Hello all, this may take a while to explain so sorry for boring anyone in advance.
Back in 2010 I started getting really fatigued and tired every day. It was making going to work really tough to the point I nearly had to quit but the docs said I just needed to sleep more.
Then in 2011 I was sat down eating a takeaway as happy as could be. It was my day off from work and I was watching a boxing match I had been looking forward to for months. Suddenly my heart goes all crazy out of nowhere and I am taken to hospital where they decide I have had a panic attack and that I would be OK after waking up the next morning.
Next morning comes and none of the physical symptoms have gone. My heart is pounding and missing beats, I am exhausted, I basically feel like I have gone ten round with Mike Tyson and have done to this day.
I would like to say at this point that nearly every person on my mums side of the family have thyroid problems. My last sister not to have it got diagnosed this week. They were all treated like they were crazy by their GPs for many years before finally getting diagnosed (like me).
I have had all the thyroid tests and they just say I am normal. I wore a holter monitor for 24 hours that confirms I have a significant amount of ectopics. I did have anxiety for a while over that but now have no anxiety at all but still the symptoms persist. I developed depression after about one year of fighting these symptoms 24/7. I have quite a few of the symptoms listed when you look up thyroid problems.
Another thing that may be significant is that out of all the hundreds of tests the only 2 things that showed up was that I am very low on folic acid and vitamin D. I was reading up on thyroid problems today and apparently this can be linked to thyroid problems which completely makes sense.
I also developed tinnitus for no reason whatsoever and have had that a couple of years now. Part of me thinks this too may be related directly or indirectly through any anxiety caused by a thyroid problem.
The problem I am having is that any GP I talk to just throws antidepressants at me and I must have tried 9 different ones for months on end and none of them are working. Even a psychiatrist gave up trying to medicate me as he couldn't get rid of the symptoms. The symptoms are 24/7 and I feel really unwell. I am 33 years old and feel like I am 100.
If I try to talk about my family history of thyroid problems and how my symptoms match then they just either go on an ego trip where they refuse to even contemplate the idea of a patient suggesting a treatment or they say it is all in my mind. The latter really annoys me as I had never even been to a doctor for about 9 years before this happened as was always healthy. I am not the type of person to waste a doctors time unless it is serious.
I did read that there are some docs out there that treat on symptoms and not just the TSH test and tried to get referred to one but no GP would do it for me. I feel so lost as I have basically lost 4 years of my life and every day is just a battle to reach bed time.
Do you guys think I may have a thyroid problem? Is there any sure fire way I can get it diagnosed if I do have it? I would happily pay my life savings just to feel normal again. My entire life has been ruined by this and I really don't need another 4 years of this let alone decades.