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Hypothyroidism & PMDD

Q: I am 28.  About 8 months ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. This week I was diagnosed with PMDD as well. Blood tests have been done to test my thyroid and an endocrine panel has been done to rule out menopause. I have been researching both problems and am uncomfortable with trying to distinguish the difference in symptoms. Please help me to understand the likelihood of suffering both disorders, or tell me if a second opinion is warranted.

Thank you, V.W.

Dr. Donnica:
PMDD and hypothyroidism can share many symptoms.  However, the diagnosis of hypothyroidism is easily confirmed with a blood test, while PMDD is based on a clinical diagnosis (i.e. no blood test is available and we make the diagnosis based upon your symptoms).  It IS possible to have both conditions and each would make the other seem worse.  Did the same doctor make both diagnoses?  Ask how improvements with the hypothyroid treatment will impact your course of treatment for the PMDD and vice versa. Click here for more information on PMDD. Click here for more information on thyroid problems.

Best regards,
Donnica L. Moore, MD
President, DrDonnica.com

Created: 10/13/2002  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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