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Old 04-16-2002, 05:36 PM   #1
Young Osteopenia
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Do I have it? Help!

Ok...I don't have insurance right now, and would like to get a TSH done, but can't yet. If I tell y'all my symptoms...tell me what y'all think. Thyroid or not?

For the last 5 years I have gained 35 pounds, mostly last year and this year. My hair is falling out. I have no energy. I want to sleep all the time. My skin is very dry. I have hot flashes where no one else is hot and I'm sweating to death.

By the way, I'm only 25 years old.
Help!!!!!!!!!! What do y'all think?

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Old 04-19-2002, 01:46 PM   #2
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Re: Do I have it? Help!

Sounds like a reasonable guess. On the main thyroid page here, go to the Information Archive thread. The fifth message in that thread is a link for Thyroid Basics. Page 2 of the page you go to lists symptoms of hyperthyroidism, which may be what you have.<p>[This message has been edited by StephenM (edited 04-19-2002).]

Old 04-19-2002, 07:09 PM   #3
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Re: Do I have it? Help!

Hi Young,
It sounds to me that you have Hypothyroid, not Hyper.
All the symptoms you mention are the same ones I had before I was finally diagnosed. Get on your computer and do a search on Hypothyroid and read all you can.
I am finally on medicine, two different kinds (one is T4 and the other is a T3 pill) I am feeling alot better. Good Luck

Old 04-20-2002, 10:58 AM   #4
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Re: Do I have it? Help!

Hi Young Osteopenia. It's probably worth it to see and Endocrinologist even if you have to pay out of pocket. But if it is possible to get insurance first, definitely do so, since some states still have pre-existing condition clauses and you don't want to have a thyroid diagnosis and not be covered by insurance in the future.

When you go, find a doctor who will test more than just your TSH. TSH is not always a good indicator of what's going on in your body. Read through the Info Archive (as previously suggested) for various blood tests, etc.

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