I've been hypo for almost 4 years now after being diagnosed at the same time as losing my mum, literally within weeks! My levels have never been stable and the my GP either doesn't have much knowledge or just isn't interested.. I seem to have to remind them to do my yearly check and as a result my levo is either increased or decreased.
June last year I started to lose weight with no rhyme or reason. I have no family history of thyroid disease and do not have the common symptoms. In 6 months I dropped two dress sizes without any attempt to lose weight, I had friends and family saying I looked ill and extremely concerned.
After every blood test possible, in the words of the nurse 'you name it we're testing it' my bloods came back as thyroid normal, but ferritin and folate were rock bottom! GP put me on iron, folic acid and vitamin D and told me to come back after Christmas.
Since then, I am still constantly tired even after sleeping 8-9 hours, have sore eyes, my skin is terrible and sore, my hair dry, I have awful lower back pain which has since moved to my hips, stomach cramps which are like period pains, have come close to passing out on more than one occasion, my hands keep going numb during my sleep, I'm finding it difficult to stay motivated, I love to walk and honestly, if it wasn't for my dog I know I wouldn't be going out as by the time I get home I am shattered and in pain from my back and/or hips, just sitting in a meeting today for an hour I couldn't focus because the hip pain started.
I've had my bloods re-tested and had the results back today. Folate is normal but ferritin is still below normal, thyroid is normal, FBC etc all marked as normal but I have noticed that my lymphocyte count which is usually low is now high.
I'm completely at a loss.. the doctor has no explanations, she has even said she doesn't understand how I can be iron deficient because I'm not losing blood and eat extremely healthily. I had menstrual issues a couple of years ago and this is now managed by the pill but since this has begun my periods are painful and heavier than usual even with the pill (nowhere near as bad as it was!) I suffer with anxiety as it is and the pain and lack of answers is really getting me down. I'm only in my early 30s and feel like an old woman!
Has anyone else experienced anything similar? Could this all be linked to my thyroid?
Sorry for the mini essay I'm just totally fed up and hoping my fellow thyroid people may be able to give some advice!