles.

      Treatment

      If a woman is experiencing long menstrual cycles, twice or thrice in a year, there is nothing much to worry about it as such changes are pretty common in many women. A woman should eat a balanced and healthy diet with adequate amounts of vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and especially iron, so that she can make up for the loss of nutrients due to excessive bleeding, and also to avoid such irregularities in the future.

      Changing the tampons, a few times in one day is also recommended so that an infection does not occur. Also, many women take aspirin to minimize abdominal pain and cramping that occurs during periods. This should be avoided as aspirin can cause excessive bleeding. Switching to ibuprofen is a good idea, as it is not only used to relieve cramps, but also to reduce the blood loss during menstruation.

      Meditation, yoga and regular exercising to bring down stress, should be incorporated into the daily routine. A relaxed and stress free woman is very unlikely to experience menstrual irregularities.

      Long menstrual cycles, if they occur on a regular basis, in a woman who is of childbearing age, should not be overlooked, as they could be an indication of serious medical conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome. In such a case, doctor should be contacted immediately for proper diagnoses and treatment.

  22. QUESTION:
    I have been taking Synthroid for approximately a month and a half. My hair has really dried out.?
    Does anybody have any recommendations for what I can use to get some life back in my hair. I almost never blow dry or straighten it anymore, but it's so tangled and knotted and frizzy that I can't stand it. My hair is color treated, but not often. HELP!
    Synthroid is the drug for underactive thyroid.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all: hair loss and hair/scalp skin problems can be a common side effect of synthroid, a side effect that doctors don't always take seriously. They should, it can be a sign of over medication or under-medication. You might want to tell your doctor about the sudden changes in your hair's texture.

      Dry frizzy hair is one of the big visible symptoms of an under-active thyroid. The hair that you are seeing now reflects your body's over all health six months ago, probably when you were at your worst. In six months you should notice an improvement in the new hair growth, it will be smoother and healthier. In the meantime you'll need to use richer dry hair conditioners, smoothing serums and leave in treatments and conditioners. Wash the hair at the roots only, use a rich conditioner, leave it in your hair while you shower so it can penetrate and smooth the rough hair cuticle, then rinse. Use a leave in conditioner to de-tangle and when your hair is almost dry work in a bit of glossing or smoothing serum. Yes, this will make your hair oily, but this is what you need right now. Trim away the ends if they become extremely dry and knotted. Your hair will look healthier with the extremely dry ends gone, so trim them as the hair grows out. Hair salons have some wonderful extra moisture products.

      You might also want to find a support groups for people with thyroid diseases. The people who have gone through what you are going through now can offer you more advice, sympathy, coping strategies or at least be able to commiserate with you. They can also tell you if your excessively dry hair is a sign that your medication needs adjusting. A support groups is a fabulous tool for anyone coping with the ups and down of a thyroid disorder. But do approach your problem first from a medical perspective, then from a cosmetic viewpoint.

      Some webpages dealing with hair problem relating to thyroid disease:
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/hairloss/a/hairloss.htm
      http://www.thyroid-info.com/articles/hairloss.htm
      http://www.thyroid-medication.com/thyroid-disease.html

  23. QUESTION:
    What, if any, are the natural remedies for an under-active thyroid?

    It's not my thyroid, sry. I should have made that clear. It was a friend of mine at the office who has had trouble losing weight and was told by his naturopath that his thyroid was underactive.

    • ANSWER:
      i have low thyroid. if you have low thyroid...here's a great question to answer: can you see the floor of your house? that was what was asked of me at one point, and to my amazement, the answer was no!
      anyway, the signs are:fatigue and lack of energy. Women suffering from underactive thyroid experience heavier menstrual periods. Sluggishness and forgetfulness are symptoms of underactive thyroid problem. Other symptoms of this thyroid disorder are dry skin and hair and constipation.
      if you have high thyroid, or an overactive one, the signs are:increased body metabolism. This is followed by weight loss and excessive warmth and sweating. Persons suffering from overactive thyroid experience trembling hands, irritability and rapid heartbeat or palpitations. Women with overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism may experience shorter or lighter menstrual periods.
      I take medication, and sadly will have to take 1 pill everyday for the rest of my life. there's a blood check that they will do to see if you have low or high. i hope i've helped you!!

  24. QUESTION:
    DS: Roughly how many times a year does your dog need a vet?
    You know, the usual wellness checks plus the extras, when the dog is just not quite him/her self.

    • ANSWER:
      My b*tch is dysplastic, with DJD and under active thyroid so I frequent my local veterinary practice on average ten times per year.

      I do not go running to the vet at the first sign of a runny nose, but if there is a suspicious lump or symptoms that concern me, the dog goes straight to the vet.

  25. QUESTION:
    how to fix yellowed finger nails?
    I used a dark coloured finger nail polish and forgot to put a base coat on first, then didn't take it off for about a week. Now my nails are all yellowed looking. One of my favourite things about myself has always been my long pretty nails. Help! How can I get them looking white again?

    • ANSWER:
      What Your Nails Say About Your Health
      Looking at a person’s fingernails can indicate whether their body is in perfect working order or if they have a health problem. Even as early as 450 B.C., the Greek physician Hippocrates was theorizing that the nails can tell a lot about the health of the body.

