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What are the chances of a 22 year old male having hypothyroidism?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 19, 2012 at 7:40 PM

I have a lot of symptoms...cold hands, cold nose, dandruff, hate getting out of bed, nervousness, dry skin, low energy, swingy moods, had very bad muscle soreness last winter..

I seem to be fine during the summer but during the cooler/dryier months my symptoms go crazy.

And i've always had dry eyes...ever since I was in elementary school I can remember being miserable trying to keep my eyes open in school. I was never cold as a child...these symptoms arrived in the past year or so. But my eyes have always been on fire. Especially when the outdoor humidity goes down. I usually just blame my dry eyes on allergies but i've never been diagnosed.

Could I have had a bad thyroid from a very young age?

Diet (VLC last winter..very high energy & a lot of weight loss. Hit a wall and symptoms returned worse than ever.) Now I eat higer carbs...fruit in moderation, chicken, eggs, fish, bacon, lots of veggies (blamed my VLC crash initially on oxalic acid), olive oil, coconut oil, and potatoes.

Thanks!

I know the obsious answer is..."go to a doctor." But I just want to see how convincing my case is. And i'm not living at home rigth now so i wouldnt be able to see my doctor till December anyway.

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on November 05, 2012
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thanks..my symptoms have subsided a little but I still have an appointment set up for December.

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on September 19, 2012
at 11:25 PM

I'm going through a similar thing. Symptoms arrived after shedding a lot of weight while going VLC. Probably wasn't taking in enough calories. Plenty out there says VLC can lead to asymptomatic low T3. In my case, I'd wager that VLC in conjunction with too few calories led to my problems (no family history). Incorporating some Peat-like principles, orange juice before coffee. Seem better, but haven't had time to really nail down the macros. I'd bet a dollar you can (mis)eat yourself into some hypothyroid symptoms, just too much of a coincidence in the timing. I should see a doctor.

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on September 19, 2012
at 11:09 PM

That's about the age mine kicked in. But I had a history of hyperthyroid, with anti-thyroid treatment in my youth, as well as a family history of the disorder. But in short, yes, it can strike at any age, and since it's so easy to diagnose via simple lab tests, the real answer is that you must get tested to know for sure. If you have insurance, it will likely be covered. If not, you should still find a way. After all, something is wrong, and you will want to eliminate obvious possible causes before looking deeper at more difficult to diagnose causes.

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on November 05, 2012
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thanks..my symptoms have subsided a little but I still have an appointment set up for December.

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Well you listed the symptoms, so yes you should definitely see a doctor and get tested.

As for age, for genetic pre-disposition age doesn't really matter. Hypothyroidism rate is higher after 50, but you can definitely have it at earlier ages

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at 07:52 PM

I don't have an answer (and I am not a doctor) BUT I can give you three different sources, hope they help:

http://drcate.com/going-low-carb-too-fast-may-trigger-thyroid-troubles-and-hormone-imbalance/

http://donmatesz.blogspot.com/2011/06/farewell-to-paleo.html

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/category/disease/hypothyroidism/

If you decide to see a doctor, go to a very good, recommended naturopath, they are the best.

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