Sluggish Thyroid Symptoms

How to Lose Weight When You Have a Thyroid Problem
If you suffer from hypothyroidism – an underactive thyroid – chances are that you have inexperienced many of the following symptoms:

weight gain

feelings of exhaustion

hair breakage and hair loss

mood swings

foggy brain and forgetfulness

feelings of depression or just feeling low

achy limbs – especially in the morning

bad skin – spots, oiliness etc.

bloating

brittle, weak nails

infertility

Not a great list of symptoms but thankfully, after a couple of months of taking thyroid meds, the majority of the symptoms cease and you start to feel a little bit more functional. However, for many women in particular, the thyroxine meds don’t seems to do much about the weight gain and dreams of the weight ‘just falling off’ don’t seem to come true. So what are your options?

More than you would think. To rely on just taking the meds to get your body back into the shape it was before is unrealistic. A tiny number of people are fortunate but they are usually the ones who didn’t gain more than a few pounds when their thyroid stopped functioning properly. For the majority, the weight loss is a very slow process and sometimes, the weight can continue to creep up despite the most meagre calories being consumed and 4 visits to the gym a week.

It helps to understand the role of the thyroid in the body to appreciate why it has such a big impact on weight.

The thyroid is an endocrine gland which sits in front of your larynx in your throat.It secretes two different hormones, T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine) which are responsible for regulating your body’s metabolism and controlling how quickly reactions in your body happen.They are the nerve centre you could say. It’s from these hormones that your body gets the messages to burn energy and regulate your metabolism. So the thyroid, as small as it is, is responsible for how efficiently your body burns fat, for how much you weigh and for how much you sleep. When this stops functioning as ‘normal’, your metabolism slows down, the weight gain starts and the other symptoms of hypothyroidism start to reveal themselves. This can be a slow process and some people will suffer from hypothyroidism without even knowing it. However, once diagnosed via blood tests, medication can be prescribed which will help the thyroid to function properly. The damage to the way your metabolism functions can be far reaching however, and this is why a low calorie diet does not necessarily get the same result as it would have done in the past.

There are many diets on the internet – each offering to help thyroid sufferers get their figure back by following a simple diet. It’s an easy market because it’s a desperate market but unfortunately, many of these so-called ‘magic cures’ and instant solutions turn out to be ineffective and costly.

However, the way to stop the weight gain and lose the weight could be much more straightforward.The answer could lie inwhat you are eatingand nothow much you are eating. And it’s abouthow you are working outandnot how often.If anything, many people aren’t eating enough. And they aren’t taking the right supplements to give their thyroid a helping hand.

Common Dietary Mistakes

Iodine is essential to make thyroid hormones and so when taking medication for your thyroid, you should always assist rather than hamper its effectiveness.

Try reducing foods that suppress iodine like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, sprouts and spinach. Also, avoid peanuts, pine nuts and dried fruit. Also avoid caffeine drinks like coffee and cola. They can worsen the symptoms of an underactive thyroid. Give up smoking and limit alcohol intake too.You don’t have to remove these foods from your diet but they do not help your thyroid so it’s best to severely limit your intake of them.Foods that are rich in iodine and therefore helpful to your thyroid are oily fish, nuts and seeds, seaweed / kelp – sushi is a great source of this rather than the fried seaweed you sometimes get in Chinese restaurants.

Common Exercise Mistakes
With thryoid problems comes a slower metabolism and even after the thyroid starts to function more efficiently again, the metabolism doesn’t always just just speed up again. It’s important to amend not just the approach todiet but the approach to exercise in order to lose any weight. Previously, three sessions of exercise a week may have been sufficient to lose weight and tone up but with thyroid disease, the harsh reality is that the body will not respond as well to just this amount of exercise. At least 4/5 exercises sessions a week will get the results desired with plenty of emphasis on cardio vascular exercises. Ultimately, exercise and a low-fat and low-calorie diet will have an impact but they will take longer than they would on someone with a normal thyroid function.

For all the full guide on how to lose weight, visit www.ThyroidWeight.com.

See the easy-to-follow diet plans, recipes, workout guides and supplement info available there.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of hypothyroid? Sluggish thyroid?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Signs and symptoms
      Hypothyroidism has been called the “great imitator” for the vast number of medical conditions it can mimic:

      Thyroid hormones are essential and primary regulators of the body’s metabolism. Imbalances can affect virtually every metabolic process in the body, exerting significant effects on mood and energy level. Thyroid function has a profound impact on overall health via its modulation of carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism, vitamin utilization, mitochondrial function, digestive process, muscle and nerve activity, blood flow, oxygen utilization, hormone secretion, sexual and reproductive health, and many other physiological parameters. [2]
      In addition, patients with hypothyroidism and psychiatric symptoms may be diagnosed with:[3]

      atypical depression (which may present as dysthymia)
      bipolar spectrum syndrome (including manic-depression, mixed mania, bipolar depression, rapid-cycling bipolar disorder, cyclothymia, and premenstrual syndromes)
      borderline personality disorder
      psychotic disorder (typically, paranoid psychosis)
      inattentive ADHD or more specifically sluggish cognitive tempo
      Conversley, sometimes other conditions can be mistaken for Hypothyroidism.

      Adults [4]
      Slowed speech and a hoarse, breaking voice. Deepening of the voice can also be noticed.
      Impaired memory
      Impaired cognitive function (brain fog)
      Urticaria (hives)
      Migraine headache
      Increased sensitivity to heat and cold
      A slow heart rate with ECG changes including low voltage signals. Diminished cardiac output and decreased contractility.
      Pericardial effusions may occur.
      Sluggish reflexes
      Dry puffy skin, especially on the face, and hair loss, especially thinning of the outer third of the eyebrows
      Depression (especially in the elderly)
      Mild weight gain
      Anemia caused by impaired hemoglobin synthesis (decreased EPO levels), impaired intestinal iron and folate absorption or B12 deficiency from pernicious anemia
      Slowed metabolism
      Constipation
      Fatigue (physical)
      anxiety/panic attacks
      Choking sensation or difficulty swallowing
      Shortness of breath with a shallow and slow respiratory pattern.
      Impaired ventilatory responses to hypercapnia and hypoxia.
      Increased need for sleep
      Muscle cramps and joint pain
      Brittle fingernails
      Osteopenia or Osteoporosis
      Paleness
      Irritability
      Yellowing of the skin due to impaired conversion of beta-carotene to vitamin A
      Abnormal menstrual cycles
      Impaired renal function with decreased GFR.
      Thin, fragile or absent cuticles
      Infertility or difficulty becoming pregnant
      Elevated serum cholesterol
      Mood instability
      Acute psychosis (myxedema madness) is a rare presentation of hypothyroidism
      Poor muscle tone (muscle hypotonia)
      Decreased libido
      Hypothyroidism in pediatric patients can cause the following additional symptoms:

      short stature
      mental retardation

  2. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies/herbs for a sluggish thyroid?
    I believe I may have a underactive thyroid. I have many of the symptoms, but I don’t want to go on a synthetic drug and be stuck on it for the rest of my life. Is there anyone here who has tried any natural or herbal remedies for a sluggish thyroid? Did it help? Thank you for any responses.

    • ANSWER:
      hi there :)

      everyone has given great advice, and the bladderwrack really is the best. i was recently diagnosed with endometriosis, and according to my blood tests, my thyroid level is fine but is on the low end and i have been having hypo symptoms as well. i am genetically wired to have hypothyroid–my mom, grandma and great grandma all have/had it (my ggma died of goiter!), so unless i take some action it will only get worse. yesterday i went to see a naturopath, and she immediately knew i had low thyroid and put me on a bladderwrack/wild lettuce/irish moss tincture, along with some other supplements since the thyroid is involved in hormone production which has been part of my endometriosis problem. they’re all connected.

      i would suggest, if you can afford it, to get your thyroid checked with your regular doctor, and then take those results to a naturopath. most insurance does not cover the naturopath, but it cost me less than 0 to see one (not including the supplements). most are willing to work with you, because they are genuinely concerned about your health. by seeing the naturopath you can make sure you’re getting exactly the amounts you need so you dont cause other problems! i definitely think it is worth it to have the advice and guidance of someone who understands how our bodies work a little better than we do.

      good luck and best of health to you!
      ~josey~

  3. QUESTION:
    What number would constitute a “sluggish” thyroid?
    My lab results show my T4 free as being .9 which is in the normal range, yet I have so many symptoms of a thyroid imbalance.

    • ANSWER:
      The TSH would be a better indicator of a problem. TSH ranges have been recently adjusted downward to a range of 0.3 – 3.0 from 0.5 – 5.0. Some physicians may still use the older ranges. Anything above the upper range would indicate hypothyroid problems (sluggish thyroid), although there is such a thing as Sublinical Hypothyoidism.

      The other thing that you can check is our basal body temperature, which you take before you get out of bed in the morning. If it’s below the normal temp it may also signify a problem. Look uo Wilson’s syndrome.

      Next, your body may nor be converting your T4 into T3.

      Lastly, you may have a problem where your cortisol (adrenal) levels are “low”………..could also result from a progesterone imbalance.

      Hope some of this may help.

  4. QUESTION:
    I have a lot of symptoms of a slow thyroid, but every test I take comes out negative. What do I do next?
    I have a family history of slow thyroids and, frankly, thyroids that quit. My metabolism is SLOW. I’ve had depression and a lot of other symptoms. My mom’s thyroid just gave out and they’ve put her on replacement thyroid hormone. She’s lost a ton of weight and she’s much happier.

    I’ve taken every blood test that I know to ask for. They agree my thyroid is on the sluggish side, but that’s it. Should I see an endocrinologist? What do I do next?

    • ANSWER:
      See an endocrinologist and bring some knowledge with you. Find out your test scores, including your TSH. A TSH above 3.0 indicated hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), but most labs use an older standards and a TSH may need to be as high as 5.0 to be considered underactive.

      http://www.aace.com/newsroom/press/2003/index.php?r=20030118

      Until November 2002, doctors had relied on a normal TSH level ranging from 0.5 to 5.0 to diagnose and treat patients with a thyroid disorder who tested outside the boundaries of that range5 . Now AACE encourages doctors to consider treatment for patients who test outside the boundaries of a narrower margin based on a target TSH level of 0.3 to 3.04. AACE believes the new range will result in proper diagnosis for millions of Americans who suffer from a mild thyroid disorder, but have gone untreated until now.

