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Thyroid Problems

What are thyroid problems and their causes?

The thyroid gland is predominantly the most influential in almost all of the body’s metabolic workings. When the thyroid gland begins to have an unbalanced production of the thyroid hormone then thyroid problems may occur. Low level production of the hormone may result in hypothyroidism and high level production may result in hyperthyroidism. Common causes of hypothyroidism may include Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, thyroid gland removal, and the drug lithium. Hyperthyroidism causes may include Grave’s disease, pituitary gland malfunctions and cancerous growth in the thyroid. Most thyroid problems are easily managed if diagnosed correctly. Uncertainties on what types of thyroid problems and their treatments may often lead to questions like the ones answered below by Experts.

Could low testosterone cause thyroid problems especially hypothyroidism?

Low testosterone alone may not cause hypothyroidism. There is often another underlying issue present with decreased testosterone needed to cause hypothyroidism. If low testosterone is present at the same instance as a pituitary tumor then it may agitate or even affect the tumor and therefore may be symptomatic of hypothyroidism.

With underactive thyroid problems is there cause for concern when TSH level is 29 and Eltroxin medicine is increased from .5 mg to .1 mg?

Hypothyroidism is normally treated and maintained very easily. The beginning dosage of .5 milligrams of Eltroxin indicates that hypothyroidism is present. Ideally 2 milligrams is used but there is a range depending on the patient of .4 or 4.5. The TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) level of 29 is also an indicator that the individual may be short of the hormone and the amount of time of decrease. The medicine was more than likely increased to help replace the hormone. Failure to replace the hormone may often lead to bigger problems such as potential heart failure.

Can thyroid problems cause itchiness and welts on most of the body that only steroids can control?

Experiencing itchiness and welts over the body may not typically be a symptom of thyroid disease or thyroid problems. These symptoms are often found with autoimmune problems, allergy or of an unknown cause. If TSH level is normal then it may be very unlikely that they are related.

What are thyroid problems symptoms?

There are different symptoms that may occur based on if hypothyroidism is present or hyperthyroidism is present. When there is a low level of the thyroid hormone then hypothyroidism is present. Hypothyroidism may cause symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, muscle or joint stiffness or aches, hair loss, depression, and more. When there is a high level of thyroid hormone then hyperthyroidism is present. Hyperthyroidism symptoms include: rapid heart rate, weight loss, nervousness, sweating, or fatigue which is also a symptom of hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are both types of thyroid problems. Being knowledgeable about thyroid problems can be beneficial when faced with questions about thyroid problems in your life. Experts can help answer questions about thyroid problems cure or how thyroid problems are diagnosed. Get the answers to what causes thyroid problems or what thyroid problems symptoms may be by asking an Expert today.

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