Hi, I am new here ..
please excuse if this is long winded..
I am living in Ireland and found this UK site in my information search. Various symptoms and family history lead me to think thyroid and /or adrenals are the issue. I just don't know where to start... it's so much easier to take to the bed at the moment as I am so so tired ! .. but wired at the same time. Insomnia is a big issue.
Female, 52, perimenopausal. My grandmother had low thyroid, younger sister is undiagnosed but shows many symptoms; 2 first cousins have diagnosed Hashimoto's... I reckon my mother had adrenal problems, was over medicated for pain, then had a stroke, dementia...
Symptoms : Tinnitus 10 yrs+, depression/bipolar 20yrs +, frequent urticaria, joint pain, sore and stiff feet ! cold extremities sometimes tingling, heart palpitations and sometimes chest pain (which my GP said was stress), INSOMNIA. Because of the joint pain I am unable to exercise as much as I used so now putting on weight in the middle and not able to handle stress at all means my work is detrimentally affected.
In Ireland GP visits cost unless on medical card so I rarely go, but when I do she is always rushed and last time I asked for a thyroid test it came back negative... probably just the TSH. If I go again, I will either have to demand the proper thyroid panel or ask to be referred to an endocrinologist. Or alternatively get a private lab test, or see a more holistic doctor which there seem to be more of in the UK than here.
I am willing to do the nutritional approach, but am thinking guidance and some confirmation is needed before I do.
Am I crazy and is this all just the menopause ?
Advice / feedback welcome. Thanks !