I am new to this group, and my main reason for joining is to help me try and find out if I have an under active thyroid.
Just to give a bit of background to this, I am 58 with type 2 diabetes, and currently about 5 stone overweight, having had a lifelong battle with my weight. As well as the diabetes treatment, I am on meds for high blood pressure and cholesterol, both of which have been well controlled for many years. I also take Omeprazole for acid reflux and Solifenacin for overactive bladder (one of the joys of advancing years!). I also suffer from Psoriatic Arthritis, an autoimmune condition which causes painful joint inflammation, but I am not currently on any treatment for this as it only flares up once or twice a year.
2 years ago I joined Slimming World and successfully lost 2 stone over six months. Then I went on a cruise, then had a spell in hospital for an unrelated problem, then it was Christmas and then I went on another cruise.......needless to say, the weight piled back on again.
I was just getting back into the swing of things and starting to lose weight again last year when things suddenly started to change. On weeks when I was not quite sticking to the diet 100% but hardly going wild, I started to gain weight at an alarming rate: with gains of anything up to 3.5-4.5lbs in one week. This coincided with when I started taking Detrusitol for overactive bladder, and although my GP changed it to Solifenacin, she insisted that weight gain was not a side effect.
Since then I have struggled to lose any weight at all - any losses are very quickly reversed - despite doing slimming world again and following the plan to the letter. I have had my thyroid levels checked several times and it always comes back 'normal'. I have repeatedly raised the issue of my weight with both my GP and my diabetic nurse, and indeed they are both on my case about losing weight in order to gain better control of my diabetes, but they will not entertain the notion that it might be a thyroid problem.
I have a number of the other symptoms listed in the Thyroid U.K. checklist such as feeling cold, cold extremities, anaemia, feeling of a lump in my throat, insomnia, repeated UTIs, protein in urine, PND and many more, some of which are actually being investigated in their own right, but they don't seem to be joining the dots, and my GP wouldn't even look at the Thyroid UK checklist that I took with me on one appointment - she just ignored that I had mentioned it!
They keep trying to tell me that it's 'just my age', that you gain weight after the menopause, but I just don't buy that. I fully accept that hormonal and lifestyle changes post menopause can lead to weight gain, but not the sudden change that I have experienced.
An acquaintance who is a nurse has suggested that the first line blood test can be inconclusive, and indeed she herself had fought with her doctor to get additional tests before eventually being diagnosed with under active thyroid, so I feel like I am banging my head against a brick wall.
I would welcome any thoughts on my situation from members of this group and any advice you can give. Also, I am prepared to go private if necessary to get further tests done, and I would welcome any recommendations on how and where I can pursue this (I am in Glasgow).
Sorry this is such a long post but I'm sure members will appreciate my frustration!
Thanks for reading.