Hi there, again. I got so much information reading this and the other thyroid site, that I am enlightened!
To make a long story short: I never thought that stomach cramping and pain, internal bloating and gas plus constipation could be intertwined with thyroid functions! I am looking for comments from someone having similar problems or/and knowledge of these symptoms:
-stomach ache and cramps; before eating and after eating (my diet is gluten-free, but it does not help)
-constipation as a rule, sometimes diarrhea (never "normal" bowel function)
-fatigue, headaches, joint and muscle pain, neck and shoulder pain, sometimes blurred vision, pains on the left side of limbs (carpal tunnel syndrome, leg pain, arm & shoulder pain worse on the left)
-coarse and thinning hair, fingernails with "lines", cracked skin on my heels
-always hungry, dreaming of food!!! Gained lot of weight during last year. Willing to exercise but sweating and weakness makes exercising impossible (and when I do exercise, I have to rest the next two days and feel worse)
-sensitivity to heat
-eyes sensitive to light: dry eyes but get watery outside (especially in windy weather)
-problems have existed since 2004, after giving birth to a baby boy (3rd pregnancy and the worst!). I had diabetes during pregnancy and gained lot of weight.
I posted my bloodwork results earlier (low TSH, low FT4, low ferritin...) and I am trying to get more tests done. I assume I have no stomach acids at all!
-I am suspecting central hypo myself and hope to have MRI done in addition to more accurate blood tests
-current life includes lots of stressors: marital problems, teenagers at home, financial problems, lack of understanding from family and friends...you name it.
-Unemployed because of fatigue and brain fog; got sacked in April 2016 from a permanent position because I could not keep up with the demands of my work. This was followed by a law suit which I "won": I settled with 3 months pay because I wanted to avoid extra stress
-I sincerely hope this all is readable: I am not a native English speaker!
Now I just barely exist: I am in a situation where all my energy (what is energy?) goes to trying hard to act "normal" -not a success as you can guess! I try to rest as much as possible when alone. I have been in a situation where I considered dying an option. I could never commit a suicide, though!
I try to think I am not the only one suffering and that someday, somewhere there will be a cure. At least I do not have cancer! But this all has taken its toll on me and it is so hard to explain my condition without a proper diagnosis! I have visited numerous doctors but no-one can see the whole picture. I put all my hope on this new doctor in another town! Thank you for reading this.