I am a 37 year old female and despite cutting back on my meals and exercising more I still can’t lose weight. As a matter of fact, I keep gaining weight. I believe I have hypothyroidism where weight gain is one of the side effects of the disease.
However, my lab tests are always in range during my yearly examinations. Is there anything else that I can do to find out if I have the disease? I have seen different doctors but they all use the same lab. Confused About Hypothyroidism, Connecticut
Dear Confused About Hypothyroidism:
Chances are you probably do have hypothyroidism. The disease is especially prevalent in women ages 35-40. In order to find out if you have the disease, your doctor would have to give you a full panel workup for your thyroid and this is not a part of most doctor’s visits or yearly exams.
Doctors only conduct the bare minimum test on your thyroid which is the TSH (Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone) where your number should be 1.8 or below. Often this number is higher, but most doctors will still tell you you are fine when you are not.
Many doctors know very little about the thyroid and yet they refuse to send you to a thyroid specialist or an endocrinologist, who specializes in your thyroid. Many health care plans are not set up to refer patients to specialists. So you can try to see these specialists on your own or use an outside lab to run full-panel tests on your thyroid.
You should also go to a holistic or natural healer and herbalist for help to treat your thyroid. Nine women to every one male will have issues with their thyroid and over 80% of women have hypothyroidism.
If you have any of these symptoms then chances are you have the disease:
· Increased sensitivity to cold
· Dry skin
· Weight gain
· Puffy face
· Muscle weakness
· Elevated blood cholesterol level
· Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
· Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
· Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
· Thinning hair
· Slowed heart rate
· Impaired memory
· Ringing in your ears
· No bottom eyelashes
· Environmental allergies
Learn everything you can about your thyroid. Start your research by reading the book “Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Test Are Normal” by Datis Kharrasian and other books on your thyroid. The book is available as an e-book, paperback and audiobook on Amazon.com. Also watch educational seminars and workshops on youtube.com.