I have a strong family history of underactive thyroid. My mother and all my aunts suffer from it .
I am 27 years old, and over the past two years I have gained around 2 and a half stone and being feeling extremely fatigued. This is despite a high amount of cardiovascular workouts, and eating a healthy balanced diet as I did before. I am physically fit despite being so overweight, I have passed a marine fitness test and my personal trainer says I am working very hard.
I have tried all within my power to lose body fat but there has been zero success, I just look fatter and my clothes are tight. I feel whatever I do will not work. It reached the point where I again visited my GP after gaining 6kg's in just over 7 weeks which I consider quite alarming. We ran what must be the 4th or 5th blood test and predictably the results were ' all within the normal range'.
I've been told it is normal before however nothing is changing for the better despite healthy lifestyle changes.
This prompted me to visit an endocrinologist at a private practice. On the 16th February 2016 I saw an endocrine surgeon and explained my symptoms, he said to me that he felt I would benefit from a trial of thyroxin due to the weight gain, low energy and strong family history of underactive thyroid. I presented a copy of a blood test result from October 2015 to the gentleman. My TSH was higher end of normal at 3.43 ( normal range is 0.3-4.5) and my t4 was lower end of normal at 13.1 (normal is 10-22). This test was was 11:20 in the morning.
I had a more recent blood test earlier this month, and again 'normal' results. There were no thyroid antibodies , TSH now 2.4 and T4 12.6. Has changed slightly.
I presented these results to the private GP and contrary to what I had been told from the endocrine surgeon the following week he felt that actually I would not benefit from any thyroxin. My TSH was normal, and the T4 was again with normal range. He explained to me that prescribing thyroxin could actually do me more harm than good as it would possibly make me overactive - and lead to heart problems such as arrhythmias. He is running another blood test looking for testosterone issues as that can apparently give you similar symptoms. I did ask him what is causing this then? He didn't actually know but he said diet and lifestyle changes could help.
I feel as if I do eat very healthily and now I am very confused as two different medical professionals have told me such differing information.
I feel as if I have nowhere to turn- I have a lot of the symptoms but nobody will prescribe me anything. I understand why they will not but what am I to do? Just wait and live like this ?
It doesn't seem fair. I am 27 and should be in the peak of my life and I am suffering here.
Has anyone else had similar experiences? What do you think I should do?
I plan to perhaps get referred to an actual endocrinologist at hospital - I am based on Birmingham and I have been told there is a consultant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital who is particularly good. Does anyone know her name ?
Any help you can give me would be massively appreciated !