Causes Of Low Thyroid Levels

You may have heard of a condition known as an enlarged thyroid. In fact, you may suspect that you or someone you know has this condition. This article explores the nature of this organ, the causes of an enlarged thyroid, and 3 frequency-asked questions about this condition.

What Your Thyroid Does for Your Body

Your thyroid is part of your body's endocrine system, a network of glands that release important hormones for the regulation of normal bodily functions. It is a small organ less than an ounce in weight (under normal conditions) and divided into two halves or lobes. The lobes are joined by a band of tissue called an isthmus.

The thyroid's job is to convert iodine into thyroid hormones, known as T3 and T4. These hormones control metabolism, the conversion of oxygen and calories into energy. Every cell in the body is dependent upon the thyroid hormone for its normal functioning.

This organ's function is activated by the pituitary gland, found at the base of the brain. When the body's thyroid hormone gets too low, the pituitary gland releases TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) to tell the thyroid to produce more T3 and T4.

Causes of an Enlarged Thyroid: 3 FAQs

Some people develop an enlarged thyroid gland, a condition also known as goiter. When it becomes enlarged, the thyroid can be seen from the outside as a mass inside the neck.

In some cases, goiter results in the overproduction of thyroid hormone and/or becomes malignant. In other cases (non-toxic goiter), the thyroid becomes enlarged but there is no over-production of the hormone.

Here are 3 frequently-asked questions about the causes of this condition:

1. What causes an enlarged thyroid? There are a number of possible causes of goiter, or enlarged thyroid. Only your doctor can tell you for sure what is causing your condition.

2. Can a diet deficient in iodine cause enlarged thyroid? Technically, someone who does not eat enough iodine in their diet can experience an enlarged thyroid. However, given that iodine is found in abundance in many common foods, this is usually not the cause of goiter.

3. What else can cause an enlarged thyroid? The more common cause is a defect in the synthesis of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) that is released by the pituitary gland in the brain.

Treatment Options

If your thyroid problem is small or moderate-sized, it can be treated with thyroid hormone. This is taken as a pill. This is an effect treatment because the thyroid hormone supplied in the pill causes the pituitary to make less TSH, which will result in the stabilization of the thyroid gland. While this will not decrease the size of the thyroid, it will stop it from growing.

More commonly, a doctor will recommend the removal of the parts of the thyroid that are causing compression in other parts of the neck, such as the trachea or esophagus. Compression can lead to frequent coughing, a change in the voice, or nighttime choking.

If the goiter is determined to be malignant, it will almost certainly be recommended for removal via surgery. Fortunately, less than 5% of enlarged thyroids are malignant.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    can taking alot of codeine or vicodin cause low thyroid levels?
    I have a wisdom tooth that I nee to have extracted, I went to the dentist for the first visit, and they prescribed vicodin, when I went in for the extraction they said it was too far into the nerve for them to pull and I needed a specialist so they prescribed more, and now I have my first visit with the specialist on the 10th and wont get an extraction till the end of the month probably, the whole time being on painkillers. I went to the doctor for blood work, and then found out that my thyroid levels are really low, can the painkillers cause this?? and if soo is it safe to take the meds he gave me for my thyroids??

    • ANSWER:
      No

  2. QUESTION:
    How likely is my depression caused by low thyroid levels?
    So I asked about postpartum depression & everyone said it looked like I had it. So I started looking into it & say low thyroid levels can cause depression. I have alot of the other symptoms
    I've had head aches almost every day since the baby was born
    joint pain
    dizziness
    irritability
    sleep problems

    anyone know much about postpartum low thyroid levels?
    possibly brittle nails & easy bruising
    what really makes me mad is I went to a regular doc about the head aches & joint pain & dizziness & he told me it was migrains! I didn't agree so never filled the prescription

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  3. QUESTION:
    How do low Free4 thyroid levels affect the body (vs. the other thyroid hormone)?
    My doctor told me that there are two different thyroid hormones. I got my levels checked, and my free4 thyroid hormone is low, but my other level was fine. This doctor seems ignorant to me, and was not being straightfoward when I asked him what a low free4 thyroid causes. He said "don't worry about it," but seemed to be clueless. My endocrinologist (another doctor) told me that this hormone is low in depressed young women (i do get depressed and suffer from depression). I am ONLY 17 y/o can hardly lose weight, despite the fact that i only drink pure WATER and i eat oatmeal for breakfast. I have been more active in the past, but for the past year have not lifted weights and do not exercise often b/c i am fatigued, cold, and my joints always hurt me. Yet, I only eat fruit and somethimes a rice cake (this is NOT a dessert) for a snack. Unfortunately, certain weeks i get food cravings (for salts and sweets) that get out of control. Soo... how do these low free4 thyroid levels affect the body vs. the other type of thyroid hormone?

    • ANSWER:
      Your thyroid produces both free T4 and Free T3. 80% is T4 and 20% is T3. T3 is stronger than T4.
      Your doctor should also have measured your TSH level which is produced in your pituitary in response to the blood levels of T4 and T3.
      High TSH means an under-active thyroid gland.
      Sounds like you should be on thyroid replacement therapy as depression and weight gain may be due to an under-active thyroid.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can low thyroid hormones be the cause of menopause?
    I am 49 and I have very low level T4 Thyroid, my thyroid level dropped rapidly, can this be the cause of menopause.

    • ANSWER:
      It can't CAUSE menopause, but it can cause your periods to stop. The difference is that your period may start again if you have your thyroid problems fixed. With menopause, your eggs are all gone and your ovaries work only a little. With amenorrhea caused by thyroid problems, you may still have some eggs left.

  5. QUESTION:
    What could cause a Thyroid Level to be low?
    What could cause a Thyroid Level to be low for an adult or a child (both)?

    Thank you ahead of time. Serious Answers Only Please.

    • ANSWER:
      There are a number of causes for low thyroid hormone levels. Worldwide, but really mostly in developing countries, lack of iodine in the diet is the cause. Your body needs iodine to produce thyroid hormone.
      For most cases in the developed world however, the cause is an autoimmune disease, thyroiditis, when your own immune cells attack the thyroid gland in your neck.
      Sometimes the cause is a problem with a gland in your brain called the pituitary gland. This gland makes hormones that stimulate the thyroid gland to make thyroid hormone. If you can't make the stimulating hormone then you thyroid level will be low. The thyroid blood tests can tell when the pituitary is the problem.
      There are other causes, like an inflamed thyroid after pregnancy, certain drugs can cause it and there are inherited forms of hypothyroidism (the medical name for low thyroid hormone). When babies are born they have a heel prick test to look for this condition. HTH
      this link may help
      http://www.ehealthmd.com/library/hypothyroidismchildren/HYC_whatis.html

  6. QUESTION:
    "What could cause a blood test to show low thyroid levels, low Vitamin D levels and low iron levels?
    I went to the doctor last week to talk about a variety of different problems I've been having lately. I always feel tired, anxious, sometimes dizzy when I stand up, am having a lot of joint pain and am constipated. She made me get some blood tests done, so today I called to find out my results. Her nurse told me that my thyroid level was low, as was my Vitamin D and iron. Okay, English please! I want to know what could be the problem! Any ideas? Female, 26.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello. Low thyroid indicates that you have Hypothyroidism. You have a lot of the symptoms, but there are many more. You will probably have to take thyroid medication to get your levels back to normal. Once on it, you usually have to take it for the rest of life to stay healthy. Google Hypothyroidism, so you can learn more about symptoms, and treatments. It can be a very complicated disease, so it's a good idea to educate yourself about it. Good Luck.

