I am 30 yrs old, have 2 kids...Recently started noticeing that my periods are changing. I use to be 4-5 days...Now down to about 2, some months 3. It usually comes every 21-26 days...But this is not the only symptom..I have been doing some research on thyroid problems vs perimenopause. Am i too young for perimenopause? I know that i need to see an endocrinologist but don't know who to trust. Does anyone live in Austin TX? If so, pls recommend one that will actually take time to listen and not call you crazy. I have had a lot of funky symptoms..Hair loss-in the shower they come out when i run my fingers thru my hair, usually lots of it..I find bruises on my legs, and I am not a clutz! Hot flashes, my primary dr put me on Effexor, but I still get them. Night sweats, insomnia, bad memory, depression anxiety, irritablity and mood swings..vag dryness, no sex drive whatso ever! Some discomfort during intercorse. I hope that no one out there thinks i am crazy, i am too young for all these problems. Some of my blood was tested back in Feb 2004 and was told the only prob i had was my cholesterol was higher than normal. My TSH was 1.57 and was told by my pcp that this was WITHIN LIMITS,.,,,Help please, someone give me some advise.
Welcome to the boards.
1.57 is within limits, but most women with no thyroid problems have a TSH closer to or below 1
Some Endo's are not real good with thyroid issues either, they are basically diabetic drs that dabble in thyroid, they know more than the average GP who has about 1 hour training in thyroid, but there are some that still only treat based on the TSH.
You may need to hunt for a DO or Naturopath dr, they have had more training and tend to treat based on the FREE thyroid levels which is what you will want.
The tests you really need to have done are:
Thyroid antibody testing
The FREE Levels are your actual thyroid hormones, the Total levels are bound and active hormones, the TSH is a pituitary response (Not a thyroid hormone) The antibody testing TPO and TSI checks for the presence of antibodies which can indicate Hashimoto's or Graves. The Total and TSH can tell whether you have a pituitary or thyroid problem, the FREE levels and TSH can tell whether you have a thyroid problem. Its wise to get them all done the first time so you know whether your dealing with pituitary or thyroid. But....most drs will only do a couple of those, but whatever you can get done is better than nothing.
If you want, once you get the testing done, post the results and ranges here on the boards and we will help you with them. Most drs tend to think just because you are in range, you are o.k., but with thyroid the range is only a gauge and where in the range your numbers fall makes a lot of difference.
It is possible to be in perimenopause in your 30's, but this is also when most thyroid conditions show up so check that out. High cholesterol is associated with thyroid conditions.
If you were closer to Houston, I know a good dr in The Woodlands. Maybe someone will know one in your area. Or try calling the drs offices and ask if the dr treats based on TSH or the FREE T's and symptoms, if they say FREE T's and symptoms, make an appointment.
years periods got less lve only been dxn approx 2 and half month ago with graves over active thyroid this is soemthing l mentioned to doc years ago whilst having panic attacks etc etc my mother was convinced l was having menopause too!! Docs tested that and l was ok very similar symptoms l beleive good luck
Thank you both for the advice. I will keep you posted.. I pray that it's not my thyroid but i am at the point that i just want the dr's to realize that i am not crazy and suffering from depression..That is all they seem to stick it to, you know? I will let you know what i find out. It's good to hear that other's are going thru this.
I had to reply to your post. You sound exactly like me and are the same age. What you describe is my life to a T!
I was suffering the same wierd symptoms but had been diagnosed with PCOS so put it all down to that (have you been tested for that?). I then suffered a bout of food poisening and ended up bed ridden for three months with extreme fatigue, dizziness and all the other strange things you described.
I went to see an endo, he ran loads of tests and diagnosed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Yikes! He prescribed anti-depressants and lots of rest.
What was interesting is that he said my thyroid was "normal".
I then went to see a thyroid specialist and he said I was obviously hypo and prescribed levothyroxine. That was two weeks ago and I am starting to feel better already.
Please don't listen to doctors if they say there is nothing wrong with you and you KNOW there is. Do some research and find someone who will really listen to you can help you.
Thyroid problems don't necessarily show up in blood tests and you know your body better than any doctor.
Thank you so much for your response Felix73! I actually have been doing some more research and called a few places here in austin..A couple of dr's that are endocrinologists are "specialists" in thyroid disfunction...So, needless to say i am gonna make an appt pronto...It's interesting to hear that you didn't necessarily agree w/your dr either..I don't at all w/my pcp...So, that's why i need to see someone else. What was your level? They have only tested me for my TSH and then cholesterol readings...TSH was 1.57 back earlier this year, Cholesterol was high though..No i haven't been tested for PCOS...Can the endo dr that i see test and rule this out? When you finally went to see the thyroid specialist, did they run more blood tests on you specifically for thyroid disfunction?