In 2012, I had half of my thyroid gland removed because the surgeon suspected a PARAthyroid gland he was trying to remove might be inside the thyroid gland (it wasn't!). Recently, I've been experiencing very cold hands and feet, achy/stiff fingers and toes, fatigue and pins & needles in my arms and legs. After a lot of googling, I asked my dr to check my thyroid function which he declined at first but when a bunch of other tests (full blood count, calcium, iron, glucose etc) came back normal, he relented.
The values are:
TSH: 2.83 (0.1 - 4)
FT4: 12.9 (8 - 20)
2 months after the surgery where they removed half my thyroid they were:
TSH: 1.64 (0.1 - 4)
FT4: 14.2 (8 - 20)
And a year before the surgery they were:
TSH: 0.815 (0.1 - 4)
FT4: 14.4 (8 - 20)
So as you can see, TSH is gradually increasing. My GP refuses to treat me because he says the values are within range and therefore it can't be hypothyroidism. He suggested I might have depression which I strongly refuted. He has now ordered some tests for antibodies (but I don't think it's for thyroid antibodies specifically).
My question is, does this sound like the progression of thyroid disease to anyone? I know there is a large range of TSH values between people, but is there a lot of variability in the same person or are the values consistent over time?
I am sick of battling my GP on this. Should I carry on or am I barking up the wrong tree?