  7. QUESTION:
    Anyone have borderline low thyroid levels?
    I recently went to the doctor because I had been feeling very lethargic & run down. This started a couple of weeks after I had gotten a steroid shot for a cold I couldn't get rid of. This was the first steroid shot I have ever had. When the lethargy kept getting worse I finally made an appointment with my doctor after feeling this way for about 2 months. They drew blood & called me back with the results that showed my thyroid levels were borderline low. I just started .025 milligrams of synthroid. I am on day 2 of the medication.
    Could this have been caused by the steroid shot? Will I have to take this medication forever. I don't know of anyone else in my family that has had thyroid issues.
    How long does it take for the medication to work?
    I am 33 years old. My bloodwork only showed borderline low thyroid levels. Everything else was fine.
    I am 5'6...145 lbs.

    • ANSWER:
      Synthroid is a synthetic drug many people never feel good on it I am one of them I used it for 2 years I felt terrible the entire time. It got to the point were I felt WORSE on synthroid then I did with no medication at all! Go to natural thyroid meds! Check these sites out!
      www.stopthethyroidmadness.com

      http://www.thyroid-info.com/articles/synthroidproblems.htm

      http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-6268-synthroid-not-fda-approved.html

      What were your levels? what did they test? You need to make sure they test TSH Free T4 and FreeT3 Most doctors only care about and test TSH this is not the right way to treat or diagnose thyroid conditions. FREE T4 and FREE T3 are very important dont let any doctor lie and say its not. ALSO when they do test TSH make sure they are using the correct lab ranges, in 2003 the normal ranges where changed to .3-3.0 but many labs have yet to change their ranges!

  8. QUESTION:
    SUFFERING EXTREME FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS COULD IT BE MY THYROID LEVELS?
    Years ago I had Radio Iodine to destroy my thyroid cause of goiter and nodules. I have been on Synthroid 25mcg every since. Over the years I have gone through bouts of sickness. Flu like symptoms are the worse. I cannot remember a time when I have felt good at all. I have run the gambit of doctors and it has been a nightmare. Every time my levels are taken they come back and say that I am in the normal range. I have suffered horrible IBS, headaches, flu like symptoms, hair and skin problems. I have spent years on a sickness roller coaster. They have done all the tests and have told me it is hormonal and I have been on every kind of HRT you can imagine even bio identical. I have been given anti depressants cause I was told it is depression. I have been on IBS meds, and meds for tremors. I have been tested for fibromyalgia, and so much more. Everytime I try and relate my symptoms to a doctor they throw me a pill. Presently I am so sick with these flu like symptoms, and stomach problems, but since my levels are in the normal range no one will listen to me. They want to send me to specialist after specialist, and are sure it is not thyroid. I just want to feel good for a change. I have even lost my health insurance over this for pre existing condition because I have been sent to so many doctors and had so many tests.
    I recently went to a new doctor, and explained my symptoms again, and again I am getting fecal tests, blood work, and he is ready to send me back off to a gastro doctor. I even had a total hysterectomy cause a gyn told me it was the only way to stop the heavy bleeding I was experiencing. Now as I research I find that is another symptom of low thyroid levels. Has anyone else gone through this? I am ready to just increase my meds myself and try to find a level of comfort. From what I read 25mcg is a very low dose.

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  9. QUESTION:
    is thyroid cancer rare?
    hello my wife has had thyroid problems since she was a kid and now as an adult her thyroid level was low when she went for blood test but she also had a miscarriage not too long ago could havin a mis carriage cause for low thyroid level also a few mos ago it looked like she didnt even a thyroid problem now it looks like she has a goiter she also has nodules that are benighn can thyroid cancer develope so soon we went to the hospital last year jus to check to see if she had cancer but she was clear and this blood test show it was clear too but im just worried bout that visible lump she has on her right side of her throat and also if left untreatd i mean the low levels what would happen thanks if anyone has some answers please let me know my hair is turning white just thinking of this

    • ANSWER:
      No it is not rare.

  10. QUESTION:
    Does high thyroid dosage cause an enlarged tongue?
    I am perplexed on this issue because I thought low thyroid levels caused it. I had my thyroid removed several years ago because it was destroyed by thyroid cancer. I've never had this enlarged tongue situation before, and the only thing my doctor can find wrong is a low TSH, signifying that my levothyroxin level is too high.

    I go through testing every 4 months because my medicine always needs adjusting plus or minus, but this is the first time I've had an enlarged tongue. All I can eat is chicken broth, spray cheese, drinks and so on.

    My doctor is confident that an adjusted dosage will resolve this in time. I'm wondering, since my TSH has been way high and way low before and never has my tongue swollen to the point of difficulty like this. Any opinions or suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      The technical term is "macroglossia" if you want to do a search.

      The answer to your question is no, hyperthyroidism does not typically cause it. You need to go to your doctor and get help sorting out the possible causes...sounds like its pretty marked.

  11. QUESTION:
    Low calcium levels, causes of?
    I am rather confused as in a recent blood test, my calcium levels have come back rather low. I have a good intake of dairy in my diet, so it is not nutritional. I have been to my doctor and she is not sure either. any ideas? I do have iron-difficient anaemia and an under active thyroid, but these should not affect my calcium. Only well informed answers please. I have looked into it but hit a brick wall. Many thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have an under active thyroid gland, then you may also have an underactive Parathyroid Gland. This produces the hormone Parathyroid hormone which increases the amount of free Calcium in your body. I would ask your doc if they have checked the level of this hormone - PTH for short.

      Good luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    I had my Thyroid removed 4 weeks ago, now my Thyroid Levels are low,will this get better on it's own?
    I am a 43 year-old female with 2 children, a daughter, 16 and a son,9-I Home School them-this is a major problem for me.My husband works nights, so I have absolutly NO Help.
    I had all of my thyroid except for my upper lrft lobe and the lymph nodes in my neck removed 4 weeks ago due to Thyroid Cancer.
    The Surgeon said he got all of the cancer-my neck's still causing me a great deal of pain, is this normal?
    My thyroid levels are low.
    I feel like I was hit by a train and am exhausted and have no energy and have gained weight-up from a size 8 to a size 14-UUUGGGGHHHH! If I keep gaining weight , I'm goung to lose my mind.I am 5'8" tall and went from 135 lbs. to 180 lbs.-way too much for my liking! I am embarassed to take my clothing off in front of my husband and sex, forget it-I am way too fat!
    Not to mention, I cannot afford to buy even used cothes as the bills from the Hospital add up to over ,000.00 and we only have the one Income as I am unable to find a job since I was laid-off last November and we live in an economically challenged area and my 16 yr. old can't find a job.
    The Surgeon said that 1/4 of a lobe would produce enough thyroid hormone for my body, just give it some time.
    Do you think I need some Synthroid or some type of Thyroid replacement?
    Is threre a Natural Alternative I can buy at the health Food Store as we have NO Insurance? Also, the scars are bad, how long will it take for them to fade?
    Please NO Mean or Cruel Answers or Comments as I just can't deal with it right now!
    Thanks in Advance for any and all advice!
    I appreciate all of your answers-I felt like the Surgeon was not too competant, but now I have proof!
    The soonest I can get into my G.P. is on 19 January, since I have no Insurance, that is the soonest I can see the Dr.-I will be sure to tell him all the things that I have learned from all of you!
    Thank You so much for taking the time to help me!
    I truly appreciate the fact that you all cared enough to help!Hugs and Great Karma to Each and EVERY one of You!
    P.S. The Surgeon did not tell me that I would need Synthroid or any other type of thyroid replacement-he simply said that it would even out in time and 1/4 of a thyroid would make enough thyroid hormone to do me, nor did he even suggest follow-ups on the Cancer.
    He acted like I was baty when I told him how bad I feel!

