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

  • 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.

  • When there is more than one close family member with thyroid issues there is a possibility of a genetic thyroid condition. I have been researching this: Impaired Sensitivity to Thyroid Hormone (more often known as Thyroid Hormone Resistance). With it the thyroid blood test results can be low, normal or high. It causes symptoms similar to hypothyroid and requires very high T3 levels in the body to overcome the resistance.

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

  • The treatment for this requires a large single daily dose of T3. The treatment was developed by Dr John Lowe in the USA, who took 150 mcg of T3 once a day from about the age of 20 until he died in 2012 at age around 66 (he was in perfect health and his was an accidental death).

    Dr. Lowe also successfully treated many thyroid patients from about 1986 until 2012.

    I have also sent you a personal message.

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