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Episode 15 - Back to the Clinic

Underactive thyroid

Another group of patients return to the Embarrassing Bodies clinic, starting with 38-year-old Lois who has suffered from persistent thrush like symptoms for over 9-years. Dr Christian suspects that something else might be causing the infection. After a consultation with a specialist, the skin condition psoriasis is diagnosed – but an under active thyroid is found to be the ultimate cause, and treatment quickly leaves Lois on the road to recovery.

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University Hospital Birmingham

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Hi can u help for ages now I've being suffering from constant itching on my legs every night and its stopping me from having gud night sleep I've tried creams and tablets for it plus there I'd no rash or spots on my legs





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I had this also as a young child, particularly after a shower.. My brothers the same..It eventually disappeared..I hope the same for you.. In meantime, suggest you go see a Doc, and see if either he has a idea or refereed to a Dermatologist.. I hope you get it sorted, I know it use to be so dam annoying..

EB team, Recently, I watched your Channel4 EB live, featuring Dr Paul Anderson. I naturally have a very small penis. I would like to contact Dr Anderson for advice as for some years I'm embarrassed to go to my GP.





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i think i may have gallstones i am in persistent pain for 10 days i attended hospital and got a x ray and a dark area showed up waiting for ultra sound will it be a straight forward treatment





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thank you mike, i have now found out that i DO have it and he has gave me some medication. but im still feeling down ive been on it for 1 month now and the doctor said it will take 2 months for them to take affect but i thought i would at least see some improvement by now?? i dont know if its the hypothyroidism thats making me feel depressed all the time or if its stress from school and my family situation





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PLEASE CAN SOMEONE ANSWER ME QUESTION, I NEED TO KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





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I am a 14 year old female. I will be tested for hypothyroidism soon, and if I do have it, will the doctor assess me for depression. And what will happen after if I do have it?





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Your doctor will most likely assess your situation, and give you with a course of treatment to help you get better. How this proceeds will depend on your circumstances. I know its hard to think about but periods of depression are incredibly normal for teenagers no matter what circumstances you have, and most people will experience an episode of it in their life. Treatment will involve anything from finding a group you can talk to, to a therapist to medication, and many other treatments which can be done at the same time such as aerobic excercise or other lifestyle changes. All the best

the thing is ive been trying to get pregnant for over a year now. ive been with my partner for over two years. when we do have intercourse my partners ejaculation runs out of my vagina like water. in the past i caught chlamedia ive been checked recently and im all clear, could that have done any dammage. ive been to my G.P about it and he gave me a smear test and said everything looks fine. please can you help?





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Hey im 20 and i an constantly suffering from vaginal thrush i believe this to be caused by xs skin on one side of My labia witch causes me a number of problems in every day life i can't. Wear tight clothes or underwear because it is pulled and rubbed. I about have sex with my partner of 3 years as it s pushed inside and rubbed witch is extremely painful i have to wear loose fitting mens underwear most days others i can't Wear any atall or even leave my house i get it at least once a month (not confiding with my period) I've spoken to so many doctors and nurses and all they do is throw Cream pills and essays at me and now these Treatments dont work i spoke to you when u wer in Liverpool but was too shy to come in and bare myself too the world it Was so bad the other night i was crying and considering attempting to remove it myself even numbed myself with benzocaine please help me i dont know Wer else to turn





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Hi, I am 38 and female. I had my gall bladder removed in January this year as it stopped contracting, I didn't have gallstones and once removed was told there were adhesions on the gall bladder, thankfully the pain in my right side has gone. My problem is I still suffer from bloating straight after dinner and can go up a good dress size by the time I get home. I was an 8/10, now buying clothes 12/14 and I look very pregnant which I am not. My weight has gone from 9ish stone to 10.11, I'm 5ft 2. I can not seem to lose weight either. I am vegetarian and have a really healthy diet, low fat, fruit and vegetables (and stick to slimming world green/free meals). I rarely eat crisps, chocolate, biscuits etc. I have gained nearly 1.5 stones since the op, I suffer with dry/spotty skin, bloating and constipation I also have a problem with my body over-heating one minute, then next I'm cold, I never seem to be just right, sweat seems to pour from everywhere, my face, body and feet. I have had both camera's, barium meal, countless scans and xrays and blood tests and been tested for IBS, Celiac, Chrons etc all negative. Can you give me some advice on what can be causing my problems and can you tell me,if it is possible to have a normal blood test, but have a thyroid problem. It took 3 years to get my gall bladder out and am really fed up of being so tired, fat and worry about the weight gain which I'm struggling to control. Thanks for any help you can give me Karen





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I have pcos and has given me acne and dark pigmentation down my chin to neck. am on metformin tablet which doesn't make any difference. I get self conscious and I need help. I have had this for almost 2yrs.





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