A year ago I realised I was suffering from a lot of the symptoms of an under-active thyroid. I have pernicious anaemia and read about the link with Hashimotos so I went to the doctor, I had a blood test but the results were normal and I was offered anti-depressants which I declined. I was still convinced I had Hashimotos because I seemed to have all the symptoms. I posted by blood results here and was told to ask for an anti-body test but someone told me that my test results were very average and it was unlikely that I have Hashimotos.
I realised there were a lot of different things with the same symptoms so I told myself I don't have a problem with my thyroid and researched other things whenever I got the chance. Nothing else seemed to fit whereas Hashimotos seems to fit perfectly.
I had a battle getting my pernicious anaemia diagnosis because my tests were also "normal", it took a lot of visits to a lot of different doctors and after each one I felt like a complete hypochondriac just wasting the doctor's precious time. I'm worried that they'll think I'm always complaining about something. I'm not very persuasive and not very good at challenging things. I read that the test results can be normal at the start of Hashimotos and that eventually the antibodies will obliterate the thyroid so I thought I'd just have to wait until things got much worse before I could be diagnosed !(if that is the problem).
I'm still suffering with the symptoms; weight gain, constipation, fatigue, burning feet, constantly feeling cold, etc. But now the last 10 days I've had a sore throat where when I swallow it feels like there is something in the way on the left side. If I turn my head to the right it's almost impossible to swallow. I feel like my neck is really swollen but when I look in the mirror I'm not sure if it is. I suffered with chronic sore throats as a child which resulted in having my tonsils removed at 18 but I've never had a sore throat like this. Does this sound like Hashimotos? If so does anyone have any advice about what I can do next? I really hate going to the doctor. Does anyone know how much a private test would be? Any advice would be very much appreciated, I feel desperate now!
I tried adding a photo of my results from last year but for some reason it wouldn't work.
Serum TSH level 1.20 mu/L
Serum free T4 level 19.4 pmol/L
They also tested serum electrolytes which were normal and a full blood count which was normal.