I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid TSH 20.9 (0.3-5.5) Serum Free T4 7.9 (11.5-22.7) 8 months ago by a new GP who said my thyroid would have been underactive for 'some time'. About 18 months before this I began to have 'angina' like pain. I experience a crushing feeling in my chest and deadness down both arms when on exertion along with general tiredness. I have had a number of tests which show clear arteries so the assumption is cardiac syndrome x (microvascular dysfunction). My daily medication is levothyroxine 50mg, verapamil 80mg, simvastatin 50gm, lansoprazole 30mg and domperidone. I struggle every day with fatigue, joint pain, weakness, breathlessness, inablility to concentrate/brain fog and many more minor symptoms. I had blood test last week which showed thyroid levels 'normal' and my ferritin level at 4 (not sure of the range as the receptionist would not give me a printout!) I have had another blood test today and have to wait to see the GP next week. I also have an appointment with the cardiologist on Thursday which I am dreading as his solution is for me to run 2 miles a day (just as he does) to get fit and lose weight.
I am trying to continue in my job (which I have always loved) but am finding it increasingly difficult and leaving is not an option for me. Just walking up stairs is a challenge. Usually I'm a positive, contented person - my glass is always half full but I'm feeling a bit fed up now and wondering if I will ever be able to have a normal life again.
Sorry for this miserable post but I'm not sure what to do next. Any advice will be very welcome.
Hi,I was diagnosed a year ago and am only now getting better, someone said to me it takes time to get so ill and it will take time to get better. My advice to you is to read as much as you can and ask as many question as you can until you begin to understand what is happening to you. I wrote down my previous history current symptoms lifestyle medications and questions and handed it to gp who then took me seriously, you need to look at vit d and b12 both of which play a big part and you will not feel better until these are at optimal levels, I have a folder which I take to my gp to discuss my symptoms.lastly you need your blood results and ref ranges, your blood tests are legally yours and you cannot be refused them, if you do not get anywhere ditch the gp and move on to the next one until you get somewhere.
Good luck and keep asking questions x
Thanks lila2 for the good advice I will certainly organise myself before I see my GP again.