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I am wondering if I may have low thyroid function. My tests are all "normal" according to my doc. But I am always tired, have irregular periods & chronic constipation. I wear a heavy sweater around the office while my co-workers are in t-shirts, and I struggle with my weight (my diet is healthful, lots of green veggies, a variety of fruits, nuts and seeds...). My body temp runs a little low, not major, but I'm usually around 98; I think it was lower when I was younger.
I first went to the doc about feeling tired, "like I was stuck to the couch" when I was 16. She labeled it dysthymia and put me on Wellbutrin. Wellbutrin helps but it makes me jittery. I cannot tolerate SSRIs, I end up taking like 3 hour naps everyday. I am 33 and even my "lazy" friends call me out for being so lethargic :)
If my thyroid tests are "normal", what else can it be? I know it sounds like I may be overreacting. But I'll sometimes go a few months w/o a period and have gone up to 9-10 days w/o going to the bathroom. I end up taking MOM or herbal laxative tea.
I do not have medical insurance yet, so I must avoid unnecessary tests and extra doctor visits.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
I wish I could remember. I can try calling tomorrow for the numbers. I remember her saying "You are within the normal range".
Doctor: Dr. D. Love, Doctor replied 8 years ago

If the thyroid tests are well within the normal range, then there is no concern about the thyroid. If the thyroid tests are borderline, then further evaluation of a person with typical symptoms would be reasonable, such as consultation with an Endocrinologist.

Most of the symptoms that persons suspect are due to a low thyroid are non-specific and may be due to other conditions. Other possible causes include anemia from various problems, chronic lung, heart, liver, or kidney disease, diabetes, or sleep apnea. It also can be due to a variety of psychologic conditions, such as anxiety or depression. It also can be related to the effects of excessive alcohol or caffeine use. Unfortunately, once lifestyle habits develop, then it can perpetuate the problem, including poor activity levels, poor sleep patterns, or obesity.

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