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Diagnosed with hypothyroidism, have stomach issues like bloating, constipation, mucus in stools. Could thyroid be causing this?

I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism . Just started meds. But I am also having alot of stomach trouble. Bloating , Constipation , belching egg taste and mucus in the stool. Just wondering if that is cause from the low thyroid or if something else might be going on. I am extremely tired and cant concentrate and very pale.
Asked On : Tue, 18 Dec 2012
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Hello Good Evening,

There are some symptoms of hypothyroidism as follows:

Appearance: thin, brittle fingernails; dry, itchy skin; weight gain, water retention, hair loss
Neurological: depression, rapid thoughts.
Neuromuscular: depressed reflexes, hypotonia, muscle cramps, joint pain, mood instability, irritability, constipation.
Constitutional: fatigue, sleepiness, cold intolerance, decreased sweating.
Cardiovascular: bradycardia, elevated serum cholesterol.

So hypothyroidism can cause constipation and constipation may also caused bloating.

There are many causes of bloating, including: diet, irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, re flux, and constipation and some more.

Gas and bloating is a sign that food is not being digested correctly by the body. An inadequate intake of water will cause excessive stomach bloating.

Water benefits the body by aiding with digestion because it supports a majority of the body's daily functions.

Fatty foods cause a formation of fat cells to develop throughout the body and contribute to bloating as well. A build up of fat cells slows down the body's ability to empty the stomach.

Dairy products also contribute to excessive cramps, gas, and bloating.
Persons who are intolerant to lactose products experience this effect more than others.

Following steps should follows to lessen the bloating:

-Walk after eating a meal.
-Avoid coffee and chocolates.
-Avoid Meals that are high in fat.
-Avoid extremely hot or cold food.
-Avoid bubble gum or bubbly beverages.

If needed then medication should be included antacids, PPI, domperidone, Levosulpiride (prokinetic), digestive enzymes and some laxatives.

So keep continue your medications for hypothyroidism and do needful for constipation and bloating, hopefully you will gradually improved.


Dr. Naresh Jain.
Answered: Mon, 12 Aug 2013
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