Thyroid And Hair Loss Hypothyroidism

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How is hyperthyroidism causes hair loss?
    The thyroid hair loss is mostly caused by hypothyroidism due to decrease of metabolism in scalp follicles. But i'm not sure how can an increase of metabolism (hyperthyroidism) causing a hair loss..Can someone please help to clarify?

    • ANSWER:
      A large gland in the neck that functions in the endocrine system. The thyroid secretes hormones that regulate growth and metabolism
      Indian medicine is the best

      http://medicine-clinic.com/order_thyroid_en-us.html

  2. QUESTION:
    How do you stop hair loss with thyroid medication?
    I am on a thyroid medication. I had hypothyroidism which means my thyroid worked slower than normal. My medication is kind of kicking in now and my hair is coming out more often in the shower. If any of you guys are thyroid meds and experiencing hair loss/thinning what do you do to help slow it down or even stop it?

    • ANSWER:
      I have low thyroid, but I am not taking anything for it.

      MEDICATIONS, supplements, anti-acme products ALL have side effects. One of those side effects, is hair loss.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can thyroid medication cause severe hair loss?
    I have started thyroid medication (Eutroxig) since 2 months ago because I was diagnosed with borderline hypothyroidism.Before starting Eutroxig I had a mild hair loss but after starting it my hair loss got worse and worse day after day. I just take 2tablets a week and I'm wondering if my severe hair loss can be caused by Eutroxig? Does anyone have the same experience?

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid problems can cause hair loss and brittleness, and thyroid medications can exacerbate that loss. If you scroll down on this link you'll see that hair loss is listed as a possible side effect: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/eutroxsig-side-effects.html Though it's listed as a uncommon side effect that only causes mild hair loss, it doesn't mean that it's not the culprit for your loss, or at least a contributor to it. Have you begun taken any other types of medications? Do research on every medicine you're taking and see if you can find patient reviews.

      I would have your thyroid levels tested again since they were borderline before. Your medication could be too high, and if it is, then it will affect you differently than it would someone with a more significant thyroid issue. I have borderline hyperthyroidism (overactive) and actually fair better without taking any medication for it. Call your endocrinologist's office and explain the problem. Maybe you should have the dose adjusted. The next time you're at your doctor's office also ask them to check your vitamin B and vitamin D level. If you have a vitamin D deficiency that can cause hair loss and slow hair growth.

      In the meantime, do what you can to prevent further hair loss. Do not wash and dry your hair every day because that will strip it of its natural oils. Nioxin was really helpful to me when I was trying to regrow my hair post-chemo. Try to be gentle with your hair, and avoid using aggressive heat products like hair straighteners.

      There's a wealth of information about all types of hair loss on this forum: http://forum.womenshairlossproject.com
      It's a completely free site to use, and you're likely to get helpful responses from women going through similar hair loss to yours. It was very valuable to me a couple of years ago when I was dealing with hair loss.

      Good luck to you!!!

      ~ skylark : )

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

    • ANSWER:
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  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. QUESTION:
    Does a thyroid disorder cause hair loss?
    Thyroid problems run in my family. I'm a 25 year old male. What kind of hair loss is associated with thyroid disorders.

    • ANSWER:
      hypothyroidism, cysts, tumors, Graves Disease, and others. If you are also feeling sluggish, tired, possibly temeramental, you should see your doctor to have a thyroid blood test.

  17. QUESTION:
    My TSH is 1.0 but my T4 is high and T3 is low I also have anitbodies present hashimotos or hypo?
    My chief complaints are fatigue and anxiety. I also have low basal, very cold in winter and spring, cold hands in winter, some hair loss, poor sleep... My parents both have thyroid problems and I have another autoimmune disorder.

    • ANSWER:
      Well when you talk about Hashimoto's disease it usually goes hand in hand with Hypothyroidism. I have both.

      It sounds like you've had labs run to test your levels. Has your doctor prescribed some synthetic thyroid hormone like Synthroid or Levothyroxine? Once you get on one of those you'll start to feel a lot better. Your doctor may have to adjust the dosage to get it right since it's nearly impossible to just exactly how much you'll need. It's measured in micrograms.

