Hypothyroidism is the result of an under-active thyroid. Symptoms can include: fatigue, sluggishness, increased sensitivity to cold, constipation, pale, dry skin, a puffy face, hoarse voice, elevated blood cholesterol level, unexplained weight gain, muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness, pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints, muscle weakness, heavier than normal menstrual periods, brittle fingernails and hair and depression. This problem can be controlled by taking a prescription from a doctor.

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What is the function of the vasomotor center?

vasomotor centre is under medullary control and is responsible for vasoconstriction /vasodilatation so that blood pressure is maintained.


What are the normal pt inr levels?

Normal range for a healthy person is 0.9-1.3, and for people on warfarin therapy, 2.0-3.0


What is the main functions of the pancreas in a short summary?

pancreas produce pancreatic juice which helps in the digestion of the food and they also produce hormones i.e insulin and glucagon which balances the sugar level of blood.

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How do you cure an under active thyroid?

Usually (>99%) this is not possible. You take little tablets instead, containing the hormone that the thyroid should be producing. Iodine deficiency is extremely rare in developed countries.

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Could taking Depakote long term cause under-active thyroid?

There are reported incidents of abnormal thyroid lab results in patients taking valproate sodium (Depakote). Physicians often do frequent thyroid testing on patients taking valproate sodium.

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---------AnswerMost likely. I have been on Depakote and Dilantin for over 30 years. I have no thyroid activity. I have to take a daily supplement.
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What is a severe form of adult hypothyroidism?



Is it safe for some one with Hashimoto's disease to go on a juice fast?



When was hypothyroidism discovered?

it was in 1889


How can we identify Hyper-thyroid ism?

Swollen glands, Goiter, Rapid weight loss, sweats or fever, sensitivity to heat and exercise. Labs may include:

  • TSH (decreased)
  • Free T4 (increased)
  • Total T4 (increased)
  • Free T3 (increased)
  • Total T3 (increased)
  • Antibodies (increased)
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How do you know if you have an under active thyroid?

These are the symptoms: fatigue, lethargy, constipation, weight gain, edema (water retention), headaches, decreased libido, depression, memory loss, and poor concentration, dry skin, thinning hair or loss of hair, hoarseness, feeling of lump in the throat, sensitivity to cold, insomnia, infertility, and severe menopausal symptoms. It is possible to confirm the diagnosis with a blood test.

See the related link (below) for an excellent article about hypothyroidism.

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Can chronic fatigue syndrome be related to undiagnosed hypothyroidism?

yes. but hypothyroidism has many other clinical manifestations than just fatigue.

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Could Hypothyroidism cause a false negative on a pregnancy test?

Home pregnancy tests Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) pregnancy tests or home pregnancy tests determine pregnancy through the detection of the hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) in a woman's urine. Doctors recommend that you wait until you have missed a period to take a home pregnancy test. If you can not wait that long to find out and you know the day you may have conceived, then the earliest you can take a test would be 14 days from possible conception. Home tests are usually 97% accurate when all instructions are followed correctly and the results are read on time. Some kits come with two tests so that in case you have made a mistake, you may take the home pregnancy tests gain. Learn more about the accuracy of home pregnancy tests in another relevant article. False negative pregnancy tests and what causes themIf you take a home pregnancy test too early, you may get a false negative result. A false negative result is when the test says you are not pregnant but you are. This can be misleading and when using home pregnancy tests you must be very careful of avoiding any factors that may cause false results. There could be various reasons for a false negative test. Early Detection AttemptOne reason for a false negative pregnancy test could be that you took the test too early. Pregnancy tests vary in their sensitivity which means how soon they can detect the hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) in your urine. It is possible that although your ovum might be fertilized, meaning you may be pregnant, but your body has not started secreting enough Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) for the test to measure. Your body needs time for the hormone to rise to a high enough level to be detected in a test. Erratic Technique There is a possibility that while using the home pregnancy test strip you either did not dip it well or did not hold it well in your urine stream. This error in technique may give false negative results. Missed Reaction Time For accuracy in home pregnancy tests it is essential that you read the test results in the stipulated reaction time. If you let the test sit for too long (after the instructions on the box tell you), the test is invalid. This may cause it to show false negative results.If the home pregnancy test shows negative results but you still think you could be pregnant, wait a few days and try again. A negative result can mean that you are not pregnant, you took the test too early or you took the test wrong. Also, if you have received different answers on multiple pregnancy tests, it is recommended that you get a blood test done to get an accurate answer.
The problem with hypothyroidism and pregnancy is that if you do not take your supplement it will affect the baby's intellegence according to a search I did on medline. I could not find that TSH T3 or T4 affect pregnancy tests. Good luck Joymaker rn

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Does hypothyroidism increase abdominal distensions?

Yes. I have hypothyroidism and i look 9 mos pregnant now! :(

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Deficiency of which mineral causes dwarfism and hypothyroidism?

