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I'm a 54 year old woman and have recently been to my gp with symptoms of menopause; night sweats,insomnia,loss of libido etc. but I am now coming to the conclusion that it could be hypothyroidism but I have had a lot of standard blood tests including tsh (1.68) and they have all come back normal except for low white blood cell count and high cholesterol, but both good and bad are high and the gp isn't worried about any of these results.
So why do I think it's hypothyroid? I've started to get extreme muscle weakness in my legs and the feeling that I'm going to fall over.I'm ok pottering around a bit but if I try to do too much I "crash".I've had this before but this time it's much worse and going on longer.I know that these are symptoms of other things like depression and cfs and ibs and I'm sure that I get all of these things but that they are symptoms! In addition, my eyebrows are disappearing,my sense of taste has changed, my eyes are gritty and weepy and I look like a ghost, I'm so pale..but tests say I'm not anaemic or vitamin deficient.
14 years ago I had hyperthyroid and took tablets for 6 months, I have raynards syndrome and vitiligo and am allergic to too much sunlight (like bad prickly heat), certain cosmetics and some hayfever.
My mother had really bad hyperthyroidism, my sister has had nodules on her thyroid and another sister is borderline hypothyroid.When my mother was about my age she stopped using escalators going downstairs, which sounds weird but I'm wondering if she'd flipped from hyper to hypo but never got treated and I'm going the same way.
My gp has agreed to refer me to an endocrinologist ,his letter has said that "I am a well read woman" which could be interpreted as "a bit of a pain who's looked up too much of the internet for her own good" but if it gets me the tests to rule out hypothyroid and gets me up and out again, I'll live with that!
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