      So to answer what I think your question is, I think you simply have hypothyroidism to start. Your doctor would need to run separate tests to distinguish if you have Hashimotos disease. The good thing is that they're treated nearly exactly the same.

  18. 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

  19. QUESTION:
    What is low thyroid level and what doest that mean for a 14 year old girl?
    My mother recently took me to the doctor because of my insomnia and anemia. They did some blood work and today the doctor left a message saying that my thyroid levels are low and that I should see a specialist. I didn't get a chance to answer the phone so I didn't get to talk to him. What is a low thyroid and what does it do? Is it serious?

    • ANSWER:
      I have that. Its called hypothyroidism and they'll put you on synthroid. I had it since I was 11 and it's not to serious. Symptoms are weight gain,hard to loose weigh, hair loss, tiredness, fatigue,depression, and abnormal periods. If your dose is right this should bs controlled. The only bad thing for me is you have to watch what you eat because of the weight gain. I used to be really skinny and now I'm not. It also may worsen your cholesterol. It's not thar bad though but you have to get bloodwork about every 3-6 months. Try to not worry.

  20. 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.

  21. QUESTION:
    Does having an under active thyroid affect hair loss and if so then does it grow back once thyroid is treated?
    im 21 years old and i been told i have an underactive thyroid, and my hair has gotten thinner over the years..now im wondering will the hair that was lost ever grow back if thyroid is treated? like any of it?...eplease help, any advice on what i can do or use to improve hair growth too

    • ANSWER:
      HISTORY ON UNDER ACTIVE THYROID CONNECTED WITH YOUR QUESTION:

      Medically known as hypothyroidism, an under active thyroid, is not usually serious. It is easily treated by taking hormone tablets to replace the hormones that your thyroid isn't making.The thyroid produces a hormone called thyroxine, which controls how much energy your body uses. When the thyroid does not produce enough thyroxine, many of the body's functions slow down. (in this case or question your hair not growing or coming out).

      An under active thyroid cannot be prevented. Most cases of under active thyroid are caused either by your immune system attacking your thyroid or a damaged thyroid.Underactive thyroid is usually not serious, and taking hormone-replacement tablets, called levothyroxine, will raise your thyroxine levels. You will usually need treatment for the rest of your life. However, with careful management, you should be able to lead a normal, healthy life.

      CONCLUSION: Once you under go treatment you will see that you will become less tired and have more energy. Your functions that are moving slow will move at a better pace.

      Once you under go treatment, you can also start using hair products apply to your hair. I would say after under going treatment ask your doctor what products can you used on your hair. Basically would it matter if you cross medicated. To grow your hair you can take prenatal pill, vitamin e pills, vitamin a pills, biotin pill, omega 3 pills, however you need to make sure that when you are taking hormone pills that you can also take these vitamins as well. You don't want to cause any injury to yourself. Please feel better, I hope you do! I am sorry for what you are going through, however be happy for the blessings that you do have :-)... It makes you feel better :-)

  22. QUESTION:
    How can you tell if hiar loss is from a thyroid disorder...?
    Because I have had hair loss and een though it could possibly be male pattern balding i am only 17 so it seems it would be a bit early to start. I did hit puberty very early (about 11ish) and I am a heavy recreational drug user.

    • ANSWER:
      TKS is on the right track!
      Hypothyroidism is when the active thyroid (T3) levels are low.
      To check for hypothyroidism, get the saliva test (DO NOT get the blood test- this will show your levels of T4(inactive thyroid). The T4 thyroid is inactive because it is wrapped in proteins, preventing the body from being able to use it.
      (check out the spam-free www.doctortalk.com, website for Dr. Howard Hagglund, a naturapath in Tulsa.)
      The side effects of Hypothyroidism are:
      Hot flashes, cold hands and feet, receding/thinning eyebrows, depression, dry skin, thinning hair/ hair loss, Ir ratable bowel syndrome/lactose intolerance, weight gain, insomnia, daytime drowsiness, poor judgment, w/ afew other side effects.
      Hope things turn towards the better after you find something out.
      All the best to you.

  23. 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.

  24. QUESTION:
    What causes white hair at a premature age?
    Are there any diseases that cause white or gray hair at an early age, without many serious side effects?
    Actually, it needs to be hereditary. I mean, if there is one.