Dwarfism is zinc deficiency.

hypothyroidism is iodine deficiency.

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Which are the most important hormones to check for a mother-to-be with hypothyroidism and how often should she be checked?

You should contact your doctor or hospital. If you can try to contact different ones. Sometimes if you ask a general question the doctors will answer you even if they are not your appointed doctors. With several professional opinions you should feel more comfortable that you are getting the necessary tests.


How uric acid in the body can be cured?

There is no cure for the over production of uric acid in the body. controls can be put on it utilizing diet and lifestyle however which may sometimes be enough to keep the formation of uric acid crystals under control.

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Has anyone been misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia when actually they have hypothyroidism?

How can one answer such a question when you don't believe in Fibromyalgia.

I have Fibromyalgia, and also at this point having symptoms of hypothyroid problems. It is kinda hard to distinguish some of the symptoms, d/t some of the symptoms are the same. There are a few that have nothing to do with the other. It is possible to have both of the problems.

I would be a challenge for you! I have had just about every test that you could think of. Fibromyalgia has really been around for a long time they just called it chronic fatigue syndrome.

Fibro is a mysterious thing, just like MS and other autoimmune disorders. I do believe they all have something to do with the central nervous system. I think they are figuring it out finally.

Good Luck to you

I have Anklosing Spondilitis



Thank you.


I am not a believer in fibromyalgia. I think that that diagnosis is given when the Dr. cannot find any other reason for a patient's symptoms. So, I think misdiagnosis of fibromyalgia is definitely possible.

It is possible to have fibromyalgia and hypothyroidism simultaneously, in fact they are often related. The main symptoms for fibromyalgia are dull aching pain, which a tender point test reveals, and not getting enough deep sleep (oftentimes you "feel like a truck hit you" when you wake up in the am). If in doubt of diagnosis, see a rheumatologist (they discovered fibromyalgia syndrome, and have quantified it with this testing procedure). I have had fibromyalgia for 10 yrs. so I am a believer in it, but I've used a combination of a rheumatologist and naturopath to manage it successfully.

I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 6 years ago. I have since then successfully self treated with Armour thyroid for Hypothyroidism. So the answer to your question is definitely yes!

To the person who isn't a believer in fibromyalgia.. it is easy for you to say that because you do not have it. I have been diagnosed for 6 years now. I also have osteoarthritis and a thyriod condition..isn't that crazy. I feel that people think fibromyalgia isn't real because they don't know what causes it...well there are so many other things doctors don't know the cause of..like ms.. some cancers.. anyways.. i haven't been misdiagnosed but It is possible to deal with the both and yes it is hard to sometimes distinguish the symptoms. Keep getting support and going to the doctor, and get many opinions and tests done if need so. Thyroid problems are very hard to diagnose.. a lot of tests come out normal when they are not.

Just because fibromyalgia is an 'invisible' chronic condition and most sufferers look 'fine' it is viewed as quite a controversial subject. As to if it is 'real' or not is entirely based on the definition of 'real'. To the sufferer the pain and horrific fatigue are not in any way a fake symptom. Fibromyalgia is a kind of 'waste basket' diagnosis in a sense because there is no scientific lab test for it. Going to the doctor is INCREDIBLY important, I don't know if I can stress that too much. A rheumatologist is key and perhaps a nuerologist and any specific doctor for other body parts that hurt or are not functioning properly. I also want to stress that a family doctor that gets all of the information together from all the doctors so that she can keep the information together and make connections between all the labs and information. I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis which can cause pain similar to that of Fibromyalgia. (so I am told...it is quite rare however)

You and I are very alike. I too have a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, and am still testing for a diagnosis in Ankylosing Spondylitis or other Autoimmune disorder (you already got diagnosed).

NOW, to answer your question...Misdiagnosed is a very meaningful word. All Fibromyalgia, thryoid conditions, and autoimmune conditions are hard to diagnose and when I asked my pain management doctor (very specialized) whether or not the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia would be discounted after I got diagnosed with something else, he told me no it wouldn't. Fibromyalgia can be a precurser diagnosis for something else and sticks around after another diagnosis is made because many of the Fibromyalgia symptoms stick around. It is thought that Fibromyalgia can be caused or have some part of being in other Autoimmune diseases. Although this is all not concrete though people have moved forward in the field of research around Autoimmune diseases it is still a very very iffy field. I wish you luck and support with the pain and I wish you good days ahead.

Birth Control

What is the best contraceptive method for a patient with hypothyroidism?

Every patient is unique, the decision needs to be made depending on her needs.

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What makes a toenail fall off?

If you drop something heavy on your toenail, it will kill the nailbed and it will fall off. Usually will grow back eventually.

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Does the batter get an RBI if he bats into a fielders choice and a runner scores?

Yes. There are only a few times that a batter helps a teammate score but does not get an RBI.