    • ANSWER:
      Good god! Fire your entire medical team and find someone competent to help you immediately. These doctors are committing malpractice on you. I am just too shocked and appalled to say much more. This situation is just way too screwed up. Not only are your doctors trying to kill you by driving you into a myxedema coma, if that doesn't work, they are going to be sure to kill you by stimulating your cancer to make it grow back. You just DO NOT leave a thyroid cancer patient hypothyroid. Period. You just don't. In no way is it ok to leave ANY patient hypothyroid, but for a thyroid cancer patient, wow. Just wow.

  13. QUESTION:
    Must I take a drug to bring my Thyroid levels up to normal?
    My Dr. Said my thyroid levels are low, I hate taking drugs for the side effects they always cause. MUST I take drugs for this?What will happen if I don't take Synthroid. or stoptaking it after 2 months of being on it?
    Thanks "Jack of all trades,"
    I'll heed your advice.
    TO MISSYWOSS. My doctor does not know me well, as we just moved here from another state, that's why I'm asking for help from other medical sources, but thanks anyway.
    To all others...I really appreciate answers from Sensible people

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it's important and I felt the same way at the beginning since when I was younger I vowed never to take Any drugs but look at it this way, it's really not so much a drug as you are replacing something in your body that your body has used up--you were born with it in your body.

      But let me tell you as my co-workers and I have ALL discovered. I'm not sure if it's because the pharmacy classes mainly teach about synthroid because the drug companies make more $ from synthroid but the more natural form, Armour, works better for ALL of us and usually costs a lot less.

      It's important to find yourself a good endocrinolgist because just like people in all occupations, there are definitely some better, some worse and it can make a big difference.

      There are extremely serious consequences to not taking your thyroid meds. The lesser of these is weight gain, feeling cold all the time, mental sluggishness, depression. One person I know wasn't diagnosed until she went into a coma-like state which could happen if you don't take it long enough.

      Anytime you want to talk about this, I have been on thyroid meds for years because of hypothyroidism--dperrine98@yahoo.com

  14. QUESTION:
    Can an under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism) cause low body weight or weight loss?
    My doctor suggested I go to an endocrinologist because I was complaining about bad sleep, low mood, and a severe lack of energy. I feel tired nearly all the time. The endocrinologist said that these are signs of underactive thyroid. He did a test and said that my thyroid hormone level was just on the low end of the normal range. It might be a problem or it might not. He suggested I try a low dose of thyroid hormone pill for 6 weeks. He didn't feel certain that it was a thyroid problem, so I'm a little wary of trying the medication. Most of my symptoms fit hypothyroidism except for one: I have a very low body weight, even though I eat well. hypothyroidism usually causes weight gain, not loss. Is it at all possible that I can have a low body weight, fatigue, and low mood because of an under active thyroid? The conditions seem to clash a bit.

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  15. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism (low thyroid) questions...?
    I have been recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I've done a lot of research on it, and I still don't know what caused mine. I've never had thyroid surgery, I've never been pregnant and I don't have an iodine deficiency. Does anyone know of any other causes?

    Also, I don't like the idea of being on medication for the rest of my life. Is there an injection you can take that allows the hormone to just release over a few months in your body so that you don't have to take a pill each day?

    And lastly, reading the medication insert, it says not to take calcium or dietary fiber with the medication. Does that mean I can't have any calcium or fiber ever? That's going to be impossible for me since my doctor said I need to take calcium + Vitamin D supplements cause my levels are low. I'm confused about this one.

    Since I'm very newly diagnosed, any information, tips, links, etc are appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes for hypothyroidism besides the ones you mentioned. Many people are born with the condition or the potential for it that can show up later. For many there is a genetic component that tends to run in families.

      While I can appreciate your reluctance to take medicine every day there are currently no alternatives. The levels needed to control this condition are very sensitive and may need to be changed or stopped. Long term release options do not allow this control.

      For most people the fibre/calcium only means not to take them at the same time. If you leave time for the hypothyroid medication to be absorbed there should be no problem in eating fiber. Do check this with your doctor since your calcium supplement level may need to be adjusted.

  16. QUESTION:
    How does eating yogurt affect thyroid hormone levels?
    I've been taking levothyroxine for several years now. In January, my doctor decided to increase my dosage from 0.25 mcg to 0.5 mcg. On Saturday, April 21st, I began eating a cup of yogurt, Dannon's Activia brand, a day. This past Friday afternoon, I started feeling hot, and my stomach felt unsettled. I also remember being hungrier than usual between my midmorning snack of yogurt and lunchtime that day. Could eating the yogurt in combination with taking the 0.5 mcg of levothyroxine cause these symptoms? I've read that yogurt contains iodine, which can increase thyroid hormone production. I haven't taken another levothyroxine tablet since that morning and would like to start back in case my thyroid levels become too low before my appointment on May 15th to have my blood checked. I have not had the symptoms again since Friday. Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated!
    Sorry I wasn't clearer on this point, but if eating foods containing iodine, like yogurt, can boost my thyroid hormone without me having to take the levothyroxine, I would much prefer that.
    As of this morning, I've begun taking the levothyroxine. I called my doctor's office yesterday about the missed doses, and the person I talked with said I should be fine going into May 15th if I started back on it today. I guess time will tell if the symptoms recur. As for salt, I rarely add salt to my food. The only foods I salt are rice, grits, and eggs, and I don't eat these foods very often.

    • ANSWER:
      Iodine deficiency is rare because of iodized salt. Tell your doctor your change in diet, maybe you fit into this rare group. Do not go off you medication without consulting your doctor. I think seafood and iodized salt maybe better sources of iodine for you.

      Iodine is a trace element found mostly in soil. In a perfect world, crops absorb iodine through their root systems, and humans and livestock take in iodine through the foods they eat. In vast regions of the world... arable land doesn't contain enough of this essential element, and crops and livestock in these areas are therefore deficient in iodine.

      Iodized salt -- table salt with iodine added -- is the main food source of iodine. Seafood is naturally rich in iodine. Cod, sea bass, haddock, and perch are good sources. Kelp is the most common vegetable seafood that is a rich source of iodine. Dairy products and plants grown in soil that is rich in iodine are ... good sources.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can low levels of progesterone cause digestion problems?
    I am trying to conceive and have many many symptoms of hypothyroidism (which is hereditary in my family) BUT, I am wondering lately if I may also/just have low levels of progesterone. Just for record,last time I checked I had slightly elevated levels of testosterone. I have had chest pains all my life and I have been told it is just anxiety or my breast bone etc...today, after I took my vitamins and ate breakfast I had bad bad chest pain and stomach pain (like gas) Is that indigestion? It went away after about an hour or so and then just now I ate dinner and right when I put my plate in the sink I had to double over in pain from my chest and stomach again. I took Tums AND GasX and I think it is getting better as I write this.
    Chest pain is scary as hell dude! I have three daughters and I worry. SO....I plan on using progesterone cream for TTC and hopefully it will clear up many other symptoms that mimic under active thyroid.
    CAN LOW LEVELS OF THIS HORMONE CAUSE DIGESTION PROBLEMS?
    Thanks
    My chest pain is on my left side.

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  18. QUESTION:
    Is there any relation between the respiratory diseases and sodium levels or thyroid levels?
    Is there any relation between the type 2 respiratory disease and low sodium or thyroid. If the body is deficient of sodium or thyroid do they cause type 2 respiratory disease.

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  19. QUESTION:
    can low ferratin levels cause rapid heart beats?
    I have a ferratin level of 15 and recently it feels as though my heart just raced a marathon I can feel it pounding away, my resting pulse rate today was 120? I also just recently was tested for thyroid and I am subclinical for that. Will hopefully be treated for that soon!
    note: *hypothyroid which is odd because I should have a low heart rate so I thought maybe it was my low iron!