    • ANSWER:
      Heredity
      If your mother or father's hair turned white at an early age, you may be genetically programmed for premature graying. Your genes determine when production of melanin stops, and your DNA may destine you to platinum hair at an early age.

      Vitamin Deficiency
      Premature graying could be a sign of a vitamin deficiency, especially a lack of Vitamin B. If you eat a balanced diet and don't suffer from malnutrition, you may have pernicious anemia. In this form of anemia, your body is unable to absorb Vitamin B-12 from the bloodstream. Consult your doctor. If you test positive for pernicious anemia, you can have regular injections of B-12 to counteract the deficiency.

      Thyroid Disorder
      If your thyroid fails to produce enough thyroid hormone, you suffer from hypothyroidism. One side effect of hypothyroidism may be prematurely graying hair, according to the University of Michigan Health System. A blood test can diagnose hypothyroidism and you can take medication to make up for the hormone your body doesn't produce naturally.

      Smoking
      When Dr. J. G. Mosley studied patients in the Leigh Infirmary in Lancashire, England in 1996, he noticed a correlation between the patient's smoking history and the onset of graying hair or hair loss. Though Dr. Mosley could not prove that smoking caused gray hair, he did note that the smokers in his survey turned gray at an earlier age.

  25. QUESTION:
    How long after pregnancy does you hair stop falling out?
    I've always heard that your hair wont fall out as much and be really pretty during pregnancy and that afterward its very normal for it to fall out.

    Well now, my son is 11 weeks and my hair is still falling out!! I counted last time and I got over 80 hairs out (give or take) during my shower and styling. I'm not noticing any bald patches or anything and I'm not doing anything different with my hair care routine so what gives??

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/hairloss.html
      Postpartum hair loss is a normal - and temporary - postpartum change that is unrelated to breastfeeding. Most women will return to their usual hair growth cycle between 6 and 12 months after birth.

      Many new moms notice hair loss - sometimes quite dramatic - around three months postpartum. This is a normal - and temporary - postpartum change that is unrelated to breastfeeding.

      Following is how the hair growth cycle works:

      All hair has a growth phase, termed anagen, and a resting phase, telogen. On the scalp, anagen lasts approximately 3 years, while telogen lasts roughly 3 months, although there can be wide variation in these times between individuals. During telogen, the resting hair remains in the follicle until it is pushed out by growth of a new anagen hair.
      -- from Telogen Effluvium by Elizabeth CW Hughes, MD

      Normally, around 85-95% of your hair is in the growth phase at any point in time, but the hormonal changes during pregnancy stimulate an increase in the percentage of hairs in the growth phase. As a result, many women enjoy thicker hair during pregnancy, as more hairs than normal are growing and fewer than normal are resting/shedding.

      With the birth of your baby (and the hormonal changes that accompany birth), a larger number of hairs than normal enter the resting phase. Since the resting phase is followed by hair shedding (and regrowth), new mothers will experience greater than normal hair loss once the resting phase ends.

      Postpartum hair loss commonly starts at around three months after birth. The amount of time between childbirth and the onset of shedding corresponds to the length of the resting phase of hair growth (between 1 and 6 months, with an average of three months). The hair loss can seem more extreme if your hair grew much more than normal during pregnancy, or if you have long hair. Most women will return to their usual hair growth cycle within six months, or between 6 and 12 months after birth.

      If you feel that your hair loss is greater than the norm, or if things are not back to normal by the time your baby is 12 months old, then see your doctor. Excessive hair loss can be caused by common and easy-to-remedy postpartum conditions such as hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone) or iron-deficiency anemia.

  26. QUESTION:
    What specific risks are involved in high or los thyroid output?
    I'm not sure which this thyroid works if it's too high or too low, so I would like a prognosis on each problem.

