Hello, I'm 62 and female. For the last 7 years or so I have seen my doctor on various occasions with all sorts of apparently unrelated symptoms, such as tingling hands and feet, always cold , hot sweats, swollen feet and hands, terrible lethargy, weak eyes, and generally feeling very unwell. My doctor is excellent and each time has done full blood counts, and various other tests. In the course of those has found I tested positive for helicobacter pylori one one occasion, then a scan revealed I had a large gall stone, which led to my gall bladder being removed. Each time I thought we had got to the bottom of how ill I felt,as did the doctor, but neither "treatment" has made much difference- I have just got on and lived with feeling off. I have had a stressful time over the last year, nursing my mother in law until she died, and I don't think I paid much attention to how I felt. Now though I realise I still feel generally very rough at a time when life is offering me lots of great opportunities and I'm just too tired. Two weeks ago I went back to see a new doctor in the practice who straight away explained my symptoms sounded like thyroid problems and ordered tests for hypothyroid and auto immune system. I went straight home and found this website, which listed all my symptoms and discovered more- I have no half moons on my fingernails and my nails are ridged from top to bottom and split from time to time, and I have certainly got "brain fog" to name a few.
I went back to see the doctor to be told my results were normal - no antibodies , no infection anywhere, no deficiencies anywhere. I explained to her how typical I felt of those suffering from Hashimotos, and thanks to all of your advice, I persevered and asked to be tested for T3 T4, so she has reluctantly agreed- to prove a point I think, and I await results. I fear I'm going to be like so many here who have lots of symptoms but "normal" results. If this next test is "normal" is it ok to post the results here in the hope someone can interpret them, as I really haven't a clue what I'm looking for? I finally feel I have "joined the dots" of all my symptoms , but given I appear to be perfectly healthy according to my doctor, I don't know where to go next. I really appreciate all I am learning here, but it seems very complex.