I've had problems with severe fatigue for 11 years, and also of depression- also severe. My first depression diagnosis was 11 years ago, when I went to university GP complaining of severe fatigue, cursory blood test showed no overt hypothyroidism- but don't know if it was borderline then - so GP diagnosed depression and sent me packing. Since then, depressive episodes have become very severe, really complicated, life threatening, and extremely debilitating. But when not depressed I have yet gone through phases of such exhaustion that I can't sit up, and my heart palpitates/skips beats- like it's going to explode, and also have had pretty bad fibromyalgia pains for the last 5 years. These are issues I've been to GP about- thyroid test 5 years ago came back borderline, and GP said it was fine just needed to monitor it. Now I've been in a prolonged episode of depression- 2 years, which caused a really bad accident in which I broke my pelvis, have switched meds, been treated by the crisis team etc etc. in January I asked for my thyroid to be tested again- and again it came back subclinical - though I can't remember exactly how high the TSH level was. This was done through the psychiatrist. Anyway, months later, life is still at complete standstill... And though have come through the worst of latest 6 month depression, this horrendous exhaustion persists- I'm operating on about 20%- one day of activity leads to 5 days in bed. On top of this, the palpitations are pretty scary, I'm getting regular headaches, my hair is falling out a lot. So I did another google, and this time discovered the subclinical hypothyroidism is in fact a recognised, treatable dysfunction- all my various doctors had given the impression that it wasn't an issue, just it could develop into one. It also makes sense of a variety of other symptoms I haven't paid my attention to - I'm always cold, my fingers tingle, my skin is a bit dry.
So, as it seems to be that I have a whole range of very developed symptoms, and evidenced sub clinical hypothyroidism, and that despite of this, all my doctors have failed to mention that it might indeed be worth treating, or further testing at least....?!!!
I am so desperate to force my GP to ordering a blood test.... But I'm worried that this is a really long frustrating route...when, I've been waiting 11 years already, and frankly shocked at the thought that all my years of the most unbearable depression might have been prevented or at least alleviated!
Sorry to waffle... I feel very alone with this! I trust that you guys are the real experts, so any tips about how to proceed, what to ask for what to watch out for etc etc.... Or even if you think that I'm not totally mad in thinking a good old dose of thyroxin may help!!!