I just called my HMO's automated lab results system and found out that my TSH results were in the normal range. I'm the one who asked for the test in the first place, so I certainly don't expect my doc to pursue it further unless I can give him a reason to do so. I've read some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism in Merck's Manual, and some--but certainly not all--seem to apply to me. I've gained weight (about 10 pounds in the past year or so, though I think it's leveled off since I became aware of it). I have a lot of fatigue, but between MS, fibromyalgia and sleeping problems, it's hard for me to automatically attribute my low energy level to a thyroid deficiency. As for hair loss, I lose some hair every time I brush it, but I don't think it's an abnormal amount. (I'm not losing hair in clumps.) My main interest in this (aside from explaining the weight gain) is my chronic sore throat and recurrent hoarseness. I have been attributing this to damage from acid reflux, and maybe that is the reason. But somebody on this board suggested the problem might be related to low thyroid. Now I'm just not sure where to go next. I don't want to either come across as a hypochondriac or actually become one. I have a lot better things to do with my life than keep running to doctors. But one of those things is music, and because of my throat problems, I can no longer sing. (People who actually have heard me sing might be grateful for that, but I still want to be able to do it!) I would appreciate any suggestions people might have for a next step in determining whether I really have a thyroid problem. --Laura R.M.