Hi all, I'm new to this and would like a bit of advice before speaking to my doctor on 29th. Here's a history.
I'm a 51 year old active woman. I'm not overweight, I eat very healthily, don't drink and have never smoked.
A few years ago I became ill and after extensive tests (scans, colonoscopy, endoscopy etc), worked out that I was lactose intolerant. At about the same time I became completely intolerant to alcohol, even a half glass makes me feel like I'm going to die. When I mention this to my docs, they just shrug their shoulders.
18 months ago my periods dropped from every 4 weeks to every 3 weeks and I lost my libido completely, along with having complete exhaustion all the time. I also have multiple aches and pains (mainly hips), sore mouth and tongue and really dry eyes. I went back to my doctor who told me it was all in my head. He did bloods, but told me all was ok (I wish I'd checked them!)
I was forced to conclude I must be perimenopausal and found some natural progesterone and oestrogen cream online (I can't tolerate synthetic hormones and the docs are useless with anything else). For a time I picked up after using the cream.
However in the last few months I've become more breathless (assumed asthma) and have developed a low body temp (avg 35.9), I have apathy and exhaustion, more body aches, incredibly painful hands, cramps, libido has disappeared again and my nails skin and hair are terrible!
I went back to see another doctor (a year after the first one) and she said 'sounds like your thyroid'. Anyway, I came back and read about hypothyroidism and thought, that's me! My bloods came back as follows:
Ferritin 8 (range 15-300)
Vitamin b12 330 (range 180-700)
Folate 4.1 (range 4.6-18.7)
Haemoglobin estimation 110 (range 115-165)
TSH 1.32 (range .27-4.2)
She didn't do a full thyroid test so I paid privately for the following:
Total T4 73.6 (range 59-154)
Free T4 12.48 (range 12-22)
Free T3 3.39 (range 3.10-6.8)
It looks like I've got some form of anaemia and very low free t3 and T4.
I'm going to the docs to discuss my results armed with information but am wondering if anyone has any tips that might help. I don't want to be fobbed off with 'it's all in your head' or 'what do you expect for a woman of your age'.
Thanks in advance!