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I am a 22 year old male that was recently diagnosed with mild hypothyroidism. I am wondering if this has been contributing to the symptoms I have been having.
Some healthy history:
I had a bad case of food poisoning in August of 2018 and since that point I have had terrible digestive problems that have seemed to improve over time. This includes random diarrhea, constipation, and I am assuming malabsorption considering the difference of color I noticed after these issues started (yellow & lighter in color). Surely it is important to add that I was incredibly stressed in the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019, which is when I was feeling my worst. Now, however, I am feeling better mentally but I seem to continue to shed hair. Its not a crazy amount, but I have also noticed my hair doesn't grow as fast as it used to and it has thinned out quite a bit. I eat healthy, drink plenty of water, and I am very mindful as to what I am putting into my body. At this time last year, (August 2018), I had felt the best I have ever felt in my entire life. My hair was thick, grew incredibly fast, I was constantly full of energy, and I used to be much more driven when it came to working out. I have had a multitude of illnesses since this time last year. I used to never catch colds and I was full of energy. I was having very bad night sweats for a few months, but they went away with time. Fatigue is one of the biggest things and my brain seems to be in a fog some days. It is important to add that I recently had all of my labs drawn in the last week and everything came as it should besides my TSH level, which was only slightly elevated and this is why I do not want to start on medication right away (my doctor prescribed levothyroxine). I am going to do a follow up in 3 months to have this checked again.
As previously stated, I am generally very mindful as to what I am putting into my body. I eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, fresh juices, and nuts. I do not follow a restrictive diet (vegan, sugar-free, etc...) and I have a normal protein intake from animal sources. I do of course have a sweet tooth from time to time and I love bread and carbs (in moderation). My recent cholesterol lab result was great.
Ultimately my main question is - can mild hypothyroidism be causing these problems? And if so, what should I be avoiding in my diet? If not, how do I know that the hair loss I am experiencing is temporary or related to male pattern baldness?
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