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Dealing with high thyroid

My doctors (GP and endocrinologist) are currently investigating my thyroid. Historically it's been low then levelling to normal but last blood test was high, and with a follow up 2 week later was high again. I'm booked in for a nuclear scan on Monday. But how do I deal with the symptoms? [more inside]
posted by geek anachronism on Jul 16, 2014 - 7 answers

Vitamins + thyroid

Why am I getting this medical effect from vitamin pills, and should i be worried? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on May 10, 2014 - 13 answers

Any clue as to what is wrong with my period? Thyroid? Perimenopause?

I know you are not my doctor and this question may seem dumb but I could use some experience, answers, something. I'm just lost right now. I'm dealing with issues regarding my period. I got my hormone levels back but they don't point to anything specific or alarming. I'm worried because my periods have definitely shortened and I don't seem to ovulate the way I used to yet I'm running out of ideas as to whats wrong with me. Hormone levels and history included. [more inside]
posted by grablife365 on Apr 29, 2014 - 18 answers

Mystery Diagnosis: Part 2

I'm getting closer to an answer (and hopefully a more normal life) but I'm a little lost at order of steps and the best way to go about seeing specialists. I feel really lost and I KNOW something is off with my body. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2014 - 21 answers

150 MCG of Awesome in a 75 MCG Bag

In need of an awesome endocrinologist (for post-thyroidectomy medication management) in the Philadelphia area. Difficultly level: most of 'em seem to be either dogmatic curmudgeons OR vitamin-shilling charlatans. Little synthetic-hormone snowflakes within... [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Feb 3, 2014 - 3 answers

hypothyroid desserts that inspire?

I'm in charge of making dessert for a dinner party. My friend is eating for her thyroid, which essentially means no refined sugar or gluten or cow dairy. I'd like dessert to be something she could eat, but also, um, delicious, and dessert-y (i know i could make applesauce, but that depresses me). It is winter in Quebec and berries are six bucks a container. What can I make that satisfies all of these dinner party requirements? Thank you!
posted by andreapandrea on Jan 25, 2014 - 14 answers

Yet Another Thyroid Question

Are there any alternatives to prescription thyroid supplementation? I'm working with a doctor but the process is slow, and in the meantime I'm exhausted. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Aug 20, 2013 - 9 answers

How fast does thyroid hormone leave the body?

I realize this is a rather complex question, because there are a lot of variables. IANAD or chemist or any kind of degreed medical professional. But I've had thyroid disease (hashimoto's) for 17 years now, and have done a lot of experimenting with the different types of hormones, synthetic, +t3, Armour. I know from experience that in general it's way faster to lose it by decreasing dosages, to get to a lower circulating amount, than to have to increase it to effect what's circulating in the blood. But roughly how fast? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten on Jul 12, 2013 - 2 answers

Hypothyroidism and gluten free diet.

Looking for resources about gluten intolerance and hypothyroidism. [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Jul 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Removal of tie rod....err, thyroid. Your experience, if you please.

I've been diagnosed with a multi-noidal non-malignant thyroid. The beast is about 2X normal size = goiter (I divert attention from it with my sparkling personality and feminine loveliness). After 20 years of the goiter with normal hormone levels, it has gone into high-gear with excessive production. I've had the scan and ultrasound, biopsy, blood tests, yada yada. Two wonderful endocrinologists have separately told me, "just get the damned thing out!" I've visited their choice of surgeon and feel confident of his skills. I would appreciate your post-surgery experience: how soon after surgery did you get your replacement hormone? recovery time? any weight gain or loss? how long until you were back to normal? any advice? Thanks very much for your time.
posted by Lornalulu on Jul 9, 2013 - 9 answers

Advice to lessen my dermatographic urticaria aka "skin writing"

I have dermatographic urticaria, also known as "skin writing." It's really problematic because I will scratch an itch on my forehead or rub my chin while I am working and then, without even realizing it, I will look like I am breaking out with an illness or I got into a fight. Even though my skin is going haywire, getting puffy and red from being scratched or rubbed, I don't feel anything bothersome at all so I don't know until I check in a mirror. Does anyone have any experience with this and possibly reducing the symptoms? [more inside]
posted by AppleTurnover on Mar 5, 2013 - 16 answers

Endocrinologist in DC area to treat subclinical hypothyroidism?

After asking this question, I am looking for a new doctor within an hour or so of the DC area who is willing to treat hypothyroidism with medications that aren't T4-only, and treat based on symptoms. [more inside]
posted by picapica on Feb 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Anxiety symptoms overlapping with hypothyroidism medication side-effects?

Anxiety symptoms overlapping with hypothyroid medication side effects? [more inside]
posted by drd on Jan 3, 2013 - 10 answers

I got what I wanted but the doctor is a quack and I don't trust him. Help?

