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Need some help!

New to posting but hoping will find some help!

Been struggling with feeling well for some time and have had digestive plus plus issues only to be told IBS and diverticular and of course stress. I seem to fail in explaining that something causes the feelings not stress creating them. But am fatigued, muscle achey at times, sweating loads ( am menopausal), feel shakey often first thing, digestion not good.... recent Gastroscopy showed gastritis..., eyes feel dryer, get spells of coldness and often get agitated/anxious especially first thing. I do get better patches but cannot maintain a good phase.... hence the feeling it is hormone related especially on my menopause journey .I could identify lots of these symptoms as hyper  Recent blood test gave the following TSH 0.9 Free T4 13. Feeling in need of more support to get to the bottom of what is wrong as feel it is more likely to be hormonal.... something not functioning as it should!

Cheers in advance for any replies.

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Welcome to our Forum flossybill

When you have blood tests always put the ranges as they are helpful for members to comment. Labs differ and the ranges can also be as well. 

Doing only the TSH and FT4 isn't sufficient and (I don't know where your reside) in the UK doctors have been instructed not to prescribe until the TSH is 10, but some doctors will do so with symptoms if it is slightly 'over range' which is around 5 or 6.

I shall give below a symptoms list which you can complete - Hashimoto's is an Autoimmune Thyroid Disease which is the most common but you have to have antibodies. Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism are self-explanatory.

Many people remain undiagnosed for years as more notice is taken of the TSH than the clinical symptoms.

When you have a blood test it has to be the earliest possible and don't eat before it. If you were taking thyroid hormones allow 24 hours between the last dose and the test. This allows the TSH to be at its highest as it drops throughout the day. 

We also can have symptoms if the following are deficient:-

Vitamin B12, Vit D, iron, ferritin and folate, so ask GP to check all of them and also for thyroid antibodies. 

Hypo can cause stomach problems due to having low stomach acid and as the symptoms are identical, more or less, to high acid doctors usuall prescribe antacids which doesn't improve our stomach. We need stomach acid.

Always get a print-out of your blood test results with the ranges for your own records and so that you can post for comments.

The links above are from our website and has lots of info. 

(I am not medically qualified - I had undiagnosed hypothyroidism which took about 7 years before it was confirmed as not one doctor did a blood test for thyroid hormones).


Ignore the following - Shaw already posted while I was faffing. :)

It might help some of the more experienced members of the forum comment if you can post: more of your blood work results along with the reference ranges for them; list any supplements that you're taking (with details of whether you've been tested for B12, folate, vitamin D, ferritin etc.); do you take anything to manage your digestive issues like acid inhibitors (PPIs); have you been following any special diets to manage your stomach (whether that's FODMAPs, gluten-free, no added sugar) etc.

You might be able to edit your original post to add that information in or post it separately.

I know that's a lot but it can help the experienced people here to respond in a way that is helpful to you and provide some guidance. 

Good Luck


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