A Heavy menstrual cycle and being chronically tired are symptoms of an underactive thyroid and when you are on medication and get to the right dose for you these will be relieved.
I suggest you google "hypothyroid symptoms" and look at all the range of symptoms you can have. The thyroid gland regulates the whole body so there are lots of possible symptoms a person can have. Print a list out and check off all the ones you have then show it to family and your stubborn doctor.
I'm really happy for you that you are standing up to this doctor and not just going on anti depressants. I was prescribed them for years until I got a thyroid test. They just won't work if you have a thyroid problem and I agree with you 100% when you said to your doctor, why on earth are you so eager to give me anti depressant medication and not thyroid meds that you need. It's not like there is a blood test for depression they base it on symptoms... but she not treating your symptoms which point clearly to hypothryoidism.
Also your TSH is 4.74. Ask your doctor why she is not following the American Association of Clinical Endocronogists guidelines that:
In the Fall of 2002, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) announced that what was normal the year before, thyroid-wise, would now be considered abnormal. |
According to the AACE, doctors had typically been basing their diagnoses on the "normal" range for the TSH test. The typical normal reference range levels at most laboratories ran in the 0.5 to 5.0 range.
The new guidelines narrowed the range for acceptable thyroid function, and the AACE was encouraging doctors to consider thyroid treatment for patients who test outside the target TSH reference range of 0.3 to 3.0, a far narrower range. AACE believed that use of the new range would result in proper diagnosis for millions of Americans who suffer from a mild thyroid disorder, but have gone untreated.
Although if you can change doctors, from what she sounds like I would change as soon as I could!
I wish it weren't a struggle for people with a thyroid problem to get diagnose and get the right treatment and support, but it seems to happen often. I hope in the future they discover a better blood test because doctors seem to keep looking at the blood test not the symptoms.
I hope that when you get proper treatment all your family will understand better through seeing you "spring to life" again. I've suffered thyroid symptoms for over a decade and it was hard for me to say to family "I'm hypothyroid, that's why I've struggled all these years. You thought, Alex not getting up in the morning (cause of bad sleep), Alex having to have "little rests" during the day, Alex being depressed, Alex not coping in life, Alex being etc. was Alex's PERSONALITY. Well it's not. So please go back over a decade of your memories and change it to - Alex was unwell. And until I get the right dose of medication, those symptoms are my illness not ME as a person."
I've only told close family and a few friends, it's difficult to tell others, I don't think they'd be able to understand the scale of the illness and how it's affected me. The good new is that I am getting better. I've been on medication for 8 weeks now. Gone from 50mg to 100mg and my mind is clearing, I have less anxiety about doing difficult things, I'm starting to get more refreshed sleep. I'm feeling positive that when I get my next blood work and go up a dose I'm going to improve more :-)
When you do go on medication, let your family know that it does take weeks for the medication to get into your blood fully and then months to get the right dose.
Good Luck! It may take time to sort your doctor and for the medication to work but you're on the first step of the road and I'm positive things will work out well for you at the end of it!