I feel terrible and it's getting worse.
I'm starting to piece some things together. Since about a month after my daughter was born in Sept 08, I've gained 30 lbs. I weigh more now than I did when she was born. A little over 2 years ago, I started having really bad problems with my eyes. Dry eyes, very severe. I can't wear contacts at all anymore, and everything I've done for the dry eyes does not work. Right around that same time period, I started putting on more weight. Exercising, low carb, WW, nothing I did worked, just kept gaining. I started feeling tired and needed a lot of sleep, often with naps during the day. The fatigue got really bad last Christmas, so I went to the doctor in January of this year. I also experienced a lot of pain, particularly in my hands and feet. My hands often tingle or go numb. My hair falls out, not in clumps but it's definitely noticeable. My eyes hurt all of the time. I get headaches every day now. About 3 weeks ago, I started feeling dizzy, and that comes and goes now.
My Vitamin D was 15 in January and it is 35 as of last test I just had in June. I tested ANA positive in January and was sent to a rheumatologist, however he found that the antibody markers weren't bad enough to diagnose with a full case of an autoimmune disorder. He chalked it up to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. I've been to a psychiatrist, and he put me on anxiety and depression medication (klonopin and pristiq). I took them and still felt bad. I've since weaned myself off of them. I stopped taking birth control pills in 2010 in hopes that would help with weight loss...nothing. I currently take no medication, except I started doing Vitamin D supplements last week.
I went to a bariatric doctor a couple of weeks ago because the weight is going up and up. She said the Vitamin D was definitely a barrier. She ordered all of the tests I posted, but I haven't had a follow-up with her yet. She also tested fasting insulin and glucose, and they are fine. My B12 was 385 and the range is 211-946. I feel that the T4 is too low at 0.7 which is barely above the low end. I read that the free T3 to reverse T3 ratio should be >20, and mine is 12, so I'm hoping that will tell her something.
All I know is that I feel terrible, and it's getting worse. I can't do simple things for my family anymore, like cook a meal, wash clothes and put them away, without feeling exhausted and having to lay down. Last weekend, I slept on Saturday night from 10pm until 8:30am (10 1/2 hours!), got up, went to church, came home and did a few chores, then took a nap from 2pm until 4pm. And I sleep soundly. I never have a problem falling asleep or staying asleep. How in the world does a person need that much sleep?
I don't understand how I convince a doctor to treat my symptoms and try doing something for my thyroid...even if it's just to see if it makes me feel better. Any advice on that? I have a follow-up with this new bariatric doctor next week, and I want to be prepared. She's also mentioned doing a cortisol test (a spit test?).
I can't keep going on like this. At times, I feel so bad that I've considered checking myself into the emergency room. I'm desperate for relief. I have a roof over my head, a wonderful family, a great job...but I am miserable because I feel so bad.