  5. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism—underactive or sluggish thyroid ?
    Can someone who has had this problem tell me the symptoms and the problems they had. I have all the symptoms of this but the doctor says my blood work is good. Am i being misdiagnosed? should i go to a specialist?

    • ANSWER:
      The blood work may not be catching the condition, especially if only a TSH was done. This is because of a few reasons.

      1) TSH changes throughout the day. If you had an afternoon test, it may not catch the condition. TSH is higher while we sleep so you want a first thing in the morning test.

      2) The TSH range is too high at most labs. Quest still has it at 0.3 to 5.5, yet AACE recommended a change yeas ago to 0.3 to 3.0. There are many doctors that now think a TS over 2.0 is not normal. Find out your TSH number

      3) TSH is a poor test and many don’t get diagnosed by it until symptoms begin to get worse. My first TSH test was 2.6 and I was told I did not have a problem. IN 9 months time symptoms got severe and it finally elevated and got me diagnosed.

      If you tested in the afternoon, retest. Also see if you can get a free t4, free t3, aqnd an antibody test. These tests together will show if there is a problem. Remember to test wiyhin an hour of waking up.

      Symptoms may include; weight gain, difficulty losing weight, fatigue, brain fog, depression, dry skin, dry thinning hair, low body temp, constipation, ridged fingernails, fertility issues, decreased sex drive, sleep apnea, headaches, and muscle and joint aches

  6. QUESTION:
    Underactive thyroid symptoms?
    My mom has an overactive thyroid- and I think I have an Underactive thyroid…..I always feel sluggish, hungry and I’m always bloated, I have also gained some weight recently.. Are there any other symptoms with an underactive thyroid? I going to a doctor next week but I would like to get a little bit of info about it.

    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Being anxious and even depressed can sometimes be a symptom of an underactive thyroid for some people (an example only but I have read about this and talked to others who have had similar symptoms).

      I am also including the link to a site that may help you find even more information:

      http://thyroid.about.com

  7. QUESTION:
    All the symptoms of hypothyroid, but the test says i am “in range”?
    I have all the classic symptoms of a sluggish thyroid, and i went to the doctor and got the blood work done and it says that i am “in range”. I am seriously ready to cry, i have been gaining weight that no matter what i do i cannot lose it, i am fatigued, i have dry skin now, my perioids are all out of wack, and more, its been going on for 7 months so i know i am not pregnant! please help! what else can it be!?

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have a mixture of thyroid symptoms? Or is it something else?
    I went to the doctor last week to get my BP checked. It turns out that my BP was normal and that the problem was the muscle on my back that was straining and giving me headache. The doctor then found out that I’m having tremors on my hand and that I’m having heat intolerance. I would normally feel very hot even in air conditioned spaces and sweat a lot more than usual. The doctor than took my blood sample to get me tested for any thyroid problem. I have irritable bowel syndrome (been having that for ages). But I also feel very sluggish in the morning and often feel tired very easily. Last week I had to take 2 days leave off work coz I just couldn’t get up and it’s not like I’m having a terrible fever but I just couldn’t get up because I feel like I’m too tired.

    I also have a history of depression and am still on medication. I’m having a very good recovery and I feel fine but lately I seem to get depressed for no reason (which means there’s no trigger and no reason for me to be upset) which is weird. Since my depression, I’ve always had problems with my appetite. Though I can never seem to lose weight. I feel that my hair is also thinning. I often feel anxious. I am a singer and I’ve been having some problems with my singing for the past few months because my voice became very hoarse and sometimes my throat hurts whenever I strained it too much.

    I checked the thyroid symptoms but all of the symptoms is mixed up with the symptoms I’m having. Is it even possible to have a mixture of thyroid symptoms or is it something else?

    • ANSWER:
      Often, Hashimoto’s makes your body have both hypo and hyper signs of thyroidism. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease that makes your body slowly, but surely, attack your thyroid.

      During this time, you will sometimes be hypo, but sometimes also just normal or even hyper. It is happening to me as well. (Weight gain and loss, and this not just a few kilos either + all other symptoms!).

      It does not even have to be during a hyper moment. I for instance sometimes have a rapid heartbeat, but low blood pressure and high cholesterol. Although low blood pressure (mom’s side) and high cholesterol (dad’s side) may be due to family history, they all predict a different side of the activity level.

      In other words, mixed signals just happen, and most likely in Hashimoto’s. Your best bet is to take to this to a good endocrinologist, one that believes you and is willing to share the numbers with you. A thing with hypothyroidism is that you often just don’t feel like fighting the doctor’s will, like in my case, and I just let her tell me to come back in 6 months and see if it “got worse then”. Apparently it wasn’t bad enough to get treated, since mine sometimes still works…

  9. QUESTION:
    My thyroid test was negative, what else could cause my symptoms?
    I went to the doctor to get my thyroid checked as I have many symtoms that lead that way. I am tired all the time, sluggish in the afternoon, sufficient hair loss, weight gain, and I am cold all the time. Could there be a possibility that the test was wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like it could be caused by a nutritional / digestive malfunction. Certain foods can cause thyroid-like symptoms – after enough years, it could even cause thyroid damage that just hasn’t shown up yet.

  10. QUESTION:
    Thyroid problem symptoms?
    My friend, who is a doctor, has recently told me that she thinks I may have a thyroid problem.
    It seems like I am always low on energy and I feel sluggish no matter how much sleep I get. I have recently been battling depression, so I was also wondering if that had anything to do with it…
    So my question is: Could this be a thyroid problem? Could someone explain to me what a thyroid problem even is? What are some normal symptoms?
    -Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      it could be, however it could be other things also.

      i was diagnosed with hypERthyroidism/thyrotoxicosis a few months back after coming out of hospital and my heart rate never returned to normal.
      they tested for it and concluded i may have been born with it or it could have been stemmed from miscarrying (1st time) or it can be genetic if your family have had history of graves disease etc.

      symptoms include:

      looking ‘toxic’ as my specialist claimed!
      high blood pressure
      fast pulse
      feeling hot, clammy and sweating even when it is cold
      sweating very quickly – as in walking from A to B
      losing weight but increase in appetite
      increase in tiredness
      loose bowel movement (as in severe and/or persistant diarrhoea)
      poor immune system
      craving sweet foods more
      shaking or tremor
      eye sight – pain or changes in eye sight
      swollen throid gland (in neck) and also/or pain around neck
      dizzy spells
      fainting or feeling faint
      feeling tired no matter how much sleep
      poor concentration
      change in menses/absent period – inability to get pregnant (sometimes)
      low mood (slight depression although not always main reason for severe low mood/severe or clinical depression – this does attribute to mood swings)

      im sure there are probably more symptoms but these are some i had and were told/also through information the doctor told me.
      im now seeing a specialist consultant and on medication.
      the best thing for you to do is go to the doctor, explain your symptoms and ask for some blood work to be done.
      when you have the results if you have hyper or hypo thyroidism they will be able to monitor you and give you medication accordingly.
      this is normally followed with BETA blockers (propanalol) which will help the sweating and shaking/tremor etc
      you should get plenty of rest and not force yourself to work too much etc.
      hyper thyroidism/thyrotoxicosis can lead to heart attacks if not treated properly although do not suddenly accumulate to this so dont worry too much.

      im sorry i havent added about hypOthyroidism – im not sure about this one! sorry!
      good luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it safe for her to take kelp with a multi-vitamin?
    My 21 year old is taking a multi-vitamin with 150mcg of iodine. She started have all the classic symptoms of a sluggish thyroid, so she is taking 150mcg of kelp. Is this safe?

    • ANSWER:
      I would give a resounding “No” unless she checks with a doctor first. Most Kelp products have well over 200 mcg of Iodine, which is already more than the RDA. Your best (and safest) bet would be to make sure that she is deficient in Iodine before taking that much… too much of any mineral (including Iodine) can build up in your system to toxic levels.
      Unfortunately, the symptoms of a sluggish Thyroid could very well be Iodine deficiency, or it could be one of several other deficiencies or ailments… it’s better to be safe than to diagnose without testing to verify first. Good luck to you both!

  12. QUESTION:
    Is there any point in even trying to lose weight if I have an underactive thyroid?
    My thryoid levels come back normal, but I have the symptoms of hypothyroidism. I am overweight, cold all the time, have dry skin, feel sluggish, have a “full” feeling in my throat…I desperately want to lose weight but don’t know if that is even a possibility if I have a thyroid problem and my doc won’t treat it because my blood results are normal.

    What could I do to lose weight?

    • ANSWER:
      Hmmmm do not take this the wrong way but… All those “symptoms” you talk about can also be “caused” by being over weight.
      Losing weight is hard…. Really hard if you are a really large person.
      But after losing your first few pounds and after a couple weeks of exercise and proper eating, you will notice you have alot more energy and getting out and doing the work will be alot easier.

  13. QUESTION:
    could i have a thyroid problem?
    okay so im 15, and in the past couple months i have become very sluggish and tired even though i have had 8-10 hours of sleep. my throat has become constantly soar, and i have been having problems with my digestive system, and other small things. also i have been on a diet, including running everyday and exercising without losing weight. i looked up possible causes, and it brought me to the thyroid symptoms. and as it turns out, i have a lot of the symptoms. my mom and grandma has an under active thyroid. so it kinda freaked me out. then some of the symptoms stopped like 3 weeks ago, but are slowly coming back. im prone to over reacting, so i wouldn’t like to go running to the doctor. but again, im only 15. could i have a thyroid problem?

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  14. QUESTION:
    I’ve just been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. I’ve gained 30 lbs. due to under-active thyroid.
    Even though my thyroid is dying, my doctor won’t treat with medicine until my T-3 levels drop more. Any advice from someone who has been through this?

