Hi there, and thanks for taking the time to read this.
For probably the past 12 - 16 months my girlfriend has been getting steadily worse. With symptoms including:
– Brittle nails
– Low libido
– Heavy periods
– Dry skin (especially at corners of the mouth)
– Cold sores
– Dry eyes (visibly dry eyelids)
– Cold extremities (feet/hands very cold)
– Depression/mood swings
The symptoms can come and go but there's usually 2-3 present at any one time and things usual get worse when she comes onto her period.
She has 5 family members (all on her mother's side) that have all been diagnosed with an under-active thyroid (including her mother, grandmother and several aunties).
She is already seeing her local surgery (and has been for about 10 months) but it's been a struggle as so far she's seen 3 different GPs with varying responses from 'Your levels are fine, go away' to 'Let's start you on Levothyroxine'. She's currently on a dosage of 100 but she still doesn't seem to be improving.
Are we reading too much into the family history and barking up the wrong tree or should we be more forceful with the GP and insist on a more thorough investigation?
Thanks again for any help/advice.