    • ANSWER:
      HYPERTHYROIDISM- SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:
      1) weight loss despite increased appetite
      2) increased heart rate and blood pressure
      3) nervousness and sweating
      4) swelling at the base of the neck(goiter)
      5) increases in the frequency of bowl movements, sometimes diarrhea
      6) muscle weakness
      7) irritability
      SERIOUSNESS: varies in severity. in some people , a brief cycle of treatment procedures a complete and permant cure. in others relapse occur and a second or even third round of treatment is necessary. if lert untreated, the disorder is potentially fatal.in most cases of hyperthyroidism, however normal health can be restored.
      HYPOTHYROIDISM-SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:
      1) lethargy characterized by slowed physical and mental functions
      2) slowed heart rate
      3) intolerance to cold temperatures
      4) constipation
      5) dry skin and hair
      6) goiter ( in some patients)
      7) heavy and prolonged menstrual periods
      8) decreased sexual interest.
      SERIOUSNES: is neither chronic or progressive, and its treatment results in a normal life.
      Good luck and best wishes, I hope this is the info you were looking for. I have to take thyroid medicine everyday for the past 10 years. I had to have my left thyroid removed. They were suppose to to remove both sides completely but it took them 3 and a half hours just for that one side since i had a goiter and another growth blocking my traceia. And my neuro. said I should not be under very long due to other health problems. good luck and best wishes.

  27. QUESTION:
    When you start taking medication for hypothyroidism is the hair loss reversed?
    I am sorry i asked on this section but on the other section i am not getting any answer.
    @Tweety Hello! Thanks for answering my question.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh hi there! Yeah, once you've been on the replacement for a while and your thyroid hormones are stable, you should start seeing a difference over the next several months.

  28. QUESTION:
    How to Tell if you Have a Thyroid Problem?
    I'm 19 years old and overweight. I've tried dieting i the past, didn't do much (if anything). My grandmother has a thyroid condition. With her medication she doesn't gain any weight (in fact, she can eat anything). Neither of my parents have thyroid problems. Is thyroid-ism passed genetically? Does it skip a generation? How can you tell if you have it? Any information about thyroid ism is appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid disease tends to run in families, and tends to affect women more than men. Three generations of women, including myself, on my mother's side of the family all have thyroid disorders of one type or another. There is a possibilty that thyroid disease has run undetected on my father's side as well.
      If you are having trouble losing weight, feel tired all the time, are depressed, have dry, brittle hair and nails, feel bloated and are constipated, and are sensitive to cold, then you may have what is called hypothyroidism. This means that the thyroid is not producing enough hormones, which regulate the body's metabolism. A simple blood test that looks for TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), T3, and T4 can determine if your thyroid is to blame. Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is produced by the pituitary gland to make the thyroid work. If your TSH levels are high, then you may have hypothyroidism.
      If your TSH levels are low, then you may have the opposite: hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid. Symptoms include: weight loss, increased appetite, sensitivity to heat, oily hair and skin, hair loss, tremors, fatigue, anxiety, high blood pressure and pulse, and heart palpitations. People with hyperthyroidism may find that they can eat what they want and not gain much or any weight.
      Since you have a family history of thyroid problems, it might not hurt to see your doctor about it. You can expect a blood test, and to wait a week or so for the results. Thyroid problems are manageable and you will be able to live a normal life.
      Good luck.

  29. QUESTION:
    How can you tell if you have a thyroid problem?
    I lose weight very easily, but just eating a couple of pieces of pizza can make me bloat and gain 5 pounds over-night. Is this a thyroid problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are the most common signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism. A blood test, preferably ordered and interpreted by an endocrinologist, is needed to make this diagnosis. The link below has more information about this disease:
      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

  30. 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

  31. 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.

  32. QUESTION:
    Why would a dog lose its hair in the winter time?
    My dog is losing a lot of hair on her back and around her rear parts. About a month or two ago she has a small cyst removed from the side of her face. The vet said that it wasn't cancerous and he gave her all of her shots and then a week goes by and we get her stitches taken out. I am concerned because she is loosing a lot of hair, so much so that I can see her skin on her back. Please someone I need to know what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      It's difficult to say without seeing a photo of the hair loss, but it could be:

      1) Hair loss due to the anesthesia. It's really common to have hair loss for about a month after a dog has been anesthetized.

      2) Hypothyroidism. Bilateral and symmetrical hair loss is a keynote of hypothyroidism so it would be a good idea to get a full thyroid panel run by your vet. Please make sure this is a FULL panel (which will include free T3, free T4, T3 and T4).

