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Hypothyroidism and effects of not treating it - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello Doctor
Doctor :   This is Dr here.
Doctor :   Good afternoon.
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   Good Afternoon to you. My wife who is 32 yrs old has thyroid
Doctor :   Ok
User :   TSH is 20.05
Doctor :   Ok
User :   She has been under homeopathic treatment for hair loss at Dr.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   They had asked her to do a thyroid test since its slightly swollen on her neck
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Please proceed with your query.
User :   yeah in oct'10 TSH was 6, but last wk when tested it is 20
User :   we are worried. pls advise
Doctor :   Can you describe the symptoms that she has?
Doctor :   May I know her current weight and height?
User :   tiredness, irritation, weight gain, slight pain in the throat,
User :   height 5 ft, weight 62 kgs
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Is she on any on thyroid supplements?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Have you seen a doctor in the past?
User :   however, at dr they said they have included alongwith hair loss medicine
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   Dr clinic is an ayurvedia clinic.
User :   yes we did a health check up but not for throid in specific
Doctor :   As a medical doctor, my knowledge on ayurveda is limited.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Hence I cannot comment on the details of the medication.
Doctor :   However as a medical doctor, I can suggest you these.
User :   ok
Doctor :   1. TSH above 3.5 is suggestive of hypothyroidism.
Doctor :   This needs evalaution
Doctor :   and thyroid supplementation.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Hence you need to see doctor and avail thyroid supplements.
Doctor :   So consider consulting an endocrinologist who will prescribe you with thyroid supplements.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Over a course of time, with the thyroid supplements, her symptoms can be controlled as well the TSH levels can be normalised.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes doctor
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   what would be the consequence of this TSH on a higher side & not treated?
Doctor :   TSH levels are indicators of thyroid hormone secretion and yes there are consequences if not treated appropriately.
Doctor :   Thyroid hormone is an essential hormone that controls various metabolic functions that are essential for proper functioning of the body.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Deficiency of this hormone can affect the stomach and intestine functions, hair changes, dry skin, menstrual irregularities, neurological functions and so on.
Doctor :   So, she needs to hormone supplements.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   i have one more query
Doctor :   Please proceed with your query.
User :   my father has enlarged testicles. he is 70 yrs old.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   what do we do
Doctor :   Since when have you noticed this?
User :   does he have to undergo a surgery or can be treated thru medication
Doctor :   Is the swelling present on both sides?
User :   this is there for many years, but now it is prominent and he is feeling uncomfortable
User :   yes, swelling present on both sides
Doctor :   Ok
User :   he also complains of pain
Doctor :   When you said enlarged testicles, do you mean it is enlarged scrotum?
User :   at times
User :   yes
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