      If you’re in general good health, and your nails look okay but are brittle, flaky or break easily, it’s probably due to exposure to the elements or irritating chemicals; the majority of nail problems are a result of this. When your nails get wet, they swell, and they shrink again once they’re dry. This cycle is repeated so often that it can leave the nails stripped and fragile. The temperature can also be the culprit: both very cold and excessively warm conditions can cause nail problems, especially dry cuticles. Or it could be that you’re using too many harsh chemicals around your nails, whether it’s cleaning products or things such as nail glue and polish remover.

      If you’ve tried removing the stressors indicated above (allowing several weeks for improvement), and your nails are still giving you grief, look at your diet. Are you getting adequate protein? Protein is especially important for nail health – you should be eating at least eight ounces of it every day. (If you’re getting enough protein already, adding more won’t help your nails.) An iron deficiency can also cause brittle nails. Taking a multivitamin supplement can alleviate many problems.

      If your diet is fine and the condition of your nails won’t improve, or if they just look strange to you, it may be time to consult a doctor. Nails can be very accurate indicators of illness.

      White fingernails with pink near the tips can indicate cirrhosis of the liver; if the nail is completely white, there could be a kidney or liver disorder, or severe anemia.

      YELLOW fingernails can mean that you are diabetic, have problems with your liver, your lymphatic system, or respiratory disorders. Signs of these disorders can show up in the nails years before they actually occur, though, so just because your nails may be yellow doesn’t necessarily mean that you are currently suffering from such diseases. They’re just things to look out for, so talk to your doctor and take the proper preventative measures.

      Dark nails, which will usually be flat or thin, indicate a deficiency in vitamin B-12.

      If your nails beds are a very deep blue, it could mean emphysema or pulmonary obstruction.

      White lines across the nail can indicate liver disease.
      If your nail is half white, with dark spots across the top, there may be a problem with your kidneys.

      Spots of pitted brown, or nail tips that split easily, can indicate psoriasis.

      Very red skin at the bottom of your nail bed could mean a connective tissue disorder.

      Thyroid disorders may cause the nails to have ridges or bumps, separate from the nail bed, or to be unusually soft.
      Highly bendable nails can be an indicator of rheumatoid arthritis.

      Flat nails can indicate Raynaud’s disease, a disease of the circulatory system that leaves the hands and feet perpetually cold.

      Abnormally wide, square nails may signal a hormonal disorder.

      Spoon-shaped nails indicate an iron deficiency or difficulty with the thyroid.

      Abnormally large lunula (the white half-moon shape at the base of the nail) suggests an overactive thyroid, while the absence of a lunula can mean an under-active thyroid.

  26. QUESTION:
    I have been taking prednisolone tablets and have started with 'hot sweats' is this common ??
    I have already been through the menopause so I know its not that. These 'hot sweats' are very often and it is getting very uncomfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      Prednisolone is the active metabolite of prednisone.
      Prednisone is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of low corticosteroid levels (lack of certain substances that are usually produced by the body and are needed for normal body functioning). Prednisone is also used to treat other conditions in patients with normal corticosteroid levels. These conditions include certain types of arthritis; severe allergic reactions; multiple sclerosis (a disease in which the nerves do not function properly); lupus (a disease in which the body attacks many of its own organs); and certain conditions that affect the lungs, skin, eyes, kidneys blood, thyroid, stomach, and intestines. Prednisone is also sometimes used to treat the symptoms of certain types of cancer. Prednisone is in a class of medications called corticosteroids. It works to treat patients with low levels of corticosteroids by replacing steroids that are normally produced naturally by the body. It works to treat other conditions by reducing swelling and redness and by changing the way the immune system works.
      Prednisone may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

      * headache
      * dizziness
      * difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
      * inappropriate happiness
      * extreme changes in mood
      * changes in personality
      * bulging eyes
      * acne
      * thin, fragile skin
      * red or purple blotches or lines under the skin
      * slowed healing of cuts and bruises
      * increased hair growth
      * changes in the way fat is spread around the body
      * extreme tiredness
      * weak muscles
      * irregular or absent menstrual periods
      * decreased sexual desire
      * heartburn
      * increased sweating

      Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

      * vision problems
      * eye pain, redness, or tearing
      * sore throat, fever, chills, cough, or other signs of infection
      * seizures
      * depression
      * loss of contact with reality
      * confusion
      * muscle twitching or tightening
      * shaking of the hands that you cannot control
      * numbness, burning, or tingling in the face, arms, legs, feet, or hands
      * upset stomach
      * vomiting
      * lightheadedness
      * irregular heartbeat
      * sudden weight gain
      * shortness of breath, especially during the night
      * dry, hacking cough
      * swelling or pain in the stomach
      * swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, throat, arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
      * difficulty breathing or swallowing
      * rash
      * hives
      * itching
      Prednisone may increase the risk that you will develop osteoporosis.

  27. QUESTION:
    Can taking Thyroid Medication make you lose weight?

    • ANSWER:
      like the previous answerer said your question is not clear
      I am answering what I have understood

      Yes the thyroid medication makes you loose weight.