    • ANSWER:
      Low ferritin levels do not cause elevated heart rates unless the individual has profound anemia. You are correct that hypothyroidism is more likely to cause a slow pulse rate than a fast one but some individuals with hypothyroidism note an increase in pulse. It is possible that your pulse rate is not related to either of these problems. If your resting pulse rate is consistently above 90 I would notify your physician who may wish to see you sooner rather than later. I wish you the very best of health and in all things may God bless.

  20. QUESTION:
    very low level of thyroid stimulating hormone?
    what are the causes of very low tyroid stimulating hormone (0.02 IU) for a female 25 years old complaining of lethargy, body pain and cold sensation? Thanks in Advance

    • ANSWER:
      Normally it would be an indication of an over active thyroid, but in your case I believe you have the more rare case of a problem with your pituitary.

      TSH is produced by your pituitary gland to tell your thyroid to produce hormones. You have hypothyroidism caused by a pituitary failure. You may undergo an MRI to take a look at the pituitary. I had that done, when another hormone the pituitary produces was low.

      I had my thyroid removed after cancer. I am not sure what the treatment is for your case. For me it was taking thyroid hormones daily.

  21. QUESTION:
    Questions about Thyroid problems. T4 levels were low..not TSH levels are elevated.?
    Ok so my T4 levels were low, I got on 75 synthroid for 8 weeks and did another blood test. Now my TSH levels are elevated. What could be causing this? What are the symptoms of elevated TSH levels.

    • ANSWER:
      The dosage could be too high. Your doctor might want to decrease the dosage to see if that helps and do follow up blood tests. Good luck and hang in there!

  22. QUESTION:
    Causes of low testosterone in a young woman?
    My doctor just told me that, after my blood test, my testosterone levels are very low. Which explains why I have no energy, can't lose weight, and have no sex drive. But, I'm only 23 years old! I have a healthy life style and these symptoms just hit me like a ton of bricks! I also have an underactive thyroid. Are these 2 things related? What can cause a 23 year old woman to have low testosterone? Does this mean I'm going through early menopause? I have no symptoms of early menopause. I'm just so confused about this and of course my doctor is out of town. Any information would help.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, It is a hormonal imbalance. Thyrostart that is still available balances the thyroid and helps your thyroid to act normally and you lose weight. There is also a test to take that shows you that your thyroid is low. Now that you know it is you are one step ahead of the game.

  23. QUESTION:
    Can a thyroid cyst cause emotional symptoms even if hormone levels are normal?
    To make a super long story short, in July 2008 I noticed what I thought was a hard lymph node in my neck.I recently had an ultrasound and it was discovered to be a cyst on my thyroid. I had blood work done the same day as the ultrasound and my thyroid hormone levels are normal. Due to a different set of symptoms, the doctor wanted to treat me for depression and anxiety until I told her that I didn't actually FEEL depressed. She said we'd wait and see what my thyroid levels were and then figure out whether to treat the thyroid, the depression, or both. However, when I thought about it after my appointment, I realized that I definitely do suffer from depression and assumed that my thyroid levels would come back low and that would take care of that. But then they came back normal. Could the thyroid cyst still be causing my depression, or will I have to go on anti-depressants? I will be seeing my doctor on Monday to discuss my options, but anyone's personal experience or knowledge would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      So far no records indicate that simple cyst can cause depression, unless it huge and making your feel embarrassed:)
      if it is larger then 2 cm, the PEI treatment can shrink it.
      Best of luck

  24. QUESTION:
    Can stress cause altered thyroid levels?
    A couple of years I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, unusual as apart from being really stressed and under pressure and feeling tired i had no other symptoms. IE no weight loss, no tachycardia, no goitre etc. They prescribed meds which i took and slowly they reduced the dose. I had a check about 8months ago and with a low dose i was on the low end of the norm range. I stopped taking the tablets and i have not had any problems, my T4 level was at mid/low end of norm range of normal check. Could my high t4 be caused by the stress i was under at the time.

    • ANSWER:
      Stress does contribute to thyroid dysfunction and did so in my case.

  25. QUESTION:
    Low Thyroid After Having Baby, Please Help Me Out If You Have Experience?
    i just had a baby, and my thyroid level is very low. i have an appointment in a few weeks. but until then, i'm really worried. i've read about it on the internet. its called post partum thyroidism. and its causing me to be very tired and have a lot of weight gain. i'm exercising and eating healthy and i can't loose the weight. i'm just wondering if any woman has been through this before. did it go away on its own. and if you had to be on medicine for it, did it help and make your metabolism go back to normal, and make loosing the weight easier? thanks.

    Additional Details
    i also read, that for about 80 % of woman this should go away on its own after a while. but for about 20 % of woman it will never go away, and they will have to be on meds for the rest of their life. it worries me. what if i'm in this 20 %. i'm really worried about this whole thing. its causing me so much stress.

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing you should do is take a deep breath and relax... you'll be fine. The stress and worrying is causing you more problems right now than your hypothyroidism. Seriously... you'll be fine.

      Did you have hypothyroidism before you got pregnant? If not, this is likely what you read it is. It is called post-partum thyroiditis. That pretty much just means that there is inflammation in your thyroid gland. The inflammation usually cools down and your thyroid levels return to normal. it can take months to years though. I think this will be your case and you will be just fine. Even if your thyroid hormone levels stay low, it is really not the end of the world.

  26. QUESTION:
    can low vitamin b12 levels cause pain?
    Hello, I just recently had a b12 level done and it was 312 which my dr,. considers slightly low.
    I have been suffering from severe joint/muscle pain especially in my feet and hands for 2 years. However the symptoms completely disappeared while I was pregnant. My CBC, ESR and T4/TSH were all normal. US of thyroid shows thyromegaly.
    My question is, Is there any chance the slightly low Vit. b12 level be causing this pain?

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  27. QUESTION:
    so these r my symptoms.. is it a possibility that my levels r low??
    okay so about a year ago i got blood work done and it said that my thyroid levels were low so i went to get a sonogram and they said my thyroid was mildly enlarged i was supposed to go for blood work again and the doctor never sent for or called me to let me know when i have to go get it done like he said he would.. but anyway my symptoms are:

    -gained about 100 pounds over the course of 1 1/2 years
    -mildly enlarged thyroid
    -i sleep about 14 hours every night n any less im so exhausted
    -always feeling low or even just bored
    -irregular periods (thats wat caused them to do blood work in the first place .. my period lasts for about 8 or 9 days at a time)
    -recent drop in grades over the last year.. havent really been able to concentrate as well as i did.. went from 96 in math down to a 84 for example

    is it a possibility that after all this time my levels could still be low or lower it wasnt this bad a year ago.. wat should i do?? do u think i have hypothyroidism?? oh n if it helps im only 15 thx! =]

    plz help someone im gaining weight rapidly

    • ANSWER:
      Of all the theory we read at med school, you represent a typical case of hypothyroidism.
      Most common cause: iodine deficiency(even more common in girls of your age). That can easily be corrected by iodine supplements.
      If not, there may be a large no. of other causes... Go see your doc, almost all of them are curable.
      All your symptoms pertain to low thyroid hormone levels, so should revert with treatment.

  28. QUESTION:
    When I diet, I feel awful physically. Do other people have this? What causes this? How can I lose weight?
    I generally follow a healthy diet (lots of fruit and veggies, not much junk food) and I exercise, yet I am about 100 pounds overweight and have developed many health problems as a result.

    I very much want to lose weight, but when I diet, I feel awful. I get bad headaches and feel dizzy, and I sometimes feel nauseous or disoriented.

    I have tried many diets (low calorie, low carb, low fat, Ornish, Weight Watchers, etc) and on every diet, I either feel so terrible that I have to give up, or I don't lose weight. This time, I'm doing Weight Watchers Flex. I keep hoping my body will adapt to the diet, but it's been 6 weeks on the diet and I still feel awful.

