Symptoms of thyroid deficiency?


I had blood tests not long ago and was told they were all normal but I think I have a lot of the symptoms of thyroid deficiency - my hair is thinning drastically; my eyelashes are now almost non-existent and my eyebrows are thinning at the outer ends; my nails are flaking and breaking all the time; I have pain the majority of my joints at different times and have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia but don't have a typical response to exercise; I suffer from depression and exhaustion; my sleep is unrestorative although I sleep for hours despite waking in pain; I have symptoms that are being taken as IBS; if I turn onto my back when asleep I wake with symptoms of an infection and cough up coloured mucous though GP says there is no infection; I have chronic sinusitis and sneeze and blow my nose maybe 30 times after waking; I am gaining weight all the time; I can't think of any other symptoms though probably they are there... Help! I would welcome your opinion.

Thanks, Suex

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  • Sue, 'Normal' is a broad range. If you are towards the top of the TSH range it is likely you are becoming hypothyroid. Ask your GP receptionist or practice manager for a printout of your recent thyroid results with the lab ref ranges (the figures in brackets after your results) and post them in a new question for members to comment/advise.

    Ask for vitamin D, ferritin, B12 and folate to be tested as low levels/deficiency can cause musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and low mood similar to hypothyroid symptoms and it is common for levels to become low prior to a hypothyroid diagnosis.

  • Hi

    Thanks for the info. I haven't yet managed to get the GP to do a thyroid test, they just do general bloods and say they are normal, but I will make an appointment and stress specifically thyroid function. I know Vitamin D was low but take a supplement although only 800 and I know in the US they take a lot higher. I did buy another one on Amazon and took for a while so may go back to that, also took Magnesium at the same time and B12. I will get the test done and then go back to taking what I was while waiting for results.


  • Your symptoms sound very typical of hypothyroid

    get a print out from your GP of the actual tests that have been done and post them here

    I bet that only TSH has been done which is simply not enough especially if you have Central /pituarity/2ndary Hypothyroid in which TSH MUST NEVER BE USED

    while you are there ask for

    Free T4

    Free T3


    Thyroid Antibodies




    Vit D3

    all to be tested and get those results inc reference ranges and post them her

  • Will do - IF GP will do it!!

  • If your GP refuses to do them given all your symptoms then you need to find one who will

    ask him point blank exactly what is causing such a myriad of symptoms and why he thinks it is not hypothyroid

    If all he has done is TSH ask him point blank how that will show Central/Pituarity failure Hypothyroid

  • If he wont you may have to have a private blood test to prove him wrong.

  • I will do both of those and thank you both. x

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