I read through Soul's thread and saw that she has pain as symptoms - she even mentions one day when her feet hurt, which is actually a classic hypothyroid symptom. (I had awful pain in my feet - they would go numb - after treating my hypothyroidism I have no problems at all). I saw where Soul was diagnosed with gluten intolerance ... research has proven that Hashimoto's thyroiditis is present over 50% of the time when gluten intolerance (or Celiac Disease) are present.
Doctors ... endocrinologists ... are notorious for missing this diagnosis until the TSH lab value gets high enough that it exceeds the normal range. Until that happens the doctor will tell you, "all tests are normal." Where I live the TSH is 0.45-4.5 or even 0.35-3.5, but I've seen people exhibiting severe hypothyroid symptoms with TSH values at 2.
Some of the symptoms we experience may be due to a thyroid condition. I recommend getting a copy of the labs that your doctor ran - or request that your doctor run these labs: Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3, Thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPOAb); Thyroglobulin antibody (TgAb). Get a Reverse T3 at the same time you get the Free T3. To feel your best you want the Free T3 in the upper part of the range; the ideal Free T4 is mid-range - the doctor may tell you that your tests are normal because they fall within the range, but the reality is that your doctor needs to take into consideration your symptoms.
For Reverse T3 we will do a calculation to determine the ratio of Free T3 to reverse T3 - this web site can help you calculate and interpret your RT3 ratio: http://health.groups...RT3_T3/messages
The results for Thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPOAb); Thyroglobulin antibody (TgAb) - If you have any antibodies at all you have Hashimoto's thyroiditis (the lab may say that < (less than) some number is normal, but what it really means is that you are not currently having an attack, but you have had an attack).
Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease - the body is attacking they thyroid. Doctors will test the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) which is not a thyroid hormone at all - it is a pituitary hormone. It is considered the gold standard for thyroid, but the values for normal are skewed and labs have reported that they cannot change them because it would cause more people to be diagnosed hypothyroid (translation "it would make us look bad").
Note that Total T4 or Total T3 are not really helpful labs - we want to know what is available for the cell receptors and that is what the Frees represent. This patient advocate site can help you interpret your thyroid labs:
Edited by Altostrata, 08 September 2015 - 09:42 AM.