    I am tired, sluggish, losing hair, gaining weight–symptoms of under-active thyroid. I DO need meds, maybe a new doc?

    • ANSWER:
      Find a new doctor right away. This one does not care if you are suffering. Why should you have to wait for T3 levels to drop when most doctors treat based on TSH or T4 levels. Find a new doctor and get morning only testing of TSH, Free T4, and Free T3 and get on medication asap or you will keep gaing weight. I gained 50 pounds from the condition because the stupid TSH test did not diagnose me right away. I have managed to lose 30 of the pounds, but it took years to do so.

      BTW, below is a link to a thyroid forum where we talk about weight diet, exercise, medication, etc….

  15. QUESTION:
    Thyroid levels. is this truely normal?
    Hi, I’ve had a few appointments/tests done recently in regards to my thyroid and the doc seems to think my thyroid is going back to normal but I still feel horrible.

    Originally I went in because my cycles were shortened, 20 days, then 16 days. I am also trying to get pregnant so this is why I went.. she checked a lot of things, one fo which was thyroid.. I had had my TSH checked not even 2 weeks before so I requested FT3/FT4′s to be tested as I suspected there might be more to it. In the end, both my Ft3 and FT4 were high, yet TSH remains in the normal range. She gave me a few explanations.. 1) my body requires higher FT3/FT4 to produce TSH.. 2) Could actually be something wrong but it would correct itself on its own.

    Here’s my problem with either above.. 1) Why would my body need more then the higher number in range and 2) I’ve had all symptoms of thyroid issues for at least 10 years, I don’t think it will magically correct itself this go around.

    So, here are my levels to give more of a visual:

    TSH: 1.38 .. 1-5 I think it was (tested 1.5 weeks previously at 1.8) both normal
    FT4: 24 ..12-22.. High
    FT3: 7.4 .. ?-6.5.. High

    I know my numbers aren’t extremely high but am feeling so sluggish all the time/tired/losing more hair then the average person I’d say/odd cycles (this time I’m up to 15 days without even ovulating so once I do ovulate if I do, my cycle will be longer then 30 days and that’s never happened)/fullness in my throat and difficulty breathing properly/allergies that have not stopped since last december (this is a new thing and I’ve never suffered from any allergies before last december, now I can’t stop them with anything!!)/joint pain (this one is off and on but since I was about 12).. I’ve had so many persistent things in my life, and my doctor has suggested that my thyroid explains it all.. but what I don’t understand is that she says it’s normal and that it will fix itself. I’ve felt like crap a lot of my life but try to keep my attitude positive regardless and just keep on going through the pain and crappy feeling.

    Is what she’s suggesting correct? Is it really just normal and I’m going to feel like this the rest of my life?

    I appreciate any responses, thanks!
    I forgot to mention, doc doesn’t want to treat me or put me on anything. She said that it appeared my levels were going back to normal and my thyroid would correct itself on its own, though the only reference she has is my previous TSH which is still in normal range, my TSH according to her has always been good and that’s why they never requested more testing. But my FT3/4′s seem to show something else?

    I’m awaiting my anti body tests and ultra sound results but she said if those were ‘normal’ then she won’t see me until my next physical in January.
    General family doc.. not specialized.

    • ANSWER:
      I have thyroid problems and the doctor prescribe me Synthroid and I am feeling really well ; but you have to take your medicine before 7 Am if you want good result ; and yes its thyroid who is wrecking havoc with your period ; but if you are taking your medicine correctly ; you should be healthy within 2 months . Good Luck

  16. QUESTION:
    People who have hypothyroidism please help me?
    Ok so I am pretty sure I have hypothyroidism, I am tired allll the time, anemic, slow metabolism, overall just sluggish and several other symptoms. Anybody who has it can you tell me if the thyroid hormone pill made you feel “faster” and sped up your metabolism at all and made you feel less sluggish?

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  17. QUESTION:
    24/Female with HAIR LOSS and NO FAMILY HISTORY of hair loss on either side. Please read my symptoms!?
    NO ONE in my family has hair loss. Man or woman. I have PCOS. I have always had a THICK head of hair though. Last year, I got in two car wrecks, my husband got arrested, my grandfather died and my husband lost 2 jobs all within 4 months. I also dyed my hair for the first time ever twice in one month during that time. I noticed a couple months after all this, my hair was thinner in the crown area. I figured it was the stress. It hasn’t gotten better though! Since thin, the thinness has increased. You can start to see now through my hair to my scalp just a bit in my bangs area when I clip them up. My temples aren’t thinning at all though. Just the crown and front bang area. The hairs on top look like they are growing in miniaturized and theres little short hairs ALL OVER this area. Some of the pieces of hair are WHITE. Just a few. About 2 weeks ago, I woke up one morning with a smooth bald spot the size of a pea. It’s still there, but it hasn’t gotten any bigger. I don’t shed any more than usual. When I do shed, the root of the hair is attached. What the heck is it! Lets sum it up…

    NO family history of hair loss on either side
    PCOS (Hormone Imbalance/Irregular Cycles)
    MAJOR stress last year when it started.
    It’s been about 7 months since I first noticed it.
    One small bald spot received OVER NIGHT the size of a pea. A bit red.
    Crown and front bangs thinning but not temples
    Some hairs in crown area growing in white (just a few)

    My part doesn’t look bigger. Just everything looks THINNER because the strands themselves are growing in thinner. I’ve always had fine, straight hair but a TON of it. I’ve always had little 3-4 inch pieces of hair my whole life that were kinky mixed in too. It always freaked the hair dressers out when they started combing my hair.

    It just seems like I have a little of ALL the symptoms online for different types of hair loss. My thyroid is a BIT sluggish, but not enough to require meds. No other changes to my life other than alot of stress during that period last year.

    Thanks

    PS, I have “exclamation point” hairs too. The short hairs on top, I’m not if it’s breakage or regrowth. I’m STRESSED out about my hair!

    • ANSWER:
      You stated “My thyroid is a BIT sluggish, but not enough to require meds” but ….Have you had thyroid tested? Need testing for ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH should be .3 – 3 but would not matter if antibodies are present. (WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find this) May have to go to more than one before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      God bless

  18. QUESTION:
    weight gain could i have hypothyroidism?
    Hypothyroidism weight gain?
    Here are my symptoms:

    Tired and sluggish
    depression
    weight gain
    dry skin

    I eat pretty healthy. I probably eat about 1200 calories a day, and I exercise too, but I can’t lose weight.

    I also had a test on my thyroid done previously but it came back normal. Are those tests accurate?

    • ANSWER:
      You could. My mom is going through so many test about her thyroid. They all would come back normal. Well she went an saw an endocrinologist who told her there is a disease were the pituitary gland attacks the thyroid. But this only happens so often. So the problem could be that when they are testing you the pituitary gland may not be attacking at that time. My mom has a goiter on her thyroid that they didn’t find either she is getting a small hump at the back of her neck so i would look there. Just keep talking to doctors and maybe try an endocrinologist.

  19. QUESTION:
    Could I have an underactive thyroid?
    I know that self diagnosis is some terrible horrible thing, but I’m looking for some input from someone with familiarity with thyroid problems. Someone clued me in that I might have an underactive thyroid, and I checked the symptoms online. I have always been heavier, and weight is hard to take off, despite the few calories I’m eating (not like starvation few, just under 1500 daily). My hands and feet are always freezing cold. I am depressed and sluggish. I have an awful memory, I’m incredibly forgetful. I lack energy, suffer from insomnia, and cannot feel rested even after eight hours of sleep (or more). Does anyone here with experience think I may have this issue?
    I also have anxiety and very dry skin, as you have. I also have brittle fingernails and hair. Thank you so much for your input, I appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Brittany…I have an underactive thyroid, and have every symptom you have described. You need to go to the doctor and get blood work done to determine if that is actually what’s going on with you. You need a TSH, T3, and T4 tests. Those will determine if you have Hypothyroidism ( underactive thyroid ). Don’t let this go on for too long. Your symptoms will get worse, and you probably will develop more. I also have dry skin, dry hair, hair loss, peeling breaking finger nails, joint pain, anxiety, etc. As mine as progressed, i’ve developed more symptoms. I’ve been on medication for a year, but it’s not helping as much as it should. Like i said, you need to see a doctor asap. The sooner you find out, and get treatment, the better off you’ll be. You might not even have it, but better safe, then sorry. I wish you luck. I hope you feel better soon. Take care :-)
      P.S. The details you added, just convince me more that you have a Thyroid problem. Please go for the blood work, it will only get worse. Take care.

  20. QUESTION:
    Do you think I should get tested for thyroid disease?
    A bout a month ago my hair started falling out more than usual. It scared me of course, so I researched it, and there are only two things I can think of that could be causing it. My diet – I’m a vegetarian
    Or some kind of thyroid problem. I know looking at symptoms for diseases can really freak you out when you don’t even have a problem, but I have a lot of the symptoms for it.

    Hair loss
    Female
    sometimes I feel like there’s a lump/ discomfort in my throat
    Sometimes feeling a bit down/ depressed
    At times I feel rather fatigued and sluggish, which I shouldn’t as I’m only 14
    Muscle cramps/soreness
    Feeling very cold, then very hot.

    I’m going to get a physical in a couple of weeks, do you think I should talk to the doctor about this?

    • ANSWER:
      You should never try to self diagnose. Your hair loss may be due to something as simple as the shampoo and/or hair products you’re using or a vitamin deficiency. Definitely let your doctor know and let him/her diagnose and send you for tests if needed. Don’t worry too much about it and try using different products on your hair in the meantime.

  21. QUESTION:
    thyroid lab results. What does this mean?
    Hi everyone. I have been feeling completely off for the last couple of years. My symptoms are getting worse now, and decided to check my thyroid.

    here is a list of all symptoms I have been encountering:

    Extreme fatigue
    Hair loss, and very dry, frizzy and fine hair
    Always cold
    Headaches
    Weight gain of 45 pounds in the last 2 years
    Heavy legs and arms
    complete discomfort in my legs
    Always tired and sluggish (washing dishes exhausts me)
    Very heavy menstrual cycle
    temperature of 96.5 first thing in the morning
    lack of taste
    absolutely no desire sexually

    I kept thinking that I’m just tired or stressed out, but this is completely the opposite of who I am. I’m 32 years old female, and mother of 2 and married. I used to have so much energy that I didn’t know what to do with. Very active, very slim my whole life.

