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Hot flashes Hypothyroidism

Is any one feel hot flashes in body in Hypothyroidism because of  Hahimotos?.What mean feel like burning inside in feet just little walk start sweating ,burning in arms as well. I gain about 15 Ibs in 2 months with no extra diet change , muscles cramp/pain and joint pain. July 19th my TSH was 5.3 FT4 1.0. I am male , if any male also having similar issue , at what level of TSH you feel better  ?.
Any help is appreciate it. Thanks again DLA and Graveslady for quick and detail responses in this forum.
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How's this for quick?  Just popped up. :~)

Yes, those are normal symptoms of hypo.  I had all those symptoms until my TSH was at .93.  May have started a little sooner than that, but when I had last blood draw they had stopped and that's what my TSH was.  Is your dr not going to get you below that or is that just where you are right now?  B/c obviously that high of a TSH is not working for you.  You need to talk to dr about increasing your meds.  Most drs want it at around 1, but that is too low for some people and too high for others, but that's usually the number they shoot for.

Good luck.
Dac
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You mentioned being a male.....are you taking any other meds besides those for Hypo???
Hubby and I found out the hard way that there are several cholestrol and anxiety meds that can cause hot flashes in men. For hubby it was vytorin and effexor.
if you are taking any of these types of drugs take them before bedtime so you sleep thru the side effects.


If not......then Im no help at all. LOL. sorry but Im sure someone here can help answer your questions

Rhonda
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My doctor increase my dose from 50mcg to 75mcg to adjust my TSH level. Only other medicines i am taking  Cymbalta 30 mg and some times clariton to avoid itching and hives .
I am also having difficulty sleeping in the night , may be because i miss symbalta for 2 days  but not sure.

Thanks
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Any other experience .Can it be Cymbalta ?
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Hypers are heat intolerance and hypo are cold intolerance.

Aside from being Hyper/Graves', I have been a cold person all my life.

As a women, never had a hot flash in my life.

With level at 5.3 doubt its thyroid related.  Maybe its the meds.

However, the reverse has been knowing with symptoms of either hyper or hypo.

Can't help as to Cymbalta, don't even know what it is.

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Cymbalta is the Anti- depression/anxiety medicines . I may not explain hot flashes very well  what i meant it is burning skin mostly on my feet and arms . and also feel hot most of the time , i am not sure my current level but it was 5.3 on last July.
When your level is around 1, do we still have some residual symptoms remaining ?. I heard hashimotos leave some residual symptoms.

Thanks again everyone.
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Glad to hear you are helping yourself by not being anti antidepressant/anxiety meds.

Hypos are cold and hypers are hot.

The burning feet and arms might be symptoms or something else going on.  Maybe you should have it checked out for either one (thyroid and/or other).

You might have some symptoms even with a TSH of 1, however this is not true for everyone.
Hashi just as Graves,' have their own symptoms, some the same as hypo or hyper symptoms. So we might have to treat each one separate from each other and from thyroid, like you (we) are doing with taking the depression/anxiety meds.
I know when my levels go too hypo out of Labs range I have certain symptoms that will subside when back into levels again.  The same with being too hyper with TSH being out and FTs in range.  Then I get different symptoms when TSH is in Labs but with FT-4 out of Labs. Different symptoms when TSH and FT-4 are both out of Labs to the hyper side.  However they all seem to subside once level is back in Labs. So far after 11 years I have not found my optimal level(s) nor felt 100% normal.

Once Hashi (same with Graves') always Hashi, so possibly the same with (some) symptoms and most are treatable.


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rohit ~ I was talking to one of the women at work yesterday who has Hashi's.  She's had a lot of different symptoms and is working with her doc to get the meds at the right level.  She told me that she has a burning sensation where her thyroid is.  She's extremely hypo right now.  

GL ~ I asked this same woman that I referenced above about what happens if you were diagnosed with Hashi's and they remove your thyroid?  I know there is probably something out here that references that, but I have yet to look.  She said that she'd heard that those antibodies can attack other glands or organs??  I was a little surprised, because I hadn't heard that.  

I truly value your opinion, and wondered if you'd heard anything like this??

Thanks,
Lori
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Its true that other autoimmune conditions can carry thyroid antibodies, as well as people with no thyroid problems.  However, thyroid antibodies are specific to the thyroid, thereby only attacks the thyroid. If no thyroid, there is nothing for antibodies to attack or little thyroid left to attack.  If no thyroid to attack, antibodies might go dormant, but they will always be there in our system (some place).  They can always pop up again in the future but without doing damage because there is no thyroid or active thyroid to damage.

