Are my symptoms thyroid?

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?

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  • Welcome to the forum, Dog-mad.

    An awful lot has happened during the past five years including menopause which is known to trigger hypothyroidism so you should ask your GP to do a thyroid test.

    Symptoms of hypothyroidism thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/about_...

    thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/diagno...

  • Thanks a lot for your reoly. I know she will just say 'you were tested 5 years ago and you were only borderline for TSH'. I will try and stand my ground as it causing so many problems with the aching callves, I always walked the dog for 2-3 hours a day. I will report back in the next week or so when I have had my appointment with the GP.

  • Dog-mad,

    I really don't think you will have any problem getting retested if your TSH was borderline high 5 years ago.

  • This is very interesting. What can they do to raise your T3 high?

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