    I have been to many dieticians and endocrinologists, but they say there's nothing wrong with me, other than I'm fat. I do not have low thyroid levels.

    My symptoms are so bad that it's hard to work, so I don't know if I can continue dieting. Do other people get this? What causes this? What do I do about it?

    • ANSWER:
      You are probably trying to lose too much weight too fast and that, of course, makes you feel unwell. You have to be patient and do it gradually at the rate of one or two pounds or one kilo a week.

      A vegetarian diet might perhaps help as very few vegetarians are overweight.

      The Atkins diet certainly works but is regarded as a health hazard by most Health Authorities. Perhaps you should do a web search for "atkins diet" and judge for yourself if you are not familiar with it.

  29. QUESTION:
    If antidepressants fail to work, could it be a hormonal imbalance?
    In order to lift panic attacks or major depression, as you know, people are prescribed medication. This would be in order to raise serotonin levels because theoretically, the low serotonin levels are causing the panic/depression, or whatever else.

    However, if after several weeks or months, they fail to bring that person out of their problem, could it be an underlying hormonal imbalance causing the problem? Even if thyroid levels appear to be normal after a single blood test? Or do they fluctuate to where more than one test is needed?

    • ANSWER:
      Correctly used medications should help to stabalise a person in order for something like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to work. It's not known for sure that low seretonin levels actually cause depression etc, but only that they seem to help. Depression likely has a lot of things interacting with each other, only one being low seretonin levels. If thyroid levels are normal at time of the blood test then I would think it is unlikely to be a hormonal problem.

  30. QUESTION:
    does thyroid disease have any affect on hcg production when pregnant?
    i know that during the first trimester, your hcg levels lower your tsh (thyroid) levels...but i am wondering if the fact that i have thyroid disease will cause a slower production of hcg (pregnancy hormone). where it may not be detectable until later than 5 weeks. i've used hpt's and had a blood test done at what would be 5 weeks...a few days later i got a very very very faint positive line on an hpt...but it was definately blue. i would be 6 weeks now and i am only hanging onto this because i have EVERY possible pregnancy symptom and had spotting (not at all like a period, as it had more clear mucus in it than anything and was very pale pink/tan in color). i also have very viseable blue veins for the past week all over my chest and breasts/nipples, and on the rest of my body (thighs especially...they are much more viseable than usual). i know my body and i just feel pregnant as i already have two children and know what pregnancy feels like~just cannot explain the hcg levels.

    • ANSWER:
      I have Graves' Disease (overactive thyroid) and I took the test 5 days before my period was due and it came back positive.

      What made me take the test was that I had implantation bleeding (didn't have it with my first) so the day after the bleeding stopped I took the pregnancy test and it was a faint line as well.

      I am now into my tenth week.

      I can't explain the HCG levels either, except all I know, with both pregnancies my results came back early.

      Like you, I had the exact same symptoms.

      My first pregnancy seemed to help correct and ease my thyroid condition, to the point where after my daughter was born they slowly decreased my neo-mercazole and beta blocker and for the last 12 months I have been on no medication at all.

      However, I am aware that my remission may only be intermitent.

      I think with the thyroid disorders we are all so different, so while my HCG may be strong from the start, your HCG level may not be as strong and may just become stronger as the weeks progress.

      Congrats on your pregnancy and I hope all goes well for you.

      Only other women with this disease can truly understand what we go through, not just with pregnancy, but with the day to day challenges that we are faced with thyroid disorders.

      I am on email through yahoo, so feel free to email me anytime.

      Hope this helps.

  31. QUESTION:
    Low protien level in blood while pregnan And thyroid disease how bad is this? how can if affect my baby?
    So I went to a maternal fetal medicin specialist cuz I've had a couple of miscarriages and they did a couple of test to figure out why this happens to me and they found 2 things low protien level and thyroid diseas I have to now take medication for thyroid and they are going to send me to a specialist for the low protien and allso have to take a medication for that.

    I was wondering how this would affect my pregnancy/baby and why? How does the thyroid problem affect us I have over active thyroids. And how the low protien will affect the baby allso.
    They said that thoes 2 thing can cause a misscariage.

    • ANSWER:
      I dont know much about the low protien levels but i am also pregnant (14.5 weeks) and have Hypothyroidism which basically is when the Thyroid hormone doesnt work like it is suppose to (as in hardly at all) which can cause things such as weight gain. Risks of misscarriage and birth defects are much higher with hypothyroidism if it is untreated.

      Overactive thyroidism is when the thyroid produces too much of the hormone which commonly causes rapid weight loss; this can also cause complications as too much of the hormone is being received my the mother and baby.

      As long as you continue to take your medication regularly and eat healthy; also get regular blood test to check your TSH levels to make sure you dont need to adjust your dosage you and your baby will be fine. It is good they detected it when they did and not later on.

  32. QUESTION:
    Help Please! My son's thyroid level test came back low?
    Help Please! My son's thyroid level test came back low. What are the possibilities that it could mean? What could he have or what could cause this and how can it be treated? Will he be okay? I am scared to death and I am a wreck right now.
    Serious Answers only please!
    Thank you ahead of time.
    I did and he said we will test it again. That it was unusual. He wouldn't tell me anything. He acted as though it was life threatening!!!!
    also i said serious answers only, not rude comments. I am a nervous wreck as it is.

    • ANSWER:
      When you say "thyroid level test" this could be one of two things - fT4 or TSH. The interpretation would be completely opposite depending which one was low, and what the result was for the other one... And it would depend on what else was going on, e.g. other illnesses etc. Also thyroid levels can be different in children than in adults. All I can say is that thyroid diseases are usually not at all serious and are mostly straightforward to treat

  33. QUESTION:
    Can "spotting" be normal? I think It just happened to me?
    I just went to the bathroom and saw very small brown/red spots on my underwear. There were only like 4-5 really tiny spots. I am very worried. I cannot be pregnant because I am not sexual active, so that's out of the question. I was reading online how low thyroid levels and hormonal levels can cause this too. I never had this problem before, but 2 months ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and I was put on treatment for that. My doctor told me that my periods can change but she didn't tell me this would happen. I'm very freaked out. I feel nauseous as well, and I actually feel like I might be getting my period again. What is going on!? I have never gotten my period twice in a month. Is spotting normal, or can it be always serious?

    Please help a scared 19th year old! By the way, ever since I got diagnosed with this, I have been pretty stressed out too! I'm also in college so that always adds unwanted stress.

    Thank you all!

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    Does thyroid activity effect testosterone levels?
    Does thyroid activity effect testosterone levels?
    I have found that taking thyroid suppressant medication Tapazole seems to cause my testosterone levels to rise. I have to use testosterone injections or gels as I do not produce testosterone. In the absence of hyperthyroidism treatment, testosterone supplements barely kept me in the low reference range around 300ng/dl. Taking tapazole whilst keeping testostrone supplement constant drove my levels to a toxic 2500-3000ng/dl. Could it be that testosterone accumulates as my formerly overactive thyroid does not metabolise testosterone as quickly now that I am taking tapazole to suppress it.
    2 days ago - 1 day left to answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely. Are you seeing an endocrinologist? You should definately consult with him/her.

      I don't know what your symptoms are, but what needs to be determined is whether your levels are actually low or if could be effected by your levels of SHBG - many times your free testosterone concentration will not change with thyroid activity, but the SHBG levels could skyrocket, which may bound testosterone and cause symptoms. I'm not a Dr....so you should ask one about SHBG.

      Do you have Grave's? have you thought about iodine treatments?

