Enlarged Thyroid Symptoms Treatment

The not so familiar term, Hypothyroidism is basically characterized by bouts of depression, a very depressing powerlessness to free oneself from weight issues, very sweet urges and the most common symptom called fatigue. One other very important factor that currently largely contributes to the above mentioned symptoms is your thyroid. And this could be necessitated once your doctor overlooked testing your thyroid for whats called autoimmune thyroid disease.

This would be the prudent thing to do taking into consideration that the Hashimotos autoimmune thyroid is the major cause of Hypothyroidism. The way the autoimmune thyroid works is to generate destructive antibodies that particularly kill the thyroid glands cells, consequently leading to Hypothyroidism.

Now above the Hashimoto thyroiditis we also have a further cause of Hypothyroidism which pegged on the many treatments. The moment you go to a surgeon to help you with your thyroid menace, the surgeons will be forced to get rid of some parts of the thyroid glands which by extension, you may be left with very few cells in your thyroid glands to protect you in case of further attacks. For those who really get lucky the doctor may just get rid of a nodule at the glands and everything will be well, but sooner than later, as the problems persist the glands may never keep up with expectations.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what are the signs or symptoms of an enlarged thyroid? what are the treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      I think you may be referring to low/high thyroid levels. I have given several links below to read & perhaps you can read through & understand the different thyroid symptoms & problems.
      Here is some information about myself, plus some symptoms since you seemed to be interested:
      I have low thyroid. I’ve had it for 10 years. I got it after I had my second child at about the age of 25. If you have low thyroid…here’s a great question to answer: Can you see the floor of your house? That was what was asked of me at one point, and to my amazement, the answer was no!
      My signs are: messy house, no desire to do anything…go anywhere, spend time with my kids or my guy, sleep a lot, hard to keep my eyes open at times, HUGE weight gain that over the past years have not found an easy way to take off…so I give up a lot, I have terribly dry hair & don’t wash it a lot so it stays strong, I have bumps on my face…not like pimples, but I think it’s from dry skin, and perhaps some others that I can’t remember at this time…that’s another symptom–forgetfullness.
      Here are the “GENERAL” signs for most people: fatigue and lack of energy. Women suffering from underactive thyroid experience heavier menstrual periods. Sluggishness and forgetfulness are symptoms of underactive thyroid problem. Other symptoms of this thyroid disorder are dry skin and hair and constipation.
      If you have high thyroid, or an overactive one, the signs are: increased body metabolism. This is followed by weight loss and excessive warmth and sweating. Persons suffering from overactive thyroid experience trembling hands, irritability and rapid heartbeat or palpitations. Women with overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism may experience shorter or lighter menstrual periods.
      I take medication, and sadly will have to take 1 pill everyday for the rest of my life. There’s a blood check that they will do to see if you have low or high. I hope i’ve helped you!!

  2. QUESTION:
    what is an enlarged thyroid, and what are the symptoms?
    Are there treatment options? what causes this condition I was just diagnosed!! Help Please!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Check Webmd for hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism for symptoms. Yes there are treatment options. Medication can control it if you are of child bearing age. A “radioactive cocktail” if you are passed that age. In some cases, such as my own, it needs to be removed. The important thing is to get an excellent endocrinologist (specializes in thyroid disease and diabetes, which are not related). Going to any other specialist or you family doctor would be taking a big chance, and the thyroid effects everything in your body, from skin, hair and fingernails to heart, fertility and mental/emotional condition. Good luck, don’t be afraid, just educate yourself about the thyroid as much as you can. Become the expert!!

  3. QUESTION:
    What is thyroid ? What are the symptoms ? If untreated could it yield to enlarge of the heart or heart attack?
    Six years ago, I was diagnosed to have toxic thyroid. My doctor gave me medicine and when my thyroid is in normal level, my doctor recommend a radioactive treatment. But I never undergo a radioactive treatment. Just this afternoon, I happen to met a long highschool friend who is now a successful doctor. He told me to have a medical check up immediately because my heart might start to enlarge due to non treatment of thyroid. Is there any doctor out there who can share us ?

    • ANSWER:
      The thyroid is the gland found in front of your throat or trachea. It produces hormones that are necessary for metabolism of your body. Your thyroid can be hyperfunctioning (hyperthyroid) meaning it produces more than what is needed, hypofuntioning (hypothyroid) when it produces less than what hormon is needed or it can be euthyroid, it means you have enough. there is also a small gland located in the brain that stimulates or control your thyroid, so even if basically your thyroid is ok, if the pituitary gland is abnormal, it can cause your thyroid to either produce more or produce less hormones. The more hormones it produce, the larger the gland gets.
      You had toxic thyroid, it means thay you have a hyperfunctioning gland. the problem with this is that the hormones produced cause faster metabolism, therefore you can have increased heart rate, increase metabolism of the body so weight loss, poor tolerance to heat and cold, tremors, etc. eye problems can also manifest, like proptosis or protruberance of the eyeballs.
      You have to have your hormone levels check to see if its normal, whether you need supplements or anti-thyroid hormones. Your heart enlarges because the greater/faster metabolism exerts a higher toll in your body, increase HR, so the muscles in the heart are overdeveloped (just like when you do weight lifting, if you keep exercising the muscle, it grows bigger!)

  4. QUESTION:
    I Have An Enlarged Thyroid, How Can I Treat It?
    A couple years ago my mom and dad noticed I had an Enlarged Thyroid and went to get tests to make sure nothing was wrong, everything came out A-OK, but I still noticed it everyday in the mirror and didn’t think it look normal, so one day I decided to look up symptoms of an Enlarged Thyroid and noticed I had a lot of them, like: Feeling cold, heavier periods, irritability, trouble swallowing, fatigue and mental dullness (difficulty thinking/concentrating). My dad and I started talking about it today and he said maybe we could go see specialist about it, but told me to look up ways to treat it before we did, but I can’t find a single site that explains any type of treatment for it. Help me out please?

    • ANSWER:
      Between your goiter, and your other symptoms, it sounds like you have hypothyroidism. The treatment is synthroid.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for mild hyperthyroiism?
    According to blood work it is mild but it does need treatment because of symptoms. Extreme nervousness & anxiousness, insomnia, rapid heartbeat, heat intolerance, constant low grade fever.There are no nodules so I don’t think surgery is an option. It may probably caused by a slightly enlarged thyroid or possibly graves disease.
    I have appointment with Dr. I’m just trying to do my research

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  6. QUESTION:
    my friend might have thyroid cancer !!?
    ok so i’m 20 and my friend is 21
    this semester we got kind of close and oh i have GAD which case me to worry too much
    do you believe that doctor suspected i had breast cancer and i worried LESS than when my sister was suspected the she might have BC as well ?? although my and my sister relationship is bad
    i don’t know i worry about people ALOT and LESS about myself
    back to the topic today i was talking to this friend and she mentioned that she have thyroid problems and she did some medical tests and she is NOT have hyper- or hypo- thyrosim
    but i guess the doctor found something in her thyroid and she is given an oppt next month
    she said something like “they think it might be cancer bu i hope it’s not” i got so worried and i have been thinking about it all day
    in a worst case scenario if she does have cancer
    what will happen ??? i looked up the symptoms she does not have an enlarged thyroid and she is otherwise healthy (21)

    if it was cancer (any type of thyroid cancer) what will be the treatment ??
    do you think it will be spread already ?? she had problems with thyroid for some years now

    • ANSWER:
      Obviously, the worst case scenario would be getting diagnosed with the worst type of thyroid cancer…Anaplastic, but you have a better chance of winning the lottery.

      If it does turn out to be cancer, then she will have a total thyriodectomy, and if it has spread to the lymph nodes (it’s common, 50% of people have it and it doesn’t decrease prognosis) she might have some removed, and possibly have Radioactive Iodine after (only for the two most common types of thyroid cancer, papillary and follicular) to kill remaining thyroid cells. She would need to be on Synthroid the rest of her life since she won’t make any thyroid hormone anymore.

      At that age, the chances of being diagnosed with thyroid cancer are slim. I’m an odd ball out. I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer July 2008 at 21. Honestly, try not to worry!! She has probably less than a 5% chance of it being cancer, and that’s if she has noticeable indicators.

  7. QUESTION:
    Hyperthyroid/Graves Disease treatment options?
    I am 24 years old and have recently been diagnosed with this condition after starting to display symptoms of it three years ago. I discussed the treatment options with my doctor and while I know that I’ve got to do something about it, all three options that he mentioned sort of scare me. I do not want to make any sort of hasty decision and give the okay to eliminate an important organ from my body forever, but I also do not want to take a chance on a treatment that could produce negative effects. Is there no completely safe way around this? I have been shown to have an overactive, enlarged thyroid with no nodules. My doctor wants me to go through with RAI, but I do not look forward to becoming hypo. Is there no option that could just make me normal again, instead of trading one extreme for another? =(

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t blame you for not wanting to add another disease (hypothyroidism) to your repertoire. With RAI, you just end up with Grave’s disease, plus hypothyroidism. RAI is not a cure for Grave’s disease, no matter what your doctor may say to try to talk you into it. Don’t do it. You will still have Grave’s disease after RAI. RAI only treats one symptom of Grave’s disease – the hyperthyroidism. I doesn’t do anything for the other symptoms, or for the disease itself.

      All you need is methimizole – a simple, cheap, generic, prescription medication. Don’t believe any of the scare tactics your doctor will use to frighten you away from the methimizole and into RAI. If you have a reaction to the methimizole, you just stop taking it. It’s as simple as that. And there is still another medication available, PTU, in case you are the one in a million who can’t take methimizole. Everyone can take one of these two medications. Now, if you have a bad reaction to RAI, what do you do? Learn to live with it. There is no going back once you have RAI.

  8. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Help with TSH levels?
    Hi

    Just a question reguarding blood test results.
    In Nov 2009 doc noticed enlarged thyroid, did bloods TSH was 1.84

    Since then Ive been getting sicker and sicker, and my thyroid is swollen to 5cm. Had more bloods, TSH has now dropped to 0.76 T3 5.2 and T415.0

    I have every symptom of hyperthyroidism and family history of both. I also had an ultrasound the other day, awaiting results.

    Is it Normal for Thyroid levels to drop so much in a short amount of time? Because the labs here in NZ reguard them as being in Normal range still!

    Tho my mother is hypo and is on border and still reguarded as normal but receiving treatment and made her feel sooo much better. I’m thinking this maybe the case with.

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Endocrinology Center?
    Complete diagnostic in our thyroid cancer operation center to prevent thyroid gland disorders symptoms.
    Most often the first symptom of thyroid cancer is a nodule in the thyroid region of the neck. However, many adults have small nodules in their thyroids, but typically under 5% of these nodules are found to be malignant. Sometimes the first sign is an enlarged lymph node. Later symptoms that can be present are pain in the anterior region of the neck and changes in voice.Thyroid cancer is usually found in a euthyroid patient, but symptoms of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism may be associated with a large or metastatic well-differentiated tumor.Thyroid nodules are of particular concern when they are found in those under the age of 20. The presentation of benign nodules at this age is less likely, and thus the potential for malignancy is far greater. In the thyroid cancer operation center we do all of the diagnoses in a range that we can cure every patient. The treatment of thyroid cancer may require surgery. Common surgeries include thyroidectomy, lobectomy, and tracheostomy. Radioactive Iodine-131 is used in patients with papillary or follicular thyroid cancer for ablation of residual thyroid tissue after surgery and for the treatment of thyroid cancer. Patients with medullary, anaplastic, and most Hurthle cell cancers do not benefit from this therapy. External irradiation may be used when the cancer is unresectable, when it recurs after resection, or to relieve pain from bone metastasis. Some can cause a calcium deficiency after thyroidectomy, our after service we can manage and monitoring the symptoms.

    http://www.vejthani.com/web-english/thyroid-cancer-disorders-operation-center.php

    • ANSWER:
      If you say so!

  10. QUESTION:
    Do I have Thyroid Cancer?
    I have been a thyroid patient since 2009
    I should have +10 while in my report my thyroid was (-47.3)
    I took treatment for 3 months and stopped further.Now i am getting these symptoms:
    My heart feels like it’s skipping a beat, racing and I feel like I’m having heart palpitations
    My pulse is unusually fast
    My pulse, even when resting or in bed, is high
    I’m having increased perspiration
    I am losing weight inappropriately
    I am losing weight but my appetite has increased
    I feel like I have a lot of nervous energy that I need to burn off
    I feel nervous or irritable
    My skin looks or feels thinner
    My muscles feel weak, particularly the upper arms and thighs
    I am having difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep, or going back to sleep after awakening in the middle of the night
    My hair is coarse and dry, breaking, brittle, falling out
    My skin is coarse, dry, scaly, thin
    I have a hoarse or gravely voice
    I have pains, aches in joints, hands and feet
    I am having irregular menstrual cycles (shorter, longer, or heavier, or more frequent, or not at all)
    I feel depressed
    I feel fatigued, exhausted
    I feel restless, or anxious
    I have had panic attacks
    I’ve recently been diagnosed as having panic disorder, anxiety disorder, or panic attacks
    I have puffiness and swelling around the eyes and face
    In the morning my eyes seem to be enlarging, or getting more “bug-eyed” looking
    My moods change easily
    I have feelings of worthlessness
    I have difficulty concentrating or focusing
    I have more feelings of sadness
    I seem to be losing interest in normal daily activities
    I’m more forgetful lately
    My hair is falling out
    I can’t seem to remember things
    I have no sex drive, or am having sexual performance problems
    I am getting more frequent infections, that last longer
    I feel shortness of breath and tightness in the chest
    I have neck swelling left side but not any lump or nodule
    Please tell me is it cancer?

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  11. QUESTION:
    Recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism?
    I just received the results of a thyroid test, and it showed I have hyperthyroidism. My TSH was very low (0.004), my T4 was high (14.1) and my T3 was high (298). I haven’t been able to get into an endocrinologist yet. What, exactly, do these kinds of levels indicate? Are they severe levels, or do they indicate something like Graves Disease? Also, I’m concerned about the treatments. I’ve heard horror stories about the meds, and I had a small reaction to iodine dye in a CT scan, so I don’t know if RAI is an option.
    I also have had almost no symptoms; in fact, I showed symptoms of HYPOthyroidism. I sweat very little, I’ve been having weight gain, my hair is thick, I’m sensitive to cold, not heat, heavy/long menstrual periods, constipation, hoarseness, muscle aches. I have no Graves symptoms. I do have breathing problems, but I smoke. My thyroid is enlarged.
    Has anyone heard of being diagnosed with hyperthyroidism when most symptoms are opposite? Also, what can I expect from treatment?
    I also suffer from depression, like hypothyroidism causes, but I also am a nervous twitchy person as well. Also, despite the weight gain, my appetite hasn’t changed, in fact, my diet has improved because of it, as well as exercise, to no avail. No problems with nails, except that they’re thin/weak, no myxedema, no clubbing of fingers. No signs of Graves’ opthalmology except for occasional dry eyes and frequent blinking.

    • ANSWER:
      Hyperthyroidism is a condition caused by the effects of too much thyroid hormone on tissues of the body. Although there are several different causes of hyperthyroidism, most of the symptoms that patients experience are the same regardless of the cause (see the list of symptoms below). Because the body’s metabolism is increased, patients often feel hotter than those around them and can slowly lose weight even though they may be eating more. The weight issue is confusing sometimes since some patients actually gain weight because of an increase in their appetite. Patients with hyperthyroidism usually experience fatigue at the end of the day, but have trouble sleeping. Trembling of the hands and a hard or irregular heartbeat (called palpitations) may develop. These individuals may become irritable and easily upset. When hyperthyroidism is severe, patients can suffer shortness of breath, chest pain, and muscle weakness. Usually the symptoms of hyperthyroidism are so gradual in their onset that patients don’t realize the symptoms until they become more severe. This means the symptoms may continue for weeks or months before patients fully realize that they are sick. In older people, some or all of the typical symptoms of hyperthyroidism may be absent, and the patient may just lose weight or become depressed.

      It seem as if you will be around for awhile. Hope this helps.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the average amount of money it costs for hypothyroidism treatments?
    At my last check up, the doctor told me my thyroid gland felt enlarged. I have put off getting tested for it because I don’t know how much it costs for lab fees and Dr.’s visits for that matter, also I want to know about how much the treatment is for this problem so I can get this taken care of. An idea of how much money I would need to save to get tested for, pay lab fees, and pay for pills or treatment for hypothyroidism, would be a great help. I know I have all they symptoms, and it was suggested by my OB/GYN to get tested for this. Anyone with any knowledge of this disease please help me with these answers, or what you payed when you got tested and what not, physicians that specialize in this area or endocrine medicine and such are more than welcome and preferred. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my question.

    • ANSWER:
      Pills for hypothyroidism are relatively inexpensive in their generic form, and are generally taken once daily. Even without insurance, the price would likely be under per month. Levothyroxine (the generic hypothyroid pill commonly prescribed) is part of Wal-Mart’s generic program. The testin for hypothyroidism is a simple blood draw, although without insurance I am unsure what the cost would be.

  13. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Help with TSH levels?
    Hi

    Just a question reguarding blood test results.
    In Nov 2009 doc noticed enlarged thyroid, did bloods TSH was 1.84

    Since then Ive been getting sicker and sicker, and my thyroid is swollen to 5cm. Had more bloods, TSH has now dropped to 0.76 T3 5.2 and T415.0

    I have every symptom of hyperthyroidism and family history of both. I also had an ultrasound the other day, awaiting results.

    Is it Normal for Thyroid levels to drop so much in a short amount of time? Because the labs here in NZ reguard them as being in Normal range still!

    Tho my mother is hypo and is on border and still reguarded as normal but receiving treatment and made her feel sooo much better. I’m thinking this maybe the case with.

    • ANSWER:
      The testing range is very large, and each lab has a different numbering system. Please talk with the people at this link. These are medical people and patients with thyroid disease. The site is well monitored and the help is honest and credible. No crack-pots. In the upper right of the page you will find a link to the bulletin board. You will get the help you need. Saved my life when I went into thyroid storm. My life is certainly different now that the thyroid is under control. I have both Graves and Thyroid Eye Disease (TED).


All Symptoms Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism, a condition where the body is not producing enough levels of thyroid hormone, can cause fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, depression, memory loss and a host of other symptoms. Often, hormone treatments are necessary and when it comes to prescription medicine, Synthroid is one of the most popular drugs prescribed. But what about natural remedies for hypothyroidism?

There are a number of natural ways to treat hypothyroid conditions. For instance, Kelp is one of the most popularly used for thyroid conditions. This plant is also known as rockweed.

Kelp and Thyroid

Kelp benefits come from the multiple nutrients it contains. This seaweed is packed with more than 60 minerals, elements and amino acids. But one of the key elements in kelp and, which makes it perfect for treating hypothyroidism, is iodine. Iodine is required by the body to form thyroid hormone. What’s more Kelp has long been used as a treatment for hypothyroidism, even before it was understood that the iodine played a role. This seaweed may also be helpful for encouraging weight loss and treating low blood pressure, goiters and fatigue, all of which may be caused by a sluggish thyroid.

Kelp has become a popular ingredient used in most herbal formulas for hypothyroidism. But did you know that kelp could also be eaten in soups or salads? If you like to try kelp, soak it for an hour in water before chopping it and then add it to a salad. This will tenderize it and you’ll be able to enjoy it as you should.

Bite-sized pieces of kelp can also be roasted for a few minutes in the oven and made into a crunchy, salty snack.

Is it Kelp good for every single hypothyroid person?

When using kelp or any other seaweed containing iodine – or a natural product containing Kelp – it is important to know if you are iodine deficient. Learn why this is key and find out how you can easily determine if your system is low in iodine by visiting kelp benefits and the thyroid gland.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What should I do next if I have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism but my blood work is always “normal”?
    I have had rheumatoid arthritis for nearly 15 years. For the past couple of years I have had almost every symptom on the list for hypothyroidism. My rheumatologist has done bloodwork (complete thyroid panel) but it is always “normal”. He is not concerned and attributes my symptoms to my rheumatoid arthritis. I want to have further tests. Has anyone had a similar experience? I have read that blood tests are not always accurate for detecting thyroid conditions.

    • ANSWER:
      Im hypothyroid but have always had normal numbers when tested. Get an ultrasound of your thyroid you might have an autoimmune disease called Hashimotos. Common in women over 50. You’ll have hypo symptoms but usually normal #’s. Just remember, menopause has the same symptoms as being hypo.

  2. QUESTION:
    I have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism. Does anyone know what the blood work costs?
    I really need to be tested, but I have to pay out of pocket. I feel horrible, and I KNOW there is something wrong. I have to get this taken care of, but noone can tell me how much it is going to cost me for blood work.

    • ANSWER:
      If you don’t have insurance, you can get it done at Healthcheck. There’s a discount code of 12345 from about.com’s thyroid forum, so that you get it cheaper. For a TSH, Free T4, and Free T3, I believe its some where between 0-0, though I haven’t checked the price recently. If you go to your doctors lab or hospital it will probably be more expensive.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are all possible symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism?
    I Just heard about these diseases and wanted to learn some information. Any diagnostic stories would be great.. thanks :)

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  4. QUESTION:
    Just diagnosed with fibromyalgia but had all the symptoms for hypothyroidism but blood work was normal ????
    I had alot of the symptoms for underactive thyroid so I went to the dr. but all the blood work came back normal, at least what they consider normal. They ran a few more tests checking for arthritis and lupus but they were normal also so the dr. said he felt I had fibromyalgia and put me on cyclobenzaprine. Has anyone had the same thing happen to them.

    • ANSWER:
      For some reason that doctors don’t understand, there is a connection between hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia. In fact some studies say 15% of people diagnosed with hypothyroidism will develop fibromyalgia. Did you see a rheumatologist? Fibromyalgia is very difficult to diagnose and is normally only diagnosed by a rheumatolgist by taking a complete history and a physical exam checking for 18 tender areas called trigger points. If your doctor isn’t a specialist, I would be suspicious about that diagnosis, especially if he didn’t check you for these tender spots. It’s not something that can be diagnosed simply by ruling other things out. That being said, I’d see a specialist for sure, because the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown and has no known cure and there are lots of diseases that are MISdiagnosed as fibro. You may actually have something more treatable. Look into Lyme disease, which is also often misdiagnosed as fibro. I have both hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia but since I’m in the medical field I have a hard time with not knowing the cause of fibromyalgia. I’ve done lots of research and find that there are a lot of closely related diseases often misdiagnosed as fibro such as Lyme, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and adult growth hormone deficiency. I guess my point is that it’s hard to live with something with no known cause or cure, so see the specialists, ask lots of questions, and try to find out if it could be something else. Good luck!

  5. QUESTION:
    My thyroid level is 0.4, I have almost all the symptoms of hypothyroidism, doctor says no, can he be wrong?
    I have read that your thyroid level can be in the “normal” range and still be to low for your body. Does anyone know anything about this? I have talked to my doctor, but am not getting anywhere. The lowest level in his reference range is 0.3, mine is 0.4. Could a thyroid supplement help?

    • ANSWER:
      Like you, I have all the symptoms and thyroid runs in my family. Unfortunately, without a test to back up hypothyroidism, you can’t be treated for it. My tests are always borderline or low normal.

      I have not tried any supplements as I have been told that it is just throwing your money away…and, being truthful, that is really how it is with these homeopathic remedies. I have never used any that worked for other issues. Maybe you will have better luck than me…all you lose by trying them is your money.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can anyone tell me their experience with hypothyroidism, symptoms, and how you were diagnosed?
    I am 34 and was wondering what some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism are. My family has a history of slow thyroid and I was wondering if I should get tested? I heard there are several different blood tests to get, but many doctors only call for 1 or 2 and it is not a complete assessment if you don’t do all of them. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Diagnosed by a quick and easy blood test. I know ppl with Hypothyroidism are very active and sometime have a low average body temp.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are all the Symptoms for Hypothyroidism (An underactive thyroid)?
    What are all the Symptoms for Hypothyroidism (An underactive thyroid)?
    My mother had suffered from thyroid( I don’t know which one) and I think I maybe have some of the symptoms.

    I gain a lot of weight even though I eat less than 1600 calories sometimes even less than that and I walk a lot…I don’t seem to lose any weight.
    My hair started becoming much thinner and falling out.
    The other day my son was brushing my hair with his hands and took more than 20 hair at once, everytime I wash or brush my hair I drop many. I start really getting worried even my family noticed about my hair and weight.
    Also sometimes have difficulty concentrating
    I have some other symptoms.
    Can you tell me more about this and what should I be doing or if I have it what should I say to the Doctor or G.P.?

