Hypothyroidism And Symptoms And Hair Loss

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do you lose weight with Hypothyroidism?
    I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when I was 17. My thyroid function is "normal" or at least that's what the doctor says. I've been taking levothyroxine for as long as I've been diagnosed. I'm 22 now and even thought I'm taking the medication, I'm still having symptoms: Hair loss, Intolerance to cold and of course, weight loss. Does anyone have any suggestions about how I can lose weight with Hypothyroidism?

    • ANSWER:
      Try the Lil Jack Workout Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKCGe2Ezris its free and it works

  2. QUESTION:
    Can low thyroid hormone symptoms like hair loss be reversed?
    I'm a 19 year old guy, I recently found out that I have a low thyroid hormone level and I’ve had the symptom of hair loss for more than 3 years now, but it’s really starting to show now. Can it be reversed once I start taking the hormone pill that my doctor prescribed to me?

    • ANSWER:
      If the hair loss is indeed due to low thyroid (hypothyroidism), then yes, it can reverse when you take prescribed replacement therapy.

  3. QUESTION:
    Why am I still losing hair after being on Synthroid?
    I've been on Synthroid for well over a year now and I've slowly been noticing more and more hair loss over time...but in the last few months it has gotten worse along with the other symptoms of hypothyroidism. I'm really getting worried because I've been losing A LOT of hair and noticing that it's a lot thinner than it was this time last year. I know I need to see my doctor again but I would love to know a way to stop losing so much hair that would work immediately. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      There is no way to immediately stop your hair loss. You need to see your doctor as soon as possible, especially since your other symptoms of thyroid disease are getting worse. I know how it feels to lose a lot of hair because of a disease, but you have to treat the condition that's causing the hair loss.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can Levothyroid make hypothyroidism symptoms worse?
    I recently started taking levothyroid for hypothyroidism. When I was diagnosed I didn't have the puffy face, hands and feet or the throat swelling and since I started the medicine 4 days ago its started that. My other symptoms have improved such as fatigue, hair loss, depression... but my throat feels like someone has their hands just around my neck but not squeezing it.

    • ANSWER:
      That could be a sign of an allegic reaction.
      When someone has hypothryroidism, the thyroid enlarges itself trying to compensate for its under production of thyroid hormones, it is refered to as a goiter, and thats what you may be feeling in your throat. It takes a few weeks for one's body to adjust to thyroid replacement.
      You should call your physician asap, let him or her determine whats what. Perhaps your best bet is to be on Synthroid, its the brand name a bit more expensive, but there is a slight difference in the 2 meds.
      Good luck.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is It Possible to Have Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism at The Same Time?
    Primary Symptoms:
    Depression, Anxiety, Irritability, Headcahes, Fatigue, Confusion (At times I walk around aimlessly and forget what I am doing and where I am.)

    Secondary Symptoms:
    Body Aches, Hair Loss, Acne

    Note: I have already been cleared psychologically, so this is not a mental disorder.

    • ANSWER:
      YES! It is called Hashimoto's.

      You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, may not mean much if ANTIBODIES are present which is indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between HYPER & HYPO at start)…it is the main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism but worse (...OR Graves Disease – HypERthyroid from beginning).

      You will have to INSIST they test for the antibodies. They can code so that ins will pay.

      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…
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/b…

      ALWAYS GET COPIES OF YOUR LABS.

      God bless you

  6. QUESTION:
    Does constipation go away after taking medication for hypothyroidism?
    I've been having chronic constipation for a few years now. I definitely eat enough fiber from whole grains, fruits and vegetables (25+ grams a day) I'm a vegetarian so its definitely not a matter of having too much protein or anything. Also, i exercise enough and have always been active. I used to not drink enough water so I blamed it on that but for the past few months I've been having more than enough and nothing really changes. I absolutely never poop a lot and would say i go a little bit naybe once a week (sorry for the gross details). If I take dulcolax, I have diarhhea and then go back to being constipated and bloated the very next day.

    I was reading online about other causes not related to unhealthy diet/lifestyle and saw hypothyroidism. I've looked more into that and definitely have so many of the symptoms (chronic constipation, pretty bad hair loss, always being cold, and feeling tired a lot). I'm planning on going to my doctor soon and hopefully this will be the cause of my problems so I can fix it and move on with my life!

    My actual question is when you start taking meds to fix the hormone problem, will my digestion go back to normal? I'm not nearly as annoyed and concerned with the other symptoms as I am with the constipation (I can live with being cold, not chronic constipation).
    How long after correcting this problem (if this actually is the problem like I think) until I an start using the bathroom regularly?

    Anyone with hypothyroidism or anyone with any knowledge or experience please help! Also, don't tell me its causes by bad diet/low fiber/not enough water, I'm absolutely positive it's not. Im young and healthy and I'm so damn sick of this ridiculous problem.

    • ANSWER:
      My constipation cleared up after taking thyroid meds for about 2 months.
      Based on most forums, it takes 2 to 3 months though some people are OK after less time.

      They start you on a low dose and gradually creep up as finding the right dose is a bit experimental, so you sometimes have to wait a while.

      Definitely got tested for hypothyroidism as you have all the main symptoms.

      Also start reading about the condition on forums as there are very few good doctors in this field aand different people need different treatments
      eg I'm fine with T4 only, some people have to have T3 as well to get any results at all.
      You need to teach yourself about this as the doctors, like I said, seem not to care.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can Hyperthyroidism turn into Hypothyroidism due to overdose of medicine?
    I was diagnosed with HYPERThyroidism a month ago. My doctor started treating me with neomercazole 10 mg twice a day. Before starting the treatment, my weight was 50 kg and it was constant. Now my weight is increasing rapidly. In one month, it has increased by 4 kg. It is very depressing.
    Now, I am trying very hard to get it back to 50. I am eating healthy food, I walk 5 km everyday. But it is not reducing.
    My thyroid glands are looking enlarged than earlier. Also, I have some symptoms of Hypothyroidism like dry skin, hair loss, weight gain of course, puffy face.
    So, can it be due to overdose of medicine?
    Sorry for my bad English.

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  8. QUESTION:
    how long for symptoms to get better with treatment for hypothyroidism?
    I was just diagnosed and will be starting med soon. I'm just wondering how long for med to improve symptoms like fatigue and hair loss?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on how low your thyroid levels are. The lower it is the longer it'll take to start feeling better. And it may take your endocrinologist a while to figure out the right dosage for you too.
      For me, I started feeling better after a couple of weeks. But it took almost three months before I was 100% again. The fatigue was the last thing to go, unfortunately.
      Just take your Levoxyl every day and you'll be back to normal before you know it. Hope you feel better soon.

  9. QUESTION:
    Is there any other options other than taking hormone replacement therapy drugs?
    I have hypothyroidism. And I am now have symptoms of a hormone imbalance. I am only 41 years old. My doctor has not gotten my thyroid regulated. Last month it was too low and I feel I am also having symptoms of hyperthyroidism. I don't want to start on the hrt because of the negative side effects (hair loss and cancer). I have read about the bioidentical hrt drugs, but I am still unsure about these also. I was just wondering if someone knew of other ways to improve the imbalance with natural herbs, or vitamins etc. Thanks.
    By the way, I am a female.
    I have not taken any hormone replacement medicines. I haven't had any hair loss. I am just trying to find a more natural way of dealing with the symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      I helped my younger sister out with some pretty extensive research a while back. Basically what I came up with is that Elatus Thyroid Formula is a supplement that contains several vitamins, nutrients, and natural herbs that help get your body back on track. She really thought it helped a lot, so maybe it would work for you?

      I wish you luck!

  10. QUESTION:
    What supplements/treatments do you recommend for hypothyroidism?
    I have been experiencing hair loss, excessive sweating, severe depression, severe intolerance of hot climates/surroundings, frequent nausea, and stomach pains since I was seventeen. The year before, I starved myself for a month in order to lose some weight. I have a very prevelent family history of thyroid disorder. I think, perhaps I triggered this with the shock to my metabolism that my anorexia caused. I have been eating regularly since I was 19, but the symptoms persist. What should I do? I am tired of being uncomfortable all of the time, and having thinning hair in parts because of my body's problem...I'm only 19! My libido is one eighth of what it used to be, and my cognitive abilities aren't what they once were...I did a bit of research and saw that all of my symptoms lined up with hypothyroidism, and I wish to know where to look or what to eat, or what I can do to change my body back...

    • ANSWER:
      Levothyroxine from your doctor though he will want to do a thyroid function (blood)test first to confirm.

      There are also herbal supplements available (ask in store) but as alternative not in addition to thyroxine I would go with prescribed thyroxine which although synthetic is similar to what you are missing and should rectify all the symptoms.

  11. QUESTION:
    How do you save your life when all seems lost?
    Let's keep this as brief as can be:

    I'm 22 and male.
    At 15, I took a medical drug (Accutane) that screwed with my health and put me in a very bad place. I have various symptoms, and after spending hours researching and after getting tests, I know that:

    1) I have adrenal fatigue and some degree of hypothyroidism
    2) There is no cure for my side-effects right now - Some people claim to have them after over 20 years, which is concerning. I have seen a few reports of recovery, but usually if the problems (ranging from depression, anxiety, fatigue and hair-loss to digestive problems and sexual dysfunction) are still there after a year of coming off the drug, they don't seem to go away and things can get worse. It's been nearly 7 years since I stopped taking the drug.

