It's been 3-4 years since I first had a thyroid test, after having just been diagnosed with carpal tunnel. I had a pretty bad flare up and my knees and ankles were playing up too. I was constantly tired, slow thinking and just not feeling like me!
I didn't know anything about thyroid disease except that my aunt had it and she also had a large goiter. I was relieved when my test results came back normal.
The only problem was that I never got back my old self. I seemed to collect new symptoms. My skin's been dry for years, my eyes are very sensitive and dry. My nails, normally so strong, began to split and I started to get dizzy spells, confusion sometimes. Then came other symptoms, each one pointed more and more to thyroid problems, but I was re-tested and each time the results came back normal.
Last year I finished work in September due to chest tightness, fast heartbeat and palpitations. The doc said it is anxiety and I get severe acid indigestion too. Yet another thyroid test came back normal. Still dizzy, still no energy, all the same symptoms. All seems very strange but there we go. Doc wants to stick a depression label on me too, but if I'm mentally ill it's in the doc's head and not mine! I'll take the beta blockers but they can stick their antidepressants.
Looking back down the years, I had loads of symptoms at the age of 34. I was constantly worn out and unwell, to the point where I had to have a hysterectomy. Perhaps all that could have been avoided if the right tests had been taken?