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Old 09-17-2004, 05:46 PM   #1
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What do I do first?

I have no idea if thyroid is my problem but here are some symptoms:
Asthma
Allergies
Irregular heartbeat
Achy joints and stiffness
Weight gain
Fatigue
No tolerance to heat or cold
PMS
Can't lose weight
Bloated after I eat ANYTHING
Poor digestion
Irritable bowel symptoms
Moodiness
Anxiety
These are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. I might remember more. Is this enough to go to an endo? Will a regular MD diagnose this?
Thanks, Cindy

 
Old 09-17-2004, 06:30 PM   #2
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Re: What do I do first?

check out a book called "Thyroid Power" It really helped educate me about thyroid/adrenal issues. read as much as you can here at the boards and any books and websites you can get your hands on- knowledge is power!!

 
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Re: What do I do first?

There's no guarantee any doctor will diagnosis a thyroid problem, but any of them can at least order the tests. Whether they interpret them correctly is another thing altogether.

You need TSH, free T4, free T3, and thyroid (TPO and Tg) antibodies tests run. These, plus a very knowledgable doctor [not all are, to be sure], will tell you what you need to know about the way your thyroid is working or isn't.
A good beginner book for thyroid is Thyroid For Dummies by Dr. Alan Rubin.

 
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