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Thread: Have you had your Thyroid checked?

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    Super Member JanetM's Avatar
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    Everyone should have their thyroid function checked annually...just a simple blood test.
    Undiagnosed thyroid problems can lead to severe organ damage and eventually demetia.
    I was diagnosed 13yrs ago and my Dr. feels that I had the disorder (hypothyroidism-low thyroid) for probably some 7yrs before diagnosis.
    Thyroid disorders are more prevalent in women, but men also can have this disorder. I hope everyone here asks their Dr. on their next visit to do a thyroid blood panel.

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    thanks, how are you doing now?

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    I'm doing okay. The medication doesn't cure you or eliminate all the symtoms and other problems low thyroid can cause but it is necessary.

    I just read my original post and I want to apologize for sounding so stern and preachy. The mother of a friend lost her life to this disorder which is so sad because it could have been prevented. Unfortunately, it isn't a routine test when you have a blood analysis..you need to ask for it. It is believed that a good many elderly people suffer from dementia because of undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Please protect yourself.

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    My younger brother is currently being watched, doctor said results abnormal - so he needs another test in 2 weeks and another in 3 months. No medication yet tho. (The test was taken because he gained a lot of weight in one year)

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    I agree. The symptoms of hypothyroidism are vague. My doc kept telling me I was depressed and needed to exercise more. I was tired, weepy, and gained a lot of weight so sure I was depressed. I requested the blood tests and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. After a few months on medication I started feeling better. I've been on it for about 12 years, have it checked yearly, and med adjusted if needed. There are lots of symptoms--google it, and then talk to your doc. (Maybe Janet's are just nags LOL)

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    I have a sluggish thyroid too. Been taking medicine for almost 24 years now. The doctors told me as a young woman that it was borderline low all the time-within the range as it were. I had all the classic symptoms, weight gain, hair loss, crappy nails etc., It was not until i was visiting my cousin in Baltimore and thought I was having a heart attack, that the doc finally sent me to an endocrynologist. LO and behold, she checked me and said it definately was hypothyroidism. and put me on synthroid. What a difference in my life. Got my energy back, lost the weight and feel good now. Oh and I had 4 miscarriages between my two children, which she also said was a result of the condition. So definately go get checked. It really is worth the time and the blood test.

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    I have hypothyroid too . Dr said I had it for years before it was diagnosed . It's no fun . Yes , do get it checked . Annie

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    hypothyroidism also complicates diabetes - ask me how I know..
    I've also had a biopsy done because of "hot spots" (negative) but I do have occasional ultrasounds done

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    I had mine tested because of rapid heart rate, which is a sign of hyperthyroidism, but I had hypothyroidism. I went on med for it, a year or two later I started having symptoms again so asked to have blood level checked test showed hyperthyroidism and level changed in 2wks which usually level is very slow to change which is why it isn't caught the first test. I saw an endochrinologist and tested for diseased thyroid but everything ok. a few weeks later it was back to hypothyroid levels. Dr said I had thyroiditis an inflammation of the thyroid. I was so mad because with hyperthyroidism you normally lose weight, have excessive energy, and not hair loss. I still was fat, depressed, and losing hair. Oh well that is how life goes, the funny part was I had to have a pregnancy test before they could give me radioactive isotopes for testing. My college age daughter was with me and thought it was hilarious and had to call her dad and tease him. At that age she hated to think her parents could be having sex.

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    My wonderful doctor does it with my annual exam. She takes such good care of me.

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    I had mine checked several years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanetM
    I'm doing okay. The medication doesn't cure you or eliminate all the symtoms and other problems low thyroid can cause but it is necessary.

