This will be a little long winded, so I do apologise. To give you some history - my mother and sister both had fibroyd tumours. My mother had Grave's disease and later thyroid cancer. She went through absolute hell trying to get the right treatment. I developed fibroids when I became pregnant in 1999, was put on bedrest at 9 weeks and by the time my son was born I had 23 tumours and 3 were the size of melons. After my son was born, the fibroids shrunk and all but 2 little ones disappeared. Happy days! So life was better, I was back to my size 6. To make a long story a little shorter, in 2012 my periods became extremely heavy, but still regular. By early 2014 it was pretty horrible and I was very anemic, so I was constantly supplementing to keep my levels up. Needless to say I was always exhausted and had been for a couple years, had heart palpitations, thinning hair, bloating, constipation, migraines, brittle nails, dry skin, joint and muscle pain and was gaining weight. My Dr said it was all from the anemia caused by the fibroids. It got so bad I had to have a blood transfusion. I had my hormones checked and I was not perimenapausal (at the time I was 48). Starting Sept 2014 I began having a period that continued for 9 months straight, non-stop and so bad I would hemorrage and the pain would be come so extreme I would have to be rushed to the doctor for injections. Finally, I got in for a hysterectomy and they left my ovaries because they were fine and I did not want to go into surgically induced menapause. Meanwhile I'm still gaining weight. Fortunately, I do not have anemia anymore, but I've continued to gain weight; I'm still exhausted, poor sleep, and loads of other hypo symptoms. Emotionally I felt like I was going mad, so had labs done and discovered over a 3 month period I had become post menapause which explained the madness - I had completely gone through the change of life in 3 months - not 5-7 years! I tried HRT - 3 different kinds and all had side effects - migraines, more weight, debilitating joint and muscle pain, etc. I don't take any HRT now and I feel better for it. I think my body is adjusting. Now over the last year I have had my thyroid checked since I have a family history and I have a lot of hypo symptoms that existed BEFORE the hysterectomy and are still there. They would only do a TSH and Free T4. On both occasions by TSH was 2.39 and my Free T4 12.2 and 11.9. The doctor refuses to treat me for hypo. He said it's all menapause symptoms, even though I had these symptoms way before! However, they did diagnose me with fibromyalgia (which my mum has as well, but the dr said it is not hereditary). My mother went through the same things with doctors and she lived miserably for 20 years before she got a doctor with a brain. So I don't know if the fibroid thing and being so anemic for many years played havoc on my thyroid or not. Also since the birth of my son my palms (the outer part side running down from the pinky is red - it does not itch). My mother had the same thing, but no one could tell her exactly what it was from. My mother swore it was her thyroid. Anyway, I'm going to self medicate. I feel it will be the only way to see if I am hypo. I have purchased NDT from abroad and will be taking my first dose tonight. I'm just so sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I shouldn't feel this bad and I'm so depressed about my weight and body appearance. I've been thin all my life, so this change is getting harder and harder to deal with. I was on a strict eating plan and working out 5 days a week. I lost 2 kg in 8 weeks. It was a struggle. I went on holiday for a week and gained all of it back plus 2 more and I was walking 20+km a day while on holiday! I don't get it and now I'm having little sleep. I fall asleep ok, but I'll wake up about 2am and then can't get back to sleep. I'm either freezing cold or burning up. It's hard to be comfortable, and with the winter approaching I hate the thought of going outside and I usually love being out of doors. Anyway, I just need to some support and advice. I know there are so many out there with far worse problems than me, and my heart goes out to you all Thank you to anyone that responds xx
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