I'm new here, I'm a 23 y/o female. I have been suffering from symptoms since 2017. My mum, maternal gran and paternal aunt all have hashimoto's.
I have been to my GP several times since 2018 trying to get a diagnosis but I keep getting told that "it might take five years to find out what's wrong, eat better and exercise, psychological worries can turn into physiological symptoms" etc. etc. I'm at a bit of a loss on what to do. I haven't been to my GP for a while now because I get made to feel that I am being a pest and I was told that I feel the way I feel because I am depressed and work as a secretary (I don't believe I'm depressed).
Anyway, my first TSH level was 3.9 I then got a blood count a year later and my results were:
Total protein: 92
I have really bad fatigue, when I walk it feels like I'm wading, my skin is dry, my hair is thinning and takes longer to grow and my memory/thinking isn't the same. I have went up three dress sizes since my symptoms began but I would rather have my other symptoms resolved first. My joints have weakened and I cannot wear high heels anymore. I'm only 23 and have been feeling like this since I was 20, I feel like I'm missing out on some of the best years of my life and I'm stuck in a 90 year old's body. When I went to one particular doctor all she did was go on about my weight (size 14/16) and made me feel really ashamed of myself. I overhauled my diet/exercise when my symptoms first began because I thought that it was due to not eating well but it hasn't made any difference. I have also given up gluten for a while to see if that would help, but no.
I'm basically just wondering if anyone has been through anything similar with fighting to get a diagnosis, have any tips or even if you have an idea of it being something else entirely? My mum says my symptoms are so similar to hers. I truly am not trying to self-diagnose, I'm just exasperated and so exhausted from both my symptoms and being told that my illness is "in my head."