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What about hypothyroidism?

I've been reading about the symptoms of "subclinical hypothyroidism" and they sound similar to my own

Date:   10/21/2007 3:36:02 AM   ( 14 y ) ... viewed 2189 times

I've gotten some  comments from readers of this blog and from other people about my hair loss symptoms, and I have found them all very interesting and helpful in one way or another.  One thing that I've started to look at more seriously is hypothyroidism.  A close friend who has it told me that my symptoms sound similar to hers.  I figured that since my TSH level of .692 was within the .3 to 3.0 range, I have nothing to worry about. However, I've since learned that there is such a thing as "subclinical hypothyroidism" which involves symptoms of hypothyroidism when the TSH level is within the normal range. 

I have suffered from some of the many symptoms listed for hypothyroidism: depression, difficulty focusing (a serious and stressful problem when you're a doctoral student), extremely dry skin to the point where it cracks, dry and brittle (and thinning) hair, and fatigue. My dietary changes this year definitely mitigated some of these symptoms: I've made an effort to drink more water, eat fresh vegetables daily, avoid processed foods and red meats; these improved my BP, sleep pattern, skin condition and other things. 

The thing that still throws me is that I noticed the hair loss only after I turned to the raw diet last year, and it stopped after I went back to SAD.  Then it started again this year with the high-raw.  Mere coincidence?  Who knows. It would be great if a raw diet could help with TSH levels but from what I've read, you have to take medicine to correct thyroid problems. I hate taking medicine.  Even vitamins are a pain - I have to set an alarm to remember to take the B-complex 4 times a day.   But if my thyroid is the problem, then the upside is that I can eat 100% raw again,  knowing it isn't causing hair loss.  Time to make a doctor's appointment!

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