  35. QUESTION:
    What can cause low body temperature??
    Over the past couple of evenings my body temperature seems to suddenly drop. It circles around 35 degrees celsius. The lowest it has been was 34.9 last night and tonight it has been down to just over 35. It goes back to normal (between 36.5 and 37) when I try to warm myself up with a jumper, blanket and heating pad. I'm in a well-heated house and am not exposed to any cold during the day. I'm not taking any acohol or medication. And I've checked that the thermometer isn't faulty.
    Anyone know what could be causing this?? I have been tested for underactive thyroid ... it was on the lowest level of normal but then was fine when i was retested.
    I have a doctors appointment next week so will ask about it but was just wondering if anyone knew what could be causing it.
    Please only answer if you know!
    Thankyou!!

    Sorry it's a bit long.
    Oh and I'm 21 and already have ME/CFS (therefore numerous other symptoms) if that's at all relevant. I know ME/CFS can cause problems with body temperature but not usually this bad.
    Hi, thanks for the answers. No, I don't have diabetes and I've been tested. And I do have raynauds already but it doesnt cause low body temperature, just poor circulation to hands and feet. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      owhh that explains it.u have hypothyroidism, this is when thyroid gland does not reproduce enough to recompensate usage of daily energy hence u experience the coldness..

      please retest ur TH n TSH level,
      how about your fingers and toenails. are they cold too? if yes it might be sign of raynaud's phenomenon.or u r cold all over?
      and ur temperature varied accordingly, morning and day higher than nite temperature, but 1-2 degree below normal.

      Anyhow this might be normal too, because certain people have lower set point than others depending or u hypophysis [pituitary gland] action.

      ermm another question, do u have Diabetes Mellitus? If yes, it is typical for diabetic pts to have low temp due to some neuropathy.

      lemme kno wat ur doctor say ,tq ^^

  36. QUESTION:
    What causes low ferritin, b12 and Iron?
    I am a 28 yr old woman and I have had problems with low iron for yrs now. I have had 2 blood transfusions bc of it. Now my Iron is at 8-9 , Ferritin is at 1, my b12 levels were 228, and I seem to be bruising very easliy( I dont know if that matters? ) I have been tested for blood in the colon, and thyroid issues and everything comes back clear. I take 325 mg or rx Iron 2 times a day with no hope in sight at feeling better and I got a b12 shot last week. I am also now taking prednisone, lexapro and xanax for some reason as well ( seems like drs turn to stress for issues they dont have answers for ) Does anyone out there have any logical clues as to what could be going on or any advice? I am tired of feeling like this all the time, it affects my work, home, parenting, and my marriage. Please help lol!

    • ANSWER:
      Iron deficiency anemia is common amongst women due to blood loss through menstruation. It's rare, but iron deficiency can be genetic. Iron deficiency anemia is pretty common.

      "The diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia will be suggested by appropriate history (e.g., anemia in a menstruating woman), and by such diagnostic tests as a low serum ferritin, a low serum iron level, an elevated serum transferrin and a high total iron binding capacity (TIBC). Serum ferritin is the most sensitive lab test for iron deficiency anemia." ~ wikipedia

      Good luck to you.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can anyone with any medical knowledge help me out while I wait to go to the doctor.?
    I am a 25 year old male, who is having a burning sensation when I urinate or ejaculate; even sometimes when I'm just walking or sitting. I also have right kidney pain, and occasional lower right Abdominal pain, during bowel movements, or without. I had surgery for a 1. 4 cm kidney stone back in January of this year, and was currently diagnosed with another kidney stone about 2 weeks ago. I had surgery for a hernia in 2004. I was also diagnosed with a low thyroid level (.02) and was supposed to go to an endocrinologist but never did.
    About a month ago I did a cycle of steroids because I was losing weight, but am not currently taking any of that. I drink about 1 1/2 gallons of water a day because they told me it would help pass the stone. I had unprotected sex with a girl I barely knew, well not really, stopped after 2 minutes cause it just felt wrong. Anyone know what might be happening?

    • ANSWER:
      u could have a bladder infection, that has led to the drastic effects of your kidney stones, and it could have began spreading throught the body. it is good u r going to see a doctor soon. also STOP having sex with girls u dont even know.

  38. QUESTION:
    Hyper Thyroid cause delayed puberty?
    I'm sixteen, almost seventeen, and very skinny due to fast metabolism. I've had my period, and heard that your body stops growing after having it two years, I've almost had it two years now and I'm flat.. Could I have something wrong with me, like low estrogen levels, too hyper of a thyroid, or even turner syndrome?

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    what are the causes of hormone imbalances in women? Are there any ayurvedic treatment for this?
    can anyone explain to me the problems and precautions one should know about hormonal imbalance?the doctor said my thyroxine level is low normal and the thyroid gland is slightly enlarged.
    I have irregular menstrual cycle and put on a lot of weight. I found its very difficult to reduce weight. Please give me a solution for this problem.

    • ANSWER:
      Contact Ayurvedamana. Visit www.ayurvedamana.com

  40. QUESTION:
    thyroid medication causing late period?
    i've been on thyroid medication for about 6 months or so. my thyroid levels were just barely low, but the medication has kept it in the normal range. i ran out of my medicine a couple weeks and had a hard time making it to the pharmacy to pick it up. i just got it again today. my period is almost 2 weeks late right now. i've had 2 negative tests so i'm pretty sure i'm not pregnant. i haven't had any pregnancy symptoms, but haven't had any PMS issues either. could not having my thyroid medicine have messed up my cycle? i have PCOS, but still am not usually this late. i also have a fibroid in my uterus that was just recently found. can that mess up your cycle? i haven't had a sudden weight change, not under any additional stress, was not worried about pregnancy (we are careful) so i don't think it's just my body playing tricks. any ideas? i'm asking here because i don't usually get many answers in women's health.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not exactly sure but one thing I do know about thryoid problems is that they are caused by soy!!! Do not consume any Soy!
      My cousin is lactose intolerant and drank soy milk for 10 years and (he's 30) now he has thryoid cancer!!! and sure enough some studies have been done and there is a direct link between the two. Check out both of these websites they may help in some way. And if you are like my cousin and lactose intolerant you CAN drink real natural raw milk!! Very yummy and very healthy!

  41. QUESTION:
    What causes tingling in the lips and the lower part of the face?
    I have a history of hyperparathyroidism and have both parathyroids on the left removed. My calcium is elevated and is being monitored and my thyroid level is also going to be checked. My other symptoms are those commonly associated with hyperparathyroidism such as bone pain, tiredness, recurrent headaches, dizziness, racing heart, sometimes chest pain, occaisional breathlessness, high blood pressure, lower back pain,etc..

    • ANSWER:
      please, consult ur doctor to regulate dosage of thyroxine. that's all.

  42. QUESTION:
    Causes for leg numbess with clean tests for thyroid and MRI?
    Background:

    I am a 34 year old male. For the last 3 years, I exercise for 60-90 minutes 2-3 days a week. 30+ minutes of cardio, the rest in hand weights and core strengthening.

    I do IT work and struggle with my posture at times. I have a lot of stress in my life, even though externally, I don't really feel "overwhelmed" that often (though sometimes, I do). I do have a strong history of manic depression and anxiety in my family.

    I recently quit smoking, after 15 years (10-15 cigs a day).

    Timeline:

    About 8 years ago, I noticed small, quarter-sized numb spots on the very tops of the my thighs. Never hurt, never really cared.

    Then a few years ago, I hurt my back (rowing machine) and it's been a struggle to keep it re-habbed, but so far, it's OK. Since then, the patches expanded and now cover the majority of the tops of my thighs. Still, no pain though in my legs though. I began fearing that my back ailments were making my thigh numbness worse. A pinched nerve, I thought.

    I went to my Dr. and he suggested PT. I did that for 6 weeks and it DID seem to restore some sensation in my thighs. I eventually resumed my gym workouts as normal.