      Thyroid medications have been used as a weight loss tool in the past.

      Hypothyroidism, or under-active thyroid, is 10 times more common in women than men. It is most common in women aged 40 to 50. While on medication, weight loss is slower than normal, so it is VERY important to stick closely to your diet plan AND take regular exercise.

      The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary in severity and typically develop gradually over months or even years. They may include:

      - Extreme tiredness
      - Weight gain
      - Constipation
      - Hoarseness of voice
      - Intolerance of cold
      - Swelling of face: puffy eyes, dry, thickened skin
      - Thinning of hair
      - Heavy menstrual periods (women)
      - Some people with hypothyroidism develop a swelling in the neck

      If you think you are suffer from undiagnosed hypothyroidism, you must see your doctor. Also check with your doctor before starting any diet program.

  28. QUESTION:
    Can I convince my doctor to allow me to do this..?
    I was diagnosed with a mild form of hypothyroidism. my family doctor is very understanding..and she said that the test results didn't show any signs of hashimotos...she said my immune system is just fine, NONE anti bodies attacking it showed up on those lab tests. she clarified that what I have is a MILD form of hypothyroidism, she didn't even say it, she only said the lab test shows my thyroid is a little bit under active. she referred me to an endocrinologist. the endocrinologist said I should give synthroid a try first, but I am not okay with taking synthetic drugs. I am thinking that I would like to just have a lifestyle change, like taking the supplements I need to boost my thyroid function, like doing aerobic exercises, like not eating or avoiding foods that contain goitrogens...that's my idea on how I want to take care of this problem. I understand that hypothyroidism is serious, but my lab test tells the doctors that it is only mild. I want to give it a try the natural way, and if that doesn't work than then I'll try the synthroid or armour thyroid :(
    It kinda bugged me that the endo didn't even run other lab test to see if I am iodine deficient since I hardly ever consume any salt and I am always watching my diet, I used to eat a lot of broccoli, now I stopped because broccoli is goitrogenic. I am not sure what to do, I have a feeling this situation can be fixed naturally without any synthetic drugs.
    you are obviously one of those future idiots who think synthetic drugs help you when as a matter of fact they only make you feel even more sick just so you idiots can continue ripping off people by them buying your shitty pharmaceutical drugs.

    • ANSWER:
      @pepper, the pharamacuetical industry makes millions each year, there are about 4 million americans who have hypothyroidism, and the synthetic drug synthroid is used in every case, if you knew better you would undersand that T4 needs to convert to T3, many of the symptoms people encounter with synthroid do not aliviate or far worst, they get more awful symptoms. I find armour synthroid the better of the worsts,,because it comes from grind up pig thyroids, which is more identical to human thyroid hormones..

      Asker: I would try selenium,coleus forskohlii, and L-tyrosene. often they are inculden in essential formulas for thyroid conditions...parevention is always the cure, but it looks like you have started to go hypo, prevention of it getting worst is your best bet. good luck to you c:

  29. QUESTION:
    I have been having the worst abdomenal cramps,?
    I Just started my under active thyroid disease medicine, and have also started birthcontrol (YAZ) i haven't had sex in about a month and was having signs of pregnancy then. but dont see the signs much anymore.
    is there a way i could crazily be pregnant, or is it my medication. i feel it is, but my boyfriend is getting more and more worried as my symptons progress.
    Any help on what this crap could be?
    Kissa<3

    • ANSWER:
      More than likely it's your medicine, however if you had been experiencing symptoms of pregnancy before your medication, you should have never taken it before doing a test. You can not kill your baby by taking those medications, but you can create severe problems that will affect your babies health.

      Take a pregnancy test just to rule out the pregnancy. The longer you take birth control while pregnant, the more likely you are to create issues with your unborn baby.

  30. QUESTION:
    I HAVE TESTED MY BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVEL AND IT IS 3.9 AND I FEEL UNWELL. SHOULD I BE CONCERNED?
    I have been sweating a lot and feeling really tired throughout the day, i already have an under active thyroid and wondered if this could be linked with diabetes?.

    • ANSWER:
      3.9 in British measure is around 70.2 in US numbers . That Is perfect numbers. You should feel great.

      Your real problem is underactive thyroid.

      Symptoms of hypothyroidism usually appear slowly over months or years. Symptoms and signs may include:

      Coarse and thinning hair.
      Dry skin.
      Brittle nails.
      A yellowish tint to the skin.
      Slow body movements.
      Cold skin.
      Inability to tolerate cold.
      Feeling tired, sluggish, or weak.
      Memory problems, depression, or difficulty concentrating.
      Constipation.
      Heavy or irregular menstrual periods that may last longer than 5 to 7 days.
      Other, less common symptoms may include:

      An enlarged thyroid gland (goiter).
      Modest weight gain, often 10 lb (4.5 kg) or less.
      Swelling of the arms, hands, legs, and feet, and facial puffiness, particularly around the eyes.
      Hoarseness.
      Muscle aches and cramps.
      In general, how bad your symptoms are depends on your age, how long you have had hypothyroidism, and the seriousness of the condition. The symptoms may be so mild and happen so slowly that they go unnoticed for years. The older you are, the more likely you are to notice symptoms.

