Thyroid UK


Hi, I'm new to this site so apologise if I'm on the page.

I'm a very active person who is on the go with daughter, dog, horse, work, house. It no wonder I'm tired at night, right?? Well what's bothering me is I'm exhausted all the time. I can sleep solid for 8,10,12 hrs and still wake up feeling like I've not slept. It's been a lot worse latley and I've got a constant sore head. My feet leg and arms can ache, have really dry skin ( not cracked or bleeding) and get mouth ulcers every other day. Over the last month I've felt intolerant of people and grumpy. Never had the best of attension spans but am noticing I find it hard to concentrate. I thought it was maybe just the build up to Xmas but I get the feeling it's more deep rooted. I've also gone from a size 8/10 to a 12/14 ( sadly more the 14). Wouldn't say my diet has changed in a way to put on as I have. I genuinely don't feel depressed just starved of the energy I normally have and the headache is wearing me down. Does anyone have any ideas to what could be wrong? Could this be thrips related?

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I would suggest it might be hypothyroid

ask your GP to test

thyroid antibodies


free t4

free t3




vit d3

get a print out of results inc ref ranges and post them here and we can help furthur


Welcome to the forum, Vic2010.

Make an appointment to see your GP and ask for a thyroid function test, ferritin (stored iron), vitamin D, B12 and folate. Arrange for the blood draw to be taken early in the morning when TSH is highest. Your symptoms sound as if they may be due to an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) but if any of the vitamins and minerals above are low/deficient they can also present with musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and low mood. Don't accept the GP telling you results are fine or normal, ask for a printout of the results with the lab reference ranges (the figures in brackets after your results) and post them in a new question and members will advise.


You do sound symptomatic of hypothyroidism. Ask GP for a Full Thyroid Function Test which includes Free T3 as T3 is the active hormone which is usually low. GPs are apt to diagnose on the TSH only but that's not right if you want a definite diagnosis.

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