I'm new here - didn't know where else to go for help.
I have so many thyroid symptoms.
I do have a few other health problems going on, but I have the hallmarks. I am so fatigued all of the time no matter how much sleep I get. I'm not just saying I'm tired - I am all out mentally and physically exhausted from the minute I open my eyes to the minute I go to bed, sometimes it's like moving through a swamp. I'm always cold all the time, I get hot and cold flashes (I'm a 25 year old female), my temperature is always broken, I get a lot of unexplained fever, I'm eating very little but gaining weight (possible water retention especially round ankles and knees). I could go on...
Long story short - I'm convinced my thyroid isn't working, but my GP keeps telling me my blood tests are fine. I've been on the Thyroid UK website and read about the different testing.
Basically it goes through the different blood tests - however, my GP will only test my TSH, he has not, and will not do any other TFTs, he says that the other ones aren't available here... I don't know if this is because I live in a remote part of Scotland, but blood samples can always be sent to other laboratories, I know this because I once had a sample for something else sent to Oxford), or if it is the way the Scottish NHS operate that only a consultant specialist can order these types of tests.
The second link is all about how to interpret them, it says that normal TSH does not mean that you don't have a Thyroid problem... so I'm really trying to figure out how to access the other TFTs such as the TT4, FT4, FT3.... I am in too poor health to work and am only on very minimal benefits - so paying for private testing, is totally out of the question here.
So I'm just wondering if anyone has any ideas on how I can get these other tests done, how I can get a referral to the relevant specialist (I have other health issues, which is why my GP is reluctant to send me to yet another specialist)... or how I can get help (from a charity maybe?) funding some private blood tests. My fatigue is absolutely out of control and I'm totally desperate.
I am also waiting for adrenal gland testing, as well.
EDIT; I'm on B12 Injections, Folic Acid and Vitamin D - all these get tested regularly along with my Ferratin levels.