      Mild (subclinical) hypothyroidism often causes no symptoms or vague symptoms that may be attributed to aging, such as memory problems, dry skin, and fatigue.

      Kitty

  31. QUESTION:
    If my mom has hypothyroid disorder, does that mean i will get it too?
    my mom was diagnosed with hypothyroid disorder later in life around her late 30's i think. does that mean i will get it? also, is anxiety linked to this disorder. i may have some kind of anxiety, though i have not been diagnosed, i stress alot and think alot. anyway, is there people out there that did not get it but your parents do have it.

    • ANSWER:
      it is possible .hypothyroidism is a condition in which there is too little thyroid hormone in the bloodstream. The thyroid gland, which produces the thyroid hormones, is said to be "under active," because it produces too little thyroid hormone needed for the body to function normally. http://www.1-thyroid.com/ Weight gain
      Low energy - fatigue
      Ice-cold hands or feet
      Dry skin
      Hair loss (alopecia)
      Brain fog
      Insomnia, poor sleep
      Tingling in hands and feet
      Muscle pain
      Edema (swelling in ankles)
      Elevated cholesterol
      All due to your under active thyroid, and definitely not to “clinical depression” as so many of you are led to believe. In fact, your depression is yet another sign of hypothyroidism! sometimes it is inherited i would have the blood work done and see.other times it is not inherited.

  32. QUESTION:
    How to stop feeling tired all the time?

    • ANSWER:
      Always tired? If fatigue makes you want to roll over in bed, hit the snooze bar and pull the covers up over your head, then it’s time we had a little talk.

      Many Americans feel tired all the time. And, for at least 20%, this chronic fatigue is so intense that it interferes with having a normal active life. Feeling constantly tired may be common, but it's not natural. So tiredness should not be buried under the covers.

      Why? Because that "always tired" feeling that many people experience on a daily basis, is the first symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome and all degenerative diseases.

      Major Causes of Fatigue

      When feeling tired is not just a normal reaction to physical exertion or lack of sleep, it could be a symptom of one of the following physical or psychological causes.

      Anemia, from iron or vitamin deficiency, internal or external bleeding, medications, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney failure, cancer or some other degenerative disease, causes tiredness.

      Diabetes. Extreme fatigue is one of the early warning signals that indicates insulin production and blood sugar levels are out of control.

      Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) causes muscle fatigue and weakness.

      Degenerative diseases. Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, heart disease and cancer all come with early warning signs of low energy and feeling tired.

      Alcohol or drugs. Tiredness, drowsiness or fatigue can result from regular use of alcohol, illegal drugs (such as cocaine) or medicines (like antihistamines, diuretics, sleeping pills and blood pressure medications).

      Depression, grief or emotional stress can cause lack of energy, sleeplessness and feelings of lethargy and tiredness.

      However, feeling tired all the time is usually the result of lifestyle factors that can be easily changed. These include overwork, poor diet and not getting enough sleep.

      How to Tap into Your Natural Energy

      Here are my guidelines for overcoming fatigue naturally.

      Establish good sleep habits. Set up a regular routine and schedule. Keep your bedroom quiet, dark and cool. If you take a nap, make it short and early in the day. And avoid any activities around bedtime that could keep you awake.

      Practice stress management. Set priorities, pace yourself and learn to say no. Take time each day to simply relax.

      Avoid alcohol and drugs. Even small amounts of alcohol and some drugs can depress your central nervous system and make you feel tired for hours.

      Exercise moderately. Make it a priority in your schedule every day to include at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity.

      Eat a healthy sugar-free diet. Feeling tired is often the result of poor nutrition. A healthy low glycemic diet, high in omega 3 fatty acids, low in bad fats and rich in high fiber foods will improve both your energy and your health.

  33. QUESTION:
    Under Active thyroid results?
    Hi,
    I'm showwing all the classic signs of having an under active thyroid and my blood results come back with the TSH results being 0.96.
    Does anyone know the normal ranges and where does this result fall?
    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      What is a Reference Range?

      Reference range is a critical component, and the validity of the entire TSH test as diagnostic tool depends on it. A TSH reference range is obtained by taking a large group of people in the population, measuring their TSH levels, and calculating a mean value. Supposedly, these people should be free of thyroid disease, so that the level represents the mean TSH of a typical thyroid disease-free person in the population. The reference range is what determines whether or not thyroid disease is even diagnosed at all, much less treated, and when it is diagnosed, how it is treated.

      Currently, at most laboratories in the U.S., the reference range for TSH tests is approximately 0.5 to 5.0. Depending on the lab, you may seem some variations, i.e., 0.4 to 5.5, or 0.6 to 5.7, etc., but generally, 0.5 to 5.0 is considered typical of many labs.

      *****Typically, doctors interpret levels below 0.5 as indicative of hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid), and levels above 5.0 as indicative of hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid.)
      ****** U seem fine according to this.

