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Feeling very frustrated with NHS!

I've been having symptoms of overactive thyroid now for 3/4 years and seem to be getting nowhere with the doctors. My symptoms come and go but seem to flare up a week or 10 days before my menstrual cycle begins. My symptoms are extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness, weight loss, anxiety, night sweats, brain fog, palpitations, brittle nails, urinating frequently and my eyes are sometimes red or blurry.

My doctor seems to think it's my hormones and I could be entering the menopausal stage even though I'm only 42 and she wants to put me on the contraceptive pill or HRT. But I know the difference between feeling hormonal and unwell and I'm reluctant to believe her. I've had a full blood count and my results showed normal although my iron level was only just above the normal range. I'm still waiting for my thyroid results which should come back today.

I'm at a loss as to what to do or where to go for more advice, should I see another doctor?

When I get by thyroid results I'm going to request a print out of all my recent tests so I can post them on here, hopefully someone will be able to interpret them for me as I don't know how to...

Becky :-)

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Welcome to the forum, Beckyboo42.

Can you post your recent thyroid results and ranges?

The thyroid gland contracts and expands during ovulation and menstruation which can be uncomfortable.. 42 is early for menopause but it happens. Your GP can do a blood test to tell whether you are peri-menopausal or menopausal.

Ask your GP to check for diabetes - some of the symptoms you describe are typical of diabetes.

Ask your GP to test B12 and folate too. Night sweats can be due to B12 deficiency.


How do I post photos of results printout?



You can upload one image only per thread. Write a new post and underneath the text box is an option to Add Photo.

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Thank you, I'll do that


I'm having the exact same problem. I'm having anxiety, night sweats, hunger, palpitations, blurred vision and my doctor has mentioned the menopause....

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Hi, I understand that thyroid issues and peri menopause have similar symptoms, I'm still waiting for more tests by the doctors to see if this is what's causing mine, my doctors surgery seem reluctant to help, unlesss I call for test results or keep making appointments to see my GP and lead on this I won't get to the bottom of it. It's very frustrating as the NHS just don't seem to care anymore...


I am exactly the same...


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