    Here is what my Thyroid Lab Results are:

    Thyroxine (T4) 5.0
    T3 Uptake 28
    Free Thyroxine Index 1.4
    TSH 0.205

    Judging from my TSH alone, it shows that I have Hyperthyroidism, but all my symptoms go against it…. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      You do have many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism. However, often the thyroid hormones fluctuate greatly especially in the early stages of the disease, and often it takes a while to get a proper diagnosis. Keep going back to the doctor. You might also want to make sure you are getting enough iron and enough vitamin D as deficiencies of those nutrients can cause many of the same symptoms. Also get your vitamin B12 levels checked the next time you get blood work done. Some of your symptoms are simply related to the fact that you are a mom with two young children, but I think it is very likeky that you could eventually be diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Don’t give up, and keep getting it checked.

  22. QUESTION:
    What does a normal thyroid look like?
    Hi.

    Probably sound ridiculous here.

    Just by chance came across this thyroid disease and such and looked at the symptoms and i could match with a few of them. such as

    Fatigue – i can sleep 10 hours and it doesnt feel like enough. Find it really hard to concentrate. Always sluggish.

    cold hands and feet, damn near hands of death

    very sweaty for no reason at all, like im one of those people that if they sit on a chair for a couple min the seat will be all sweaty. clothes always bit damp, hands always moist. i dont know why. Its embarrassing really…

    hair loss…wouldnt go that far…and this may very well just be in my mind, but my hair feels weak or something. like the roots arnt as strong as they should be.

    dry skin, whole face very dry..except my nose? oily. Im only 18 which might explain it.

    Anxiety.

    As i said probably ridiculous that im even thinking about this.

    But i’ve been all over the net and theres lots of references to if you have enlarged thyroid etc.

    But i cant find how large is something i should be worried about. Like i never really noticed before but i looked at it today and like i can see it, but its not obvious. itd be smaller than my adams apple, doesn;’t look dangerous at all. But i didnt know if its not suppossed to be visible at all or if thats just normal.

    I was going to see a doctor soon. I just wanted to see if any of you could fill me in while i wait for my appointment.

    If any of you had any ideas on something else i might have id appreciate it if you shared with me.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Some people, with normal functioning thyroids, have quite noticeable thyroids. You said you have anxiety, maybe that’s why you are over analyzing your neck? A simple blood test will tell you if you have a thyroid disease.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have many of the symptoms of this but not have it?
    I have a lot of the symptoms of hypothyroidism, or some kind of thyroid disorder. I gain weight really easily, I gained 40 or 50 pounds in less than six months even while I was getting a decent amount of exercise (for my job), I’m always cold, irregular menstrual cycle, I can’t seem to lose weight even with diet and exercise, I’m sluggish and lethargic. I’ve always been overweight since I was in elementary school, and it’s never been easy to lose it or keep it off.
    Last year I was “tested” for my thyroid and the doctor said it came back fine. I don’t exactly trust her though, she was a horrible doctor.
    I’m going to go to a new doctor soon when I get insurance. Do you think it’s likely that my thyroid is just fine? I’m afraid of getting my hopes up and then being crushed. I don’t want to find out it’s just my lazy fault that I weigh 205 pounds. A year and a half ago I weighed 160. Could something still be wrong even if the test comes back negative?
    Please no cruel comments!
    Thanks for the first response. I was also wondering if it could be just a mixture of a few different problems, rather than just one.
    When I meant my job got me excerise, I did mean it. At least, more in sense than a waitress gets like you said. I was hiking up and down hills with 3 gallons of herbicide on my back, and with the job after that it was also always field work on my feet every day digging, planting, weeding, carrying heavy equipment, stuff like that. It was certainly active enough to make me wonder for an explanation because I wasn’t eating poorly and I was always pretty active if only during the work week!

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms you describe could be indicative of a million different diseases. I would say that if the tests came back normal for your thyroid then you should be fine in that department. You should go see a different doctor though and get to the bottom of this. There aren’t many jobs that require “exercise” there are jobs that require you to be active but that isn’t the same as exercise. That is something that you should keep in mind. For example if you are a waitress who runs around working your butt off that doesn’t mean that you are getting the exercise you need on a daily basis. Also, your doctor can’t fake a test result. They send it the order to the lab and the lab sends the numbers back and your doctor tells you if they are normal or not. Your list of symptoms makes me think that a few other diseases or disorders are possible just off the top of my head
      -polycystic ovarian syndrome (irregular menstrual cycle, sluggishness and weight gain)
      -anemia (always being cold and sluggishness)
      -depression (weight, lethargy, being cold)

      The one that seems most likely to me is some sort of anemia. So good luck, go see a better doctor and try to get this resolved. Take care of yourself!!

      Edit–yeah that is alot of exercise. It isn’t likely that it is two diseases but it is possible. If you feel like your doctor was bad then I would just say go to someone who will take a full history and do a full work up on you. If you e-mail me the region of the country you live in I will try to forward you some info about some good doctors near you. Take care.

  24. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Problem………too young?
    I am 26 years old and within the past year have had unexplained weight gain. Also, over the past 5-6 months I have been feeling very sluggish and tired all the time. I litterally wake up feeling like I am 40 yrs. old. I am a very active person and have been all my life. I am a bartender, I go to college full time, I play in an adult soccer league but when I get home I could sleep for days.

    I know I should see a doctor and I will but I wanted to know if anyone had simular symptoms or know anyone in their 20′s with thyroid issues.

    • ANSWER:
      No, you’re not too young for this. However, you need to see your physician for full blood work to be tested for lots of disorders. Good luck!

  25. QUESTION:
    what can I take for a sluggish thryoid that is an alternative to a doctor prescription?
    I have been told that my numbers on my blood test did not come out right and that I am going to be prescribed a prescription for my thryoid. I have never taken a prescription drug in my life except for a bad cold. I do take Cal Mag.. 2000 mg per day and I do take a multivitamin. I understand that a person cannot take iron with a thyroid medication. I have symptoms of low energy, who doesn’t. thining hair, cold feet and somewhat dry skin on my arms especially.

    • ANSWER:
      The treatment for hypothyroidism, which your symptoms point to, is prescription replacement thyroid hormones. That is the only treatment. There is no “natural” or “alternative” treatment.

      There are those out there who will tell you to take iodine (possibly in the form of kelp.) Well, if you had an iodine deficiency, which you don’t, that would work. Nobody in the first world has an iodine deficiency any more though. Taking iodine for hypothyroidism when you don’t have an iodine deficiency is like adding gas to a car that can only go 60 MPH, in an effort to make it go 100 MPH. It isn’t going to work. Adding fuel to a system won’t make it go any faster if there is no mechanism to consume the fuel. Your thyroid is what consumes iodine, and it is broken. It can’t consume any more fuel or go any faster.

  26. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Disease at 15?
    Hi. Just to get straight to the point i’m wondering if i have a Thyroid Disease? My mum booked me in to the doctors to get tests done because i have similar symptoms to her friends daughter who was tested positive for it, but i missed the appointment as my mum was called into work. “/ I’ll give you a list of my symptoms, not all may be related so please don’t eliminate the chance of me having it as it may not be linked, if you do suspect anything (:
    - Very unusual periods. i had my period for this month but it’s the first i’ve had for like 6 months! I started about 2 years ago.
    - This is really weird but it’s happened to me 3 times, i’ve woke up on a morning looked at my eye in the mirror & theres nothing there, then i’ll be out somewhere & my friend has spotted to me that i have a really long hair coming from the bit under my eye! I’ve had to pull it out. Hormone imbalance?
    - I’ve gained roughly 5 stone over the past year! My diet is fine & every diet i stick to doesn’t work, i put on weight while dieting, strange?
    - I wake up feeling tired & physically drained no matter how much sleep i get. I’m feeling depressed and sluggish, i just feel completely down now.
    - In exams i’ve been known to not write anything. I get an almost kind of block, i know the answers, but for some reason my brain won’t let me work!
    - Behind on loads of school work, i’m in year 10 so theres loads of coursework, i’m so far behind, it’s unreal. I can’t get motivated to do it, i just think “oh tomorrow” they think i’m being lazy, but deep down i want to do it, i come to try and do it and i can’t think!

    Well they’re what i consider to be the majoy factors. My life really feels worthless atm, due to massive weight gain nothing i do seems to be working to get it off, i feel really depressed and down & all i have is people getting at me, i wanna do something about it but i can’t =( also with the periods and the whole eyelid thing, i dunno if these are major factors in Thyroid disease? All your help is much appreciated, thanks a million, guys. (: x

    • ANSWER:
      The thyroid is the hormone producer that regulates metabolism and other functions, like heart rate and such. There are two types, either its working overtime, in which case your neck can swell (known as goitre) and your eyes bulge, you lose weight rapidly and your heart rate goes up. If your thyroid is under producing then you can experience great lethargy, be tired all the time, even quite sick with it, you cannot lose weight very easily and your memory gets affected, you can forget to do things. Its also a major factor in not being able to conceive and controls reproductive systems too. A simple blood test will tell your GP if that is what is wrong with you. If it is, you’ll be given pills and will need a blood test every six months or so to check you are on the right dose.

      I suffer from low thryoid and need thyroxine supplement every day for the rest of my life. Its not hard to take, just tiny pills, but you’ll need to remember to take them if this is what it is. If you forget you won’t be able to take one ‘just in case’ as this is dangerous. It could give you too much which is as bad as not having enough. If you don’t take the supplement it can lead to heart disease in later life so if this is what it is, then try to remember to take them every day. The link below to thyroid-disease.org will giv you more info and help in managing it.

      You might also have glandular fever. Check the link below to the NHS helpline to see if you have any of the symptoms. Again I think a blood test can tell for certain but some symptoms are obvious.

