Hi Jamie Lynn!
I've been reading about hypothyroid too, as I think I may have it as a result of being a soy junkie for too many years. I'm like you in that I'm not overweight, but I do have a couple of the other symptoms - always cold, especially cold extremeties. I also have an ovarian cyst....some other stuff I read and can't remember offhand. I did read in a few places that acne can be one of the many symptoms.
There is a simple self test you can do which can help you determine if you MAY be hypo. It just involves taking your temperature for several days and averaging them. I know there is a protocol outlined on askshelley.com in the FAQ, and I've seen others on the web. My naturopath had me do it and I'm like a 1/2 a degree below normal on avg, so that's really borderline. I might ask to get tested just to make sure.
I'm going to see my naturopath again next week, so I'm going to ask her some more about it. I'll post anything else she has to say.
In the meantime, maybe Sweetjade has something to add?
I just remembered another member mentioning something about her thyroid being key in her acne.. I think her name is Ebey? I can't remember if she was hypo or hyper.
You can't test for hypothyroidism just by taking your temperature for a few days in a row and averaging them together. You need blood work done.
As for the body temperature: my body temp even after being up all day long is always over a degree lower than the "norm" for people. My normal temp is around 97.4
I do have hypothyroidism..
I know that alot of people that have it, usually start out without being overweight. Before they found out I had it, I was usually a little underweight. Then all of a sudden I gained alot of weight. I went from 120 lbs. to in a year 175 lbs.
Anyways, It does cause dry skin.
If you want to know for sure, its pretty simple for your doctor to test for it. All they need to do is draw blood and run labs... you'll have to fast before you get your blood drawn. I would suggest you talk to your doctor asap if you think you have it. The sooner your catch it, the better; you can get in control before it gets out of control.
You should especially get it checked if it runs in your family. Both my mother and her mother have it. and now so do I.
Dry skin, yes it's a curse!! I gained quite a bit of weight really fast as well..it's rather depressing.
It is known that high or low amount of iodine intake can also lead to hypothyroidism. There is still a debate on the physiologically required daily need of iodine. There must be differences in iodine sensitivity among people.
Current estimates of daily iodine intake in Canada and the USA are substantially above physiological need - in the range of 460 Ã‚Âµg/day among 9-16-year-old children, to greater than 1 mg among as many us 10-20 % of adults
Get Rid of the Iodine, Get Rid of the Hypothyroidism? One Japanese study looked at the frequency of iodine-induced reversiblehypothyroidism. This type of hypothyroidism is not rare, and particularly in Japan, where iodine-rich seaweed is freqeuently eaten.
And the acne link is already known:
Teenage Acne May Be Related to Milk's Iodine Content: The link between increased dairy consumption and teenage acne may be partly explained by the high iodine content in milk, according to a New York researcher.
Hypothyroidism has more causes than just being a soy junkie or iodine deficiency. The most common cause of Hypothyroidism is actually Hashimoto's thyroiditis (an autoimmune condition) and most people don't know they have it unless they are tested for the antibodies. I had been battling borderline hypothyroidism on lab results for over 5 years before i was finally able to get a referral to an endocrinologist. While, yes, my tsh was barely over 5, my antibodies were almost up to 300 which explained why i was having such severe symptoms despite my levels not being too elevated. It's important to find out WHY you have hypothyroidism and not just let 1 doctor guess as to why you have it.....it's for your benefit!!
Can guys get PCOS?
No: PCOS - polycystic ovarian syndrome. So unless you have ovaries you can't get it
Edited by Ms Sara, 31 March 2010 - 07:51 AM.