    Along with my health, my whole life seems to have collapsed.
    I feel like I'm having a mid-life crisis and haven't been able to be happy in a long, long time, despite my best efforts.

    I'm really just looking for some advice, words of wisdom perhaps, from someone who may have been in a really difficult position like mine. I need to believe things can get better.

    My main concerns:

    1) Having to put up with feeling tired and unwell for the rest of my life
    2) My unhealthy relationship with my girlfriend of nearly three years - It's a mess because we both have individual problems (Mine are mostly mentioned; Hers are: Low self-esteem, OCD where she has to check my phone and facebook every day - very annoying for me - and has built into her mind, somehow, that she can't trust me). I don't know what to do. Sometimes I think I love her, and other times I think she makes me feel worse and isn't worth my time. We argue a lot, and get on eachother nerves. I find it hard to just give up on someone though.
    3) I have social anxiety and get very low sometimes with depression. I think this problem was brought on by Accutane, though I was never overly-confident as a kid. I'm seeing a counselor starting next week. This makes me feel very alone and uncomfortable around others and I've tried a few things to deal with the problem, but it's pretty rough. I'm trying to follow my heart and do Music, but this problem makes me want to give up.
    4) Lack of security - I lost my job a couple of weeks ago. I was working in a very busy bar. I tried my absolute best, but my social anxiety made it nightmarish and they decided not to keep me after the 90-day trial period. This, of course, did wonders for my self-esteem.

    That's a lot of information and it still doesn't give you the full-picture, but any words of advice would be much appreciated!

    Thank you for taking the time to read this.

    • ANSWER:
      I took acutane for 18 months with no side effects. I personally think it is all in ur head man.

  12. QUESTION:
    Can someone give me more information about HYPOthyroidism?
    Thyroid problems run in my family and lately I've started to notice more hair loss than normal.. which is a symptom of hypothyroidism.

    I also read that a symptom is low pulse. Does that mean that your pulse is very hard to find? Because mine is very difficult to find.

    • ANSWER:
      A faint pulse is not considered a symptom of hypothyroidism. If you are concerned about having an dysfunctional thyroid I would suggest letting your family doctor run a thyroid test on you to determine if you might need hormone therapy. Actually, hypothyroidism is quite common. Symtoms include:
      •Fatigue
      •Weakness
      •Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
      •Coarse, dry hair
      •Dry, rough pale skin
      •Hair loss
      •Cold intolerance (you can't tolerate cold temperatures like those around you)
      •Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
      •Constipation
      •Depression
      •Irritability
      •Memory loss
      •Abnormal menstrual cycles
      •Decreased libido

      Hope this helps.

  13. QUESTION:
    Effect of hypothyroidism on hair and body heat and how to be cured?
    suffering from hypothyroidism and my hair is become so thin .. does body heat has any effect on this ? any preventive measures?

    • ANSWER:
      body heat (or lack of it) is just another symptom of hypothyroidism. It doesn't cause hair loss.

      As thyroxine controls cell metabolism, all cells in the body suffer and slow down if you have an under active thyroid, that is why there are so many symptoms.

      If you are taking medication for it though, your thyroid levels return to normal and all the symptoms go away.

  14. QUESTION:
    On thyroid medication and still showing symptoms of hypo active thyroid. What should I do?
    I'm a fourteen year old girl about 5'8" and 150 pounds, I have hypo-active thyroid and am on a 50mg medication call levothyroxine, despite the fact that I'm on medication, I'm still showing symptoms that I had before my medication (i.e. Cold hands and feet, hair loss, constipation, rough rigid nails, low metabolism) What should I do about this?

    • ANSWER:
      hey girl, I have your exact same thing. I'm on 100mg of levothyroxine though. Have your doctor give you a blood test to make sure your TSH level is in range, it's likely it could be too high still and if so you'll need an increase in medication. Some symptoms just never fully go away though. I've had hypothyroidism since I was 7.

  15. 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

  16. QUESTION:
    Will my hair grow back after falling out from thyroid issues?
    I have been having my hair fall out due to thyroid issues. I am now on thyroid medications and I am wondering if my hair will grow back. I have noticed that I have had a lot of ingrown hairs. Could this be a sign my hair is coming back or is it just a coincidence.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Amanda. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 3 years. My main symptom was hair loss. After being on medication for 3 years, my hair is still falling out ( what little i have left ). I've lost about 70% of my hair, and no longer leave my house because i'm so embarrassed of the way i look. My doctors told me my hair would stop falling out, and that it would grow back, but after trying 6 different medications, and getting my levels good, it never did. I'm not trying to scare you, i just want you to be aware of what can happen. I feel i was lied to in the beginning, because everybody said it would stop, and grow back. Losing my hair has devastated me beyond belief. I cry every day over it. I was surprised when i joined a support group for hair loss, that a lot of the people there lost their hair from thyroid disease also. It never came back. That being said, i do know other people that lost their hair, and it did grow back. I guess i'm just one of the unlucky ones :-( I hope your medication works, and all your hair grows back. I would never want somebody to go through what i've gone through. Losing my hair is the worst thing that has ever happened to me. Best of luck to you. Take care :-)

  17. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what the symptoms of thyroid problems are?
    My sister told me see was having blood work done because her doctor thinks her symptoms may be explained by a thyroid problem. What are some common symptoms? She says one of her symptoms is her hair falling out. I can't find anything about that symptom as related to thyroid problems!

    • ANSWER:
      The thyroid gland, which is in your neck, sets the rate at which you produce energy from your body's stores by the release of thyroid hormones.

      Hyperthyroid
      If you're producing too much hormone, and the gland is overactive, you're said to be hyperthyroid. You'll have too much energy, lose weight, feel warm and may have symptoms such as palpitations.

      There are many causes of an overactive thyroid and you may need blood tests and scans to find out what's responsible.

      The most common reason is when your body's defences falsely recognise your own tissue as an invader and begin to attack it. This is called autoimmune disease and it stimulates the thyroid to produce more hormones.

      If you have a cyst or growth in the thyroid, it may also produce too much hormone.

      Hyperthyroidism symptoms may include:

      weight loss
      rapid heartbeat
      tremor
      excessive sweating
      heat intolerance
      anxiety
      muscle weakness
      goitre
      irregular periods

      Hypothyroid
      If your thyroid is underactive - not producing enough hormone - you'll have too little energy and will feel slow, tired and lethargic. You'll become hypothyroid.

      Again, there are many causes, but for some it seems to be part of the ageing process. Hypothyroidism is especially common in women after the menopause. Look for the following symptoms:

      exhaustion, tiredness, sleep problems
      difficulty concentrating or remembering
      weight gain
      dry hair, skin and nails
      depression or anxiety
      constipation
      poor libido
      breathlessness and swelling of feet
      hoarseness
      cold intolerance
      face swelling and puffy eyes
      in women, heavy periods

      How many people are affected?
      Hyperthyroidism affects up to one in 50 people and is ten times more common in women than in men. It can occur at any age but is most common between the ages of 20 and 50.

      Hypothyroidism is ten times more common in women than in men and usually occurs over the age of 40.

      What's the treatment?
      It's difficult to prevent thyroid illness. Hypothyroidism is treated with thyroid hormone medication. Treatment of hyperthyroidism may involve medication to reduce the production of thyroid hormone, radioactive iodine therapy or a thyroidectomy (removal of part of the thyroid gland).

      This article was last medically reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks in July 2006

  18. 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

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  19. QUESTION:
    What does your thyroid have to do with body hair?
    I was reading a question, and someone had answered that your thyroid is responsible for hair on your body. What is a thyroid and what exactly does it do? What are its responsibilities in females?

    • ANSWER:
      You need your thyroid for the hormones it produces. The thyroid—a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck—makes hormones that control the way your body uses energy. Your thyroid controls your metabolism, which is how your body turns food into energy, and also affects your heart, muscles, bones and cholesterol.

      While thyroid disorders can range from a small, harmless goiter (enlarged gland) to life-threatening cancer, the most common thyroid problems involve an abnormal production of thyroid hormones. Too much of these vital body chemicals results in a condition known as hyperthyroidism. Too little hormone production leads to hypothyroidism.

      Hyperthyroidism happens when the thyroid becomes overactive and produces too much of its hormones. People with hyperthyroidism have problems that reflect overactivity of the organs of the body, resulting in symptoms such as sweating, feeling hot, rapid heartbeats, weight loss, HAIR LOSS, and sometimes eye problems.

      Unlike hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism stems from an underproduction of thyroid hormones. Since your body's energy production requires certain amounts of thyroid hormones, a drop in hormone production leads to lower energy levels, causing you to feel weak and tired. Hypothyroidism will also cause HAIR LOSS.

      Pretty much, if your thyroid produces too much or too little of the T3 hormone... then you will suffer the effects of hair loss.