    • ANSWER:
      At first, you may barely notice the symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as fatigue and sluggishness, or you may simply attribute them to getting older. But as your metabolism continues to slow, you may develop more obvious signs and symptoms. Hypothyroidism signs and symptom may include:

      ■Fatigue
      ■Sluggishness
      ■Increased sensitivity to cold
      ■Constipation
      ■Pale, dry skin
      ■A puffy face
      ■Hoarse voice
      ■An elevated blood cholesterol level
      ■Unexplained weight gain
      ■Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
      ■Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
      ■Muscle weakness
      ■Heavier than normal menstrual periods
      ■Brittle fingernails and hair
      ■Depression

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the most prominent symptoms of hypothyroidism, and do I have to have all of them?
    I’m an 18 yr old female, and my mom has hypothyroidism, so she suggested that maybe I might.

    I’ve been gaining weight instead of losing (I exercise at least 4 times a week, cardio and strength training and I watch what I eat. I eat right, though. Ive been on birth control for over a year now, so I would think any possible weight gain from that would have stopped or I’d be able to lose it. Plus Im on spironolactone so there shouldnt be any water weight.) I’ve been exercising regularly since August, and I’ve gained a few pounds since then if anything.

    This is what made her think of it. Then I looked at other symptoms and I probably had between half and 3/4 of the symptoms listed.

    Could I have it even though I don’t have just about all the signs? What’s the most obvious?

    • ANSWER:
      low body temperature, depression, thick skin on fingers and toes low blood pressure, weight gain, intolerance to cold are all signs

  9. QUESTION:
    Can a person have symptoms of hyperthyroidism, and then it changes in a few days to hypothyroidism?
    For like a week I’ve had almost all the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. I couldn’t sleep for five days because my body was so alert and feeling warm at night while others felt cool. Then i took a multivitamin with iodine, some milk and orange juice late at night, and now I have the symptoms of hypothyroidism. Can someone please tell me what my body’s doing?

    • ANSWER:
      Get a TSH.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do you deal with hypothyroidism symptoms?
    I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about a year and a half ago. I have since been trying to find a stable dose of synthyroid with my endocrinologist. He believes that the 100 mg dose I am on now may be suffienct. I only have to see him twice a year now, instead of blood work every 6 weeks and an office visit every three months. I still don’t feel like my old self. I will admit that I feel about 80% better than I did, but the feelings of anxiety and depression are still lingering, worse sometimes than others. I am looking for your experineces with the illness, how you coped with it all, and how long after you were stable on your medication that you felt like your old self again. I have thought this whole time that something more serious is wrong with me, only my doctors can’t find out what it is. Did any of you feel this way? Thanks for the help.

    • ANSWER:
      My husband and my daughter have hypothyroidism. Both of them are stabilized with 1.25. My daughter has different symptoms than my husband. My daughter does get depressed, weight gain, etc. Not being able to take most over the counter medicine she suffers with allergies and cold. Stay with synthroid. I have used generic med on her and it was like she wasn’t taking any medicine at all.
      My husband has the mood swings. They are the worse. He also had weight loss that was very low. That was before the medication. If your test show you are stable them from there you will be able to cope with anything. My husband’s blood work is good. I wish mine was as good. My daughter is pregnant. This mess with your medication. The baby needs more than you realize. My daughter has had this since 8 years old. It interferred with her growth. My husband had it for years but wasn’t diagnosed until last year. He didn’t think anything was wrong. I was the one that had to deal with his mood swings. He was about to go into a coma when the dr. finally found what was wrong. Take your medicine and do your tests regular and you will be fine.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is there anything else with the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
    I have all the symptoms of hypothyroid but two tests in the last ten years came back normal:
    weight gain for no reason
    intolerance to cold
    dry skin, brittle nails
    EXTREME constipation
    sluggishness, memory problems
    heavy periods
    And just recently started experiencing muscle weakness in the backs of my arms.
    Is there anything else like hypothyroidism this could be?
    I’m tired of feeling horrible!

    • ANSWER:
      I understand exactly where you are coming from! I went for an entire year going back and forth to my “specialist” who told me for that entire year that nothing was wrong with me. Not a single thing.

      But I had all the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Increased heart rate, intense perspiration (which was unusual for me), night sweats, irritability and so on…

      Just last year I went for another checkup and my doctor “changed his mind” he said that I was just a little above the normal numbers for my thyroid levels for that entire year and the year before. He then decided that I should promptly have my thyroid removed. Which I did.

      My point is, go to another specialist. Someone will get to the bottom of this even if your current doctor can’t.

  12. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism Symptoms and herbal remedies?
    Hypothyroidism Symptoms and herbal remedies?
    I have almost all the symptoms for this and go to the Doctor Oct. 17th to be tested. I am 30,and under alot of stress with husband deployed and 3 kids at home for me to take care of. Is there anything I can take non=prescription to help this? I would like some input for what worked for you,so I can ask the Dr. about alternatives. Also,my most noticeable symptoms are hair loss and thinning,puffy face,and weight gain. Will these go away after I start medicine or does the medicine just try to control it from becoming worse? How long did it take to get under control? Thanks for the time!
    What medicines were you prescribed?

    • ANSWER:
      i have this same prob email me ill gladly help you

  13. QUESTION:
    I have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism, but had a ‘normal’ blood test?!?
    I went to the doctor a week ago complaining of fatigue/fogginess, constipation, confusion/ forgetfulness, dry skin/ hair, and extremely low libido…… i even had nipple discharge (from only one breast, almost like colostrum). they took my blood and concluded that my results were normal, they didn’t tell me what ‘exactly’ they tested for… just said they were going to check my metabolism. i don’t know what sliding scale they are using as normal. but they also said that i had elevated cholesterol. my numbers were TOTAL CHOLESTEROL:214 TRIGLYCERIDES:201 LDL (bad cholesterol):123. this concerns me b/c i eat healthy, i mean really healthy… practically no red meat, rarely drink milk or eat cheese(constipation), barely any empty carbs, and i only cook using ‘healthy’ oils (i.e. canola and olive) and watch my trans fats and hydrogenated oils. i’ve read that hypothyroidism can cause elevated cholesterol levels….. my doctor seems to think my symptoms are just from being a mother of 2 toddlers, and hesitant on believing that i do indeed eat healthy…. WHAT CAN IT BE? i am tired of being tired, confused, and constipated. please help. BTW I am only 25. (and have no other medical conditions other than depression)
    okay, first off i am medicated for my depression; i take wellbutrin sr 150 twice daily. i was told it helped with low libido, but not on me. i have had these symptoms for about 3 months now; i get between 8-10 hrs of sleep a night; i watch what i eat, i eat oatmeal instead of sugary, processed cereal, basically the healthy option over the alternative,1% milk on occasion, and i exercise regularly (5-6 days a week) my doctor has since ordered a CBC, a guess it’s a complete blood test. i’ll update as i get more info.
    my hair has actually changed in texture…. it used to be poker straight now it’s wavy?! i used to never have to use any product in it, now i have to use a leave -in conditioner, frizz serum, and detangler. and it doesn’t have any body to it anymore. i have changed moisterizers too, i used to just apply cocoa butter and have a great complexion. now it seems as if my skin is paler and drier, i now use pure mineral oil on my skin. and it helps alot, i just have to keep applying often. oh and my anti-depressant is the only medicine that i am on, and i am not pregnant. i’m thinking of getting another doctor for a second opinion. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Depression can absolutely cause fatigue, fogginess/confusion and low libido. Other than that, you have dry skin/hair and constipation, which are very common problems, and not necessarily symptoms of disease. Cholesterol is partly hereditary, it’s not just from your diet. Your body produces cholesterol on its own, and this depends on the activity of certain enzymes which are genetically variable. Because of the cholesterol and constipation, did your doctor talk to you about high-fiber foods to add to your diet?

      1. How long have you had these symptoms?
      2. What are the foods you eat the most?
      3. How much sleep do you get per night?
      4. How many calories would you say you eat daily?
      5. Are you being treated for your depression? If so, how?
      6. Describe your hair – texture, color, treatments. What do you do for dry skin?

      People in medical school learn from the newest versions of books that incorporate the latest understandings of scientific processes.

      I do not believe the poster below me has a firm grasp on endocrinology. There are multiple adrenal hormones, and they don’t all function the same. Beyond that, if they weren’t functioning properly, ACTH would be released from the pituitary, not TSH. Beyond that, TSH would only serve to increase thyroid hormones, not decrease. I don’t quite see how low thyroid function would cause inflammation, but regardless, inflammation would increase release of cortisol, not decrease. If you couldn’t convert cholesterol to pregnenolone, you’d die from lack of mineralocorticoid activity (you would lose huge amounts of fluid, your cardiac output would decrease, and you’d go into a shock-like state). Lastly, cortisol INHIBITS the conversion of T4 to T3 during times of stress. This is a problem in people who have elevated levels of cortisol.

      If you answer my questions I’ll be happy to try to help further. Do you happen to know the results of your thyroid screening tests?

      EDIT:
      Our TSH and thyroid hormone levels vary during the day and from day-to-day during the week. It’s possible that when you were tested, your TSH and T4 levels were within the normal range, but that the levels are abnormal at other times. As a result, on average, your tissue may have too little stimulation by thyroid hormone. Also, recent evidence suggests that the so-called “normal” ranges may be too wide. As a result, some people’s doctors may believe their test results are normal when in fact the patients are hypothyroid.

      In addition, you might have central hypothyroidism. In central hypothyroidism, the thyroid gland is underactive. As a result, the blood level of thyroid hormone is too low, at least part of the time. But the cause of the underactive thyroid gland and low thyroid hormone level is not an abnormality of the thyroid gland. Instead, the cause is a dysfunction of the pituitary gland or hypothalamus. When a patient’s standard thyroid test results are normal, the doctor should always consider the possibility of central hypothyroidism. The best way to test for this form of hypothyroidism is the TRH stimulation test. With this test, we identify many patients who’re hypothyroid, although their standard thyroid test results are normal.

      2nd EDIT: A CBC is just a complete blood count, it counts all the types of cells in your blood (red blood cells, lymphocytes, neutrophils, etc). It’s mostly used to check for anemia, infection, blood cancers, and other diseases that affect the relative numbers of different types of cells in your blood.

      Based on what you’ve said, I agree with getting another opinion. I think at this point your doctor should be testing for more than a CBC. Before you do this, you should obtain a copy of all your lab tests so you know exactly what you were tested for. Sit down with your doctor and ask him clear, direct questions – “What could be causing my symptoms?” “What have we tested for?” “What else are you going to do to find out what’s wrong with me?” If you get answers like “It’s probably nothing” “We tested your metabolism and blood counts” “There’s nothing more to do” then it’s DEFINITELY time to get another doc.

      Good luck.

  14. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of hypothyroidism and the tests needed?
    For the past few years I’ve had an extreme problem with fatigue, insomnia, and being very sensitive to cold weather, along with low body temps all the time. Thyroid problems are hereditary in my family, and I’ve BEEN tested (TSH and T-4 which showed as “normal”) but I suspect there are tests they didn’t perform. What other blood tests should I get done? What other symptoms should I look out for? My body is beginning to malfunction right and left from these low body temperatures! Help!

    • ANSWER:
      You should get TSH, FT4, FT3, TPO, TgAB.

  15. QUESTION:
    Have all the symptoms of low thyroid but my blood test was normal?
    Can anyone relate to this? I have many of the classic symptoms of hypothyroidism but I don’t have low thyroid. I just got the call that my blood test showed normal. I have been living with these awful symptoms for two years now, what do I do now?
    Thank you everyone for your responses, very helpful. My symptoms are: very bad muscle aches, headaches, cold intolerance, memory problems, FATIGUE, concentration problems, dry skin, dry hair, low sex drive, and some others I can’t think of because of memory problems :-)

    • ANSWER:
      What are the symptoms? Are you seeing a proper endocrinologist, or just a regular physician? They’ve narrowed the range that is “normal” so your doctor might be looking at the old range. They’re much more aggressive with treating thyroid. (I take thyroid meds and I never had symptoms, it was because of my blood test). Be AGGRESSIVE with your doctor — YOU are the client, remember!

      Hypothyroidism

      Clinically apparent hypothyroidism usually warrants treatment. In case the hypothyroidism is due to dietary minerals and iodine, supplementation with these may obviate the need for hormonal treatment, but only if iodine deficiency has been documented, which is very rare in the Western world. Whilst subclinical hypothyroidism is thought to have long-term consequences, such as atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease risks,[1] there is no current consensus as to the benefits of treatment in this group.[2][3]

      Treatment is usually with levothyroxine (starting at 50 μg/day), a synthetic thyroxine analogue. There is no evidence suggesting that there is any need to substitute T3 as well.[4][5]

      Symptoms as well as TSH levels are used to monitor effect of substitution; a high TSH level suggests treatment is not yet adequate and that dose adjustments are necessary. A low (“suppressed”) TSH may indicate the dose is too high. Some patients prefer a pig thyroid extract, natural desiccated thyroid hormones, which contains T3 as well as T4 and traces of T2, T1 and calcitonin.

  16. QUESTION:
    I have all of the symptoms of hypothyroidism, yet a TSH test came back normal.?
    I should be happy with the results, but I was sort of hoping for an explanation as to why I feel this way. I have gained a substantial amount of weight over the last year or so, and no matter what I try I can’t seem to lose it. I sleep terribly, only to wake feeling almost as tired as I was the night before. I can’t seem to focus, almost as if I’m in a fog. I have a few other symptoms as well, but these are my main concerns. Are there any home remedies out there that actually work or should I pressure my doctor into further testing?

    • ANSWER:
      Normal…..Are you SURE?

      Need testing for ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH should be .3 – 3 but would not matter if antibodies are present. Indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis…main cause of HypOthyroid & is worse …OR Graves Disease (hypER).

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find thyroid disease. May have to go to more than one before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:

      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html

      God bless

  17. QUESTION:
    do you think i should push for treatment based on my symptoms, hypothyroidism, details inside?
    ok so ive been feeling down recently, not emotionally, im a rock upstairs, but physically run down

    in the last year ive put on a huge amount of weight, and i know i dont exercise enough and i eat a little too much (or used to) but the last time i lost weight i was eating maybe 500 calories a day and my job involved 6 hours a night of essentially cardio workouts and even then i didnt lose much.

    i decided to go to the doctor because i had tried dieting and exercise again to no avail so i went to see what help i could get. she took a history to which i provided to following symptoms (some answers were prompted by her, they are all true, but some i dont notice without thinking on it)

    sensetivity to cold (im used to working in a kitchen, followed by long stints in the walk in freezer) now i get shivery if the wind blows

    weight gain as discussed above

    low energy

    lack of desire to eat, infact if i dont eat breakfast, i can go about 2 days without any food before feeling hungry (my blood sugar is normal, as is my cholesterol)

    low sex drive (my testosterone came out as low, havent had it rechecked yet, but ive gone from having or desiring sex at least once a day to not really wanting sex at all… im 22 and ive gone off sex!!!) its not a performance issue btw it still works fine, i just have no desire for it.

    inability to sleep, and then when i do sleep, i find it incredibly difficult to wake up again.

    muscle weakness, now i know im overweight and out of shape, but i get cramp going up stairs, my hands cramp opening a tin of beans, ive lost no muscle mass but i cant lift or carry the same amounts anymore and i tire very easily.

    now my TSH level was 4.6 which if you dont know is .4 below the “treatment” stage (tsh is the indicator to how much of a kicking your thyroid needs to start working, the higher the number, the more effort it takes to get it to turn on)

    my t4 level was “normal” so she said, but she would have to watch my tsh to see if anything develops

    now considering that since the last blood test on record had a normalish tsh and the huge weight gain (im talking 100lbs in 12 months with no considerable change in diet/lifestyle) that to me shouts “hypothyroidism” but she suggested that the low testosterone may be to blame.

    now im no doctor, but my testosterone was 9 point something, and 10 is normal whereas my tsh is 4.6 gone up alot in the last year, blood relatives with thyroid conditions, and all the symptoms of hypothyroidism, surely that seems a more likely diagnosis? anyway if ive gained weight of course my testosterone will be low, thats why fat people have low fertility… i weight 24 stones at 6 foot tall! i actually make scales say error or the dial do a complete circle (dont laugh lol, ok ill let you laugh) of course there will be other problems, but surely treating for the symptoms is a good idea i mean, its either gonna work, or its not, right? i mean thats diagnostics at its simplest, surely starting at a low 50mg of thyroxine wouldnt cause any harmful side effects? if the symptoms show signs of improvement then increase the dose as necessary, if no improvement in symptoms or the TSH then sure, keep looking…

    am i right in demanding treatment based on the symptoms and the evidence provided above? i cant survive like this much longer im too damn fat, too damn tired, and if i dont get my sex drive back, my relationship with my fiancee is going to take a hit… shes hornier than a dog in heat!

    i await your responses,
    a valid point about the “fat” dieting

    i got a little fat, so i exercised, my job took up my whole life so i didnt get time to eat (never been one to remember to eat… go figure! a fat guy who doesnt get hungry!)

    i have tried eating balanced meals at regular intervals to no avail.

    and fyi, i dont like processed foods, i really love vegetables and as a chef i regularly cook proper food, and when im too busy my fiancee or parents make sure i eat right (cause they know what im like)

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly no one can, or indeed should, demand any treatment that their physician does not feel appropriate. To make a confirmed diagnosis of hypothyroidism requires 3 criteria in most cases, a raised TSH, a low T4 and a positive thyroid antibody. Though of course it does occur in men, it is also much more common in women. It is also the case that in most patients these days who do get a hypothyroid diagnosis, even when levothyroxine is given it makes no difference to the patients weight, as this is usually unrelated to the thyroid disease.

  18. QUESTION:
    Can u have borderline hypothyroidism and have all the symptoms?
    I have puffy eyes my eyebrows are thinning on the outer edges intolerance to cold puffy eyes when I wake up and a lot of the other syptoms but I came up negative last year when they checked me. Could I be on the lower side how can I prevent the problem before it comes back positive NATURALLY.

    • ANSWER:
      yes

  19. QUESTION:
    Lots of symptoms, hypothyroidism?
    I have been sick for about a year now. In January of 2010 I was diagnosed with low platelets. I was told it was “ITP” but with all of my symptoms I find it highly unlikely that I just have that. I have hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, muscle pain, hair loss, anxiety, constipation, fatigue and mild depression. I also can feel my pulse when I lay down, usually at night and sometimes my cheeks get red, for no reason. I have been tested for lupus, results were normal. In fact, I have been tested for a lot. My doctor recently did 2 blood test to see what my thyroid levels were like, and those results were normal too. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis runs in my family, and I know that there are more tests that can be done to establish whether I have it or not. I am most concerned about the heart palpitations. It happens every day, even when I do something as simple as getting out of bed. Going up stairs makes it pretty bad too. Does anyone else have these problems? I have had a EKG and will have a 24-48 hr halter monitor put on next week. Anybody with hashimoto’s have bad heart palpitations and if so when did they occur?

    • ANSWER:
      I have untreated Hashi’s and have the heart palpitations as well as all of the other symptoms you stated…my most troublesome symptoms are weight gain, exhaustion, all over body aches, brain fog, migraines, severe constipation….I could go on and on and on…..

      I have researched online a lot and have read some books on it written by doctors. First, some labs apparently are not up on the current ‘normal’ ranges for TSH ….like .3 – 3 (I think), some doctors apparently do not keep up w/ their certifications (where they would learn new findings), & some doctors just, for whatever reason, don’t seem to want to find thyroid disease (the many symptoms make for lots of money for lots of doctors).

      With Hashi’s, in the beginning, one can be hypO one time and then hypER the next…from what I have read, it is the ANTIBODIES that the lab should be looking for that would tell the story.

      From what I understand, some folks have more severe symptoms at a certain ‘level’ than another might at that same level. The doctor may think that a level just outside the ‘normal’ range is not that much to be concerned with and not what is causing the symptoms.

      Anyway, it seems to take an act of congress, to get properly diagnosed and then to get proper treatment.

      I am currently reading “The Complete Thyroid Book” by Ain & Rosenthal.

      I wish you the best with this….blessings

  20. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism?
    It all seemed when i started going through puberty 5 years ago. I got these headaches. Aspirin never helped. After that i noticed my memory like i would misplace stuff and couldnt remember where i put something. I would have mood swings. But recently its like i get reallly really tired and my mind gets foggy. It isnt a brain tumor LOL. My doctor had me take a blood test to check and see if its my thyroid glan. Im also been experiencing constipation lately. It feels like i have alot of gas but i cant poop. And when i do poop a little one comes out LOL. Somedays i feel fine and then other days i just feel tired and no energy. My mom thought i was autistic LOL. But ive looked on wikipedia and one other site and i have like all the symptoms of hypothyroidism. Except my hair not falling out. I do have a little bit of coursed hair. I went and got my blood drawn today. When do you think the results will come back?

    • ANSWER:
      Regarding the brain fog and energy, you could just need more sleep. Or with the constipation, you might just need to drink more water, eat more fiber and get more exercise.

      Do you feel more cold than others in the room? Have you gradually gained weight (5-10lbs)? These are more classic indicators.

      At any rate, when your doctor gives you the results, ask specifically what your TSH level is. Many doctors and labs are giving false negatives because their standards are out of date. The old standard used to be that a TSH level of .5-5 was normal, but now the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists states the goal should be between .3-3. So if your doctor gives you a number above 3, have the article below handy so you can tell him about the new standards.

  21. QUESTION:
    I have many symptoms (getting worse) of hypothyroidism but, my blood test are normal…what can I do?
    A few years ago, I had a tumor on my thyroid and had 1/2 removed. Before haveing it removed I had many symptoms of hypothyroidism (hair falling out, very dry skin, weight gain, foggyness, constipation, always feeling tired even first thing in the morning) but, blood test always came back normal. Most doctors did not even feel my neck to notice I had a goiter. Now several years later my symptoms have increased I now have bumps all down my arms, I am growing hair on my navel & chin, my weight is continueing to rise. I have tried everything. I even fasted for 3 weeks and was shocked to see my weight unchanged. I go to the doctor and my blood levels are still normal and I just feel like I can not get help. I have an appointment tomarrow to check the blood test again…What should I be asking or telling my doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a mild thyroid problem which had started during my puberty years, more than 20 years ago. The thyroid lump was so small, it
      was not visually perceptible. I could only feel it as a small solid bone, when I touch the front of the throat , and also had to chew a good number of times, before swallowing food, and became
      a slow eater. The doctors were then dismissive about my problem for 2 main reasons — one, thyroid tests were were quite dicey and so was thyroid treatment; two, during puberty years, many undergo hormonal changes which take a little time to stabilize. However, the fallouts of having thyroid ( I realized only in recent years), had led to very severe
      gumpain, and hair loss, though I did not have any weight problems, and having endured these persistent stresses for very many years, led to chronic fatigue and stiffness
      in the neck. It was in the process of using yoga to relieve my
      stiffness problems, that I discovered that my neck muscles
      were squeeze dried over the years gradually due to the
      frontal compression of the persistent (although, mild) thyroid problem (in fact, my blood test showed the thyroid hormones were within the statistical limits and were pronounced ‘normal’,
      though I felt like having a small pebble in the middle of the throat).
      I undertook yoga seriously, to stretch all parts of the body
      (not just my neck) very sloooooowly for several hours
      everyday (it is 4 years now), and I found with improved blood circulation,
      I was able to relieve the tensions in the neck and my
      thyroid functioning has stabilized very well, so much so
      I dont have any lump and feel my throat has been emptied out. My body is much lighter.

      People suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome often
      have carried thyroid problems for long, and yoga has been
      found to be extremely beneficial, recent research suggests. It sloowly, but very
      surely restores the body to get back to its comfortable state.
      Very sloooooow stretching, with spinal twists will immensely
      help.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can my hypothyroidism symptoms come back?
    I been dealing with hypothyroidism since I was 15. I had all the symptoms, feeling tired, weight gain, memory lost etc. After my doctor gave me the pills for it I started taking them as they told me to. Every morning 30 minutes before having anything to eat. For at least 6 months I was fine! All the symptoms went away and I lost 15 pounds! But then I notice that my doctor told me that I had to get a blood test every 6 months or so to see if my dose has changed. But he won’t let me get one! It’s been about a year and a haft and I am on the same dose since I was found out I had hypothyroidism! And now after a year and a haft I found that my old symptoms were coming back like this summer I gain about 20 pounds, I am tired 24/7, I am cold all the time, I forget names, where I put things, what homework I should be doing. And it seems like my hair keeps on falling out! So my question is that Can my hypothyroidism symptoms come back after taking the medacation for it?

