.. still suffering from under-active thyroid symptoms after extensive tests and discussion with my GP.
I haven't written for a while because I wanted to report back with my experiences to give the full picture. I decided to approach the situation as if I didn't suspect I had thyroid problems and the GP suggested I might be having all of the pain because of firbromyalgia.
I researched it, wasn't convinced but agreed to take the Neurotin nerve medication offered as well as a low dose anti-depressant called duloxitine in an effort to calm the pain. From the drugs prescribed, I felt it was an effort to calm me. To be honest I was sedated.
After 2 months I said I did not believe I had fibromyalgia and reported my symptoms remained and the medication was making me feel ill. So the doc ordered tests. FSH, full blood count, cortisol urine tests, liver function tests, prolactin tests and finally Free T3 and T4, plus TSH blood tests.
I was sent for x-rays of my hip, knee and left foot which had developed a 'ganglion' on one side. I still have plantar faciitis - but not as bad and my frozen shoulder is unfreezing. Dry eyes and mouth are causing much distress. As is hair loss and muscle aches.
So the results came back and the only thing that was marked to inform me about was that I am now in the menopause with an elevated FSH. All other tests proved within range so no further action to be taken.
I asked about my TSH - it had dropped from 3.64 to 2.11 and now was 1.96 in the range 0.35 to 5.5. Doc said he expected fluctuations in 'my range'. Free T3 result is 5. Free T4 is 14 so I have to accept that my thyroid function is fine according to these results.
Doc says he feels my symptoms are due to the menopause. He gave me drops for dry eyes, more pain killers and has referred me to a consultant about my 'arthritis'. That's the first time that word has been used to describe my joint aches.
He hadn't got the x ray pictures reported back to him so his crystal ball re my joints seemed to be fully functional and he concluded I have arthritis without the results!
So I am menopausal and arthritic. I have no hot flushes. My joints are fine one day and not the next. To be honest I am not convinced it's anything but underactive thyroid but I don't know where to turn to now as my GP has done the tests and that's the end of my qualms as far as he is concerned.
I would be grateful if any of you could confirm my FSH, free T3 and T4 are definitely in current range as I would like opinions.