I'm new here, so apologies if I don't go about this in quite the right way! And I know you folks probably get a gazillion questions like this, but I just can't seem to get decent advice anywhere else.
So... I had a traumatic experience a couple of years ago. Things are fine now, but since that time I have started to get 'flare-ups' that seem very Hashimoto's-like to me. At these points my weight shoots up, I retain water, my eyes get hot and puffy, my hair falls out loads, I feel extremely achy and tired with sore hip joints and my brain is foggy. I feel exhausted even after a full night's sleep, my menstrual cycle has gone wonky and exercise doesn't help either. A few stressful days at work are enough to set this process off.
Anyway, I did a bunch of tests and, predictably, they say I am PERFECTLY FINE. Here are the labs:
TSH 1.54 mlU/L (range 0.27-4.2)
FT4 16.9 pmol/l (range 12-22)
FT3 4.5 pmol/L (range 3.1-6.8)
At that point I didn't know about TPOs but I tested again a year later, without much joy:
TSH 0.98 mlU/L (range 0.22-5.04)
FT4 17.6 pmol/L (range 11.1-22.66)
FT3 4.77 pmol/L (range 2.64-7.14)
Thyroglobulin Antibodies <10 klU/L (range 0-115)
TPO Antibodies <9klU/L (range 0-34)
So apparently there are antibodies there, but the test doesn't tell me how many. Some functional medicine practitioners seem to say that even small numbers of antibodies are a sign that there's an issue, but others don't agree.
I am 43. Could this just be perimenopause? I don't get hot flashes or anything like that. Or alternatively, am I just making the whole thing up? My doctor insists I'm just depressed even though I am adamant I'm not feeling down, just unwell. I'm not in pain or anything, but this morning, despite sleeping for 8 hours, I feel like I've been hit by a truck: exhausted, aching all over and generally hung over, as though I've had a bottle of wine (I don't drink except in very small amounts).
Any help / suggestions very gratefully received.