Please help me..... I'm about to loose the plot with my GP!

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So around 7 years ago I suddenly put on about 7 stone, out of no where! I've been to my GP several times and pretty much been told to eat less and exercise more as my bloods were normal. He is extrmemely dismissive when I questioned my thyroid before.

I have recently been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder & have to have blood tests to check my liver etc.

Whilst having my blood test with the practice nurse he asked how I was feeling, I told him pretty crap to be honest and explained my symptoms, he added on to test for vitamin D & iron. We then began discussing thyroid. I said that it had been tested before and i was told it was 'normal' he raised his eyebrows and said that it's being checked again.

I then came home and looked on the thyroid uk website at symptoms. I tick almost every box!

huge weight gain.

Headaches/migraines

Urine high protein

Constipation

Hair falling out

Leaky boobs

Low horse voice

Grandad and aunt both had underactive

Tiredness

Depression/anxiety/BPD

Achey body (joints muscles)

Mood swings

Memory loss (forget what I'm saying half way through a sentence)

Carpal tunnel (pins and needles in hands)

Irregular/heavy periods (3 in 6 weeks when off pill)

High cholesterol

Insomnia

No sex drive

Joint stiffness

Hypoglycaemia

Dizziness

Sore throats

Lump in throat

Tinnitus

Dry eyes

Gritty eyes

Abdominal distension/flatulence

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Haemorrhoids

Constipation

Alcohol intolerance

Bruising

Psoriasis

Boils & spots

Brittle/flaking nails

Brittle hair

Breathlessness

Palpitations

Balance problems (sometimes stumble suddenly when standing still)

Panic attacks

Memory loss & confusion

Mental sluggishness

Poor concentration

Noises and voices in head

Phobias

Loss of drive

Post Natal Depression

Nightmares

Easily upset

Wanting to be solitary

Mood swings

Depression

Nervousness/anxiety

Personality changes

Feelings of resentment

Lack of confidence

Heart rate: sinus Bradycardia

Upper respiratory tract infections

Urinary tract infections

Hot/cold intolerance (always under a blanket, but will suddenly get hot/sweat a lot)

My symptoms are getting worse. I did loose weight not long ago however I was in rehab and spent 2 hours a day in the gym, then would swim and do exercise classes as well. However then going back to work I put all the weight back on despite eating the same!

I don't know what to do!

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    Wow.. that's a long list of symptoms you are experiencing..  I'm sorry to hear that.  I don't have much advice except to have your doctor check your thyroid antibodies.  There are 2 test that you will need done, which are the TgAb and TPO antibody test.  If either one or both are positive, then you have Hashimoto's.  Hashimoto's is the leading cause of hypothyroidism in developed countries.  It is an autoimmune condition in which your own body destroys your thyroid until it's gone.  Anyway, It's nice to hear that you have another doctor that will retest you...  but always keep in mind that there are many other things that can cause symptoms that are similar to hypothyroidism.  Best wishes...

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    • Posted

      Thanks Hun!

      I've had all these symptoms for a long time now.

      With the family history as well, everything is pointing that way!

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      Well.. doctors treat hypothyroidism with medication, but doctors do not treat Hashimoto's like they do with other autoimmune diseases.  But.. you can treat it yourself.  There are many things you can do to help slow the progression of autoimmune disease process and some people have even had success in stopping it.   Practice eating healthy by staying away from processed foods and sugar, sugar, sugar.  Good sleeping patterns, staying active, avoiding stress, do not use chemical household cleaners, nor anything chemical, such as bug sprays, chemical sunblocks..ect.  Try to stay as natural as you can.  For some people, gluten causes them problems, also, if your lactose intolerant, stay away from dairy.  Hopefully others will chime in too, as that's all that I can think of at this moment..

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    Laura

    ?Can you get copies of all your blood reports especially the thyroid hormones?

    You may also have a Vitamin Ddeficiency and anaemia together with a Vit B12 deficiency.

    I would suggest that  you get bloods done privately if you can afford it that is.

    THYROID.

    The tests that should be done are as follows.

    ?TSH, T3, T4, Reverse T3, Thyroid antibodies.

    Other tests.

    Vitamin D, B12 . Full blood count and anaemia screening, Hbaic, cholesterol, electrolytes.

    You need to check your basal temperature each morning before getting out of bed plus take your pulse radially.

    ?There are videos online if you are unsure  as to how to go about it.

    LUMP IN THROAT.

    A scan will reveal the cause of this. I had to pay for an ultra sound scan -USS-to be done by a Harley St specialist as NHS endocrinologist refused to order one despite knowing that a ct scan to exclude a pulmonary embolism showed a multinodular goitre as an incidental finding.

    ?The USS showed twenty nodules, thankfully non cancerous.

    ? GRITTY EYES.

    Need to rule out thyroid eye so please see my posting to melissa about consulting an ophthalmologist knowledgeable about thyroid issues.

    Most  eye drs are very thorough and knowlegeable about lots of different conditions. The eye specialist can even order blood tests to exclude auto immune diseases and also check thyroid hormones and thyroid antibodies.

    BRADYCARDIA.

    This can be a sign and symptom of an underactive throid, hypothyroidism or other conditions. An ecg should indicate the reason.

    Have u had any tests for anas and ebv to see if you have Lupus or been exposed to glandular fever?

     

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      Hiya Jane,

      Thanks for your response!

      I had glandular fever when I was a teenager, but I've never had the other tests.

      I had my ECG done not long ago, my brother has a muscle disease and they always test us all regularly, when I had it last done they told me I had the heart rate of a very fit person..... I'm not a couch potato but I'm def not very fit! Lol!

      I'm going to ask for copies of all my blood reports.

      A friend of mine had the same problem with the same gp, kept turning him away telling him he was fine..... until he check his own results.....

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    From someone who has had a underactive thyroid his whole life I can say you probably don't have it due to the fact I have never seen anyone with all of those symptoms and half of them are to do with a overactive thyroid while the other are underactive and some are not even know to be associated with either. My advice listen to your GP.

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