Hi everyone, this is my first post though I've been suffering with a range of symptoms for 3-4 years. I just recently obtained print outs of my last 2 blood tests and if any of you could help deciphering this for me I would be very grateful! I'm 26 and female by the way.
Hair falling out, also very brittle and breaks easily, and gets tangled in knots all the time as it's so dry.
Lump in the throat just under the collar bone. Dr described it as "swollen". It doesn't hurt but sometimes feels achy.
Diarrhoa, only ever after I've eaten. Doesn't happen all the time, maybe once a week? But it's fairly immediate after I've eaten (within half an hour) and is usually only once.
Pounding chest. Chest area sometimes feels fluttery and like my heart is beating really fast for no reason. It can last for a short while or all day.
Increased sensitivity to heat. Especially in the morning. I often wake up hot and find it difficult to cool down. I also get it after walking somewhere. Like when I walk to the train station in the morning (at a mid-fast pace), I'm often hot and sweaty having taken off all my outer layers of clothing (while everyone else on the train is still in coats) and I'll feel hot and sweaty for the rest of the train journey (around half an hour.
More mouth ulcers than usual.
Weight gain (around a stone and a half).
Light periods (often don't have to wear any pads or tampons it's so light).
Brain fog/confusion/bad memory. Sometimes find it hard to follow conversations, and get distracted very easily. If I'm in a noisy place like a bar I find it difficult to concentrate on what someone is saying to me. Also forget things people have said to me.
Fatigue. Hard to explain; I don't necessarily feel tired but my body feels like it can't really deal with things sometimes, like sometimes when I'm walking my body will feel exhausted. I can't go to the gym anymore because of this and also overheating really easily.
Sometimes find it difficult to focus on things, especially if they're far away. Had an eye exam and they're perfectly fine apparently.
Ok so on to test results:
My first blood test was a few years ago. Everything came back normal except for low on Vit D so I've been taking supplements for that. I don't have a print out of the results but could probably get one if needed.
-Serum folate 2.96 ug/L (4.6-18.7) "low" (I'm guessing this is folic acid? Took prescribed folic acid supplements for three months and have been taking complete b-complex from Holland and Barrett since then.
-Serum vitamin B12 198 ng/L (191-663)
-Serum alkaline phosphatase 36 u/L (30-130)
-Iron level 12.8 umol/L (7-26)
-Unsat iron binding capacity 73.7 umol/L (45-70) "high"
-Iron saturation 17.4% (20%-5-%) "low"
-Serum TSH level 2.8mu/L (0.27-4.20)
There are some more (serum urea, serum creatine, serum sodium, serum potassium, GFR calculated abbreciated MDRD, serum total bilirubin level, serum ALT, serum total protein, serum globulin, serum ferritin) but they're all normal and I wasn't sure how useful they would be to you all.
Went back to the dr after several months as I am still experiencing all these problems. Told dr I was still worried there was some sort of thyroid issue as a lot of symptoms seemed to point to that and she said it wasn't my thyroid as the test came back normal. I kind of pushed for another blood test so she did it and also said if it came back normal she would refer me to a dermatologist. They came back normal:
-Serum free t4 13.1 pmol/L (12-22)
-Serum TSH 3.1 mu/L (0.27-4.20)
-Serum folate 13.3 ug/L (4.6-18.7)
-Serum vitamin B12 206 ng/L (191-663)
I have the appointment for the referral to the dermatologist in a few days. As it is the hair problem that troubles me the mos, as I find it upsetting, I led with that as a symptom at my appointment . Dr knows my other symptoms but didn't really mention them, just said about the dermatologist for my hair. When I go to the referral I will push more about my other symptoms.
So, what do you guys think? I've never mentioned any of these symptoms to anyone, but I know I sometimes come across as dizzy, forgetful and confused, have put on weight and my scalp is showing at my hairline and the side of my head. Do you think I would feel better confiding in my boyfriend about this? He's an amazingly supportive and kind person, but I'm just really embarassed, especially about the hair thing.
Also, do you think my symptoms indicate a thyroid issue? And what do you think to my blood test results?
Thanks for reading, I know it was really long, but I've had to condense 3-4 years into this post!