Even though my blood tests come back as 'low normal' I still have a lot of symptoms of hypothyroidism, odd symptoms... i.e... weight gain, thin eyebrows, fatigue, carpal-tunnel-like symptoms, joint pain, foot pain, edema... the list goes on and on. My doctor keeps telling me that my tests are low normal. Do these symptoms sound like hypothyroid?
The answer to your question is Yes! For twelve years and now on the second doctor who has told me that my thyroid level was on the low side of normal, only difference is my new doctor informed me and my knowing that when any of my test are on the low side of normal that means that my results mean that I need to be treated for that condition. I've been with my present doctor for three years and I can actually talk to her and she listens, not only that, she and I are on the same plain, something that never happened with my previous doctor in the entire 12 years she was my doctor.
This year I was told by my doctor that I was on the low end of normal on my thyroid level and I suggested that she try me on some medication to see if it would do anything as far as the way I was feeling health wise and she did. She started me out on a low dose and has now increased the dosage and after two months of being on the medication I finally am feeling much, much better. I had all of the symptoms that you mentioned and more but when my hair started to fall out in clumps, that was the draw.
I have always poured my heart out to my doctor when I have ailments in hope that while I'm talking something that I might say would send off a light bulb in my doctors head because she/he might have an epiphany while I'm talking as to what might be ailing me. Collectively you would think or hope that your doctor would be able to make a diagnosis. The answer is, yes you probably have hypothyroidism!
Same here. I had alot of those symptoms and more. I also got a new doctor who would finally listen to me and she is basicaly saving my life, cancer issues and more. I am on a drug called Synthroid and it has made me feel so much better. I too was told I was on the low side but low to normal. Another doctor, when I voiced my concerns, decided to try a low dose of a drug called Synthroid and it had made me feel a little better so she increased it a little more and now I have been stable on the same dose for a long time and as far as those particler symptoms go I feel great, other issues are there but the issues of low Thyroid are so much better. It really sounds like you need another opinion with fresh tests too. Good luck and hope you can get the answers you need and also the help you need to feel better. I will be thinking of you.
I got checked by my doctor for hypothyroid and my results were borderline. He said I did not have it. I asked him to refer me to an Endocronologist. He said I will but I don't know why I am doing it. Luckily for me I was diagnose by the Endocronologist with Hypothyroidoism. She said alot of doctors think you are not when you are because the results are bordeline. I am now on Synthroid. My symptoms are all gone. I also had weight gain, fatigue was the worst, joint pain and alot of other things. Good luck! Go see the Endocronologist.
because i am pretty much allergic to all western medicine, i go to both an endocrinologist for my hypothyroidism and to a naturopath. all my testing is done by the endocrinologist then i go to the naturopath who helps find someting equivalent that i can take that will take care of the problem.
the endocrinologist only did the testing for hypothyroidism while i DID have another blood test through the naturopath where it was discovered that i also have adrenal problems. so i am on medication for that, too.
good luck. hang tough. try to smile and laugh each day -- that may be hard, but i try to stay as cheerful as possible.
i felt unwell for a long time and kept going back to my doctor but had no joy and then i had to see a nurse practioner who picked up on the hypothyroidism symptoms at my first visit i had the tests which proved her right she was better and more caring than any doctor i have been to before.
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