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Question: Should I See My Doctor?

 zeph - Thu Mar 25, 2004 8:40 am

For some time I have had less energy than usual. I also suffer (long term) from cold feet and hands, wrist pain, a slow pulse rate (usually less than 60bpm), brittle hair (which has lately become thicker and darker) and heavy painful periods. Is it possible I could have an underactive thyroid (my dad has this condition) and should I see my doctor?

I'm over weight for my height and do not exercise regularly. My blood pressure is usually on the low to normal side (typically 105/60) and I get lightheaded quite easily.

I'm a bit of a hypochondriac (as you can probably tell!) and hate wasting my doctors time with trivial things so would really appreciate your advice!

Thanks for your help!
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Thu Mar 25, 2004 2:04 pm

User avatar Dear Zeph,

You sure sound like you might have hypothyroidism. If you have constipation (which is new) and you prefer warmer weather than others around you (you prefer a higher room temperature than others around you or you perceive that the weather is colder than others around you perceive) than most probably you have an underactive thyroid.

You have to have a thyroid function test done (called tsh).

Thank you very much for using our website and i hope that this information helped.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.

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