Posted 9/8/2014 2:36 PM (GMT -6)
I'm assuming your doctor is doing the panel - TSH, free T4/T3 and antibodies. If your thyroid checks out okay, you might ask to be tested for estrogen/progesterone levels. Some of those symptoms can start appearing as our hormone levels decline during the perimenopause.
Autoimmune thyroid disease can be just as tricky and perplexing as the other AI problems we have. For most of us they're pretty stable and routine, but things can go wacky sometimes, particularly if you have Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Graves is usually a bit less erratic, you just keep getting more and more revved.
I've never heard of thyroid burn-out, although thyroid issues are more common in women and very frequently develop during middle age.
I don't know about you, but I'm waiting for someone to develop an immune system transplant. Hope it happens before my immune system kills me.