I have had symptoms of hypothyroidism over the past few years and these have gradually got worse. I am constantly tired and fatigued, my hair is brittle, I have gained over 2 stone in weight, I suffer with depression and anxiety. I also get night sweats, hot feet at night, am intolerant to cold and have just been told by my dentist that I have a scalloped tongue! I get joint pain in my hips and hands and have been told by a physiotherapist that the muscle strength in my hands is extremely weak. My Mum, Auntie and Great Aunt all have hypothyroidism .
I have had 2 tests recently and I have just managed to get the results of them to see for myself. The first was in August 2012 and the only test they did for my thyroid was the TSH test. This came back as 1.7 (range 0.27 - 4.2). I was diagnosed Vitamin D deficient in that test too. The second test was in March 2013 and my Vit D level was fine (after taking supplements) and my TSH level was 3.4 (double the previous test). Both tests results were deemed "normal" despite my symptoms and no further follow up was arranged.
I am due to see my Dr again in 2 weeks and I want to be as informed as possible as to what I should be asking her. Should I ask for a T3 and T4 test? Should I use the jump in TSH levels and symptoms to argue my case? I am so fed up with feeling like this and the thought of a potential battle in order to get diagnosed is really daunting.
Thank you for any help!