The doctor I just saw is a quack. I knew he would be, but I set up an appointment anyway. I've been dealing with fatigue and chronic pain, and regular doctors haven't had an answer. So I set up an appointment with a doctor that practices "functional medicine" as a last ditch effort. How do I reconcile what this doctor told me with what I know about real medicine and the load of bullshit I was just fed? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Oct 14, 2012 - 31 answers

Thyroid Cancer Question

Thyroid Cancer Question! Seeking advice about TSH (thyrogen) injections instead of witchdrawl/LID before RAI. [more inside]
posted by mrs.pants on Sep 28, 2012 - 7 answers

thywhat?

Ok, so my gf has some sort of thyroid condition? Shes on a lot of natural hormone (like 18 mg a day? 3 pills, I think) and her TSH is low. She says, and I believe her, that the high thyroid is what keeps her functioning, awake, etc. However, doctors seem to find the low TSH alarming and want to lower the thyroid dose. She will have none of this, and gets upset. I have no idea whats going on. help? please? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Sep 17, 2012 - 24 answers

Newly diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and overwhelmed with how much I don't know. Bonus: help me find a doctor in Washington, DC who I can trust?

Newly diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and overwhelmed with how much I don't know. Bonus: help me find a doctor in Washington, DC who I can trust? [more inside]
posted by picapica on Aug 17, 2012 - 25 answers

Experience with thyroid medication for depression? (Ugh. What have I done by trying this?)

I'm on thyroid medication for depression -- did I just start a permanent sentence without realizing it? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Jun 26, 2012 - 17 answers

Flu-like symptoms after thyroidectomy -- is this normal?

Flu-like symptoms after thyroidectomy, and my brain is too fogged to sort them out... [more inside]
posted by mdiskin on May 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Cause of thyroiditis?

Can you guys give me any idea of what could be causing my thyroiditis? [more inside]
posted by iz0rz on May 11, 2012 - 2 answers

My strugge: Hyperthyroidism as the source?

I need some guidance/opinions on my situation with hyperthyroidism because I am losing faith in my doctors. [more inside]
posted by iz0rz on Apr 16, 2012 - 7 answers

So, no Synthroid for me. Now what?

First test: thyroid fairly normal, TSH elevated. Second test comes back with no antibody activity and normal thyroid function. No treatment planned, but I'm still feeling like a ton of bricks has hit me. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Pregnancy Present for a lady with Hashimotos

A friend of mine has Hashimotos and just (happily) got pregnant. She's super worried about her pregnancy and I'd love to send her a care package, but I know there's tons of exclusions of food for both pregnancy and Hashimotos, so I'd love some input on what would make her day!
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Thyroids for Dummies

I just started taking levothyroxine for hypothyroid issues I didn't really suspect I had: what can I expect? [more inside]
posted by My Top Secret Sock Puppet Account on Dec 28, 2011 - 16 answers

How do I find out if some bigger health problem is causing thus depression?

Depression! But maybe it's hypothyroidism? Dr google tells me it might be cancer (ovarian or bowel) when I add in the other health changes I've had over the last year. Hope me? What do I ask? Who do I see? No insurance. Location and gmail inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2011 - 13 answers

Is it normal to enjoy food and drink more on thyroid meds?

I think my thyroid medication is making food and water taste super-delicious - is this normal? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Do I get Thyroid Removal Surgery?

My girlfriend is confused and bewildered about the possibility of having thyroid removal surgery. Of course there's more to it, so the entire extended explanation is in her words. [more inside]
posted by Imperfect on Nov 20, 2011 - 26 answers

Calcium controlled release of PTH and Calcitonin

How does the parathyroid gland actually detect the change in blood calcium levels, triggering the release of PTH? I understand that decreased calcium concentration in the blood/extracellular fluid in the parathyroid stimulates the production and release of Parathryoid Hormone, but what's the mechanism on a molecular/ionic level? Does decreased calcium trigger an action potential of some kind? Does it open a normally calcium-blocked receptor, resulting in PTH release? Bonus points for the same question for the release of Calcitonin from the thryoid gland. Help a fascinated A&P student.
posted by Pantengliopoli on Oct 5, 2011 - 3 answers

The call is coming from inside the house, but not from where you think

Let's say a patient presents with several symptoms of hypothyroidism and the lab finds evidence TSH that is slightly too high. The patient started taking the Synthroid which returned TSH to the "normal" range (2.74), wouldn't you expect the original symptoms to go away if they were really "better"? [more inside]
posted by bleep on Oct 3, 2011 - 10 answers

Bunch of symptoms, maybe hypothyroid, what do I do next?

