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    Very stressed out now ... help! Underactive and labelled as hypochondriac

    I’m getting stressed out now and feeling a bit alone...

    I have been unwell for a really long time, which has now culminated in me not being able to function properly. I am tired all of the time and fall asleep all the time but awake at about 4 in the morning, sweating or choking. My hands are numb a lot and I have pains everywhere. I have been losing my patience unnecessarily because I am like a walking zombie, my waist is now at about 40 from 29 even though the rest of my body has stayed skinny, my face is a big puff ball and I can’t do anything without getting palpitations and I shake a lot and now if I have to be somewhere I will have a glass of something so I don’t hyperventilate when I talk of shake embarrassingly if a friend offers me a coffee. Over the years I have had doctors make me feel like I’m a hypochondriac, been given a inhaler for asthma (which I don’t have) to explain away my choking attacks, been sent for x-rays on my joints, been prescribed anti depressants when I have explained my problems... on one occasion a doctor said I was depressed and thinking I had symptoms and less than 8 hour later I was in hospital on morphine for pelvic inflammatory disease. My partner and my friends have been badgering me about seeing doctors but because of the past results I was reluctant. I have recently moved and registered with a new doctor and had to see the nurse first, brilliant nurse... she said that because I had family history of heart disease and MS among others she would do some bloods, when she got the results she said I needed to see the doctor because I had high cholesterol and thyroid problems... I was so relieved... not the part where I probably have to be on meds for the rest of my life... but because I had answers and had hope of feeling like a human again instead of a zombie... I was relieved and my partner was too hoping that I could return to that bubbly girl he met.

    So I went today and the doctor said that my TSH of 2.18 and T4 of 10 only just off normal although they indicated an under active thyroid but wasn’t going to treat me and instead wanted me to fill out a depression survey... I have to say I went mad... and then he admitted that I needed further bloods to get a real picture, which I am having done Monday...

    I have listened to stories and understand that lots of people have had such a similar story but I am soooo frustrated, I’m not clinically depressed, I feel like crap and my body won’t work... I would love any advice because I feel really alone and frustrated. I don’t even know what this TPO test he has ordered is or whether it will finally stop me thinking i’m bonkers!!!


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    Hi there @Janey . When you say 'my doctor' do you mean your GP?

    If yes, I think it might be worth requesting that they refer you to your local Endocrinology hospital clinic for further investigation, on the basis of your symptoms. If you have changed so much, then take with you some images of you before these problems started to illustrate as it is hard for doctors to get their head around a past person they haven't met.

    If this doctor will not do it, then ask to see another doctor at your practice, as often doctors have different opinions to each other and some know a lot more about thyroid disease than others (or not!) which is the specialists job, not theirs.

    If you have no joy with this - or anyway - it might be worth calling your local hospital which has an endocrine unit and asking to speak to oneof the endocrine nurses for advice about what if anything you could or should do next. Tell them you have been diagnosed with minor hypothyroidism but are having lots of symptoms and see what advice they can offer. Get their name if they think you need to be seen and tell your GP who you spoke to.

    Hope this helps, obviously none of us can say what's the matter with you, but ideas of how to navigate the health system most likely abound here

    Good luck with everything

    Dennis

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    Thank you Dennis,

    It was a GP, but he was only a locum and after the TPO and a B12 test my actual GP has diagnosed me with Autoimmune which has caused???? my Hypothyroidism and I have now been put on Levotyroxine for thyroid and simvastatin for my hereditary high cholesterol. I have to wait 6 weeks and then have the checks again and if things haven't improved he will refer me to a specialist to investigate other factors my autoimmune may have cased. In one way I am glad to have answers and the downside is knowing I will be pill popping from now on and the other bad thing is the Statins can cause my symptoms to worsen for a while (oh joy)! BUT, now I know and that is half the battle itself. again, helps to talk because know one I know has a clue how crap you can feel... I know the levothyroxine needs time to work... so fingers crossed it's my magic pill..haha

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    Sounds like things are on the up for you. BEst of luck with this and I hope your symptoms settle down soon!

    Dennis

    Quote Originally Posted by Janey View Post
    Thank you Dennis,

    It was a GP, but he was only a locum and after the TPO and a B12 test my actual GP has diagnosed me with Autoimmune which has caused???? my Hypothyroidism and I have now been put on Levotyroxine for thyroid and simvastatin for my hereditary high cholesterol. I have to wait 6 weeks and then have the checks again and if things haven't improved he will refer me to a specialist to investigate other factors my autoimmune may have cased. In one way I am glad to have answers and the downside is knowing I will be pill popping from now on and the other bad thing is the Statins can cause my symptoms to worsen for a while (oh joy)! BUT, now I know and that is half the battle itself. again, helps to talk because know one I know has a clue how crap you can feel... I know the levothyroxine needs time to work... so fingers crossed it's my magic pill..haha

 

 

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