I am new to this forum. I have been doing a lot of reading on hypothyroidism and am wondering if I may be a sufferer.
I have been depressed for a good five years. Not seriously, luckily, like in bed all day every day. I mean I do have the occasional good day. But in general my mood is low to rock bottom. I am tearful at least once or twice a week. My mood can go from 2/10 in the morning to 8 or 9/10 in the evening. So it's not a persistent low mood; rather a lot of swinging, with a general preponderance for low mood and negative thinking. I also have anxiety. And I feel tired often. I have no energy much of the time, and feel like afternoon naps. These are the only symptoms I have. I am desperate to find out why I am like this. My depression has cost me a 19-year relationship, as well as thousands of pounds on therapy and supplements (multivitamins, EPA, SAM-E, 5-HTP, St John's, you name it, I've tried it and been bitterly disappointed every time).
Three months ago I had TSH 4.25 and T4 13.1 No other tests were done. I went back two weeks ago for another round of tests, this time including antibodies. TSH was now 2.6, T4 unchanged, antibodies negative.
I went to the GP and told him I thought these results warranted further tests. TSH may be in the 'normal' range but it's certainly not optimum. (In the US they treat you for hypothyroidism if TSF is above 2.5 and you're symptomatic.) And T4 is at the low end of normal. I asked him to do tests for FT3 and rT3 and he refused point blank. I pointed out that I may have an inability to convert T4 to T3, and that an FT3 test would answer this, and still he refused. Worse, he tells me that if I have the tests done privately and the FT3 is low or rT3 is elevated, he still won't give me T3 medication.
So, some questions. I hope somebody can help.
1. Given that depression and lethargy and lack of energy are my only symptoms, could I have hypothyroidism? Or am I barking up the wrong tree?
2. Is it worth paying for the T3 tests myself?
3. Is it worth looking for a new GP, or will s/he likely be just as reluctant to investigate my depression?
Thanks for reading.