Iam new to this site but hope I could get some help on my problem.
I think I may have a thyroid problem, or have had one for a long time.
There is family history of thyroid issues in my family and my mum had an under-active thyroid when she was a teenager and in her 20s. (I'm 22). My mum thought her problems came back a year ago but when she went to the GP, all they did was a simple blood test which didn't show anything and the doctor closed the case completely denying she had thyroid problems. I've been reluctant to go to the doctor because of this but cannot ignore this any longer as it's really affecting me.
My hair is falling out, I don't have any major weight changes but maybe because the metabolism in my family has always been great and I have quite a healthy diet. I have been having awful mood swings and can lash out at anyone without any cause or reason as I'm overly and extremely irritable. The main reason because of which I'm suspecting this to be connected to my thyroid is because I can feel tightness in my throat (quite often recently) and I can see my gland to be a little bit larger than it should be. My period is irregular and can be absent for up to 4 months, I have some bone or joint pains which I read and was told could be caused by thyroid problems, I can be extremely tired and dopey regardless if I sleep 8 hours or 12, never seems to be enough. My brain seems to be slow at times, I forget words and have problems focusing in class (at uni), I am extremely sensitive to cold and my skin has become very dry and scaly (I have to exfoliate every day and even that doesn't help). Some days, especially around autumn last year my face was often puffy and swollen.
This originally started around autumn 2013 but because it slowly became better (or maybe I learned to live with it) I didn't seek medical attention (also because GP doctors have never been helpful in my case or my mum's or even my friends' - I have been scared to go to GP and leave with nothing). However recently, since this summer, it has been getting worse and coming back therefore I know I can't ignore it anymore. Does this sound like something related to a thyroid illness? And if so - could someone please tell me what tests need to be run to determine and diagnose it? Last month when my mum went to a GP doctor with back pain, he looked at her blood results from a year ago and said she was fine. She forced him to give her an Xray and then had to go to multiple other doctors to read it. I'm terrified of being given the wrong treatment or no treatment at all. Any help? What do I do if my blood results come back normal?