Thyroid Function Test

Thyroid function test is the blood tests done to diagnose thyroid problems. It includes checking the levels of TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone), T3 (Triiodothyronine), T4 (Tetraiodothyronine), FT3 (Free T3), FT4 (Free T4), etc. This test can be done at any time of the day, as fasting is not needed.

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Pregnancy tests are negative, but am still having pregnancy symptoms. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 27 year old female, who started taking birth control pills eight months back, but I only took it for a week and stopped taking them. In that same week, I had unprotected sex with my fiance, and I had my periods the next day. The next month I got my periods two weeks earlier, and I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I see two problems in your history. Let me tell you the reason and solution. Birth control pills come in a pack of 21 or 21 active plus seven dummy pills, or the single dose of an emergency contraceptive pill. Whichever you take, will suppres...  Read Full »

Is hyperthyroidism a serious condition, and what is the treatment for it?

Query: Hi doctor, Is my hyperthyroidism serious? Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Your blood tests (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity) show you have hyperthyroidism. It means your thyroid gland is producing more thyroid hormones. We need to know if you have any related symptoms like palpitations, tremo...  Read Full »

I have twitching of different muscles. Can I be sure it is not ALS?

Query: Hello doctor, The last week and a half every few minutes, I got a muscle twitch in random parts of my body. My left eye twitches more constantly than that. I have general anxiety and major health anxiety which I am wondering can play a role. I have no muscular weakness at all, and no atrophy from wh...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Frequent muscle twitches without any muscle weakness or atrophy and normal reflexes can be due to anxiety. The other possibility can be benign fasciculation syndrome. But before labeling this, it is advisable to rule out other possible grave diseases. Let me suggest...  Read Full »

I am about to get married, but have an erectile disorder. Please suggest a remedy.

Query: Hello doctor, I am about to get married and I have an erectile disorder. Should I take any medicine? Kindly suggest some remedy for the same.  Read Full »


Dr. Radhakrishnan Nair. B

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, find out the reasons for erectile dysfunction by getting a physical examination with a urologist along with a blood test if necessary. Diabetes, thyroid dysfunction and other hormonal issues can alter your erection. So, at this age never take any m...  Read Full »

My son is 5'6" in height and wants to be taller. Is this possible with growth hormone?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 5'6 in height. He is 17 years old and wants to be taller. We want to try growth hormone. Is this possible? Kindly suggest the treatment.  Read Full »


Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query, and from what information you have given me, it appears that your son has short constitutional stature and not growth hormone deficiency. Well, but it depends on many factors such as the mid-parental height, ethnicity, nutritional status, etc. Sinc...  Read Full »

Is it possible for an otherwise healthy person to have gynecomastia?

Query: Hello doctor, I had prolactinoma diagnosed with secondary hypogonadism. I was treated with cabergoline and hydrocortisone for a few years and then taken off hydrocortisone when the adrenals began to function properly. My most recent blood tests came back normal, and I was tested for loads of other...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Gynecomastia could be due to a testosterone deficiency, thyroid disorder or adrenal insufficiency in your case. Since your prolactin levels are normal and there is no further growth, it is no longer due to the prolactinoma. I would suggest you have your seru...  Read Full »

I have throbbing pain below my left ear with pressure around my neck. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, Hi, I am a 30-year-old female. Before six months, I felt throbbing pain below my left ear associated with numbness in my left arm and left foot, and sometimes, with a feeling of chest pain. I thought that it was an ear infection. But I confirmed that it was not my problem after I went ...  Read Full »


Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query and from what you have attached in the report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It appears that you have hypothyroidism in view of very high TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) levels. Also, your thyroid gland is enlarged due to t...  Read Full »

Is it acceptable for my wife to take thyroid medicines during pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor,My wife is five months pregnant. We had done a TSH level test in the second month. It showed 8.8. Then the gynecologist put her on 50 mcg Thyronorm tablets. Yesterday we went for a check-up. She ordered a thyroid profile test as well as a TIFFA scan. Is there any problem? I am uploa...  Read Full »


Dr. Swaraj Waddankeri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen her reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The medicines were required and hence she was started on those. That was the right thing to do. Continue to take the same dose. Repeat the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormones) and FT4 after a mont...  Read Full »

My daughter attained menarche four months back, and now she has irregular periods. Is it normal?

Query: Hello doctor,My 12 years old daughter started getting periods four months back. For the first two months, she had them at a gap of 26 days and in the third month after 28 days. This month, it is already 36 days and no sign of bleeding. Is it normal for her to have irregular cycles?  Read Full »


Dr. Sharmila Naik Shashikant

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, it is normal to have irregularities in the periods at this stage when the menarche has recently occurred. You can give her Evecare syrup if it persists, which is an ayurvedic non-hormonal uterine blood flow regulating tonic. This stage might last for another year un...  Read Full »

Why am I not able to conceive even after stopped taking contraceptive pills?

Query: Hello doctor, I came off the Depo birth control injection about seven months ago. I have been trying to conceive, but nothing yet. I have prolonged periods, some lasting 38 days. For the past few months I have been using ovulation tests, but I never get a positive result. I have an application on m...  Read Full »


Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. How are you doing? The Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is supposed to disappear from the body within four months, but for some women, it takes longer. As per your history, the hormone balance is not yet achieved. In every cycle, only if the hormone balance is norma...  Read Full »

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