Hello everyone, I'm new here and haven't been diagnosed with anything and I'm currently at the stage of wondering whether I'm being silly and imagining things because I want something to blame my weight on.
I've tried losing weight in the past and have never managed it despite knowing the exact number of calories to pass my lips (usually around 1400) and trying to be more active and work out hard, had a personal trainer, etc, never managed to get down into the healthy bracket. I would get burned out and give up eventually. And I'm still here with an overweight BMI and miserable.
This time around I've gotten myself a Fitbit charge HR so I can better track my calorie burning as well, since it's by all accounts pretty accurate in terms of calculating BMR and tracking heart rate. It reckons I am burning 1000 more calories than I'm eating in a day and it calculated BMR based on height, weight, sex, and age, but I don't seem to be burning fat at the rate it suggests I should be. My resting heart rate is around 50 and I am by no means athletic! I walk the dog every day and get the requisite 10k-15k steps a day, but I'm not athletic. I have a history of fainting, most recently a few months ago when out for dinner with friends. I was diagnosed as just being prone to vasovagal fainting about 6 years ago and told I would likely grow out of it soon as it was common in 18-25 year old women, but it's still happening at 31.
Also, I am tired ALL. THE. TIME. And I get 8-9 hours of sleep a night. Dry skin and nails that flake and peel and break all the damn time, too.
Basically I'm afraid my GP will say I'm grasping at straws and just need to try harder to lose weight and my low heart rate is a good thing and the test would be a waste of time.
Would you ask the GP to test your thyroid if you were me?