I just want to let you all know how much I have learned from this brilliant site. Today my niece was with the endo in our local hospital. She is 18 and a couple of months ago her mum was telling me about her having issues with her throat swelling, feeling exausted one minute and then hyper, gaining weight, losing weight, awful periods, hair loss and a complete different child. I asked her to get her checked out with her doc and they found a goiter. Because of this brilliant site I was able to tell her about what bloods to push for. Her anitbodies were way high but her TSH T3 T4 great. The endo tried to dismiss her today as being stressed and that was the cause of high antibodies told her and her mum that she couldnt possibly be up one day and down the next. He said the girl needed to see a pshyc. Thankfully I was able to point out everything to her mum before the appointment and she dug her heels in and refused his answer. She said she had educated herself and her daughter had Hashimtos and that when she was in a hyper stage you could see the swelling in her throat. She also told endo about how low her Iron and B12 was and how could he dismiss that when it was printed in black and white. The result is that she is getting B12 shots, Iron supplements and having MRI scan Monday and other tests for Hashimotos. Thanks so much for you all educating me. Its my turn with him at the end of the month and I'm going to be as forceful as my sister. YOU'RE ALL A GREAT BUNCH THANK YOU!