      If you need more information regarding thyroids (what they do and how they contribute to hair loss)... then check out a few of these links.
      http://www.oprah.com/slideshow/health/wellnessandprevention/slideshow1_ss_soh_200803/1
      http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/ThyroidAndHairLoss.htm
      http://www.thyroid.ca/Articles/EngE9B.html
      http://www.zrtlab.com/Page.aspx?nid=20
      http://symptoms.wrongdiagnosis.com/cosymptoms/reduced-body-hair/thyroid-problems.htm

  20. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for hair to thicken/to see physical change after starting treatment for hyopothyroidism?
    Hey guys. I've heard that hypothyroidism has thinning of the hair as a symptom, something that I've got pretty iffy in the front! I've also heard that levothyroxine, when switching doses, it causes hair loss. Over the past three years, I've been diagnosed, but I had been taking levothyroxine not every single day (Sometimes it was every other day, sometimes once a month, sometimes for a week, sometimes two weeks, etc etc). Well, as of this August, I had FINALLY learned what Hypothyroidism is, and have learned that it is causing the majority of my problems, including the hair and my joint aches!

    So, my question again, how long would it take to see my hair thicken back up after seriously taking Levothyroxine (50 mcg) every day since around August 20th of 2012. It's December 26th 2012 as of today. So around four months have already passed. To be more in-general, because my joints still hurt a bit, how long will it take to see ANY physical changes in my body, after starting to take levo?

    My TSH level, last checked, was 1.37 if that helps any.

    Thank you all and happy holidays! :D

    • ANSWER:
      It may not thicken back ... may just stop thinning.

      I won't chastise for not taking the meds as you are already suffering the consequences. I have always felt that anyone who has had symptoms as severe & numerous as mine, would NEVER miss a dose.

      The meds are very slow-acting (takes 6 wks to see any change) . That 50mcg is a low dose. Your doctor should be re-checking every 6 wks for a few mos til you get to your optimum dose (then every 6 mos thereafter). If he/she will not do this, perhaps you need another doctor.

      God bless

  21. QUESTION:
    What kind of doctor or specialist should I see?
    I have a whole slew of symptoms that have never been properly addressed most of them include:

    Very cold hands and feet (always)
    Sensitivity to cold temperatures
    Temperature dysregulation - uncontrollable shivering for hours from getting a bit too cold
    Pale Skin (I'm constantly told that I look anemic)
    Hair loss - results in balding of my hairline and overall thinning and periodically fills back out
    Very low energy and easily fatigued - no energy to workout anymore, trust me I try.
    Irritability
    Vision problems
    Insomnia
    Muscle/hand cramps and spasms
    General feelings of weakness
    Some chest pain and shortness of breath
    Always feel like I'm walking in a fog and can't concentrate
    Fingernails never grow for months (are always brittle and thin if and when they do)
    Electrical shock or "jolt" that I feel in certain parts of my body at times.

    I have just an overall feeling of weirdness that I can't describe. Sometimes I feel like I don't have control over my body and that I may just slip into a coma.

    I've had everything from a head MRI, Echocardiogram/ultrasound and blood tests. I've gone to family medicine where they ordered a CBC, chest x-ray, EKG, tested for H. Pylori, anemia, thyroid levels, Hep C, HIV etc. All came back normal except for my thyroid levels which were "borderline low" and all the doctor told me to do was to take a vitamin D supplement which has proved to do nothing. I take multi-vitamins, B12, fish oil, vitamin D and iron daily and feel no difference.

    About me: 22 year-old/Female 5'7'' 175lbs (gained 20lbs and struggling with my weight due to lack of energy). I love healthy food and eat relatively healthy in regards to my overall diet except now I get overwhelming cravings for chocolate and carbohydrates which are hard to ignore. I have food allergies to peanuts, green peas and kiwi fruit. I used to workout daily (kickboxing, running, dance, strength training) but my energy levels just feel nonexistent and I don't feel like myself anymore. I was 12 when I first noticed the symptoms but they have only gotten progressively worse since then, now to the point to where it is severely affecting my life as an adult. I want to be a happy healthy active person that enjoys life but I feel like I have no control over what is happening to my body. I get severely depressed to where it feels like it would be better to commit suicide because I don't like feeling this way every day. Every time I look at my nails that don't grow or feel the coldness of my hands and feet it's like a constant reminder that something is wrong me.

    I want someone who can possibly tell me of the type of doctor I should see because I feel at a loss with all the ones I have gone to and I can't afford to do this much longer. Any help is appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get your butt to an Endocrinologist, and fast. What you're describing are classic symptoms of hypothyroidism, not "borderline low" levels. The temperature sensitivity is usually the first symptom; muscle weakness and short term memory problems come later, along with everything else. If you're losing hair and experiencing weight gain, it's been happening for a long time, and is probably getting progressively worse as you get older.

      You can read more here - I'm sure you'll see some familiar things on the list:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypothyroidism

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypothyroidism/DS00353/DSECTION=symptoms

      The reason I know about this is that my wife had thryoid cancer years ago and had hers removed. Before her first radiation treatment, they had to let her go hypothyroid for several weeks, and I was dumbfounded at how much it affected her. Even now, 26 years later, when she's low on her meds (or forgets to take them; people without thryoids need to take synthetic hormones for the rest of their lives) I can always tell the symptoms. She wasn't much older than you are at the time; 27. In her case though, she was exposed to the radiation fallout plume from the Chernobyl accident in 1986.

      Even after several weeks, it was a struggle for her just to get up and walk across the room. Shopping meant exhaustion.

      Again, get to an Endocrinologist ASAP. It can really screw you up more if left untreated. It's amazing just how much the thyroid affects your body systems.

      I'd also suggest you lose your idiot doctor. Iodine deficiency is the problem with hypothyroidism, not a lack of Vitamin D.

  22. QUESTION:
    How is it possible for me to have hypothyroidsm and be underweight by about 30 pounds?
    My doctor just told me that I have hypothyroidism. I am 22 years old and have a healthy diet but don't seem to gain weight at all. In fact, I've lost 15 pounds in the last few months without changing my diet.

    • ANSWER:
      I have hypothyroidism and I am not overweight... You probably only require a LOW level of the hormone replacement, Levothyroxine or Synthroid, Because your condition isn't as severe. If you were to not take your meds you would start experiencing the symptoms of hypothyroidism over time, such as fatigue, weight gain, painful/irregular menses, hair loss, itchy dry skin, muscle aches/pains, constipation etc...

  23. QUESTION:
    Need a Vets Opinion. Chihuahua missing hair on tail has two bumps on it, one popped and was filled with blood?
    Hello. I have a chihuahua he's larger than he should be. For the longest time he's been missing a patch of hair in the middle of his tail. The section is about 1-2 inches. We never knew why. The other day, there was a bump on it. Yesterday, I noticed another one that looked like it was about to burst and when I touched it, it popped and it was filled with blood. It bled for a little bit. Then stopped. The part of his tail with the hair missing has a purplish tone to it, I always thought it was just his skin color. Any opinions would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, first let's talk about the hair loss issue.

      When a dog has a patch of hair missing, the first thing I suspect is fleas.

      If the dog does not have fleas or is not itchy in that area, the next thing I suspect is hypothyroidism. It causes hair loss on the tail area, and does not cause itching or discomfort. It just...falls out. Is your chihuahua also overweight? Obesity is another symptom of hypothyroidism.

      The purplish tone on your dog's bald area is pigment. The happens because now that it is exposed to the elements, it toughens and pigments.

      As far as the little bumps--I suspect that they might be cysts, pimples, or some type of insect bite.

      I think your best bet is to get him checked by his vet, especially because of the possibility of hypothyroidism. And the issue of the unexplained hair loss should be addressed even if hypothyroidism is not the culprit. It could be any number of things. (fungal infection, demodectic mange, etc)

  24. QUESTION:
    What are the most typical symptoms of Hyperthyroidism?
    Do any of you suffer from Hyperthyroidism and what are your symtoms?
    Also has your Hyperthyroidism turned into Hypothyroidism because of your thyroid medication? I would appreciate your input.Thanks in advance and have a great spring:)

    • ANSWER:
      I have hypothyroidism. However, when they were stabilizing my TSH levels and the medication, I briefly had hyperthyroidism. With hyperthyroidism, I experienced rapid heart rate, diarrhea, and hair loss.
      Here's the common symptoms for hyperthyroidism:
      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000356.htm

  25. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a thyroid problem?
    I've already asked a thyroid question, but the only answer i got was that i didn't list enough symptoms. My mother wants me to get checked out by a doctor and i would like to know if i have any symptoms i didn't know was associated with a thyroid problem. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Low energy and fatigue or tiredness, especially in the morning, difficulty losing weight, a sensation of coldness--especially of the hands and feet, depression, slowness of thought processes, headaches, swelling of the face or fluid retention in general, dry coarse skin, brittle nails, stiffness of joints, muscular cramps, shortness of breath on exertion, and chest pain, and chronic constipation are common. In women, menstrual problems--such as PMS and menstrual irregularities including heavy periods and fertility problems are further signs and symptoms. Disorders associated with hypothyroidism include headaches, migraines, sinus infections, post-nasal drip, visual disturbances, frequent respiratory infections, difficulty swallowing, heart palpitations, indigestion, gas, flatulence, constipation, diarrhea, frequent bladder infections, infertility, reduced libido and sleep disturbances, with the person requiring 12 or more hours of sleep at times. Other conditions include intolerance to cold and/or heat, poor circulation, Raynaud's Syndrome, which involves the hands and feet turning white in response to cold, allergies, asthma, heart problems, benign and malignant tumors, cystic breasts and ovaries, fibroids, dry skin, acne, fluid retention, loss of memory, depression, mood swings, fears, and joint and muscle pain.

