I have no diagnosis of hypothyroid but I guess my question is more of a general one anyway.
I have a whole host of physical symptoms, the most problematic being: chronic pain & muscle stiffness, stiff & red hands (to the point where using a computer mouse is hard work and others have commented on how red they are), swelling in the legs/feet that "pits" when pressed on. Mental issues are poor concentration, constant hunger, weight gain, tiredness and low mood.
I had a lot of tests done for autoimmune arthritis, lupus, thyroid and so on and they came back clear so I got labelled with a fibromyalgia type of problem. However I don't feel that is really a diagnosis as the research I have read seems to say that fibromyalgia is basically just a word for a group of symptoms and often the cause is un-diagnosed physical problem like hypothyroid, hormones, etc.
My question is now I have been labelled with this 'diagnosis' of fibromyalgia, how often is it reasonable to ask the GP to re-test for the other things? At what point do I cross the line into hypochondria when I keep asking the DR to re-test for diseases when they seem to think the problem is trivial or "all in my head"?
The last lot of tests I had done was 1 year ago.