  34. QUESTION:
    Under-active thyroid but not overweight?
    is this possible? the only reason why i ask this is because i have most signs of an under-active thyroid yet im not overweight.... i eat well and i am training for a marathon. could all the running i am doing (30k-50 k a week) be offsetting becoming overweight? or would i be overweight regardless?

    i have quite a bit of muscle mass but i think i could be a few pounds less considering how much i am running. ( 5'3, 125lbs) i don't want anyone to get the impression i think im fat because im not... just wondering.

    the other thing is if i stop running i know for a fact in a short amount of time i will gain 10-15lbs even if i eat right, and i am not a complete inactive person even when im not training.

    can have under active thyroid and not be overweight due to the amount of exercise i do!!!! can this be possible?

    • ANSWER:
      It certainly is possible for one to have an under active thyroid gland and not be overweight. One indication is your body temperature, under activity in the thyroid sometimes results in a slightly reduced temperature.

      The medical tests for thyroid function are indirect and not always effective. However, if you are not sure you might want to get the TSH and RSH done.

      Most people who do as much running as you do will gain weight if they stop because their appetite will not regress.

  35. QUESTION:
    I am being tested for suspected thyroid disease...?
    I am not expecting a miracle cure.If I am diagnosed with an under active thyroid {hypothyroidism}...

    Obviously,all people are different.Plus it has a lot to do with life style,diet etc...I am interested to hear from other people,who have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism & put on medication...

    If they noticed an improvement in their symptoms...Lost weight,more energy,improved breathing etc...

    Kind regards...

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Karen

      If you are being tested for under active thyroid then you must have some signs and symptoms which alerts your GP to request for Thyroid Functions Test. Normally doctors order TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) and FT4 test. If TSH is higher than a certain number of 4.5 then hypothyroidism is suspected in a straight forward case.

      It could be a simple case of underactive thyroid or Hashimoto's disease (Ref: http://www.thyroidhelp.org/forums/showthread.php?2144-What-Is-Hashimoto-s-Simple-Information) You are prescribed thyroxine for the treatment of underactive thyroid in either case.

      Thyroxine is an inactive hormone T4 which has to be converted into active hormone T3 in the liver. Some people have difficult converting and they feel better on T3 hormone itself or Armour Thyroid.

      You shouldn't worry at this stage unless you have some serious symptoms and you are struggling with fatigue and weight loss. It takes usually 4 to 6 weeks to feel better after starting on thyroxine as it's a slow acting hormone.

      One thing worth asking your doctor is to request FT3 test as well which will help you get the full picture.

      Hope it helps.

  36. QUESTION:
    Under-active thyroid (hypothyroid)...help :S?
    I've never been about to lose weight no matter how little I eat ,I also had some other symptoms so I googled them & found out I had all the symptoms of an under-active thyroid, so I said it to my mum & she told me she has an under active thyroid & it runs in her family & my dads family.
    So i got my bloods done .

    My tsh level came back as 4.83
    My t4 level came back as 13.5

    I think these would be high considering since I've just turned 18.
    But my doctor just said they're boarder line and sent me away.

    I've tried everything kelp tablets , drinking green tea, eating lots of fish but nothings working.

    Now I just don't know what to do, I constantly feel tired, cold, I've gained more weight and I've lost all concentration and motivation.
    All signs of under active thyroid but I'm not being treated for it!
    Its been going on way too long and I don't know how much more I can take!

    Has anyone got any suggestions?
    Would every doctor say the same to me or would some consider my levels high?

    Thanks for reading :)

    • ANSWER:
      Why not see an Endocrinologist? You clearly have (subclinical) hypothyroidism, so find a doctor that will treat it. Usually, a doctor will prescribe Levothyroxine to lower you TSH and T4 into the normal range.

      Your labs would be considered normal if your doctor uses a normal range of .5-5.0, but some use .3-3.0. My doctor uses .4-4.0, so it differs doctor to doctor.

  37. QUESTION:
    My Mom is 88 years old and starting to sleep all the time, what can i do?
    Hi,

    My Mom is my life. Lately, probably the last three months she has been sleeping all of the time. Are there any herbs or exercises that may help her wake up more often? She just says she is sleepy all of the time. We have had her thyroid checked and cbc blood tests, comprehensive and basic and everything comes back in normal limits.
    What can give her more energy and perk her up?
    She has had high blood pressure and we have kept that under control with the herb 'cumin'.
    cumin works better than any beta blocker or calcium channel blocker ever has.
    That's why I have faith that there may be an herb that may help revitalize her.
    I understand old age and passing on is a way of life and 88 is wonderful age to reach, I just love my Mom so much I want to try anything to keep her with me as long as I can! : )
    I always see the bright side of things and ignore the rest, please please please show me some bright ideas!
    Thank you : )

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, Great that you got her thyroid checked but what you don't know is that many people with under-active thyroids have blood tests that are "within range". Most GPs have very little understanding of the thyroid and how it works. I would do some more research online on the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism. What about her iron levels, is she at the lower end of the ranges? Just because one is old doesn't mean that that one has to be tired all the time. How about her vitamin D, B12 levels etc. Does she have any other problems with her health? She might get more help from a holistic practitioner as they certainly look at the body as a whole and if you find a good one they know a lot.
      All the best....

  38. QUESTION:
    Under active Thyroid?
    Hi
    just wondering if anyone knows or does suffer from an under active thyroid.
    Are there any signs of having this, or is this information best gathered from a GP?
    And what about treatment? I hear there are "implamon" type things that release thyroxine into the bloodstream, is this an affective way to get my metabolism working properly?

