Hi, new here. Wondering if you all could help me with a possible thyroid issue. I'm M, middle-aged, recently diagnosed with Type 1. I've been feeling like crap for years, and my doctors were of no help with diagnosis. Basically, they ran some tests for me and told me to see a psych doctor.
Then, I discovered by chance that I had really high blood sugar for a long time -- finally doctors diagnosed as Type 1 auto-immune diabetes. The elevated blood sugar and triglycerides were always there on the medical chart, but the doctors never thought it of significance. Thanks for being useless, Docs. I've lost hope in getting anything from them other than test and prescriptions. Now, I turned around my high blood sugars to near normal, mostly through diet, and a few units of insulin per day. I feel much better in some ways, but in other ways, I have some lingering issues that the doctors are again ignoring.
I'm wondering if I have a thyroid problem, for several reasons. One is that many other people with diabetes are saying online that they are hypothyroid or have been diagnosed with Hashimoto's. The other reasons:
- I get these severe cold spells, seemingly at random -- extremely cold for about an hour no matter what I do (more clothes, hot shower, pacing around), then it just fades away.
- My memory and brain don't feel like they're working well at all. I forget stuff instantly, not being nearly as productive as I used to be.
- I sleep. A LOT, more than I am awake, for weeks at a time.
- I get this disturbing internal vibration that is hard to explain or convince other people about, but I have seen others talk about it, too, which lead me here:
Anyway, the Thyroid tests I have had are a few years old. I'm going to the doctor soon and going to insist that I get a full Thyroid check. I'm not sure what to ask for. I think it's these 3 tests -- TSH, Free T4, Free T3. Is that right?
Also, the past results I have are here. I do not know what the numbers mean at all. Can anyone explain? I'd like to be able to discuss this but I don't know much about it:
TSHq = 2.8 uIU/ml
TSHL = 4.85 uIU/ml [HIGH]
T4,Free (Direct)L = 0.98 ng/dl
TSH = 3.43 uIU/ml
T4,Free (Direct) = 0.9 ng/dl
Running out of time to figure this all out before my life completely falls apart. So, thanks.