Hey. (Sorry in advance about the long message).
I have an appointment with my GP tomorrow to talk about my periods and nails. I want to discuss my thyroid.
I am 26. I eat healthy and don’t smoke and have cut down on alcohol consumption with the means to quit entirely. I have PCOS but my cycles were 35-45 days before July and they’ve since been 81, 68 and 126 days (and counting). I’ve been spotting for around 2 months. As regards to my nails, they appear to resemble “Terry’s nails” which I’m obviously really concerned about. I’ve attached a photo of my nails to show. I’ve been obsessively scanning them for a while and getting myself into a bit of a state!
I was putting a list of symptoms together to make sure I mention everything. I’m pretty desperate now and fed up with feeling rubbish. Also I feel a great pressure to cover everything in a 10 minute appointment.
I’ve realised that a lot of my symptoms and conditions could all be thyroid related. I know that thyroid conditions are common alongside PCOS and I also have thyroid conditions in my family.
Things I suffer with include: PCOS (irregular periods and hirsutism), IBS (bloating and constipation), ADHD, joint hyper-mobility, scoliosis, fatigue, tiredness, cold hands and feet, recurring ear infections/dryness/inflammation, tinnitus, Eustachian tube dysfunction, intolerance to dairy/lactose, depression, anxiety, eczema on my upper arms, dermatographia, possible hidradenitis suppurativa on my thighs and underarms and “Terry’s nails” (pale with red bands across the top all of my fingernails and toenails). I also had an unexplained allergic reaction a couple of years ago that caused me to break out into hives and angiodema.
I had my bloods checked in December and everything came back fine. My thyroid was in normal range but from what I understand this doesn’t necessarily mean anything. I want to request the full thyroid tests. I approached my GP 3 years ago to discuss my thyroid but because my TSH was normal they dismissed it. I’m struggling more since then and I’m worried that if it is thyroid related, I won’t know until it’s too late and I’m really unwell.
Any advice for me? Tips for cramming everything into my appointment tomorrow? Tips for managing PCOS and thyroid? Does anybody have nails like this? I have health anxiety and so dealing with all of these weird symptoms has been stressful. I’ve really worried myself over my nails!
Thank you in advance