I went to my GP a few weeks ago, armed with a list of symptoms (my memory is so bad I’d never have remembered them all by the time I got to the surgery) and he sent me for a full blood test. Two days later the surgery called me in to see my GP and he confirmed I have an underactive thyroid. I didn’t ask for a printout of the results but he told me my TSH is currently 126 and I noticed on my next blood test form my T4 is 5.1. I have no idea what these mean, but he did say treatment for thyroid problems would normally start when the TSH rises above 10 so I’m guessing mine is rather on the high side. It was a relief to know there’s actually something wrong and it’s not all in my head, however I feel totally overwhelmed by the diagnosis. My symptoms got much worse after I stopped taking the contraceptive pill in August last year, and I feel as if I’ve coped for so long with so many niggly symptoms my body has just had enough and come to a complete halt. I’ve been off work for 7 weeks (and my GP has just signed me off for another 3) which makes me feel incredibly guilty – I feel like I’m letting my colleagues down – but I just don’t feel I could cope with the demands of my job if I went back now. The pains in my hands and feet are really getting me down, and my memory and concentration are totally shot to pieces. I’ve been taking 50mcg of Levothyroxine for 7 weeks (due for my next blood test next week) and iron supplements (also anaemic – GP also diagnosed fibroids as I’ve had horrendously painful, irregular and heavy periods since last August. He’s referred me to a gynaecologist) but I’m not really feeling any better. Some days I feel almost human, others it’s almost impossible to get out of bed. Is this normal, and has anyone else had to have time off work because of their symptoms? I hate having to take time off work but I’d be as much use as a chocolate fireguard at the moment.
Sorry this is such a long post – it seems to have turned into an essay!