[quote author=CathyF link=topic=2545.msg44110#msg44110
Off-topic, but my husband had hyperthyroidism caused by Graves Disease. He lost about 50 pounds in short order when I was pregnant in 1999, he lost some muscle function, and he lost a lot of hair. We had no idea what was wrong with him - my MIL insisted it was stress from being sole financial support of our family, I was worried it was something terminal, but my mother suggested he have his thyroid tested. Sure enough, that was it.
I was diagnosed with Graves disease several years ago and it was a horrible experience with exaggerated, weird symptoms. I never want to go through that again. I am in remission and thankfully still have my thyroid. I took Tapazole for a few years. Thyroid disease can be dangerous if you go into a thyroid storm, not to mention what it does to your blood pressure and pulse, so it's good that your mom suggested a thyroid test.