Thyroid symptoms

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Hi all I'm just looking for some advice and would appreciate your input. 

I am 19 and haven't felt my self for a very long time now, I am exhausted all the time and have very little energy, despite sleeping for 11 hours at night and sleeping for 2 hours in the afternoon. My hair is falling out and has become very thin, my nails are breaking, I am always cold especially my hands and feet, my eyebrows have thinned towards the edges, I ache all over, and I gain weight really easily and struggle to lose it despite exercising. My blood tests have come back as boarder-line under active  and my GP keeps telling me that all of my symptoms are just because of my anxiety and that I shouldn't worry. But I can't help but feel it's not all down to anxiety as I just feel rubbish all of the time. I was just wondering if anyone had any advice for anything that I could do to just feel a bit better or gain some more energy? 

Thank you all 

Emily. 

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    Hi Matt, no unfortunately I do not I am going back to see my GP next week as it's 6 months since my last test so my Gp said I could be tested again after 6 months so I plan on asking to see what it was.

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      You may be able to call the GP and ask them over the phone what the results were, I forgot to ask initially but were happy to let me know over the phone. I've heard so many people say their gps say it's borderline when in reality it's perhaps not , you certainly show symptoms that could be that of hypothyroidism. I think guidelines for "normal" TSH level is 0.4 - 4 but most people I speak with feel best at around 1 - 2. Give them a bell and let me know how you get on 

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    Oh really I didn't realise you could do that! Thank you very much for your help I definitely will! 

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    Has your GP done an antibody test? In the UK if you show positive for the antibodies that's usually taken as enough to treat you for hypothyroidism. Your symptoms sound pretty textbook to me and don't forget anxiety and depression can be symptoms of hypothyroidism anyway.

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    Hi, I am not 100% sure I don't think I have, I think I have just a basic thyroid test, does the GP test for antibodies on the NHS or would I have to do that privately?  That's interesting I didn't know that anxiety was a symptom I knew that depression was thank you. 

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    Definitely a GP job they should do it as standard if it looks like you have a thyroid problem. My GP wasn't too worried about my TSH level, she just waited for the antibody test to come back and treated me with leveothyroxine once it was confirmed.

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    Thanks very much I'll ask about this when I go next week! 

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