Your long term smoking habit during the adolescent period must have severely affected your nervous system. As you have rightly guessed, you should be suffering from a total hormonal imbalance. You should also stay away from alcohols. Better to get your whole health check up done by a good physician. Tell him all your past history. Do not take any medications without a doctor's prescription.
Hi Thanks for your suggestions,
I really doubt that smoking marijuana is the cause. The majority of my friends smoke much more than I did and there is nothing wrong with them. Also studies have shown that even heavy marijuana use does not affect hormones. And since I've quit for a year now, if there was any affect caused by that, it would have stopped by now.
I just came across another condition known as Hypothyroidism. Its also hormone related and its symptoms also closely match mine. Cold intolerance, Depression, Fatigue, Paleness, Dry Skin, Impaired Cognitive Function, Decreased Libido, Decreased sense of smell. Is Hypothyroidism another possibility?
You are very right, it could be hypothyroidism as well.
Yes, now I am confident that this is caused by some kind of hormone imbalance. I was really surprised when I saw "Cold intolerance" and "Decreased sense of smell" in the symptoms of Hypothyroidism because I've always known that I cannot smell very well and I'm very sensitive to cold temperatures. Even just drinking cold water can make me shiver. I will try to see a doctor over my winter break. Is there a special kind of doctor that would deal with this? I assume all they need to do is measure my hormones, is a simple blood test all that is needed? Can anyone tell me about the treatment for this? Do I take something that will get my hormones in balance and then its problem solved? Or is it some kind of long term therapy?
Thanks again for your input!
Normally a physician would be able to ask for this test. It is also better to see a physician, as he will be dealing with the whole body and he may like to conduct some other tests also, for example liver functioning. Hormones tested are T3, T4 and TSH. Normally they prescribe Thyroxine tablets for hypothyroidism. After a course, the hormones are evaluated again and if improvements are seen, the dosage is slowly reduced. If the thyroid function does not pick up, they recommend to use it lifelong.For your age it may not be required for long.
How is your fat intake and fat absorption? Less of fat digestion can give similar problems. Are you having a thin body structure?
I don't know what my fat intake/absorption is. I do have a thin body structure. Its interesting you mention that though because when I was younger mostly during middle school, I had a long history of gastrointestinal problems. I saw doctors three different times but no one could find the problem. It stopped being an issue and only acts up very occasionally now. What are some symptoms of bad fat absorption?
Fat absorption and digestion are important to keep one energetic and maintain the body temperature. In case of hypothyroidism, fat digestion is affected, so the patient puts on weight. But if the fat itself is not absorbed due to many reasons, including liver problem, the person becomes weak and suffer from Constant Fatigue and associated immune deficiency. Low fat intake and absorption can show all your symptoms. Have a look at the following article:
Well, what I am writing is based on little bit of info that I collect from net, needless to say, there may be many other reasons, which only an experienced doctor will be able to diagnose.
By the way, where did you come to know that marijuana does not affect hormone balance, if you have any reference, I would like to look at.
Thanks for all your help!
The marijuana study I was referring to was a study done by the University of Iowa in the 1990's. I looked around the internet a little to try and find something about it, this is the best I can do:
A while ago I had found a much more thorough review of the study but I can't find that now. If I remember correctly, it was disproving another study from the 1970's that did find some connection between marijuana and hormones so possibly this topic is still up for debate.
are you a doctor of some sort?
Thank you for your reply posts and wish you also happy holidays. Try to consult a good physician during the holidays, and improve your overall health. Even though the link you have given did not open, I have done some searching over the net and on the whole, it appears that Marijuana does not do long lasting harm to the body. Further, the very fact that you could come out of it after years of using it shows that its influence on our brain is not very high. But I still do not know what is its effect on an adolescent boy, as it suppresses the brain activity during the most inportant growth period of one's life.
Apart from absorption, even zinc intake and absorption is very important for male sexual health, even poor taste and smell can be caused by low zinc in the body.In any case, for better health, you need to keep away from alcohol.
And regarding your last point, I am not a doctor, I am only interested in the subject as I believe that health is very body's business.
Good luck and good health,
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