      The physical examination often reveals the hair to be dry, brittle and thinning. The outer third of the eyebrows is often missing. One often finds swelling under the eyes. The tongue is often thick and swollen. The skin may be rough, dry and flaky and show evidence of acne. The skin may also have a yellowish tinge due to high carotene in it. Nails tend to be brittle and break easily. The thyroid gland may be enlarged. The patient is more often overweight, but may also be underweight. Hands and feet are frequently cold to the touch. Reflexes are either slow or absent. The pulse rate is often slow even though the patient is not a well-trained athlete.

      If the average temperature is below 97.8 Fahrenheit, then the diagnosis of a low functioning thyroid system is likely. An average temperature above 98.2 is considered high and might reflect a hyperthyroid condition.

      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

  26. QUESTION:
    What types of thyroid conditions can cause weight gain and hair loss?
    And is there anyway to check it without going to the doctor. I imagine there isn't, but I figure it doesn't hurt to ask.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, Witty. There are two primary kinds of thyroid disease relevant to weight gain and hair loss, hyperthyroidism, (overactive), and hypothyroidism, (underactive). Both conditions are mostly found in women and are a major cause of hair loss.

      Hyperthyroidism is a condition that overly produces thyroid hormone by an enlarged thyroid gland, which diffuses hair loss. The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is called Graves' disease, an autoimmune condition resulting in over producing thyroid hormone by an enlarged gland. Women between their twenties and thirties are mostly infected with hyperthyroidism.

      Hypothyroidism is a condition that doesn't produce enough thyroid hormone. The most common cause of hypothyroidism is called Hashimoto's disease, antibodies that attacks the thyroid causing destruction towards the thyroid hormone production.

      Some symptoms of hyperthyroidism are weight gain or loss, excessive perspiring, fatigue, leg swelling, emotional changes and oily skin.

      Symptoms of hypothyroidism include weight gain, depression, the swelling of eyelids, hands and feet, muscle aches and dry skin.

      Studies have shown that millions of Americans have been affected with a thyroid disease. Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are autoimmune thyroid diseases, and if you have one autoimmune disease you can easily increase the risk of attracting another autoimmune disease.

      It's nothing to fool around with, so I would bite the bullet and get checked out by a doctor.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have hypothyroidism at 23 yrs old?
    I'm a 23-year-old female and have been experiencing most of the symptoms for a couple of years now (fatigue, weakness, coarse and dry hair, constipation, irritability, pale skin, memory loss, decreased libido). The onset of some of the symptoms seemed OK a while back, but they have persisted for years. I am a normal weight, but I do find it harder to lose weight now, which I thought was just normal as I got older. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it is possible. You'd better make an appointment to have it checked. In the meantime, get some Kelp supplements. The iodine they contain promotes a healthy thyroid (but it's not a long-term solution for serious thyroid problems).

  28. QUESTION:
    What were your hypothyroidism symptoms?
    I know what websites like Web MD and Mayo Clinic say about the typical symptoms, but I was wondering if anyone has any details about their specific process of experiencing symptoms & getting diagnosed?

    • ANSWER:
      Low energy and fatigue or tiredness, especially in the morning, difficulty losing weight, a sensation of coldness--especially of the hands and feet, depression, slowness of thought processes, headaches, swelling of the face or fluid retention in general, dry coarse skin, brittle nails, stiffness of joints, muscular cramps, shortness of breath on exertion, and chest pain, and chronic constipation are common. In women, menstrual problems--such as PMS and menstrual irregularities including heavy periods and fertility problems are further signs and symptoms. Disorders associated with hypothyroidism include headaches, migraines, sinus infections, post-nasal drip, visual disturbances, frequent respiratory infections, difficulty swallowing, heart palpitations, indigestion, gas, flatulence, constipation, diarrhea, frequent bladder infections, infertility, reduced libido and sleep disturbances, with the person requiring 12 or more hours of sleep at times. Other conditions include intolerance to cold, poor circulation, Raynaud's Syndrome, which involves the hands and feet turning white in response to cold, allergies, asthma, heart problems, benign and malignant tumors, cystic breasts and ovaries, fibroids, dry skin, acne, fluid retention, loss of memory, depression, mood swings, fears, and joint and muscle pain.

      The hair tends to be dry, brittle and thinning. The outer third of the eyebrows is often missing. One often finds swelling under the eyes. The tongue is often thick and swollen. The skin may be rough, dry and flaky and show evidence of acne. The skin may also have a yellowish tinge due to high carotene in it. Nails tend to be brittle and break easily. The thyroid gland may be enlarged. The patient is more often overweight. Hands and feet are frequently cold to the touch. Reflexes are either slow or absent. The pulse rate is often slow.

      The average temperature is below 97.8 Fahrenheit.

      Have you had your thyroid tested? You need testing for ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. 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…main cause of HypOthyroid & is worse (...OR Graves Disease - HypERthyroid).

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find 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

      God bless

  29. QUESTION:
    What causes temporary hearing loss and ringing?
    What causes my one ear to sometime have a high pitch ringing, and loss of hearing for about a minute at the most? It is also slightly blocked, and has been for over 2 months.

    • ANSWER:
      Ringing of the ear is called Tinnitus.
      Inside your inner ear, thousands of auditory cells maintain an electrical charge. Microscopic hairs form a fringe on the surface of each auditory cell. When they're healthy, these hairs move in relation to the pressure of sound waves. The movement triggers the cell to discharge electricity through the auditory nerve. Your brain interprets these signals as sound.

      If the delicate hairs inside your inner ear are bent or broken, they move randomly in a constant state of irritation. Unable to hold their charge, the auditory cells "leak" random electrical impulses to your brain as noise.

      Damage to auditory cells in your inner ear most commonly results from:

      Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis). This process usually begins around age 60.
      Noise-related damage to your inner ear. This erosion of your hearing ability may result from excessive exposure to loud noise over a long period of time. Tractors, chain saws and weapons are common sources of noise-related hearing loss. Portable music devices, such as MP3 players or iPods, may become a common source of noise-related hearing loss in the future if people play these devices loudly for long periods.
      Other causes of tinnitus may include:

      Long-term use of certain medications. Aspirin used in large doses and certain types of antibiotics can affect inner ear cells. Often the unwanted noise disappears when you stop using these drugs.
      Changes in ear bones. Stiffening of the bones in your middle ear (otosclerosis) may affect your hearing.
      Injury. Trauma to your head or neck can damage your inner ear.
      Certain disorders of your blood vessels can cause a type of tinnitus called pulsatile tinnitus. These may include:

      Atherosclerosis. With age and buildup of cholesterol and other fatty deposits, major blood vessels close to your middle and inner ear lose some of their elasticity — the ability to flex or expand slightly with each heartbeat. That causes blood flow to become more forceful and sometimes more turbulent, making it easier for your ear to detect the beats.
      High blood pressure. Hypertension and factors that increase blood pressure, such as stress, alcohol and caffeine, can make the sound more noticeable. Repositioning your head usually causes the sound to disappear.
      Turbulent blood flow. Narrowing or kinking in a carotid artery or jugular vein can cause turbulent blood flow and head noise.
      Malformation of capillaries. A condition called A-V malformation, which occurs in the connections between arteries and veins, can result in head noise.
      Head and neck tumors. Tinnitus may be a symptom of a tumor in your head or neck.

      So as not to cause panic. Maybe it's just a simple case of water trapped in your ear. or an infection called otitis media. It would be prudent for you to go see an EENT for proper diagnosis. and treatment. All you need might only be an ear irrigation.

      Tinnitus is usually caused by a head injury, an infection, such as colds or sinus infection or sinusitis, a disease or exposure to loud sounds such as gunshots and explosions.

      It can be a sign of hearing loss, or it can result from head injuries, or diseases that range from the common cold to diabetes. People who work with noisy equipment, such as power tools, can also get it. Or tinnitus may be initiated by a single loud noise, such as a gunshot or an explosion. It can also be a symptom of almost any ear disorder, including the following:

      Ear infections
      Blocked ear canal
      Blocked eustachian tube
      Otosolerosis
      Tumors of the middle ear
      Meniere's disease
      Damage to the ear caused by drugs (such as aspirin and some antibiotics)
      Hearing loss
      Blast injury from a blast or explosion

      Tinnitus may also occur with other disorders such as anemia, heart and blood vessel disorders including hypertension and arteriosclerosis, and low thyroid hormone levels in the blood (hypothyroidism).

      A wide variety of conditions and illnesses can lead to tinnitus. Blockages of the ear due to a buildup of wax, an infection (Otitis Media), or rarely, a tumor of the auditory nerve can cause the unwanted sounds. A perforated eardrum also could be the culprit. The most common source of chronic tinnitus is prolonged exposure to loud sounds from sources such as blaring radios, gunshots, jackhammers, industrial machinery, rock concerts, etc. The noise causes permanent damage to the sound-sensitive cells of the cochlea, a spiral- shaped organ in the inner ear. A single exposure to a sudden extremely loud noise can also cause tinnitus.