    I just read my original post and I want to apologize for sounding so stern and preachy. The mother of a friend lost her life to this disorder which is so sad because it could have been prevented. Unfortunately, it isn't a routine test when you have a blood analysis..you need to ask for it. It is believed that a good many elderly people suffer from dementia because of undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Please protect yourself.
    You didn't sound preachy at all !! Just caring, thank you honey!! :)

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    I agree. If you're feeling tired, gaining weight, depressed, weepy...it COULD be a thyroid problem. My dd (just turned 18) has had a helluva go the past few years, and we finally found out...hypothyroid. They're calling it thyroiditis, which basically means they don't know WHY but it should resolve on its own. Could be, could not be...but there has been a major change in the past year since we're treating the thryoid, and not "depression" which hypothyroid mimics.

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    Few months after my youngest was born (7 years ago) I started having symptoms but the Dr said it was depression. He prescribed Prozac and said to come back for a blood test if I wasn't feeling better. I got so mad. Instead I told him that I wanted the blood test first and if everything was OK there, I would take the Prozac. He got mad too, but did it. Two days later called me to go to the ER because my TSH levels were so high the machines could not put a number to it. I then laughed. If the blood sample was taken 2 days ago, why all of a sudden is and emergency? I just told him to call the pharmacy for a Rx and needless to say, I switched drs.

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    My physician suggested that all post menopausal women should have a thyroid test done every 6 months especially with a family history or symptoms or diagnosis of depression. He says that population the thyroid levels can change very rapidly.

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    I have been on Thyroid meds since I was 35.

    I get it checked yearly.

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    I had a CT scan for an enlarged lymph node. Dr. told me the lymph node was fine but my thyroid needed to be biopsied. Who knew? Had a visible enlarged node in it and they biopsied it. Also aspirated it. Now go in every 6 months to have it checked. My aunt had thyroid cancer and had hers removed. She is 87 now and still doing fine.

    Thanks for your reminder that we check out these things. Hope you are doing well and your meds are doing their job.

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    I have mine checked every year when I have my physical. Thanks for the heads up though.

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    Will do. Thanks

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    Many times after having a baby, we start to lose some of the hair that our body retained during the pregnancy. With me, I went in for a check up about 6months after DD was born and asked if I should still be losing hair, luckily my wonderful NP decided to run a thyroid screen and sure enough, my TSH level was thru the roof. I've been on meds for over 5 years now. I'll admit that I'm not always very good about remembering my meds but I'm trying to make a more concerted effort of late.

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    Runs in the family. Get it checked yearly.

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    In 1976 I had to have my thyroid nuked with Radio Active Iodine for hyperthyroidism and a goiter. Just went on low thyroid med's about a month ago. I'm feeling a little better, but was hoping I would have the energy I had when I was 35! No such luck.

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    I've been on thyroid for years. At one point my doctor (who was not the doctor I had when I started on thyroid) decided to take me off the meds to get a baseline. I was supposed to be off a certain length of time, but before I reached that time I was so tired I could hardly walk across my classroom, came home each afternoon and went to sleep, and finally one weekend I slept all the way to our lakehouse 2-3 hours, got there and took a nap, got up and went to bed and continued this way all weekend, basically sleeping all the time.

    My husband called doctor as soon as we returned home and he got me in right away. Apparently my thyroid had quit functioning at all. Hair loss, weight gain, lack of energy, dry nails and skin, shakiness, etc. are all symptoms. It is nothing to ignore and it can be treated easily in most cases!

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    the thyroid hormones help regulate all sorts of functions in the body. I believe EVERYONE should have their levels checked yearly..... and if your regular doctor tells you your levels are normal, and you still feel bad, then go to an Endocrinologist. I am a thyroid cancer survivor, and I had an overactive thyroid when I was around 30. Too much hormones made me lose weight, be agitated all the time, couldnt sleep, was angry at everyone in sight, had heart palpitations constantly, and had tons of anxiety! My marriage almost fell apart because of this illness. (realized that years later when I got to feeling "normal" again!)
    True, underactive thyroid is more common, but an overactive thyroid can cause great problems too...there are many symptoms that you may not even "know" are related to thyroid problems. So I encourage all of you.... next time you go into the doctor, have them check your levels.

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    The thyroid regulates metabolism - no metabolism = no you, simple

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