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First, thank you to anyone taking the time to read my story. My symptoms started 10 years ago. Intolerance to cold/heat, unexplained weight gain (although nothing has changed in my diet and I eat a lean, low calorie diet), hair loss, difficulty swallowing, hoarse voice, lethargy, chronic fatigue, muscle/joint aches/cramping (was dx w/ fibromyalgia), constipation, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, memory issues/brain fog, excessive thirst, weakness, lightheaded, dizziness, dry hair, skin, lips and eyes, loss of appetite and many more... Incidentally, I also have an 8mm thyroid nodule since 2008. I have been fighting with several doctors over the past 10 years and not one has referred me to an endocrinologist. I also just found an old U/S report from 2013 with findings of thyroid echogenicity being mildly heterogeneous. I looked that up and several doctors agree that a heterogeneous thyroid usually means thyroid disease and is usually Hashimotos hypothyroid, which is what I believe I have. I know it only says mild, but with my all of my symptoms, I should have been referred to an endocrinologist for a SIMPLE antibody blood test to at least rule out thyroid disease. But because my regular TSH blood labs always come back normal, all the docs say my thyroid is fine! They blame all my symptoms on Fibromyalgia, but I know that is not what this is. Every year, when the seasons change from Summer to Fall and the cold air arrives, my symptoms are very severe and this year they are so bad that I am barely able to function to even do the simplest of things, like shower. I am single and live alone and I recently had to move away from my family and friends, so I have no help. BTW, several of my other specialists agree that I need to see an endo, but they are unable to give me a referral. It has to come from my PCP and he said no. I have been suffering and incapacitated for a month now and already had to cancel Thanksgiving and Christmas plans to go see my family because of this. Has anyone gone through this? Does anyone have any advice? I'd really appreciate any input anyone might have to help me in any way.
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