Hello. I am a 22 year old female in desperate need of guidance. I was taken to the doctors at 11 years of age as my parents suspected I had an underactive thyroid. I had always been overweight despite not over eating and being a normal active child, was always tired and sluggish, had a yellowish tint to my skin, eczema, asthma etc etc.
The doctor diagnosed me with an enlarged thyroid and said it had a chance of going underactive at any time. Two years of blood tests later to monitor my thyroid and the decision is made to scan my thyroid. The scan showed that my thyroid was apparently normal. And the testing stopped.
Jump forward 8 years and I've basically given up all hope of ever feeling normal. I've gained considerable amount of weight, feel like every moment of life is a considerable effort, have problems with circulation, joint and muscle problems, cannot regulate my own body temperature and struggle to concentrate on a daily basis.
My dad and sister in the last year have been diagnosed with an underactive thyroid. My dad's results came back abnormal but my sisters came back normal until they did an antibody test which came back abnormal. They are both now on medication. This triggered me into deciding that I wanted my diagnosis too. I am just plain miserable.
So my doctor happily agreed to do a blood test. My tsh came back 3.8 and my t4 came back 9.1. Which I am told is perfectly normal. However my own research tells me that I am borderline underactive. Am I right? So I push for an antibody test, which is reluctantly and begrudgingly done. And comes back normal.
I was so devastated that I cried. I am now tempted to purchase medication online, or at a last resort purchase ephedrine as I know the weight loss and energy benefits, as well as the potential harmful effects of course.
The thyroid UK website states that you can be privately blood tested for a smallish sum. However my concern is that the tests will show exactly what the doctor said and will be no help at all. Unless it shows that my t3 is said abnormal. Which hasn't so far been tested.
I just want some opinions really by people who have gone through similar things or anyone who might know what my best next step is. I can't even fathom living life this way for much longer than I have already endured.