I have been tired for 10 years. Could take a nap at any point in the day, yawning by 10am type tired. I’ve always lacked concentration and haven’t read a book in years because of this. I have permanently cold hands and feet, hair falls out in clumps, crap nails and skin etc etc. I have always thought it was my thyroid but have always been told it’s fine.
I have recently been feeling even worse, with my digestion becoming unsettled, my lack of concentration being so bad I don’t process what someone says directly to my face, my memory is utterly useless at this point and I was starting to feel pretty frustrated so I went to my GP.
I had some blood tests done recently and here are the results:
TSH - 1.17 (0.27-4.20)
Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies - 146.6 (<34)
Folate - 3.63 (2.50-19.50)
Ferritin - 23 (15-150)
B12 - 617.5 (180-900)
Vitamin D - 73 (50-75 suboptimal, >75)
I have a few other vitamin/mineral results but this was essentially all that was tested thyroid-wise.
In the last few days I’ve been feeling ‘better’ - my tiredness, inability to concentrate, brain fog and crap memory have returned to their usual state - not great but not as bad as a few weeks ago. I was getting either a racing heart or faint feeling (not sure which!?) when standing or moving quickly which seems to have subsided and my difficulty getting to sleep seems to be getting better to. I’m still getting hot flushes occasionally but with the weather having been so warm recently I’m not sure this is related. I still feel rubbish, but this sudden worsening of symptoms seems to be fading.
I have an appt on Friday and I expect to be told I have autoimmune thyroiditis but that as my TSH is ‘very good’, there’s nothing that can be done and I’m fine.
I wonder whether it’s possible we’re testing at the wrong time though? Is it possible I am normally hypo (even if just ‘subclinical’), but that during a hyper swing I feel worse, so get tests and they seem fine because this swing has dropped my TSH? There was a month between starting to feel rubbish and actually having the tests so my TSH could have been on the way back up? If I was to have tests again in say a month, might it show I’m hypo?
I guess I don’t want to get fobbed off and want to know what to say/ask. I’ve felt rubbish for at least 10 years now and if it’s possible this is what’s causing my symptoms I’m not willing to be told I’m ‘fine’.
Any help appreciated!