      3) Adrenal sex hormone imbalance. The only reason I bring this one up is that hair loss along the back, to the point where you can see the skin, is a keynote of this issue. Normally the first treatment is with melatonin therapy which is effective in about 50% of the cases.

      Good luck!

  33. QUESTION:
    Why is thyroid disease called the butterfly effect?
    I have hypothyroidism, and i was wondering why thyroid disease is called the butterfly effect?

    • ANSWER:
      It actually has a double meaning. The thyroid gland is shaped like a "butterfly", but also regulates so many other parts of the body that it can cause a "ripple" effect if not functioning properly.

      The "butterfly effect", or "chaos theory" states that, essentially, a butterfly flapping its wings on the other side of the world can cause a breeze that eventually will result in a tornado over here.

      Basically something seemingly insignificant can have major consequences to something else that appears unrelated. So a diseased thyroid can result in hair loss, for instance, although hair seems unrleated to the thyroid.

  34. QUESTION:
    What happens if you have low thyroid levels?
    My girlfriend took a blood test and it turns out she has low thyroid levels what that about.. please help me!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, it increases heart risk, and risk of blockages in the aorta. women with hypothyroidism are 70 percent more likely to have hardened aortas and they have more than twice the risk of heart attack.

      Other common symptoms of problem with thyroid due to low thyroid or hypothyroidism are:
      • Fatigue and weakness
      • Low basal temperature ( cold intolerance)
      • Dry and coarse skin
      • Hair loss
      • Cold hands and feet
      • Weight gain
      • Insomnia
      • Constipation
      • Depression
      • Poor memory, forgetfulness, dementia
      • Nervousness and tremors
      • Immune system problems
      • Heavy menstrual periods

      "about 13 million Americans experience one or more of the symptoms of problem with thyroid. The function of the thyroid gland is to regulate the speed of the body's metabolism. In other words, this gland converts the food we eat into energy for the body."

  35. QUESTION:
    Does Diabetes or the medication Metformin cause hair to thin?
    I have type 2 Diabetes and up until about 9 months ago I had really thick, wonderful hair. Now, although it's not falling out and a faster rate than what is normal, it is getting so thin - not only in the amount of hair I have, but also the actual strands of hair, they seem thinner too.
    I noticed this thinning shortly after I started taking 1000 mg of Metformin twice a day for my diabetes.
    Has anyone else experienced this?

    • ANSWER:
      I looked in my drug book. Hair loss wasn't a side effect, but it does have a precaution for thyroid problems because it can cause problems with your thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism causes hair loss. You can get a blood test to see if this is the problem, get your doctor to run a Tyroid Stimulating hormone Level

      And the other comment was no from a doctor, of course medication can cause hair loss.....

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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 :-)

  39. QUESTION:
    What is the best diet/medication for underactive thyroidimsm?
    I have a under active thyroid. I work out 4 days/week 45 min and lift weights.

    • ANSWER:
      When you have an under active thyroid gland, Your condition is called
      hypothyroidism. Many people have it and don't even know.

      Thyroid problems can cause hair loss, depression and many other physical and mental maladies.

      In order to fix your hypothyroidism, you must first identify the underlying cause of the condition.

      Check out this site.

      http://tinyurl.com/kt559y

  40. 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).

  41. 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.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can your sex drive be decreased by the removal of your thyroid?
    I know that having your thyroid removed causes a very big disturbance in the body. Exactly what is affected I dont know!

    • ANSWER:
      About 30% of people who have their thyroid ablated with I-131 (radioactive iodine) develop hypothyroidism and 5% more every year after that. If you have had your thyroid removed by surgery, you should be taking synthetic thyroxin prescribed by your doctor.

      Now, to answer your question of what are the symptoms of HYPOtheyroidism:
      Weight gain
      Puffy face
      Loss or thinning of eyebrows
      Cold intolerance
      Low sex drive
      Depression
      Abdominal bloating
      Cold hands or feet
      Dry or thinning hair
      Joint or muscle pain
      Thickening of the skin
      Thin, brittle fingernails

  43. QUESTION:
    Can you fast during Ramadan if you have hypothyroidism?
    My doctor says no, but I have heard of several people fasting during this holy month and they have thyroid disease--their doctor said it was okay. Thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Honey, each person is different... Just because another person's hypothyroidism was such that it was acceptable to fast has no bearing what so ever on YOUR health.

