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Hypothyroidism, concerned about weight gain, loss of hair and infertility. Are they common symptoms? Medicines required?

I am a 25 year old female and have always been completely healthy. My mother has hyperthyroidism , and the only problem I ever had was when I was 21 I have depression for a year. I just went to the doctors and the doctor said my lab results indicated hypothyroidism , with a TSH level of 4.8. I am very concerned now about gaining weight in the future, loss of hair or being infertile. How prevalent are these symptoms of hypothyroidism? Will I have to take medicine for the rest of my life, or can this condition go away? Thanks!
Asked On : Mon, 18 Jun 2012
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OBGYN 's  Response
Thanks for writing to us.
You have hypothyroidism. As you have mentioned you do not have any symptoms now, and it was diagnosed with test done routinely.
Do not bother much about this. It means that you are having deficiency of the thyroid hormone.
The value of TSH is not very high. You will need to take the thyroid supplement medications. Have to repeat the test after about 6 weeks to check the levels and to adjust the dosage.
Take care,
Dr. Mrs. Sumeet Baheti
Answered: Thu, 21 Jun 2012
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Hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disorder, one which is caused due to antibodies (killer cells) produced by the body against its own tissues. Why and how the body does this nobody knows? However, (believe it or not) physical complaints are usually preceded by emotional imbalance, as is evident in your case as depression.

Hypothyroidism is characterized by deficient thyroid hormone production which may affect ovulation and thereby menstruation and fertility. Conservative medications are substituted synthetic hormonal pills and require day to day use for controlling hypothyroidism. However, use of these medicines have no effect on menstrual disorders, PCOD or weight gain. One would need additional medicinal therapy for each one of these.

From experience, homoeopathic remedies like Thyroidinum, Calc Iod, Bromium, Pulsatilla, Iodum would address all issues presenting with low thyroid hormone levels including regularising menstrual cycles, check weight gain, take care of the sluggish metabolism, etc.
Answered: Thu, 21 Jun 2012
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