      I’m not a doctor so I cannot tell you if you do have any of these but worry not, I’m sure the doctor will be able to tell you what it is and if it is thryoid disease, you’ll get the pills and you’ll be ok. Be warned though it might take them a while to get you on the correct dose. However, it’ll come right eventually if that happens.

      PLease do not feel worthless, sounds like you have depression as well so tell your doctor everything about how you are feeling. I think the eyelid thing might just have been incidental but tell your doctor about that too. This condition can make you feel terrible so don’t worry, the doctor will sort it out for you. Get the tests done and don’t forget to tell your doctor even the smallest detail in case it has a bearing.
      Good luck

  27. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Cancer? Concerned and Worried?
    I am seeing a Dr on Wed for this but wanted others opinions maybe someone w/ thyroid cancer or someone who has survived it ! I Have suffered for the last year with headaches, exhaustion and over all sluggish memory and a MAJOR lack of energy. I am 26 and my son is 17 months old at first I blamed a lot of the symptoms I am experiencing on having a very busy toddler and adjusting after pregnancy however. . .. . Within the last three weeks my headaches have gotten worse(daily for at least 3 weeks) the fatigue is just relentless and now for the past 2 weeks I have had neck and throat pain. If I touch my neck where my thyroid is located it hurts really bad its very tender and swollen, and I can not lift my head up because my neck hurts, I have this hoarse cough and ear pain(not sure if that is related) I have a family history of Hosimoto(SP?) and Goiter and Thyroid problems. The thing that concerns me the most is the Neck pain that seems to be getting worse. Any suggestions or help? I am starting to freak myself out . . .could this JUST be related to a thyroid problem or does it sound like something more serious ? Thanks for the kind and thoughtful words!

    Anxious Mom and Wife :)

    • ANSWER:
      Well, before you think you have thyroid cancer, you should first get a thyroid blood panel to see if your number are normal. If you go to your doctor, they will palpate it and suggest an ultrasound if they feel anything abnormal and take the next step from there. I would go to the doctor since you do have thyroid disease in your family. Good luck!

  28. QUESTION:
    Thyroid? Panic Attack? Something Else?
    I started having symptoms for no apparent reason couple years ago. Well i had one episode but didn’t look into it. I then had another attack few months later. I then went to the doctors to see what it was. Since then they got to the point where i was having one every couple of days or so. The attacks start off with shaking then anxiety and it works up to my chest then my heart rate starts going even faster than normal then very light headed. my breathing is also effected. After the attack im completely wiped out. The attack lasts for several minutes. I had three attacks in the space of an hour. This to me looks like a panic attack or something however the attacks werent constant. One time i was walking on a beach and another time i was sitting in college both times an attack occurred at quite a severe level one of which landed me in hospital.

    I have had ECGs done which showed my heart rate is fast. i was put on beta blockers for couple of months. I had blood work done consisting of LFT, TFT, Glucose, U&Es and FBCs which all came back fine. I have also had a 24Hour ECG which showed everything was fine apart from when i logged feeling as though an attack was coming so im assuming palpitations it showed i had an extra heart beat. The doctor said this was fine so my hearts ok. My doctor told me to ween myself off beta blockers which i did. I dont know whether being on beta blockers at the time would have affected the results but i was told to keep taking them. While on the beta blockers i had many side effects to them but it also felt like my body needed to have one of these “attacks” to feel better. I could feel the tension building up. I have since then had another blood test to re-test the TFT levels and these came back fine again. Both my nan and mum have had thyroid problems.

    I now also feel run down all the time. tired. i also have unexplained weight loss and feel so ill and rough everyday. my eye sight also seemed to be effected. fast heart rate. feel slow and sluggish. tremor. My blood pressure is fine though. Feel weak. however i haven’t had massive attacks in a while. I do have to eat sugary sweets every now and then espesh in an attack just to feel a bit better and less shaky. Been tested for Diabetes and Anemia. that’s all fine. We were so sure that it was Thyroid as palpations could have been causing the attacks as well which comes with the Thyroid package. Could it be that the Thyroid levels are just not at a certain level to be considered as a problem yet? im 20 years old and female.

    Sorry for the long post.

    Thanks for reading.

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms suggestive of hyperthyroidism:
      Anxiety
      Racing heart
      Restlessness
      Shortness of breath
      Tendency to flush
      Tremor
      Hunger
      Dislike of heat
      Increased sex drive
      Increased sweating
      Insomnia
      Itchy, inflamed eyes
      Loss of muscle tone
      Mood swings
      Muscle weakness
      Overactive mind

      Others may notice:
      Agitation and nervousness
      Argumentative
      Changes in your eyes
      Don’t look as fit as before
      Very moody
      Very talkative
      Weight loss

      Your doctor may detect:
      Atrial fibrillation (irregular heart rhythm)
      Low blood pressure
      Rapid pulse

      Thyroid problems can run in families – my identical twin had an under-active thyroid when she was 25 and I finally got diagnosed with the same thing 2 years ago, but it took a great deal of perseverance on my part to convince the GP my TSH blood test results were not ‘normal’. The problem is that the British Medical Association has been changing the ‘goal posts’ re what falls within ‘normal’ parameters, resulting in thousands of people suffering with thyroid problems going undetected. Get another opinion and insist they take into account your symptoms and challenge them on the TSH results – demand a detailed breakdown including Free T4 (FT4) and Free T3 (FTc) results. Record all your symptoms from when they started and show the GP your list. And get hold of the book ‘The Healthy Thyroid’ by Patsy Westcott published by Thornsons – ISBN 0 00 714661 2 (2003 edition) Go to: http://www.thorsonselement.com

      Be polite. Be explicit. Be determined. Assure your GP that you want to work with him so you can get back to normal, then suggest you try a course of Thyroxine for a few months to see if that makes a difference to your TSH levels. If anybody tries to fob you off, look them in the eye, smile and refuse to leave till they begin to take you seriously! Been there, done that.

  29. QUESTION:
    are my anxiety attacks coming from a thyroid problem?
    I have been seeing a psychiatrist for the past 3 years for severe mood disorder/anxiety. I’m on medications and for the past 6 months I have been doing great. Managing my panic attacks with my basic coping strategies. Since beginning of July my panic attacks started happening again out of the blue. Went to the doctor and had my blood drawn and my iron and thyroid levels were in the abnormal ranges. Doctor said it looks to be the start of hypothyroidism. Was referred to an endocrinologist, she said my levels seemed fine and nothing to worry about yet. She didn’t want to put me on any medication yet as it’s too early and may cause side effects. My mom has hypothyroidism. Do I have it too, does it get better or will I need to eventually go on medication? My blood work for my thyroid was TSH 5.20 and T4 was 15

    Other than that I have no idea what’s going on. I am so tired and sluggish, forgetful, anxious, nervous, my heart is pounding out of my chest, low libido. I seem to have the symptoms but nothing the doctors are doing about it!

    It would just help to ease my mind to know if this sudden anxiety comeback is caused from my thyroid.
    No botox for me. I don’t mess around with that type of stuff :)
    My feratin level is at 15
    what’s so scary is I have already seen 2 endos already!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to find another doctor! First of all any TSH above 3.0 is hypothyroid the endo your seeing is no good. Most Endo’s dont keep up to date with the thyroid they are great for diabetics beyond that most not all but many fall short. Find a DO that is willing to see and treat you. Not wanting to give you medication for fear of other symptoms is a cop out. I know people who have had a TSH of 3.6 and were put on meds and did great! Once diagnosed hypothyroid like you obviously are you need to have labs done every 6 months, and most good doctors will not let a hypothyroid patient’s TSH get over 2 but since SYMPTOMS are the best way to treat and a good doctor that keeps up with modern practices would no that and keep up with that, many doctors then end up keeping TSH around 1 because that is were studies show patients start to feel better. some hypo patients dont feel better until they are close to 0….

      You need to have your Free T4 and Free T3 tested as well TSH is not the right thing to base treatments and diagnoses on. Also have your Antibodies checked for hashimoto.

      Other things you need to have checked are your VitD, Iron, Ferritin, and vit C all can give or increase hypo symptoms if they are abnormal.

      All the symptoms you discribed area hypo symptoms and if a doctor does not want to treat you when your having such symptoms they are of no use to you!

      Also Request natural thyroid hormones synthetic are not so great and many have lots of issue with them. Check out
      www.stopthethyroidmadness.com

      Dr. Datis Kharrazian has a book its a great read for hypothyroid patients I HIGHLY recommend you read it here is his website as well

      http://drknews.com/

  30. QUESTION:
    I’m sick. Could this be a thyroid condition?
    These are my symptoms

    • Joint/muscle aches
    • Always tired, even after just waking up
    • Aches every morning
    • Sluggish feeling, lack of motivation
    • Difficulty concentrating and remembering things
    • Swollen hands and feet
    • weight gain without change of dietery habits
    • craving sweets and carbs more than usual
    • getting sick more often/ recurrent sinus infection
    • takes longer to get better after being sick
    • swollen stomach, even without eating
    • dry brittle hair; falls out easy
    • Difficult/impossible to lose weight
    • Mood changes: depression, anxiety
    • Sensitive to weather; always cold
    • Inconsistent digestion; diarrhea & constipation
    • full or sensitive feeling in the neck
    • irritable
    • Dry Skin
    • eyes give me headaches
    • vertical ridges on nails

    My blood tests for thyroid came back as TSH= 2.22 and T4= 0.9
    My doctor said that that was normal.
    What’s wrong with me?

