Hi Judy2, thank you SO MUCH for replying.
I apologize for not including my symptoms in my initial post - I was just so emotional! My symptoms are confusing because half of me thinks they are "real" while my mother/some psychiatric physicians have tried to convince me that some of them are just symptoms of anxiety disorders and although they feel very real to me, they are not actually malignant in any way - in other words, "all in my head."
Here is a list to make my post more organized:
-Significant fatigue/constantly low energy. Easily drained of whatever energy I do have. It feels like I am a car running on empty. This leads to extreme lethargy.
-Mental fatigue/"brain fog". This includes very bad memory, poor comprehension unless I can take my time reading the material, and the inability to think as "critically" and "deeply" as I used to. This also includes concentration problems.
-Weakness. Climbing the stairs feels exactly like I am having to climb the stairs. It's a leaden feeling in my body. Also, in my arms - I helped my grandma hang her painting the other day and this 83-year-old woman had more upper-body strength than I did. Part of this may be from the anti-depressant I am on, as is some of the fatigue, but I had these problems before as well.
-"Day-after malaise." I feel very exhausted and my brain feels like it is malfunctioning/can't think straight for days after just one day of minor exertion.
-Depression/No motivation/Apathy. I have always been a "moody" and intense person (don't worry! I am nice!) but over the past year the depression has gotten to the point of suicidal thoughts and I was actually hospitalized for these thoughts in July of this year. I have been on literally every SSRI/SNRI for this depression but none have been effective or given me a full-response.
-Intolerance to cold/feeling cold frequently. It IS winter here, and there is always just the possibility that I am one of those people who gets cold easily, but I have found that I am more intolerant to cold than other people I know. I am constantly wrapped up in blankets. I have read there is a morning basal body temperature test for this you can do at home - have you tried this/known someone who tried it? Do you think it's something I should bother trying?
....Sometimes this coldness flips a switch and goes to the complete opposite side and I get boiling hot.
-I do have dry scalp pretty consistently and in fact today I had dry scalp skin falling off my hair at work. Once again, could just be that it's winter and the shampoo I use isn't moisturizing enough, though. I can't tell if my hair is thinning - I have never really studied it closely before, so I can't exactly compare. It's possible that my eyebrows are losing the outer thirds, and I feel like they have been looking thinner for a while.
-My skin is rough. It's bumpy, probably from being dried out, although it is also oily. The only reason I include this is because I have read dry skin is a possible symptom, although I don't know how much "dryness" is considered abnormal.
-I don't suffer from any weight gain like my mother and grandmother. My mom is overweight and has struggled with her weight for most of her life. I am 5'4. The heaviest I have ever been was 132 pounds; the lowest was 103 pounds when I contracted C. Difficile this March and lost a lot of weight. I am now around 110 pounds.
-I experience dizziness frequently, vertigo on occasion.
-Under my eyes feels CONSTANTLY tired and I just want to close them all day. I find it difficult to focus - not necessarily my vision but just my line of sight. It kind of feels like there is a blurry transparent wall between myself and the world and I have to really try hard to see past it.
-Libido/feelings of attraction are absolutely gone.
-Ringing in my ears.
-My nails grow fine, but they look brittle and have very noticeable ridges.
-Sometimes I get swollen glands for a few days but no other symptoms of a cold. Could this just be allergies?
-Sometimes it is hard for me to breathe and I feel short of breath. I do have asthma, but the shortness of breath is different than the kind I experience with the asthma.
-When I walk upstairs, my heart starts beating really fast and hard towards the top. It's like my body is putting in so much effort just to walk up a flight of stairs.
-Confusion. It is very easy for me to get lost in situations in my head and this is very distressing to me as it causes significant anxiety when I feel I cannot think clearly.
That is a comprehensive list of my symptoms. I will definitely be posting my lab results when I receive the hard copy as it seems many on this forum know a lot more about
these things than I. I will be picking them up on Monday or Tuesday next week. I know my TSH, Free T3 and Free T4 were tested although I think that was it concerning thyroid tests. I am punching myself right now for not requesting the thyroid antibody tests - although if I do have Hashimoto's, wouldn't my TSH/Free T3/Free T4 results come back abnormal?
Thanks so much again for the reply. I am sorry if I posted in an inappropriate section (thyroid disorders) but I did because at this point I am mostly considering a thyroid problem since a) I have a family history of hypothyroidism and b) it seems that it goes undiagnosed so frequently.
Also - don't know if this is important - but I do not take any vitamins or supplements.
Post Edited (RoGo) : 11/27/2013 8:23:12 PM (GMT-7)