Do I have a thyroid condition?

So, my older sister has a thyroid condition (hypothyroidism), and sinse it is genetic, I was recently tested for it, and I didn’t have it.

I did some research on the disease and I have almost all of the symptoms of it! (ex: light periods, hair falling out, get cold easily, constipation, really thin and flimsy finger nails)

oh and I’m a 15 year old girl

even though my blood work showed negative, is there a chance I could still have this disease? what should I do, should I get tested again?

5 comments

  • 2blest2Bstrest

    "recently tested for it, and I didn’t have it" Sure????? You should have gotten a copy of the labs. You need testing for ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but would not matter if antibodies are present. Indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis…main cause of HypOthyroid & is worse (…OR Graves Disease – HypERthyroid).

    WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

    Ck these:
    http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
    http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
    http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html

    God bless

  • I have hypothyroidism, I was talking to my naturapath about it all of the false negative blood tests, and she told me that a lot of people out there have it, but the blood tests are known to be often inaccurate. If your intuition tells you that you may be one of those people, start adding iodine to your diet (via something other than salt!), I find that kelp is particularly useful as a salt alternative. I have also been using flax seed oil on my salads, and I am finding that my symptoms are slowly lessening.

    Western medicine has major advantages when faced with life threatening situations, but when it comes to this, unless you want to be taking pills every day, there is not much that a normal doctor can offer, especially if the blood tests are coming back negative.

  • The accepted variations of subclinical hyperthyroidism are wide. Most doctors will do a general TSH and maybe a T4 level — which is incomplete testing.

    With hypothyroidism TSH is high, because the body isn’t producing enough T3 and thus the brain is sending more Thyroid Stimulating Hormone to try and balance this out. So unless you have an overtly high TSH you will generally be told things are fine, and they very well probably are.

    That said, if you have symptoms that you describe that are overtly obvious and undeniable, you should get a second opinion. Preferably from an endocrinologist. Your symptoms need to be treated. Too often a few tests are run, they come back normal, and the doctors tell you that you are fine even though you still have the symptoms for which you came in.

    Perhaps it isn’t a thyroid disorder, maybe it is a nutritional or vitamin deficiency,.. whatever it is or isn’t the doctor isn’t done until the reason and solution are found. Don’t stop until you find a doctor who is willing to get to the bottom of your health issues. Otherwise you will just ‘deal’ with these things until they go away or the become so ostensibly severe they are impossible to ignore.

    Though, because your sister has Hypothyroidism does not mean you absolutely will ever have thyroid disease.

  • If the blood tests were negative then your thyroid was fine at the time of testing.

    You could get retested in 12 months if concermed.

    If these symptoms were showing up when youwere tested tehn they are probably due to a nutritional deficiency instead.

  • The top 2 causes of thyroid disorders are iodine deficiency and radiation exposure.
    It’s not genetic.

    Take your temperature:
    http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/temperature
    Having a lower than normal temperature is an indication of a slowed metabolism.
    The thyroid regulates the entire metabolism, so if it’s not working properly,
    the metabolism will slow down.

    To learn about thyroid things, please become familar with the information at http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
    This is a patient to patient site with terrific info.

    I hope this helps.