    Additional Details
    I’m 20 years old.
    I gained about 40 lbs in the last year.
    I was 175, now I’m about 215.
    Over the summer I went on a b12 diet and went from 205 until I plateau’d at 190.
    I’m a college student in FL.
    My sink water often has a high concentration of chlorine, and my allergies have been acting up more since early october.
    For years I’ve been having this tired feeling but over the past few months its been getting worse. Every afternoon I crash and cannot stay awake; sometimes, my 5-minute drive home from school seems almost impossible. The vertical ridges in my nails have been present for years, but the hair issues have been gradually developing over the past 6-8months. THe depression has kicked in a lot over the past month, probably due to the weight gain. I’ve had cold hands and feet as long as I can remember, but recently I’ve been getting really cold, especially when I sleep, and often have to use extra covers.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello. You can have a normal thyroid test, and still be Hypo. The other person that answered ( who says he’s a doctor ) is dead wrong. Thyroid levels can change from day to day, even from hour to hour. meaning one day your levels can be normal, and the next day they can be high. It’s always good to get tested again, even if your levels look good. You also need a TSH, T3, T4, and an Antibody test done to get the whole picture. With all those symptoms, there is definitely something very wrong. I have hypothyroidism, and i have very one of your symptoms. Doctors always try to blame everything on depression, or some other ridiculous reason, so it’s important to find a doctor that will listen to you, and doesn’t just try to blow you off. I haven’t gained any weight, and i suffer from horrible depression ( which i never had until i got thyroid disease ). Get retested, and get another opinion. My bet is that you DO have a thyroid problem. Good luck. I hope you feel better soon. Take care :-)

  31. QUESTION:
    How can I keep gaining weight when my thyroid tests normal, I run, workout 5 times a week. I give up!?
    I’m 32, female, 5″7, 170 lbs. In the last year I’ve gained about 15lbs, even with a 5 times a week gym regimen. Three months ago I added running 3 miles a day to my regimen to try andlose the weight. This did not work. I saw an iridologist who read my eyes. She told me my thyroid and my metabolism weren’t working for me and gave me a months supply of several herbs to take. Not only did this make me feel better, I was no longer bloated, constipated, sluggish and felt all around better with more energy. Only problem was, it was extremely costly. I quit taking them after the months supply ran out and scheduled an appointment with a family physician who ordered blood tests for my thyroid and a few other things. My iridologist told me this would not show up on a blood test but I wanted to check for myself. The office called this morning to say everything came back normal. Is there something else that could be causing these symptoms? I feel like my iridologist was right and I felt so much better taking all the herbs and I thought the blood tests would support that. Is there another explanation for this?

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    diagnosed with hypothryoidism – but no symptoms?
    i have been diagnosed with a hypo thyroid after two blood tests at my physician’s office. but i have no symptoms of it. i’m 22, healthy, no weight gain, no hair loss, etc. i’m tired some of the time, but my dad has always been tired too. i’m not sluggish or anything out of the ordinary. my doctor prescribed by Levothyroxine, but i’m not going to take it.

    how can I have this condition with no symptoms?

    do you know of any natural ways to deal with this? i’m not taking medication yet.
    understood. but i’m not taking medication yet. i’m going to go natural and take supplements for a few months and pray.
    no. meds may result in hair loss. not starting on meds.

    didn’t you get that the first time? read the question, answer accordingly.

    • ANSWER:
      Just because you don’t have symptoms of it doesn’t mean you don’t have it. Stop being stupid and listen to the doctor and take your meds.

  33. QUESTION:
    How much, on average, would it cost to get a Thyroid Function Test? (No insurance) Info on Hypothyroidism?
    I was told that I might have Hypothyroidism because of my constant low blood pressure & low body temp. I was reading the symptoms and seem to have the following.

    Poor muscle tone (muscle hypotonia)
    Fatigue
    Cold intolerance, increased sensitivity to cold
    Depression
    Constipation
    Muscle cramps and joint pain
    Arthritis
    Thin, brittle fingernails
    Brittle hair
    Paleness
    Dry, itchy skin
    Weight gain
    Thinning of the outer third of the eyebrows
    Low basal body temperature
    Impaired memory
    Impaired cognitive function (brain fog) and inattentiveness <-all the time now
    Migraine headache
    Sluggish reflexes
    Anxiety/panic attacks Increased need for sleep Irritability and mood instability Decreased sense of taste and smell
    Depression (Had

    Could it be the depression & Borderline Personality Disorder causing this or thyroid problems causing the Mental issues?

    Thanks for any info!

    • ANSWER:
      I had the test done just last week and it costs with no insurance.

  34. QUESTION:
    Why Am I feeling low sugar symptoms: dizzy nauseated sweaty when my sugars aren’t low?
    I’ve seeemed to continuously deal with this since last May 2008 when I had my 2nd child. I was told I was gest diabetic with him and after having him i’ve fought low sugar symptoms. Never shaky maybe a little weak but mostly headache and dizzy and tired and wanting to eat us out of house and home every couple hrs as of recently and dr has checked my thyroid blood sugars etc even did a 3hr test a month ago or so and all was normal. Anyone have any idea what else IT could be?? my bp seems ok too. oh and like a sugar level i have felt it at is 104 for example. 72-75 is as low as i’ve seemed to recall ever getting and i feel pretty sluggish then that I can understand.
    my sugar levels remain around the level i already said so i seem to feel yucky constantly the last week anyway but at times it seems I eat and the sugar level doesn’t change but yea its odd. CELIAC disease not quite that’s a shitting disorder lol and issue with the small intestine I looked that up. I have no problems with that half of my body ;). ty tho.
    another UPDATE 6/28/09 – ok reading up on celiac. As far as me eating a lot I do it more so when i get dizzy to get rid of what I am calling a sugar low tho what I read its saying its a lack of carbs but I can eat a ton of carbs that makes no matter. FEEL FREE to IM me: mommy2robndax if you like.
    ooops forgot to answer: on medicines no. just my allergy meds zyrtec and flonase.
    i also never mentioned diabetes run very strong on my mother’s side of the family. my mom and her sister were hypoglycemic. my gpa was diabetic and obese lost his weight it helped then he died of leukemia. anyway.. and his brother is still alive and insulin dependent as well as one of his grandkids. my great great uncle (gpa and his bro’s uncle) was baaad diabetic on insulin.
    one LAST thing.. any gas issue or well i doubt this even affects my problem but i had my gall bladder removed 2yrs ago.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like a condition known as “metabolic syndrome”.

  35. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Disease Awareness: Do you have some of these?
    weight changes (gain even w/ good diet & exercise) ; increased appetite; fluid retention
    cold intolerance/feeling hot ; profuse sweating
    bradycardia (slow heartbeat) /tachycardia (rapid heartbeat) / atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)
    anxiety; depression /mania; panic attacks; crying spells; moodiness
    restlessness; nervousness; shakiness; irritability
    low body temperature; low grade fever
    fatigue, sluggishness; sluggish reflexes
    migraines
    hoarseness; feeling of fullness in the neck; small lump; difficulty swallowing
    sleepiness (excessive) / insomnia
    memory loss & decreased concentration; brain fog; confusion
    speech problems (cannot call to mind simple words); slowed speech; slurring
    Dizziness; breathlessness; lightheadedness; fainting; vertigo
    eye discomfort, redness, dryness ; sensitivity to light; bulging eyes; Vision changes
    constipation/diarrhea; IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
    dry, coarse hair; hair loss (even eyebrows)
    brittle nails; splitting nails
    pale, dry skin; rashes; cool skin / warm, moist skin
    puffy face
    Dry mouth
    joint & muscle pain, tenderness & stiffness; muscle weakness ; cramps
    Painful feet
    Neck pain
    ear wax build up; Ear pain
    Cholesterol – high LDL, low HDL, high triglycerides
    chest pain
    swelling of the legs & in knees & small joints of hands & feet
    numbness, tingling in extremities
    Swollen glands
    persistent cold sores, boils, or breakouts
    allergies that suddenly appear or get worse
    bruising & clotting problems
    Stroke like symptoms
    carpal tunnel like symptoms
    high blood pressure
    reactive hypoglycemia
    Sleep apnea
    yeast infections
    UTI’s
    TMJ (temporal mandibular joint syndrome)
    pernicious anemia (A deficiency of the oxygen-carrying red blood cells)
    amnosia (smell smoke)
    Vitiligo–A disorder in which the immune system destroys pigment-making cells called melanocytes. This results in white patches of skin on different parts of the body.
    PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)
    infertility ; menorrhagia (excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding); low libido

    some may have opposite of some of these depending whether currently hypO or hypER

    • ANSWER:
      I had many of those symptoms before I started taking thyroid medication.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is my boyfriend depressed?
    he found out he has a problem with his thyroid, which can cause depression among other things. the doctor says he might not even know what it feels like to not be depressed. symptoms:
    -sluggish
    -pessimistic
    -low self esteem
    -can’t get over things easily
    -fatigued
    -most things seem unachievable
    -insecure
    yet…he smiles laughs and jokes…has fun.

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    do i have an underactive thyroid?
    i took this quiz online, and here are ALL of my symptoms…

    -loss of interest in normal hobbies
    -depression
    -VERY VERY hard to lose weight
    -sluggish
    -tired all of the time
    -sometimes weak
    -dark circles under eyes
    -restless
    -tired ALL DAY, but cant fall asleep at night
    -concentrating is hard
    -paying attention is hard
    -loss of memory
    -mind seems to be in a fog
    -very sensitive to temperatures (example: cold when its really hot in the room or vice versa…)

    • ANSWER:
      What are your blood test results (free T3 and free T4)? That is the only way to tell.

  38. QUESTION:
    I have a tumor on my thyroid?
    I have told the Dr. and even my family I feel like my neck is swollen for some time.Kinda feels like someone putting their hands around my neck and feels odd like pressure. Anyway , I have bad allergys so the dr told me that’s what it prob was until I was in a wreck a few days ago and the cat scan showed a tumor. They wont give me more details like size until I have further tests. What kind of symptoms do these cause other then feeling weird when I swollow sometimes? I feel tired and sluggish easy also could it be that? I am worried about how big it is also! Wish he would have just told me!

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    Should I get a Vitamin B shot? I already take multivitamins, plus B vitamin Complex, STILL sluggish!?
    I’m just wondering what is the difference between b vitamin shot and b vitamin pills? I take a B-Vitamin Complex and it’s like taking nothing. My diet is not the best, but it’s a lot better than it use to be. I have lowered processed foods, cut out soda, exercise (moderately) and increased my water intake. I’ve gone to the doctor, done blood tests, my thyroid etc is “normal” even though I seem to have a lot of hypothyroid symptoms. Although I’m 31, I do have high cholesterol (I rarely eat fried foods, butter etc!). I am really desperate for energy, when I have energy, my life just works better, my home and my appearance are better, I have more time and patience with my little girl. I don’t know what else to try.

