I am so worried about my daughter. She is aged 20 now and probably weighs around 20 stone. She is 5'3" tall, and stopped growing when she was around 13.
Having done the rounds with thyroid function tests, we managed to get her a referral to an endocrinologist today. We took with us a list of her symptoms (puffy eyes, yellowish tinge to skin in places, dry skin, lack of concentration, difficulty sleeping, feeling tired all the time, muscle weakness....and the list goes on!!). We also explained family history - my thyroid was removed due to a multinodular goitre after I had suffered for over 20 years with hypothyroid symptoms; my mother had the same problem but hers had turned cancerous; grandparents on both sides were underactive thyroid sufferers etc.
I explained that blood tests throughout my life had shown adequate thyroid function, although I felt that I had suffered hypothyroidism since I was around 20.
Anyway...the upshot of the meeting with the endo was that he will do some blood tests. At least we have managed to get him to do a T3 as well as T4 and TSH. Also a test for antibodies. He'll write to us with results apparently, but I got the distinct feeling that he considers that he won't have to see us again.
Somebody else that just won't listen!!
Anyway, thought I'd have a look on the internet with regards hypothyroidism in children, and came across the following article:
I found it absolutely fascinating....and it would appear that Doctors back then knew how to assess symptoms and treat them.
Isn't it a shame that blood tests have replaced sound and vision!