Hi everyone, thanks for reading!
Over the past few years I've had problems with skipping periods, and after testing was told the problem is hypothalamic amenorrhea. My LH is suppressed, i.e. what happens to underweight girls or athletes caused by a negative energy balance. I've been told by doctors that I'm probably slightly underweight which is causing these issues, however I have never been underweight and have actually gained 5kg this past year (BMI 22 now) and my body fat is >25%. Over this time I have felt my body get weaker to the point where I can only manage a 30 min gym session once a week as it causes so much pain and time to recover afterwards. I very easily maintained a lower weight with more exercise years ago (I'm now 28) so I feel this can't possibly be the root cause, however doctors are not taking me seriously.
I'm highly suspicious that my body's perceived lack of energy is due to a struggling thyroid, and my TSH is creeping higher and higher.
Test results from last week:
TSH: 4.4 (0.35 - 5.0)
Serum Ferritin: 42 (15 - 250)
TSH: 3.56 (0.27 - 4.20)
Free T4 : 16.2 (12.0 - 22.0)
Free T3: 3.7 (3.1 - 6.8)
TSH: 2.9 (0.3 - 5.5)
Free T4: 12.7 (9 - 25)
Anti-thyroglobulin: <15 (0.00 - 60.00)
Anti-TPO antibodies: 36 (0.00 - 60.00)
I have all the typical hypo symptoms; extreme coldness (I get chilblains), muscle aches, extreme puffyness around eyes, neck and ankles, brain fog, I can forget what I'm thinking midway through speaking - I'm still in my 20s!!! Also it runs in my family. Just wondering if this could make sense to anyone or if anyone has any experience with how the thyroid and female reproductive hormones are linked, or am I barking up the wrong tree???
Thanks for any advice!