Hi my name is Carol I'm a 55 year old grandma to 10 and mother of 4. I've always been very hands on with my grandchildren and had loads of energy, that was until 3 years ago when I started to feel really exhausted along with many other symptoms. After 2 years of back and forth to my doctor ( whom I'd rarely visited before) I was finally diagnosed with an underactive thyroid. I was basically given given levothyroxine and told I'd feel the difference. Yet here I am a year later and I feel worse. I moved to a different area went in and registered with a new doctor who I told that I wasn't feeling any better. He suggested blood tests to see how my levels were. 1 week later I rang for the results to be told everything was fine no further action required so plodded on. Then 2 weeks ago I couldn't even get out of bed for 4 days, my symptoms felt worse I just felt destroyed so made another visit to my doctor who consequently told me that my last blood tests had shown my levels weren't right??? I explained I had called for my results and had been told they were fine etc so he ordered more blood tests. I told him I work full time in an autism unit and he immediately began to blame my symptoms on stress!! I tried to explain I had all these symptoms before I started working there. It was as though he was trying to tell me my symptoms were nothing to do with my thyroid. I just feel as though I've lost the old me, I struggle to play with my grandkids now and feel like I've aged 20 years in a year. Incidentally I rang yesterday for my blood results and guess what they said yep everything is fine no further action required! So I have insisted on an appointment today with the doctor. My problem is no one has ever sat and explained this whole underactive thyroid are my symptoms to do with it or am I loosing my mind? I have constant pins and needles in my hands I suffer dizzy spells my hair is falling out I'm constantly tired my joints are painful. I get half way through a sentence and forget words. Any advice as to how I can approach my doctor so he takes me seriously please?