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Are these hypothryroidism symptoms?

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whatsthatnow74 · 04/02/2020 09:15


I had two borderline raised TSH blood test levels middle of last year and GP told me it would be monitored annually. She said if, in the meantime, I felt tired, started gaining weight etc, then to come back sooner for retesting.

Anyway, I haven't experienced those symptoms, but I am having some weird ones an I'm wondering if they are thryoid-related?

A couple of weeks ago, I started feeling a discomfort around my top molars on one side. Not toothache as such, more the gum if anything. The teeth themselves are not sensitive or painful to touch and the gum looks okay. Anyway, this subsequently moved to the bottom jaw, same side, similar sensation. At the same time, I've been experiencing a horrible salty taste. I'm actually going to the dentist today, I moved my check-up forward so I will see if this is just dodgy teeth or seomthing else.

The other thing is period-related. My period started seven days ago and has been pretty normal, started to taoer off a couple od days ago and was more or less nothing by last night. I got up this morning though (day 7), went to the loo and when I wiped, there was bright red blood (like day 1 or 2 type) and some little clotty bits (again, like you'd expect in the first couple of days). I've never had this before and was a bit alarmed.

To give some context, I have been under a LOT of stres recently. I'm finishing a Masters degree and my husband is soon to be unemployed (long story). In the past, I've found stress to be the root of a lot of physical symptoms, but I don't want to just assume it's that and ignore any potential thryoid issues.

Any advice welcome, TIA!

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SinkGirl · 04/02/2020 09:19

First thing could be sinus infection, sounds familiar.

Hypothyroidism can definitely affect your periods.

If your levels are high enough for your GP to call them borderline then you’re probably classed as subclinical hypothyroidism (TSH above 4.0) and can ask for a trial of treatment based on symptoms.

I’d go for another test and make sure they check thyroid antibodies and FT4, not just TSH

hamstersarse · 04/02/2020 09:20

How old are you?

whatsthatnow74 · 04/02/2020 09:29

Thanks Sinkgirl.

I don't think it's sinuses, because I've had sinus toothache before and this isn't really the same I don' think.

I had everything tested on two separate occasions last spring/summer. First time TSH was 4.8, then six weeks later it was 5.2. All other levels were okay/normal.

Hamstersarse, I'm 45

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SinkGirl · 04/02/2020 10:37

They really should be medicating you at that level. The U.K. guidelines are absolutely ridiculous - in most other countries you’d be medicated once it passes 3

whatsthatnow74 · 04/02/2020 11:13

Yes, Sinkgirl, from the bit of reading that I've done, I can see that the UK seems to be out of touch treatment-wise.

I'm just back from the dentist and he said my teeth/gums are absolutely fine, so that rules out dental problems.

Might see how the period thing goes and perhaps make another GP appointment.

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ivykaty44 · 06/02/2020 18:53

If I was in your shoes I’d go and ask what can be done as 4 is the level at which your TSH isn’t normal

You may gradiometers worse without treatment & could grind to a halt

Feeling worn out/like walking through treacle
Losing appetite, happy to miss a meal and not feel hungry - when was the last time you felt hungry?
Feeling cold

These are just some of the more pronounced symptoms

whatsthatnow74 · 07/02/2020 10:01

Hi Ivykaty44

Yes, I think I will go back to my GP

I don't have any of the more typical thyroid symptoms like the ones you mentioned (apart from anxiety but I've alway had that).

I just have lots of odd little things that may or not be tyroid-related, it's so frustrating!

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NaToth · 07/02/2020 13:34

Period that stops and then starts again is a classic symptom of hypothyroidism.

whatsthatnow74 · 07/02/2020 14:55

@NaToth, thanks for replying.

I haven't been quite 'right' for a good while now, as I said, little health niggles really but you get sick of it.

My GP said I should go back before my annual blood test review if I felt tired or was putting on weight, which I haven't been, but I'd still like to know if any of this stuff is down to my thyroid.

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