Chronic fatigue syndrome!
I laid out all my symptoms and test results, but he took one look at my thyroid results from Blue Horizon, and said they were 'normal, so that's good'. He didn't really say anything about the saliva test and cortisol/dhea, only that they'd test the cortisol themselves as it would be more accurate, and totally ignored the DHEA being low. Don't know why.
Now I'm starting to question if I'm in fact going mad, and maybe I do have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? He said there are clinics in London that would give me Thyroxine for my thyroid, but only - basically - because they are out to make money. He said there'd be no further testing on the thyroid at all as it was normal. He also totally latched onto me having anxiety all my life, and also having had depression in the past. I said, in no uncertain terms, that I sometimes feel depressed because I'm tired (fed up, basically not being able to do anything!), NOT tired because I'm depressed!
Treatment for "CFS" goes like this:
1. Pacing exercise therapy
2. Therapy to talk things through, and help me manage/cope better mentally
He also said that I could have an MRI scan to rule out anything sinister, although he doesn't think anything odd is going on. I said I'll have it anyway. Might as well get what's on offer!! He said that with a combination these 3 things above, many people can feel a 30% or so improvement with symptoms.
What do I do now? Accept that it's CFS and be done with it? Or should I just pretend I never went this afternoon....
My blood results were:
THYROID PROFILE 2
TOTAL THYROXINE(T4) 96 nmol/L 59 - 154
THYROID STIMULATING HORMONE 2.83 mIU/L 0.27 - 4.2
FREE THYROXINE 14.7 pmol/l 12.0 - 22.0
FREE T3 4.0 pmol/L 3.1 - 6.8
Thyroglobulin Antibody 10.0 IU/mL 0-115(Negative)
Method used for Anti-Tg: Roche Modular
Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies 13.0 IU/mL 0 - 34
Method used for Anti-TPO: Roche Modular
Saliva adrenal test: