Re: lump in throat and serious hair thinning- thyroid problem?
To rule out the thyroid with out spending excessive buck go for a basic thyroid profile:
TSH (3rd gen/Sensitive)
Given the hair symptoms also check your iron and ferritin levels. Depending on the results of these five tests you should be able to tell if the thyroid is an issue or is GERD is to blame.
Now if you want a quick and dirty means to rule out GERD. You have the OTC prilosec or tagment medications that if you take one a day for a month with no relief in symptoms.. well you can then rule out GERD by experimentation.
If we learn by our mistakes, I am working on one hell of an education.
Last edited by mkgbrook; 01-22-2009 at 09:21 AM.