    • ANSWER:
      It is time for you to see another doctor. I have a history of hyperthyroidism and have was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when I was 24. I have since had insurance changes, and have had to change doctors several times. The first thing they do is listen to your history and perform lab tests to make sure your dosage is correct. Find another doctor that participates in your insurance network, make an appointment, and explain your symptoms. You need to have bloodwork performed as soon as you can, before you continue to gain weight and deal with other problems that can be bad for your health.
      Many people diagnosed with hypothyroidism take medication, which are synthetic thyroid hormones, for life. When they are first diagnosed, the doctor usually starts the patient on a lower dose and performs periodic blood tests/lab work to see if the dose needs to be changed. Once the TSH and thyroid levels are stable, the patient usually returns every 6 months or so for lab-work to make sure that the thyroid levels are still stable with medication. Periodic lab work is a part of life for patients with thyroid problems. Thyroid levels can change at any time, which can result in a need to change the dosage of medication.
      Based on your description of how you take your medication, it sounds like you take Levoxyl or Levothyroxine. Take it one hour before eating, and don’t take antacids, calcium or other supplements within 4 hours of taking this medication. This can affect the absorption of the medication into your system. However, you clearly display all of the symptoms of hypothyroidism, and it is definately time to get some lab work done, because it sounds like your dose needs to be increased. Remember, taking medication does not CURE hypothyroidism; it provides your body with the thyroid hormone that the thyroid is no longer able to produce. This hormone’s main function is to control your body’s metabolism, but it affects much of your body’s functions and organs. This is why many, if not most, patients with hypothyroidism need to take medication for life and need to have their thyroid and TSH levels checked periodically.
      Good luck, and find another doctor, or ask to see an endrochronologist, who is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of the body’s glands, including the thyroid.

  23. QUESTION:
    My thyroid tests were within normal range but I still have most of the hypothyroidism symptoms?!?
    I had TSH and T3 and T4 tests…they all were within the normal range but I still am intolerant to cold,often sleepy, depressed,constipated ….dose anyone know why? I also find it difficult to lose weight even though my calorie intake is low…

    • ANSWER:
      Oh my goodness, some of the answers you got above mine are not correct. Yes I know why you have those problems.. Because being in the ‘normal’ range does not mean you are without hypo. For one, the TSH test is the most stupid test created. My brother’s wife had a “normal” TSH for about 9 years with hypo symptoms like yours. It took a really neat doc to move here and explain to my s-in-law that she did have hypo and that the TSH was not showing it correctly. Also the T3 and T4–its ‘where’ your results fall that tell the story, not the fact that they are in that ‘normal’ range. I learned from Stop the Thyroid Madness that if you have a FREE T3, and make sure it was the free T3 you had and not just T3, and if that result was midrange or lower with those symptoms, you do have hypo. Good grief, your symptoms are hypo symptoms. Go to the Stop the thyroid Madness site and read it all over. It is you. Look at the ‘long and pathetic’ page which shows symptoms, too.

  24. QUESTION:
    hypothyroidism symptoms…?
    i was talking to my family about having this weird lump in my throat, and sometimes it bothers me all day no matter if i’m standing, laying down, sitting, etc and sometimes it just bothers me when i’m laying a certain way, like when i’m laying down with my arms up tanning.
    my grandma mentioned it could be hypothyroidism.

    i didn’t want to freak myself out and make myself think i have symptoms i don’t, so i didn’t look them up.
    could someone tell me if the following are signs of a thyroid problem?

    - the lump in the throat sensation
    more pronounced in certain positions
    - sensitivity to the cold.
    it’s summertime here in florida and even with just the little AC on i’m sitting here in a hoodie.
    i get cold a lot easier than most people, it seems
    - bruising
    i get bruises in weird places and i don’t always remember how. for example, on my hip and weird places on my arms.
    - fatigue
    i’m tire easily, regardless of how much sleep i get
    - joint/muscle pain
    not extremely frequent, but i do get pains on the back side of my neck, my back muscles, and my knees on a regular basis.

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    Low TSH level with Hypothyroidism symptoms?
    I am a 37 year old female, post full hysterectomy. About 8 months ago my TSH was 2.6 and I just got it tested again because I have been having all the hypothyroidism symptoms. My level was 0.5. This seems to be a big drop in just a few months. I have not been treated previously. But, my symptoms currently have gotten worse over the last few months. They are: fatigue, extreme hair loss(to the point of friends and co-workers commenting on it), brittle hair, dry skin, constipation, weight gain(I recently loss 40lbs over a year, and in the last 2 weeks have gained 6lbs with no change in diet or exercise), muscle fatigue and soreness, lack of concentration, palpitations, high pulse of 100-180. I know it seems insane to have symptoms from both hyper and hypo, that is why I am so confused and leery to go talk with my Dr. I don’t want him to think I am crazy!
    Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      A good doctor, especially an endocrinologist, should be able to assist you in figuring out your problem. First, the shift from 2.6 to 0.5 would suggest you were going from leaning hypo to leaning hyper (the TSH refers to the thyroid stimulating hormone in your body. The more you have of this hormone, the harder your pituitary gland is trying to tell your thyroid to make more T4. So when your TSH is high, it means you have less T4, and when it is low, you have too much T4–opposite of what it intuitively would be.) Anyway, if you have both symptoms, you’re not uncommon. People who have Grave’s Disease are considered hyper-thyroidal, but they will have occasional hypo symptoms. My mother had Grave’s, and I know that was such a hard thing for her. Me, I’ve got Hashimoto’s which makes my hypo. That I can explain a little better. Your levels when you have Hashimoto’s fluctuate because you have antibodies that are actually attacking your thyroid as if it were a disease. As time goes on, your TSH level gets higher and higher because your thyroid is breaking off into your bloodstream. This can also cause a swing from hypo to hyper because as pieces break off they introduce T4 in heavy doses to your system.

      Your best bet is to find a good doctor to diagnose & treat you based on symptoms rather than on tests. TSH tests and “normal” levels vary from doctor to doctor and test to test. Some doctors recognize the possible faults of the TSH test (it doesn’t actually measure the use of T4 in your body, and you may have problems actually converting the T4 to the usable T3, rather than a problem with making the T4), and instead they will use things like your basal temperature.

      Don’t be discouraged if the first doctor you see tells you are normal and not to worry or maybe you are depressed or getting old. This is a hormonal problem and can be treated. It is unfortunate that many women are suffering because of the ignorance of doctors who tell us these symptoms are in our heads.

      Arm yourself with some literature, too. Mary Shomon is a an author and patient advocate. Her books are meant for a general audience and will assist you in knowing what you need to find and, if necessary, educate your doctor. You might want to check Broda Barnes as well. Although he wrote before the current TSH test was developed, he actually anticipated the test in his writings and showed why it would not be accurate.

  26. QUESTION:
    Could my symptoms of hypothyroidism just be the common cold?
    For the past 3 weeks or so i have had the following hypothyroidism symptoms:

    Depression
    Fatigue
    Heavy menstrual period
    Hair loss
    Pains in hands.
    Tight throat
    I have also had loss of appetite and weight loss.
    But for the past two days i have developed a cold, and i was wondering if they could all be linked. I am 14 years old and a female. I have a history of throidism in my family, and i am going for a blood test next week. Is there any help, or advice, or clues anyone could give me to what it is.
    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Some of the symptoms you listed are not “hypothyroid” symptoms. It’s hard to say if you are experiencing hypothyroidism, or some other aliment. Your blood test will determine if you truly are hypothyroid.

  27. QUESTION:
    With Hypothyroidism, do the symptoms go away as soon as the treatment works?
    I’ve got hypothyroidism and i still have all of the symptoms after 8 months on treatment. I’m on a higher dose of thyroxine now but i have hair loss, cold hands and feet and constipation, When will they stop?! when will the treatment actually work? I’m particularly worried about the hair loss :( Any ideas? Thanks

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    Anyone ever have symptoms of hypothyroidism…?
    only to do a blood test that shows you don’t? What do you do? My numbers were off before but I declined treatment. Have been having a whole host of ailments that all point to hypothyroidism. Add to my symptoms DEPRESSION now because they say my blood test is fine! Should I insist on another one? Go in and beg them to figure out what IS wrong? Help!
    No, I possibly have HYPOthyroidism and there are plenty of symptoms. And they are not good.

    • ANSWER:
      Yep. I had medically induced hypothyroidism. And the doctor who gave it to me wouldn’t treat it because the lab test said I was fine. 4 months later, my next test finally showed to his satisfaction I was hypothyroid, and he finally did something about it. 4 months of hell.

  29. QUESTION:
    Can you have hypothyroidism even if your blood tests are normal?
    I have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism including extreme cold intolerance, but my blood tests are normal. Doctors have refused to prescribe thyroid medicines for me.

    I have two friends who take synthroid for hypothyroidism even though they don’t have any symptoms at all.

    Can you have hypothyroidism even if your blood tests are normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely yes! It is very insightful of you that you recognize your hypothyroid symptoms, in spite of the fact that those so-called “professionals” refuse to acknowledge them. Evidently many doctors refuse to treat patients because they are relying on outdated thyroid lab test ranges, which have been revised by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) in 2001. Their new “normal” range is significantly lower than was previously indicated, as they have finally recognized that MANY women (millions) have been walking around with undiagnosed cases of hypothyroidism for years, all the while complaining to their doctors about their symptoms and being told they were “normal”! This is so outrageous, but not surprising to me anymore. I’ve learned that I know far more about my body and its symptoms than most “physicians” I’ve seen!

      To read about the AACE’s new guidelines, see: http://thyroid.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=thyroid&cdn=health&tm=7&gps=447_441_1276_578&f=10&su=p284.9.336.ip_p726.4.336.ip_&tt=2&bt=0&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.thyroid-info.com/articles/aacereversal.htm.

      Better still, check out this website:http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/. It is chock FULL of information and feedback from women just like you who were told they were “normal” yet have suffered for years with undiagnosed hypothyroidism. It provides detailed information on symptoms, treatments, medications, etc. I think it will be immensely helpful to you and hopefully set you on the right path to a solution! I hope this helps and don’t give up. Trust your gut instincts!

  30. QUESTION:
    How do you get diagnosed type 2 hypothyroidism?
    My thyroid is swollen and I have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism, but according to my doctor, my thyroid levels are fine. I know there are some differences when looking for type 2…..

    • ANSWER:
      There is no such thing as type 2 hypothyroidism. There is only hypothyroidism. Period.
      Hypothyroidism is a symptom of a dozen different diseases.
      If your thyroid levels (free T3 and free T4) are fine, then you don’t have hypothyroidism.

  31. QUESTION:
    What tsh level is considered hypothyroidism?
    I have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism. My tsh level came back at 3.47. My Dr. said she doesn’t usually prescribe meds for it until it gets above 4.0. However I recently read that new research is saying anything about 3.0 is hypothryoidism. Anyone with a TSH level somewhere around the same as mine being treated? I just want to feel better!

    • ANSWER:
      you should go see an endocrinologist.
      most testing labs and general drs use a normal range of 0.4-4.0 or 0.5-5.0. it varies from place to place.
      but most endocrinologists feel a normal range should be between 0.3-3.0.

      if you have all the symptoms then they would most likely put you on meds.

  32. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have hypothyroidism but not be overweight?
    I have all of the symptoms of hypothyroidism..I am just not overweight. I was chubby up until the time I was 17 when I started a strict workout and diet schedule. I still gain weight relatively easily but I am much better at managing it now. Is it possible that I do have a thyroid problem and it just isn’t extreme? All advice is appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      the only way to know is to see your dr and to have labs done. but yes, it can be possible especially given your history of weight gain and loss and high active lifestyle.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is there such thing as having borderline hypothyroidism?
    I have every symptom of hypothyroidism but all my thyroid tests are normal.
    Is it possible to have a false negative or ALMOST have hypothyroidism and have all the symptoms a person that does have thyroid problems experiences?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. I believe I’ve been borderline hypo for years, but was only diagnosed as having hypothyroidism a few months ago. But the symptoms then were the same as now, choking feeling in throat, fatigue, constipation, weight gain etc.
      Go back to your doctor and ask him for a printout of your tests results then you’ll know more.

  34. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of Hypothyroidism?
    I was just wondering a few things regarding weight gain and other symptoms… I remember well… it was probably about a year and a half ago since I’ve last visited the doctor. I tend to avoid the doctor because I don’t like needles and because I am overweight…and the doctor said something about it and we told him that it was hard for me to lose weight regardless of what I do.(I go to the gym and work out whenever I have time and diet) and he suggested a blood test for my thyroid, which I threw a fit about since I HATE HATE HATE any type of needle.. or something thats going to puncture my skin.. and my weight didn’t used to be as bad until around 6 ish – 7th grade (I’m in 9th now) but I really tried to lose weight this summer and I ended up staying the same weight… almost. I gained a few pounds unfortunately.. BUT even when I do lose weight, it comes right back about 3 days later. Its like its really stingy and just wont go away. :<
    I don't eat a lot. I don't eat unhealthy foods often.. only on certain occassions and i still try to avoid them. I looked up symptoms for hypothyroidism and I don't know about all the ones... but a few did stick out such as fatigue/sleepiness, weight gain, cold intolerance ( I always have a cold :l), muscle cramps, dry skin, and decreased concentration ( maybe :l ... I have noticed something like this when I try to read)... I don't have like super excessive symptoms but as I was reading them out It was just like "Oh, thats happened to me..wow... maybe I should have gotten that test done..." Should I go back to the doctor to get a test done? I really really really don't want to be put on medication for the rest of my life... I want to be normal :[

    • ANSWER:
      cold intolerance means you can’t take the cold temperature. Get the test done sweetie. there is nothing so bad about taking Thyroid meds
      I do it. Watch also for less hair on your legs and underarms and a patch on either side of your hairline might be thinning actually all your hair could be much thinner than 6th grade. get the blood test,be brave. You can lose the weight get thick hair and get warm :) all for the price of a tiny pill…not a horse pill :)

  35. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of hypothyroidism in young adult?
    I don’t know if I have it, but I will explain why I’m questioning I might. I seriously spent my whole life up until the age of 18 being very overweight. I ate nothing but junk food, and my parents constantly took me out to fast food places everyday. At 18 I weighed 265 lbs. I basically woke up one day and was like “I’m gonna change my life around” I started exercising daily and eating right. I lost almost all of the weight, I’m 168 now at 20 years old, but I still have some fat left, gut and arms basically. I try my best to eat right, I haven’t had pop in years, rarely ever eat fast food, and exercise everyday. (I try to run 3 miles day plus lift weights a few times a week) I drink nothing but water, have milk occasionally, eat meat, some carbs from crackers every once in a while, and eat most fruits, and the common fresh veggies. I have recently sorta hit a wall. I can’t seem to loose anymore weight no matter how hard I push myself, and I’m constantly hungry, and always feeling very depressed. I have been seeing a might have symptoms of hypothyroidism, but I could be crazy. Does it sound like I have it possibly because of living an unhealthy life up until the age of 18, or what do you guys think it is? I don’t want to ask a doctor because I’m only 20, and I have no money, and my parents don’t have money to do a test on me for hypothyroidism. What do you think the issue is?

    • ANSWER:
      First, congratulations on all the weight loss. That’s amazing.

      Hypothyroidism isn’t a lifestyle disease caused by being overweight or a poor diet. Rather, weight gain and the inability to lose weight are more symptoms of the condition. I can’t say whether you have hypothyroidism, but based on your rapid and impressive weight loss, I doubt hypothyroidism is the cause of your weight loss wall now.

      Anyone who’s ever been on a diet can tell you that a wall is inevitable. I lost 75 pounds and then the weight loss stopped for a year and a half. Only for the past couple months have I been losing weight again. Also, as you approach your goal weight, the weight loss will slow down simply because each pound is a greater proportion of your total weight than before when you were heavier.

      You’re doing nothing wrong. Just keep exercising as you were and maintain the diet. The weight will come off, but it may take some time.

      Also, you can test your TSH levels (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) at home for about – a lot cheaper than a doctor’s appointment and blood work in most cases. I’ll provide you the link.

      Good luck to you!

  36. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism? Fibromyalgia?
    I have had endocrinologists and primary care physicians prescribe thyroid medication. (Synthroid, Armour Thyroid) It has helped reduce some of the complaints in the past. Then, when I moved to a new state, my new MD. did not always think I needed the medication. I finally just gave up on seeking help at all. But, after many years, I find that my quality of life is quite poor, and I desperately need to find what is wrong with me. Does anyone know if fibromyalgia can be linked to hypothyroidism? I suffer terribly from symptoms of fibromyalgia and have VERY little energy. If you have any personal experience with this situation, or know someone who has, please tell me about it!

    Also, if there are any doctors out there right now, please respond. I am so very, very tired of going to doctors, only to find that they didn’t seem to listen to me. Either that, or they just didn’t know what to do for me. Whatever….. I have had no relief for years. During that time all I pretty much feel like doing is laying in bed. I just MAKE myself function, but it is extremely difficult! HELP!!!

    • ANSWER:
      the only link is taht the sympoms aare similar–one disease is NOT realted to teh other

  37. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism symptoms, normal tsh?
    I am 20 years old and have dealt with hypothryoid-type symptoms for the past 3 years. Symptoms started appearing about a 6 months to a year after a series a very bad nose bleeds so I’ve always felt that my problems stemmed from these nose bleeds. My symptoms include imparied cognitive ability (concentration/focus/memory/foggyness), dry skin, sensitive to cold weather, inability to gain weight/muscle mass, brittle hair, heart palpatations, sensitivity to light, and knee/joint pain (diagnosed tendonosis), and some other symptoms. Over the past six months, I have tried to figure out what is wrong with me because originally I didn’t percieve these symptoms as a problems. When I told the doctor about my symptoms, particularly the cognitive issues, he recommended I got so a psychologists for ADHD analysis.
    Well, since then I haven’t bothered with my GP because of frustration and have had several blood tests to hopes of finding something. Initially, I didn’t suspect or know about hypothryoidism. I’ve had my tesosterone and IGF levels checked and both came back normal, although testosterone was alittle low. Lately, after looking at possible underlying causes of dementia, I’ve read about hypothryoidism and can really relate to most if not all of the symptoms I read about. However, my TSH has been checked with all of my other blood work because I assume it is protocol these days. It came back at 1.5 which seems to be optimal. There is, however, other descrepancies in my blood work. My Neutrophil % is low, Lympocyte % high, low HDL (24, 19, 30, respectivley) and a high bilirubin count which my doctor called Gilbert Syndrome.

    Should I get my free t3 and free t4 levels checked or is TSH pretty realiable for diagnosing hypothryroidism? Any suggestions are appreciated…

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you should have the T3, Free T3, T4, Free T4 tests done. Sometimes a thyroid problem can still occur even in spite of a normal TSH level.

      I would recommend getting an opinion from a hormone specialist called an endocrinologist as well to see what they think could be going on.

  38. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism Symptoms?
    I was recently diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. The doctor started me on 25mgc of Levothyroxin. The first three weeks I felt worse than I did before I started the meds. I slept constantly, it was awful. I finally started to feel better but the last week or two I’ve been sleeping more. That is, once I fall asleep. I cannot fall asleep without taking medicine for that, otherwise I sit up until 4am when I pass out basically. I started the meds in the beginning of Oct. I was also 4 days late for my period(due oct 21st), took a few tests and got faint positives followed by negatives and then my period started. I believe I had a chemical pregnancy, although my doctor doesn’t think I was pregnant at all. Before that happened my cycle was 25 days, like clock work. After my period started last month I went 34 days(started nov 28th) before I started again. I don’t think that’s normal either. I feel like I’m doing nothing but complaining and I hate it. But I really think something is wrong! Maybe the meds aren’t a high enough dose? I had a doctors appt two days ago and my doctor said all my tests were normal. But I still feel awful! I have another appointment next wed to talk to her. I plan on telling her about my sleeping and period issues. It seems wednesday is so far away, even though it isn’t. Sigh… :)

    If anyone has any insight I’d love to hear it! Hopefully I’ll get some good news on Wednesday but I’m not sure. So does any of this sound normal for someone with hypothyroidism or am I just crazy? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      no hun you dont sound crazy, you sound exactly like I was before I got my thyroid meds increased! I had 10 years of sleeping probs and heavy periods before asking to be tested for hypothoidism. Prior to this they had tried me on sleeping tablets, the pill, sleep therapy you name it. As soon as I got tested for hypothyroidism it came back as underactive. When I went on 25mg I didnt feel any different at all. I eventually got it upped to 50mg after nagging my doctor. He reluctantly put it up to 50mg and I felt slightly better – I was sleeping properley – i.e not lying awake all night or needing to sleep constantly when i did sleep – so i knew it was the thyroid meds working, but at the same time was still getting hypothyroid symptoms such as a hoarse croaky voice, feeling cold and a bit flat, also constipated, heavy periods. I nagged my doc to increase my meds but he said i was fine. A month later we were trying for a baby and I got faint lines on pregnancy tests and missed period. Two weeks later I had a negative result and got my period. I read afterwards that if you arent on a high enough dosage of thyroxine your body can recognise the baby as something to ‘fight off’ and cause you a very early miscarriage. this may be what happened to you, or maybe when your thyroxine is not at the right dose it can cause false positives on preg tests? Interesting that it happened to both of us. Anyway, to cut this answer a bit shorter, basically I ended up pregnant again the next month and got sent to a proper thyroid specialist who immediately said i should be on 150mg THYROXINE NOT 50! and that my gp just isnt clued up or up to date on hypothyroidism. She says GPs need a lot more training. Since having my levothyroxin increased i have felt fantastic, like a different person. Happy, so much energy, sleeping great. Ask to be referred to a specialist or a dif GP for second opinion. GOOD LUCK xx

  39. QUESTION:
    Can anyone tell me what are these symptoms ?
    I have got all the symptoms of hypothyroidism. I diagnosed two times with blood test (TSH) and all in different hospitals. but both time everything was normal and doctors said my thyroid funcion is 100% normal.
    But I got these symptoms from last some days like, Dry brittle hair, Puffy thick scaly skin, Severe Fatigue, Numbness in fingers, Muscle and joint cramps/pain, Swelling of hand fingers, Constipation, etc. And it look like my bones/joints have become sharp edges.
    I was on antidepressant Cipralex (Citalopram) for 6 months.
    I am really confused now. I don’t know I should diagnosed for which decease now.
    If anyone knows please tell me.

    • ANSWER:
      My sister’s doctor did the same test on her and said she was fine. He told her to loose weight- she is obese. She went to a different doctor and got a different test (sorry not sure what test). She ended getting her thyroid removed. She’s fine now.

      Her symptoms were.. she was very tired, forgetful, yellow skin- under eyes, glands swollen.

      My advice find a new doctor, unless they are willing to work with to figure out what’s wrong with you.

  40. QUESTION:
    I have every symptom of Hypothyroidism but doctor says all tests normal?
    I recently went to the doctor because I’m always tired, have cold feet, headaches, parched hair and skin and trouble losing weight. I suspected that I may have a thyroid problem because this has been progressively getting worse over the last 8 months. The doctor did 6 different blood tests and has said everything came back “normal.” I know something is wrong with me and don’t understand how nothing has been detected, and the doctor seems to stand by his decision. I was wondering if anyone else has had any experience with these types of symptoms or Hyothyroidism in general, Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of hypothyroidism?
    Are these problems I’m having all related to hypothyroidism? I think I have it.
    Lack of energy [can sleep for 10 hours and still be tired the next day], sore joints and sore muscles, bad headaches, feel cold often [sometimes when others are boiling hot], keep forgetting things I’m supposed to do, EXTREME mood swings, get worried about irrational things.
    Those are just the things affecting me most.