    What are your thoughts?

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    Joints and under active thyroid?
    This is the second day I woke up to excruciating pain coming from my ankles, wrists, and fingers. I can still move them... But they hurt so bad when I do. And they are swelled up.
    Also, I was just diagnosed with an under active thyroid, so I was wondering if maybe this was linked to it? I havent started my medicine for it yet, though.
    Oh, and by the way, I'm only 16.

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms
      By Mayo Clinic staff

      CLICK TO ENLARGE
      Thyroid gland
      The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary widely, depending on the severity of the hormone deficiency. But in general, any problems you do have tend to develop slowly, often over a number of years.

      At first, you may barely notice the symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as fatigue and sluggishness, or you may simply attribute them to getting older. But as your metabolism continues to slow, you may develop more obvious signs and symptoms. Hypothyroidism signs and symptoms may include:

      Fatigue
      Sluggishness
      Increased sensitivity to cold
      Constipation
      Pale, dry skin
      A puffy face
      Hoarse voice
      An elevated blood cholesterol level
      Unexplained weight gain
      Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
      Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
      Muscle weakness
      Heavier than normal menstrual periods
      Brittle fingernails and hair
      Depression
      When hypothyroidism isn't treated, signs and symptoms can gradually become more severe. Constant stimulation of your thyroid to release more hormones may lead to an enlarged thyroid (goiter). In addition, you may become more forgetful, your thought processes may slow, or you may feel depressed.

      Advanced hypothyroidism, known as myxedema, is rare, but when it occurs it can be life-threatening. Signs and symptoms include low blood pressure, decreased breathing, decreased body temperature, unresponsiveness and even coma. In extreme cases, myxedema can be fatal.

      Hypothyroidism in children and teens
      Although hypothyroidism most often affects middle-aged and older women, anyone can develop the condition, including infants and teenagers. Initially, babies born without a thyroid gland or with a gland that doesn't work properly may have few signs and symptoms. When newborns do have problems with hypothyroidism, they may include:

      Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice). In most cases, this occurs when a baby's liver can't metabolize a substance called bilirubin, which normally forms when the body recycles old or damaged red blood cells.
      Frequent choking.
      A large, protruding tongue.
      A puffy appearance to the face.
      As the disease progresses, infants are likely to have trouble feeding and may fail to grow and develop normally. They may also have:

      Constipation
      Poor muscle tone
      Excessive sleepiness
      When hypothyroidism in infants isn't treated, even mild cases can lead to severe physical and mental retardation.

      In general, children and teens who develop hypothyroidism have the same signs and symptoms as adults do, but they may also experience:

      Poor growth, resulting in short stature
      Delayed development of permanent teeth
      Delayed puberty
      Poor mental development

  40. QUESTION:
    iam trying to loose weight but ive got a under active thyroid is there any tips to give it a kick start?
    iv joined a slimming club and stayed the same the 1st week ive stuck to it this week again and am due to be weighed wednesday i want to loose 28 lbs or there abouts then i will be at my ideal weight. iam on medication for my thyroid ive been on this for 8 weeks and my doc says this ie the right one for me

    • ANSWER:
      Well, one thing, I wouldn't do the herbalife thing...that IS scary doing diet drugs when you're on thyroid meds. DON'T DO IT!! Not tryin to put any other answerer down, it's just that someone with low thyroid is different from someone who has a normal thyroid. We tend to get heart palpatations, panic attacks, hard to breathe...this can all happen if we have to high of a dosage, or even if we take a diet pill!
      It's not good to suggest diet pills to those who shouldn't take them!
      I also want to mention~ If your doctor won't listen to YOU-and most don't, get a new one! YOU KNOW when your body is good & when it's not! I refuse to listen to someone who won't listen to me...because they think they know it all since they "went to school for the degree". Well, they didn't go to school & study MY BODY! So, get a new doc, and don't feel bad about it. What if something bad happened to you? Would you hesitate to let that doc know at that point? DON"T LET IT GET THERE!

      Anyway, as far as diet, I don't really have a diet for my thyroid problem. I have lazy thyroid, as you call it, also. I think moderate excersice would be helpful. I take 300 MCG per day!!! So mine is REALLY lazy! It takes a lot for me to get going, and if i miss a day or 2, i really pay for it!! I really do try to follow a healthy eating habit anyway, but not because of the thyroid....only because I feel better when I eat better.

      I have given several links below to read & perhaps you can read through & understand the different thyroid symptoms & problems.

      Here is some information about myself, plus some symptoms since you seemed to be interested:
      I have low thyroid. I've had it for 10 years. I got it after I had my second child at about the age of 25. If you have low thyroid...here's a great question to answer: Can you see the floor of your house? That was what was asked of me at one point, and to my amazement, the answer was no!
      My signs are: messy house, no desire to do anything...go anywhere, spend time with my kids or my guy, sleep a lot, hard to keep my eyes open at times, HUGE weight gain that over the past years have not found an easy way to take off...so I give up a lot, I have terribly dry hair & don't wash it a lot so it stays strong, I have bumps on my face...not like pimples, but I think it's from dry skin, and perhaps some others that I can't remember at this time...that's another symptom--forgetfullness.