      I have no idea what YOUR body is like...

      No one else here has any idea what YOUR body is like...

      OTHER PEOPLE WITH HYPOTHYROIDISM HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOUR BODY IS LIKE...

      Listen to your doctor! S/he knows more about what is up with you than any stranger you meet on the Internet.

      What is healthy with one person can kill another... Your health is important... And your theism has rules about exceptions for ill health because your god doesn't want his followers to drop dead because "Everyone Else Says..."

      Hypothyroidism won't kill you but it can complicate your long term health.

      For those that don't know what she is talking about:

      Hypothyroidism Overview
      https://health.google.com/health/ref/Hypothyroidism
      Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone.

      Early symptoms:
      Being more sensitive to cold
      Constipation
      Depression
      Fatigue or feeling slowed down
      Heavier menstrual periods
      Joint or muscle pain
      Paleness or dry skin
      Thin, brittle hair or fingernails
      Weakness
      Weight gain (unintentional)

      Late symptoms, if left untreated:
      Decreased taste and smell
      Hoarseness
      Puffy face, hands, and feet
      Slow speech
      Thickening of the skin
      Thinning of eyebrows

      Treatment
      The purpose of treatment is to replace the thyroid hormone that is lacking. Levothyroxine is the most commonly used medication. Doctors will prescribe the lowest dose that effectively relieves symptoms and brings the TSH level to a normal range. If you have heart disease or you are older, your doctor may start with a very small dose.

      Lifelong therapy is required unless you have a condition called transient viral thyroiditis.

      You must continue taking your medication even when your symptoms go away. When starting your medication, your doctor may check your hormone levels every 2 - 3 months. After that, your thyroid hormone levels should be monitored at least every year.

      Important things to remember when you are taking thyroid hormone are:
      Do NOT stop taking the medication when you feel better. Continue taking the medication exactly as directed by your doctor.
      If you change brands of thyroid medicine, let your doctor know. Your levels may need to be checked.
      Some dietary changes can change the way your body absorbs the thryoid medicine. Talk with your doctor if you are eating a lot of soy products or a high-fiber diet.

      Thryoid medicine works best on an empty stomach and when taken 1 hour before any other medications. Do NOT take thyroid hormone with calcium, iron, multivitamins, alumin hydroxide antacids, colestipol, or other medicines that bind bile acids, or fiber supplements.

      After you start taking replacement therapy, tell your doctor if you have any symptoms of increased thyroid activity (hyperthyroidism) such as:
      Rapid weight loss
      Restlessness or shakiness
      Sweating
      Myxedema coma is a medical emergency that occurs when the body's level of thyroid hormones becomes extremely low. It is treated with intravenous thyroid hormone replacement and steroid medications. Some patients may need supportive therapy (oxygen, breathing assistance, fluid replacement) and intensive-care nursing.

      Causes
      The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck just below the voice box (larynx). It releases hormones that control metabolism.

      The most common cause of hypothyroidism is inflammation of the thyroid gland, which damages the gland's cells. Autoimmune or Hashimoto's thyroiditis, in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, is the most common example of this. Some women develop hypothyroidism after pregancy (often referred to as "postpartum throiditis").

      Other common causes of hypothyroidism include:
      Congenital (birth) defects
      Radiation treatments to the neck to treat different cancers, which may also damage the thyroid gland
      Radioactive iodine used to treat an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
      Surgical removal of part or all of the thyroid gland, done to treat other thyroid problems
      Viral thyroiditis, which may case hyperthyroidism and is often followed by temporary or permanent hypothyroidism
      Certain drugs can cause hyperthyroidism, including:
      Amiodarone
      Drugs used for hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), such as propylthiouracil (PTU) and methimazole
      Lithium
      Radiation to the brain

      Sheehan syndrome, a condition that may occur in a woman who bleeds severely during pregnancy or childbirth and causes destruction of the pituitary gland
      Risk factors include:
      Age over 50 years
      Being female

      Tests & diagnosis
      A physical examination may reveal a smaller-than-normal thyroid gland, although sometimes the gland is normal size or even enlarged (goiter). The examination may also reveal:
      Brittle nails
      Coarse facial features
      Pale or dry skin, which may be cool to the touch
      Swelling of the arms and legs
      Thin and brittle hair
      A chest x-ray may show an enlarged heart.
      Laboratory tests to determine thyroid function include:
      Serum TSH
      T4 test
      Lab tests may also reveal:
      Anemia on a complete blood count (CBC)
      Increased cholesterol levels
      Increased liver enzymes
      Increased prolactin
      Low sodium

      Prognosis
      In most cases, thyroid levels return to with proper treatment. However, thyroid hormone replacement must be taken for the rest of your life.
      Myxedema coma can result in death.

