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I assume the internet is a bit sick of questions like this, sorry.
I'll try and keep it short:
For a long time I've been suffering a large number of symptoms which I believed was hypothyriodism as I've been tested for almsot everything else; deficiencies, liver, kidney, etc. (I do have an iron deficiency but even though I've been taking supplements since January this year, it doesn't seem to be improving.)
My symptoms include: sleepyness, inability to stay awake, to stay focused or concentrate on anything, I cannot think clearly at all, rapid weight gain and inability to lose weight despite being very healthy and very active, dry skin that peels, feeling slow and sluggish, acid reflux, sluggish / poor digestion, exhaustion, cold, cold, and more cold. I have a huge problem with the cold - I am always painfully cold and I seem to have an inability to warm up again.
In addition. my periods are irregular and my hair (especially body hair) seems to be growing at a ridiculously slow rate.
After many months of going back and forth to see about 10 different GPs, I finally got some thyroid tests done, but the results came back normal and so I was sent home again.
[u]25th Jan. 2016:[/u]
TSH: 2.66 (normal range 0.30 - 4.50)
[u]22nd Feb. 2016[/u]
Free T3: 4.5 (normal 3.10 - 6.80)
Free T4: 14.5 (normal 11.00 - 22.00)
So, these are the only tests I was able to get, and I have no idea what they actually mean? I understand there's a huge debate about what is normal and what isn't, but I don't understand it at all... I wonder if anyone can give me some advice?
Now, I have tried to get full thyroid testing, but it's not something they are willing to do because of how normal my results were. I did try and get private blood testing, but apparantly (and this makes no sense to me) you still require a referral from your GP? So I was turned down there too.
I live in a rural area of the Lake District in the UK if that makes any difference, so I don't have access to any other private or specialist services. (The two I did try still asked for a GP referal and denied me anyway).
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