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Old 01-20-2010, 09:32 AM   #1
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Could I have a thyroid problem?

Hey there, I am 17 and male. Recently I got my blood test results and it came back with really low vitamin D, so I'll need to take supplements.

Here's the symptoms i've been having

- Extremelly tired, sleep A LOT
- Really depressed (because of something else)
- Hair loss and thinning (this has caused me to be even more depressed)
- Cold hands all the time, it's NEVER warm
- Low vitamin D
- Gained 30lbs in a couple months. I'm gaining weight easily and don't know why. I'm doing a lot of cardio etc.
- Constipated for around 2-4 days at a time
- I took a year off of school because I couldn't concentrate properly for some reason, felt tired a lot and really depressed.

The thing bothering me the most is my sudden hair loss :/

I'm going to the GP tomorrow and I'm going to ask for:

A Test on my T3 and T4 in addition to my TSH.
And have my DHT levels checked

If I do have a Thyroid problem, if treated, do you think some of my hair on the top would grow back and thicken. I'm INCREDIBLY depressed but I try to keep it to myself and just put a smile on my face when around family. Thanks.

 
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:45 AM   #2
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Re: Could I have a thyroid problem?

Low D will cause a lot of problems like you are experiencing, as well as your thyroid could be underactive too. Be sure to suppliment your D with D3, at least 2000 iu daily, preferably 6-10,000 iu if you are really low. It will take several months to get those stores replaced.

Ask for a Free T3 and Free T4 test when you see your doc. Also get your ferritin and vitamin B12 levels. And ask for thyroid antibody testing, TPO and TG. This will give you a bigger picture of how well your thyroid is performing.

Low D, low ferritin, or low thyroid can all contribute to hair loss. So correcting these should give you a regrowth of hair. You should also consider taking some magnesium as Mg deficiency can cause hair loss too. Magnesium citrate or glycinate are better absorbed and mg citrate will help with constipation. Take as much as your bowels can tolerate.

 
Old 01-20-2010, 11:43 AM   #3
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Re: Could I have a thyroid problem?

Thanks for the reply.

So tests on my :

A Test on my T3 and T4 in addition to my TSH.

T3
T4
TSH
DHT
TOP
TG
Ferritin and Vitamin B12 Level

How much blood would I have to give? Is it just a standard blood test giving them blood to test? Thanks.

 
Old 01-20-2010, 02:50 PM   #4
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Re: Could I have a thyroid problem?

bump, also, do I just ask my GP for these tests?

 
Old 01-20-2010, 04:18 PM   #5
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Re: Could I have a thyroid problem?

Tell your doc you want these tests. Hopefully he will agree but if he doesn't beg him
Make sure you specify FREE with those T3 and T4 tests, Free T3 and Free T4. Otherwise they will run the Total tests and they are not useful. Also the antibody tests are TPO (thyroperoxidase) antibodies and TG (thyroglobulin) antibodies also called TPO-Ab and TG-Ab

It will just be a few vials of blood, like any normal blood draw.

Good luck and post your results here when you get them (be sure to let them know you'll be needing a copy of your labs) along with the ranges.

 
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Re: Could I have a thyroid problem?

Yes but make sure they are the "FREE" levels of the t-3 and 4, more accurate. Javelina had good advice, you do sound classic hypo though, your symptoms are probably thyroid related although getting these other tests done are helpful in your diagnosis. Most people with thyroid problems are low in Vitamin D.

 
Old 01-20-2010, 04:53 PM   #7
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Re: Could I have a thyroid problem?

Do they cost or are they ALL free?

 
Old 01-20-2010, 05:10 PM   #8
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Re: Could I have a thyroid problem?

LOL. By "free" T3 and "free" T4 we mean that these are tests that test the "free" or "unbound" levels of the thyroid hormones T3 and T4. They are often listed on lab orders as Triiodothyronine, free and Thyroxine, free.

Unfortunately none of these tests are really free!

 
Old 01-20-2010, 05:29 PM   #9
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Re: Could I have a thyroid problem?

im from the uk so when i get a blood test and other stuff done like when they xray me etc its all free, so should i expect these to be free aswell? Thanks. =]

 
Old 01-20-2010, 07:47 PM   #10
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Re: Could I have a thyroid problem?

Well then they may be free, I'm not familiar with what is covered there but you may have to work to convince a NHS doc to order a Free T3, it's not always accepted there as a valid test. Do your best though because it's a really important one!

 
Old 01-20-2010, 08:17 PM   #11
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Re: Could I have a thyroid problem?

Can I just get a FREE T3 and T4 and TSH?

 
Old 01-21-2010, 04:15 AM   #12
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Re: Could I have a thyroid problem?

Yes, but these don't always tell you the whole picture. But it's a good start. And even if your doctor tells you the results are "normal" post them here with the ranges so we can take a look too.

 
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Re: Could I have a thyroid problem?

Yes and good luck, we're curious to see what they are...

 
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