Hi - my name is Dan, I'm 30 years old and I highly suspect I have thyroid dysfunction. I won't bother listing all the symptoms but suffice it to say, they all point very strongly towards Hashimotos's - in addition I have a swollen thyroid and also severe sleep apnea due to "narrow airways".
I had a thyroid function test carried out back in 2010 which came back with a TSH of about 2.4 and a free T4 of 9 (just below the reference range at time). Though the T4 was low, no action was taken by my GP.
I had another function test carried out about 2 weeks ago which came back with a TSH of 0.67 though no free T4 result was provided. A GP (not my regular) agreed to refer me for antibody test after taking my myriad symptoms into account and the reasonably big dip in TSH. Unfortunately it appears that the lab has refused to process the antibody test as the TSH was within reference range. When I initially enquired about the result the response the surgery gave was "Normal - no further action needed". A far cry indeed from the reality - Had I not pursued for exact numbers I would not have discovered the lab's refusal.
Anyway, I feel absolutely awful - I look like a ghost, my eye sockets are pitch black and it's another entire week before I can see another GP. I'm starting to wonder if the condition (assuming I have it) is causing some neurological issues which have been occurring for a couple of years now - specifically periods of disorientation and dizziness with significant cognitive impairment (such a period occurred earlier today shortly proceeded by the smell of non-existent toast). Does anyone have any suggestions as to my next course of action? Perhaps details of private bodies who would carry out the test?
On a side note: A point which may or may not prove significant - I'm adult ADHD and am currently taking 60mg of Methylphenidate a day. I've not seen much in the way of literature but does this drug exacerbate Hashimoto's in any way?
Many thanks for reading,