Hi all, just wondered if anyone might be able to help please? I went to the doctor recently after being urged to by my husband who feels really concerned about my health. He states that he has witnessed a real decline in my wellbeing following the birth of our son three years ago. I am a 36 year old woman who lives an active and healthy life but I feel miserable and tired almost all of the time. I have little general drive and really just want to be alone. I feel foggy headed and confused and my memory is shocking. I am tired when I wake up in the morning and crave sleep constantly through the day. I have no sex drive and sleep poorly, waking in the night and unable to go back to sleep. I gain weight easily and have to do 2-3 hours of exercise a day to maintain a healthy weight. I am always cold with extremely cold feet and hands. My hair is thining rapidly and one of my eyebrows has thined at the outer edge. I have brittle nails that crack and flake off. I catch every cold and flu my son has and almost always develop dreadful sinus infections. My moods are very low and I can be incredibly angry especially on the lead up to my period. I am hugely anxious and really struggle to relax. I have a hissing in my ears a lot of the time and pain in my hands. My husband and my son are really suffering as a result of all of these symptoms as I find I am just about able go through the motions but my heart isnt really in it. As a mother I feel it's hugely important to feel a sense of energy and vitality in life and I just don't. It is having a massive impact on my self esteem as I just feel like a bad person for not being able to enjoy my good life with my beautiful family. I was putting all of these things down to other things like, well I 'm tired because I have a three year old, I'm cold because my grandma always was, my hair is falling out because it does after pregnancy, I'm uhappy because maybe I am not grateful enough and so on!!!! This may actually be the truth but my husband thinks it might be something physical and hormonal as I have changed a lot. So....
I went to the Gp and managed to get my TSH tested on 21.09.15 with a result of 0.87. Dr said this is normal but I really stood my ground and protested that I felt with all the aforementioned symptoms further tests might be helpful. I knew there were more that could be done after my husband did a little research. These were done on 29.09.15 and the results were TSH 1.28, FT4 14.5 and FT3 3.9. The doctor said that these are all normal and that an endocrinologist is not necessary. The FT3 was right on the bottom of the range wasnt it? She said that didnt matter as they don't treat FT3. Not sure wat this means. She is waiting for prolactin results and will see me next week with a view to talking about depression and mood problems. I feel upset because I don't feel depressed, I feel unwell. I am considering paying for a specialist but they prefer a referral from your Gp and cost an absolute fortune! What are peoples experiences please? What do you think about my symptoms and results? Am I barking up the wrong tree? I did have a low blood sugar result recently which the Dr also said was irrelivant as it was 2.4 and only just below normal. Should I look into this further? I know you are not doctors but would really just appreciate some support/feedback as my experience with the Gp has been somewhat unpleasant. I just get the impression she thinks I am wasting her time. Any advice would be really appreciated.
Many thanks in advance,