    I went to the doctor and they did a blood test but never got back to me [SLACK!!] so any help would be appreciated, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Courtney. Yes, all the symptoms you listed are common symptoms of Hypothyroidism. I have it, and have every symptom you listed ( plus many more ). Do not rely on doctors to give you your test results. Call and ask for them yourself. Most doctors offices are terrible about letting you know test results, or they wait for days, even weeks, to let you know. Like i said, you need to call and ask for them yourself. I’m guessing your Thyroid levels will be off from all the symptoms you’re having. The sooner you find out your results, the sooner you can be treated. You will be on medication for life if it does turn out to be your thyroid. It really sucks, but that’s the way it is. There is no cure, so you have to replace the hormones your thyroid would be putting out with medication. I hope you don’t have it. It’s not a fun thing to go through. Good luck, feel better soon <<>>

  42. QUESTION:
    I have hypothyroidism and want to become pregnant. I do not have a regular period. We’ve tried but no success.
    I was diagnosed with hypothroidism two months ago and we have been trying to get pregnant for the past 6 months with no success. I have had the signs of being pregnant but the tests keep coming back negative. I have irregular periods. I take Levoxyl and still have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism. How long will it take to get pregnant and can I even get pregnant? We already have one child age 5.

    • ANSWER:
      Once your body gets used to the Levoxyl (it takes at least 3 months) you should have no problems ttc. Google hypothyroidism and infertility and I’m sure you’ll find out what you need to know. Good luck and baby dust****

  43. QUESTION:
    Do these symptoms sound like hypothyroidism?
    - Hair falling out in big clumps when I take a shower
    - Irregular period
    - Very tired
    - Dry skin
    - Weakness
    - Irritability
    - Muscle cramps, muscle aches
    I have all of these symptoms. =(

    • ANSWER:
      yeah, i have it, and those are definitely things i’ve gone through. but dont be worried. if you’re going to have a disease this is quite an easy one. the biggest symptom though should be weight gain, so if you havent changed in weight, it may be something else. just go get a blood test, its all it takes.

  44. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms for hypothyroidism?
    I think i have it, and have maybe had it for a long time. I have always gotten sick easily from the heat & have been hypoglycemic for awhile. I will have so much nervous energy i can barley set still at times, my voice gets very coarse & when i lay a certain way my throat feels tight. All symptoms come & go. Also i had a panic attack not too long ago…i remember i had taken a 5hr energy if that matters. I just get sick feelings a lot like nausea, hot flashes, & my face will swell & turn reddish sometimes. Theres other symptoms but i think i have a thyroid problem because i am starting to get over my anxiety completely but i will get physical symptoms like i need to keep moving & tremors & uhhh what do you think?

    yes im going back to my doctor soon, asshole should have done tests before handing out pills that made me feel worse & wasted about 6 months of my life…
    also have never had a regular period, get extremely irritated for no reason or because i feel so crappy all the time because of something i cant control. yes i gain & lose weight constantly & quickly at times my eating habbits dont really matter it just happens. i get burning sensations sometimes….on my skin it feels really hot in patches but that very rarely happens. the heat literally makes me sick at times where i have to stay indoors. I will get dizzy, light headed or feel a rush in my head as i stand up & have came close to blacking out before. only a matter of time before that happens lol but yah all symptoms come and go
    & this is important i forgot. my heart rate and pulse are always a little fast & strong. i’ve been on anti anxiety meds they caused nothing but hell & made me want to die. worse anxiety & symptoms of everything. I was thinking that if they arnt helping me then umm its not the right freaking medicine. I have gotten better ten times without any meds for months completely on my own oh geese im done typing lol just give me your opinion if it sounds like an over active thyroid.

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      It could be over or under active thyroid gland. The symptoms often overlap for reasons that are too much to go into in such a forum, but DO get it checked.

      Low and high thyroid trigger other allergies and conditions as well. There are conditions I had when I was hyperthyroid that I do not have when I’m not, and now that I am hypo, there are conditions I have when untreated or under treated that disappear when I’m sufficiently treated. Doctors often focus on the secondary conditions and fail to treat the root cause, which is the low or high thyroid. It is imperative to keep your levels checked several times a year and any time you just do not feel well.

      Untreated, these conditions can lead to heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and a lot of other issues, even death. Just living with these conditions can keep you so emotionally unstable you will not be able to hold a job or have healthy relationships. Do NOT drink energy drinks or much caffeine, esp. if you are hyper. You don’t want to have a stroke.

      I hope you get the help you need and feel much better soon.

      Mary Shomon’s sites are the best information for people with thyroid disease. I am listing a link to her About site below.

  45. QUESTION:
    Question about hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism?
    I went to the dr because I’ve been on my period for 3 months. He had my blood checked and said my t3 and t4 levels were low. So I looked it up on line and it says that that’s a sign of HYPOthyroidism. Also everything else I have is a symptom of HYPOthyroidism like excessive hair growth on body, weight gain, excessive bleeding etc. However my dr wants to do a ultrasound on my thyroid because he thinks it’s overactive and I have HYPERthyroidism. I looked that up and I have none of the signs(I actually have the opposite of the symptoms). So my question is if my levels are low and I have all the sympotoms of
    HYPOthyroidism why is my dr saying he thinks my thyroid is overactive and I have HYPERthyroidism? Also he gave me birth control to make me stop bleeding, but once my thyroid is regulated won’t that regulated my period also?
    I can’t really change doctors. My husband’s military so we’re stuck with the base doctors, unless we can afford the copay to go off base(which we can’t)

    • ANSWER:
      There are actually many symptoms to both hyper and hypo and the test results are confusing. Your Doctor most likely knows what he is doing when the test are final he will explain it all to you.

  46. QUESTION:
    When can I expect relief from my symptoms of Hypothyroidism?
    I am a 27/male, was diagnosed with Hypothyroid (TSH level of 5) about 3 weeks ago and put on .025 of Synthroid. I have all the classic symptoms of hair loss, constipation, fatigue, brain fog/confusion, etc… It is constant and have a hard time even getting through 8 hours of work. I often find myself having to come home from work and sleep for 3 to 4 hours just to have the energy to do things in my personal life. I have run out of sick time from work and am desperately looking for an answer.

    Should I go back to my doctor now even though he told me to wait 6 weeks?
    How long does it take to feel better?
    When do they usually re-test you to see where your doseage levels need to be?
    Should I go see an Endo doctor instead?
    Is Armour better than Synthroid?

    Please answer these questions for me, I really appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      You will feel the full effects of the medication in about 6 weeks. At that time, after 6 weeks, you need new blood tests. You dosage may need to be adjusted up or down based on the new blood tests. Lather, rince, repeat, until you have no more symptoms, and your thyroid hormone blood tests are stable. Then you can lengthen the time between blood tests.

  47. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism – Can you have it even if it doesn’t show up in the initial blood test?
    Know someone who has many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism, ie: dry, brittle cuticles/nails, joint pain, fatigue, sketchy memory here and there, trouble maintaining weight (though exercizes daily and has fairly healthy diet). Also has had onset of many food/and a few antibiotic allergies in the past couple of years, and sudden predisposition to either psoriosis or eczema in the winter (dry/CA) months. All seems to lead to a compromised immune system, but preliminary blood works does not indicate hypothyroid issues……Quite perplexed.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you can be hypothyroid and not have the blood test show it. Unfortunately, a blood test is the only form of diagnosis for hypothyroidism and it is not reliable. Sometimes it will take up to 10 years, after showing symptoms, before the blood work will show it and, for some, the blood work will never show it. I also have all the symptoms and it runs in my family…my doctor admits I have them…but without the blood test to back them up, he will not treat it. I told him I know the blood test may never show it and he admitted I was correct…but without documentation, does not feel right treating me for it.

      I’d like to suggest one other thing. Find out if your friend’s doctor ordered a cortisol level (another blood test). The symptoms of hypothyroidism and an elevated cortisol level can be quite similar in the beginning. When the symptoms are present, and the thyroid tests are normal, it is often worthwhile to check the cortisol level.

  48. QUESTION:
    My aunt was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Can she simply take a pill and cure all symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      With the exception of certain conditions, the treatment of hypothyroidism requires life-long therapy. Standard treatment for hypothyroidism involves daily use of the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine (Levothroid, Levoxyl, Synthroid, Unithroid). This oral medication restores adequate hormone levels, shifting your body back into normal gear.

      One to two weeks after starting treatment, you’ll notice that you’re feeling less fatigued. The medication also gradually lowers cholesterol levels elevated by the disease and may reverse any weight ga….

      For more information about treatments and symptoms of hypothyroidism, visit http://www.imedisearch.com/results.php?cof=FORID%3A10&q=hypothyroidism&sa=Search&cref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.imedisearch.com%2Fxml%2Fcontextpublic.xml#1070

  49. QUESTION:
    My husband has an enlarged thyroid and symptoms of hypothyroidism.What can I expect from his next appointment?
    He is having an ultrasound this week to see why his thyroid is enlarged. He had a ton of labwork done last week (7 vials of blood), we’re still waiting for the results. I don’t want him to worry and I just keep brushing it off saying he shouldn’t worry, that it is all no big deal…. but inside I’m worried :’(

    What kinds of things can we expect to hear at his follow-up appointment after the ultrasound? I’m so worried about my love… I’m sure he’ll be ok, but my heart is aching for him :(
    Guih, I think you have hypo and hyperthyroidism confused. He is displaying symptoms of hypothyroidism.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, they take an xray of the Thyroid area to see if its enlarged. They also do lab work to see if the Thyroid hormone is too low or too high. It depends on how much out of range the hormone is. It can be a temporary situation (mine was cause by stress) or it can be something else that needs medication.

  50. QUESTION:
    How accurate are blood tests for hypothyroidism?
    I was blood tested by a family doctor and results were normal. But all of my symptoms point to hypothyroidism.
    It was a TSH test
    I contacted my dr today to get referred to an endocrine dr.. she would not refer me because my TSH test was in the normal range. I read if your tests are normal than you can still have subclinical hypothyroidism.. Im not giving up.

    • ANSWER:
      If you’re still in the early stages of hypothyroidism, it is entirely possible that your blood counts could still be in the normal range. There are also many other conditions that have many similarities to hypo.., so you may want to get a second opinion and/or find out about other potential causes of your symptoms. Good luck to you.


All Possible Symptoms Of Hypothyroidism

The reason anyone gets a car is to be able to get from point A to point B with as little hassle as possible. Sure, people could carpool or take the bus, but it’s so much more convenient to drive their own car. Well, it’s convenient when the car works, anyway. Cars have a way of breaking down at the most unexpected and inconvenient times. That’s why it’s important for drivers to recognize when there is something wrong with any part of their car. People need to realize when something is not right and take care of it right away. Read further to learn what the symptoms are when a drive shaft goes bad.

First, it’s important to know what a drive shaft is. It’s the rotating object or shaft that carries the power from the engine to the point of impact. Basically, it’s what helps your car to go from a stopped position to a go position. Without a proper functioning drive shaft, a car with its driver would not be able to go. Although, it usually doesn’t break all at once. Usually there are signs leading up to its complete and utter malfunction. These signs or symptoms, if caught early enough, can reduce the chances of a vehicle breaking down at the most inopportune time.

One of the first symptoms one might notice if their drive shaft is going bad might be the fact that there will be new vibrations when the car is in drive. These vibrations will be more noticeable than the regular hum of an engine. Every car vibrates, after all. It’s impossible not to with a running motor. The difference, though, is that it will feel significantly different than when it was working properly. These vibrations will be completely noticeable which means when anyone notices higher vibrations, they should check their universal joints and driveshafts to make certain they are in proper order.

The time when the symptoms will be the most noticeable is when one is accelerating in the first two gears. Typically, the vibrations will come from the rear end of the car as opposed to the front end. Many people reading this may be wondering how someone can possibly tell if the vibrations are coming from the front end or the back end. Basically, the vibrations will be so noticeable that it will not be hard to guess which direction they are coming from. Another symptom is often the passenger side especially will feel like it is continuously spinning out on gravel. Typically, these symptoms are most prevalent in the first and second gears. Be sure to get it checked out and taken care of as soon as possible to prevent any further damage.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are all possible symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism?
    I Just heard about these diseases and wanted to learn some information. Any diagnostic stories would be great.. thanks :)

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have hypothyroidism but not be overweight?
    I have all of the symptoms of hypothyroidism..I am just not overweight. I was chubby up until the time I was 17 when I started a strict workout and diet schedule. I still gain weight relatively easily but I am much better at managing it now. Is it possible that I do have a thyroid problem and it just isn’t extreme? All advice is appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      the only way to know is to see your dr and to have labs done. but yes, it can be possible especially given your history of weight gain and loss and high active lifestyle.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is it actually possible to recover fully from hypothyroidism?
    Does anyone with hashimotos hypothyroidism, EVER return to their normal health? Is it possible to ever be symptom free? Because i am beginning to think i will never ever feel normal or look nice ever again after this illness and all because my tablets don’t work and i’m on the right dose and i take it correctly, been on it for a year- Levothyroxine. I’m sick of it.

    • ANSWER:
      It does not seem so….I have no ins to get mine treated but from all I have read, sounds as if best hope is just SOME relief of symptoms sometimes.

      Ck these:

      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

      http://www.mentalhealth.com/mag1/p51-thyr.html

      God bless

  4. QUESTION:
    Possible hypothyroidism?
    I’m worried because I have a lot of the symptoms of hypothyroidism. If you know anything about it, can you let me know if it’s a possibility that I have it?
    I’m 16, 17 in two months.
    180 lbs
    3 months ago I was 155 lbs. I haven’t changed my diet at all, and if anything, I’ve started eating less.
    5’9
    Female.
    Vegetarian.
    Walk to and from school every day.
    Sometimes my memory will just stop working. I’ll be talking about something and then, in the middle of a sentence, I’ll forget what I was talking about. Or if someone tells me something, I’ll forget it soon after. I typically have an extremely good memory.
    I feel depressed almost all the time. I think about things and question people I shouldn’t be almost continuously.
    Chronic migraines. Huge one.
    I’m anemic. Iron count of probably 5 when it should be 10. It was 4 a month ago, but I’ve been taking iron pills every day.
    Heavy periods.
    I’m always tired. No matter how many hours of sleep I get.
    I seem to be getting sick more often. With colds, random sore throats [and I don't even have tonsils], and fevers.
    Even in the summer I can’t have the fan on in my room without getting cold.
    My normal body temperature is about 96.5-97.0 on average days. When my temperatures at 99.0 it’s like having a fever.
    Thyroid tests from doctors are coming out at the “lower end of normal” but they’re still not willing to even try thyroid medication.

    Please let me know any extra information you may have.
    My mom had Hypothyroidism.

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    possible hypothyroidism?
    Hi,
    I’ve had weight problems that I assumed were due to being on the pill, but someone pointed out to me that these are more likely to come from a poor diet and lifestyle (I’m fairly fit and don’t eat much at all compared to people my age, even to the point where others comment), or an under active thyroid.
    I have some symptoms of hypothyroidism, so do you think its worth seeing my GP?I’m cold all the time, and always have goosebumps, even when people are wandering round in t-shirts. My hands and feet are often cold to the point where they are numb.
    I have put on 3 stone in the last year, with ,if any change, an improvement in my diet.
    Recently my fingernails have started to develop ridges and crack easily.
    I am often tired, even if I have 8 hours sleep a night I have still been known to fall to sleep mid-afternoon, sometimes on a bus or whenever I am sat down
    I cannot comment on my periods since I am on the pill, but they have always been heavy and painful, and the pill hasn’t helped much.
    Lastly, although I have always had dry skin, my dandruff has got a lot worse recently, and my skin is stating to flake or peel off.
    Advice please?

    • ANSWER:
      definitely worth seeing a doctor about. If it isn’t thyroid, could be some other metabolic disfunction

  6. QUESTION:
    What are the most prominent symptoms of hypothyroidism, and do I have to have all of them?
    I’m an 18 yr old female, and my mom has hypothyroidism, so she suggested that maybe I might.

    I’ve been gaining weight instead of losing (I exercise at least 4 times a week, cardio and strength training and I watch what I eat. I eat right, though. Ive been on birth control for over a year now, so I would think any possible weight gain from that would have stopped or I’d be able to lose it. Plus Im on spironolactone so there shouldnt be any water weight.) I’ve been exercising regularly since August, and I’ve gained a few pounds since then if anything.

    This is what made her think of it. Then I looked at other symptoms and I probably had between half and 3/4 of the symptoms listed.

    Could I have it even though I don’t have just about all the signs? What’s the most obvious?

    • ANSWER:
      low body temperature, depression, thick skin on fingers and toes low blood pressure, weight gain, intolerance to cold are all signs

  7. QUESTION:
    is it possible for hypothyroidism to switch to hyperthyroidism?
    hey folks i was just wondering if anyone could help me out with this, i,ll check with my gp but any advice would greatly appreciated, i was diagnosed about 4 years ago with hypothyroidism but my last blood check which was a few months ago came back a normal thyroid level, now i,m not sure if i was supposed to keep taking the thyroxine medication but anyways i did keep taking it as normal and i have now developed all the symptoms of hyperthyroidism does anyone know if thats possible and do you think its a result of the medication as now i imagine my body is producing sufficient amounts of thyroxine and i,m adding more as i said any advice would be greatly appreciated thanks so much

    • ANSWER:
      1st question:
      OH YES! That is called Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis where we, at the START, cycle between hypO & hypER.

      As I read on & see that you have been on the thyroid meds for a few yrs:
      It could be that your dose is too high and needs lowered! I say this because, w/ Hashi’s, if we get on the meds, the body allows the meds to take over in regulating the levels.

      Here is other info:
      TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but would not matter if ANTIBODIES are present. Indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between hyper & hypo at start)…main cause of HypOthyroid & is worse (...OR Graves Disease - HypERthyroid).

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:

      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html

      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      God bless

  8. QUESTION:
    I need help explaining all of these symptoms?
    Light sensitivity/photophobia
    occasional blurred vision — sunglasses tend to help with these two a little bit
    occasional to frequent brain fog
    raynaud’s phenomenon (particularly cyanosis, but all three stages occur)
    constant peripheral numbness (left ulnar, specifically)

    once in awhile there is lip numbness as well, but it generally goes away, and it’s never really severe. it also happens when i give blood, so this doesn’t concern me much.

    at first, a b12 deficiency seemed plausible, though b vitamins have helped some symptoms improve on occasion, i don’t think that’s the answer.

    early stages of MS is a possibility, but i’m a male, and a lot less likely to get MS than a female, based on statistics.
    Diabetes has crossed my mind, but I don’t show any other typical symptoms of unregulated BGLs

    hypothyroidism is also possible.

    Migraines recently crossed my mind, but I don’t get any severe headaches. I do experience what could be described as similar to a sensory migraine aura but i never get an attack. But other than the light sensitivity, and the brain fog, i don’t know how much migraines really explain. I’m not particularly sensitive to auditions or olfactory sensations

    i don’t currently have insurance, but i’m still looking for an answer. knowing is better than not knowing. my doctors are not helpful anyway, and when i do get new insurance, i will find new doctors.

    • ANSWER:
      Try to get a job with some sort of insurance. You need to see a doctor. Raynauds can be associated with some types of autoimmune disorders such as Lupus. You are right that some vitamin deficiencies can cause this along with some types of anemias (B-12 deficiency would cause a certain type of anemia, but there can be iron deficiency anemia or other anemias that can cause this). Also, a heart condition could cause this. Anxiety can exacerbate any other illness symptoms, so try not to focus so much on your illness and instead, focus on being well and feeling good.

      A doctor would really need to examine you. If you don’t have insurance, there are usually free medical clinics for poor people or the uninsured, but the extent of testing that they would do without any insurance would probably be quite limited.

  9. QUESTION:
    is it possible I have Hypothyroidism?
    I have been finding it extremely difficult to lose weight, in fact I have to work very hard just to maintain my current weight.

    I am seeing a nutritionist & having a good working knowledge of nutrition myself (I have worked in organic stores most of my life) I can’t understand why it is so difficult for me to maintain my body weight.

    I eat no processed foods or snacks, only small regulated amounts of healthy fats like raw nuts & coconut oil,, drink 2-3 liters of water per day & no coffee, tea or alcohol. I have an extremely active job where I am on my feet all day & do a lot of heavy lifting, running around + I go the gym 3-4 days a week for an hour.

    I looked up the symptoms of hypothyroidism & it seems to fit
    •Fatigue (yes, I often find myself falling asleep on the couch as early as 7:30pm. I wake up so tired)
    •Weakness (I often feel faint & dizzy)
    •Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight (obviously)
    •Coarse, dry hair (My hair snaps off in your hands dispute regular trims & treatments)
    •Dry, rough pale skin (very dry skin despite daily moisturizing)
    •Hair loss (my boyfriend can’t believe I am not bald at the rate my hair falls out)
    •Cold intolerance (I don’t feel cold all the time but once I do get cold I find it really difficult to warm back up. I usually need to soak in a hot bath for an hour If I have been out in very cold weather)
    •Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches (nil)
    •Constipation (only occasional)
    •Depression (nil)
    •Irritability (some)
    •Memory loss (I can’t remember anything!)
    •Abnormal menstrual cycles (really heavy & long cycles up to 8 days. I often have to take a few days off work)
    •Decreased libido (nil)

    Do you think it is worth having myself check out?
    Last time I discussed my weight with a doctor he didn’t really seem to believe I eat as well as I do because I also suffer with high blood pressure.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, you definitely have more than enough symptoms to warrant being checked for hypothyroidism. I have had it since age 20 and I can tell you that once I went on the medication everything in my body went back to near normal. I would advise that if your regular doctor refuses to run the TSH panels that you seek out another doctor who will work with you. I hope you get this sorted soon…Good luck!

  10. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a young adult to have dementia caused from untreated hypothyroidism?
    Before I started treatment I had all of these symptoms especially the last one and I could not figure out for the life of me why. Then I found out dimensia is caused by untreated hypothyroidism. I still have all symptoms except for the last one now, but I don’t throw things. I blow up on the littlest things and because I’ve already dug a hole for myself and am completely angry at myself and the world, am persistent on making everything worse and am completely out of control. Afraid to bring this up to my doctor. Afraid he’ll just think I’m a nut who reads into things too much…..

    People who have dementia often experience:

    Confusion and memory loss.
    Inability to complete everyday tasks.
    Loss of self-control leading to unexpected behavior, such as throwing things, yelling at other people, or being suspicious of others.
    Impaired judgment and reduced ability to make decisions and learn new things.
    An eventual loss of control over physical functions, such as urination.

    • ANSWER:
      symptoms of dementia are definately associated with hypothyroidism. synthroid does not help some people much. it is a form of thyroid hormone that needs to be converted in the body to the active form. some people cannot convert it to the active form. (your lab results can still look normal) my mom took synthroid and it did NOT work, although her lab results looked normal. she was changed to armour(the active form) and was better in 3 days. good luck

  11. QUESTION:
    Is there such thing as having borderline hypothyroidism?
    I have every symptom of hypothyroidism but all my thyroid tests are normal.
    Is it possible to have a false negative or ALMOST have hypothyroidism and have all the symptoms a person that does have thyroid problems experiences?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. I believe I’ve been borderline hypo for years, but was only diagnosed as having hypothyroidism a few months ago. But the symptoms then were the same as now, choking feeling in throat, fatigue, constipation, weight gain etc.
      Go back to your doctor and ask him for a printout of your tests results then you’ll know more.

  12. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to be “mis-tested” for hypothyroidism? I was tested, but he said I was negative,?
    but I have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as very difficult to concentrate, poor memory, lack of motivation, no energy, depression, facial swelling, muscle weakness, weight gain, dry skin, occasional constipation, feeling tired and sluggish, heavy/irregular menstrual periods, swelling in legs, feet and hands. the swelling is very slight, like my rings wont fit on anymore, and my ankles look swollen. I also have frequent headaches.

    Is it possible that I was not tested correctly or there was an error in the test? Or does anybody know what other condition these symptoms could be? I really need to figure something out because I have two kids and am going to school full time, I am supposed to start the nursing program in January, but my grades are slipping because I’m always tired, it’s so hard for me to wake up in the morning, and even harder for me to stay awake throughout the day. And I just have no motivation to do anything, it’s very difficult for me to concentrate and study.

    Somebody please help :(

    • ANSWER:
      what dr ordered your tests and looked at the results? if it was just your regular dr they are not very knowledgeable about thyroid conditions. and many times results that seem “ok” to them are really anything but ok.

      you should go see an endocrinologist cuz they specialize in thyroid conditions.

      what your dr considers to be normal is absolutely not what an endocrinologist thinks is normal.

      i can pretty much guarantee that you do have hypothyroidism and you just need to go to the correct dr for the diagnosis.

  13. QUESTION:
    Is it possible that I have hypothyroidism?
    I’m 18-years-old and over the past year I started experiencing a lot of changes with my body. I ignored most at first, but it seems lately that it’s getting worst.

