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What do weakness and sensitivity in the fingers indicate?

I am 59 years old with symptoms of fatigue and my fingers are sensitive to the cold. I do have a slightly elevated level with my thyroid but my T4 is within normal range. My dr. is monitoring my labs, but I find I am getting more fatigued and my fingers are more sensitive to the cold. Should I be more assertive with my Dr. about my thyroids?
Thu, 19 Apr 2018
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Hi,

As per your clinical history, please check your T3, T4, and TSH and if high TSH is found then discuss with your treating Doctor to increase the dose.

Try to avoid certain medicines if you are taking medicine for thyroid like Iron supplements, Cholestyramine, Aluminum hydroxide, which is found in some antacids, Calcium supplements, etcetera.

Some diet suggestions for hypothyroidism include-

1) Take foods high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids such as leafy green vegetables, salmon, nuts, seeds, and shrimp, etcetera.

2) Try to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Water and green tea can be sipped on in between meals to prevent dehydration.

3) Take Iodine rich foods such as seaweed and algae regularly.

4) Foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, soy, beans, and spinach can actually slow down the functioning of the thyroid so they should be eaten in small quantities.

5) Try to avoid artificial sweeteners, caffeine, dairy, and alcohol when on a diet for hypothyroidism.

6) Do exercise regularly, try to maintain a normal weight and take a multivitamin regularly.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Uday Nath Sahoo
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