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Is this hypothyroidism or something else?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 16, 2013 at 11:15 PM

This is a copy and paste from Paul Jaminet's Q&A since maybe someone on here may be able to help with my problem too.

I have a question regarding what I believe is hypothyroidism.

I have orange tinted palms and feet soles and a slight tint to my skin that people are able to notice.

I???m always a lot colder than everyone else I know, especially during the afternoon. From around 11-3 my hands are very very cold, its very uncomfortable. During this time my energy levels are also very low. Towards the evening I feel a lot warmer and my energy levels are much higher, whereas in the morning I have difficulty getting things done.

I also become very drowsy and tired after a meal with starch in the morning/afternoon, yet in the evening a starchy meal just gives me energy.

During my sport practices in the afternoon, I seem to get an acid reflux feeling when I???m moving around a lot, any idea what could cause that?

Those seem to be the predominant symptoms that I have. I also have difficulty gaining weight, which would be odd if I was hypothyroid I guess.

I???m 18 years old and eating fully compliant PerfectHealthDiet, around 200g of carbs per day from potatoes and white rice since I???m athletic. I was supplementing iodine and selenium for about 2-3 months. I was doing 12.5mg iodine and 200 mcg selenium per day and in the first two months I improved a lot, but in the recent month it seems hypothyroid symptoms came back worse than before so I decided to stop and see what you would recommend.

Thanks!

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

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on March 31, 2013
at 08:27 PM

That amount doesn't seem excessive. I typically eat once a week, but 3 ounces, so it's about the same amount you eat. Anyway, I don't have a link about humans now, only one for rats: http://www.isca.in/rjrs/archive/v1i3/4.ISCA-RJRS-2012-049_Done.pdf

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on March 31, 2013
at 11:24 AM

Do you have a reference for the excess liver suppressing thyroid statement? I eat a small piece (.5 oz) of liver daily, and am curious if this might be a bad idea.

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

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on March 31, 2013
at 06:51 AM

Also, what are your sources of protein?

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on March 17, 2013
at 04:52 AM

I'd recommend that you increase your intake of fructose from whole fruits that are rich sources in order to address the coldness.

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on March 17, 2013
at 04:51 AM

Yeah, that would do it. It's supposed to be harmless and wouldn't be related to the other issues.

34997c76c8ce232f28942f233e180f18

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on March 17, 2013
at 01:50 AM

A considerable amount of carrots daily, like 5-6 large ones per day because they were very convenient but I eat maybe like 1 every week for the past 2 months

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on March 17, 2013
at 12:33 AM

So did you used to eat a lot of beta-carotene?

34997c76c8ce232f28942f233e180f18

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on March 16, 2013
at 11:43 PM

I don't believe I have jaundice. I don't have yellow eyes, and the color is much more orange than yellow, infact the soles of my feet look carrot orange. As far as beta-carotene, I eat regular potatoes, beef and organ meats, and a large variety of green vegetables as my staples in my diet. I've stayed away from carrots for a while now and it has not improved much. I've read that hypothyroidism can cause orange hands and feet, but I'm not sure. I also do not have any other symptoms of liver failure.

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on March 16, 2013
at 11:17 PM

Are we talking orange-tinted as in you ate too much beta-carotene or as in you have jaundice due to some kind of liver problem?

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D11ba27ea83564eac74deb57171db14d

on March 17, 2013
at 03:46 AM

I had hypothyroidism for several years and my advice is to go to the doctor and get the blood test for hypothyroid. My main symptoms included fatigue, insomnia, hair falling out, miscarriage, and difficulty losing weight. The doctor thought that I was depressed and I just knew that wasn't it. Since hypothyroidism runs in my family, I had to insist on having the test.

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on March 31, 2013
at 12:39 PM

Honestly, for someone your age having such symptoms requires professional medical attention. Your doctor should have your free T3, free T4 and TSH levels checked to see if you are indeed hypothyroid. If the results are abnormal he/she will probably want your thyroid antibodies tested as well. But your issues might not be related to your thyroid, and so further testing would be required.

It is GREAT you are taking care of your diet and looking to supplements to improve your health. But sometimes one really does need to see a doctor!

_Lazza

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on March 31, 2013
at 06:14 AM

Excess iodine could suppress thyroid function. You could try to get selenium from shrimps. Some raw vegetables, for example, cabbage, can suppress thyroid function. Too much liver, like 3 times a week, does the same thing. Soy products also reduce thyroid function.

Also, I would avoid significant sources of polyunsaturated fats, especially vegetable oils.

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

(744)

on March 31, 2013
at 06:51 AM

Also, what are your sources of protein?

Ef32d6cc543a74319464e2100e5a9ffd

(1205)

on March 31, 2013
at 11:24 AM

Do you have a reference for the excess liver suppressing thyroid statement? I eat a small piece (.5 oz) of liver daily, and am curious if this might be a bad idea.

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

(744)

on March 31, 2013
at 08:27 PM

That amount doesn't seem excessive. I typically eat once a week, but 3 ounces, so it's about the same amount you eat. Anyway, I don't have a link about humans now, only one for rats: http://www.isca.in/rjrs/archive/v1i3/4.ISCA-RJRS-2012-049_Done.pdf

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on March 31, 2013
at 05:32 AM

Apart from hypothyroid, have you considered food intolerances? I have a sensitivity to avocados, bananas, etc. and they consistently make me feel cold and miserable when I eat even small amounts. It lasts for a few days, after which my cold tolerance improves dramatically. Not sure if it's a FODMAP thing or a more specific intolerance, but you might want to try an elimination diet.

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