    • ANSWER:
      In reguards to the B shots, you don’t need to do that. If you lack energy you are on the right track in limiting the processed foods. Eliminate as much processed food as you can. Look up the ingredients and the additives in those foods and you will see how damaging they are to the body.
      If you supplement, go to your nearest health food store and by your vitamins because you want a natural vitamin and not a synthetic. Did you know that less than half of a synthetic vitamin can be used by the body? The rest of the synthetic vitamin remains in you and floats around, over time becomming toxic. Look up synthetic vs natural vitamin.
      For energy, start to juice. Get yourself a good name brand juicer and juice all your vegetables. They have recipe books included. Not only is it healthy for you, you will see an increase in energy. I have one and I have energy to spare at the end of the day. I know others who feel the same way.
      Butter is good for you because the body need and uses the saturated fat. The worst thing you can do is eat margarine. It is a synthetic, flavored, spread and remains in the body because its only a molecule away from being a plastic. You are storing that spread inside you.
      Last, if you are over weight, a colon cleanse will help you. It’s the intestines that absorb what you eat including all nutrients. The results of your efforts depends on a properly functioning intestine.
      Eat healthy and only natural foods and you and your little girl will be the ones that benefit.
      You can find all this information on the web.

  40. QUESTION:
    What is going on with me!! enlarged uterus/negative test/symptoms!?
    Yesterday I had 2 tiny spots of brown sticky spotting in my panties.. my voice is hoarse,i am constantly thirsty and my mouth is dry,i am having stomach cramps but not like regular PMS type cramps.. My stomach muscles feel sore in the middle of my tummy around my belly button. Also, I am tired and sluggish all the time here recently. I have lost 4 pounds in the past month even though i’ve been eating the same/if not more!

    I am 12 days late for my period.. I went to planned parenthood today and the dr told me that i don’t have any infections that she can see, my urine test was negative, and when she did the pelvic exam she told me my uterus was enlarged but not much (slightly enlarged she said). She told me to return for a blood pregnancy test in 10 days if still no period..

    She told me that I could be pregnant and only 2-3 weeks along.. that it all depends WHEN I got pregnant.. not from how late may think I am.. Going by how “late” I am, I would be 6 weeks pregnant.

    plz someone give me a good answer or advice. I can’t figure this out!

    Oh, I did go to the ER sunday night and the Dr tested my thyroid levels and they were perfect.. also did a CBC (complete blood count) also perfect. Said I am perfectly healthy and to go to a Gyno about my missed period. (that is why I went to planned parenthood)

    help!

    • ANSWER:
      I would follow the advice of the doctor. I just went to the local Doctor’s Care and had a urine test and a blood test. The urine test came back negative (as I expected since it was midday and since most of my HPTs had been negative). I’m waiting to hear back my lab results which could take 3 to 5 business days. My best advice since we’re going through the same thing is to get a blood test done and just wait on the results to come back.

  41. QUESTION:
    I was recently diagnosed with Low-Thryoid.?
    I am only 38 years old and have been feeling as if I am sluggish, cannot concentrate too well, kind of depressed feeling and my metabolism has slowed down. I went for a physical and low and behold my thyroid is low… which explains how I have been feeling. I go back to the doc next week to get medicaiton I guess. Anyone else have a low thyroid, felt these symptoms and then once on the medication, noticed an improvement of how they felt? THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      YES!!!!

      I felt like crap before I got diagnosed. My hair was falling out, I was exhausted all the time, and I couldn’t get out of bed in the mornings. I was depressed and itchy and cold all the time.

      Now, since starting the medication and getting my levels evened out, I am literally a new person. I started feeling alive again after about a week on the meds.

      It will make you feel better, trust me, but if you’ve gained any weight from being sick, you’re not going to lose it just because of starting the meds. That’s about the only thing that doesn’t get better without hard work. Other than that, I feel GREAT.

  42. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know why depression happens during pregnancy?
    I had post partum depression with my first son who is now almost 3 years old. It went away when I started taking thyroid meds. as well as vitamins and progesterone to regulate my female hormones. Then I got pregnant again and started feeling depressed again. The doctor advised me to take the progesterone every day for the first 3 mos. of pregnancy because thats when your body may not have enough. It really helped me and I didn’t know exactly how far along I was because I couldn’t get to a prenatal doctor so I ended up taking it well into my 4th month. When I found out how far along I actually was I stopped taking the progesterone and about a week later my symptoms came back, not full force but still there. Blue mood, fatigued….I’m just confused because I know the cause of ppd and the depression in the first trimester was because of low progesterone but now that I’m almost 6 mos. arent’ I making lots of progesterone?( I heard all pregnant women do)… I was also thinking it could be my thyroid getting sluggish again but my test came back normal from the prenatal doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of women get this problem, i think you should research it on the internet

      But well done with getting pregnant and hope both your children are happy and healthy :D

  43. QUESTION:
    If thyroglobulin is less than 0.1 and my Tg antibodies 205U/ml. N=up to 100.What do I do?
    I had breast cancer stage II in 2006. I had a lumpectomy in my right breast on 5 July 2006, removed all lymph nodes (16 out of 25 were cancerous), then followed by chemo and radio therapy. I have started hormonal treatment since April 2007 till now. I was following that hormonal treatment with regular check ups. All tests were fine. During those years I was feeling terribly depressed, fatigued, weak and sluggish. Since then, I’ve been on anti-depressants: cipralex for a couple of years then replaced by Lustral (sertraline150mg) and Trittico (trazodone 50mg) daily.

    In August 2010, I started noticing that the tumour markers are rising. In January 2011, based on blood tests and PET images, I found out that the cancer recurred as pulmonary metastatic disease (scattered small lesions with SUV less than 5 but one big lesion with SUV 8). I’ve been given letrozole (femara) in addition to the Tamoxifen (Nolvodex) I take. My Ca125 is 38.9 U/ml (N: up to 35) & but Ca15.3 is 149 U/ml (N: 6.4-58) now. They were much higher months ago.

    Later in December 2010, I just discovered that I had hypothyroidism. T3, T4 were normal, but TSH was very high. I have been taking Euthyrox 50 micrograms (Levothyroxine sodium) since Jan 2011. T3, T4 & TSH were fine last month and thyroglobulin was fine too.

    As I mentioned in my question, now that my T3, T4 & TSH are normal, but my thyroglobulin is less than 0.1 ng/ml (N: 1.4 – 78) and my Tg antibodies is 205 U/ml (N=up to 100), what does this indicate? Could I be prone to thyroid cancer? what symptoms should I look for? what should I do next? Thank you for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Breast cancer is highly linked to vitamin D deficiency. Optimal 25(OH)D serum – 80ng/ml or 200nmol/l.

      “Patients low in vitamin D were 94 percent more likely to see their cancer metastasize and 73 percent more likely to die from it, compared to women with normal levels of vitamin D in their blood, researchers found.”

      Vitamin D deficiency linked to breast cancer >>>

      http://news.smh.com.au/world/vitamin-d-deficiency-linked-to-breast-cancer-in-new-study-20080516-2f1o.html

      High thyroid antibodies is indicative of autoimmune thyroid disease. With your symptoms – Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. (approx 90% of hypo patients have hashimoto’s). Hashimoto’s patients have genetic defects with the vitamin D receptors so higher vitamin D supplementation is needed. Note: high vitamin D supplementation can cause magnesium deficiency so supplementing with magnesium is advised as well. Many undiagnosed/poorly treated hypothyroid patients are on antidepressants. CA levels can also rise due to inflammation.

      Effective strategies for addressing the autoimmune aspect of Thyroid disease include:

      Avoid wheat
      Correct vitamin D deficiency
      Improve gut flora
      Reduce stress
      Correct underlying adrenal issue, such as DHEA or cortisol imbalance
      Correct oestrogen dominance. Consider using Natural progesterone
      Detoxify mercury and other toxins. (Testing for mercury toxicity is available at Sensible-Alternative Clinic)
      Supplement selenium to lower thyroid antibodies. Also helps with conversion of T4 to T3.
      Correct an iron deficiency.
      Herbal medicine Bupleurum, Turmeric, Rehmannia and others

      Thyroid disease >>>

      http://www.sensible-alternative.com.au/metabolic-hormones/thyroid-article

      Hashimoto’s – the autoimmune attack on your thyroid >>>

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/hashimotos/

      Vitamin D deficiency and hashimoto’s >>>

      Why do i still have thyroid symptoms when my lab tests are normal >>>

      http://thyroidbook.com/

  44. QUESTION:
    what type of depression do i have?
    sorry this is so long. here is a list of all my symptoms/things i have:
    Feeling fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained.
    Isolation from social activities -i have had social anxiety my whole life
    more sensitive or more loss of temper than usual.
    low self confidence/self-esteem
    !!!emotional numbness 24/7!!!!!
    seasonal affective disorder
    occasionally i can’t sleep or i sleep too much or have restless sleep
    minor loss of interest in daily activities.
    trouble remembering good times(especially of my childhood)
    confusing dreams
    excessively sweaty hands
    constipation
    back, shoulder or neck pain arachnophobia
    i’m a realist

    on birth control (desogen) but I only take it to stop my period. And i eat healthy/exercise (sometimes)

    i’m high school(freshman and its stress-full) and last year my school burned down(it was stress-full but NOT very traumatic, and i have lost a lot of childhood pets and lost a few friends (they act like we never met or they moved away) and i found out my grandmother has dementia.

    there is NOT anything wrong with my thyroid or vitamin/mineral deficiencies.
    i CAN’T talk to my psychotherapist or doctor because I’m low on money right now

    what type of depression/mental health issues do i have, how to reduce them?

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know what kind of depression this is but It will get better.

