Frequently Asked Questions
What does it mean if you have low thyroid function?
I had a blood test and my doc told me my thyroid results are a bit low. In a couple of months she wants me to have another thyroid test.
What does a low thyroid? Does it affect my metabolism because I excercise a heck of a lot and I eat light healthy meals and my weight wont budge. I only want to lose about 4 kilos. I'm very motivated but I also do suffer from fatigue and I still push myself to exercise. I just think that I should really be losing some weight.
The thyroid is what controls our metabolism by the hormone it makes
known as thyroxine (T3,T4)
There are really two glands involved in this: The thyroid and the
pituitary gland in the brain.
The pituitary gland also makes a hormone, known as TSH or
Thyroid stimulating hormone.
Now to understand these both:
When the thyroid produces its hormone and it goes into
the blood...this helps keep the metabolism at the correct range,
because if the hormone starts to decrease in the blood...the
pituitary gland start to produce more of the TSH HORMONE
to signal the thyroid to make more. It is like a balancing act.
However, sometimes there is a problem with the thyroid gland
itself, not being able to produce enough of its hormone...so this
causes such a drop in the blood, The pituitary glands keeps
making more of its hormone and it goes well above the normal
range in the blood trying to get the thyroid to react.
This condition is then known as hypothyroidism. Hypo means
low...it means the thyroid isn't producing high enough of the
thyroid hormone, thyroxine, to keep it at a certain range that
the body needs to stablize the metabolism in the body.
People who have this problem, usually has to take replacement
thryoid hormone medication. The doctor has to adjust this
medication for awhile and check the blood tests to see if
the level in the blood finally returns to a normal range.
Then the pituitary gland will slow down it production of
Those who have hypothyroid problems tend to gain weight or
have difficulty losing weight. They may feel tired, since their
metabolism is slowing down.
You can read more about this here and also watch a slideshow:
I hope this may help you.
The doctor doesn't really want you to start on medication until he is sure
that you definitely need to. It is good that he wants to do another testing
to be sure of this, before going further in your treatment.
How long for low thyroid meds to work?
How long does it take to notice effects of "Synthroid" to treat my low thyroid? What can I expect? Thanks for your input.
Here is some information about myself, plus some symptoms in case anyone coming upon your question may be interested. I have also given several links below to read & perhaps you can read through & understand the different thyroid symptoms & problems.
I have low thyroid. I have had it for 10 years. I came about after I had my second child. Most people can do well, but myself, if I even miss a day or two, I get super tired, and VERY cranky. My body literally ate up my thyroid...it's almost non-existent. I am on 300mg of levoxyrothin.
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!!
What do I need to know about low thyroid?
I'm pretty young to have a low thyroid and it is very low. I was just diagnosed a month ago and I take the medication every day. I still feel extreamly tired and super unmotivated. I didn't get to ask my doctor any questions before they diagnosed me so if you could answer any if these that would be great: does low thyroid put you at higher risk of getting cancer? How long until I know if the medication is working or not? Is it possible to start feeling depressed because of the medication? Any more advice would be great thanks:)
web md has such good stuff on this that you would do well to have a read.
What are the cause's of having antibodies in the thyroid gland?
i have low thyroid but i been having trouble being extremely tired all the time so my doctor check me for antibodies in the thyroid gland does anyone no what else it could be then Hashimoto's thyroid disease?
It could be graves disease. Umm your body is attacking itself in some cases. It is very treatable. Plenty of options as in getting it removed or killing it little by little. Hope that could help a little
is pulsating tinnitus anything to do with a low thyroid?
i have been told i have pulsating tinnitus and i read somewhere that it is to do with a low thyroid count.does anyone know about this?
Tinnitus could be due to hyperthyroidism as well as hypothyroidism.
What happens is that when you have thyroid problems, you may develop an increased blood flow through the jugular vein, which is the largest vein in the neck. The jugular vein carries blood from the brain back to the heart. In so doing, it travels along the middle ear. The middle ear then hears the turbulent blood flow anywhere in the course of the jugular vein as a hum or a noise. Thus, you perceive a sound even though there is no external source.
The noises associated with pulsatile tinnitus include low-pitched thumping or booming sound and a high-pitched clicking noise.
So get yourself checked. If you do come to know the real cause, you should consider yourself very lucky as you will stand a very good chance of not only controlling your thyroid gland activity but also be able to get rid of your tinnitus which generally does not leave by its own and hardly has any good medications for, at least with the conventional line of medicine.
Valium, Xanax and Klonopin are benzodiazepine drugs that many doctors prescribe for tinnitus. These are conventional medications which achieve only limited success in tinnitus relief, and usually their bothersome side effects such as dry mouth, blurred vision, and constipation often discourage use.
They are addicting to varying degrees and cannot be used continuously for a long period of time. They are helpful in reducing tinnitus symptoms and aid in sleeping. Valium is the most addicting of these and is not used often for this reason.
Xanax is very popular and is prescribed often for tinnitus. However, the ATA (American Tinnitus Association) report on medications that cause tinnitus lists Xanax as causing it in 6.6% of cases.
There is actually no cure for tinnitus with the conventional medicine. Actually, since last many years, the onus has been on the herbal industry to provide relief, if any, to tinnitus sufferers.
Tinnitus is usually due to damage to the microscopic ends of the hearing nerve in the inner ear. Perfect hearing is possible only if these nerves remain healthy and any damage to these nerves results in tinnitus or hearing impairment.
Some herbal remedies exist which can be used to support all body systems involved in helping the ear to perform its tasks of clear hearing and balance, as well as the circulatory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems.
Some of the most common herbs & biochemic tissue salts used are
Ginkgo Biloba is excellent for a number of cerebral and circulatory disorders. It is probably the most widely-used herb for tinnitus and many sufferers swear by this natural ingredient.
Rosemary dilates and strengthens blood vessels and is an excellent circulation tonic. Rosemary is particularly useful for tinnitus that is caused or worsened by high blood pressure and other circulatory conditions.
Avena Sativa is effective in reducing high cholesterol levels which can contribute to circulatory problems which cause tinnitus.
Wild Hyssop s also useful in reducing pain and inflammation.
Salicylic Ac. (30C) is indicated for tinnitus with loud roaring or ringing sounds, which may be accompanied by deafness or vertigo. This remedy is particularly useful in people whose symptoms began with a bout of flu, Meniere s disease or long-term use of aspirin.
Ferrum phosphoricum (Ferrum phos. D6) is a homeopathic biochemic tissue salt which supports the absorption of iron in the body. The protective myelin sheath which surrounds all nerve tissue needs iron to supply this vital nutrient to the nerve cells it encases. Regular use of Ferrum phos. can help to prevent dizziness, headaches and restlessness and is of great benefit for those who tend to feel irritable, tense and tired.
Magnesium phosphate (Mag. phos. D6) well-known as a homeopathic painkiller, Mag. phos. is also of great benefit to the health of the nerves. It acts as a natural anti-spasmodic and a nerve and muscle relaxant and is also frequently recommended for stress headaches.
Hope all this helps
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