Dandruff, muscle pain, decreased libido, fatigue, weight gain & your doctor says your thyroid is normal? Get a second opinion!
My brief history: After my second child was born 14 years ago weird heart palpitations, fatigue and mild depression had me heading to my family physician's office. A blood test revealed I had Hashimoto's - where the immune system attacks the thyroid. My family physician wouldn't treat the condition because my "numbers" were normal. Not happy with that answer I was referred to an Endocrinologist - a hormone specialist. Fortunately my new doctor treated the symptoms, not just the numbers. After a few months the right dosage was determined and I felt like a new woman. My doctor had warned me the medication might need to be adjusted as I aged.
I aged!: Following symptoms had slowly reappeared over a two year period with a few new ones before the light bulb finally went on thanks to my chiropractors comment:
Although my test results were still in the "normal" range the symptoms were definitely back. My Endocrinologist slowly increased my medication over the summer until I felt like my normal self again.
A friend is told to take antidepressants: This past fall a friend shared she was experiencing all the classic symptoms of low thyroid. Her family physician said her thyroid tests were "normal" so she met with an Endocrinologist who unfortunately only treats the numbers and not the symptoms. His advice: she should see her family physician for antidepressants to treat the depression and no advice on what to do about her hair loss and other symptoms. She now has an appointment with another doctor (who happens to be mine) for a third opinion. She knows there's something wrong so even if it isn't the thyroid she's going to keep on trying to get the information she needs.
Advice: If you know something isn't right, you need to be your biggest advocate and get a second or third opinion if necessary. Talk with family and friends and find a good doctor who will listen because there are plenty of them out there! And if it's the thyroid...check to make sure your doctor is open to treating the symptoms in addition to the numbers.
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**This article expresses the opinion of the author and is not meant to replace medical advice. Please consult with your physician for medical attention.**
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