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Hi again :)

I'm not sure if I have a thyroid problem, but it's definitely possible. My endo mentioned testing my thyroid. I'm still waiting for the results of my bloodwork to come back. I think the main thing they're testing is my cortisol level. Then I suppose whatever the tests show, we'll go from there.

I don't know much about hypothyroidism. What are the symptoms of it? The main problems I've been having (other than the high testosterone levels) are irregular periods, annoying facial hair, high blood pressure, fatigue, and dizziness (like when I get hungry). Do you have any of these symptoms as well? In addition to high testosterone, I have elevated DHEA levels too.

Haven't heard of the adrenal saliva test...seems like all they want to do is stick me with needles ;)

Hope things go well for you...keep me updated!
Hi melody. Hypothyroidism can cause a lot of symptoms. Below is a list, you can have any combination of symptoms.

____ I am gaining weight inappropriately
____ I'm unable to lose weight with diet/exercise
____ I am constipated, sometimes severely
____ I have hypothermia/low body temperature (I feel cold when others feel hot, I need extra sweaters, etc.)
____ I feel fatigued, exhausted
____ Feeling run down, sluggish, lethargic
____ My hair is coarse and dry, breaking, brittle, falling out
____ My skin is coarse, dry, scaly, and thick
____ I have a hoarse or gravely voice
____ I have puffiness and swelling around the eyes and face
____ I have pains, aches in joints, hands and feet
____ I have developed carpal-tunnel syndrome, or it's getting worse
____ I am having irregular menstrual cycles (longer, or heavier, or more frequent)
____ I am having trouble conceiving a baby
____ I feel depressed
____ I feel restless
____ My moods change easily
____ I have feelings of worthlessness
____ I have difficulty concentrating
____ I have more feelings of sadness
____ I seem to be losing interest in normal daily activities
____ I'm more forgetful lately

I also have the following additional symptoms, which have been reported more frequently in people with hypothyroidism:

____ My hair is falling out
____ I can't seem to remember things
____ I have no sex drive
____ I am getting more frequent infections, that last longer
____ I'm snoring more lately
____ I have/may have sleep apnea
____ I feel shortness of breath and tightness in the chest
____ I feel the need to yawn to get oxygen
____ My eyes feel gritty and dry
____ My eyes feel sensitive to light
____ My eyes get jumpy/tics in eyes, which makes me dizzy/vertigo and have headaches
____ I have strange feelings in neck or throat
____ I have tinnitus (ringing in ears)
____ I get recurrent sinus infections
____ I have vertigo
____ I feel some lightheadedness
____ I have severe menstrual cramps

Regarding thyroid tests, it is important to have your Free T3, Free T4 (besides the T3 and T4) and thyroid antibodies tested in addition to the normal panel. They are not usually done but are necessary for a comprehensive view. Some people who have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (a type of hypothyroidism) have normal results but elevated antibodies. In this case, treatment is warranted.

Get copies of your results. The people on the thyroid board on this site are great, and they can help you interpret them.

My periods are not irregular, but they are heavy. As my thyroid meds are getting increased, they are getting a little better. I definitely have fatigue. When I get hungry, it seems extreme to me. It is like all of a sudden I am suddenly starving and I get woozy. I have had my blood sugar checked. I don't think I have had my DHEA checked.

I am trying to learn about adrenal fatigue. It seems it and thyroid disorders often go hand in hand. I have heard that the saliva test is the best, but I don't know if that is true.

I hope you get answers too. Let's keep each other updated!





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