I'm almost positive I have it. I have an appointment scheduled as well but just need to talk to someone about it. Anyway I have been experiencing these symptoms since late. 2011,And its just gotten progressively worse. My doctors automatically assume its my anxiety and don't test me. I have found a great one that actually listens to me and we are investigating further. I've had multiple bladder/kidney infections,I just been diagnosed with GERD,I have stomach pain all the time,I barely have my periods,Every three months. Sore muscles,Joints,Heart palpitations, Always tired and etc. Its awful. On top of that my mother,and my three uncles had thyroid cancer(All cancer free!) And its like some people don't believe me. I don't "look" sick. I just was wondering if any of my symptoms sound like anything you've been through. And would love some advice or heads up. Thanks!
From my internet search--Common symptoms of hypothyroidism are: Fatigue, Depression, Modest weight gain, Cold intolerance, Excessive sleepiness,
Dry, coarse hair
Constipation, Dry skin, Muscle cramps, Increased cholesterol levels, Decreased concentration, Vague aches and pains, Swelling of the legs.
Hope that helps.
I was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism about a month ago and started a low dose of Synthroid. I experience many of the same symptoms you have; fatigue, sore muscles and joints, IBS, GERD, weight gain, and dry skin. My TSH was elevated in a routine wellness check, so my T3 and T4 (I think that's what they're called?) were checked and an ultrasound done of my thyroid. No nodules or cancer, so it appears that as I get older, my thyroid has decided it's tired and doesn't want to work anymore. I haven't seen much difference from the Synthroid. It will take several months before I feel a difference, which is normal. It's not a big deal as long as your doctor finds the thyroid problem and treats it. Untreated, you can have a "thyroid storm", which I've been told can be quite serious. Best wishes in your search for a diagnosis.
Acceptable levels of your TSH are .3 to 3.0. It used to be to 8. Be sure you receive your actual numbers. If it is over 3.0 then see an endocrinologist. That will reduce the discussions of whether it is right or not with your general physician... Mine was watched for years. I believed it was a problem. Turned out the doctor was using the old scale. Years of suffering from unknown fatigue which hid my actual disease. Always be your own advocate.
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