Hi. I'm actually enquiring here on behalf of my daughter (22). She has freezing cold hands and feet pretty much all of the time, although she doesn't appear to notice that they're cold. They are often very white, but can be blue, purple or very red. She also suffers from extremely bad anxiety and cycles through depression regularly. She has also had drastic mood swings and even a personality change and has a diagnosis of Asperger's. She has trouble concentrating and thinking about things, but this could, of course, be due to medication.
She is currently being treated with an antidepressant and antipsychotic for the mental conditions, but other than showing some side effects neither she nor us are seeing much improvement.
Because of her cold hands her GP had suggested we got her Thyroid checked, which was done, but the results were considered "normal". We understand that the NHS generally don't do a full Thyroid test.
We would like to at least rule out the possibility of a Thyroid problem and wondered about the effectiveness of the home test kits that are available. Simply, are they good enough? If our daughter has low T3 will this be picked up? If she is unable to convert T4 to T3 effectively, will this show up?
We just want to rule out any and all possibilities before her psychiatrist increases her medication again if the cause of her symptoms is actually something physical.
Thank you for any advice and support.