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Question: possible iodine deficiency


 melonmuffin - Sun Sep 23, 2007 8:11 pm

Age: 21
Sex: male
Past diagnoses: N/A
Past surgeries: None
Family history: Father has hyperactive thyriod
Current Medications: 600mg Motrin

Symptoms: Extreme intollerance to cold, joint and bone pains, inability to gain weight (5'10" at 110lbs), I don't get hungry, tired, usually sleeping about 12 hours a day while still feeling tired when awake, was diagnosed with depression when I was in my early teen years; and again by the US Navy in 2005,

I'm not sure what the problem is but I'm wondering what could possibly be causing the intollerance to cold, joint and bone pains, and inability to gain weight. I am currently seeing a doctor, and going by my MRI, he said that I only have fluid on my knee and yet he didn't attempt to drain the fluid.

Physical theropy had little effect.

Thank you for your time.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sun Sep 23, 2007 11:20 pm

User avatar Hi Melonmuffin,

Your symptoms could potentially be related to hypothyroidism (although this usually leads to weight gain not loss). Your post subject refers to iodine deficiency which can lead to hypothyroidism.

I would recommend you have your thyroid levels tested. It is a simple test and a fixable problem if hypothyroidism is present.

Depression can cause some of these symptoms also so if this is currently an issue, treating the depression may help.

Best wishes.

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