Hi everyone! I haven't been diagnosed with thyroid disease, but I've been thinking recently that I may have it. All my symptoms seem to "fit" Hashimoto's disease. I know you guys can't diagnose me - but I was just wondering if this sounds familiar to any of you ..
I've been diagnosed for many years with ME/chronic fatigue - but my fatigue has certainly worsened considerably in recent years. For the last 7 years or so I've been suffering lots of joint pain. I was initially diagnosed with fibromyalgia, then polymyalgia rheumatica. In the last couple of years, I started getting problems with chronic constipation along with dry skin and dry gritty eyes. I was tested for Sjogren's syndrome, but since I appeared to be producing plenty of saliva they said "no" to that.
By accident recently (when the GP had ordered a ultrasound scan for something else), they found thyroid nodules - which got me thinking about the possible link with thyroid problems. In the last couple of months I've felt like I've got a lump in my throat all the time - though they tell me the nodules are really small and couldn't be causing this. It's particularly problematic when I'm in bed at night - it can constrict my windpipe and make it difficult to breathe. I also have difficulty swallowing sometimes, and my voice can go croaky.
Other "unexplained" symptoms I've had recently have been swollen feet/ankles and now swollen hands. Oh, and my feet and hands are constantly cold - in fact, I feel cold most of the time now. And I have insomnia - I've had that for a long time, but it seems to be getting worse now.
I've had the TSH test many times at my GPs and it always comes back "normal". The GP hasn't done any other tests. However, since this problem with the feeling of a lump in my throat, the GP has now referred me to a specialist in general surgery (not an endo) and I've had some more tests done - one of which I think is the antibodies one. I'm still awaiting an appointment for the results.
What does this sound like to you guys? To be honest, I hope they do finally find that this is the correct diagnosis for me as at least I can start some treatment then which may help. I feel so ill, and it's just getting worse and worse, and I'm really struggling to cope. Anyway, thanks for reading - I'm sorry it's so long!