i was dx w/ HYPERthyroidism in 1987. i was emaciated, sweating all the time (similar to menopause), insatiable appetite w/ endless vomiting. my skin was all red and blotchy, i couldn't sleep.my heart pounded was if i were having panic attacks. and last but not least, i had a bulging right eye (protruding from the socket, the way Barbara Bush's did), and my vision was terribly impaired. my gyno should have picked this up on a routine test, but hadn't bothered with it. my PC doc didn't bother doing the test either. it wasn't until i saw a local country eye doctor (b/c of the protruding eye,etc) that he told me to get a thyroid test. it is a very simple blood test. my endo does one every 3 months when i see him. anyway, once it was diagnosed (it turned into Graves Disease), i had radioactive iodine treatment. it took a while ( somewhere btw 6 months and a year) to slow down to a normal range. now i am slightly HYPO thyroid. all i have to do is take a simple very much used thyroid medication called SYNTHROID. endo s should do this routinely. hope this helps. its such a simple blood test, any doctor can do it, but your endo is the one who will specialize in treatment decisions.