I have been having generic health problems for quite a while now (since March of this year). In March, I went very suddenly from being a moderately heathly 22 year old male (by moderately healthy, I mean I could probably eat and drink less and exercise more, but I have no health issues and I am not obese), to having all kinds of pains. The first night I felt like I was going to die, afterwards though I experienced disturbing symptoms such as abdominal pain, especially just below my rib cage, more on the left side, but also on the right, tingling in my hands and feet, back pain, sometimes headaches and disorientation as well. On the first night, I went to my doctor and he sent me for blood and urine tests and an abdominal X-ray, the result of which was that I appeared to be "fine" - specifically, the doctor at the hospital who did the tests said that there was nothing unusual about the blood and urine test results, and he specifically said that my liver, kidneys and pancreas appeared to be in good working order. In the following weeks, the pains continued, and I also suddenly developed a hoarse throat and lost my voice for about 3 weeks, which recovered in time and with some corticosteroid treatment. I had some respite around late May, early June, but in later June the abdominal pains returned. They eventually disappeared, but now I've been suffering from some new symptoms. I've now got dry, itchy skin along my spine, and I can feel a discomfort in my throat, not a pain, but like something is stuck in there, but I know there isn't anything blocking my throat. I have been feeling very tired and fatigued, finding it harder to get up in the morning and stay alert later in the afternoon at work. I've had some minor headaches, occasionally severe back pain, and sometimes visual distortions, like thinking I can see something moving in my peripheral vision, only to find nothing there. When passing stools, the results are incredibly variable, last week virtually all of my stools were medium-brown and floated, this week they have all sank and are a more dark brown. I was worried earlier about pancreas problems, as these can cause fatty stools and abdominal pain, but I've come to the conclusion that this is unlikely, given the tendency for the pains to go away in time and for my bowel habits to also randomly change, coupled with the fact that in March the doctor said my pancreas looks OK.
So, apologies for the long list of info, but it is important for my question. Basically, I feel like I'm going through the medical dictionary, and I still don't know what is wrong with me. The doctor suggested that maybe I might have a hiatal hernia, or perhaps a stomach infection (I should be having a gastroscopy soon to check for this), but to be honest my abdominal symptoms have subsided a lot, and I now have new problems. I've been reading about hypothyroidism, as the tiredness and throat pain made me think of it, and I found that many of my symptoms could be consistent with this condition. Namely, it seems like there are a wide range of potential symptoms that could be associated with hypothyroidism. My question is, does this sound like your experiences with thyroid problems? I feel like I am definitely unwell with something, but it's very hard to pinpoint exactly what, and often when I feel like a symptom is bad enough to be worth seeing the doctor about, it subsides shortly after, only to return later or be replaced by new symptoms. I'm considering making an appointment for next week, but I would appreciate some more information about your experiences with this disease, and how to go about asking the doctor for help. I don't want the doctor to not take me seriously if I tell him I am worried about my thyroid, thinking I am a hypochondriac or something. I know why doctors can be like this, they get loads of patients self-diagnosing themselves with limited medical knowledge, but I also feel like if I go and just report my symptoms, he'll just say it's to do with the ongoing stomach problem or stress or something. I think, from what I have read, I must have or have had a large proportion of the symptoms listed for hypothyroidism (the exceptions I would say being weight gain and hair loss - I would say I have put on perhaps a little weight without changing my eating habits, and my hair is receding anyway, so perhaps even these can be included).
Thanks for any advice you can offer.