I'm new to the forum. I've been tested twice for hypothyroidism, and I've attached my results. I'm borderline for FT4, but on the upper end of normal for TSH level. I've been told to come back again in 8 weeks.
The thing is, I have essentially every symptom and it's so frustrating because it's affecting my life quality so much. I'm 19, and I haven't had a period in 5 months. I have had a severe eating disorder between the ages of 11 and 16. I still have a lot of difficulties surrounding eating and my weight; I'm a healthy weight, but I constantly have to watch my weight, yo-yo in weight so often, and I'm so jealous of my friends being able to eat whatever they want and not have to worry about it. I'm cold all the time, tired all the time, my face is puffy and bloated, my heart rate is so slow (about 52 at rest) and I get palpitations, my hair is so thin and falls out easily. I'm 19, I'm supposed to feel energetic but I just feel so lethargic.
I just don't know what to do. I have a history of hypothyroidism in my family, and I feel like I've tolerated and come to accept the side affects for so long. I feel like a time waster going back to the doctor and requesting TT4 and FT3 levels to be tested too. I dislike the idea of being a "know more than the doctor, but I insist blah blah" kind of patient, and I know people have much more severe health problems and members here must have much more severe levels of thyroid issues.
I read somewhere that TSH reaches it's peak in the middle of the night and declines after. My previous two tests have both been first thing in the morning, about 8am. Would this significantly impact on results, or is it only a minor fluctuation?
Essentially I'm asking, if T4 and TSH levels come back the same after my next test, will I be denied treatment because TSH is within the normal range? Should I ask for TT4 and FT3 levels to be tested too? And finally, do doctors take into account personal symptoms and experiences when determining an individuals "normal" levels?