Alright ladies..I need some advice. I've been experiencing a lot of different things over the past 6 months and lately my weight loss has stalled for about the past 2 months. I went to a new doctor, recommended from my boss, for a physical in June and had a list of things that I wanted to discuss.
I'd started running and finished c25k. I've maintained running 3x per week and have gotten fitted for shoes, paced myself, and didn't push too hard and never ran 2x in a row. I've had excruciating pain from the lower part of my leg. (The doctor said that it was most likely achilles tendonitis and to take NSAIDs 2x per day on the days I run)
I discussed the weight loss issues with a 1500 cal/day balanced diet and exercise 3x per week. (The doctor said I needed to do other cardio besides running because my body was used to it..at this point i'd only been running for 2 months)
I talked about the fact that I've NEVER had skin problems and my skin has broken out and has basically been unable to clear up. I'm 27 years old and made it through my teens without a pimple and now I have this! (She prescribed me a topical lotion, which has not worked, I reached out and asked for a new prescription and was told I need to come back to get one.)
We talked about being tired ALL of the time, even when I sleep 9 hours every single night! (She really didn't have anything to say to this..)
Ok, so obviously you can tell I wasn't really satisfied with the level of knowledge from this doctor. I had all of my bloodwork done and the results didn't really surprise me. My cholesterol was high again, there is absolutely no reason as I eat a healthy diet and have no family history. My blood pressure is still consistently low. The thing I was surprised by was that the TSH test for thyroid was a 4.3. She stated that the normal range was .5 to 4.0 and that I need to start eating healthy and begin exercising (obviously she wasn't paying attention) She said that she wants to test it again in 3 months.
After that, I started researching what that could possibly mean and came across hypothyroidism. http://www.womentowomen.com/hypothyr.../symptoms.aspx
I was shocked to see a lot of my symptoms, including things on my list for the doctor were on this.
These are the symptoms from that web site above that I experience..
severe fatigue, loss of energy
weight gain, difficulty losing weight
depression and depressed mood
joint and muscle pain, headaches
dry skin, brittle nails
brittle hair, itchy scalp, hair loss
irregular periods, PMS symptoms
sleeping more than average
diminished sex drive
elevated levels of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) and heightened risk of heart disease
persistent cold sores, boils, or breakouts
Now, I'm thinking it may be time to consult a different physician and have more tests done to see if this is what I have. However, my company's insurance is rediculous and I pay out of pocket for everything until I hit a certain deductible. So I wanted to see if anyone had any experience with this or any advice for me. I'd assumed that it was just a slowed metabolism due to quitting smoking in January and also yo-yo dieting from 170s to 140s twice over the last 2 years. Help!