Hi everyone. This is my first post here - wish I'd known about you years ago!
I'm pretty sure I've had thyroid problems since my first son was born 18 years ago. Before that I was skinny and very active, doing several professional dance classes a week. I put on 5 stone while I was pregnant, like every other woman in my family and have felt exhausted ever since. I now weigh double what I did then and can barely walk up the stairs.
Since then I have had two hyperthyroid periods (I think the first was undiagnosed as I was quite happy to lose 5 stone and didn't really question why I managed to do that very easily without dieting).
The second time was just awful -- in a period of huge stress. With all that weight back on (without changing my eating habits) I actually managed to 'beat' the hyperthyroid and put ON more weight -- I was so hungry that I was eating for England! I felt really close to collapse, but as a self-employed single mum, rest is not an option.
I felt very hypothyroid last year, but my results showed that TSH and T4 were normal and that T3 was low (I can't find the exact numbers but will ask the surgery for them). My GP wrote to the endo who said that Low T3 was nothing to worry about if the others were normal. I've looked into this and I don't believe that's true. (I suspect that in all the years that I previously had my thyroid checked only TSH was measured, thus nothing was shown to be wrong).
I'm now feeling terrible again, even after two weeks of complete rest. My eyebrows are falling out, I'm completely exhausted, everything aches, my appetite has gone yet I'm putting on weight, my hands are very painful (I'm a piano teacher, so not helpful) and now my thyroid appears to have swollen suddenly.
I'm waiting for blood test results but please could someone advise me so that I know what to ask the GP:
If the results show just low T3 again and I'm told not to worry, what info do I fight back with?!
How significant is this thyroid swelling and what's best practice for investigations (and how fast I need them)?