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I recently underwent some blood tests. I have not been feeling right for almost 7 years. It started suddenly. I had a really bad throat infection, with migranes and flu like symptoms, but more severe. I remember waking up one morning and looking and feeling at least 10 years older! I had dark circles under my eyes and looked extremely ill, also excessively thirsty. I went to my GP, as I knew this wasn't right. They said that it was normal after a cold and that I must have been mouth breathing in the night (I never do). They sent me off with some prescription nasal spray and said I had sinusitis. It didn't help, so I stopped using it.
I have told all doctors that I've been to over the years about my symptoms. I also have extreme bouts of depression, lethargy, hair loss, problems with concentration, joint and muscle stiffness, etc. I went to the doctor many times, because I felt I was getting worse. They advised anti-depressants and therapy. I had blood tests in the past, at one point I had anaemia, so they did several tests to find that out. The most recent test was done and I assumed that I must be severely anaemic this time, due to symptoms being so bad. The results came back and they said that I was borderline for an underactive Thyroid. T4: 17, TSH: 4.73. They asked me if I had any symptoms, and looking through it, I have all of them.
But then, I was told that because all my symptoms could be due to something else, that they would advise to wait 3 months and re-test. Unless I became symptomatic... How can I monitor symptoms, if they're already there??! Also, I found out this time that I had been checked two years before and had a TSH of just over 3.5 (can't remember exact number). I was at my healthiest then, I was doing a large amount of cardio every week.
Now, looking online, I have been reading that in the states the guidelines differ and I would have been diagnosed as being Hypo, two years ago. The ideal for TSH seems to be around 1.5 - 2, from what I can see.
Can anyone think of a reason for my GP telling me that it's probably to do with something else, even though my TSH is at 4.73 and I'm symptomatic? I have blood forms to test for Peroxidase Antibodies. The date has been written for 3 months from now, but I have said that I would like to do it ASAP, because (like I said before), I can't monitor for symptoms that are already there! Just would be watching them get worse... She's rather impatient and said that we had already been through this. I am going to change GP, as I looked online and mine has a terrible reputation. 1 star out of 5, with many patients complaining of the same things.
I'm really frustrated and confused. And more than anything, I would really like to have some kind of confirmation on this, it's been a long time! Do you think I'm over-reacting? Do you think my GP is incompetent? Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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