I am new member here but have been reading the posts for a long time, I was very recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism, it took a lot of testing to get the diagnosis as my thyroid was doing funny things.
I am male and did not have a lot of the more usual symptoms of low thyroid function but I have Two siblings, a brother and a sister who are hypothyroid since late adolesence.
My symptoms started Two years ago with chronic muscle pain in my neck and difficulty raising my arms above my head, carpel tunnel syndrome, tarsal tunnel syndrome, extreme fatigue and digestive problems. As I began to wonder what was going on my mind started racing and I ended up with some really bad anxiety and panic attacks.
I was really loosing it when my brother said 'thats exactly how I felt before I found out I was hypothyroid' I then went to see my Doc and told him all my symptoms and explained about what my brother had said. so he tested all he could for a thyroid problem.
the test came back normal - very normal.
Doc said I was presenting with thyroid symptoms and said he would monitor my levels over the course of 7-8 blood tests over 2 months.
I agreed, the second test came back slightly hyper (the only result I can remember was 277 he explained the top of the range was 220 and I was entering into a hyper phase) - it was One of the Total tests
The Third test came back with a TSH of 1
I was then sent for a ultrasound
ultrasound was normal, which my Doc said is expected in either a normal or hypo thyroid
next test came back with a tsh of 9 and my doc said 'you are hypo'
which was a great relief.
he said he wanted another test before prescribing anything, the next test came back - wait for it - normal
Doc says, there is still a problem but didn't want to risk sending me hyperthyroid
the next two blood tests saw my TSH go to 9 again and then the last One went over 20
I am now on a starting dose of 100mg of Eltroxin, this is week One and I have another blood test in Two weeks time.
When should I start feeling normal again? - I still have chronic muscle pain and digestive problems
Thanks everyone for a great board that was a great help to me over the last while
all the best