Hypothyroidism Complications

Hypothyroidism is a condition caused by underactive thyroid gland. If left untreated, it can cause goiter (enlarged thyroid gland), heart problems, mental problems, peripheral neuropathy, myxedema, and infertility.

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What if I do not take medicine for hypothyroidism?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and growth hormone deficiency as a child, but stopped taking the medication at 18. I am now 23 and have noticed a few symptoms. Extreme fatigue, depression, anxiety, weight gain and headaches. I feel that the symptoms have worsened. What could be the po...  Read Full »


Dr. Bindiya Thakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have a few follow up questions. Please answer them. What was the reason for the hypothyroidism and growth hormone deficiency? Were there any other hormone deficiencies as well? What other medical problems do you have? When did you last have your thyroid b...  Read Full »

What is the reason for frequently passing stools since yesterday, and should I continue my thyroid medicines?

Query: Hello doctor,I pass stools five to six times a day, and I feel very weak. I am suffering from thyroid issues. So, I took Thyrox 50 and then the levels got corrected. So, I stopped taking them. Yesterday my thyroids were tested again. I am attaching those reports. Should I restart the medicines and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query and went through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). From the reports, it appears that you currently do not have any thyroid gland disorders. So, you do not need any medications for it. TSH being slightly high means it ...  Read Full »

Are ferritin and hypothyroidism related?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 34-years-old woman with hypothyroidism, currently taking Euthyrox 100 mcg. I was found to have low levels of ferritin 30 ng/mL in a routine examination. So my doctor recommended a change in my diet and to make a treatment of iron hydroxide polymaltose. I did both, but my ferri...  Read Full »


Dr. Thiyagarajan. T

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.It is hard to say the reason for your low ferritin level.Either you have low iron in the diet, had heavy menstrual bleeding for a while, or have a problem absorbing iron. You have normal iron and low ferritin, which is probably due to low iron stores but enough to have norm...  Read Full »

I have hypothyroidism and taking medicines. How to modify the dosage of the medicine?

Query: Hi doctor, I suffer from hypothyroidism for more than ten years. My TSH remains fluctuated between 7 to 50 mIU/L. My adrenal function, blood sugar, and urine report are normal. I have a hemoglobin of 13 g/dL and a TPO antibody above 1000. Normally, hypothyroid patients take around 50 to 100 mcg of ...  Read Full »


Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Your dose of Thyronorm remains low. Kindly tell me about the time of taking medication.   Read Full »

Why do I feel fatigued even after a year of treatment for hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's?

Query: Hi doctor,I have hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's thyroiditis. My doctor tested my TSH levels and treats me with Levothyroxine. I have extreme fatigue after taking this treatment for a year though my TSH is in a normal range. My doctor told me that freeT4 and reverse T3 are not important parameters to...  Read Full »


Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Some people taking treatment for hypothyroidism still experience symptoms even if the blood tests show normal thyroid hormone levels. The reason behind this is complex but the bottom line is that a normal TSH (thyroid stimualting hormone) level does not mean that al...  Read Full »

Can hypothyroidism result in voice hoarseness and plantar fasciitis?

Query: Hi doctor,I have hypothyroidism for seven years. I have hoarseness of voice, shortness of breath, hair fall, and plantar fasciitis. Currently, I am taking Eltroxin 50 mg.   Read Full »


Dr. Sehrawat Manisha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and currently, you are taking Eltroxin 50 mg (Thyroxine). Please mention whether you are taking the dose from the initial stage. If you have a hoarse voice and joint pain, then it is necessary to increase the dosage. But befor...  Read Full »

Why do I still feel like passing out?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 38 year old male. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism before 1.5 years. Currently, I am on Thyroxine 75 mcg and Aten 25. Still, I have the symptom of passing out feeling. Please advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Rajyaguru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to have some more information. When was your last FT4 and TSH levels checked? What do you feel exactly? Is there any generalized weakness or giddiness? Do you have an inability to tolerate cold? Please let me know the answers to discuss further. Revert back w...  Read Full »

Kindly advise a diet plan with possible complications for a hypothyroidism.

Query: Hi doctor, My age is 28 and actually, I am suffering from hypothyroidism and my latest TSH is 11. I take Thyronorm 125 mcg daily empty stomach. Please suggest a proper diet plan along with the complications at this level. Once, My TSH had risen to 150, I am not gaining extra weight anymore. Please g...  Read Full »


Dr. Divakara P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for posting your query. Diet for hypothyroidism is to avoid cabbage, cauliflower, and spinach. Otherwise nothing extra diet is needed. Complications do not happen at any particular level. It happens if the TSH is high for years. Complications are heart problems, ...  Read Full »

My TSH is 6.58. Can I keep my TSH under control without medications?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 26 year old female, who is trying to conceive. Previously, I was not diagnosed with hypothyroidism. But recently, my gynecologist prescribed Thyronorm 50 mcg as my TSH is 6.58. I had concerns with taking a long-term medication. I have read that thyroid medication is to be taken life...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.See, thyroid medications are required lifelong if your thyroid remains persistently high. That we can decide later.At this point of time, you need to take medicine to get your TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) level below the range of 2.5. Pregnancy needs high control of ...  Read Full »

Can I continue my pregnancy with a high TSH level?

Query: Hello doctor, Recently, I got conceived. My latest thyroid profile report showed the T3 and T4 to be normal and the TSH levels were abnormal at 22.96. We have heard that this TSH value affects the brain development of the newborn and also the newborn will not be mentally good. This is bothering us a...  Read Full »


Dr. Jimesh H. Mavani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, you are right. Hypothyroidism can affect the fetal brain development, especially in early pregnancy. Thyroid hormone is normally very important for many functions of the body. It helps in the early development of the fetus. The brain is one of the parts of early...  Read Full »

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