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What's my next step?

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Posted by Maria on September 02, 2000 at 11:38:54:

Hi all. New to the board and am excited at the wealth of information!- Thanks

My symptoms are:
Constant fatigue, always after eating and especially in the afternoon
(when the "brain fog" and the "low mood" set in) it's known as "siesta time in my house"
low body temperatute (averages about 97)
Always cold (I sometimes develop hives when out in the snow)
Constant itch and skin eruptions on arms
Borderline anemic
Dry hair, skin, nails, eyes

Blood test on 8-28 came back in normal ranges for
Triiodothyronine, total 127
t-4 (thyroxine), total 11.7
Thryroid Stimulating Hormone 1.34

My physician(s) never ordered a thyroid test when complaining of these symptoms in the past
(just told to take iron supplements) but one did comment on my dry skin and low body temperature.
He said to buy a particular body lotion and told me my body temperature was normal for me.

I asked my dermatologist to take the thyroid test since I was there and thought my skin problems might be related to my thyroid. (she said they're not and hesitantly gave me the test).

My current medical insurance is just for hospitalization so I'm trying to narrow down my doctors office visits.
I'm not sure whether to find another GP or see an endocrineologist.
It looks like my blood test do not warrant an endocrineologist but my symptoms do.

My Dad also underwent a total thyroidectomy last year due to a large goiter. The surgeon at his bedside told my brother and I that thyroid problems are not inherited- I've since learned that this is false. This was the reason I started reasearching thyroid problems. I was reasearching for my dad but saw more of myself in the articles that I was reading.

Any comment would be appreciated.
Thanks again

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