However, as far as surgery, Surgeons do not remove all of the thyroid, not even in cases of thyroid cancer. Thyroid surgeons tend to leave a portion of the thyroid intact, in order to avoid damaging parathyroid's or the nerve that runs through the thyroid that works the vocal chords. Even with the most meticulous surgery, small amounts of thyroid tissue are often left behind to help preserve the integrity of critical structures that lie beneath the lobes of the thyroid.  The nerve runs directly through the thyroid gland, and can get nicked, or cut, during surgery. So, where there is thyroid, there is antibodies to attack. Thyroid can regrow after surgery - this is thought to be due to the antibodies.

Other health conditions (autoimmune) have their specific antibodies that attack that specific area of the body, and like thyroid antibodies, they do not attack the thyroid nor other parts of the body. When we are autoimmune we are more susceptible than the average population to other autoimmune conditions, and, we can have more than one autoimmune condition at the same time.  And once autoimmune, always autoimmune.  No cure or treatment for any autoimmune, just for the symptoms that come with the autoimmune condition.  However science is working on this aspect of autoimmune causes and the genes.

Hope this answered your question or made it a little clearer.

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You most certainly did answer my question - thank you!  Now let me ask you this....if you have the RAI treatment after TT, doesn't that destroy the remaining tissue that was left behind?  Can it still regrow after that?
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Yes, radioactive iodine (RAI)  after surgery destroys (ablate) any remaining thyroid cells. With the thyroid distroyed, it should not grow back.

How long it takes to destroy depends on the amount or dose of RAI.
RAI might take a while to destroy even the tiniest thyroid residue. Even for Graves' it might take up to 10 years or more to completely die off.

A rule of thumb; when we reach a dose of between 250 and 300 of thyroid meds., we can almost be assured our thyroids are finally dead and any less there is still thyroid function.  I am on my 11th year and I still have more than 1/2 function per my med. dose of 100.


Here is a tidbit:
RAI does not destroy the good or healthy parts of the thyroid, only the diseased part. I don't know if this is a 100 %, but its what I have read.  It would explain why some of us are still on small doses and still have symptoms - our thyroids are still partially functioning.  

Now, have I confused you ;)

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No, you didn't confuse me at all.  VERY interesting, though!  My surgeon told me that he had left a small bit of the thyroid in because it was very close to a nerve.  My surgery took way longer than expected because of that (4.5 hours).  I think (?) that may explain why I've had so many problems with my voice, swallowing and breathing since the surgery.  I don't know if he was talking about the recurrent laryngeal nerve or not, but I know that's the one that they try to stay away from.

I had NO idea that it takes that it takes that long for the thyroid tissue to die off!  I'm scheduled for the RAI treatment the week of 9/17.  It's been 3 weeks tomorrow with no thyroid, and I'm not on any meds.  Not too bad so far, but have been told by the 4th week, I could start experiencing some hypo symptoms.  Hopefully it won't be too awful.

Thank you for the explanation!

Lori
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You are welcome Lori.

Glad I didn't confuse you. Sometimes I have a hard time with words or putting it all gather into writings, and sometimes I just simply have TBFD (Thyroid Brain Fog Disease).

How fast the thyroid dies off is a matter of the individual and the RAI dosage. If you have little thyroid left it might not take long.  Not as long as it would for Graves' having a total thyroid gland.

Good luck on 9/17.  Not that you will need it.  RAI itself is a very uneventful thing.  

GL
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I have read lots of forums and multiple books on Thyroid issue and it seems like even your TSH is in normal range you still have some residual symptoms , like fatigue/dullness and some muscles and joint ache . I notice after 4 or 5 pm i get tired and need some rest to refresh  my energy , is this what other also notice ?. Also i have headache on and off every day.
I am worried about burning feet/muscles twitching and some tingling so not sure my TSH level right now , it was 5.3 in July .
Any one else feeling same or similar symptoms or any other information i really appreciate it.
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I have had hashimotos for about 8 years.  My levels are good now but I am still extremely tired and suffer from heat intolerance as where I use to always be cold.  I am only 35 so I am not in menopause yet...What do you think?
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Just to clear things up.

The quote a few posts above - "Hypos are cold and hypers are hot"

It not that simple.

As a person with Hoshimoto and hearing from others, one can have episodes of overall warmth, sweating ect. It can be from incorrect med levels, adjusting, or just the inflamed thyroid doing weird things. Were not cold all the time. And even when we feel good it is possible to have heat intolerance with Hashimoto, not just Graves.

This is possible in men and women, young and older, even when not taking any other drugs/meds for things other than thyroid.
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