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Many symptoms of hypothyroidism may mimic PMS or PMDD. Articles and helpful information. This forum is open to the public.
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What Is Hypothyroidism 05 Nov 2005 22:17 #712

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It's amazing how many women with PMS also have thyroid malfunctions as well. Many symptoms of hypothyroid are very similar to many of those of PMS.

-Low energy level
-A feeling of being cold all the time
-Depression and lethargy
-Increasing weight, difficulty in losing weight

There seems to be a direct relationship between thyroid production and or conversion of T4 to T3 when estrogen and progesterone are out of balance. One of the reasons women who approach menopause seem to have more thyroid problems.

Some studies are suggesting as with insulin resistance where insulin receptors are reduced in number on the cell surface, active thyroid receptors are reduced in numbers on the cell reducing cell response and function. This leads to deceptive "normal range" thyroid hormone levels. So if your doctor refuses to treat your symptoms, not to worry, you may see results in thyroid sensitivity by improving your lifestyle through vitamin and mineral supplementation and improved eating.

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What Is Hypothyroidism 25 Mar 2006 18:59 #713

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[b:69f3355601]More signs of hypothyroidism:[/b:69f3355601]

-Slow pulse
-Enlarged thyroid, unless it has been removed during prior thyroid treatment
-Dry, cool, pale skin that is puffy, pale and yellowish
-Brittle nails and dry, brittle hair that falls out excessively
-swelling, especially of the legs
-Hoarseness, slow speech, and a thickened tongue
-slow reflexes
-intolerance to cold
-tiredness and a need to sleep excessively
-constipation
-increased menstrual flow

Please talk with your doctor and have your T3, T4 and TSH levels tested.

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Please also be aware of the connection between hypothyroid and autoimmune conditions such as celiac, gluten intolerance, diabetes and any undiagnosed autoimmune disease can bring on hypo and sometimes hyperthyroid.

Check out these research article links on the support board:

Autoimmune thyroid non-responsive to high levels of levothyroxine
Thyroid disorder in Patients with Celiac
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