Thyroid Symptoms Thyroid Disease

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is having hot flashes a part of having thyroid disease, or am I still going through menopause?
    I have thyroid disease and I am taking synthroid for it. If I start to get hot I will break out into a sweat. It is like a hot flash. I don't have night sweats so I know I am over the menopause thing. Does anyone out there do the same thing that has thyroid disease? This is very bothersome to me... a real drag!

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms of thyroid disease and menopause are almost the same. What you need to look out for are additional symptoms so that you can tell the difference between the two health conditions.

      Aside from hot flashes, thyroid problem symptoms include pain in the neck and swelling of arms and legs. Visual disturbances and extreme fluctuation of weight are also signs of a thyroid problem.

      If you are suffering from night sweats and vaginal dryness, you are most likely to be suffering from menopausal symptoms.

      I've been visiting this site to learn more about hot flashes. http://www.hotflashfreedom.com/

  2. QUESTION:
    What happens if you have thyroid problems?
    My mom has had her thyroid removed and she gained weight because of it. I have heard similar stories and I'm scared that I will gain weight as well. I have been getting weird symptoms of thyroid disease lately and I'm really scared :/

    • ANSWER:
      Removal of your thyroid requires you to be on hormone supplements for the rest of your life, but with the right management she will lead a fairly normal life. As for you, you could always have TSH, T3, T4 tests done to see if it's working well, inactive or if you have hypothyrodism/hashimoto's syndrome.

      Don't worry, removal of your thyroid is only done in extreme cases.

  3. QUESTION:
    What do I need to know about Thyroid Disease?
    I was diagnosed today with Thyroid Disease. What exactly should I know about this disease?

    I don't have a doctors appointment until the beginning August, but I did get put on medication.

    What should I not be doing? And what can I do to help treat this disease.

    • ANSWER:
      Everything you wanted to know about 'thyroid':
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/things-we-have-learned
      (the entire site is full of great info)

      Basically, the thyroid regulates the entire metabolism, and is one of "the" most important glands in the entire body. Without a thyroid and on no thyroid replacement, the body will die.
      The top 2 things that can cause thyroid issues are iodine deficiency and radiation exposure.
      Here is an iodine link: http://www.iodine4health.com
      Here is a radiation link: http://atomicwomen.org (see the history section)

      Treating a thyroid issue (assuming it is hypOthyroidism without antibodies):
      Properly test/treat adrenals (cortisol) and ferritin.
      Use natural thyroid (dosed by symptoms), NOT synthetic because the synthetic isn't exactly something the human body can use efficiently:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work/
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/natural-thyroid-101/

      And, well, there's lots more, so it might be wise to join a thyroid discussion group.
      Here's a VERY good group: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Naturalthyroidhormones/
      And if you need a better doctor, here's an article to help with that:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/how-to-find-a-good-doc/

      I certainly hope this info helps you.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is thyroid disease in childen around one year to two years old?
    This one year old's soft spot has not healed over and he has some dry skin problems and a small loss of weight. This is some signs of thyroid disease. Hopefully it will turn out to be just a coincidence.

    • ANSWER:
      I would assume this child has been tested for thyroid disease. In the US, mandatory thyroid testing of infants has taken place since 1976. If this child has not been tested, then get him to a doctor as soon as possible. He may have congenital hypothyroidism. Even if he had been tested, it may be a good idea to test again. Hypothyroidism in a child can be devastating.

      Congenital hypothyroidism is a disorder that affects infants at birth, and occurs in about 1 in 4000 live-born babies. It is characterised by the loss of thyroid function, due to the thyroid gland failing to develop normally. In some cases, the gland is totally absent. About 10 per cent of cases are caused by an enzyme defect leading to deficient hormone production, iodine deficiency and a brain pituitary gland abnormality. If the diagnosis is delayed, and immediate treatment is not given, congenital hypothyroidism can lead to growth and developmental defects, and severe mental retardation (cretinism).

      Fortunately, routine testing for thyroid function in newborns has been mandatory since 1976. Within the first week of life, a heelprick blood sample is taken to assess an infant's thyroid hormone level. If any abnormality is found, a repeat blood sample is taken. If this confirms congenital hypothyroidism, the infant is immediately given thyroid hormone replacement therapy (T4 thyroxine). Normal growth and development should then continue, with no adverse effects on the child's mental capacity.

      Before newborn thyroid screening began, this condition was easily missed. Even within a few days, subtle symptoms would emerge, such as poor feeding, constipation, low body temperature, cool skin, slow pulse, prolonged jaundice, increased sleepiness, and decreased crying. After a few weeks, other physical signs would become more noticeable, such as poor growth and development, dry skin and hair, poor muscle tone, slow tendon reflexes, hoarse crying, enlarged tongue, umbilical hernia, and puffiness or swelling. By this time, there would already have been some devastating consequences. Treatment with thyroid hormone replacement would have resolved most of the physical symptoms, but the child would more than likely have had permanent brain damage.

  5. QUESTION:
    Can a primary care physician effectively treat my thyroid disease?
    I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis and am currently on Synthroid, which has alleviated most of my symptoms. I have to have blood tests at my primary care doctor and trips to my endocrinologist every six months to monitor my condition. My endocrinologist found thyroid nodules at my last appointment, but she did a fine needle aspiration and they are benign.

    Anyway, trying to navigate between doctors and keep all the bureacracy straight is making me crazy. It took me three days of phone calls to get a minor mix up with a lab form straightened out between two doctors, the lab, and the insurance company.

    I'm not really that thrilled with my endocrinologist anyway, so I'm wondering whether my primary care doctor would be able to handle all the treatment. I'm afraid if continue juggling doctors like I'm doing now, I'm going to end up on anxiety medication or have a nervous breakdown from trying to naviage the healthcare system. Does anyone with thyroid disease get all their treatment from a PCP? I plan on talking to mine about it today, but I'd just like to have an idea of how common it is before I go in. Thanks.
    Care to expand? With all do respect, you are a complete Internet stranger, so if you could tell me your reasoning, that would be helpful.
    *due

    • ANSWER:
      There are many PCP's & others that can do just as well as an Endocrinologist. I know that is the specialty of an Endo but many of them concentrate so much on diabetes to the exclusion of thyroid disorders. Especially since you are diagnosed. Please read adtl & just know that until your dose is increased (has to be gradual) to your optimum dose, you should be re-checked every 6 wks then every 6 mos thereafter.

      TSH norm should be .3 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2, like maybe ONE).

      ALWAYS GET COPIES OF YOUR LABS.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      God bless you


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