      Here are the "GENERAL" signs for most people: fatigue and lack of energy. Women suffering from underactive thyroid experience heavier menstrual periods. Sluggishness and forgetfulness are symptoms of underactive thyroid problem. Other symptoms of this thyroid disorder are dry skin and hair and constipation.

      If you have high thyroid, or an overactive one, the signs are: increased body metabolism. This is followed by weight loss and excessive warmth and sweating. Persons suffering from overactive thyroid experience trembling hands, irritability and rapid heartbeat or palpitations. Women with overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism may experience shorter or lighter menstrual periods.

      I sadly will have to take 1 pill everyday for the rest of my life.
      I hope i've helped you!!

  41. QUESTION:
    can a thyroid problem be undetected even in a blood test?
    i know this person who has all signs of a thyroid problem thinning & falling of hair, weight gain, dry skin, skipped periods, and constipation problems? the test revealed her thyroid was normal? is it possible it went un noticed in the test? or does she really have this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      YES!!!!!
      I had an underactive thyroid for ten years and the blood test was always near the border for underactive thyroid so I was never treated for it since it was JUST inside the normal range.
      I finally had it slip into the abnormal range on the test and got on thyroid treatment. My depression of 15 years went away and my hair stopped falling out, my skin stopped being like sand paper, and lots of other problems went away.
      That test they do, the TSH test, has the top level set too high so that people who should be on thyroid hormone replacemetn therapy are not treated when they sould be.
      Your friend should try to find a doctor who will give her a prescription for thyroid pills!!!!!
      She sould get a copy of the results of the blood test and see for herself if the results show she is NEAR the border for under active thyroid. That is a very wide range on that TSH test and many feel it is TOO wide a range of normal. Many people show being in the normal range when actually they need to be on thyroid replacemetn therapy.
      The doctor goes only by the TSH test hopefully.
      I could kill that doctor I went to who for years told me my thyroid was normal when I had such awful symptons and was near the cut off point of normal on the TSH test.
      I suffered needlessly for ten years or more.

      There is an EXCELLENT site for your frined and it is on http://thyroid.about.com/ and it is the thyroid forum on there.
      She can and should get her scores from her TSH test and post the results for the other people on that forum to see and they are experts on thyroid problems and will let her know what she should do. I can highly recommend that site! It helped me a lot with my underactive thyroid problem.

  42. QUESTION:
    How can i get a flat stomach...FAST?
    i dont care how painful it is i just need a flat stomach aand fast! i dont need a six pack or anything like that but i dont want to buy anything to make me lose weight. all i need to do is get rid of my stomach fat in 4 days. please help! and make sure this will work in 4 days or less

    • ANSWER:
      Thats a ridiculous thing to say or even think. To sacrifice your body in pain and pleasure for a little physical advantage is implying something as bad as Steroids.

      The reason I am opening like this because you are suggesting to mix weight loss drugs, rigorously damage your body, and use any means (aside form surgery I am guessing) to get a six pack.

      Not only can it not be done, but you will probably cause some damage or severe pain that will get you nowhere.

      Weight loss doesn't involve just exercising more one day. It involves getting your body into a better metabolism, which makes you work off the fat. If you do that (such as by exercising or by certain dietary supplements) without increasing your calorie or fat content, it will promote weight loss.

      Sometimes an under active thyroid can lead to weight gain. But usually there are other signs to this, such as a sluggish lifestyle.

      Anyways, I wish you luck on your quest. I suggest you start with some crunches and SLOWLY work your way up to not risk pulling muscles. After four to six weeks of constant hard work, You should see some results

  43. QUESTION:
    What makes a 4 year old's TSH level high, but not the T3 and T4?
    She hasn't gained much weight over the past year and has some eye problems. I know these are all signs of hyperthyroidism, but her hormone levels were normal, but not her TSH. She's going to the doctor Friday.

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroidism

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

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

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

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

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

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

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

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

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

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

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

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

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

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

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

  44. QUESTION:
    How big would my node be now?
    Right, ive posted before but i just wanted a second oppinion from you guys.
    About 3-4 months ago i ended up in hospital with a viral infection.
    The week before i was in hospital i noticed an enlarged node on the left side of my neck, it was about 1.1 cm. hard but movable, and also what i think are nodes but not entirely sure on my collarbone again hard and movable, all painless
    A week later and i was out of hospital and felt fine, but the node is still there 3 months later, infact i think it has grown slightly, its now about 1.6 cm. i also still have the ones on my collarbone. But now i have another small movable node on my right side and one in my left groin.
    About a month ago i went to see my gp about all this and she said it can take up to a year for nodes to go back to normal size and sone may even stay that way.
    I said to her i was really worried about lymphoma and she said that because the chest xray i had in hospital and the blood test she did the week before were clear it was highly unlikely it was a lymphoma. I asked her for a biopsy but she said there wasnt enough evidence for them to reffer me,
    (I have no other symptoms) (my esr was slightly high but my doc said it was just remaining slightly high from my infection) i was just wondering why i have more nodes popping up i am a 18 year old girl

    • ANSWER:
      Lymph nodes on the neck area can but not always be a sign of cancer in the upper body, breast or lungs but your x-ray was clear so the lymph nodes were because of an infection and the ones in the groin area were checked out by blood tests so there is nothing serious wrong with you. Several years ago I had one in my neck and after all the cancer tests came back clear I was diagnosed with under active thyroid, Good Luck

  45. QUESTION:
    how do dogs get diabetes?
    and what are the symptoms if there are any?
    My uncel has a dog with diabetes, and she is blind. So i dont want my dog blind! I am just making sure that she doesnt get it.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes dogs do get diabetes. If they are diagnosed then they will be put on a course of thyroxine which should stabilise the thyroid gland and therefore the insulin that is produced should come up to the required levels.

