Could I have Thyroid Disease?

Hey there :]
So, my name is Danielle and I am sixteen years old. I am VERY overweight and have been most of my life. I would say genetics, BUT try as I might I cannot lose weight! The more I try to lose weight, it seems like the more I gain.
My friend is studying to become a CNA and she said I should go to my doctor and see if I have a problem with my thyroid. I honestly didn’t even know what a thyroid was, or what it did until I started doing some research.
I have a good amount of the symptoms that are shown on http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/growth/thyroid.html#
-I have depression, but that could be because of genetics also.
-I normally am very tired/sluggish unless I get 12+ hours of sleep.
-My periods are very irregular
-I have a poor memory
-And I have a lot of trouble concentrating in school.
I am going to go to the doctor soon because I am due for a check up, and I am going to ask him about this, but I like getting ya’ll’s answers too. :]
Have a good day/night

3 comments

  • 2blest2Bstrest

    You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2, like maybe ONE) but, for diagnosis, may not mean much if ANTIBODIES are present which is indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between HYPER & HYPO at start)…it is the main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism but worse (…OR Graves Disease – HypERthyroid from beginning).

    You will have to INSIST they test for the antibodies. [anti-TPO and TgAb] They can code so that ins will pay.

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

    ALWAYS GET COPIES OF YOUR LABS.

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

    God bless you

  • ☮Savannah.

    Hi Danielle! I’m also 16 and just found out I have thyroid disease. Most people do in my family. Your thyroid can control and effect almost everything! Unfortunately weight is a big one. With your symptoms it could most definitely be your thyroid. The normal number your thyroid should be is around 3.2… Mine is 8.1. Don’t waste any time and just get some lab work done! It’s very simple with fast results. (Only hurts a little 🙂
    Your thyroid can make you very tired and dizzy.. Almost lathargic. Gain weight, lose too much weight. Hungry all the time no matter what. Hair loss. Constipation. Rashes. Abnormal coloring in hair.. heavy periods or even no periods.. and so much more! Get it checked soon! Good luck 🙂

  • Stephen Shang

    Even if you don’t have hypothyroidism, I’d recommend taking the thyroxine.

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