Bunch of symptoms, maybe hypothyroid, what do I do next? For the past several years, I’ve had a bunch of nagging symptoms that together have been very frustrating, and at times debilitating. The onset of the symptoms was about 7 years ago. My GP initially thought hypothyroidism, but the tests came back normal. As the years have gone on, the symptoms have waxed and waned but never gone away, and I keep getting retested for hypothyroidism at my doctors suggestion, but the tests always come back normal. After looking at the actual values from the lab, and a bit of research, I’m wondering if it isn’t in fact hypothyroidism, and what to do next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2011 - 15 answers

It can't get any worse, can it?

How do I plan my way out of this!? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2011 - 13 answers

YANMD, but Let's Talk Thyroid

YANMD, but let's talk Thyroid: [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Sep 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me help my thyroid

Am I being a paranoid android or do I have valid concerns regarding my thyroid? [more inside]
posted by CZMR on Sep 5, 2011 - 20 answers

My thyroid is rubbish.

I've just found out my thyroid isn't working right and I've made an appointment with my GP for treatment. However, it's not for several weeks, and I would like to start feeling better now! [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens on Aug 11, 2011 - 15 answers

What's up w/ my Mom's thyroid? Should she find a more concerned doctor?

Thyroid question: For almost 20 years my Mom has been hypothyroid, basically no thyroid function. Over the last year her TSH test has turned 180° to that of someone w/ normal thyroid function. Her D.O. acts unconcerned, has only barely lowered her Synthroid dose, & is only now finally ordering T3 and T4 tests with her next TSH at her insistence 3 months from now. She shows pronounced signs of either hypo- or hyperthyroidism, including fatigue, some hair thinning, & a return to symptoms she had 20 yrs ago before treatment, such as ophthalmic migraines. She wants a new PCP. Should a new PCP show more attention to her situation? What's happening to her? [more inside]
posted by Shane on Aug 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Help finding Thyrogen

Any suggestions on how a fellow might help his favorite girl get access to the Thyrogen she has been waiting all spring and summer for? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on Jul 28, 2011 - 4 answers

East Coast Thyroid Doctors

Can you recommend an Armour-prescribing physician in the NYC area? [more inside]
posted by pearl228 on Jul 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Whats causing all this neck pain?

Could my enlarged thyroid (goiter) be causing muscle pain in the back of my neck? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Jun 17, 2011 - 3 answers

Diabetes, PCOS *and* Thyroid doc in NY?

Recommendations for an excellent endocrinologist in new york? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2011 - 1 answer

Looking for ideas for Thyroid Eye Disease

Anyone out there with Thyroid Eye Disease? What has worked for you? [more inside]
posted by artistic verisimilitude on May 30, 2011 - 4 answers

Subclinical hypothyroidism during pregnancy?

I'm a little over 8 weeks pregnant, and other than the insane morning sickness, feel like I'm in good health. However, my thyroid results came back with normal free T4 and elevated TSH. Neither my regular doc nor my midwife seem concerned... so should I relax? [more inside]
posted by allisonrae on Apr 28, 2011 - 3 answers

Calling all hypothyroids

Hypothyroid-filter: What can I eat? Please help me eat delicious, healthful, creative meals and snacks without having an anxiety attack because I'm so worried certain foods will interfere with my thyroid medication. [more inside]
posted by Faraday Cage on Oct 25, 2010 - 41 answers

Help me interpret my lab results

I need help with deciding what steps to take to lower my cholesterol.. [more inside]
posted by duddes02 on Oct 22, 2010 - 16 answers

Getting Glandular with Lacey

Does anyone have experience with slightly low thyroid levels in their dog? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Oct 18, 2010 - 6 answers

Personal Experience with HGC?

Personal experience with the HCG regimen as it related to endocrine systems? I went to a presentation last night expecting a slick pitch and walked away somewhat impressed. Also, do many insurance plans cover this? [more inside]
posted by Prairie on Jun 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Doctor recommendation, Minneapolis

Looking for doctor recommendations in Minneapolis. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2010 - 5 answers

Endocrinologist in Indianapolis, IN?

I have low thyroid and am looking for an endocrinologist or thyroid doctor in Indy. [more inside]
posted by stray thoughts on Jun 3, 2010 - 2 answers

it really puts the "succ" in "succinate"

Is there anything I can do to offset the side effects of beta blockers? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on May 29, 2010 - 12 answers

What the hell is going on with me

Followup to an earlier health-related question. Kind of long; more under the cut. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on May 11, 2010 - 10 answers

How do I get my need-for-the-rest-of-my-lifetime prescription filled?

I had all but a sliver of my thyroid removed in May 2007, when I was 20. I was under my dad's fantastic health insurance then. Since then, my dad has been laid off, and my health insurance through my work will not pay for anything until I've met a $2000 cap. I didn't make an appointment with my specialist for nearly two years, so he refused to fill my prescription for levothyroxine. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2010 - 25 answers

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