      In sensitive people, the mercury in common amalgam dental fillings can lead to tinnitus. The ringing could also be a signal that the body is overwhelmed with stress and work.

      Temporary tinnitus can also results from loose ear hair or a fragment from a recent haircut. They get deposited close to the ear drum, vibrate and create thunderous notes.

      Sinus congestion, antibiotics, aspirin, barbiturates, quinine containing medications, exposure to chemicals such as carbon monoxide from gasoline fumes or the benzene used by dry cleaners, or by excessive consumption of aspirin, alcohol, or caffeine can also results in tinnitus. In fact, tinnitus is cited as a potential side effect for about 200 prescription and nonprescription drugs. In these cases, the tinnitus usually disappears when the underlying triggers are controlled, limited, or avoided.

      Exercise can cause tinnitus by disrupting the auditory system's normal function. According to the New England Journal of Medicine (February 1991), ringing in the ears may result from the jarring force of high-impact exercises.

      The natural process of aging can result in a deterioration of the cochlea (hearing organ) or other parts of the ear and lead to tinnitus. Tinnitus is also associated with Meniere's disease, a disorder of the inner ear, and otosclerosis, a degenerative disease of the small bones in the middle ear. Tinnitus can also be a symptom of a disorder of the neck or jaw, such as temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ).

      For reasons not yet entirely clear to researchers, stress seems to worsen tinnitus.
      In your case, probably it's due to a head cold.

  30. QUESTION:
    Some hairs are becoming brittle, limp and crinkly and then eventually fall out, what is causing this?
    For the last 6 months my hair has been falling out, first it was thinning all over, but that has stopped. Now hairs on the hairline are becoming brittle, limp (they sort of fall on the forehead different from the other hairs), and they get some crinkles in them (I have straight hair). These hairs eventually fall out.

    Is this male pattern baldness or something else causing this?

    • ANSWER:
      Most common reason hair can fall out is due to of lack of certain nutrients such as B6 and folic acid.
      Even a partial lack of almost any nutrient may cause hair to fall out. Though the lack of B6 and/or folic acid can cause you to go completely bald. But the hair grows normally after the liberal intake of these vitamins. If you are really concerned about your levels of B6 and/or folic acid, your doctor can do a simple blood test of this.

      Another important cause of falling out hair is stress. Stress leads to a severe ten­sion in the skin of the scalp. This adversely affects the supply of essential nutrition required for the healthy growth of the hair. It makes the roots of the hair weak, resulting in the falling of hair. Unclean conditions of the scalp can also cause less hair. It weakens the hair roots by blocking the pores with the collected dirt. Make sure your scalp is clean.
      IF you don't believe you have any of the above problems, I would say that you definitely need to go to your doctor. You most likely need to have your hormones tested, especially if you are experiencing any other symptoms no matter how small they may seem. It could be due to hormonal changes, maybe even thyroid problems.
      ** IF it is a hypothyroidism, which is the main cause of hair loss in my family (even in the women), you could possibly also experience other symptoms, such as your fingernails becoming more brittle and easier to breakage and/or more tired or sluggish feeling sometimes.

      BUT, if it is only a slight case of hypothyroidism, then the doctor may say that you're within "normal" levels though you could actually be borderline.

      ***To test for this, use the iodine tincture test. It's cheap and available at any drugstore usually found near the wound cleaning items.
      Iodine tincture test: Use the dip stick and "paint" a quarter size dot on your inner thigh after a shower. Let it dry before putting clothes on so you don't cause a stain. If the stain on your skin is absorbed and gone within 24 hours, then your thyroid should be fine. If it takes longer, then you most likely have hypothyroidism. (The less time it takes for it to fade and be absorbed, the worse the hypothyroidism is.) Definitely see your doctor and have your thyroid checked if it takes less than 12 hours to fade on it's own.
      *** To fix slight/borderline hypothyroidism, continue to use the iodine tincture method about once a week until it no longer takes less than 24 hours to fade on it's own. Retest with the tincture every 3-6 months.
      Hope this helps, and Good Luck!

  31. QUESTION:
    What is thyroid disease in childen around one year to two years old?
    This one year old's soft spot has not healed over and he has some dry skin problems and a small loss of weight. This is some signs of thyroid disease. Hopefully it will turn out to be just a coincidence.

    • ANSWER:
      I would assume this child has been tested for thyroid disease. In the US, mandatory thyroid testing of infants has taken place since 1976. If this child has not been tested, then get him to a doctor as soon as possible. He may have congenital hypothyroidism. Even if he had been tested, it may be a good idea to test again. Hypothyroidism in a child can be devastating.

      Congenital hypothyroidism is a disorder that affects infants at birth, and occurs in about 1 in 4000 live-born babies. It is characterised by the loss of thyroid function, due to the thyroid gland failing to develop normally. In some cases, the gland is totally absent. About 10 per cent of cases are caused by an enzyme defect leading to deficient hormone production, iodine deficiency and a brain pituitary gland abnormality. If the diagnosis is delayed, and immediate treatment is not given, congenital hypothyroidism can lead to growth and developmental defects, and severe mental retardation (cretinism).

      Fortunately, routine testing for thyroid function in newborns has been mandatory since 1976. Within the first week of life, a heelprick blood sample is taken to assess an infant's thyroid hormone level. If any abnormality is found, a repeat blood sample is taken. If this confirms congenital hypothyroidism, the infant is immediately given thyroid hormone replacement therapy (T4 — thyroxine). Normal growth and development should then continue, with no adverse effects on the child's mental capacity.

      Before newborn thyroid screening began, this condition was easily missed. Even within a few days, subtle symptoms would emerge, such as poor feeding, constipation, low body temperature, cool skin, slow pulse, prolonged jaundice, increased sleepiness, and decreased crying. After a few weeks, other physical signs would become more noticeable, such as poor growth and development, dry skin and hair, poor muscle tone, slow tendon reflexes, hoarse crying, enlarged tongue, umbilical hernia, and puffiness or swelling. By this time, there would already have been some devastating consequences. Treatment with thyroid hormone replacement would have resolved most of the physical symptoms, but the child would more than likely have had permanent brain damage.

  32. QUESTION:
    Hi, is there a genuine tricologist / clinic in chennai with assured results for hair fall and dandruff treatme?
    Hi, is there a genuine tricologist / clinic in chennai with assured results for hair fall and dandruff treatment. My hair is in very worst state, and i lost 70 % of my hair and on the verge of becoming Male pattern baldness. Please provide me the details.

    • ANSWER:
      Hair loss can be a symptom of underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism.

      You should have the following blood tests done: TSH, FT4, FT3 and most importantly anti-thyroid antibodies.
      Only they can reveal if you have a problem with your thyroid, like Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
      Normal TSH is 0.3-3. (Some doctors still use the out-dated reference range of 0.5-5.5)
      Some doctors are very misinformed and not knowledgeable about thyroid conditions.

      See the symptoms below:
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypothyroidism/ds00353/dsection=symptoms
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hashimotos-disease/DS00567/DSECTION=symptoms
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com

      Treatment includes thyroid hormone replacement, such as Synthroid or natural Armour.

  33. QUESTION:
    What's the best alternative for Synthroid for Hypothryoidism?
    I've been hearing a lot of Thyrolar as a safer alternative for Synthroid. I've been having a lot of problems with hair falling out while using Synthroid and I'm only 20 years old. It's bad enough I have a thyroid issue, I don't need to be bald this early in my life. Has anyone else with Hypoactive Thyroidism found a better solution for treatment? What has worked best for you?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Medicines works very well in both Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism, below you will find the symptoms and the head remedies used in Homeopathy to treat Thyroid Disorders please read carefully and I would suggest you consult a good Homeopathic physician in your locality.

      Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. Since the main purpose of thyroid hormone is to "run the body's metabolism", it is understandable that people with this condition will have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism.

      Hypothyroidism - CAUSE
      There are two fairly common causes of hypothyroidism. The first is a result of previous (or currently ongoing) inflammation of the thyroid gland which leaves a large percentage of the cells of the thyroid damaged (or dead) and incapable of producing sufficient hormone. The most common cause of thyroid gland failure is called autoimmune thyroiditis (also called Hashimoto's thyroiditis), a form of thyroid inflammation caused by the patient's own immune system. The second major cause is the broad category of "medical treatments". As noted on a number of our other pages, the treatment of many thyroid conditions warrants surgical removal of a portion or all of the thyroid gland. If the total mass of thyroid producing cells left within the body are not enough to meet the needs of the body, the patient will develop hypothyroidism.

