My daughter has had underactive thyroid for over 13 years - she is now 23. She also has Pernicious Anaemia. She has never been well and has struggled with her weight etc. She goes for regular blood tests (I have under active thyroid, so I know how she feels). Last year she put on a large amount of weight very suddenly and had trouble getting out of bed, she had really bad fatigue. Her doctor thought it was post viral fatigue as her bloods came back normal apart from a raised cortisol level. After a month or so, she got better and started back with her personal trainer. Her personal trainer took measurements. August this year, she started to put weight on again after a good diet and exercise programme...it comes on suddenly. Her PT measured her this week and the only measurement that has changed is around her tummy. She is too tired to go out and have fun and is feeling down because she cant loose weight, feels tired etc. She has a good full time job and lovely friends. She went to see a new doctor who carried out lots of different blood tests, plus FBC. (Normal Renal/ liver function) here are her latest results relating to thyroid:
Free T3 5.2 (2.8-7.1)
Free T4 22.00 (12.5-20.5)
TSH 3.93 (0.60-4.20)
Thyroid Antibodies TPO 1069 (0.0-75.00)
Ferritin 62 (13-150)
Folate 7.1 (4.6 - 18.7)
B 12 573 (197-771)
Plasma C reactive 4.5 (0.0-5.0)
Electrophoresis alpha 1 3.5 (2.1-3.5)
Beta 1 5.1 (3.4-5.2)
Cortisol 718 (172-497) taken by fasting blood test 8.30am
My daughter is on: 150 Thyroxine B12 shots every 3 months
I see that her cortisol is high again. I noted that at about 10.30 am my daughter became very pale and quite and was extremely tired.
At the moment her symptoms are: Fatigue (different times of the day) weight gain, feeling down, puffy eyes, painful eyes.
Could my daughter have Cushing's or Adrenal problems?
My daughter has an appointment with the doctor, not for 2 weeks as she is away.
Your opinions will be greatly appreciated.