Low Free T4, "normal" TSH
I am a 24 year old female. I have been suffering from hypothyroidism symptoms for years but I finally started researching things when my hearing started to drop in my right ear. More than once I have had a doctor tell me my thyroid was "a little low but still normal". After things have gotten worse this past year, I finally decided to ask a doctor about what is going on.
Past and current symptoms:
Extremely pale dry flaky skin
Icy extremities (to the point of pain because my hands and feet are so cold, all the time!!!!)
Always been at least 20 pounds overweight and had a hard time losing weight
Frequent muscle cramps in my legs
Bouts of Shoulder, knee, and finger and wrist pain (usually no more than a month at a time)
Bouts of hair loss
Numbness and tingling in hands and feet
Swollen lips and puffy face, especially neck area
Dry hard to pass stool
High Blood Pressure
Recent/worsening symptoms (last 6 months or less):
Irritability, anxiety, moodiness
Noticeable hearing loss in my right ear
Much more puffiness in my face (eyes sometimes hard to open in the morning)
Irregular and abnormally long periods
Constipation and IBS-like symptoms (have not yet been diagnosed)
Mild fatigue and sluggishness (I sleep 10 hours sometimes more and yet I still am sluggish all day)
Periods of extreme weakness (fainting spells) accompanied by blurred vision, and intense brain fog (usually lasting only and hour or so)
I just got some blood work done, I do not have the full results, I did get some numbers from him over the phone:
TSH: 3.3 (was told this is completely normal, yeah right)
Free T4: .6 (range of .8 to 2-ish?)
Those are the only numbers I received over the phone. I just did an antibody test today and will get the results in a couple of days.
My primary care physician wants to put me on anti-depressants, no!!! I know it is the low thyroid, I don't want unnecessary things. He says my thyroid is normal and he seems to be reluctant to listen (told me to stop listing my symptoms because he only has so much time in the day, was hesitant to order a sonogram of my neck despite me telling him that FIVE of my family members have nodules in their thyroid- TWO of them have thyroid cancer). I can barely understand him, and he makes me feel uncomfortable. He mentioned I might need some medication for the low t4, but then didn't give me anything.
My gut instinct is screaming that I have hypothyroidism. With the family history of it, and the blaring symptoms, despite my TSH, should I seek medication?
Any suggestions on where to go from here? Anyone know of a good endocrinologist willing to listen in the tri-city area?
Last edited by Lithriel; 12-02-2009 at 10:33 AM.
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