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20yrs old diagnosed with central hypothyroidism, but medication not working. Have weight gain, heat flashes, swelling & extreme fatigue.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Almost three years ago now, I had been on birth control for a year (for depression reasons) when I gained 10lbs in a week. Thinking it was the pill, I went off of it and gained 30lbs in under a month. With that came intense heat flashes where I would sweat through outfits, leave sweat stains where I sat, visibly have sweat dripping off of me, and feel nauseous. After a summer of trying more exercise, diets, and juice cleanses to get rid of the pill effects I started going to doctors. One thought I had bad stomach bacteria, but that turned out to be a bust. Next, I had an endocrinologist think I had Cushing's Disease but the urine test, dexamethasone-suppression test, and MRI (to check for pituitary tumor) all came back normal. Then he checked my thyroid levels and diagnosed me with Central Hypothyroidism. After almost a year of changing Synthroid levels, I ended up being on 100mg with the test results of t3 free: 3.5 // tsh: 0.02 // t4 free: 1.4. None of my symptoms have cleared up. I'm always exhausted no matter how much I sleep, my weight has not budged an ounce, I'm very swollen at all times (cant see my knuckles, marks from socks, etc), and I still have heat flashes. I have very bad circulation and my hands and especially feet will turn purple if I don't move them. I have a lump on the back of my neck (I call a camel hump) that the severity of differs, but is always there. A new doctor has told me it's just a muscle that is getting aggravated, but two years ago I saw a massage therapist for 6 months who worked on it and got the knot completely out, but it was still sticking out just as much. I have worked out religiously for almost 5 years now and I work out hard 5 days a week-I'm still sore almost every day and I get winded walking up the stairs. Sometimes if I'm sitting down and stand up too fast I'll not only get a head rush but completely black out, fall down (I normally react right before and sit down) and I feel my body start shaking. It'll only last a second but when I "come back to" I feel like I've been out for awhile, and I won't remember how I got to where I am for a second. I have headaches almost every day, my anxiety is through the roof, I have stomach problems similar to IBS (but have never been diagnosed with it), and I suffer from depression. I have chest pain that sometimes is heartburn, sometimes more of a pressure feeling, and sometimes a muscle- like pain. Sometimes I feel like my heart is racing and its hard to get a deep breath, but every time I go to the doctor all my vitals are normal. The doctor I've been with for over a year now (that regulated my thyroid) told me he didn't know what else to do with me and sent me to a different doctor. This doctor is actually a psychiatrist and thinks all of my problems are because of depression. He has me on a new anti-depressant that he seems to think will cure everything. No one is listening to me when I say I feel like something is still wrong with my body. I'm 20-years-old and a junior in college and I feel like I should be enjoying my college years to the fullest. It's hard to do that when I'm insanely tired at all times and most of the time don't feel good at all. I'm open to any suggestions, comments, tests you think I should try, or anything else!!