  45. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism or something else (medical profs please look)?
    The majority of my life, because of my quick weight gain at around 7 years old (went from almost unhealthy looking) towards a path of obesity, most people always told my parents “you should have his thyroid checked”. This has continued to happen over the years, and now over 20 years later, I’m still battling with odd symptoms and obesity.

    I’ve been to my doctor (within the last 5 months), and made them do a thyroid test since the symptoms have essentially become unbearable as well as getting worse over time. I’ve done a lot of research on hypothyroidism, and while I’m not a physician, I certainly feel that there may be something wrong here.

    ——-

    As far as symptoms go:

    I am extremely fatigued all of the time, I am sluggish all of the time, cold bothers me badly at times (even when it’s not cold to other people), I have bowel issues (ranging from constipation to diarrhea, and going back and forth), my skin is very pale and dry (I also have psoriasis badly), my face and eyes are always puffy (often with very dark circles under my eyes), I have had a continual weight-gain problem my whole life regardless of what I eat (except for when I went on the Atkin’s diet once [lost some weight then] and when I eat almost nearly nothing – and then the weight levels off), I have muscle problems (cramps, stiffness, achiness, weakness), I have the beginning of arthritis in my knees (supposedly, including having a badly-damaged MCL in one knee, and a slightly damaged MCL in the other) and joint pain in my knees and shoulders is constant, my hair is very dry and more brittle than it used to be (along with my fingernails) even though I use conditioner, I’ve battled with depression all of my life and severe anxiety (and panic attacks) has developed within the last decade or so, my memory is shot, my mind is foggy, my body temperature is lower than normal (and has been for a long time), the hair on my eyebrows is thinned out on the edges, I am sleepy all of the time, and my sex drive has bottomed out.

    Sound like hypothyroidism? I thought it might, but my doctor seems to think otherwise.

    When I was tested recently, my thyroid was on the very low end of “normal”. The doctor said this was fine and that there was nothing that needed to be done – I’m fine. I’ve had people tell me that every thyroid test they’ve ever had was done first thing in the morning, as close to waking up as possible. My test was done about 5 hours after I woke up – would this make a difference? I know that hormones in the body tend to spike and balance off at certain points in the day. It seems that having the test early in the morning or shortly after you wake up (not 5 hours afterward) would lend itself to catching the hormone levels BEFORE they spike. I don’t know, though.

    I happened to have my testosterone checked at the same time as my thyroid (since I thought it might be that, too, or a combination of both). It was also on the very low end of normal, but he decided that it would be okay to put me on a low dosage, once monthly, of T. That’s fine. I seem to notice some difference, but I still feel like complete crap all of the time and none of the symptoms are going away. They’ve been this way for years, and I am, quite frankly, tired of all of them. I feel like the walking dead 24/7-365.

    Any thoughts?

    Any medical professional (especially physicians or even endocrinologists) that wants to weigh in to help out here would be more than greatly appreciated. I’m not sure what I need to do. Do I need to keep trying to find out something or just let it be and continue to have a horrible life?

    • ANSWER:
      You have my sympathy as I have the same problems with Doctors and Hypothyroid. Finally went into a coma. They still tell me my T test is too high, but daren;t reduce my meds for fear of another coma.

      The trouble is the band for ‘normal’ is quite wide and if your natural level is at the high end of that, just being over the bottom line IS low!

      Tell them you appreciate your test results, but you’ve lived in your body for a long time, and if it’s one thing you’re an expert on, it’s how you feel. Ask them to raise your meds slightly again, and say you feel slightly better but not WELL, and would like to see if your can improve it.

      I’m assuming they give you Testosterone? Not Thyroxine? Ask them to put you on thyroxine for 3 months to see if you improve. It takes another 3 months to clear it from your system. If nothing else, ask to see another endocrinologist.

  46. QUESTION:
    My doctor said I have temporary hypothyroidism?
    I posted this in another category already but I want to post it here too because my mom just told me I’m going to the doctor in the morning.
    I recently went to the doctor because I had been feeling really sluggish, having memory problems and trouble concentrating, and I had been even more depressed even though I take an anti- depressant. He said from the time he walked in the room he could tell that my thyroid was enlarged. So he ran some tests( TSH) and told me I had an under active thyroid. I went back the next morning and he ran more tests( T3 and T4). I also went and got a ultrasound done. The levels came back and they weren’t normal but he told me that he thought it was just temporary.
    Usually I wouldn’t have a problem with that but three generations of women in my family before me have had thyroid disease. I really don’t think that this is just temporary with my family history of thyroid disease and the symptoms ive been experiencing. It’s been about a month since he told me that im im just progressively feeling worse. I scheduled an appointment to go back and see him to talk more about it and to run more tests. What should I say to him when I go in? I’m just upset about it because i’ve been feeling like this for years and none of my doctors have been able to figure out why. Also, if it helps im a 17 year old girl and im pretty healthy.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this :)
    Oh, he said my TSH levels were off but my T3 and T4 weren’t off enough for me to be put on medicine yet

    • ANSWER:
      Well first off if your levels have been really low u need to be put on medication, levothroid or synthroid or which ever other brand. I was put on my meds when I was 11 and diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Mine runs in the family to and have to take meds every day for the rest of my life now and constantly need my blood levels checked to make sure I have the right dose of meds. What is his reasons for not doing anything about it when he had the results to ur blood tests?

  47. QUESTION:
    Does lack of iron in the blood leads to Lazyiness/ weakness/ tiredness etc ?
    I am M/40[Indian] and in the last 1 year the Iron level in my blood has gone down from 123 ug/dL to 68 now (Normal range=59-158 Thyrocare).
    Associated symptoms are weakness,tiredness,laziness,sleepiness and similar conditions.
    1. Is it due to lack of Iron by any chance ?
    2. Or a sluggish Lever ?
    3. Or Thyroid ? [TSH=7. Although T3=101&T4=9.5 are normal].

    So, why am I lazy etc etc ?
    And what veg. foods lead to increased IRON ?

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    24 year old female with PCOS that underwent MAJOR stress last year. NO family history of hair loss. HAIR LOSS!?
    NO ONE in my family has hair loss. Man or woman. I have PCOS. I have always had a THICK head of hair though. Last year, I got in two car wrecks, my husband got arrested, my grandfather died and my husband lost 2 jobs all within 4 months. I also dyed my hair for the first time ever twice in one month during that time. I noticed a couple months after all this, my hair was thinner in the crown area. I figured it was the stress. It hasn’t gotten better though! Since thin, the thinness has increased. You can start to see now through my hair to my scalp just a bit in my bangs area when I clip them up. My temples aren’t thinning at all though. Just the crown and front bang area. The hairs on top look like they are growing in miniaturized and theres little short hairs ALL OVER this area. Some of the pieces of hair are WHITE. Just a few. About 2 weeks ago, I woke up one morning with a smooth bald spot the size of a pea. It’s still there, but it hasn’t gotten any bigger. I don’t shed any more than usual. When I do shed, the root of the hair is attached. What the heck is it! Lets sum it up…

    NO family history of hair loss on either side
    PCOS (Hormone Imbalance/Irregular Cycles)
    MAJOR stress last year when it started.
    It’s been about 7 months since I first noticed it.
    One small bald spot received OVER NIGHT the size of a pea. A bit red.
    Crown and front bangs thinning but not temples
    Some hairs in crown area growing in white (just a few)

    My part doesn’t look bigger. Just everything looks THINNER because the strands themselves are growing in thinner. I’ve always had fine, straight hair but a TON of it. I’ve always had little 3-4 inch pieces of hair my whole life that were kinky mixed in too. It always freaked the hair dressers out when they started combing my hair.

    It just seems like I have a little of ALL the symptoms online for different types of hair loss. My thyroid is a BIT sluggish, but not enough to require meds. No other changes to my life other than alot of stress during that period last year.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    what’s wrong with my body?
    OK ladies what are some reasons that our periods are crazy? In the past months my period has gotten really whacky on me. I have so many symptoms that point to thyroid or pregnancy however, pregnancy test came back negative and so did thyroid test.(2 pee and 1 blood pregnancy test) My periods are usually heavier and last 4-7 days. My periods over the last months have went 4,3,(forgot to record one month..opps),2 with spotting 2 times,2with some spotting one day other that month. So, basically my past couple months periods have been only two days in length and spotting 1-2 times(days) otherwise. I’m an emotional wreck…irritable…maybe hormones?? Fatigue.Sometimes sluggish. I did start a new job in November however period issues were before that and fatigue before then kicked in.I don’t feel overly depressed however moods will go from happy to sad fast. I don’t even know why I’m upset at times….I don’t get it!Negative for pregnancy,stds, and thyroid so what the heck else can this be?! (After my doc got negative results for those two which I got today she didn’t ask to see me again! I’m frustrated b/c even if it’s not that there is something off with my body!)

    • ANSWER:
      I think your blood circulation is poor. Eat more raw vegetables and lean protein. Do not eat rich starchy food like potatoes and brown rice and drink caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee. You may want to eat herbs like red dates and cayenne pepper, or take a supplement. Aerobic exercise also helps a lot (like jogging and swimming), but you must balance it with lots of water. Relaxation is crucial as well. You’ve been moody lately; find ways to relax yourself like a massage or a hot bath (I know hot baths work to relieve cramps you have your period!). These tips should improve your blood circulation and your wholesome health. If you find it isn’t working, maybe you’ll like to see a doctor. Feel better!

  50. QUESTION:
    How long does levothyroxine take to work?
    I’m 20 years old and I was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism last week. Ever since early December i started feeling sluggish, weak and tired. I will get 7 hours or more of sleep and I still wake up tired. Concentrating at work and in class is a challenge for me…I just can’t seem to stay awake or pay attention. I lost about 20 pounds in 2 months and according to some people I had symptoms of an overactive thyroid. I finally went in for blood work about 2 weeks ago and was told I have an underactive thyroid but it’s borderline. The doctor prescribed me 50mcg of levothyroxine. It’s barely my 3rd day of taking it and I just want to know how long will it take till I start noticing a change? I can’t stand feeling like a zombie anymore

    • ANSWER:
      try this site for your answer.

      http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=665821