I finally went to the doctors 4 weeks ago after experiencing aches, pains and cramps all over my body for the past few months. I can only describe the pain as a cross between the burn of a work out and the heavy ache of flu. I often wake up feeling as though some has beaten me up in the night, then I'm so stiff I struggle to walk first thing. I'm 33!!
Despite all this I have still been working (where I'm on my feet most of the day) full time (at leat 45 hours a week). Whilst at work I struggle through. After work I'm absolutely shattered. On my days off I tire easily just going about everyday things, whether it's house work or a family day out.
The first doctor I saw sent me for blood tests. Everything came back ok except my thyroid levels were low. He told me over the phone to make an appointment as I may need medication or to be referred. I began to research hypothyroidism and it was like a light bulb moment. I had every symptom going!
Although I'm not over weight I work in fashion so try my best to stay slim. The past year I had really struggled to maintain my weight and every time I tried to lose a few pounds on previously successful plans I instead seamed to gain weight! Because of the failures I just gave up which is unlike me.
I have had extreme fatigue for the past couple of years however I always put this down to long hours, long commute and being a working mum! Sometimes Im so tired by the end of my working day I can barley focus or form proper sentences. I even worry about driving home! It doesnt matter how much sleep I have (I have to get up at 6 every work day, sometimes earlier but I'm always in bed by 10 and have often dozed on the sofa before hand) I always want to go straight back to bed in the morning. I often cancel plans with friends as I just want to go straight home from work and rest. I find it hard to focus at work and am very forgetful in the sense that I find it hard to recall things that have happened or been said.
My skin has been horrible recently and my periods are getting further and further apart. I had often wondered whether I was going to have an early menopause.
I feel the cold more than most (this was always a running joke between my partner, friends and me)!
I think I have carpal tunnel too, I get pain and cramps when I type and click on the mouse at my computer and I get sporadic cramps in my wrists and fingers throughout the day.
Anyway at my 2nd appointment last week I saw a 2nd doctor. Instead of referring me he said he wanted to do another blood test to check the last reading wasn't a one off. Again he urged me to get it done asap so that I could come back the following week as hopefully they could decide on best course of action.
Today I phoned to find out of the results were ready and was told by the receptionist that again my thyroid levels were low and the doctor (this must be a third doctor as she referred to her as a 'she') just wants me to go back in 3 months for another thyroid test to see if levels are still low.
I'm absolutely fuming as I thought it was quite obvious by now what was causing all the physical pain I'm in. I understand that they wouldn't want to put me on medication based on just one reading but I've now had 2 low readings plus every symptom. I honestly can't carry on feeling like this. It is affecting my work and making me depressed. I get tired just walking up a flight of stairs and as I said I'm 33 and not overweight! I feel like I'm 83!!
It was only the physical pain that prompted me to visit the doctor in the first place as I could explain away all the other symptoms.
I feel as though the 2 doctors I've seen have been keen to progress my treatment but now the third whom has not physically examined me is sentencing me to 3 more months of pain!!!
I have never ever had time off work sick (even when I was pregnant and throwing up 8 times a day for 7 months) but I'm starting to feel as though I can't cope with my job anymore. I honestly feel as though I'm going to black out sometimes.
Sorry for going on, it just feels good to get this all down and my questions are, do these symptoms I'm describing sound like I have hypothyroidism? Does it normally take so long to diagnose?
Thanks muchly xx