      Hypothyroidism - SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
      Fatigue
      Weakness
      Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
      Coarse, dry hair
      Dry, rough pale skin
      Hair loss
      Cold intolerance (can't tolerate the cold like those around you)
      Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
      Constipation
      Depression
      Irritability
      Memory loss
      Abnormal menstrual cycles
      Decreased libido

      Hypothyroidism - HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT & Medicines
      Homeopathy offers good prognosis to cases of hypothyroidism. Medicines like Calcare phos, Calcarea carb, Lapis alb, Iodium, Thyroidinum, Spongia, Lycopus, Calcarea iod etc are often found indicated in cases of hypothyroidism.
      ______________________________________

      Hyperthyroidism is due to an excess amount of free thyroid hormone. There is a generalized increase in metabolic rate, with an increase in oxygen use.

      Hyperthyroidism - SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
      The symptoms of hyperthyroidism include heat intolerance, nervousness, increased irritability, palpitations, weight loss with the same or increased food intake, and increased frequency of defecation. Women may have a decreased frequency of menses. Physical findings may include hyperkinesis, warm moist skin, a prominent stare and lid lag. The neurological exam may show a fine tremor and a fast return phase for the deep tendon reflexes. The cardiac exam reveals signs associated with a high cardiac output, including tachycardia, although atrial fibrillation is also common, a prominent S4, and flow murmurs. The thyroid gland may be diffusely enlarged, nodular, or even normal in size. Signs and symptoms may range from very mild to severe. Laboratory tests almost always show a low TSH and a high T3. The total and free T4 are also usually increased.

      Hyperthyroidism - HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT & Medicines
      Homeopathy offers good prognosis to cases of hyperthyroidism. Medicines like Calcare phos, Calcarea carb, Lapis alb, Iodium, Thyroidinum, Spongia, Lycopus, Calcarea iod etc are often found indicated in cases of hyperthyroidism.

      Best of Health to you.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  34. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of defects in thyroid gland in adults?
    What are the symptoms of defects in thyroid gland in adults?

    • ANSWER:
      the thing to consider here is that a defect in thyroid gland can either cause it to be working too much (hyperthyroidism) or not working enough (hypothyroidism)

      in hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone), symptoms include: high heart rate, palpitations (feeling your heart pumping too fast), chest pain, tremors and shakiness, weight loss, diarrhea, increased reflexes, warm moist skin, fine hair, heat intolerance (getting hot easily)

      hypothyroidism (not enough thyroid hormone), symptoms include: cold intolerance (getting cold easily), low activity, slow reflexes, weight gain, constipation, weakness, swelling around the eyes or face, dry cool skin, coars brittle hair

  35. QUESTION:
    Why do I want to sleep forever, and still feel sleepy afterwards?
    If undisturbed, I could probably sleep all day, and even when I am disturbed, I have to sleep 10-12 hours unless I want to feel bad all day. And even when I get that much sleep, I still feel tired. And just to let you know, I suffer from depression and hypothyroidism.
    And I've been taking medication for my hypothyroidism, so that shouldn't be the cause.

    • ANSWER:
      Even though you've been taking medication for your hypothyroidism, you're still experiencing symptoms, which means that most likely, your dose is not high enough. Hypothyroidism is not an all or nothing kind of thing. It often takes quite a while to figure out what the proper dose for your body is, so even if you're taking medication, it may not be a high enough amount of the medication.

      You are still experiencing symptoms of hypothyroidism. The exhaustion sounds consistent with hypothyroidism still and is probably not indicative of an overdose. Overdose leads to the kind of exhaustion where you feel like you've been working out all day and your heart is pounding and you're restless and can't sleep. Underdose (if you're not taking enough medication) leads to the kind of exhaustion where you just can't seem to get out of bed in the morning, which sounds like what you're describing.

      Are you having other symptoms? Other symptoms of underdose/hypothyroidism include mental fog, hair loss, weight gain, depression, feeling cold all the time, dry skin, brittle nails, and hoarseness, just to name a few. Not all people react the same way, so you may have all of the symptoms listed above or none of them.

      Also, depression is often related to and caused by hypothyroidism. I was taking two separate depression medications before I received my thyroid diagnosis, but now that I am properly medicated thyroid-wise, I do just fine without taking depression meds! Now, that's not the case for everybody, and it's certainly possible that your depression and hypothyroidism are separate conditions. However, it's equally likely that the hypothyroidism is the actual cause of your depression, in which case it's even more important to treat the thyroid disorder with the appropriate dose.

      I would strongly suggest that your doctor needs to more closely monitor your blood levels (TSH and T4 at the very least) until you are no longer experiencing symptoms.

      Also, I'd strongly suggest that using caffeine is not going to help you. It might help in the short term, but in the end, it will backfire because you will actually start to need the caffeine to function. Caffeine abuse is actually one of the best ways I know to make yourself tired.

      So here's what I'd suggest to you:

      1. Request a blood test (TSH and T4 ideally) from your doctor to make sure your thyroid dose (Synthroid/Levoxyl/Eltroxin/Armour/whatever) is appropriate. If your TSH is below .3, you are probably overdosed. If it is above 3.0, you are underdosed. Laboratory ranges often say that TSH can still be normal all the way up to 5.0 or so, but the American Associaton of Clinical Endocrinologists disagrees, and they are the professionals. The normal range for TSH is .3-3.0 according to the AACE. Also, if your T4 is below the normal range of the test, that suggests that upping your dose may be appropriate even if your TSH is in the normal range.

      2. If you use caffeine, stop. The rebound effects of it actually make you more tired.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is it possible I have an eating dissorder?
    I lost 8 pounds due to stomach problems recently and the doctors think I have an eating dissorder. I love to cook and I just love food, but I always have. I am also planning on attending college for cooking or nutrition...so I do have symptoms but...
    I do not think I'm fat! I think I'm too thin and am trying (really hard) to gain weight! The doctors don't believe me, so please include any weight gain tips (healthy please)
    thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      first off you may won't to do some checking around on the internet to find problems that could cause weight loss/lack of weight gain, it could very well be something out of your control such as hyperthyroidism. Ask you doctor, or find another one if your current one is too much of a jerk to listen, to find out what may be the underlying cause. I have been having issues with weight, about 15 pounds too much, and even though my calorie intake is balanced and healthy I still have trouble losing weight. Come to find out it is hypothyroidism. There are things that you could have that could lead to much worse down the road. With me, if I hadn't checked mine, further down the road my hair would start falling out, possibly go into a coma, or worse I could have died. If after this you find that you are in fact in good health, go to a nutritionist. They can guide you on a diet that would help you to achieve your goals in a healthy way, no diet tricks or unhealthy habits. I hope you can find a healthy way to a happier you! Good luck!

  37. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know all the signs of a thyroid problem?
    Hypothyroidism runs high in my family. Probably effects 7 out of 10.
    About two years ago I experienced some problems and was tested for thyroid by a metobolic endocrinologist. Tests showed normal thyroid activity but I am still having issues. What are all the signs and should I go for a second test?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't need to have all of these symptoms in order to have a thyroid problem, but here are some of the most common signs that you might have a thyroid condition.

      10. Muscle and Joint Pains, Carpal/Tendonitis Problems.
      Aches and pains in muscles and joints, and a tendency to develop carpal tunnel in the arms/hands, and tarsal tunnel in the legs, can all be symptoms of undiagnosed thyroid problems, most typically hypothyroidism.

      9. Neck Discomfort/Enlargement.
      A feeling of swelling in the neck, discomfort with turtlenecks or neckties, a hoarse voice, or a visibly enlarged thyroid can all be symptoms of thyroid disease. To find out if the thyroid is enlarged, you take a simple test at home. Hold a mirror so that you can see the area of your neck just below the Adam's apple and right above the collarbone. Tip your head back, while keeping this view of your neck and thyroid area in your mirror. Take a drink of water and swallow. As you swallow, look at your neck. Watch carefully for any bulges, enlargement, protrusions, or unusual appearances in this area when you swallow, and if you see anything unusual, see your doctor right away.

      8. Hair / Skin Changes.
      Hair and skin are particularly vulnerable to thyroid conditions. With hypothyroidism, hair frequently becomes coarse and dry, breaking, brittle, and falls out easily. Skin can become coarse, thick, dry, scaly. In hypothyroidism, there is often an unusual loss of hair in the outer edge of the eyebrow. With hyperthyroidism, severe hair loss can also occur, and skin can become fragile and think.

      7. Bowel Problems.
      Severe or long-term constipation is frequently associated with hypothyroidism, while diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome is associated with hyperthyroidism.

      6. Menstrual Irregularities and Fertility Problems.
      Heavier, more frequent, more painful periods are frequently associated with hypothyroidism, and shorter, lighter, or infrequent menstruation can be associated with hyperthyroidism. Infertility can also be associated with undiagnosed thyroid conditions.

      5. Family History.
      A family history of thyroid problems puts you at higher risk of having a thyroid condition yourself. But you may not always be aware of thyroid problems in your family, as among older people, they are often referred to as "gland trouble" or "goiter." So pay attention to any discussions of glandular conditions or goiter or weight gain due to "glandular trouble" as these may be referring to thyroid conditions.

      4. Fatigue.
      Feeling exhausted when you wake up, feeling as if 8 or 10 hours of sleep a night is insufficient, or being unable to function a full day without a nap can all be signs of both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. (With hyperthyroidism, you may have nighttime insomnia that leaves you exhausted during the day.)

