what do you you do if you have a slow thyroid is therer medications to help you loose weight

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    its called put the fork down and move away from the table.
    You should see a doctor and make sure you really have a "slow thyroid". If there's anything at all wrong with your thyroid, the doctor will diagnose it and prescribe the proper medications to correct it. A doctor will not call it a slow thyroid however. The proper term is Hypothyroidism.

    Hypothyroidism Risk Factors & Symptoms Checklist
    Excerpted from Living Well With Hypothyroidism

    by Mary Shomon

    You may have Hypothyroidism if you have the following risk factors:

    ___ My family (parent, sibling, child) has a history of thyroid disease
    ___ I've had a treated or untreated thyroid problem (i.e., hyperthyroidism, Graves' disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, post-partum thyroiditis, goiter, nodules, thyroid cancer) in the past
    ___ A member of my family or I have currently or in the past been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease
    ___ I am over 60
    ___ I am female
    ___ I am perimenopausal or menopausal
    ___ I have recently had a baby
    ___ I have a history of infertility or miscarriage
    ___ I am currently a smoker, or was a heavy smoker in the past
    ___ I am currently taking lithium, amiodarone (Cordarone), iodine, kelp, bladderwrack, bugleweed, or soy isoflavone supplements
    ___ I have had radiation treatment to my head, neck, chest, tonsil area, etc.
    ___ I had "Nasal Radium Therapy"
    ___ I consume substantial quantities of any of the following foods, frequently raw: brussels sprouts, rutabaga, turnips, kohlrabi, radishes, cauliflower, African cassava, millet, babassu, cabbage, kale, soy-protein supplements (i.e., protein powders)
    ___ I live, lived, work, worked or grew up near or at a nuclear plant.

    Or you exhibit the following symptoms.

    ___ I am gaining weight inappropriately or unable to lose weight
    ___ My "normal" body temperature is low, and/or I frequently feel cold
    ___ I feel fatigued, exhausted more than normal
    ___ I have a slow pulse, and/or low blood pressure
    ___ I have high cholesterol
    ___ My hair is rough, coarse dry, breaking, brittle, or falling out
    ___ My skin is rough, coarse, dry, scaly, itchy and thick
    ___ My nails have been dry, brittle, and break more easily
    ___ My voice has become hoarse, husky or gravelly
    ___ I have pains, aches, stiffness, tingling in joints, muscles, hands and/or feet
    ___ I have carpal tunnel syndrome, arm or leg tendonitis, or plantar's fascitis
    ___ I am having irregular menstrual cycles (longer, or heavier, or more frequent)
    ___ I am experiencing infertility, or have had one or more miscarriage
    ___ I feel depressed, restless, moody, sad
    ___ I have difficulty concentrating or remembering things
    ___ I have no or low sex drive
    ___ My eyes feel gritty, dry, light-sensitive
    ___ My neck or throat feels full, pressure, choking, lumpy, larger than usual, and/or I have difficulty swallowing
    ___ I have/may have sleep apnea
    ___ I have puffiness and swelling around the eyes, eyelids, face, feet, hands and feet

    I have placed both lists here in case anyone was wondering about the condition for themselves. Any questions posted to this Q/A site are also viewed by non members on the internet.

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