I am going to a walk in clinic tomorrow for a different test, but I thought while i'm there I might try to ask for a test for Hashimoto's disease, which is something I have been suspecting for a while, as I have many symptoms of it (i've thought I might have Generalized Anxiety, Depression, OCD or Bipolar II disorder, but I have more symptom's of Hashimoto's disease than any of these disorders). I need to go to a walk in clinic because my doctor has not helped me or allowed me to get any tests for possible physical causes or with mental health concerns this year (every time I go to an appointment I leave with no answers, and it's been this way for the past year, and they aren't very nice to me either), so tomorrow I am also applying for a new doctor, but I really want to be tested for Hashimoto's.
I am 21 so I am not the age that this normally occurs, but it's something I think is worth getting tested for, and i'm very frustrated because the doctor I have had does not take my concern of thyroid disorders seriously, saying "it's depression" when I bring up symptoms. I had a TSH test done a year ago and it came back normal, but I also know that with Hashimoto's, TSH isn't always low. I have been thinking back lately to when I was about 15 or 16 (when my more serious depression and anxiety started) and remember being irritable, angry, and tired constantly, but feeling like there was possibly more to my problems than depression or anxiety disoders (which is why i've suspected Bipolar II, but even that doesn't seem right, because, as far as I know, people who have Bipolar disorder have different kinds of moods (going from happy to sad, etc) when my mood is always just low, no matter what. I experience irritability suddenly at times (but usually there is a cause of it).
I also have physical symptoms of Hashimoto's, which include heat and cold sensitivity, hair loss at different times, bruises that don't heal or easily brusing, a puffy face, and very bad fatigue especially, no matter how much I sleep, and slight weight gain, even though I walk 1-2 hours a day and avoid unhealthy food. I smoke cigarettes, though (trying to quit) which I have also read can sometimes cause or contribute to Hashimoto's disease.
I am very frustrated with this because, whatever I am dealing with, it's taken a very bad toll on my life. I haven't had a social life in years (I have had some social anxiety, but it's mostly just because i'm too tired most of the time to feel like being social) and I feel physically and emotionally worse all of the time, and i've missed out on the past five years (at least) of my life because I haven't felt well. I know there's a good chance as well that I might just have an anxiety or mood disorder, but the fact that I have so many symptoms of Hashimoto's disease, even before I ever experienced really bad anxiety or depression, is too big of a coincidence to ignore, so I decided that I want to get tested specifically for Hashimoto's Disease. I am wondering, though, how I can request this from a doctor at a walk in clinic while I am there for another reason? I tried to do this a few months ago (to get another TSH test) but they wouldn't allow me to get the test. They told me to go see my doctor again.
It has really upset me because I feel like i'm being denied the right to know whether or not this could be my problem, and all I want is to know for sure whether it is or not. I'm hoping, though, that I can get the test because i'm applying for a new doctor, and so I won't have a doctor for a while. I'm just wondering what I can say to get this test done? I am also wondering, besides a TSH test, what other tests are best for diagnosing Hashimoto's disease? I just really want this test done because I don't want to be misdiagnosed with depression or anxiety if the cause is Hashimoto's or another disease, rather than a chemical imbalance. I am also wondering, is there anyone here who noticed symptoms of this or any other disorders and they actually had the disorder? I've just felt for such a long time that something is not right with me, but that it's more than moderate depression and anxiety. I'm sorry this post is so long, i'd appreciate any advice, though.
Post Edited (anxious0813) : 10/8/2013 10:49:23 PM (GMT-6)