      3. Depression and Anxiety.
      Depression or anxiety -- including sudden onset of panic disorder -- can be symptoms of thyroid disease. Hypothyroidism is most typically associated with depression, while hyperthyroidism is more commonly associated with anxiety or panic attacks. Depression that does not respond to anti-depressants may also be a sign of an undiagnosed thyroid disorder.

      2. Weight Changes.
      You may be gaining weight but eating and working out the same as always, or you're losing weight, and eating the same amount of food as usual -- or even eating more than normal. Weight changes -- up or down -- can be signs of both hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.

      1. Difficulty Losing Weight.
      You may be on a low-fat, low-calorie diet with rigorous exercise program, but are failing to lose any weight, or even gaining. Or you may have joined a diet program, or support group like Weight Watchers, and you're following it to the letter, and are the only one who isn't losing any weight. Difficulty losing weight can be a sign of hypothyroidism.

  38. QUESTION:
    what are the effects of hypo annd hyperthyroidism?
    Ok, so im a 14 year old girl who was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, but then it switched to hyperthyroidism. The doctor says im on the borderline and can easily switch back and forth. What am i to expect from these problems? What are the effects?

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid disorders are an endocrine problem, not a respiratory one. Naturally, I wonder why this was posted in Respiratory Diseases. Probably inadvertently.

      Of course you should have asked your doctor these questions and there are millions of web sites about both.

      With hypothyroidism, the thyroid gland fails to produce enough hormones. The signs & symptoms can vary widely depending on how severe it is but as yours is borderline, your symptoms will likely be mild. Fatigue, sluggishness, a sensitivity to cold, constipation, pale skin, dry skin, puffy face, hoarse voice, weight gain, elevated cholesterol, muscle aches, joint stiffness & perhaps soreness, heavier periods, dry hair, brittle nails, depression. You may not experience all of these symptoms but you will experience some.

      With hyperthyroidism, the thyroid gland produces too much hormone. Weight loss, rapid heart beat, heart palpitations, sweating, nervousness and outright anxiety, muscle tremor, changes in menstrual pattern, more frequent bowel movements, fatigue, trouble sleeping. Again, you may not experience all the symptoms but you will experience some.

  39. QUESTION:
    What are some major thyroid problem signs?
    I am young and curious if I have a thyroid problem what are some of the symptom's.

    • ANSWER:
      10. Muscle and Joint Pains, Carpal Tunnel/Tendonitis Problems.

      Aches and pains in your muscles and joints, weakness in the arms and a tendency to develop carpal tunnel in the arms/hands and tarsal tunnel in the legs, can all be symptoms of undiagnosed thyroid problems. (For more information)

      9. Neck Discomfort/Enlargement.

      A feeling of swelling in the neck, discomfort with turtlenecks or neckties, a hoarse voice or a visibly enlarged thyroid can all be symptoms of thyroid disease.

      To help find out if your thyroid may be enlarged, try a simple "Thyroid Neck Check" test at home.

      8. Hair/Skin Changes.

      Hair and skin are particularly vulnerable to thyroid conditions, and in particular, hair loss is frequently associated with thyroid problems. With hypothyroidism, hair frequently becomes brittle, coarse and dry, while breaking off and falling out easily. Skin can become coarse, thick, dry,and scaly. In hypothyroidism, there is often an unusual loss of hair in the outer edge of the eyebrow. With hyperthyroidism, severe hair loss can also occur, and skin can become fragile and thin.

      7. Bowel Problems.

      Severe or long-term constipation is frequently associated with hypothyroidism, while diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is associated with hyperthyroidism.

      6. Menstrual Irregularities and Fertility Problems.

      Heavier, more frequent and more painful periods are frequently associated with hypothyroidism, and shorter, lighter or infrequent menstruation can be associated with hyperthyroidism. Infertility can also be associated with undiagnosed thyroid conditions. (For More Information)

      . Family History.
      If you have a family history of thyroid problems, you are at a higher risk of having a thyroid condition yourself. You may not always be aware of thyroid problems in your family, though, because among older people, it is often referred to as "gland trouble" or "goiter." So pay attention to any discussions of glandular conditions or goiter or weight gain due to "a glandular problem," as these may be indirect ways of referring to thyroid conditions.

      4. Cholesterol Issues

      High cholesterol, especially when it is not responsive to diet, exercise or cholesterol-lowering medication, can be a sign of undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Unusually low cholesterol levels may be a sign of hyperthyroidism.

      3. Depression and Anxiety.

      Depression or anxiety — including sudden onset of panic disorder — can be symptoms of thyroid disease. Hypothyroidism is most typically associated with depression, while hyperthyroidism is more commonly associated with anxiety or panic attacks. Depression that does not respond to antidepressants may also be a sign of an undiagnosed thyroid disorder. (For More Information)

      2. Weight Changes.

      You may be on a low-fat, low-calorie diet with a rigorous exercise program, but are failing to lose or gain any weight. Or you may have joined a diet program or support group, such as Weight Watchers, and you are the only one who isn't losing any weight. Difficulty losing weight can be a sign of hypothyroidism. You may be losing weight while eating the same amount of food as usual — or even losing while eating more than normal. Unexplained weight changes and issues can be signs of both hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. (For More Information)

      1. Fatigue.

      Feeling exhausted when you wake up, feeling as if 8 or 10 hours of sleep a night is insufficient or being unable to function all day without a nap can all be signs of thyroid problems. (With hyperthyroidism, you may also have nighttime insomnia that leaves you exhausted during the day.) (For More Information)

      If you have some of the above symptoms, your next steps should be to read Thyroid Disease 101, along with a visit to your doctor for a thorough thyroid evaluation.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is there any link of hypothyroidism to a decrease in sexual desire?
    I'm a 20-yr old female.I've been diagnosed with hypothyroidism recently. Have just started taking the pills, but I was wondering if this was the reason of the decrease (and at times, non-existant) sexual desire.

    • ANSWER:
      Stony,
      The symptoms of hypothyroidism include - Fatigue, Weakness, Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight, Coarse, dry hair. Dry, rough pale skin. Hair loss. Cold intolerance (can not tolerate the cold like those around you). Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches. Constipation. Depression. Irritability. Memory loss. Abnormal menstrual cycles. Decreased libido. As you will note from this last item, it is, unfortunately, one of the symptoms. It should be noted that not all people with hypothyroidism present with all of the symptoms.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      I add a link with details of this subject

      http://www.medicinenet.com/
      hypothyroidism/article.htm

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  41. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between perimenopause, menopause, and post menopause?
    What are the differences between these and what are some symptoms of them?

    • ANSWER:
      The most common symptom of perimenopause, menopause signs symptoms associated with it is menstrual irregularity and spotting during the monthly cycle. Frequent periods for too long and heavy bleeding or light bleeding occur during peri menopause. While osteoporosis has now become common among women whose calcium intake is less, it also happens to women prior to entering this state.

      As women grow older they tend to lack in calcium that weakens the bones and osteoporosis settles in. Taking 1500 mg calcium daily can prevent this from happening. Elevated cholesterol levels are also one of the symptoms. With age, the good cholesterol decreases and bad cholesterol will increases leading to coronary disease.

      A rigid dietary control is essential during this period. The transition varies for each woman. Some experience it according to a mother’s or elder sister’s transition and changes at that time. With the decrease in the Estrogen hormone, some physical changes like hair loss, facial hair and weight gain are some problems that upset a woman.

      A good diet and regular exercises will help in maintaining a balanced metabolism. This includes flushing out the system by drinking water which should be at least 8 glasses a day. Natural herbs can be taken after consulting a doctor.
      Menopause Signs Symptoms:

      * Endometriosis
      * Bloating
      * Aching joints and muscles
      * Unexplained weight gain, especially in hips, waist and stomach
      * Cold or tingling hands or feet
      * Spotting, light bleeding
      * Hair loss, thinning hair
      * Depression, anxiety and mood swings
      * Craving sweets,
      * Craving for caffeine
      * Hot flashes
      * Facial hair growth
      * Unstable blood sugar levels
      * Allergy symptoms
      * Chronic fatigue
      * Sluggishness
      * Breast tenderness
      * Dizziness,
      * Lightheadedness
      * Dry wrinkly skin
      * Fibrocystic breasts
      * Headaches
      * Migraines
      * Heart palpitations
      * Heavy periods
      * Irregular periods
      * Uterine fibroids
      * Incontinence
      * Inability to handle stress
      * Irritability
      * Urinary tract and yeast infections
      * Lack of concentration
      * Memory lapses
      * Ringing or buzzing in ears (tinnitus)
      * Night sweats
      * Leg cramps
      * Low metabolism
      * Lower sex drive
      * Loss of sex drive
      * PMS and menstrual cramping
      * Sleep disturbances
      * Insomnia
      * Osteoporosis
      * Symptoms of hypothyroidism with normal T3 and T4 levels

  42. QUESTION:
    What are the disorders associated with the thyroid gland?
    WHAT IS HYPERTHYROIDISM?
    WHAT IS HYPOTHYROIDISM?
    WHAT ARE NODULES? HOW MANY TYPES OF NODULES ARE THERE?

