I am new to this forum & new to the idea that I might be hypothyroid. I have battled with depression for a number of years and just put all of my physical symptoms down to that. These include tiredness (even after 10 hours sleep), feeling cold all the time (especially hands and feet), blue lips, dry skin, nails that break all the time & hair that breaks, difficulty concentrating etc etc. I recently asked for a copy of my medical records as I was changing doctors and noticed that my Free T4 have been dropping over time & TSH has been rising - I asked my doctor to check this out and he said it was fine as they are still within the normal range.
Here are the results I managed to get:
Nov 2009 Free T4 12.6 pmol/L TSH 1.46 mU/L
Dec 2010 Free T4 11.9 pmol/L TSH 1.65 mU/L
Oct 2013 Free T4 11.3 pmol/L TSH 1.32 mU/L (not sure why this went down as T4 went down!)
The normal reference range for free T4 is listed as 9-22, though I have found other sources that say 10 or 11 up. I have a serious complication though in the fact that I used to suffer from severe anorexia. My weight is now comfortably within the normal range & has been for a while and I don't engage in any eating disordered behaviour. I am very active, which means my weight is fairly steady, but if I take a few days off I seem to put on weight very easily. I know this is why my doctor is unwilling to prescribe thyroxine - his actual words were "it would overcomplicate things". I can definitely understand why prescribing thyroxine to a recovered anorexic would not be on the top of any doctors to-do list but I'm just so fed up of being constantly tired and cold! What do you reckon? Should I ask for a second opinion/ask to see an endocrinologist? Despite the fact that my thyroid levels are still in the normal range, there is a definite trend. Thanks in advance.
P.s. I am female & 22