Hypothyroidism?

  1. 16 years ago

    Last January I had a very traumatic event in my life and my hair began falling out with the little white balls on the end. I thought this was due to what was going on at the time, however my hair continues to fall out. I have always had very thick hair and now it is very thin. My scalp tingles and then I stress even more. For the past four years I have lifted weights faithfully and did cardio - and even kept a log of my exercise and diet - but I refuse to lose weight - and will actually gain when I am most faithful. Could this be the thyroid, or is it a continuation of the event that occured in January - which is still ongoing, just not as critical at the moment?

    thanks,

    gloria baze

  2. Doc Kelley

    Sep 2003 Administrator

    Hello Glo,

    Severe stress, no matter whether mental (emotional), mechanical (physical), or chemical (nutritional), can certainly lead to what you have described. Hair loss, difficulty losing weight and inexplicable weight gain can, however, also be due to thryoid gland problems.

    To be on the safe side, I would suggest that you visit www.salivatest.com and order one of their home test kits to check your thyroid. You will want to test at least for TSH and the thyroid antibodies.

    If you need help interpreting your results, let me know. Also, to educate yourself more thoroughly on all types of thyroid conditions visit http://thyroid.about.com.

    Best of Health,

    Doc Kelley

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