    I started to gain weight last fall. It wasn’t a lot of weight (I went from 133lb to 147lb in only a couple of months). It was very frustrating because my diet and lifestyle was exactly the same, and yet I was gaining weight. I started watching what I eat and stopped drinking pop and eating fast food. Despite changing my diet, it was exceedingly hard for me to lose the weight. I’m still around 145, and I eat healthier than I’ve ever eaten.

    I started feeling very tired a lot too, regardless of how much sleep I got. I felt drained and depressed all the time, not wanting to do anything but lie in bed.

    Near the end of spring my hair started to change. It looked more and more damaged every day. Yes, I style it a lot, but I’ve done that for years and it’s never had the brittle texture that it has now. I was suddenly getting split ends like nobody’s business. I cut seven inches of it off a month and a half ago in hopes it would look healthier, but it already looks dry and fried.

    I moisturize every single day, but my skin gets extremely dry (to the point of peeling) anyway. My hands and feet always feel numb they’re so cold lately, even when I’m somewhere warm. I’ve always had a very regular menstrual cycle, but the last few months it’s been all over the place. I haven’t had my period since September 9th. I’ve also been extremely constipated and bloated on and off, and I’ve had very frequent urges to use the bathroom (going anywhere from four to eight times a day).

    Hypothyroidism is very common on my mom’s side of our family, and I fear that I may have it as well. Is anyone familiar with the signs of hypothyroidism? Could these be symptoms of something else?

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism/hypopituitarism? Possible?
    I have had a couple of abnormal symptoms that have progressed since Fall of 2005 (possibly earlier). I’ve had muscle weakness, constipation(even with normal feces), and the BIG THREE: increased hunger(I eat like once every four hours and almost starve on a full meal for a 7 hour fast), increased urination (bout 14 times a day), and dry dry skin which, now what looks like acne is building up all over my skin everywhere. =(.
    Now I got all this junk but I wasn’t totally aware of each one until I noticed most people urinate like 5 times a day. My doctor suspected diabetes mellitis at first, but a blood test showed that I was negative for diabetes. I have been consulted to a urologist and I have yet to go since my parent’s Medicaid is dead for a while. =(. Guess I’ll have a hard time in soccer season Senior year =(. Unless I get help of course =/.

    • ANSWER:
      You’re probably right about the (primary) hypothyroidism ..Secondary, or pituitary hypothyroidism is possible, but is quite rare….Get a TSH.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is it possible I have hypothyroidism?
    I have a friend whose sister has it, and I am beginning to think I could possibly have it. here are my symptoms

    Regardless of the fact I run cross country seven days a week, I have gained about eleven pounds in the last couple of months. I used to lose weight pretty easily with diet and exercise alone, now it’s practically impossible for me to lose any weight at all, I just keep gaining weight. I haven’t had a period since febuary, i’m always, ALWAYS tired, even if I got a good night’s sleep. I seem to be always achey and sore, which I used to blame cross country for, but now seeing as that’s one of the symptoms, and none of the other girls on the team are sore ever, I’m not so sure. I’ve had constipation recently and have been having to take metimucil a couple times a week.

    I’m not trying to be over dramatic, I just want to know why I can’t seem to lose any weight… even though I run thirty miles a week and eat healthy.

    what do you guys think?

    • ANSWER:
      Paying close attention to your weight is smart. Experiencing unexplained weight loss or weight gain in your case, is a symptom of thyroid disease. Also, if you are having problems with depression or anxiety, that may be out of the ordinary for you. These symptoms go hand in hand with thyroid disease. Although they may be a sign of other problems, they still may be a symptom. Check for brittle nails, and dry skin and hair during your grooming routine. These are also symptoms.
      Having irritable bowel syndrome or constipation are both potential symptoms. And yes..menstrual problems can be a sign many women don’t know that some of the problems that they are having with their cycle, may be related to an underlying thyroid disorder.

      Also, if fatigue, weakness or lack of motivation is out of the ordinary for you, that a sign, so adding it all up, it definitely sounds like you could have thyroid disease. It’s best to seek a dr. to be certain and to get proper treatment. Your body is obviously telling you something. Again, best to make a doctors appointment asap.

  16. QUESTION:
    How acurate is the test for hypothyroidism?
    It is quite common for women in my family to suffer from hypothyroidism, I often get tested but each time it comes back as negative.

    I gained something like 30 lbs in the last year or so, I’m often tired, and depressed (even when I sleep 8-10 hours), I have muscle cramps, joint pain, and an irregular menstrual cycle. All of which are symptoms of hypothyroidism…not to mention that I feel like I’m getting dummer and dummer…

    the month of May has been really stressful, but I’ve been feeling weak since june 2008.

    Could it be possible to have hypothyroidism but not know it because the tests are not 100% reliable?

    • ANSWER:
      in this day & age, it would be very unlikely that “the tests” would miss hypothyroidism. A TSH is very sensitive & will pick up all but secondary hypothyroidism (where the pituitary gland ails, which is very rare.) even in secondary hypothyroidism, the T3 & T4 levels will be low since the TSH is low.

      tell your doctor your symptoms; let her make the real diagnosis. I agree with the other writer that these symptoms can be caused by other problems.

  17. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism symptoms, normal tsh?
    I am 20 years old and have dealt with hypothryoid-type symptoms for the past 3 years. Symptoms started appearing about a 6 months to a year after a series a very bad nose bleeds so I’ve always felt that my problems stemmed from these nose bleeds. My symptoms include imparied cognitive ability (concentration/focus/memory/foggyness), dry skin, sensitive to cold weather, inability to gain weight/muscle mass, brittle hair, heart palpatations, sensitivity to light, and knee/joint pain (diagnosed tendonosis), and some other symptoms. Over the past six months, I have tried to figure out what is wrong with me because originally I didn’t percieve these symptoms as a problems. When I told the doctor about my symptoms, particularly the cognitive issues, he recommended I got so a psychologists for ADHD analysis.
    Well, since then I haven’t bothered with my GP because of frustration and have had several blood tests to hopes of finding something. Initially, I didn’t suspect or know about hypothryoidism. I’ve had my tesosterone and IGF levels checked and both came back normal, although testosterone was alittle low. Lately, after looking at possible underlying causes of dementia, I’ve read about hypothryoidism and can really relate to most if not all of the symptoms I read about. However, my TSH has been checked with all of my other blood work because I assume it is protocol these days. It came back at 1.5 which seems to be optimal. There is, however, other descrepancies in my blood work. My Neutrophil % is low, Lympocyte % high, low HDL (24, 19, 30, respectivley) and a high bilirubin count which my doctor called Gilbert Syndrome.

    Should I get my free t3 and free t4 levels checked or is TSH pretty realiable for diagnosing hypothryroidism? Any suggestions are appreciated…

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you should have the T3, Free T3, T4, Free T4 tests done. Sometimes a thyroid problem can still occur even in spite of a normal TSH level.

      I would recommend getting an opinion from a hormone specialist called an endocrinologist as well to see what they think could be going on.

  18. QUESTION:
    is it common for a teenager to have hypothyroidism?
    is it possible? i’ve been looking over symptoms and things like that and i have most of them. I’ve been looking for an answer to my symptoms for a while but i havent come across anything that sums them all up like this?

    • ANSWER:
      well its not super common but it does happen. and yeah its def possible. go to your doctor, tell them your symptoms and ask to be tested for it. then if you do have it don’t just let your regular doctor treat you be sure you go to an endocrinologist since they specialize in it. you will be alot better off then having your regular doctor treat you.

  19. QUESTION:
    Help! Could you help me identify if this is hypothyroidism?
    Hello Everyone. I’ve been having a problem for the last few years, and I’m finally going to be going to a doctor now, but I wanted to make sure I had enough of the symptoms of hypothyroidism to go to a specialist. My mother suffers from hypothyroidism and she is on medication. Today I was telling her how I’ve been feeling for a long time now, and she told me those were what her symptoms were too! Constant exhaustion, even if I slept 10+ hours, all I can think about is going back to bed. Lack of focus, motivation/drive, and energy. Depressed for no real reason. And over the last 1.5-2 years I’ve gained weight, although I’ve become even more active and have been watching my diet. I’ve been in shape all my life, and it’s been really hard the last year + because I should be about 15-20 pounds lighter, and I can’t lose it. I am turning 23 in a month.. is it possible for me to have hypothyroidism? Thanks so much..

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds very possible and I see your mom has it so you’re more likely to have it.. You get a simple blood test and they will let you know and give you meds so you can get back on track.

  20. QUESTION:
    How likely is it I have hypothyroidism?
    Here are my symptoms.
    Extreme sensitivity to cold
    loss of hair
    dandruff
    weight gain
    depression
    fatigue…tired all day….sleep as much as possible
    dry hair
    memory problems
    constipation
    Please tell me if this sounds like all my issues can be summed up in one little problem. I have been doing everything I can to lose weight and in the last four months I gained weight. I am so irritated and frustrated. I cry alot over it. Please help me.

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    Can an under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism) cause low body weight or weight loss?
    My doctor suggested I go to an endocrinologist because I was complaining about bad sleep, low mood, and a severe lack of energy. I feel tired nearly all the time. The endocrinologist said that these are signs of underactive thyroid. He did a test and said that my thyroid hormone level was just on the low end of the normal range. It might be a problem or it might not. He suggested I try a low dose of thyroid hormone pill for 6 weeks. He didn’t feel certain that it was a thyroid problem, so I’m a little wary of trying the medication. Most of my symptoms fit hypothyroidism except for one: I have a very low body weight, even though I eat well. hypothyroidism usually causes weight gain, not loss. Is it at all possible that I can have a low body weight, fatigue, and low mood because of an under active thyroid? The conditions seem to clash a bit.

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    I think I have hypothyroidism and it is getting worse?
    I’m not going to go into details about the symptoms. I went to the doctor around 4 or 5 months ago because I felt terrible. I had my mom request a blood test and they found my TSH was high. My doctor sent me to an endocrinologist. She did some blood work and everything was fine except I had antibodies attacking my thyroid. She was going to do nothing! I went back to the doctor and he said my thyroid was a little enlarged on one side. Well I went back to the endocrinologist and she put me on Levothyroxine and then Synthroid. I had to stop taking them because I had problems while taking it. Well about a month ago I went to the Emergency Room. They checked my blood and said my thyroid levels were fine. I was like how is that possible? Can you have Hypothyroidism and it be doing like mine is doing? I mean I have antibodies attacking my thyroid right now shouldn’t something be done? The endocrinologist mentioned surgery but..I want that as a last resort. Any advice or something I can do? I am feeling pretty bad and my mom is sick of taking me to the doctor. She is actually beginning to wonder if it is all in my head. Which it is not. Thanks for your help. :)

    • ANSWER:
      Hello. Your thyroid levels change constantly. They go up and down, and from morning to night, and day to day, they can change a lot. I’ve had thyroid disease for 3 years, and my levels have never been the same once. They change all the time. If you have thyroid disease, you need to be on medication, or it will get a lot worse ( and you will start to feel worse over time ). It’s really not something to ignore. If Synthroid made you sick, there are other medications you can try. Do research on the internet, and educate yourself thyroid disease. also, make sure you let your mom know how serious this is. Sounds to me like she isn’t taking this seriously, and she should be. It can do a lot of damage to your body if left untreated. If the doctors you are going to are not helping you, find a new one. I had to go through quite a few doctors before i found a good one. Some doctors have no clue how to properly treat a thyroid problem. I wish you the best, and i hope you feel better soon. Take care.

  23. QUESTION:
    Can you have hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s or other thyroid dysfunction without weight gain/obesity?
    If by some miracle there’s a health professional who knows the answer to this question, I’ll be forever grateful.

    I experience a lot of symptoms of hypothyroidism but I’m not obese and there’s no indication of abnormal thyroid levels on any of the blood tests I’ve taken. And I’ve retaken them at different times too to try to catch any variations or cycles of my thyroid levels. Is it still possible for me to have thyroid dysfunction? It may run in my family.

    My endocrinologists and general practitioner can’t seem to figure out anything to help me. They basically ran out of ideas right away and are no help at all. I’m stuck trying to find out what’s wrong with me on my own!

    • ANSWER:
      If a person has hypothyroidism and is taking thyroxine they should not put on weight. If that person was to overeat they would put on weight.

      I have hypothyroidism and do not put on weight. I have on 3 occasions over the past 16 years suddenly lost 5 – 7 kg very quickly within 3 days to a week. I then eventually returned to my normal weight. Nurse.

  24. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to take a kelp supplement if I have hypothyroidism, or will it make it worse?

    http://www.swissherbal.ca/en/productinfo.aspx?id=138

    it’s only 650mg, 520mcg of Iodine

    I know iodine deficiency hypothyroidism is uncommon since iodine is added to salt, but I avoid salt as much as possible because it makes me really bloated (even small amounts)

    I never have any energy and I have almost all the symptoms of hypothyroidism. I take multivitamins with iron so it’s not from anemia or a B12 deficiency. I had blood work done but it wasn’t even detailed (it was only for TSH, not T3 or T4) so my doctor says I don’t have hypothyroidism. He’s the type of doctor who rushes you in and out and doesn’t really seem to care about his patients. I just want to try this out and see if it helps.

    • ANSWER:
      Besides iodized salt, foods containing iodine are:

      mcg of iodine per 100 grams of food
      Seafood – 66
      Vegetables – 32
      Meat – 26
      Eggs – 26
      Dairy products – 13
      Bread and cereals – 10
      Fruits – 4

      RDA of iodine is 150mcg per day. If you take too much iodine you may cause a thyroid imbalance or worsen hypothyroidism. TSH over 2.0mU/L is in the early stages of hypothyroidism but this still isn’t the be all and end all of thyroid tests. You really need to ask for a full thyroid panel to check your free T3, free T4 and antibodies. Most important nutrients for a healthy thyroid function are iodine..RDA is 150mcg, selenium RDA is 50mcg but thyroid experts are stating around 100 – 150mcg, selenium is essential for conversion of T4 storage hormone into T3 active thyroid hormone in the liver (1 brazil nut contains approx 50mcg of selenium), 10mg zinc and vitamin D..new recommended levels from vitamin D specialists is 5000IU a day.

      Tests recommended:

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork/

  25. QUESTION:
    HyPERthyroid or HyPOthyroid?
    My doctor did some blood tests and it turns out I have hyperthyroidism. But most of the symptoms I’m showing are hyPOthyroidism (I have an appointment with an endocrinologist soon). I’m a female.

    Here are my symptoms:
    Irritable, depressed, anxiety, moody
    TIRED all of the time
    Constipation
    NO sex drive (this is very abnormal for me, and it sucks)
    Feeling cold more often

    These are the only symptoms I’ve noticed.

    So which is it?? HyPOthyroid or HyPER? Is it possible to have symptoms of both?

    • ANSWER:
      i have antibodies to both graves and hashimoto’s. i received remission with medication, for the graves’ disease, but i had a mix of symptoms such as anxiety, anger, hunger, muscle loss, memory loss, etc., and i was tired bc my heart rate was so fast that i couldn’t sleep. i’d get over heated even in the winter. be careful about vitamin/mineral deficiencies.

      but, if it is hyper, try the meds and not RAI. my doctor insisted i have the RAI, but i refused bc of recent research on this. now i’m in remission. elaine moore’s website has so much info about thyroid disease and she can respond to your questions. hope you do well.

  26. QUESTION:
    Borderline Personality Disorder and Hypothyroidism?
    I’m 18 and was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism about a month and a half ago. Before and after I was given medication, I was noticing all of my psychological issues I’ve been having for several years–and just so happen to have gotten worse when I was experiencing the symptoms of the thyroid disease. After being on the medication, some of my symptoms have gotten better, but I’m still having these fears of abandonment, have mood changes from crying to being perfectly fine during the day, have impulses for drugs and alcohol, have impulses to self-injure myself, and overall have a had time managing any type of relationship.

    Is it possible that I have it? I was thinking about seeing my doctor when I go home from college in the summer to see, because I don’t feel normal half the time. Is it caused by my hypothyroidism? Or is it just symptoms of my hypothyroidism?

    • ANSWER:
      WEll, you are doing well thinking all this through, and I think you are on the right track. Hypothyroidism can cause all kinds of problems in how one feels and thinks, as well. On top of that you have hormones and growth issues. That is why I would ,and any good therapist or doctor would not just jump to label you something as serious as ‘borderline’.
      You need to ask them to evaluate you well, and see how it comes out. If it were me, since i am really skeptical of any doctors and therapist that label people ‘borderline’, then I would ask them before you agree to be evaluated and spill your guts, exactly if they use that category in their practice, and if and how they would treat it, or if they think it is treatable, and ask them all kinds of questions on their views of feeling self injury, impulse control issues and the like.
      I think that this sounds like all things that could be thyoid, hromone related, for the most part.
      The frontal lobes that contrl impulses, does not fully develope until one is at least 25, so that is a factor here also, and another reason to hold off on such a heavey diagnosis.
      So, what i am saying it is all important for you to research each therapist /doctor you are interested in seeing, find out what their perspective and treatment modality is, and keep looking until you find one you think is right one and can help you. Otherswise it is a waste of time and money, and you could be put on meds that don’t rreally help you.
      I think you should call a compoupnding pharmacy and ask them waht doctors in your area will test, and know how to treat hormones, that is a big issue with hypothyroid, since most doctos have a ‘protocol’ on how to deal with it, and will tell the patient that the rest is ‘mental’ , which sounds like what happened to you already, adn that is just WRONG and inaccurate. There are many thyroid people who go through these issues.
      Here , thyroid.about.com that is about the best site for thyroid there is. Also, stopthethyroidmadness.com (org?) and elainemoore.com
      So , get more info and find the right people to help you.
      feelingfff.com thecanaryclub.org and thehallcenter.com could help you also.

  27. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism – Common for young men?
    For the last two years I have been progressively feeling worse, and I have spent many hours online looking for a possible problem that had all of my symptoms in it, and as soon as I found this hypothyroidism it just seems to be it, which might also relate to all of my throat problems I’ve been having.

    I’m going in here soon to get a blood work, but should I expect this to be the problem if theres no history of it in or family and I’m only 21, and male?

    What causes this sort of thing, I made a huge diat mistake where I ate about 1/4 of the calories I needed for over a year, will this permantly cause all this?

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroidism is very rare in young men, but it does happen.

      You’re doing the right thing in getting the blood test. Optimally, your TSH should be between 1 and 2 – anything else may be in the “normal range” but isn’t ideal.

      If you’ve been starving yourself though, there may be other health issues.

  28. QUESTION:
    I don’t know what to do or how to face this…?
    I am sixteen years old. I’ve noticed that lately I’ve been acting different. I’m cold all the time, shaking, gaining weight when I’m desperately trying to maintain a healthy one, constipated or having diarrhea when I’m not, depressed, tired and weary but I can’t get to sleep, sometimes I feel anxious to move even though I feel exhausted, my hair is thinning and falling out, I’m having panic attacks, I’m moody, and no matter how much lotion I use, my skin is dry and scaly like snake’s skin. I looked up these symptoms and I might have a possible thyroid disease. To me it sounds like hypothyroidism. As it turns out, my family has a history of thyroid disease, and several of my cousins have had to have their thyroid removed in the past few years or are awaiting surgery. Last year I asked my mother to take me to get checked out for possible problems. The results claimed that I could get it because of my history, but not right now. It’s been over a year and my symptoms are increasing and getting more serious. I’m having a hard time getting good grades in school now, and that too is an apparent sign of something being wrong. I’m afraid to ask my mom to get me tested again, just incase the results are exactly like they were last time. If I’m wrong, is their anything else that could be wrong with me? I don’t do drugs, I’m allergic to smoke and nicotine, and I wouldn’t touch any alcoholic beverage to save my life. My sources for symptoms are below if you wish to look over them. Please help me, I’m scared.

    http://health.yahoo.com/hormone-symptoms/hypothyroidism-symptoms/healthwise–aa34887.html

    http://thyroid.about.com/cs/basics_starthere/a/hyperchecklist.htm

    http://thyroid.about.com/cs/basics_starthere/a/symptoms.htm

    http://thyroid.about.com/cs/basics_starthere/a/hypochecklist.htm

    Thank you so much for your answers!
    Bless you!

    • ANSWER:
      Been there, done that, my dear.
      Take your temperature. If it is 98.2 or below, with the symptoms you’ve listed, you are very lkely hypOthyroid.

      Thyroid issues are not genetic, they are usualy due to iodine deficiency. http:/www.iodine4health.com

      If you want to learn everything you can abot thyroid issues, including ADRENALS (which it appears your have a problem with), please go to this website and read read read:

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com

      It also has an area that gives suggestions on how to find a good doctor. And from personal, and very extensive experience, I can not in good faith recommend an Endo (endocrinologist) because they really don’t seem to know anything other than how to give dangerous drugs and/or cuts things out of you.

      For your family members that are thyroidless, ther is an excellent group on Yahoo called “thyroidless”:

      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/thyroidless

      And for what it’s worth, any human being that no longer has a thyroid gland should absolutely be taking natural thyroid and have their adrenals properly tested/treated. Synthetic T3 and synthetic T3 thyroid drugs are absolutely inadequate for thyroidless people and only keep them sick.

      I hope this helps

  29. QUESTION:
    Hashimoto’s and normal tsh levels? Possible to feel hypo?
    Any tips from others dealing with this would be greatly appreciated and would make me feel like I’m not crazy. :)
    I had doctors telling me my thyroid gland felt enlarged since January 2010,they’d test my tsh and everything was normal. Finally this May a different doctor ordered an ultrasound of my thyroid gland, radiologist and my doctor agreed it is “mildly enlarged”, they also found that 2 of my parathyroid glands are also enlarged. I was sent to an endocrinologist late May and she ordered a load of labs, parathyroid function, kidney function,tsh, metabolic panel, vitamin d and tested for thyroid antibodies.My tsh was .93 (late may), my last tsh was this january and was 1.9. I tested positive for thyroid antibodies and my level was 69, my vitamin d is also low and is the supposed reason for my parathyroid glands being enlarged,am now taking 1000 units of vitamin d daily now.
    At my initial appt. with my endo she talked to me mainly about hyperthyroidism because of they way my level dropped, I told her I have none of those symptoms. She called me at work to tell me I have Hashimoto’s and low vit d levels, take vitamin d daily and she will recheck my tsh and vit d in 6 months. She had no time to answer any questions and said absolutely no to any medication.. so I did my own research. I have just about every symptom of HYPOthyroidism and have had them for years. My mother had hashimotos and no longer has a thyroid gland, almost every one of her siblings is hypo and a few are hyper (there are 9 total). I called her back w/my concerns and still said absolutely no to treating it.
    I’ve had pain in the joints of my fingers x 3 years
    pain/swelling in my knees x 8-9 yrs (i do not have lymes or arthritis, mri and xray done on my knees show nothing wrong at all) I’ve seen orthopedic doctors for this.
    my muscles ache all the time in all sorts of places, legs,arms, back.
    my skin is very dry and seems to be bad yr round, am now using a prescription scalp solution for my horribly dry scalp that seemed to come out of no where 2 yrs ago.
    I cannot get pregnant again (5 yrs of trying-finally gave up and decided it was’nt meant to be), i missed 2 days of birth control 9 yrs ago and got pregnant instantly.
    I could sleep all day if I did’nt have a life, I am tired all the time and feel like I’m in a fog. I have been on 3 antidepressants (over 5 yrs) the doctors threw at me and nothing really worked so I just stopped them.
    I used to be someone who never really got nervous or scared about things..over the past few yrs I have anxiety over many stupid little things that shouldnt bother me,even meeting w/friends for dinner and sometimes break out in hives on my chest and back when my anxiety is bad.
    my weight fluctuates every couple months w/ no change in diet. I gain about 10 lbs and a month or so later I lose that plus maybe some more. (i am not a large person, so this usually goes unnoticed by most people)
    I have and have had bad menorrhagia for many yrs. but usually don’t get anything to stop the bleeding because I have a clotting disorder already and extra hormones puts me at higher risk for a clot.
    the list goes on…
    If my tsh was only .93 in May, why do I feel like someone with hypothyroidism? Maybe it’s just coincidence? I have a very slim neck and my enlarged thyroid is a tiny bit noticeable (by my endo and now me since she showed me) Why is this a “wait and see” disease? Why would they allow your thyroid gland to get bigger? It does’nt make sense.I would rather feel hyper than hypo any day, I have felt like crap for way too long.
    (fyi- i am 28 yrs old..going on 80) I have an appt with a new endo on Thursday but he works alongside with the last one I saw so I’m guessing he wont be of any help either and just a waste of another copay.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh my goodness, the TSH test as the only thyroid test, and no treatment? ugh
      This is NOT a wait-and-see disease. The thyroid is one of the most
      important glands in the body. It regulates the entire metabolism, and when
      the thyroid is not functioning properly it can affect everything from
      adrenals, sex hormones, bones, circulation, hair, and weight, to energy,
      mental acuity, eyesight, and so on…

      Here is an article that might help you find a better doctor:

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/how-to-find-a-good-doc

      Here is the Hashimotos article:

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/hashimotos

      Lots of great thyroid treatment info:

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/things-we-have-learned/

      Recommended tests:

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork/

      What the test results mean:

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/lab-values/

      There are a couple of thyroid groups that I think will benefit you:

      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Naturalthyroidhormones/

      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/thyroidless (co-mod has Hashis)

      I sincerely hope this info helps you.

