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  • Posted By: Bionca
  • March 29, 2008
  • 09:41 AM

Hi, for the past 7 years I have had these symptoms:

Hair falling out (not in clumps but in strands and it's quite a lot but no bald spots)
Dark circles around eyes (dark rings around eyes, top and bottom of eye)
Verticle lines on nails
Tireness
Pale Skin
Loss of colour in cheeks (i use to have rosey cheeks)

I'm not stressed in any way, so that's not what's causing the hair loss and I've also been tested for vitamin deficiencies and was low in iron (because of heavy menstrual cycle) and low in a few other vitamins and was told to take iron, zinc and multi-vitamin tablets for 6 months, which I did, and went back for a test and my vitamin levels were back to normal but none of these symptoms had gone away. :eek:

Would I maybe have to get a full vitamin/mineral testing for every type of deficiency?
If anyone has any ideas as to what tests I could ask for it would be much appreciated, and if anyone knows why I could have these symptoms please let me know. Thank you! :)

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  • Well, I think it is time to test the thryoid....hairloss very common with this. The thyroid hormone effects every cell in your body and it is very common. Get the blood test for FT4 FT3 TSH and the antibodies for Hashimotos and Graves Disease...autoimmune thyroid diseases. Not all doctors are very up on thryoid testing so be sure to insist on all the blood work I recommended. You may also want to have ovarian hormons tested as they can cause similar symptoms...I had thryoid disease and the hair loss is shocking at times....but be assured once on thryoid medication, you hairloss will stop and you will feel less tired and the other symptoms will get better. For more info. check out a great site on thryoid conditions: Mary Shomon's site ...great forum and lots of knowledgable people and once you get the lab results of the test, do post them their and they can help further. Joan
    Joan5555 316 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for the advice. I have had my thyroid tested but the doctor said it was fine. I'm not sure of what type of thyroid test it was though. Maybe he just did the one thyroid test and didn't check the others which you have listed. I will be sure to ask about those tests.Thank you very much for your help!! :)
    Bionca 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi BlazeThanks for your help, I think it might be something to do with my thyroid so I'll get that looked at first to see if that's the problem and if not then I'll check up on the information you have given me. Thanks again! :)
    Bionca 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • Wow your symptoms scream of some type of thyroid condition. You need to be seen by a doctor and an endocrinologist! Good luck hun.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you def1985 :) I'll be sure to do that. I really appreciate all the responses from eveyone thank you all, you've been very helpful! xox
    Bionca 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • I went to the doctor and asked to get blood tests for FT4 FT3 TSH, so he did a thyroid function test and said the results came back as normal but it said my ANA was POSITIVE 1:80 and he rang up someone to ask what that meant and then said to me it was nothing to worry about. Can someone please tell me what ANA is and what it means when it says positive 1:80? Because it came up red on the doctors computer screen and that usually means it's abnormal when it's in red writing. He also tested for lupus but those results haven't come back yet. Would I be better off going to an Endocrinologist? Because I get the feeling this doctor doesn't quite know what he's doing.
    Bionca 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • ANA = Antinuclear Antibodies An antinuclear antibodies (ANA) test is done to help identify problems with the immune system, such as: Rheumatoid arthritis.Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Polymyositis. Scleroderma. Sjögren's syndrome
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • Well, I think it is time to test the thryoid....hairloss very common with this. The thyroid hormone effects every cell in your body and it is very common. Get the blood test for FT4 FT3 TSH and the antibodies for Hashimotos and Graves Disease...autoimmune thyroid diseases. Not all doctors are very up on thryoid testing so be sure to insist on all the blood work I recommended. You may also want to have ovarian hormons tested as they can cause similar symptoms...I had thryoid disease and the hair loss is shocking at times....but be assured once on thryoid medication, you hairloss will stop and you will feel less tired and the other symptoms will get better. For more info. check out a great site on thryoid conditions: Mary Shomon's site ...great forum and lots of knowledgable people and once you get the lab results of the test, do post them their and they can help further. Joan I went to the doctor and asked to get blood tests for FT4 FT3 TSH, so he did a thyroid function test and said the results came back as normal but it said my ANA was POSITIVE 1:80 and he rang up someone to ask what that meant and then said to me it was nothing to worry about.Do you know what it means when it says Positive 1:80? Because it came up red on the doctors computer screen and that usually means it's abnormal when it's in red writing. He also tested for Lupus but those results haven't come back yet.Would I be better off going to an Endocrinologist? Because I get the feeling this doctor doesn't quite know what he's doing.
    Bionca 7 Replies Flag this Response
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