      Prevention
      There is no prevention for hypothyroidism.
      Screening tests in newborns can detect hypothyroidism that is present from birth (congenital hypothyroidism).

      Complications
      Myxedema coma, the most severe form of hypothyroidism, is rare. It may be caused by an infection, illness, exposure to cold, or certain medications in people with untreated hypothyroidism.
      Symptoms and signs of myxedema coma include:
      Below normal temperature
      Decreased breathing
      Low blood pressure
      Low blood sugar
      Unresponsiveness
      Other complications are:
      Heart disease
      Increased risk of infection
      Infertility
      Miscarriage
      People with untreated hypothyroidism are at increased risk for:
      Giving birth to a baby with birth defects
      Heart disease because of higher levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol
      Heart failure

      People treated with too much thyroid hormone are at risk for angina or heart attack, as well as osteoporosis (thinning of the bones).

      When to contact a doctor
      Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of hypothyroidism (or myxedema).
      If you are being treated for hypothyroidism, call your doctor if:
      You develop chest pain or rapid heartbeat
      You have an infection
      Your symptoms get worse or do not improve with treatment
      You develop new symptoms

  44. 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!

  45. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for a woman to have chest hair?
    I have some chest hair that tend to grow really long if I don't do anything about them. Does anyone else also have this problem or is it just me. Also what's the best way to remove them? Can anyone help?

    • ANSWER:
      AND HAIRY,
      When a woman grows hair in locations that don't usually bear hair in women, it's called "hirsutism." The hair typically crops up in areas where men tend to have hair — in the mustache or beard region, on the chest, or on the lower abdomen. As you mention, many women who experience this kind of hair growth feel quite embarrassed about it.

      You're savvy to guess that this could be due to a hormone problem. Too many of the male hormones (androgens, including testosterone) or extra-sensitivity to the presence of male hormones can cause hirsutism. Testosterone, in particular, is responsible for stimulating the hair follicle to grow hair that is darkly pigmented.

      Some conditions that may cause this kind of hair growth include:

      polycystic ovarian syndrome (causing increased androgen production)
      Cushing's syndrome (a disorder of the adrenal glands that produce androgens)
      tumors of the ovaries or adrenal glands (causing increased androgen production)
      anorexia nervosa
      underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)
      A number of medications can also cause hirsutism, including

      medications containing testosterone, such as pure testosterone, testosterone propionate, testosterone ethanotate, or synthetic methyltestosterone
      danazol (used to treat endometriosis and fibrocystic breast disease)
      anabolic steroids, such as dehydroepiandrosterone (a.k.a. DHEA, used by athletes to "bulk up")
      metronidazole (an anti-fungal agent)
      corticosteroids (anti-inflammatory drugs)
      cyclosporine (an immune-suppressant drug)
      phenytoin (an anti-seizure medication)
      diazoxide (an oral medicine for diabetes)
      minoxidil (used to treat high blood pressure and to stimulate hair regrowth in people who are balding)
      Although most women with hirsutism do not have serious conditions causing their hair growth, it may be important for you to visit your health care provider to discuss your concerns. A complete physical examination and perhaps some laboratory tests can rule out any of the more serious causes of hirsutism. If you have any of the medical conditions that may cause hirsutism, treatment of the condition can prevent further hair growth, although it won't make the hair currently in place go away. A number of medications may be used in an effort to treat hirsutism, such as:

      androgen-blocking medicines (spironolactone, cyproterone acetate, flutamide)
      finasteride
      oral contraceptive pills
      metformin
      ketoconazole
      leuprolide (a.k.a. Lupron)
      eflornithine (a.k.a. Vaniqa cream)
      It sounds as though shaving is frustrating to you because of its short-lived results. Other options for hair removal with longer lasting results include:

      chemical hair removal
      sugaring
      waxing
      plucking
      electrolysis
      laser hair removal
      Another approach is to camouflage your chest hair by using a bleach specially formulated for this purpose, or for bleaching facial hair.

