I'm a 19 year old girl, my mum, sister and aunt have all been diagnosed with hashimotos type hypothyroidism.
For 3 years I've been suffering extreme fatigue, concentration/memory issues, coldness, brain fog, dizziness, hair loss, weight gain, breathlessness (and high resting heart rate in spite of regular exercise and healthy eating - generally heart rate is above 90 even when doing nothing! Lowest I have seen it since wearing Fitbit is 82). I also suffer badly with IBS and anxiety issues. Other symptoms I've always had (since being a child) are very shaky hands and also when I'm hungry I often get a severe pain in my stomach, I feel shaky, dizzy, sick and I have to sit down and eat something to make it go away.
I have been to the doctors on many separate occasions and have at some point or another mentioned all these symptoms. So far, all I have been given is an anxiety self-help print out and an inhaler (which was in part for a chronic cough I have, which is made worse by allergies although when I did the breath test it was normal).
Last week I went to the doctor and explained to her the symptoms I have which are consistent with thyroid issues, but I requested that she test my thyroid antibodies rather than my thyroid hormones as I felt I wouldn't be at that stage of thyroid damage yet, should I have the same problem as my family. She nodded and I assumed that meant she would, however when I received my results and looked at the print out I had requested, the only thing related to thyroid that she had tested was my TSH. This is frustrating, since my mum was diagnosed with thyroid issues 6 years after her first visit to the doctor because her TSH levels were within normal range (they actually put her on antidepressants, which she tried for 4 days knowing she wasn't depressed). My sister was diagnosed at 25, having first visited the doctors at 16 with the same symptoms, and once again her TSH always came back normal in the annual tests she requested, and it wasn't until her thyroid antibodies were checked that a diagnosis was made.
My doctor did, however, test my iron levels, blood glucose levels, and requested a full blood count. All came back within normal range. However, my serum ferritin came back as 18 ("normal" range 15-300), and my serum TSH as 3.39 (normal range 0.27-4.2).
When I googled low serum ferritin, I was surprised to find that the breathlessness (which I had previously seen a doctor about, who laughed at me and told me it was normal even though I told him I walked 1.5 hours a day and visited the gym 4 days a week), was a symptom. Whilst I'm aware it's within "normal range", it seems likely that this could account for the symptoms I'm having. It's probably worth mentioning that my haemoglobin estimation, MCHC and MCH are all comfortably within normal range. I consume meat regularly, I always get my 5 a day and I eat spinach and kale daily, so I was surprised to see my ferritin levels so low. I also take daily multivitamin supplements containing iron.
Further to my surprise, when searching online I also saw that there was a link between thyroid issues and low ferritin, although it's hard to find much information that explains how this works.
I'm going to phone the doctors again and persuade them to test my thyroid antibodies. However I just wanted to know if anyone had any advice or experiences that are similar/can suggest what I can do to feel better? I'm really fed up of feeling like this, particularly as the fatigue can be debilitating and I have no motivation to do uni work, in spite of being hard working in nature. I also really struggle to think sometimes, and stringing a sentence together can be challenging in English, let alone in the languages I study. I have obviously listed other symptoms that aren't related to thyroid function, but sometimes I wonder if having so many issues is possible at this age, and maybe they are all linked together somehow. OH forgot to mention I've also been diagnosed with polycystic ovaries.
Sorry for such a long explanation!