Can Hypothyroidism Be Treated Without Medicine?

Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 09:57 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: My fiancé has hyperthyroidism that is being untreated. At this time we cannot afford to see a doctor for help or meds. He is 5-foot-9 and weighs 110 pounds. Is there anything he can do?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Hyperthyroidism, if left untreated, can be a deadly condition and a young age offers no. Your fiancé must see a physician to start treatment and management as soon as possible.

Delays in management of hyperthyroidism often results in enlarged deformities of thyroid glands.
 
A minor cold, illness, or stress can cause a "thyroid storm," where the thyroid starts releasing high thyroid hormone levels, producing rapid heart rates, very high blood pressure, and consequences that can include cardiac arrest, stroke, hemorrhage or even sudden death with little warning. Control of hyperthroidism is simple, and usually involves inexpensive oral and sometimes intravenous medications to start. But controlling thyroid storm is much more involved and sometimes comes too late. 
 
So, now is the time to see your primary care physician or go to the nearest ER for treatment. Lack of insurance or funding is no reason avoid treatment, as all ER treatment to stabilize medical conditions is provided without regard to financial status by federal law. Free follow-up care may also be available through your local health department or Medicaid.
 

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