fluctuating thyroid levels

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not sure if im in the right group, if not i am sorry.

for the last few years ive struggled greatly with my depression, weight issues and fatigue. my gp tests my thyroid levels frequently but they have never had the results saying that i have an underactive thyriod etc. the results have always been on the border but always fluctuating, has anyone been in a similar situation and managed to get a diagnosis and their symptoms improve.

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    I would suggest you ask for a blood test for your blood calcium level. If it is too high you may have hyperparathyroidism. Its a bit of a journey to get surgery as most GPs have little knowledge of it. The end result though can be life changing. Good luck
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    It's certainly worth asking, I've never suffered with my weight before but am slowly putting the pounds on, tiredness, feeling anxious and depressed, lots of aches and pains all put down to my age and menopause, February this year I suddenly had double vision and they did blood tests which showed I had hyperparathyroidism, I don't think if it wasn't for the eye problem I would have been diagnosed so quickly, still waiting for op to remove the tumour so it's a long process, keep going back to your GP & ask for blood test, good luck x
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    I know how you feel, I went through I terrible time trying to get my diagnoses confirmed by my doctor. I can advise you to do your research on how your feeling and rule out any other conditions. If your symptoms persist and you feel your not getting anywhere with ur doctor then dig your heels in, stamp your feet, change doctors, just make them listen. I came onto this forum and got fantastic advise which finally got the medication I needed. I have an under active thyroid and take levothyroxine. My symptoms were text book but still failed to listen to me as a patient. I have (did have) your symptoms with additions of joint pain, peeling nails, my skin was like a goldfish on steroids. Some of my symptoms have disappeared, but others are leaving me slowly. I feel happier which was the most important part to me. Just hang in there and keep annoying the doctor AND MAKE THEM LISTEN. Let us know how u get on.

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    Hello Horsemad:

    My name is Shelly and I am a nurse and I live in the USA. I have Hashimoto's Thyroid disease.

    There are different types of thyroid problems and Hashimoto's can appear in the blood TSH levels as borderline.  I suggest you ask the doctor to run TSH level, TPOA antibodies test, T3 level and T4 level.  Also a Vit D level and B-12, along with a mineral panel, that includes, Sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and ferritin.

    Hashimoto's can swing between normal and Hyperthyroid and then go into Hypothyroid, so if you get the antibodies test we can see if you have it.

    Symptoms  also do not all appear at one time and come on differently in each of us. Some symptoms are: Feeling COLD, feeling sad/depressed, mental fogginess or brain fog, brittle nails, dry skin, brusing, weight gain, no periods or infrequent ones, feeling tired depsite rest.  There are more these are common ones.

    So see your GP and ask for more blood work from above. Then let us know how you are doing.

    Regards,

    Shelly

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