Hey. This is my first post and Id be SO grateful for any feedback or advice.
So I'm a 40 year old man in London. I had glandular fever when I was 13 and have been complaining of chronic tiredness since then. I suffered with a massively bloated/distended stomach since I was about 8, IBS symptoms, easily put on weight, had trouble losing it, been massively depressed, anxious and irritable all that time... After 18 i began drinking too much coffee and eating sugar for energy and developed a bit of a drink problem which is in control now.
I've been going to the docs complaining of the tiredness for 25 years and nothing has helped. Developed Atrial Fibrilation 10 years ago. Been tested for Coeliac disease and many other things, all negative - got tested for Sleep apnoea recently which was negative BUT the specialist told me that my 'thyroid levels are on the low end of normal'. He and his colleague seemed to think this might be it and said they'd write to my GP.
I got excited about this. I eat a lot of (cooked) broccoli. Ive been feeling a bit better recently then about 3 weeks ago FELT TERRIBLE and was wanting to sleep at work - you know, that crushing mental fogginess and heavy tiredness. Researching thyroid issues I notice the soya is bad thing - and Ive been drinking soya milk for the last three weeks right as my energy levels have dipped. I stopped a day ago and some of the crushing tiredness has gone. So this has made me think it is a thyroid related issue.
I went to my GP today who hadn't had the letter yet from the Sleep apnoea people and wasn't convinced that this is a thyroid issue -
in Jan 2007, my TSH was 1.56 (normal 0.27 - 4.21 he says), T4 levels 14.3 (normal 12 - 22 he says).
In 2014 my TSH was 1.88 and T4 14.6
He said I had one test for TPO at some point which was negative.
He said that because the TSH wasn't raised it can't be thyroid.
He has sent me for another test and if it is normal they will take no action.
When I mentioned the Soya thing he said 'Who told you that?'
Is it possible it is still thyroid related?
Could it be to do with pituitary gland?
I was thinking of loading up with Kelp tablets. Should I?
Should I go private?
I am severely depressed! Help! Thank you!