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Re: Help - Losing my Hair

Re: Help - Losing my Hair

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Posted by Tina on August 15, 2000 at 19:02:37:

In Reply to: Help - Losing my Hair posted by J.P. on August 15, 2000 at 14:27:41:

: Hi:
: I'm losing my hair, I have extreme intolerance to cold, constipation, low basal temperature (96.7 this morning), fatigue (can't drag myself out of bed in the morning), aching joints (hips and legs),my fingers turn white and numb when exposed to the cold, have put on 20 lbs that I'm having difficulty losing and I'm extremely depressed and stressed out due to the hair loss. I also break out in rashs around my neck as well as on my lips. I'm also 45 and could well be starting menopause. Has anyone else had symptoms like these that were due to hypothyroidism and/or hormonal imbalances due to menopause. I have a doctors appointment soon but I've been told many doctors refuse to believe there is anything wrong with your thyroid at this age. Any comments or words of encouragement would be appreciated. Thanks,
: J.P.

Hi J.P.,

You have many signs and symptoms of a low thyroid and actually you are in the age group that many develop thyroid problems in. Since you are going to the Doctor soon, just insist that he/she run a basic TSH along with checking all your hormone levels including a test for adrenal insufficiency. If they have a problem with you telling them what you want checked then they aren't the person you should be paying for your medical treatment. If you took your car to a mechanic because you were having a problem with the brakes and he said (before even checking them) that it couldn't be the breaks you wouldn't let him do the job would you?

Here is some good information to look at before your appointment.
http://thyroid.about.com/health/thyroid/library/weekly/aa081499.htm?pid=2750&cob=home
This is titled "Is your thyroid being under treated" while you are reading it you will find a "Hypothyroidism Symptoms Checklist" go to that link after you finish to see if you might have any other signs and symptoms as well. I'm sure you will see other links that you will want to investigate in there along with the list of subjects in the left hand column to investigate.

It seems that the most asked questions by Doctors when thinking of a possible thyroid problem will be…Do you have a family history of it, do you have dry skin, do you have a problem with constipation. If they ask more than that, you probably have a keeper!

Hope this helps! Hope you'll keep us updated on how it goes and please come back with any other questions you may have. Sincerely, Tina




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