Hi all, here I am again (still).
I am almost afraid to look back at my previous posts as I am certain I will be repeating myself. Although that would probably be because so little has changed - for the better that is.
I have pretty much given up seeking medical help (although did have a chest x-ray that showed a shadow that no-one seems to want to follow up on, so I suppose that at some point, I will have to ask for help about that....).
I still don't really know for sure that I have a thyroid problem (THEY say not - i.e. "within range blah blah) but have SO many of the symptoms (which admittedly crossover with m/pause and oestrogen dominance - equally going untreated) that I am sure there must be an issue.
For the records - the most "recent" tests I had show the following (there are many others done last Nov but too many to list):
TSH - (11/14) - 1.97; (04/15) 3.01 <<<<< This was at midday, so probably lower than earlier?
T4 - (11/14) - 13.2
T3 - (02/15) - 4.8 <<<<< This was done by Blue Horizon, they said "normal
Ferritin level has risen from 33 last April, to 63 in November (no idea about now, but I am showing many signs of a deficiency/anemia - especially getting short of breath easily *sigh*
Cholesterol is pretty high, despite - when/if I eat - no "bad" foods.
One of the worst things that is happening is - not what I would call bloating - but a sort of "liquefying" of my torso/abdomen as the day progresses. I can start fine, almost able to see some muscle definition (I do 100 crunches and 20 "roll-ups" per day - I DO believe it is possible to target-"strengthen", if not "reduce"). Does anyone else have this happen to them?
As I leave my general targetted activity until later in the day, this is causing me to not even do it then - I just CAN NOT cope with the wobbling, tightness and awful awful feeling of restriction in the clothes I wear (another side issue being the huge knockers I now have........... - and people PAY for such things??????)
One of the more worrying things that I have read is that this kind of edema can be caused by congestive heart failure - it was also was the only symptom that my friend had before she died of metastatic liver cancer, so I do panic a little when I think of how that happened to her. I have too many problems with my GP Practice to go to them and ask, so yes, here I am again lovelies :o)
I know I am catastrophising (?) - so if anyone has any ideas, suggestions, alternative reasons or advice, it would be gratefully received.
Oh, I am also just about to buy NDT (Thyroid-S or Thiroyd) but wondered if there would be any point - or if it could actually do more harm than good - without a diagnosis (which is NEVER going to happen :o/ ). Any help with advice re. that too would be so welcome.