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Frustrated with these symptoms--> poss. hypothyroid

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  • Posted By: fohshizzleyo
  • June 11, 2008
  • 04:54 AM

I am at my wits end with symptoms I've been experiencing for 3-4 years now. I'm 21. I have a family history on both sides of thyroid disorders.
I have been experiencing the following symptoms:
-Trouble remembering (when I was younger I had a practically photographic memory)
- Trouble concentrating on school work
-poor performance on tests even when I have studied for weeks and KNOW that I know the material (have been to academic counselors for help and they can't find any reason why I'm not doing well. I rewrite notes, go to office hours, study, etc. etc.)
-I'm cold ALL the time! It's 105 degrees currently and I DON'T use my air conditioning because I'm freezing even if it's set at 80! I go outside to get relief from being cold.
-My normal body temperature is normally between 96.6-97.8
-My normal BP is 170/10
-I can't seem to loose weight even though I try to eat healthy and I dance to workout for about 1-2 hours a day and have even tried running a mile or two a day
-I have trouble falling alseep
-I can get 12-14 hours of sleep and still feel exhausted all the time

I went to my univeristy clinic a year and a half ago and requested a full thyroid workup. The doctor basically said that it was more likely that I was just despressed but that she'd run the bloodwork and check for thyroid and diabetes anyway since I was there. When she called me with my lab results she never gave me any values and all she'd say was that everything was "normal" except that my cholesterol was slightly elevated and she suggested I work out, eat healthy, and try to loose weight. Then she said "a lot of things can cause your symptoms....like depression. I'd recommend setting up an apointment with our student counselors". During my exam she kept mentioning depression over and over. I feel like she was convinced that I was depressed.
The problem with her depression diagnosis is that it doesn't fit who i am AT ALL! I'm generally in a good mood all the time. I'm always goofing around and laughing. I have goals that I want to achieve in life. I don't feel down unless there's a very good reason for it (a friend or relative passing away, doing poorly on an exam that I studied really hard for). I almost never feel sad. I participate in life and enjoy being active, going out, being with friends, and just being a normal college student.

I feel like I'm hypothyroid, but I feel like the doctor thought I was insane and just thought I was another depressed college student. She was pushing depression down my throat! There are no endocrinologists within an hour and half of where I live and I don't know what to do. I'm so frustrated with these symptoms and with how the doctor at the university clinic just treated me like I was an idiot. I just want to have my energy back! I'm tired of feeling tired all the time. I would love to wake up just one day and say "man, I feel really good!!!!".

does anyone have any advice for me?

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  • I am at my wits end with symptoms I've been experiencing for 3-4 years now. I'm 21. I have a family history on both sides of thyroid disorders. I have been experiencing the following symptoms:-Trouble remembering (when I was younger I had a practically photographic memory)- Trouble concentrating on school work-poor performance on tests even when I have studied for weeks and KNOW that I know the material (have been to academic counselors for help and they can't find any reason why I'm not doing well. I rewrite notes, go to office hours, study, etc. etc.)-I'm cold ALL the time! It's 105 degrees currently and I DON'T use my air conditioning because I'm freezing even if it's set at 80! I go outside to get relief from being cold. -My normal body temperature is normally between 96.6-97.8 -My normal BP is 170/10-I can't seem to loose weight even though I try to eat healthy and I dance to workout for about 1-2 hours a day and have even tried running a mile or two a day-I have trouble falling alseep-I can get 12-14 hours of sleep and still feel exhausted all the time I went to my univeristy clinic a year and a half ago and requested a full thyroid workup. The doctor basically said that it was more likely that I was just despressed but that she'd run the bloodwork and check for thyroid and diabetes anyway since I was there. When she called me with my lab results she never gave me any values and all she'd say was that everything was "normal" except that my cholesterol was slightly elevated and she suggested I work out, eat healthy, and try to loose weight. Then she said "a lot of things can cause your symptoms....like depression. I'd recommend setting up an apointment with our student counselors". During my exam she kept mentioning depression over and over. I feel like she was convinced that I was depressed. The problem with her depression diagnosis is that it doesn't fit who i am AT ALL! I'm generally in a good mood all the time. I'm always goofing around and laughing. I have goals that I want to achieve in life. I don't feel down unless there's a very good reason for it (a friend or relative passing away, doing poorly on an exam that I studied really hard for). I almost never feel sad. I participate in life and enjoy being active, going out, being with friends, and just being a normal college student. I feel like I'm hypothyroid, but I feel like the doctor thought I was insane and just thought I was another depressed college student. She was pushing depression down my throat! There are no endocrinologists within an hour and half of where I live and I don't know what to do. I'm so frustrated with these symptoms and with how the doctor at the university clinic just treated me like I was an idiot. I just want to have my energy back! I'm tired of feeling tired all the time. I would love to wake up just one day and say "man, I feel really good!!!!". does anyone have any advice for me?Did your Doctor test you for hashimotos disease? It is an autoimmune disease that attacks your thyroid.
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  • I live in Texas. Drive time is not measures. Besides what is an hour and half compared to the rest of your life? Your family has a history of thyroid problems. You need to find a doctor who will listen to you. Who treats others in your family? Even though my was borderline, my internist finally listened. It took building up to 4 grains to get my lab reports to move. Normal for lab reports is only what is normal for the general populous. It is not your normal. Find a doctor who will give armourthyroid that is bioidentical to your body. Yea I am going to tick off the big drug company who wants a bill passed to get rid of bioidentical drugs and require us all to us synthetic drugs. Nother subject. I hope you get some help. Again, if some of your family has been treated try their doctors. Best of luck.:(
    Abbydoodle 138 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi honWell you obviously know yourself that these fit the signs and symptoms of a hypothyroid person. I have Hashimotos and I have had all these. Can you not request your results? Yes I agree to asking for your TPO and TGab testing. Endos are not always brilliant but it is better than no diagnosis. Try to get the antibody tests anyway.Good luckWhittersx
    whitbywitchuk 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • I went to my univeristy clinic a year and a half ago and requested a full thyroid workup. The doctor basically said that it was more likely that I was just despressed but that she'd run the bloodwork and check for thyroid and diabetes anyway since I was there. When she called me with my lab results she never gave me any values and all she'd say was that everything was "normal" except that my cholesterol was slightly elevated and she suggested I work out, eat healthy, and try to loose weight. Then she said "a lot of things can cause your symptoms....like depression. I'd recommend setting up an apointment with our student counselors". During my exam she kept mentioning depression over and over. I feel like she was convinced that I was depressed. I feel like I'm hypothyroid, but I feel like the doctor thought I was insane and just thought I was another depressed college student. She was pushing depression down my throat! There are no endocrinologists within an hour and half of where I live and I don't know what to do. I'm so frustrated with these symptoms and with how the doctor at the university clinic just treated me like I was an idiot. I just want to have my energy back! I'm tired of feeling tired all the time. I would love to wake up just one day and say "man, I feel really good!!!!". does anyone have any advice for me?Find another doctor. But first request your medical records from your tests. they cannot keep those results from you and they should be part of your file.DO NOT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER AND DO NOT TAKE THEY WERE NORMAL FOR AN ANSWER.In 2002 the Association of Endocrinoligists changed the normal range for TSH levels it is now .3-3.0 You can find it in the guidelines section of their website. www.aace.com . Take this info to a new doctor along with your test results or request new tests with the new doctor. including TSH, T4 panel, Total t3 and a thyroid antibody test.
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