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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