Hi I am quite new to all this, but have been encouraged to ask GP to test my thyroid by my dad who has underactive thryroid, as does my sister.
I have been feeling exhausted for a long time, but getting worse and worse in recent weeks or months. I work part time in a school (the dr always puts tiredness down to this) and feel like I need to crawl back into bed by the afternoon. I also have primary aged children, and some stress at home - also being blamed for my fatigue.
I often wake up feeling like I have not even been to sleep, even after hours of sleep, have bad reflux and IBS - I am so bloated I look 6 months pregnant. I suffer from heavy periiods and regular headaches which I take propanalol for, as my BP is sometimes high. I get woken up sometimes by my heart 'leaping' for no apparent reason and get palpitations (possibly linked to ovulation and period?) I often feel so sluggish in the mornings, it feels like I am walking in treacle. I feel fuzzy headed, and often so tired, I ache all over. I recently visited my sister in London for a day on the train 2 hours away. By the time I got home I was so tired I couldn't move for 15 hours. I am only 42 but I have had to stop going to meet friends in the evening, and can't face anything extra - housework is too much effort. I have lost interest in lots of things as I feel too tired to deal with anything.
Things came to a head on Sunday when I woke up after having an evening out to a dance show, and I felt terrible - I went back to bed and slept for 3 hours, and only then did I feel like I could stop crying. To be honest, I feel sometimes that it would be better for me to not be alive any more than have to keep struggling on like this. I see other people older than me zipping around and I just feel so slow. The doctor has said I have depression and wants me to go on antidepressants but I don't get it - on a day when I have energy I feel fine, do lots, meet people feel happy, then it wipes me out so I take days to recover, when I feel tired and depressed.
GPsays all my results are normal - I had to ask to have a thyroid test, then they wouldn't tell me the result just said normal. However, I managed to prize out of them that my TSH is 4.2 (0.8 - 5.5) which is normal apparently. Am I going mad? When I looked at the thyroid uk website, I fit so many symptoms, but feel that it's not showing up in my bloods. I feel fobbed off and in despair, as I don't want to take antidepressants unless I really have to.
Sorry for the long post