    • ANSWER:
      thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located just below your Adam's apple. The thyroid produces hormones that affect your body's metabolism and energy level. Thyroid problems are among the most common medical conditions but, because their symptoms often appear gradually, they are commonly misdiagnosed

      The three most common thyroid problems are the underactive thyroid, the overactive thyroid , and thyroid nodules.

      The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto's thyroiditis. In this condition, the body's immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland.
      Common symptoms of hypothyroidism are:
      Fatigue or lack of energy
      Weight gain
      Feeling cold
      Dry skin and hair
      Heavy menstrual periods
      Constipation
      Slowed thinking

      The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is Graves' disease. This occurs when the body's immune system overstimulates the thyroid.
      Common symptoms of hyperthyroidism are:
      Jitteriness, shaking, increased nervousness, irritability
      Rapid heart beat or palpitations
      Feeling hot
      Weight loss
      Fatigue, feeling exhausted
      More frequent bowel movements
      Shorter or lighter menstrual periods

      Thyroid nodules are fairly common and usually harmless. However, about 4% of nodules are cancerous, so further testing needs to be done. This is usually best accomplished by fine needle aspiration biopsy. This is a quick and simple test that takes just a few minutes to perform in the doctor's office. If the biopsy does not raise any suspicion of cancer, the nodule is usually observed. Some thyroid specialists recommend treatment with thyroid hormone to try to decrease the size of the nodule. A second biopsy is usually recommended 6-12 months later, to make sure there continues to be no evidence of cancer. If a nodule is cancerous, suspicious for cancer, or grows large enough to interfere with swallowing or breathing, surgical removal is advised.

  43. QUESTION:
    Does anyone else have thick white hairs in their hair? And if so, do you know what causes them?
    I have recently started noticing thick white hairs in my hair (mostly around my forehead). I heard that it is caused by having thyroid problems. I have hypothyroidism. Does anyone know if this is true?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, hypothyroidism can cause both hair loss and graying hair, (and a multitude of other symptoms.) Most often, if you are taking the proper dosage of thyroid replacement hormone, these symptoms can be alleviated, (at least to a degree.)

  44. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like hypothyroidism to you?
    I have had these symptoms for a while.
    tired
    cold
    numb hands when I sleep
    These are more recent...
    weight gain
    hair loss
    exhaustion

    Anyone? I know I need a dr. but I have no ins to go right now.

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of Thyroid :
      The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary widely, depending on the severity of the hormone deficiency. But in general, any problems you do have tend to develop slowly, often over a number of years.
      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 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, Blow Hot & Cold.
      When hypothyroidism isn't treated, signs and symptoms can gradually become more severe. Constant stimulation of your thyroid to release more hormones may lead to an enlarged thyroid (goiter). In addition, you may become more forgetful, your thought processes may slow or you may feel depressed.
      Advanced hypothyroidism, known as myxedema, is rare, but when it occurs it can be life-threatening. Signs and symptoms include low blood pressure, decreased breathing, decreased body temperature, unresponsiveness and even coma. In extreme cases, myxedema can be fatal.
      Hypothyroidism in children and teens
      Although hypothyroidism most often affects middle-aged and older women, anyone can develop the condition, including infants and teenagers. Initially, babies born without a thyroid gland or with a gland that doesn't work properly may have few signs and symptoms. When newborns do have problems with hypothyroidism, they may include:
      •Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice). In most cases, this occurs when a baby's liver can't metabolize a molecule called bilirubin, which normally forms when the body recycles old or damaged red blood cells.
      •Frequent choking.
      •A large, protruding tongue.
      •A puffy appearance to the face.
      As the disease progresses, infants are likely to have trouble feeding and may fail to grow and develop normally. They may also have:
      •Constipation
      •Poor muscle tone
      •Excessive sleepiness
      When hypothyroidism in infants isn't treated, even mild cases can lead to severe physical and mental retardation.
      In general, children and teens who develop hypothyroidism have the same signs and symptoms as adults do, but they may also experience:
      •Poor growth, resulting in short stature
      •Delayed development of permanent teeth
      •Delayed puberty
      •Poor mental development.
      U may go in for TSH, T3, T4 tests and based upon results, U may approach Yahoo answers for remedies under Acupressure techniques & natural remedies.

  45. QUESTION:
    My dog recently lost all its hair on its chest and throat I have 3 dogs and the others have no symptoms help?
    Does my dog have lice or flees if so the my other 2 dogs would have symptoms by now.
    what is wrong with my dog and how do I help it?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be an allergy, mites, Alopecia (caused by low immunity) Mange, Demodectic mange, lice, ringworm

      Some breeds can also suffer from inherited problems, such as the Dachshunds;
      Self-licking in dogs results in hair loss, its caused by anxiety, boredom, stress;
      Adrenal sex hormone responsive dermatosis
      Hypothyroidism caused by hormonal Imbalance
      Cushing's Disease causes alopecia

      And these are just the ones I can think of, so make an appointment to see your vet, it may be contagious and you don't want it to spread.

  46. QUESTION:
    does any body who has hypothyroid can be suffer from hair loss or not?
    if some one has hypothyroid is it possible for him to have hair loss? , is it temporary and can be cure by levothyroxine and is this medicine itself effect on hair loss as side effect or not? generally hair would be loss by hypothyroid or it can be grow again just like before the disease? by the way my TSH = 4.2 (0.3-6.0) IS IT HIGH AND AM I HAVE HYPOTHYROID?

    • ANSWER:
      Medicine may help prevent your hair loss because it is balancing the levels in your thyroid gland. However, if your thyroid levels remain high or aren't being treated with medication, hair loss is a common symptom of having hypothyroidism. My nanny has hypo and I have hyper. We've both suffered from some hair loss and thinning because of wonky thyroid levels. You could always talk to your family doctor/ endocrinologist (thyroid doctor if you have one) about it to be sure of any medications that are best for helping with that problem. It's just one of those unfortunate aspects of having a disease but can be dealt with through medication.

  47. QUESTION:
    Is borderline low TSH a cause of concern?
    Is has been the only test I have received, thusfar, that has shown any abnormality.

    Primary Symptoms:
    Depression, Anxiety, Irritability, Headcahes, Fatigue, Confusion (At times I walk around aimlessly and forget what I am doing and where I am.)

    Secondary Symptoms:
    Body Aches, Hair Loss, Acne

    Note: I have already been cleared psychologically, so this is not a mental disorder.

    • ANSWER:
      You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, may not mean much if ANTIBODIES are present which is indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between HYPER & HYPO at start)…it is the main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism but worse (...OR Graves Disease – HypERthyroid from beginning).

      You will have to INSIST they test for the antibodies. They can code so that ins will pay.

      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…
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/b…

      ALWAYS GET COPIES OF YOUR LABS.

      God bless you

  48. QUESTION:
    Does hair grow back after it falls out from hypothyroidism?
    I have hypothyroidism and i've lost almost all of my hair, it's devastating, it upset me so much. Apparently my thyroid hormone levels are normal now and my tablets should be working but they aren't. I'm taking evening primrose oil, bioton, and i've just using certain shampoos, nothing is working, and i've had no new hair growth :(

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, hair can grow back after loss due to hypothyroidism. "Low thyroid function is one of the most common causes of diffuse hair loss. Problem is, most doctors are "strictly by the numbers" these days in terms of diagnosis. For example a TSH "normal" range could be .5-5.5. Therefore, anything between these numbers the doc dismisses as normal. This is wrong!

      There has been a recent change in thinking that even a TSH of 2 (well within "normal" range) when accompanied by hypothyroid symptoms is suspect. A course of thyroid hormone (starting at tiny dose) will not harm a normally functioning thyroid, and can only help a borderline or less obvious case of hypo." - Ann Smith

      I also blog about health issues and you can view that blog here:

      http://connectwithwellness.wordpress.com

  49. QUESTION:
    are these symptoms of a thyroid problem?
    In the last couple of months i've noticed i randomly get hives on different parts of my body every day. I also noticed my hair is falling out quite noticeably - on my pillow when i wake up, on my bathroom floor and even clogs my shower drain. Are these symptoms related to thyroid? Is there anything else that can cause these two symptoms simultaneously?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes hives and hair loss are symptoms of hypothyroidism. Acute stress disorder and lupus both list these symptoms as well.

      Hives and hairloss >>>
      http://www.healthline.com/symptomsearch?&addterm=hives&addterm=hair%20loss

      Symptoms of hypothyroidism >>>
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/long-and-pathetic/

      Recommended thyroid labwork >>>
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork/

  50. QUESTION:
    what other thyroid symptoms are there?
    I have high TSH levels and doctor says I should experience weight loss or gain, hair loss, and constipation. I have none of these symptoms. Could he be wrong and what other symptoms are there?

    • ANSWER:
      You did not say the level. There is not enough room here to list all the possible symptoms. I do not think there are any that one SHOULD have.

      If you suspect thyroid disease, you need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, may not mean much if ANTIBODIES are present which is indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between HYPER & HYPO at start)…it is the main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism but worse (...OR Graves Disease – HypERthyroid from beginning).

      You will have to INSIST they test for the antibodies. [anti-TPO and TgAb] They can code so that ins will pay.

      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

      ALWAYS GET COPIES OF YOUR LABS.

      God bless you

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