Hi Groovyvhick, I have hypothyroidism.
They test whether you have it or not by doing a simple bloodtest.
I remember years ago when I was borderline hypothyroid, my naturopath gave me heaps of kelp (which contains lots of iodine) and a week later it showed I was not hypothyroid.
I did not keep up my intake of iodine over the next couple of years so I became iodine difficient and started getting all these weird symptoms.
I had my period every second week and it would last for 8 days.
I would get tingly in my hands and face and sometimes would wake up with dead limbs and sometimes faint from lack of blood, iron and B12.
My hair on top of my head was starting to fall out from lack of iron.
I gained weight even if I only ate one round of bread and two apples in the whole day.
I could not perspire when I jogged even in the sun.
always had cold hands and feet.
I was always pale.
I had dry skin on my hands and lower legs.
4 male doctors gave me tests over the next 2 years to see what was wrong with me (they did not do the thyroid test, even though my symptoms were classic) and they concluded in saying it was all in my imagination (not sure how fainting is my imagination)
Anyway I then got a female doctor (to have my pap test and mammo referral) and told her my symptoms and straight away she said, you are hypothyroid.
She then did the blood test to confirm it and she was right.
As the years go by and I take my daily thyroid hormone pill, I find it's a little easier to lose weight but it's still a struggle, I am at least able to eat 1000 calories per day without gaining.
I know a few people (1 male and 6 females) with hypothyroidiam and they don't have any of the terrible symptoms I have other than always feeling tired and being overweight, they also eat twice what I do
I pray that you don't have this awful disease. But if you do I pray you don't get the other symptoms on the list.
Some Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
Fatigue (couch potato symdrome)
Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
Coarse, dry hair
Dry, rough pale skin
Hair loss (fine and sparse)
Cold intolerance (can't tolerate the cold like those around you)
Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
Abnormal menstrual cycles