    However, I also began having other weird symptoms, such very infrequent "cold finger tip" feelings, that seemed to only last minutes. I've also had infrequent experiences with dizziness (have never fallen though) and days where my chest hurt. I had a chest x-ray, everything was OK. I also noticed thinning of my hair 2 years ago, but it's been slow. I have no baldness in my family, so this seems odd.

    Having a deep history of thyroid problems in my family, I wanted to see if that was in order. Last week I got blood work done AND an MRI to look at my lower back.

    My thyroid came back normal, cholesterol and vitamin D levels were "outstanding" (my doctor said I was one of his healthiest patients on paper).

    The MRI also showed no obvious problems with my back, despite a constant dull pain that sometimes is very sore. I asked for a referral to a neurologist but my dr. said he had nothing to refer me for, and suggested more PT (which again, DID help some before.)

    So my question is -- what are possible other causes for this numbness? To be honest it doesn't bother me, other than there being no obvious reason for it. I fear the worst, such as early signs of MS, despite being otherwise healthy.

    Perhaps an undiagnosed autoimmune disorder? Stress related? Anything but MS! ;-)

    Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Probably is MS... Or maybe you're wearing constricting clothing.

  43. QUESTION:
    Thyroidless and can't tolerate thyroid medication?
    I had my thyroid completely removed due to nodules, 11 years ago. At the time of the removal, I had been on birth control pills. I remained on them for 10 years. I took Synthroid, and never had a problem. I felt great! I got off the BC pills 2 years ago, and all of a sudden, I am unable to tolerate my synthroid. Especially after ovulation! I become extremely stimulated by it, and can only take 1/4 of the pill at a time. It seems to get better when I approach ovulation, when my hormone levels are the highest. My ability to tolerate my synthroid seems to follow my menstural cycle. And I ovulate every OTHER month. This causes me to constantly go from hypo to normal to hypo to normal. As I approach ovulation, I am able to take my entire correct dose of synthroid, and end up with a good TSH. However, then I ovulate and all of a sudden can't tolerate my thyroid pill for about 3-4 weeks after! So, this causes my TSH to go high. I've had my hormones tested and my estrogen and progesterone levels are always low. Do you think this is the reason why I'm unable to tolerate my synthroid- because of low hormone levels?? I have heard that having low estrogen causes one to be more sensitive to thyroid hormone. Anybody have any experience with this??

    • ANSWER:
      Your problem is outright because you are on one of the worst thyroid medications every invented: synthroid. It's a T4-only medication. And patients are not meant to live on T4 alone. A healthy thyroid produces T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin. You are missing the other four hormones!

      Here's a page on the patient-to-patient website Stop the Thyroid Madness about T4-only and why they really suck: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work

      And you may be having issues because the T4 is converting to too much RT3 in the presence of too much estrogen during ovulation.

  44. QUESTION:
    My TSH levels too low despite decrease in Synthroid medication. Why?
    About a year ago I was Diagnosed with Thyroid cancer and had my thyroid removed. I have since been put on Synthroid medication to replace my thyroid hormones. Recently I was put on a lower dose due to my TSH levels being right on the verge of too low, but still within normal range. However, despite a decrease in medication my most recent blood work shows my TSH has become even lower, and way below what should be normal which has caused me to be hyperthyroid. Shouldn't a decrease in medication cause the opposite effect and if anything make my TSH rise? I am still waiting to hear back from my doctor, but I am wondering what could have caused this?

    • ANSWER:
      TSH and your level of thyroid medication are inversely related, so you're thinking is correct. A low TSH = hyperthyroid, a high TSH = hypothyroid. We all have natural fluctuations with how our bodies absorb and use thyroid hormones, so our levels will never be the same.

      I actually had the same thing that happened to me. I decreased my Synthroid, but my TSH dropped. If you haven't changed the way you take your Synthroid or started or stopped other medication that might interfere with absorption, you just might be an anomaly like me.

  45. QUESTION:
    how do i lose weight successfully with diabetes and low thyroid?
    ive had troube with yo-yo dieting i do study all the time and i talked to a lady who had a sister who went and had the sleeve put over the stomach and she lost 75 lbs wel i dont have the money for the sleeve does any one know what works i eat alot of veggies but i get 25 lbs off and then i plateau i work out alot the drs put me on metformin but bad side effects i do now take herbal glycotrol to help with a1c levels i wanna lose 50 more lbs. the pharmacist says all of those medicines can cause stomach probs and i do take a levoythrpxin a day for thyroid i already have ibs probs someone help. ive worked out on cardio till my joints hurt i wanna save my pancreas

    • ANSWER:
      The manner in which you describe your situation leads me to believe that you are a type 2 diabetic. There are many other available medications to treat this besides metformin hydrochloride. There is no herbal medication that I know of which reduces the glycated hemoglobin A1C or for that matter actually lowers glucose. If your thyroid function is well controlled by levothyroxine then your thyroid is not an issue so far as your weight is concerned. Gastric procedures are generally reserved for those with a Body Mass Index greater than 40 kg/M2 or a Body Mass Index greater than 35 kg/M2 if there are co-morbid health conditions such as diabetes. If you are over-weight and obese weight loss will improve diabetic control. I would suggest that you consult a dietitian or a diabetic nurse educator. Everyone is unique and there is no 'magic' diet. You sound motivated so with further education from such a consultation hopefully you will succeed. I wish you the very best of health and in all things may God bless.

  46. QUESTION:
    My family says I need a girlfriend?
    Ok I'm 19. I'm on disability right now. I've had a lot of health problems recently. The main health problem is that I suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. I've had my spine dislocated in my neck area. I have Leaky Gut Syndrome caused by food allergies. I also have low thyroid levels & low adrenal gland levels. So I'm too busy trying to get better. I am going to college 4 days a week. I commute. I have to see my chiropractor for my spine. My diet is really strict because of my Leaky Gut Syndrome, so I have to eat an organic diet. I have to cook & prepare my own meals. I go to the gym to work out. My psychiatrist says that it helps with chronic fatigue. So I basically just lift weights & stuff. College is hard for me. I made good grades in high school, but college is a lot harder in my opinion. I really have to study. I'm trying my best to get better & get off of disability so that I can work. I hate that I have to live off the government. I did pay my college tuition on my own, but still. My point is, my family wants me to get a girlfriend, & I don't think now is the best time. I just want to focus on getting better. Any advice? Thank you for your help. God Bless

    • ANSWER:
      Well, you're not unusual in not having a girlfriend in college. I'm a professor and many students I know don't have the time or money to socialize with girlfriends/boyfriends. It might seem like everyone is dating but you, but I guarantee they're not.

      You're also not unusual in getting pressure from your family to get a girlfriend. That is what families do. Just tune them out until you're ready. Keep reminding them that you have a lot to deal with. You are an adult now, so you get to make your own decisions about what to do with your time!

      In my opinion, the best thing for you would be to keep doing what you're doing. It must be tough to study and be sick at the same time. Don't put any more demands on yourself until you feel like you can deal with them. I also suggest getting a tutor if you can afford one. They can really help with figuring out what is important and how to study. Because you are disabled, your campus may have tutoring available for you. Go along to the disabled students office (or whatever the equivalent is on your campus) and ask.

      I really would not worry that you are getting government assistance. You are working and you'll be off it some day. It is an investment in helping you to become a productive worker. The amount you're getting is tiny compared to the amount of corporate welfare the government gives out in tax breaks to rich corporations and people. Good luck.

  47. QUESTION:
    TTC & hypothyroidism?
    Hi, I have been TTC w/my husband since June, and found out today I may have hypothyroidism. My doctor found a low level of thyroid hormone which has caused me to not have a period in over 2months and I now have to wait 30 days to re-check my thyroid levels before starting treatment. The conversation with her is still blurry in my mind, but she said once I start treatment, I have to stick with it...basically meaning I can't quit it at any point in time. I'm wondering, are there any ladies who have had hypothyroidism and were still able to have healthy babies afterwards? I'm nervous about the whole thing and just want some reassurance.