  30. QUESTION:
    Going From Hyperthyroidism to Hypothyroidism?
    After doing some research, I think that I might have had hyperthyroidism that is now hypothyroidism.

    Originally, I could eat very unhealthy foods in massive quantities without gaining anything. Weightloss was very easy and effortless, it was like if I thought about it I could lose 5 lbs a week without even trying. I had sever panic attacks, I had excessive sweat, I was often nervous/restless, and I had the symptoms of ibs. This lasted from the from about the ages of 17-19.

    When I was about 20, I suddenly gained about 20 lbs in about 4 months. My eating habits hadn’t changed, and the amount I exercised had actually increased. I started eating much healthier, but still I kept gaining. I had extremely cold hands/feet, was very exhausted/lethargic, constipation, my face took on a puffy appearance, and generally moodiness. After I had gained about 30 lbs in 6 months, I got worried and started really watching my diet and did intensive workouts for about 10 hrs a week. I still kept gaining. A year later, I have gained a total of 50 lbs, even with diet and exercise.

    First, is it possible to have hyperthyroidism turn in to hypothyroidism? Or is all of this just a coincidence?

    • ANSWER:
      actually, you went from hypothyroidism to hyperthyroidism. its a common misprint in the magazine and online articles about these things.
      Hypothyroidism makes you lose weight like nothing. (i have it) and hyperthyroidism makes you gain weight and struggle to take it off and keep it that way. It is possible, in fact with your age group i think thats exactly what happened. when you left your teens you matured and your metabolism slowed and other body processes started to slow as well, except your thyroid it went into overdrive sending a lot of those little thyroid hormones everywhere, your metabolism shot-puts and weight flies on as if your bodies getting revenge for all the weight loss before.
      my grandma did the switch when she made it through menopause.
      my moms thyroid completly died on her.
      and im 15 with hypothyroidism. i was confused when they told me i had it five years ago cuz i couldnt keep the weight on and thats when they told me of the misprint in just about every type of article with these diseases.
      hope i helped though if your not on medication for this i strongly suggest seeing an endocrinologist to get the tests.
      take the test multiple times because my test came back with a false-negative for 8 years. :(
      good luck. :D

  31. QUESTION:
    Could this be a possible PCOS diagnoses?
    To start off the back I have been ttc for two years, three years ago I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and to date my levels are normal. But now I am battling with the possible diagnoses of PCOS. I got some classic symptoms acne and hiritisum (on my face and little on my stomach). I don’t have any skin tags, and not really displaying any male attributes (aside from the excess hair) My voice hasnt deepened, my muscle tone is the same, I am developed. I got an ultra sound done and my ovaries werent enlarged and the technician didn’t see no cysts. (I never have any pain in my ovaries either) My periods used to be regular, but this last cycle I got some spotting and a light period. Could this still be PCOS or could there be another diagnoses to explain all this.

    • ANSWER:
      No that is not polycystic ovaries. The technician at the hospital would have needed to see cysts on your ovaries and blood work would have been done to confirm how bad the hormone problems are. Also your ovaries absolutely would be enlarged.

      Your last cycle wouldnt confirm that anything is wrong either, everyone has a really light period now and again or a really heavy one which is not normal for them but it happens. I think you need to carry on seeing your dr for some sort of diagnosis into why you have not been able to conceive and forget about having PCOS because going by your symptoms that is just not the case.

      I have PCOS, I am not over weight, I do not have acne, I do not have excess hair, or the majority of the other symptoms but I have fertility problems and large swollen ovaries covered in cysts.

      Also the lack of menstrual periods is one of the major side affects of PCOS and very irregular cycles is a sign of PCO.

      Best of Luck

      Chic

      XXX

  32. QUESTION:
    Could this be a possible PCOS diagnoses? Serious answers please?
    To start off the back I have been ttc for two years, three years ago I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and to date my levels are normal. But now I am battling with the possible diagnoses of PCOS. I got some classic symptoms acne and hiritisum (on my face and little on my stomach). I don’t have any skin tags, and not really displaying any male attributes (aside from the excess hair) My voice hasnt deepened, my muscle tone is the same, I am developed. I got an ultra sound done and my ovaries werent enlarged and the technician didn’t see no cysts. (I never have any pain in my ovaries either) My periods used to be regular, but this last cycle I got some spotting and a light period. Could this still be PCOS or could there be another diagnoses to explain all this.
    thanks for your thought ful answer. Some past experience is always appreciated.
    thanks for your thought ful answer. Some past experience is always appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I have very light PCOS, I only have a few symptoms as well.
      -Pear shaped(ish)
      -Hard to loose weight
      -excess hair
      My doctor didn’t think I did as in tests I kept getting a negative.

      I was put on a low dose of Metformin as it has no negative side effects. *And I am a persistent little bugger as PCOS runs in my family* I had been having unprotected sex with my husband for a yr and a half and I had not conceived. 3 Months after starting metformin I conceived, I am now 12weeks and 1 day along with our first, and now have a positive diagnoses, even though my tests still say negative.

      I hope this helps, I personally think it could be as it is a silent epidemic and PCOS is one of those things that effects everyone differently.

  33. QUESTION:
    Undiagnosed. Going to see doctor, symptoms.?
    I’ve been sick for awhile now, and no one can figure it out, I’m going to see an endocrinologist and obgyn. I was wondering if anyone might have an idea.

    Here is my symptoms. and medical history.

    Symptoms:

    1.More thirst than normal for the past 2-3 months.
    2.Brittle nails.
    3.Heavy hair loss.
    4.Unexplained weight gain about ten pounds.
    5.Extreme bloating and digestive issues.
    6.No weight loss with restricted eating and moderate to heavy exercise regime.
    7.Fatigue.
    8.More tearful than normal.
    9.Heavy periods until on pill. (was having two a month)
    10.Fatigue and weakness after eating along with extreme bloating.
    11.Sleep disturbances.
    12.Extreme feeling of coldness, intolerance to cold.
    13.Bruises easily.
    14.Wounds slow to heal.
    15.Moderate muscle aches.
    16.Chronic headache.
    17.Swelling in legs and calves, legs aches, dead feeling.
    18.All weight in stomach. Face, arms, legs and hands are thin.
    19.Severe back aches when riding in car for more than 30min.
    20.Easily tires after simple chores such as shopping.
    21.When stops cardio for more than a day, thighs accumulate water/become puffy and enlarged.

    •Last December, collapsed at work and was found to have had hemoglobin of 5.4 when sent to St. John hospital. Had a blood transfusion and two iron transfusions. Hemoglobin rose and then dropped after periods, was given more iron transfusions (about 4) and then was put on high does birth control pill to take every day to completely stop periods. No transfusions since birth control pill regime. No one has ever found the reason why my hemoglobin dropped in the first place.

    Existing medical problems:
    Suffered from Anorexia sophomore year when I started diet to lose weight due to being overweight. (6’1” and 227lbs and went to 125lbs within a year) Had regained weight and was a stable 145.
    Severe Anemia.
    Possible fibromyalgia, seeing doctor.
    Depression and Anxiety.
    Hypothyroidism, taking synthriod.
    POTS. (Blood rushes to legs when standing or sitting for too long, been prescribed support stockings)

    Prescriptions:
    Necon 1/50
    Leveythroxine (synthriod) 50 mg.
    Dabbled with diet pills, and some mild diuretics in past.
    Flintstone vitamins.
    Been prescribed miralax and colace regime for chronic constipation.

    I’m just wanting some ideas and possible information to better communicate with my doctors.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like hypothyroidism. They may have to adjust your medication again.

  34. QUESTION:
    Why am I gaining so much weight?
    I am now 40 years old and am gaining weight…too much weight in my opinion. In the last two years, I have gained over 30 pounds…7 pound in the last month! My activity level and eating habits have not changed. In fact, in the last month that I have gained the 7lbs, I have been eating more fruit and veggies and drinking more water. I have a family history of hypothyroidism, but when I go in for testing, all my tests come back normal. I have all the classic symptoms of hypothyroidism too: fatigue, weight gain, etc. I have a tough time believing that my weight gain over the last few years is just age related weight gain. Is it still possible that I have hypothyroidism even if my levels are considered within exceptable range? Is this “range’ based on insurance costs?

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    PCOS, Hypothyroidism, and Cushings?
    I’ve been in and out of doctor’s offices for the past couple weeks. I just got some lab results back and my doctor confirmed that I had both PCOS and Hypothyroidism. Now I’m going in for a CT Scan on Friday and am doing a 24 urine test for Cortisol levels. Is there a possibility to have both PCOS and Cushings, or is it a false diagnosis.

    My symptoms:
    - Obesity and fluctuating weights with a VERY hard time losing it.
    - Excess Hair (facial, chest, abdomen, and thighs)
    - “Buffalo Hump”
    - Sleep Irregularities
    - Amenorrhea
    - Anxiety
    - High cholesterol.

    I don’t have a growth problem, high blood pressure, and various other symptoms. I have basically all of the symptoms of PCOS, and a lot of the Cushings. Is it possible to have all three?

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a condition/disease that can cause hypothyroidism, gullstones …..?
    I have been doing alot of research lately on a few conditions i have developed. When i was about 17 i was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. The Dr. that diagnosed me said at the time i was so underactive my thyroid was about to shut down. I have bee on synthroid to manage this disease. Early this year i was diagnosed with a gullstone. I had been having attacks for years before this unknown to the cause. Frequency of attacks lead to the diagnosis. Recently while talking with my mother she informed me that around the age of 10 i had blood drawn and “spun”. The Dr. at the time told her that the fat content in my blood was far to high. I do not have High cholesterol or high blood pressure.

    My worry is that i developed all of these symptoms at an early age. I am only 23. Does anyone know of a possible disease or condition that could tie all of these other symptoms together?

    Im going crazy trying to figure it out! Does anyone know where else i could look?

    • ANSWER:

  37. 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.

  38. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism information?
    So I began doing a little research on hypothyroidism and I wanted to be sure of a couple things, because I’m considering getting tested for it but it depends on if you think my symptoms match or not. It would be more helpful if the answer came from a doctor or someone being able to relate to this somehow.

    I’m 14 years old, if that really affects it.
    My grandmother was diagnosed with hypothyroidism after finally getting tested at about 60, but died months later because of the extra weight she put on.
    My mom considered having hyperthyroidism for she lost so much weight to where she was down to 104 lbs at 5’1″ but didn’t make any changes to her diet or exercise routine, but after getting tested, she learned she didn’t actually have it.
    So if its possible for me to have a better chance of having either problem because my parents and grandparents went through having a thyroid problem, that would be great to know.

    I also would say that I have weight I can’t seem to get rid of…I’m 138 lbs average and 5’5″ tall, and I carry around a pretty chubby body which I can’t stand at all. Just 7 or 8 months ago, I became a vegetarian due to several reasons including the hope of loosing weight, I ride the exercise bike for 60 minutes at least 3 times a week and play the Biggest Loser game for the wii at least once a week. I eat around 500-900 calories a day (I restricted them because I just couldn’t make any changes with eating about 1600 a day) which includes microwaved vegetables my dad buys with soysauce, little dinners he also buys from Kashi and Healthy Choice and stuff, veggie burgers from morningstar, wheat bread toasted and peanut butter, fruit such as bananas, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, blueberries, and oranges. I drink Silk original light with my coffee, but for lent I gave up coffee so I’m switching to green tea. The only junk food I’ll usually eat would be french fries occasionally, cream cheese, creamer in my drinks or chips once in a while.
    The slightest change or mistake I make brings me up on the scale and its terrifying to have this happen since it’s so hard to get back to where I was at. Being at 134 was a miracle but the next day I somehow shot back up.
    So if this is the weight problem they mention, then thats one of my symptoms.

    I’ll shorten this up and say that I am tired quite a lot, I wake up and have the crawl out of bed and can’t pay attention in school because of I’m tired with terrible dark circles under my eyes, my periods are abnormal since I normally begin at the very start of the month and I just got mine two days ago, and this happens quite a bit in the year. As far as cold sensitivity goes, I get cold easily, and I can’t work if I’m cold. i don’t get stuff or turn blue, it just bothers me, but it probably bothers everyone.

    If I should get tested for this, please let me know, I’d rather not get stuck with a needle for nothing haha. I’ll also answer anything else if it comes up…

    • ANSWER:
      Signs, symptoms & indicators of Hyperthyroidism: Rapid pulse rate

      Counter-indicators:
      Slowed/normal pulse rate

      Low TSH
      High T3 free level
      Elevated free T4
      Elevated DHEA level

      Women with primary hyperthyroidism have elevated DHEA-S levels.

      Counter-indicators:
      (Mildly) elevated TSH or normal TSH

      (Very) frequent stools or normal stool frequency
      Having loose/having very watery stools

      Counter-indicators:
      Having hard stools
      (Very/tendency to) infrequent stools

      Heart racing/palpitations

      Poor tolerance of heat

      Counter-indicators:
      Good tolerance of heat

      Strong appetite

      Fatigue on light exertion

      Bulging eyes
      Vision disturbances
      Irritated eyes

      Counter-indicators:
      Eyes bulge not from hyperthyroidism

      Inner trembling
      (Occasional) daytime sweating
      Cold spells

      Counter-indicators:
      Low body temperature

      Inability to work under pressure
      Irritability
      Impatient/hostile disposition

      Trouble concentrating

      Poor muscular strength

      Brittle fingernails

      Thyroid diseases may produce brittle nails or splitting of the nail bed from the nail plate.

      Constant hot flashes or hot flashes between period

      Weak sexual desire

      Excess perspiration

      Unsound sleep
      (Frequent) difficulty falling asleep

      However, I would need to know pattern of your health.
      Our body, just like the universe, has a pattern which evolves through time. Therefore by including the concept of “time” into the diagnosis, we can predict the pattern of our body, like the way we can predict the patterns in the universe. I am a Licensed Acupuncturist who practices what I call “Time Medicine”. For years, I perform my diagnosis by using your gender, birthdate, time of birth, and city and country of birth. I am able to immediately see the pattern, such as the physical appearance, the preference of food, the personality, and most importantly, accurately predict the time of event, and the type of disorder this person has. By understanding the constitution, I am able give my clients awareness as to how to prevent many ailments that may occur in their own pattern.
      So did I answer your question?
      Send a reply with the information of your gender, birthdate, time of birth, and city and country of birth.
      Look forward to conversing with you.

  39. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism and Fast heart rate?
    Last year I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Since then I have been struggling to find the right dosage of medication. I also have developed a really fast heart rate (P.A.T) and chest pain. I went to the ER about 1 month ago and they did x-rays and blood work and said that my heart seemed fine but they were concerned with my heart rate. I was just wondering if anyone else has had these symptoms? I also found out that I had low potassium while I was in the ER. I went to the doctor a few days ago and he wants to test my adrenal glands to see if they are producing too much adrenaline and making my heart fast. Maybe have a possible tumor on my adrenal glands. I am 20 years old and weigh 130 lbs. I have been healthy all my life until now. Does anyone know what could case these symptoms I have?
    Symptoms include
    Chest Pain
    Fast Heart Rate
    Diarrhea
    Dizziness
    Lightheaded
    Tiredness

    I know these isn’t a medical forum and I won’t get professional advice, I was just wondering if anyone has gone through this before and if I should be considering anything else.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you have hit upon the problem already. “I have been struggling to find the right dosage of medication.” You have iatrogenic hyperthyroidism.

  40. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism advice please? And back pains too…?
    Hiya! OK, Am 30 and have recently been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and thyroid antibodies… BUT! Everywhere I’ve looked people have been talking about weight gain… So the first thing is, I’ve had all they usual symptoms for years, tiredness being the main one, dry patches, losing hair, (not in clumps.. just keep finding it everywhere I go!!), I feel the cold even in the middle of summer… I’m moody and I do forget everything.. terrible… But I’ve been like that or the last 6 or 7 years… (Yes I’ve been the docs before and got told to eat healthy, take more vitamins… all the usual when they not sure..) But! I’ve been a size 6 all the way through which is annoying as I’d love to get up to a perfect 10, I’ve never had any weight gain.. is this possible with this illness cos I keep seeing about people being slim then putting on weight… Also, the last 4 or 5 months I have been having terrible back (lower) pains, can this be part of it or just a separate thing and I have back trouble.. Its like a burning pain on lower part of the spine and travelling along my lower back to my sides… Its extremely painful!! Does anyone have any advice on this if you have gone through it yourself… (tabs I’m on are the usual levothyroxin e 50mg…) Thankyou!!!

    • ANSWER:
      See your health care provider as soon as possible. Today we know that hypothyroidism is not a common cause of chronic fatigue alone. There are usually other symptoms of hypothyroidism, including coarse scalp hair, intolerance to cold temperature, constipation, dry skin, hoarseness, muscle cramps, and weight gain and sensitive to cold on your back. This may be a separate entity of your back problems.
      In rare cases, thyroid disease, cancer, polymyositis (inflammation of the muscles), or a condition in older patients called polymyalgia rheumatica (aching in the neck, shoulder, and sometimes hip muscle) may cause arthralgias. If there is no fever, weight loss, or severe fatigue, try home treatment for several weeks or even months before seeing a doctor.
      I hope this helps you. And good luck.

  41. QUESTION:
    Can hypothyroidism slow down your immune system and also make you faint a lot?
    I have pretty much all the symptoms a teenage girl has such has being over weight but eating healthy and work out a lot.I am 14 and im 5,8 and weight 170 pounds, Also i havent grown in at least a year and i am supposed to still be growing because i still have growth plates…. I am supposed get about 6 ft but havent grown in a little over a year. Im cold and always the one wearing a jacket. I have fainted 3 times, 2 very recently. I have a REALLY heavy period and it sometimes doesnt occur for like 2 months later.I also have the worst memory and have ADHD. I get a lot of muscle aches and is very stiff a lot. My have a low under arm temp like 94-96. I also get sick a lot and it says that hypothyroidism can slow down you your body but can it slow down your immune system because I get sick all the time and catch every possible bug that goes around. I am getting blood work done on june 23 and I was just wondering what you think or if you have any previous experince with this and if you think I have it?

    • ANSWER:
      Well low temperature is a sign of hypothyroidism. Common deficiency states with hypothyroidism include – iron, vitamin B12, folate, magnesium, vitamin D, calcium, potassium, sodium, zinc. Some of these deficiency states can also cause your symptoms. Fainting is not a common symptom of hypothyroidism. This can be from deficiency states however such as iron or vitamin B12.

      The most common cause of hypothyroidism is the immune system attacking the thyroid gland – Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. The thyroid gland plays a crucial role in maintaining the body’s defenses. Hormones produced by the thyroid help regulate the metabolic rate within each cell and directly influence over 100 different cellular enzymes. With hypothyroidism, you become more susceptible to viral and bacterial infections, especially those of the respiratory and urinary tracts. Vitamin D deficiency (crucial to active the immune system) is found in 98% of people with an autoimmune thyroid condition due to genetic defects in the vitamin D receptor site. Correcting this deficiency needs higher vitamin D supplementation. As hypothyroidism is commonly misdiagnosed, as is many of the deficiency states, it pays to know what to look for to avoid misdiagnosis. Always ask for a copy of your test results.

      Thyroid disease >>>

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

      Recommended lab tests >>>

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork/

      Optimal lab levels >>>

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/lab-values/

      Vitamin D deficiency and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis >>>

  42. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism and Pregnancy?
    Hi, I’m 14 weeks pregnant with baby no. 2 and have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism since the birth of my first baby. Today after my endocrinologist I find out that my tsh levels are pretty high (5.9) and she uped my synthroid dosage from 137 to 175. Of course I’m feeling pretty nervous about all of this and just want to know what your experiences were? I want to have the healthiest baby possible and am a bit frightened by these results. I take my synthroid religiously and haven’t skipped a day. Also, I don’t seem to have the normal symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      I got diagnosed last time I was pregnant. I always take my pills, but they tested my thyroid at 8 weeks this time and it was pretty high too…5.6 or something when 6 months ago it was at 4. Your thyroid does get overworked when you are pregnant so that might be why it is elevated now. I think I was about 4 months along when they diagnosed me. I was so tired that I could barely keep myself awake and didn’t have the energy to move around. I had to see a doctor every time I had an ultrasound to check up on me. They said I was high risk so I had an ultrasound every four weeks. My son was born very healthy.

  43. QUESTION:
    Could my hypothyroidism be linked to my depression?
    I’m really depressed and have been for a long time, I haven’t really told anyone about it and am struggling to try and fix my problems. So when I found out I had hypothyroidism and saw that depression was a symptom, I was really hoping that once my TSH levels were regulated I would be able to feel good again, finally. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I’ve been on my meds for awhile now, and according to my blood tests my TSH levels are all good, but I’m still depressed. I’ve cut, and I know the time will come when I’ll take it too far, and I really won’t care if I die. Even though I’m being treated for hypothyroidism, is there a possibility that it could be causing my depression? Also, I’ve been getting terrible migraines for almost five years now, and stomach and back pains in the last few as well, is it possible that these could be due to the depression? I’ve read that those types of things could be linked.
    Anyways, I’m just really stuck, and I’m alone on this. My dad’s an alcoholic whom I don’t talk to, and I’m not close at all with my mother. I feel like I’m finally ready to maybe get help, but I don’t know what to do or who to turn to. Any insight whatsoever would help, thanks.
    Okay so, the medication I take is,
    Eltroxin (for my hypothyroidism)
    Zomig (Zolmitriptan tablets, 2.5 mg) [only taken when I have a migraine, which is actually quite often]
    Teva-Nortriptyline (3 pills daily, 10mg each) [to prevent my migraines]

    Now, is it possible that any of these drugs could cause my depression?
    Okay so, the medication I take is,
    Eltroxin (for my hypothyroidism)
    Zomig (Zolmitriptan tablets, 2.5 mg) [only taken when I have a migraine, which is actually quite often]
    Teva-Nortriptyline (3 pills daily, 10mg each) [to prevent my migraines]

    Now, is it possible that any of these drugs could cause my depression?
    Oh true it posted twice, that’s cool…
    Anyways, I may not be correct about the dosages, I’m not completely sure.
    The last two, for the migraines, I only started taking about three or four months ago.
    Oh true it posted twice, that’s cool…
    Anyways, I may not be correct about the dosages, I’m not completely sure.
    The last two, for the migraines, I only started taking about three or four months ago.

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely! Hypothyroidism is a very serious problem that can put your whole body out of whack. How are you treating your pain? Meds can have a great deal to do with your depression as well. With the way you relate to your parents it sounds like depression can have alot to do with that. Part of treating depression though is changing the way you are thinking about everything. If you get up everyday with a poor attitude it really doesn’t matter what you do with your health concerns if you don’t care about your life. You need to see a doctor and maybe a counselor to get this under control!

  44. QUESTION:
    Is it OK to tell a doctor what you think is wrong with you and what you think should be done about it?
    I have severe dyshidrotic eczema that looks like this only drastically worse):

    http://www.epmonthly.com/whitecoat/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/dyshidrotic-eczema-580×554.jpg

    and I have been going to the doctor about it since it started when I was 9. They gave me a cortisone cream to get rid of it but it barely even helps at all and they dont seem to even want to try anything else. I quit going for a long time untill about 6 monthes ago it was extremely bad and I went into the emergency room. They gave me 2 prednisone pills which really helped, but then it went back to how it was a couple weeks latter. Recently I have found out on the internet what kind of eczema it is and have also looked up some causes. One possible cause is hypothyroidism which I immediately suspected because a while ago I was researching why I was always so cold (I wear a hoodie all the way through summer when I’m indoors and outside a lot of the time as well like accept between about 11:00 and 4:00, I came upon hypothyroid. I looked at the symptoms more and found that I fit several symptoms such as irregular period, low libedo, feel tired lots, difficulty concentrating, low heart rate etc.