Example 1: Bases loaded, 0 outs, batter grounds into double play 2nd baseman to first baseman, runner at third scores. The batter is not credited with an RBI.

Example 2: Runner on 3rd, 2 outs, batter hits a routine groundball to shortstop, but the shortstop makes an erro. The batter is not credited with an RBI because if the ball was played cleanly the run would not have scored.


Does adderall mask symptoms of hypothyroidism?

It could improve mental sluggishness but not the physical symptoms like severe fatigue, weight gain, muscle pain, dry skin, constipation, pale, dry skin and cold intolerance.

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When one develops hypothyroidism is it the condition or the medication that seems to delete ones calcium supply?

The parathyroid gland produces parathyroid hormones that control calcium regulation, which is the amount of calcium that is in the blood and within the bones. Maintaining a normal range of parathyroid hormones also affects the nervous and muscular systems. An over production of the parathyroid hormone, known as hyperparathyroidism, can weaken bones, produce kidney stones, and other ailments.

As for whether or not a thyroid condition can deplete calcium: Hyperthyroidism can increase the loss of calcium from bones. When a patient is taking too high a dose of medication to treat hypothyroidism, this can increase the risk for developing osteoporosis.

If you have questions about your parathyroid health, as it relates to the health of your thyroid, consult your endocrinologist. They will be able to help you determine whether or not your calcium depletion is being directly affected by your thyroid or parathyroid.

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Are cruciferous vegetables a bad food choice for someone with hypothyroidism?

Cruciferous vegetables (including bok choy, broccoli, and kale), contain goitrogenic compounds called isothiocyanates, which can exacerbate already-existing thyroid issues.

Cruciferous vegetables do not cause thyroid problems.

The answer to that depends on whether or not you take thyroid hormone replacements (i.e. Synthroid, Levoxyl...) and how you eat these foods. If you do use medication to help supplement your thyroid hormone production, then you should avoid these foods because they can block the body's ability to absorb the medication. In the end, that leaves you (and maybe your doctor) wondering why you feel so badly when you take your medication regularly and try to be healthy.

These foods are generally called goitrogenic and are, ironically, foods we are often encouraged to eat as part of a daily balanced diet. Ideally, you should avoid or limit the following foods: brussel sprouts, rutabagas, turnips, radishes, cauliflower, potatoes, corn, millet, cabbage, peaches, pears, strawberries, mustard greens, spinach, African cassava, and kale.

So, the second condition is how you eat the fruits and vegetables. Cooking seems to break down the enzymes in these foods that might normally cause adverse affects to hypothyroid suffers. That said, they should still only be eaten in small portions.

It's also believed that soy, particularly soy lecitin and soy isoflavones (but also raw soy beans), can have adverse affects on those suffering with hypothyroidism. Soy isoflavones can cause disruptions to normal hormone generation at the thyroid gland and maybe also anti-thyroid antibodies to be produced. Like any antibodies, these attack what it feels is the "intruder" in your body - the thyroid in this case. This can mimic autoimmune thyroiditis (aka Hashimoto's Disease) and cause a thyroid deficiency where one didn't exist before or worsen and existing deficiency. As of right now, this is still widely debated, but I have found that these soy ingredients have a very negative impact on my body, making me feel as though I hadn't taken my medication in years.

For those suffering with hyperthyroidism, these food items can be used to help naturally decrease the amount of hormones being produced by the body.

As a person who has suffered with hypothyroidism for 14 years, I urge you to research the disease as much as possible and talk to you doctor about it. If your doctor is not well versed on hypothyroidism, find an endocrinologist or another doctor who is. I would also urge you to learn which foods can be beneficial to thyroid hormone absorption and production (tyrosine and iodine) as well as foods that can help boost your metabolism, and always try to maintain a healthy diet.

So, the short answer is, if you cook them and eat them in small portions, you should be fine.

I suppose at the end of this I should say that everyone is different and some people who suffer from hypothyroidism never have problems with these foods. If you don't think you're feeling as well as you should, maybe try cutting one of these foods out at a time. If you eat 5 of the foods listed above, it may be that only 1 poses a problem for you.

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How bad is hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism means that the thyroid gland is not working at its optimal levels. The condition's severity can vary. The most severe form of hypothyroidism, Myxedema coma, is rare.

In general, people suffering from hypothyroidism will experience unexplained weight gain, extreme fatigue, depression, an overall sense of weakness, sensitivity to the cold, and heavier menstrual periods in females.

Most people with hypothyroidism are able to control the condition by taking medication that provides them with the missing thyroid hormone. This treatment will cause the thyroid levels to return to normal, but the replacement hormone must be taken for the rest of the individual's life.

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How do you get rid of hypothyroidism?

Well, some people have the thyroid gland removed, surgery, but you would have to be on medicine still, for life. Others take the medicine and it helps control it but you cant really get rid of it.


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