Re: Hi everyone, I just found this site..
Hi there fifty!
1. You have a family history of thyroid disease.
2. You've felt "off" since post-partum days ... the time when TD often first rears its ugly head.
3. As Nornie said, hypothyroidism is linked to elevated cholesterol. In fact, hypoT is the second leading cause of high LDL after poor diet.
You are NOT crazy. You have many of the commonest symptoms and signs of low thyroid. You need to have a serious talk with your doctor. I would advise you not to show him that comprehensive list of symptoms, though. It would overwhelm him. Pick three of the most severe symptoms. Probably the fatigue, brain fog, and weight gain are three that are most strongly linked with low thyroid. (That's not to say the others aren't; it's just that MDs don't know that a lot of the others are. That's sad to say, but true.) Stress to him that you cannot live this way, and because of your family history and symptoms, that you want extensive thyroid testing. Don't settle for only a TSH test. By itself, it isn't enough for someone with so many symptoms. You also need to have free T4, free T3, and TPO and Tg antibodies tests. The antibodies tests will show whether you have autoimmune thyroid disease, which is the kind that often runs in families.
If he refuses you these tests, or won't take your concerns seriously, I urge you to find someone else who will work with you instead of against you. Life's too short to have to fight with someone you pay for service.
One more thing.... Always get a printout of any labwork you have done. You paid for it and have a right to it by law. When you get your test results, you can always post them here for opinions about whether they're really "normal". Include the lab's reference range with them.