      Since the skin on your chest may be more sensitive than the skin on your legs, for example, you may want to test one of these hair removal/camouflage options on a small area first, to be sure you do not experience any negative reactions.

      Obesity can cause a complicated chemical chain reaction that results in increased androgens, worsening hirsutism (in addition to being an important health risk factor in many other ways). If you're considerably overweight, you may consider asking your health care provider to help you make a plan for safe, effective weight loss, perhaps with the help of a registered dietitian and/or exercise physiologist or trainer.

      People have come up with a wide variety of hair-management strategies over the years, including doing nothing. If the hair on your chest continues to cause you distress you may keep removing it, however you may also eventually decide to live and let live. It's your hair, and it's your perogative.

      Alice

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  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. QUESTION:
    What happens if you have a thyroid problem?
    I just took the blood test to see if I have thyroid problems, seeing as I have the following symptoms: Hair loss, Weight loss for no reason (I am VERY over weight tho 5'5 170 lbs, ive lost 7 pounds in 2 weeks for no reason), Im ALWAYS tired / dead / no energy / depressed.

    If the results come back and I do have the problem, how will it effect me? If i start the pills will it even out my weight? What do the pills do?

    My mom has HYPOthyroidism i believe (but she's 130 LBS and 5'11) Could I have the same thing? But i'm over weight?

    p.s. I'm 17 & female

    • ANSWER:
      You do have symptoms very similar to someone who has a thyroid problem. You typically see weight loss in people with hyperthyroidism, but sometimes people with hypothyroidism experience weight loss as well. If you are diagnosed, you will most likely be given either a thyroid hormone medication for hypothyroidism or an antithyroid medication if you are hyperthyroid. We did a webinar yesterday talking about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for thyroid conditions. We will be posting it on our website tomorrow, so feel free to check it out at http://thyroiduniversity.com.

      Hopefully you will get a proper diagnosis. If for some reason the doctor's say that your test results are normal, please talk with your mom and make sure that you work with your doctor or get a new doctor because there is controversy in the medical community as to what is "normal" with thyroid test results. Sometimes people will still feel very sick but the doctors won't treat them because they say their blood tests are in the "normal" range. It is important that you document your symptoms. You can also take what is known as your basal body temperature. Mine was 95.9 when I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Here's a post on how to prepare for the doctor visit: http://thyroiduniversity.com/how-to-prepare-for-a-visit-to-your-thyroid-doctor/

      The most important thing is not to give up and don't just accept it when a doctor says you don't have a thyroid disorder. The symptoms are there for a reason. You may have to work with your mom to find the right doctor if you can't get the right treatment from your current doctor. I'm speaking from experience. I had a horrible time getting diagnosed and treated correctly until I found the right doctor. I feel much better now. And my daughter was also diagnosed as hypothyroid. We went through similar struggles to get her diagnosed as well until I took her to see my doctor. So be persistent.

      Good Luck and if you or your mom need support, be sure to check our our website. We have a forum, blogs and we do webinars frequently on living with thyroid conditions. We're on Facebook as well.

  49. 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

  50. QUESTION:
    I went to an endocrinologist today. I think he is so incompetent, that he should not be a doctor anymore.?
    Here are the things he told me: (1) The thyroid hormone has nothing to do with weight gain. (2) Hair loss has nothing to do with hypothyroidism, just hyperthyroidism. (3) Gout does not produce toe pain. (4) Cinnamon can not help blood sugar levels.

    He didn't operate on me for anything, but I still think he should be reported to some medical board. He is around sixty years old and perhaps he is beginning to have dementia. Can a doctor be investigated for being incompetent even without a surgery as evidence of proof?

    • ANSWER:
      Surgery does not matter one way of the other, however to be "investigated" (which is not easy) they have to do something that is negligent, harmful etc. Just telling you things does not fall into that category. Simply see someone else.

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