Help with Thyroid Problems
Hello everyone! I recently began reading this board because I feel as though I have been having thyroid issues since I was 18, but doctors continually say I'm "normal" or check me for depression, polycystic ovarian syndrome, or anything else.
It began when I was 18 and gained weight pretty rapidly and began sleeping a lot and having no energy. Then my maternal grandma said my neck was looking large and I should have my thyroid checked. Thyroid problems, particulary hashimoto's) run on her side of the family. She has it and was diagnosed too late, my aunt had it and had her thyroid partially removed, and my mother had it prior to her death (unrelated).
Immediately when the doctor walked into the room she asked if I had ever had my thyroid checked. When I told her that is what I was there for she immediately drew up the paperwork and felt my thyroid saying it was enlarged. 10 days later tests came back normal no thyroid problems, but get it checked every year.
So here we are 10 years later and I cannot walk into a doctor's office without someone asking if I ever had my thyroid checked due to it's enlarged state. I have been at a grocery store and had off-duty doctor's ask me. However my tests routinely come back normal and the doctor decides to test me for something else, most recently poly-cystic ovarian syndrome which I had no cysts around my ovaries in the ultrasound.
I know symptoms are not the best way to diagnose yourself with a thyroid problem especially after 10 years dealing with the symptoms. It's sad because I've kinda resigned myself to the girl that needs to go to bed early on a work night or she will sleep through her alarm clock, who can't wear a scarf because it feels like I'm being choked to death, and who fights with herself when she runs to just keep going even though your exhausted and can't breathe because I feel like no air is going to lungs.
Sorry about so much background and complaining but I think everyone on here understands the frustration. My question is what tests are the best for diagnosing Hashimoto's and what levels should I be looking into regarding Hashimoto's? I tell doctor's what the family history is regarding Hashimoto's and they nod and tell me they understand and administer tests. Oddly enough, even though my thyroid is obviously enlarged no one has ever done an ultrasound on it (however they will do countless ultrasounds of my ovaries, uterus, and any other lady part). Based on what I've read on this site, the last doctor I went to did not administer the correct tests.
Here they are and the results:
It was done non-fasting
t-3 free 3.10 (2.3-4.2)
t-4 free 1.05 (0.89-1.76
Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Ab 9 (0-34)
This test was done almost a year ago and I am getting ready to go back for an new set of tests. Any guidance would definitely be appreciated.
Thank you so much for your help!
Last edited by melflynn; 09-13-2012 at 01:34 PM.