How to Tell if you Have a Thyroid Problem?

I’m 19 years old and overweight. I’ve tried dieting i the past, didn’t do much (if anything). My grandmother has a thyroid condition. With her medication she doesn’t gain any weight (in fact, she can eat anything). Neither of my parents have thyroid problems. Is thyroid-ism passed genetically? Does it skip a generation? How can you tell if you have it? Any information about thyroid ism is appreciated. Thanks!

3 comments

  • Aspasia

    Thyroid disease tends to run in families, and tends to affect women more than men. Three generations of women, including myself, on my mother’s side of the family all have thyroid disorders of one type or another. There is a possibilty that thyroid disease has run undetected on my father’s side as well.
    If you are having trouble losing weight, feel tired all the time, are depressed, have dry, brittle hair and nails, feel bloated and are constipated, and are sensitive to cold, then you may have what is called hypothyroidism. This means that the thyroid is not producing enough hormones, which regulate the body’s metabolism. A simple blood test that looks for TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), T3, and T4 can determine if your thyroid is to blame. Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is produced by the pituitary gland to make the thyroid work. If your TSH levels are high, then you may have hypothyroidism.
    If your TSH levels are low, then you may have the opposite: hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid. Symptoms include: weight loss, increased appetite, sensitivity to heat, oily hair and skin, hair loss, tremors, fatigue, anxiety, high blood pressure and pulse, and heart palpitations. People with hyperthyroidism may find that they can eat what they want and not gain much or any weight.
    Since you have a family history of thyroid problems, it might not hurt to see your doctor about it. You can expect a blood test, and to wait a week or so for the results. Thyroid problems are manageable and you will be able to live a normal life.
    Good luck.

  • chickimomma

    Thyroid disorders are actually very common, especially in some parts of the country. It is also a very simple blood test any doctor can check for you quickly.

    Sounds like your grandmother has hyper-thyroidism, which means a quicker than usual thyroid gland. People with that tend to be jittery, very slim and basically on hyper speed all the time.

    I have hypo-thyroidism, which means that mine doesn’t work as well as it should. People with hypo have a hard time with their weight because the throid gland, which controls metabolism, is working much slower than it should. People with this are also usually always cold and have other symptoms like being tired, lethargic and hair that may fall out.

    I noticed that I gained weight quickly and I was much much more tired than usual. My doctor checked and bingo, hypo-thyroidism. Neither of my parents have it, but I’m told it can run in the family, but not necessarily. I take a synthetic hormone now, just one pill every morning, to stabilize my levels. They check it about once a year or so, and sometimes sooner (sometimes I can tell it’s off).

    I hope this helps!

  • namairb2

    Your doctor can do a simple blood test called a thyroid uptake. This specific test will tell you if you have a thyroid problem or not. For more info on thyroid problems you can go to webmd.com and search hypothyroidism ( which is the medical term for what you think you have). Good luck and God Bless

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