please can someone help me? my tsh has been 7.2 and then 4.5 and this week 1.3 i keep being told that i am in the normal ranges. i have 90% of the smptoms and am sat here crying as i have had enogh of feeling ill all of the time and the doctors will not help me. my parter has had just about it. and i cannot get anyother tests done' eg t4 t3 . please can someone help thank you banana.
Is it possible to have Thyroid Antibodies tested? With your TSH that variable, it tells me that your thyroid levels are likely variable as well, thus the reason you have such ups and downs. If you are having an autoimmune response to your thyroid gland, it would explain this. Most likely, it is ??Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, which is one of the most common causes for thuroid problems. You're not crazy, this is a real problem that makes many people feel really rotten, and your doctor should help you get to the bottom of this.
Meep is right, but it is often difficult to get our doctors to listen to us. Our Information Archive thread includes symptoms lists and some ideas on how to write to a doctor to request trial medications, tests, etc. (edit at will). See if you can his/her attention by presenting written documentation of your symptoms (and/or writing a letter to that effect). There is also a Q&A to use when interviewing and selecting a new doctor.
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I know it's a bit more difficult to choose medical care in England, but if your doctor isn't listening, it may be worth the effort to seek another. Thyroid.About.com lists patient-referred doctors, including the U.K.:
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I found another link that seems to offer quite a bit, but it gets blanked out when I type the letters. I can't post a direct link because it has commercial info on it. Type the words (together with no spaces) "thyroid" and then "uk" and put a ".org" on it and you'll get there. When you visit, look at the Resources selection in the side bar -- there's a list of private doctors who specialize in thyroid. This site also has lists and explanations of different tests, explanations of various treatments, etc. It looks comparable to Thyroid.About.
Hang in there. Getting treatment from a caring, listening physician is worth it.<p>[This message has been edited by ArtfulD (edited 04-15-2002).]