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Does this sound like a thyroid problem to you?

Posted by susie100 (My Page) on
Sun, May 2, 10 at 21:29

I'm 65; went through menopause at 50; the hot flashes diminished but never really went away. I'm still having hot flashes, significant hair loss, and have to pee about 15 times a day. The hair loss started about two years ago, after a divorce and significant weight loss. I've had thyroid tests done; they came back "within normal limits". Trying to figure out what direction to go in next, if at all. Any suggestions?

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RE: Does this sound like a thyroid problem to you?

None of your symptoms suggest a thyroid problem. These are the symptoms of Thyroid disease. The ones most prevalent is fatigue and weight gain.

coarse and dry hair
confusion or forgetfulness (often mistaken for dementia in seniors)
dry, scaly skin
fatigue or a feeling of sluggishness
hair loss
increased menstrual flow (women)
intolerance to cold temperatures
muscle cramps
slower heart rate
weight gain

RE: Does this sound like a thyroid problem to you?

I agree with Oilpainter, not thyroid symptoms. Get a full blood panel done by your doctor and see what all your "numbers" are and which are out of whack. Good luck, I hope it is something much easier to live with than thyroid problems.

RE: Does this sound like a thyroid problem to you?

My sister's hair started thinning really badly a few years BEFORE her thyroid levels finally registered below normal, as Hypothyroid. Once she started her Thyroid medication, her hair actually started growing back and isn't nearly as thin now. I agree with michelle that you need a full blood panel to consider if anything specific is causing your hair loss and urinary frequency. Although 'female pattern hair loss' can also be the culprit in older women, I would keep getting your thyroid levels checked each year as well.

RE: Does this sound like a thyroid problem to you?

Hair loss is a symptom of hypothyroidism. Ask for the Thyroid antibody testing as well as free T3 and T4 tests.

All of my thyroid hormones were within range except for my antibodies. Many people with Hashimotos (or Grave's disease) only have out-of-range antibody readings.... doctors don't usually check that so patients often go undiagnosed for years.

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