      The cause isn’t known but medical experts feel it could be heredity, obesity and the taking of certain medications increase the chances of a dog developing diabetes. Diabetes mellitus can affect any age breed or sex of dog. though it is generally seen in dogs over the age of four.

      Excessive drinking and urination are the most common symptoms, they are in no way the only ones. weight loss dogs can also develop signs of poor skin and hair coat, liver disease, vomiting, weakness in the rear legs (diabetic neuropathy), secondary bacterial infections and dehydration. They can also develop a life threatening condition known as ketoacidosis.

      Dogs with diabetes suffer because of a under-active thyroid gland strangely enough in cats it is normally overactive.

  46. QUESTION:
    If you are on thyroid meds, what happens if you miss your dose for a few days?
    Is it as serious as insulin or will you be ok for a while? My insurance is a huge pain...and I have to fill it *exactly* on the 30 day mark - and sometimes the pharmacy is out or I can't get there on the exact day...what will happen if I miss a day or two? I've only been on it for 2 mos (on and off in the beginning while finding the right dose)
    im hypo , sorry for leaving that out

    • ANSWER:
      Are you over or under active? I have Graves' disease due to hyperthyroidism. I was diagnosed on May of 2003. I have had RAI-131 two years ago, but it did not reduce it enough. Currently, I don't take my meds. I can tell when I am overactive (jittery, heart racing, frustrated, and thyroid swollen) , and will take then ONLY when I am not feeling good. I learned to "read" my signs and can treat myself. Doctor says my TSH is over active, while T3, and T4 are normal. email me and I will give you links to other sites and help groups online. Good Luck!

  47. QUESTION:
    today I was diagnosed with an Under active Thyroid?
    I think from now on ill have to take 1 tablet a day for about 8 weeks.
    to get it back to normal

    but i dont know anything at all about this condition but Ive been researching this condition on the internet and I have got people saying they will be on these tablets for the rest of their life?

    is this true because the Doctor said id take this for about 8 weeks then id have another blood test to see if my levels are back to normal? and then thats it as far as im aware but hopefully i wont be on this for life or will I?

    and what will this mean to me with an Under active Thyroid with my life? will i be able to get fit im 15 stone and want to join the Army but I think it will be twice as hard to sign up now with an
    Under active Thyroid

    is it twice as hard to lose weight with an Underactive Thyroid
    and hopefully they have got this right about my condition i think they found out from the blood test I had.

    • ANSWER:
      One of the symptoms of under active thryroid is weight gain so once you are on the tablets, you should start losing weight. I have this condition and yes you may have to take tablets for the rest of you life but it all depends on why your thyroid is under active. Don't start worrying now, just wait until you see your doctor and have the blood tests. Lots of people have this condition and it is quite common. Good thing is it will entitle you to free prescriptions!!

  48. QUESTION:
    under active thyroid?
    i seem to loose a lot of hair on a daily basis .Is it anything to do with my under active thyroid or some thing different? i am on mediaction for my thyroid.

    • ANSWER:
      i have low thyroid. if you have low thyroid...here's a great question to answer: can you see the floor of your house? that was what was asked of me at one point, and to my amazement, the answer was no!
      anyway, the signs are:fatigue and lack of energy. Women suffering from underactive thyroid experience heavier menstrual periods. Sluggishness and forgetfulness are symptoms of underactive thyroid problem. Other symptoms of this thyroid disorder are dry skin and hair and constipation.
      if you have high thyroid, or an overactive one, the signs are:increased body metabolism. This is followed by weight loss and excessive warmth and sweating. Persons suffering from overactive thyroid experience trembling hands, irritability and rapid heartbeat or palpitations. Women with overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism may experience shorter or lighter menstrual periods.
      I take medication, and sadly will have to take 1 pill everyday for the rest of my life. there's a blood check that they will do to see if you have low or high. i hope i've helped you!!

  49. QUESTION:
    can any one tell me ............?
    What the signs of under active thyroid? thx xx?

    • ANSWER:
      webmd.com

  50. QUESTION:
    my mum has lost approx 6 stone since december 09im really worried what could this be a sign of?
    shes a type 2 diabetic and has an under active thyroid as well shes not eating she had a camera inside last week but they found a mass in her lower abdomen she has to go back but this time under anesthetic for a biopsy could this be cancer i think it is myself but im not sure she said the doctor put urgent on the form for the hospital

    • ANSWER:

signs of under active thyroid