    Anyways, I have a doctors appointment in 2 weeks to get more cream but I also want to tell the doctor what I found out and see if he could test me for it and possibly do some other tests like blood, urine, allergy etc to find out if there are any other abnormalities. I would also like to ask him about possibly getting prednisone or some other kind of oral steroid or injection of some sort to help get it under control. It never goes away and I dont know what i can do about it.

    How do I bring this up with my doctor? I dont want him to feel like I am telling him what to do, or sound like I am just wanting the prescriptions. I just want this to go away. Is it OK to ask for blood, allergy, or urine tests and that kind of things or to ask the doctor about certain prescriptiopns. If he doesn’t take me seriously, should I see another doctor? Are there any kind of specialists that could help me more with this?

    sorry this is so long, but thank you:)

    • ANSWER:
      In short… Tell the doctor whatever you want. Ultimately it is your body and your decision. You don’t have to take any treatment just because they suggest it. Also know one knows whats going on with you and your bod as well as you do. I just try to think of it this way: The doctor is not doing me a favor by seeing me, his practice depends on me (patients), and I am paying him a lot of money. He is there to provide me with a service that I’m paying for (be it straight to him or through insurance premiums). So be straight with him and don’t let them make you feel inferior. Good Luck :D

  45. QUESTION:
    teen hypothyroidism?
    Am I completely off or is it possible I have it. I feel stupid going to the doctor for it since I am at a good weight for my height(see below) and am only 18 but please read my symptoms
    I am often tired, often have a difficult time concentrating, my hands feel tingly sometimes, i have a low body temperature (when i took temp this morning, before i go out of bed, it was 97 F and usually is pretty close to that throughout the day-it’s been slightly less too), I always feel cold, and I need a sweatshirt all the time, my hair has gotten dry and frizzy and I lose quite a bit in the shower- it used to be straight and smooth, my face seems to get puffy or like my skin it thick,
    I gain weight when eating 1300-1500 calories per day and i’m 5’8 and 130 pounds-I have to run a lot to stay at 130 even though I have a pretty active lifestyle working on a farm and am on my feet a lot already. added info-symptoms began probably 3 yrs ago but not as noticeable, I am vegetarian since the age of 5
    To the thing about soy. I eat very little soy- sorry I should have mentioned that. The one thing I do eat are eggs for protein which some may consider is not vegetarian but w/e everything else is veg

    • ANSWER:
      I was diagnosed at 16 with hypothyroid I am not overweight but have all of the other symptons

  46. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me? Hypothyroidism? Pituitary hypothyroidism? Hashimoto’s? Leukemia? ?
    I’m 19, about 5 feet tall, 116 lbs. African-American.
    History: Most of the symptoms I have I’ve had for years, but being raised in a family that pushed me to “just deal with it” whenever I complained about feeling sick Iwas forced to push myself. I’m in a much better situation, but since I’ve been here my health has consistently been declining and I’ve developed anxitey which keeps getting worse. Life before this year was pretty close to unbearably stressful including freuqent sporadic bouts of homelessness all throughout my life as well as other traumatic events. I thought maybe it could be ptsd or GAD, but the anxitey just began now that I’m removed from the stressful situation and placed into a stable one, same with my body pretty much breaking down. Through-out my developmental years I abused a variety of pills (Been clean for awhile.) as well as ingesting mass amounts of soy (vegetarian for eight years) and starting birth control at 14. Family has a history of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, addiction. Possibly a history of hypothyroid, but only one family member is officially diagnosed ,four people total with parallel symptoms though.

    Symptoms including, but not limited to: Dry, brittle hair & scalp, hair loss, dry skin, several different kinds of recurring headaches (center of head between ears mostly), weight flucuations ,Hirsutism, irregular periods, infertility, acne, visual disturbances (three dots in a triangular formation), bleeding gums, tooth decay, sporadic dizziness, loss of motor control, slurred speech, fevers (past 2 month), menstrual irregularities, infertility, sinuses hurt constantly throughout ears and face, several serious sinus infections over the years, “lump stuck in throat” feeling, swelling under her chin sometimes, heartburn, stabbing chest pains (really painful almost incapacitating), heart palpitations, back & shoulder pain (excruciating, chronic), trouble digesting food, no appetite, possible gall bladder problems, daily nausea, muscle weakness, joint pain, chronic yeast infections over the years (generally very prone to infection), “tingling” in limbs kind of like they fell asleep but more intense of a pins & needles feeling, lack of energy, shortness of breath., lump on her arm about a centimeter or so high, what feels like carpal tunnel, insomnia, serious anxiety. Temperature. is very low in the morning and high at night. She’s extremely sensitive to cold, sensitive to light(sometimes it causes her to vomit or pass out)
    We’re worried that the ranges of normality might be off considering she’s a pretty tiny person and i guess wouldn’t have the same range of normality as someone who is of average height and weight or someone that hasn’t been on birth control on and off since they were 14

    Theories have been put forth that it could be either depression in general (it absolutely isn’t), 1.pituitary or secondary hypothyroid, 2.Adrenal failure originating in the pituitary gland( due to what seems like bouncing between hyperthyroid and hypothyroid) 3. Leukemia (due to her wbc being on the high end and her rbc being on the low end) or some Autoimmune disease (due to her lymphocyte count being on the high end and her monocyte count being on the low end)
    Doctors are just pretty much refusing to listen to her tell them her symptoms or perform tests, especially if they know her history. Or they tell her it’s anxiety or depression because her results are “within range”.
    Here are a lot of test results, if you can make any sense out of them I’d really appreciate it:
    BUN/Creatinine Ratio 13
    Alkaline Phosphatase, S 48 (IU/L)
    LDH 115 (IU/L)
    AST (SGOT) 15 (IU/L)
    ALT (SGPT) 14 (IU/L)
    pH 6.0
    Free T4 1.28 (ng/dL)
    TSH 1.051 (uIU/mL)
    Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Ab <10 (IU/mL)
    free t3 3.3 (pg/mL)
    antithyroglobulin ab siemens (DPC) ICMA Method <20 IU/ML --40
    WBC 8.6 (x10E3/uL)
    RBC 4.13 (x10E6/uL)
    Hemoglobin 12.3 (g/dL)
    Hematocrit 36.2 (%)
    RDW 12.7 (%)
    Platelets 344 (x10E3/uL)
    Neutrophils 46 (%)
    Lymphs 49 (%)
    Monocytes 4 (%)
    Eos 1 (%)
    Basos 0 (%)
    Neutrophils (Absolute) 4.0 (x10E3/uL)
    Lymphs (Absolute) 4.2 (x10E3/uL)
    Monocytes (Absolute) 0.3 (x10E3/uL)
    Eos (Absolute) 0.1 (x10E3/uL)
    Baso (Absolute) 0.0

    I forgot to clarify a few things. The tooth decay is recent, most of the enamel on my teeth is gone. I don't have insurance at all. I can't work and I can't go to school. And I'm no longer a vegetarian as of one year ago.
    Also, I've been all over the vitamins situation. All kinds of D, B, B12, A and some other multi as well as iron supplements.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello…your test results mean nothing to us if you don’t include the lab ranges. Thats because every lab has a different method of testing and have different ranges. So I am unsure what is low or high.

      I have a pituitary condition AND Hashimotos. Before I was able to find a Dr. that would listen, I had many of the symptoms you describe and was told I was just depressed. I found a good Dr. that realized I might have the 2 conditions and combined they were making some of the lab results look normal (one condition was pulling them down, the other up). And he said “OF course your depressed, your very sick!” Why isn’t IGF 1 including in your test results? Thats a very important test to determine pituitary functioning. All your symptoms point to a pituitary problem. You need to find a good Endocrinologist who specializes in pituitary disorders. Go to www.pituitary.org and look through Dr. listings. I’m not sure what you should do about the financial issue but maybe someone can help you out.

  47. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me? Hypothyroidism, Pituitary hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s? Added ranges for results.?
    I’m 19, about 5 feet tall, 116 lbs. African-American.
    History: Most of the symptoms I have I’ve had for years, but being raised in a family that pushed me to “just deal with it” whenever I complained about feeling sick I was forced to push myself. I’m in a much better situation, but since I’ve been here my health has consistently been declining and I’ve developed anxiety which keeps getting worse. Life before this year was pretty close to unbearably stressful including frequent sporadic bouts of homelessness all throughout my life as well as other traumatic events. I thought maybe it could be ptsd or GAD, but the anxiety just began now that I’m removed from the stressful situation and placed into a stable one, same with my body pretty much breaking down. Through-out my developmental years I abused a variety of pills (Been clean for awhile.) as well as ingesting mass amounts of soy (vegetarian for eight years) and starting birth control at 14. Family has a history of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, addiction. Possibly a history of hypothyroid, but only one family member is officially diagnosed ,four people total with parallel symptoms though.

    Symptoms including, but not limited to: Dry, brittle hair & scalp, hair loss, dry skin, several different kinds of recurring headaches (center of head between ears mostly), weight fluctuationss ,Hirsutism, irregular periods, infertility, acne, visual disturbances (three dots in a triangular formation), bleeding gums, tooth decay, sporadic dizziness, loss of motor control, slurred speech, fevers (past 2 month), menstrual irregularities, infertility, sinuses hurt constantly throughout ears and face, several serious sinus infections over the years, “lump stuck in throat” feeling, swelling under her chin sometimes, heartburn, stabbing chest pains (really painful almost incapacitating), heart palpitations, back & shoulder pain (excruciating, chronic), trouble digesting food, no appetite, possible gall bladder problems, daily nausea, muscle weakness, joint pain, chronic yeast infections over the years (generally very prone to infection), “tingling” in limbs kind of like they fell asleep but more intense of a pins & needles feeling, lack of energy, shortness of breath., lump on her arm about a centimeter or so high, what feels like carpal tunnel, insomnia, serious anxiety. Temperature. is very low in the morning and high at night. She’s extremely sensitive to cold, sensitive to light(sometimes it causes her to vomit or pass out)
    We’re worried that the ranges of normality might be off considering she’s a pretty tiny person and i guess wouldn’t have the same range of normality as someone who is of average height and weight or someone that hasn’t been on birth control on and off since they were 14

    Theories have been put forth that it could be either depression in general (it absolutely isn’t), 1.pituitary or secondary hypothyroid, 2.Adrenal failure originating in the pituitary gland( due to what seems like bouncing between hyperthyroid and hypothyroid) 3. Leukemia (due to my wbc being on the high end and my rbc being on the low end) or some Autoimmune disease (due to my lymphocyte count being on the high end and my monocyte count being on the low end)
    Doctors are just pretty much refusing to listen to her tell them her symptoms or perform tests, especially if they know her history. Or they tell her it’s anxiety or depression because her results are “within range”.
    Here are a lot of test results, if you can make any sense out of them I’d really appreciate it:
    BUN/Creatinine Ratio 13 mmol/L Range – 8-27
    Alkaline Phosphatase, S 48 (IU/L) 60-400
    LDH 115 (IU/L) 100-250
    AST (SGOT) 15 (IU/L) 0-40
    ALT (SGPT) 14 (IU/L) 0-55
    pH 6.0
    Free T4 1.28 (ng/dL) 0.61-1.76
    TSH 1.051 (uIU/mL) 0.450-4.500
    Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Ab <10 (IU/mL) 0-34
    free t3 3.3 (pg/mL) 2.3-4.2
    antithyroglobulin ab siemens (DPC) ICMA Method <20 IU/ML 0-40
    WBC 8.6 (x10E3/uL) 4.0-10.5
    RBC 4.13 (x10E6/uL) 4.10-5.60
    Hemoglobin 12.3 (g/dL) 12.5-17.0
    Hematocrit 36.2 (%) 36.0-50.0
    RDW 12.7 (%) 11.7-15.0
    Platelets 344 (x10E3/uL) 140-415
    Neutrophils 46 (%) 40-74
    Lymphs 49 (%)14-46
    Monocytes 4 (%) 4-13
    Eos 1 (%) 0-7
    Basos 0 (%) 0-3
    Neutrophils (Absolute) 4.0 (x10E3/uL) 1.8-7.8
    Lymphs (Absolute) 4.2 (x10E3/uL) 0.7-4.5
    Monocytes (Absolute) 0.3 (x10E3/uL) 0.1-1.0
    Eos (Absolute) 0.1 (x10E3/uL) 0.0-02
    Baso (Absolute) 0.0 0.0-0.4

    Additional Details

    I forgot to clarify a few things. The tooth decay is recent, most of the enamel on my teeth is gone. I don't have insurance at all. I can't work and I can't go to school. And I'm no longer a vegetarian as of one year ago.

    Also, I've been all over the vitamins situation. All kinds of D, B, B12, A and some other multi as well as iron supplements.
    Not diabetic. Been having trouble feeling my peehole and trouble peeing.

    • ANSWER:
      I would ask for a serum ferritin test. Anemia often shows up in the ferritin (storage iron) before it is apparent in other iron tests. With your hemoglobin slightly below range, your hematocrit at the bottom of its range, and your history of vegetarianism, I would suspect that many of your symptoms are due to anemia. If you were a vegetarian for very long, you may have lost your ability to digest meat.
      I would add that soy binds thyroid hormone and prevents it from being absorbed into your cells. If you still eat any soy at all, you can be hypothyroid on the tissue level, even though your blood levels look OK.
      The lump in the throat might be a thyroid nodule, which should be watched with ultrasound imaging.

  48. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism after pregnant?
    Alright, It has been a long time since I started getting symptoms of hypothyroid. I started getting extreme fatigue about 4 months ago, and it hasn’t stopped since then. It’s so horrible, and it’s pretty much at the same time EVERYDAY! I feel like crying right now, because I just want it to stop, I feel awful!
    Anyways, I started getting tests, to check my kidneys and a bunch of other stuff. Got lots of blood tests, and then the Dr told me I had an under active thyroid. That was about a month ago, and recently I got more blood tests, and he tells me my levels are going back to normal. I don’t understand though. My energy level I’m very irradiated, sooo fatigue! My feet get cold a lot too, like last night it was really bothering me.
    I’m taking a good multi vitamin, and also taking 4,000 IUs of vitamin D.
    This is so awful, because I have a 5 month old, who I have no energy for. I also have a really hard time thinking lately, It’s so weird. My hair also has been falling out quite a bit. But then I hear that it’s normal for women to lose hair after having there baby. I don’t know, I’m so confused and scared. I’m only 22 years ago, this is not right. I’m normally very healthy, no other problems.
    Anyways, so back to the Dr. He tells me it’s because I’m not getting enough sleep, or exercise? That’s possible, but the idea about sleep doesn’t make any sense. I get almost 8-9 hours of sleep a night, and only wake up once to feed my son. Would that really cause this much problems??
    I don’t know, I’m not buying it. I know something else has to be wrong, if my thyroid levels are going back to normal and nothing is getting better, if anything worse. I don’t like this at all. I just want to know if anyone has or had any similar problems, and if they could give me any ideas on what to do.
    I’ve already asked the Dr to check my vitamin D levels, cause I thought that my symptoms were a lot like that of a vitamin D deficiency. He told me he didn’t that I needed that done, he’s kind of an idiot. I’m the patient and should be allowed to get a test done if I feel it might be helpful for me. Anyways, what do you think about this?

    • ANSWER:
      You probably don’t want to hear it but even if you are getting what you think might be enough sleep it might not be. Even interupting your sleep schedule once or twice a night can throw your body out of wack because you may not be getting into a deep REM sleep. Which is where you get that deep restful sleep. Also the doctor probably doesn’t feel it necissary to do a blood draw on your vitamin d level since you are taking a supplement. So as long as you are taking it like you should there should be no reason to be deficient. Stress and improper nutrition can also be cause for hair loss and fatigue. BUT it is your right as a patient to get a second opinion if you feel that the doctor is not listening to your concerns or that he may wrong. But blood tests are very reliable and it sounds like he is taking you seriously. You also though have to realize that having a five month old no matter what takes it toll on the body and as you said moms need energy but we don’t always have it because our little ones take a lot out of us.

  49. QUESTION:
    Any women out there with hypothyroidism?
    I was diagnosed with this when I was about 8 weeks pregnant. For the last three years before diagnosis I was slowly getting really down from this. i was having anxiety attacks, gained over 40 pounds, having heart palpitations, depression, you name it, I had all the symptoms. My baby is now 3 weeks old. My thyroid levels are coming back normal. I am on 112 mcg of synthroid. My anxiety attacks have vanished, so has my heart palpitations, along with almost all of my other symptoms. I am 5 pounds lighter now then I was before I got pregnant, how ever, I am still 40 pounds over my normal weight. I was wanting to know how other people have successfully lost weight after getting your thyroid under control. Is it possible? I have 4 other children and until the last 3 years never had a weight problem. I am scared that once I start exercising again that the weight wont come off. Just wanting to hear other people’s stories.

    • ANSWER:
      Keep on the current dose of l-thyroxine, check your TSH periodically, keep exercising and don’t worry so much.

  50. QUESTION:
    Can you have hypothyroidism but have normal ts4 levels?
    I was hyperthyroid for seven years I was treated with PTU and now my thyroid levels test in the normal range. However, I have hypothyroid symptoms now. My hair fell out, I gained 50 lbs. I suffer from the fatique and have dry skin and am tired all the time. sometimes I can feel my thyroid speed up and I am a bag of nerves but by the time I get to the doctor the episode is over again. I still have the insomnia. But my doctor will not remove my thyroid or refer me back to an endocrinologist because my t4 and t3 say normal uptake. Is it possible that my body feels hypo because i no longer am hyper and can still have my thyroid removed and put on synthroid based on my history and symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think they would remove your thyroid, particularly if you have more hypothyroid symptoms than hyperthyroid symptoms. The fact that you’re having both is worrisome. Generally when you display hyperthyroid symptoms, your heart rate speeds up unnaturally, so perhaps they could give you one of those take-home heart monitor things to track it (they gave my mom one once). They certainly aren’t going to want to mess with any kind of medication if they don’t know what they’re dealing with.

      As far as hypothyroidism goes, the scale is a guideline and “normal” levels really can differ from person to person. Most general practitioners go strictly by the scale, which can cause problems. I had hypothyroid symptoms for years, but my levels tested at the very bottom of the normal range, so several general practitioners ruled out hypothyroidism and tried treating me for depression instead.

      I finally went to a good endocrinologist who let me know that the normal range is just that–a typical range. Different people have optimal levels within that range. So he put me on a low level of thyroid hormones–it moved my thyroid levels more into the middle of the normal range and the symptoms went away. Even better: no more antidepressants. For me, the bottom of the normal range was just too low.


Advanced Thyroid Cancer Symptoms

The thyroid gland, shaped like a butterfly, sits just below the skin and several thin muscle layers in the lower part of the neck. It’s attached to the deeper neck structures (trachea and voice box) and elevates when we swallow. The thyroid gland secretes hormones that control a variety of systems all through out life including our metabolism, growth and development. Each year about 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with thyroid cancer. It is about 2 to 4 times more common in women than in men, and is most prevalent between ages 25 and 65.
Thyroid cancer prognosis can occur during a routine physical exam. Your doctor may ask you about your medical history and can recommend screening tests for thyroid cancer before any symptoms appear.
Thyroid cancer symptoms usually begin as a lump or swelling in the neck, called a nodule. Thyroid nodules are very common (12% of general population) and most are benign. All nodules, however, need to be carefully evaluated as a very high percentage of nodules are cancerous (10-15%).
If you have a lump or nodule in your thyroid, your doctor may order a CT scan or an ultrasound to get a better look at your thyroid. If your doctor thinks that the lump or nodule could be cancerous, he or she will do a biopsy of the thyroid gland which involves removing a piece of your thyroid, often through a needle. This test is a simple procedure that can be done in your doctor’s office.
Tests which may be done before, during, or after any thyroid cancer treatment may include specific blood tests, CT scans, chest X-rays, thyroid ultrasounds, or radioactive iodine scans, which help determine whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. In rare cases, when thyroid cancer has significantly spread, an MRI or a PET scan may be done.
Most thyroid cancers are very treatable and carry a high cure rate, especially when discovered early. Treatment of thyroid cancer requires a close collaboration between endocrinologists and thyroid surgeons. The treatment plan by our team of doctors is always decided through this collaboration. The first and most effective step in treatment of thyroid cancer is usually surgery. Thyroid cancer surgery involves removal of a portion (hemi-thyroidectomy) or the entire thyroid gland (total thyroidectomy).
The newest advances in the field of surgery (endoscopes and endoscopic instruments) allow for minimally invasive thyroidectomy (Endoscopic Assisted Thyroidectomy, E.A.T.) (as small as 2.5 cm or close to an inch), rather than the standard technique using a large incision and greater tissue trauma. This is a revolutionary way of surgically treating the thyroid, and because it involves a much smaller incision, it enables patients to go home the same day, with less scarring and quicker recovery time.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Thyroid cancer and heart palpitations?
    My mom has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer — she is seeing the surgeon on Thursday. Right now she is complaining of heart palpitations, is this a symptom of the cancer or unrelated?

    Thanks in advance.
    Thank you for your wonderful answers! Yes, my mom is seeing the doctor this week about the palpitations.

    • ANSWER:
      Her thyroid is out of control. Most people don’t know the thyroid plays a big role in many functions of our body.And of course getting the news it’s cancer is not easy either.
      I had thyroid cancer 20 years ago and mine had spread into a lot on lymph nodes. Surgery to remove the thyroid and a radioactive iodine chemo to get rid of the rest. Today may be a lot different. My doctor said if you get cancer this is the easiest to cure.
      God bless you,

  2. QUESTION:
    Okay weird symptoms, IBS? not pregnant, don’t have low iron?
    Okay, my symptoms are:
    -Gas
    -Constipation/ sometimes diarrhea
    -frequent urination
    - stomach cramps
    -fullness in stomach
    -very fatigue

    Anyways, I got a test done to check to see if I was pregnant, diabetes or had low iron, because I’m breastfeeding right now as well. Everything came back normal, my thyroid was a little high, but they said it was nothing to worry about. I also have had IBS for quite some time now, and have a very sensitive stomach to dairy. I have the worst gas, and bloating. The most annoying symptom is fatigue, it’s so bad, I can hardly stay up. I literally wake up, have a shower and then within an hour, I’m tired again, and feel like I have to lay down. This is especially difficult because I’m a new mom, and, I don’t have energy. Although, the fatigue doesn’t last all day, I can go out and go for a walk, but after that I would be so drained. This is why I thought I was pregnant, but I’m now, and now I’m left here to wonder until Wednesday, that’s when my drs. appointment is.
    What do you think this could be? I’m only 22 years old, and I’m scared it’s cancer or something. I haven’t lost a huge amount of weight, I’ve been eating lots, I was actually eating more then I should because I thought I was iron deficient, so I ate lots of good iron rich foods. Does anyone know what this could be, or has anyone had similar symptoms??
    Thanks in advance!
    also, if you noticed me re posting this question, it’s because I’m not getting any answers. so, sorry about the repeats!

    • ANSWER:
      Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a very complex problem and there is no cure for it. You first need to talk with your doctor and make sure he gave you an accurate IBS diagnosis. In order to be given a clear diagnosis of IBS; there are a battery of tests to take and they all should rule out more serious problems, For more information on the tests to take visit www.TheIBSFormula.com. Once you have been given a clear diagnosis of IBS then you will have to figure out what is causing the IBS symptoms. Many IBS triggers can be found in the food you eat and the lifestyle you lead. Stay away from greasy and sugary foods, these seem to cause the most IBS symptoms. Also, Many IBS Sufferers are Lactose Intolerant and don’t know it. Stop eating milk products and see how that makes you feel. Be sure to read the labels of the food you eat, milk is an ingredient in alot of different prepared foods. Keep a food journal so you can try to figure out what is causing the symptoms. A problem food will usually trigger an IBS symptom within 3 to 6 hrs.

      The book “The IBS Formula” gives you an up to date look at IBS, what causes it and how to take control of your life from these symptoms. I take Digestive Advantage pills for IBS from Gentech for my IBS. They work great. The cheapest place I have found to get them is Amazon.com. If you order them through amazon’s subscription service they deliver them with free shipping. I take 1 or 2 a day and usually with a meal. It initially takes about 2-3 weeks for this to get into your system before it starts to work. So you will not notice any benefits till after the 2 or 3 weeks. Also many IBS sufferers take a fiber supplement. The other thing that helps is to get on an exercise routine. Sweating will help to get the toxins out of your body that are causing the IBS symptoms.. For more information on IBS visit TheIBSFormula.com. Hope this helps!

