Saw consultant endo this morning. Main symptoms are fatigue, lethargy (can't stand or walk for long) and shortness of breath, feeling like I'm suffocating. Had convinced myself that it's was caused by Hashi's but he dismissed this, even though I have a family history of under active thyroid.
As my FSH is elevated, he believes that my hormone level is causing my symptoms, stating that my oestrogen level is rock bottom.
Question 1 - how are oestrogen levels recorded in UK? I can't see anything on my blood test results that are hormone related, only the FSH. Perhaps my print out from my surgery missed off this section?
Question 2 - he recommends HRT, would these help my symptoms? Due to the lethargy and shortness of breath, I have had to give up work and volunteering.
Question 3 - could my symptoms still be caused by hashi's?
I wanted to discuss TSH ranges in UK compared to other countries. He said our ranges are different due to different machines but results are relative, so would be comparable in other countries. They are merely recorded with different ranges due to different machines, if that makes sense.
To be fair to him, some my symptoms did start or become worse around the time that my periods stopped, nearly 3 years ago so that is why he believes it is hormonal. He has recommended HRT. I asked if this would sort out my shortness of breath, he said it could. I don't have night sweats or hot flushes. I'm hesitant to start HRT as my mum had breast cancer. He advised no longer than 5 years because of this.
I looked up earlier if low oestrogen can cause breathing problems but could only find reference to both progesterone and thyroxine improving respiration. Has anyone had experience of HRT making breathing worse? I found one site that mentioned increased breathing problems with hormone therapy.
It's good news in some ways that finally a doctor has found something in my blood results. My GP had literally said that I am going through the menopause and asked if I was having night sweats. As I wasn't, he didn't treat or suggest anything.
I'd appreciate any advice that anyone can give me. I so want to get back to work and to be able to do simple daily activities without struggling. Whenever I do anything that needs energy, I feel slightly nauseous and have that feeling like when you've been running and have run out of oomph
I've previously posted in both this site and PAS. My full results are in previous posts.