I'm writing here on behalf of my girlfriend to try to help her figure out what's going on with her thyroid problems. However, I don't have a thyroid condition, so I don't know a lot of the more technical things about the testing.
She is 25, and she was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis a few years ago, when she had an ultrasound that showed nodules on her thyroid, and her blood tests came back with high antibodies (I think she called them anti-tpo antibodies). Anyway, apparently her doctors said there wasn't much to be done about it, and she has struggled with issues ever since.
The biggest problem is that she has episodes of feeling dizzy, numb, short of breath, and having heart palpitations and tingling in her limbs.
She has gone to the doctor when she's had these symptoms, but they test her hormones (I believe she said tsh, t3, t4), and apparently the results are normal, so they send her home.
She has gone gluten free, and apparently it helps somewhat. However, the heart palpitations and dizziness are scary, and it freaks me out that it happens and that doctors don't do anything. It kind of sounds like her problems are more similar to hyperthyroidism, overall.
She has developed anxiety since this has started happening, which is understandable to me, but then it seems like it's easy for doctors to blame symptoms on the anxiety, which I do not think is right. She also hasn't had a regular doctor for a while, so she sees different doctors who don't know her and seem not to take her very seriously.
Is there anything she can do? Why does she have problems when the hormone levels are normal? Is it possible that something else entirely causes these problems? How do you find a good doctor who won't brush off these issues?