      Diet to Reduce Diarrhea
      You can stop diarrhea, if you reduce or eliminate certain foods like:
      •Foods that are high in fats like sausage, bacon, oils, butter and deeply fried foods.
      •Dairy products that has lactose like milk, cheese, ice cream, milk sugar and sour cream.
      •Nicotine from chewing or smoking tobacco.
      •Alcohol.
      •Caffeine that is found in tea, coffee, chocolate and cola drinks.
      •Gas producing foods like broccoli, cabbage, beans and apples.
      •Drinks ansd foods that are high in sugar like soda, candy, fruit juices and other packaged sweets.
      •Xylitol and sorbitol that are some of the artificial sweeteners found in sugarless chewing gums and candies.
      •Keep a food dairy or journal to keep a track of what you eat and to find if any of these foods trigger irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.
      •Stress is another factor that could lead to this syndrome.
      •Maintain a pleasant environment during the meal times, which can reduce the stress.
      •Take plenty of time to chew food rather than eating in a hurry.

      Diet to Relieve Constipation
      Follow these steps to relieve constipation:
      •Add fiber to your diet
      •Fiber adds bulk to the large intestines by absorbing water. This results in frequent and easier bowel movements.
      •Eat a high fiber diet like fresh fruits and vegetables like raspberries, apples, pears, brussels, peas and wheat grain breads and cereals.
      •Slowly increase the fiber intake in your food to avoid excessive gas.
      •Drink plenty of water because fiber absorbs water and keeps the stool soft.
      •Regular exercise like walking, swimming, or cycling can help in the maintenance of bowel regularity.
      •Check with your doctor before making changes in your diet and you can add fiber slowly in your diet for the body to get adjusted to the change.

  3. QUESTION:
    19 Year old, Caucasian male needs opinion on whether at risk of lung cancer. AKA should I see doc ASAP?
    I am a smoker have smoked for around 5 years, currently I have decided to quit and am currently smoking less than 5 smokes a day. However my question relates to lung cancer; I have had around 8 bronchial infections and pneumonia once. A little over a week ago I coughed up a rather nasty looking bit of phlegm with what looked like a vein/artery in it (some blood). This caused me to become anxious about it, I have read that no-one really gets lung cancer at my age but I have a few symptoms that I have read online. These include:
    - Coughing up blood
    - Pain in my lower right end of ribcage that wont go away (hurts more if I lie face down)
    - Smoker (was mainly marijuana through water pipe, also cigarettes though)
    - Loss of appetite
    - Dropped from 70-65Kg

    I also should note that the loss of appetite may be a withdrawal symptom of quitting marijuana (about a month ago) and I have what I am guessing is an inflamed lymph node or thyroid gland on neck. Next to my collar bone in the center of my neck which is about 1+1/2cm X 1/2cm.

    Should I be worried and see my GP ASAP? or should I just mention it next time I visit? or is there virtually no risk of someone my age getting lung cancer? Very worried about it.
    Thanks in advance!
    I depended on marijuana to eat and sleep and for a couple of days after quitting was unable to sleep and ate about 1/2 a meal a day. Other than that I know there’s no physical withdrawals, I’d say both those things are mental dependencies for me anyway.

    Cheers for the advice, I’ll see my doc tomorrow.

    • ANSWER:
      Age is very relevant when it comes to cancer and is one of the most important pieces of information needed. Lung cancer is rare in young people, and by young I mean under 40, when it does occur smoking is not the cause. Clearly something is causing you to not feel well so you should see your doctor, but I wouldn’t worry about lung cancer.

  4. QUESTION:
    Answer this one please (health)?
    I’ve been diagnosed with depression, ocd, anxiety, ptsd, other nos personality/mental disorders. I’ve been experiencing severe fatigue and the depression feels like a physical pain, family history of thyroid, cancer, and fibromiyalgia (spelling?). Recently, I’ve had pains in my chest & gut (especially gut), constant headaches, nightmares, constipation, dehydration and tonight (of which i will be seeing a doctor on monday about) small amount of blood in urine. I have been diagnosed with so many different things from so many different types of doctors that i am getting confused. Also many doctors seem to contradict one another. I just need to know what is really going on with me, im so sick of being sick. I have been a smoker for about seven years, I drink in moderation (exception two occasions of a month long drinking during a low depression) Can anyone try to help me out, maybe put the symptoms together and let me know what to look up or ask about or expect. Maybe there is a doctor who answers these things or at least someone a bit more educated than two years of undergraduate studies me. Thank you in advanced.

    • ANSWER:
      That’s a lot to be diagnosed with but I can sort of understand what’s going on. However, some of what you describe over-laps and can be explained with another disorder you’ve been diagnosed with.

      I would see and stick with one doc and treatment. If it isn’t improving, let them work with you or move on to a second opinion. That’s the problem with too many doctors. If they aren’t working together on your case, then you’re going to get way too many diagnoses and it’s likely you might not have any or even some of them.

      The internet isn’t for medical diagnosis. We aren’t trained to examine you, run tests, or read your medical files. You need to see a doctor in person…and it sounds like you’ve done that quite a lot.

      Go to a doctor you haven’t seen before…tell them the situation and what all these people have diagnosed you with. Start with a clean slate….Right now, it sounds very repetitive and like none of the doctors are talking to each other. That needs to happen in order for you to get the proper care.

      I’m sick of being sick as well (and poor) and would love to be back at work after all these years but I’m still in limbo. Even though I’ve had severe depression with suicidal tendencies for 20+ yrs and panic/anxiety disorder for 14 yrs (finally got them both under as much control as possible), I became ill and it took a few years to figure out what it was. There was an inner ear disorder that kept popping up and then the passing out. Finally, I found a great cardiologist who diagnosed me with neurocardiogenic syncope. Through testing and knowing my history, he was able to figure it out and put me on proper treatment. He also kept in touch with my therapist and vice versa. A year later, my left side went numb and some other things occurred. I was diagnosed (after a lot of testing) with multiple sclerosis by a neurologist. My PCP is a naturopath. All of my doctors discuss my case with each other even though they have never met and do not work near each other. I needed a team and I made sure if a doctor couldn’t handle it, then I’d have to look elsewhere. When you have a lot of medical problems going on, you have to have the doctors talk to each other and you also need to remind them about things (previous diagnosis, medications, etc)from time to time.

      It didn’t take money or skills to do this…you just need to be focused and organized. If they aren’t on board to see you get better, then you need to go to someone else.

  5. QUESTION:
    Scared it’s ovarian cancer?
    For 6 weeks now I’ve been having lower abdominal pain (period type cramping constantly so it never goes) with the occasional sharp stabbing pain on the right side of my abdomen with other symptoms such as
    fatigue
    pelvic pain
    lower back pain which starts from the kidneys and goes right down to my bum
    groin pain
    leg pain which effects the whole tops of both my legs
    Heartburn (recently)
    Bloating in both my stomach area and lower pelvic area
    and even my neck hurts. My periods are still regular usually every 28 days give or take a few days but i have noticed there a lot more painful and no spotting in between.

    I have been to the doctors several times and had 2 full blood counts done, diabetes test, I’ve had my thyroid and liver function tested and have been tested for inflammation all of which have come back clear oh and iv also had a cervical smear which again was normal. My doc doesn’t seem worried but I have a transabdominal and transvaginal ultrasound on the 4th march (earliest date they could give me) but until then i’m scared things are going to get worse.

    Has anyone else had these symptoms with ovarian cysts because im so scared that it might be cancer? Its making me feel awful although the worryings probably not helping.
    By the way I’m 25 years old. Thanks in advance, will pick best answer :)
    I’m not pregnant, forgot to add that in
    Oh and weight loss

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry you are having all these abdominal problems but you are right, many of those symptoms are those of ovarian cancer. You are doing the right thing though, getting these exams as this can be cured if caught early enough. I know it’s hard not to worry, but try to look at it this way, either you have cancer or you don’t. Nothing is going to change that and it’s better to know than let it go if you do have it. I’m betting it’ll be nothing serious from what you’ve said about the exams you’ve had so far so try and relax until March, okay?

      My wife did have some of these symptoms with ovarian cysts and it was just cysts, nothing serious though she did have serious abdominal cramps.

      Good luck! :)

  6. QUESTION:
    Do I have Leukemia????
    I told my Best friend i have these symptoms and she said it can possibly be Leukemia ( her mom is battling with Leukemia)…

    btw, im a female and just started my freshman year in high school. ( if that helps)

    I am going to my Doctor soon, but i just want to know what you guys think…

    Medical History: Removal of half of a Thyroid Gland – left side( Removed few months ago, the goiter was 6cm by 6cm and was infected. The incision is pretty big along the neck and it swells up sometimes with a pitching pain, i sometimes get a mild fever with it)

    Tonsillectomy ( a few years ago)

    I Would like to mention that i am + for the ANA test. ( i dont know why and what that test is for)

    Are these symptoms related to that cancer?…..

    - Headache
    -Extreme Fatigue
    -Dizziness
    - loss of weight ( I am very skinny now )
    - mild fever
    - Shortness of breath
    -Pale ( To give you an example , i look like a zombie. My teachers would always ask me if i am okay. )
    - I have two lymph nodes in my neck and scattered cysts ( inside the right thyroid gland that wasn’t removed)
    - Out of breath all the time
    -Weakness ( doing daily routines even gets me out of breath)
    - Frequent nose bleeds and bruising. ( I have nose bleeds almost everyday that lasts for 4 hrs and down. I accidentally hit my self on the arm recently, my vein got bruised and is swelling. I have bruises all over my feet?)
    - major menstruation pain. ( I’ve only had 2 periods so far)
    - joint and bone pain

    Please tell me in your opinion what you guys think it might be…
    I am having these symptoms right now ( basically all the time), i am going to bed.. ):
    but thank you in advance, your opinions are much appreciated . (:

    • ANSWER:
      Something is definitely going on, but we can’t really give you an accurate diagnosis from here. Hopefully, your doctor’s appts will give you some answers.
      Here is where you’ll find the best info:

      http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/hm_lls

      Best wishes

  7. QUESTION:
    Any ideas of what is going on with kitty that I can bring up to vet?
    I have a 6 year old Calico who has been to the vet on and off for the past month. I just feel she isn’t healthy, however so far we can’t find anything. We have done blood work, thyroid tests and so on. I plan to bring her back to the vet tomorrow. Just want to see if anyone has any ideas. Here are her symptoms:

    Coat is not taken care of. When you pull on the coat/skin it feels dehydrated (vet showed me this).
    Eyes just look a little off.
    She has lost weight.
    She has an excessive appetite. Will eat anything put in front of her and begs as though she is a starving ally cat.
    No energy.
    VERY vocal now. Constantly is meowing at us.

    This morning she had her newest symptom;
    A wet back end. Her tail, and legs surrounding her bottom are soaked. Our maine coon we lost two years ago did this when in kidney failure. So I am a little worried.

    The only test I can think of that has not been done so far is a urinalysis. I plan to ask for one of these this week.

    I can not tell you if she is urinating more frequently as we don’t have a little box in the house. Cats have a cat door and have a litter box in the garage or go outside to use the restroom. She is one that prefers not using the litter box and having the great outdoors to do her business.

    If anyone has any ideas on what this might be I would appreciate it. Three things the vet has ruled out that were common signs of her illness were : Feline Leukemia (not cancer though), diabetes, and thyroid disease. We have also treated her for any type of worm. I believe the blood work we did was the one of the cheaper end the last time we did it.

    Thank you in advance.
    Yes she is spayed and her feline leukemia test was negative.
    Also, her back end where it is wet, is still wet. It stays wet. She appears to clean it, but the area stays soaked looking. I had a cat with this two years ago and it was when she was in full liver failure. She was throwing up too. This kitty is not throwing up.

    • ANSWER:
      I strongly agree about the urinalysis too as cats are prone to urinary tract infections and this should be ruled out as it is common in cats. Kidney function tests are also done with blood work so you should ask if these tests were done as well. As for the wet back end I dont know what would cause that unless your cat likes to sit in the tub. Did it smell like urine? My cat has this thing about sitting on the wet bathmat in the tub after we shower and it does make her back end all wet but that is the only thing I can think of there. Has she been tested for feline aids? Outdoor cats can be exposed through other cats. Or, perhaps cancer of some kind but you would need to ask your vet about tests for that. Hope she is ok.

  8. QUESTION:
    What is this hard lump next to my Adams apple?
    I recently found a small hard bump on the right side (my right) of my Adams apple. There is a somewhat similar but much less pronounced and much softer bump on the left side. It’s about the size of a pea maybe a little smaller, but it’s hard, sore to the touch, and it doesnt move. I checked my girlfriend and roomates’ throats in the same spot and couldn’t find a similar bump in their throats so I’m assuming this isn’t normal.

    Yesterday I found streaks of blood in my spit, then blew my nose and it was all blood. It stopped bleeding after a few times blowing it… It wasnt bleeding inside my nostrils themselves seemed more like it was coming from my sinuses or The pathways between my throat and sinuses (there was no blood when i would stick the napkin in my nostril, but Lots of blood would come out when id blow)… I’m not sure if these are related symptoms, but I figured I’d note it as I’ve seen those two symptoms together on lists of things to look for in regard to throat cancer

    I also had half my thyroid removed in may of 2009, due to a ‘benign adenoma” on the left node. The bump is not on the same side as the surgery, so I don’t think it could scar tissue…

    Since it’s new years eve I won’t be able to call a doc till Monday but I wanted to see if anyone here may know anything. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      I would talk to a doctor, just to be safe

  9. QUESTION:
    I have an undiagnosed condition and need help!?
    I am a 20 year old female who has been having stomach problems for the past year or so, and it has gotten much worse in the past six months. The symptoms are now starting to affect more parts of my body, and the pain can be debilitating and is affecting my schoolwork. I was tested for thyroid issues and Celiac, but both were negative. I also went to the ER for abdominal pain a few weeks ago, but that didn’t turn up any new results.

    Here is a list of symptoms:

    Digestive symptoms – abdominal pain (sometimes crampy and all over, sometimes very sharp in right upper abdomen or left lower abdomen, sometimes made worse coughing or sneezing), LOTS of diarrhea, undigested food in stool almost every day, sometimes fat or mucus in stool, loss of appetite, lots of extreme bloating, some nausea/heartburn/dry-heaving, sometimes foods taste very different than they should (ex – candy tasting extremely acidic, milk tasting like sushi, plain white rice tasting nutty)

    Skin symptoms – I get a red skin rash almost every night or afternoon. It’s itchy, not raised, and not dry. It’s not related to any contact allergy or physical activity. Sometimes, it seems to happen more often or with more severity when I feel really warm or cold. My hair has thinned significantly in the past year, and I’ve started getting coarser hair elsewhere on my body (arms, face). My skin feels itchy most of the time.

    Nervous symptoms – extreme fatigue/malaise, depression/anxiety, headaches, trouble concentrating, photophobia and phonophobia, increased sensitivity to cold and heat, numbness in fingers

    Other symptoms – occasional low-grade fever, muscle weakness/pain, joint pain/swelling, easy bruising (once I got a bruise from the elastic band on my sweatpants and it wasn’t tight, another time on my arm from holding a package – the bruise was in a line from where the package was resting against my arm), I had some very mild jaundice and green-tinted urine at one point. I’m anemic and have high liver function according to the most recent tests. I don’t drink, and I don’t take any drugs unless they are prescribed (I deal with headaches by drinking water and resting). Small doses of Lortab helped relieve many of the digestive symptoms (prescribed by the ER). Diseases that have come up with my doctor are: lupus, Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis, IBS, Celiac (apparently false negatives are common?), and diverticulitis. Also, gallstones and pancreatic cancer were suggested, but less likely. We are pretty sure it’s autoimmune.

    I’m sick of being sick, and am reaching out for help in every place possible. I would love any suggestions or ideas, questions to ask my doctor, tests to request, warm thoughts, or stories (if you had a similar illness and got a diagnosis or found a way to manage the symptoms). I’m seeing my doctor next week, but because I’ve already gone through two series of tests, I want to be more prepared this time to help lead to a diagnosis more quickly. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      You have a lot of symptoms that could indicate a variety of problems. Celiac Disease, possible intestinal obstruction (Intestinal carcinoma, lymphoma), bruising is indicative of a bleeding disorder such as Von Willebrand disease or leukemia. Upper right quadrant pain indicates gallbladder disease, especially if fever and nausea are present also. Some of your symptoms are also those that present with kidney disease and diabetes so you have a real jungle of symptoms which has a tendancy to lead me back to Celiac Disease because …

      Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder which can present with an amazing array of symptoms, Gastrointestinal (cramps, pain, bloating, fatty stools, nausea, vomiting), Neurological (tingling, numbness, nerve pain, fatigue, depression and more) and so it is just frustrating for people who have it yet have not been diagnosed plus false negative tests are common. The definitive diagnosis is based on a positive biopsy of the small intestine. It’s not uncommon to have a false negative blood test yet have a positive biopsy.

      If you had maybe thought you had Celiac Disease and went on a gluten free diet before being tested that could have created a false positive and it may create a false biopsy if you have been on the gluten free diet for anytime allowing your small intestinal cells to heal and the villi to re-establish. However that doesn’t sound likely that you have adapted the diet because you said you are still experiencing symptoms even though some people with refractory Celiac do not see a reversal of symptom via diet.

      If it were me I’d ask the doc to re-test for CD (blood work) and also do stool fat, total protein, albumin, calcium, vitamin b12, autoantibodies, vitamin d, vitamin e, CBC, CMP.

      Oftentimes Celiac Disease causes malabsorption (reason for fatty stool) and this in turn creates vitamin deficiencies within the fat soluble vitamins such as d, calcium, vitamin k. b12 and so forth. It also causes anemia in many people and a host of other symptoms and complications because (via autoimmune response) it can attack your organs such your heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas (autoimmune response) thereby creating symptom from those sources as well.

      Celiac Disease can also cause lactose intolerance (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea in severe cases) and so this complication could be a portion of your symptoms.

      I would suggest you keep a very concise diary of your symptoms, including when they occur (time, date, etc…) and of course exactly what they are. Note what you eat daily so that you can correlate your food intake with symptoms (note whether symptoms appear immediately after, within hours, or even a day or two after ingestion). Be as accurate as possible and by this I mean if you chew a stick of gum, write it down because …

      You’d be amazed how many products we eat contain wheat, barley or rye (sources of gluten) or are processed with wheat, barley or rye products. Even spices can contain wheat and wheat derivatives that contain gluten. If you drink wine the oaken cask it was probably aged in most likely was treated on the inside of the cask with a wheat paste to prevent leakage. That paste leaches into the wine and guess what? If you have CD you will most likely suffer intestinal damage.

      Of course I am not saying you have Celiac Disease. You may not have it at all. You may have something else entirely such as cancer that could present with a myriad of strange symptoms or it could be a combination of gallbladder disease (pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, jaundice are all possible symptoms) and kidney disease. Now, don’t let what I write frighten you, simply get your doc to rule various possibilities out by doing the appropriate tests.

      I wish you better health :-)

  10. QUESTION:
    I’m too scared to go to the doctor? Please help?
    I have been badly wanting to make myself go to the doctor for literally months now. My mom will make the plans and the day before, I will cancel. I will be so disappointed in myself, yet relieved that I can push it off further. It’s like I’m trying to ignore the problem at hand, and I try to act like it doesn’t exist. Do you know what I mean?

    To the point, I highly suspect that I have ovarian cancer. I know that given my age (17), that should be extremely unlikely, but there have been girls my age who have had it. I can look at countless symptoms that have lasted at least 6 months… such as problems going to the bathroom, going up a size in jeans for unknown reasons (sometimes, I’ll need to wear two sizes up!), and feeling full when I have barely ate anything). The no period part has lasted nearly TWO years! I kept mentioning it to my doctor, but she said it was ‘normal’ for someone my age. So, eventually I stopped mentioning it… Not to mention, the unwanted weight loss has been happening for over a year, too. It takes so much energy out of me, but I try really hard to eat enough calories to balance it off. Of course there can be some hope that I don’t have it, which is why I have been avoiding the doctor. You know, acting like there is no problem. This is the first time I am admitting that to myself, but yeah. I’m simply avoiding it. After I got very ill over a week ago (I couldn’t even leave my bed… it was too painful), it was sort of my wake up call. I really thought I was dying. My mom thought there was something wrong with my kidney (lower back hurt, but it’s better now), but it also felt like my whole body was shutting down (such as my spleen and the area below my stomach having these stabbing pains). I’m getting a bit off topic, aren’t I? Well anyway, thankfully that rough patch is over. I mean, I’m not crying in pain anymore, so that’s good.

    Anyway, I would rather get onto why I don’t want to go. Maybe you could help me out.

    1. I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism nearly a year after telling my doctor (and several other doctors) about the problems I was having with my thyroid. Every time, they would say I either had a virus in my thyroid (yeah…) or that “There has been something going around. You’ll be fine.” They wouldn’t help me one bit, until I finally kept insisting. Here I was going around with it, suffering, and everyone would act like I was delusional or something. Anyway, it wasn’t a good time for me. I still have it, though, but I’m managing. Point is, I feel like the same thing is going to happen all over again…
    2. I don’t like them feeling my stomach and stuff. I was sexually abused when I was a little girl (NOT by a doctor btw). Obviously, it causes me some discomfort. I mean, I can barely look at my bare skin, much less have someone examine it. : I’ve told my mom about that, but she is like, “But it’s a girl doctor, so I don’t see what the problem is…”
    3. I’m scared about the diagnosis. I feel like, if I’m not diagnosed, maybe I can live my life as if I don’t have it. If I end up dying, at least it won’t be with a bunch of people feeling sorry for me… *sighs* It’s really hard for me to explain.
    4. I’m really depressed, so sometimes I feel like maybe it’s a good thing if this kills me. I know, that’s a horrible thought, but that’s some honesty for you. I feel like God (if there is one) somehow answered my horrible prayers to ‘just kill me’. It’s like, careful what you wish for. :(

    Ah, sorry to be all gloomy. Could you just give me some much needed advice, though? Like, have you had a similar type of ‘phobia’? What did you do about it? I know it’s really stupid to be avoiding the doctor like this (especially if I do have ovarian cancer), but that’s why I’m asking for help.

    Thank you in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Its perfectly normal for you to be nervous if its something you suspect to be bad. Honestly in my opinion going to the doctor is your best bet. Since you have been sexually abused, you might try letting the doctor know so they dont freak you out. i know its really hard, but getting a diagnosis and treatment is your BEST option. Chances are it isnt ovarian cancer, but if it is you need to get checked out. Im 19 and I also didnt have my period for around 2 years and figured out that I have poly cystic ovaries. You never know, I had some of the same fears that you had but realized that its better to get checked out then not

      Ive seen cancer first hand and the faster you catch it the better. Good luck and I really hope everything turns out well!!

  11. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my cat? Please help!?
    My 3 year old female cat has lost about a pound in the last 6 months. Other than the weight loss she hasn’t really had any other symptoms. She’s not overly active, but she does run around with the kittens at night. She has been wanting a lot more attention since December but I thought she was just growing out of her teenage years. I took her to the vet to have her thyroid checked and her thyroid test came back normal but other blood work revealed high blood calcium and elevated liver enzymes. The vet took more blood from her the next day (fasting draw) and sent it out to check her parathyroid and confirm that the first test was not a false positive. Her test results came back and her blood calcium was still high and her parathyroid was normal. From what I have read, most cats that have hypercalcemia have lymphoma cancer. The vet said that if my cat was older they would automatically jump to cancer but she has never seen this in a cat this young. Right now the vet seems more concerned about the blood calcium, but could the elevated liver enzymes be related? We are taking my cat in for x-rays and an ultrasound to look for tumors this week. I was just wondering if anyone has had a similar experience, or could offer any insight on a connection between the liver and hypercalcemia. I am not trying to gain medical advice in place of going to the vet. I do a lot of research online and try to find out as much as I can to help out my furry children. It is just nice to have other people’s input.

    Thank you in advance for helping me out!
    They did take a urine sample from her and I’m guessing it was normal because they did not say anything about it. They didn’t say anything about her sugars from the bloodwork either so I don’t think it is diabetes. I just can’t find anything on hypercalcemia AND elevated liver enzymes being linked together. I asked the vet if she could have a tumor in her liver and she said an ultrasound will determine that but it didn’t seem like she thought it was a possibility.

    • ANSWER:
      ask your vet about the chance of your cat having FIP (feline infectious peritonitis) it’s rare but I still see it from time to time the hospital I work at