First, I want to say, I'm so impressed by the knowledge here. I live in Montreal, Quebec on the other side of the pond and I'm just starting to educate myself about thyroid health. It's astounding to see how difficult it is to get proper treatment.
All the women in my family have bad thyroids, my aunt had one removed because of cancer and my mother's flat out died when she was 27. Her symptoms were completely ignored and while pregnant with me her thyroid failed. By the time I was born she was six months away from organ failure.
I am 31, I received a clinical diagnosis of fibromyalgia two years ago. I had a nagging feeling that it wasn't the issue. Two years of naturopathy and I am pain free but still have fatigue issues. Turned out it was multiple food allergies due to a terrible leaky gut. I know now all of my health issues stem from untreated PTSD after a friend was brutally murdered ten years ago.
Now I am at the point where my TSH has risen one point over the past year (it is still within range) and I am having symptoms of a sluggish thyroid. Fatigue, heavy chest, low blood pressure in the morning, light headedness, dry skin. I can't even have sex because it completely drains me!! Good stress wipes me out just as much as bad stress. I know I have multiple mineral deficiencies (at least 8 pretty bad ones) that need correcting and a moderate anxiety disorder. I just started seeing a holistic nutritionist, we will be feeding my endocrine system and nervous system. My symptoms worsened recently after a terrible panic attack. Extreme muscle fatigue and two trips to the emergency room revealed nothing out of the ordinary. TSH 2.71 (0.5-4.0) My doctor has been at a loss these past few years but only now that I am having these strange extreme symptoms is he starting to listen... I feel like I have been driving everything and it is exhausting.
Could my symptoms just be longterm nutrient deficiencies and anxiety putting strain on my endocrine system? I just realized that because of my food intolerances I haven't been eating much of anything that has good sources of fuel for my thyroid. I feel better after I eat meat so I suspect my B12 levels could use work.
Considering my family history I want to get ahead of this! Any advice would be greatly appreciated. <3