    Thanks
    I want to thank everyone for your support. Maggie, I understand what you are saying. I have always had regular periods in the past and my doctor wants to give it 30 days to see if my levels come up. This is the first time I have been tested for this and want to ensure its the right step before starting treatment.

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    Can Someone please help me make heads or tails out of my thyroid lab test?
    Anyone understand what this is all about? Trying to determine if Im hypo or hyper. I display both hypo and hyper symptoms so I cant say for sure.

    T3 137.6 60.0-181.0 ng/dl
    T4 11.3 4.5-12.6 ug/dl
    TSH 1.97 0.35-5.50 uIU/ml

    thyroid panel by chemiluminescence serum
    primary malfunction of tha thyroid may result in excessive (hyper)or below normal(hypo) release of T3 orT4.In addition,as TSH directly affects thyroid function,malfunction of the pituitary or the hypothalamus influences the thyroid gland activity.Disease in any portion of the thyroid-pituitary-hypothalamus system may influence the levels of T3 and T4 in the blood.In primary hypothyroidism,TSH levels are significantly elevated,while in secondary and tertiary hypothyroidism,TSH levels may be low.In tha Euthyroid sick syndrome,multiple alterations in serum thyroid function test findings have been recognized in patients with variety of nonthyroidal illness (NTI) without evidence of preexisting thyroid or hypothalamic-pituitary disease.
    Thyroid binding Globulin (TBG) concentration remain relatively constant in healthy individuals.however,pregnancy,excess estrogens,androgens,anabolic steroids and glucocorticoids are known to alter TBG levels and may cause false thyroid values for total T3 and T4 tests.
    Below mentioned are the guidlines for pregnancy related reference ranges for total T4,TSH.total T3

    this is the reading of the full lab test. If anyone could shed some light on it that would be great, thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Note the level of your Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). At most labs in the U.S., up until late 2002, the normal range is from around 0.5 to 5.5. That range changed to .3 to 3 as of early 2003.
      # If the TSH level is below normal, your doctor may determine that you are hyperthyroid (overactive thyroid.)
      # If the TSH level is above normal, your doctor may determine that you are hypothyroid (underactive thyroid.)
      # If your doctor ran a test called Total T4 or Total Thyroxine, normal range is approximately 4.5 to 12.5. If you had a low reading, and a high TSH, your doctor might consider that indicative of hypothyroidism.
      # If your doctor ran a test called Total T4 or Total Thyroxine, normal range is approximately 4.5 to 12.5. If you had a low reading, and a low TSH, your doctor might look into a pituitary problem.
      # If your doctor ran a test called Free T4, or Free Thyroxine, normal range is approximately 0.7 to 2.0. If your result was less than 0.7, your doctor might consider that indicative of hypothyroidism.
      # If your doctor ran a test called Total T3, normal range is approximately 80 to 220. If your result was less than 80, your doctor might consider that indicative of hypothyroidism.
      # If your doctor ran a test called Free T3, normal range is approximately 2.3 to 4.2. If your result was less than 2.3, your doctor might consider that indicative of hypothyroidism.
      # If your test results come back "normal" but you have many of the symptoms or risk factors for thyroid disease, make sure you ask for an antibodies test. Some doctors believe in treating thyroid symptoms in the presence of elevated antibodies and normal TSH levels.
      # If your test results come back "normal" but you have many of the symptoms or risk factors for thyroid disease, consider going to a reputable holistic M.D. or alternative physician for further interpretation and diagnosis.

      Looks like they are all normal to me.

  49. QUESTION:
    low cortisol symptoms ?
    hey i am currently under treatment for a prolactinoma and have been taking hydrocortisone dailly and dostinex/cabergoline twice a week, my endo has told me that my thyroid,prolactin,testosterone levels are all perfect now but my cortisol level is still low.

    but i still have a lot of physical symptoms going o that are usually associated with the thyroid and other hormones.

    can low cortisol cause.

    weight gain, hard to lose weight
    bloating/water retention
    eyebrow and scalp hair to fall out/thin
    dermatitis/dried out skin

    these were all there before treatment but i thougt with everything levelling out they would have improved but some have actually got worse so is it the cortisol then ?
    what aboyut hair thinning and eyebrows ? they defo aint goring in excess :( i defo have low cortisol and has told me he is keeping me on the hydrocortisone to fix it .

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms you are describing are linked to low cortisol levels, I have similar and have just been tested. They are linked to Cushings Syndrome, which can develop through taking long time steroid tablets. Symptoms include weight gain, especially in the abdomen, thining limbs/muscle weakness, fatigue, purple stretch marks, excess hair growth on the face, arms, stomach and thighs, thining/dry skin and bruising easily/cuts taking a long time to heal and scarring easily. I would push to have your cortisol levels checked! I'm going through the process just now, I know how you feel :( Hope this helps a little.

  50. QUESTION:
    Need help? Please Read, Have symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar?
    I would appreciate if you read all of this :)

    Well I just wanted to let you know things that I've been observing and doing for the past year that has helped me so much with my diagnosis of bipolar which comes with depression and anxiety. Seriously, I can't even sleep for days without my heavy loads of medication, but these ways of doing things really helps with all of this. At first I thought it wouldn't help then, I just tried and found it really helped. Here are some things that naturally helps that you can do on your own.

    First of all never call your self sick or label yourself. You must accept yourself also. Just treat yourself for your symptoms, like a cold in a way. Notice your symptoms, like when you notice a cough, treat it, but don't obsess over it, and you'll notice improvement the best. Remember things can always be worse so make the most of what you can as you try to improve your situation.

    To feel better you have to want it and believe you'll be okay, and once you believe it and want it, you'll start asking people questions and be interested on your own on how to be stable. You'll also feel a relief that you will find help soon enough. All the help you need is within yourself and other places out there.

    The body works by chemical reactions and foods are chemicals consumed to help the body carry on things that the body needs to do. So it's important to get all nutrients needed. Take half a multi-vitamin a day, try taking vitamin b-stress complex daily, and take omega 3-6-9 supplements which is proven to help with nourishing the brain.Take it for a few weeks and you'll notice the difference.

    Also, mood problems can occur from hormonal imbalances, like low thyroid levels.
    It is also very important to get sunlight daily which helps boost the mood. Exercise helps boost the mood and and take care of excess energy. It helps with better sleep at night.

    Make sure you sleep and wake up at a regular schedule. Sleep is very important to help the mind heal and to be in a good mood. Get 8hrs of sleep each night. No more than ten because too much sleep can make you feel groggy.

    Another thing is try to change any negative or stressful thought you have to an optimistic one. Even if it doesn't feel like you believe it, tell yourself you believe it. I once was told everything is love, atleast some sort of love, and everything else is your own perception. Jealousy, hate anger, resentment takes away calmness from people, and a sense of peace in ones' mind is important. it's also important to have a general love for humanity.

    Also stay away from stimulating things, no hair spray, markers, chocolate, tea, coffee, horror flicks. Anything that causes that high or rushed feeling causes stress on the body.

    Here are some great websites for anxiety and bipolar:
    http://www.helpguide.org/mental/anxiety_…

    http://www.selftherapy.org/?gclid=CPnvts…

    http://anxieties.com/free.php

    http://www.anxietynetwork.com/helphome.h…

    http://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar/20…

    Hope this helps you guys, message me if you have any questions or wanna talk

    • ANSWER:
      You just helped a lot of people. This is what I do and I am impressed how well you are in tune with your issue and are facing it without shame or fear. That is the key, isn't it.
      Good for you and I hope you use this as a prop to realize that you have a special gift and that is to use your issue to help others in life, that just might be your calling.
      I remain,
      Socrates,
      Your assistant