I am new here and am so glad I found this forum. I had some weight gain and would get bad muscle aches in my calves so 5 years ago went to the Gp who tested me and said I was within normal limits. Every single woman in my mother's family over 50 is hypothyroid and there 9 of them. I am 53 and just gone into the menopause in the last 3 monthscand the muscle pains have got worse and over the last couple of years and I have put on 4 stone, I am constantly dieting and the weight doesn't shift. I have been under severe stress for 5 years with a terrible divorce and spousal abuse, I have had counselling via the gp so am afraid if I go back they will say it is just stress and they tested my thyroid 5 years ago - which is what happened when I tentatively suggested this before. A German doctor friend told me once that someone can be borderline but have bad symptoms. What do you think?