You absolutely need to rule out low thyroid function.
Your symptoms are consistent with hypothyroidism.
As far as serum testing goes, the most indicative & accurate for cellular thyroid function are: Free T3 (fT3), Free T4 (fT4) AND Reverse T3 (rT3)
All 3 are needed!
fT3/rT3 ratio is probably the most reliable marker for low cellular thyroid function.
To my opinion though, we cannot find a better method to test than Dr. Barnes Basal Temperature Test. (there are several versions now)
I have devoted countless of hours, scanning through the studies and groundbreaking work of Dr. Barnes, The Father of Hypothyroidism, lol!
Simply brilliant and way ahead of his time!
Instructions For Taking Basal Body Temperature:
Use an ordinary oral or rectal glass (not digital) thermometer.
Shake down the thermometer the night before, and place it on your nightstand.
The first thing in the morning BEFORE you get out of bed, place the thermometer under your arm for ten(10) minutes.
Record the temperature reading and date right away!
Repeat for 10 days.
Normal Range: 97.6 to 98.2
Averages below indicate hypothyroidism.
Note that in the presence of any infectious conditions, these results may be inaccurate and this could be a problem with chronic low grade infections accompanied by low grade fevers, for the purposes of the temperature testing.
Or you may want to do Dr. Barnes Test. Very similar.
Just check it out online. Best, start after day 4 into your menstual cycle.
While I'm here, something I should mention, is that when I had been studying Dr.Barnes work, one particular finding stayed with me.
From ALL the thousands of patients he treated for hypothyroid
(using natural desiccated thyroid ) NONE of these patients developed Lupus.
The ones who had been already diagnosed with Lupus, NONE developed any new signs of of organ involvement, while being treated by Dr. Barnes for hypothyroidism.
Other possibilities include Pathogenic Mycoplasma infection and/or one or more of its co-infections (borrelia, bartonella, ehrlichia, babesia...), which are notorious difficult to detect and also to treat.
Standard tests will reveal absolutely nothing and any autoimmune diagnostic investigation will return negative results.
For more details, you may do a search here under "Dr. Garth Nicolson",
a part-time medhelp contributor and expert in this field.
Adrenal fatigue is another possibilty, which usually causes secondary hypothyroidism. It unfortunately falls outside the scope of conventional
endocrinologists, so a functional medicine doctor trained in holistic endocrinology, would be the type of doctor to see for this.
There are screening questionnaires available for AF- if you need one I can send you a copy of one which I have been using, in a pm.
Please feel free to post again, should you have any questions, however, I must state that my comments and suggestions are not intended to replace medical advice.
I did have all the thyroid test done and strangely enough from them they indicated I have HYPERthyroidism. Which I also didn't understand. She is going to check them one more time this month and if they come back off again she will refer me to endocrinologist. I do agree with you about my thyroid. It is just frustrating that so many "illnesses" have overlapping symptoms. Thank you for your kind help
Which tests did you get done?
Often in Hashimoto's, there's a phase where hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism alternate,which complicates matters for patients and doctors alike.
You may want to ask for an anti-Tg and an anti-TPO tests for Hashimoto's.