I've been going to doctors ever since I was 19 and I'm 39 now and they have never been able to help me!
When I was pregnant and complained of being tired he said it was because I was tired. Then after the pregnancy it was because I was a young mother and had just had a baby. I've gone to doctor after doctor over the years, I get fed up and stop going for a while. Then it gets so bad I have to go back and at least get something to help me sleep and to help manage my back pain.
I just recently went to my PCP doctor and told him I was tired all the time. I know, I know, they don't know anything about anything, but at least he did run some tests I needed.
B12 538 Standard Range - 180-914
Vitamin D 71 Standard Range - 32-100
Iron 71 Standard Range - 28-170
Ferritin 391 Standard Range - 255-450
for the past month or so I have been taking a liquid vitamin that among other things has B12, vitamin D, and iron.
My Vitamin D has gone from 30 (Standard range 30-100) to 71 (standard range 32-100) so that's good news at least, but doesn't look like my B12 levels have changed much - last year they were 545 standard range 211-911.
And my iron and ferritin levels aren't very good either.
So I ask the doctor to call me to discuss the lab results. Of course, he tells me everything is "normal". I said if everything is normal then why am I so tired all the time? He said maybe I'm depressed and I should see a counselor. I told him I'm already on anti-depressants! The jerk didn't even bother reading my chart to see what meds I was on!
I have been doing the best I can to treat myself for my hypo symptoms. I've been taking this liquid vitamin to improve my B12, Vitamin D, and iron levels. I have ordered "thyroid-gold" online and just started taking one a day a couple days ago. But because of my thyroid levels, I suspect something is wrong with my pituitary gland, something I can't treat on my own. I recently paid to have them tested on my own - 1/15/2016 and here are the results:
TSH - 0.65 Standard Range - 0.3 - 3
Free T4 - 1.1 Standard Range - 0.8- 1.8
Free T3 - 2.5 Standard Range - 2.3- 4.2
My scores have pretty much been like that for the past year. But when I ask my doctor about it she says "everything is normal". Being on the very bottom of the range doesn't say "normal" to me! I'm sick of these doctors lying to me! While going through my medical records, I discovered many years back I had a T3 score of 203 (standard range 60-181), but I remember the doctor calling me and telling me everything was "normal". She straight up lied to me! Then now THIS doctor telling me all my lab work is "normal". Well, here are some results that I don't view as "normal".
BUN - 13 standard range 7-20
Creatinine .447 Standard range 0.8-1.4
Calcium 8.9 standard range 8.5-10.9
Protein 6.4 Standard range 6.3-7.9
I looked it up, and a low score for these tests means malnutrition. I tell my boyfriend that and he says I need to exercise more. WTF? We get into an argument because I spent all day long researching my health problems, and then I come home and tell him him what I think might be wrong and he poo poos it. He's usually a supportive guy, but when it comes to my health problems, he says things like "well, the doctors know what they're doing", or "you just need to exercise more."
He tells me vitamins are a scam and they're not going to help me. But I think the problem has been I've been tablets, which are hard for a body to absorb, which is why I recently switched to taking liquid vitamins. I've been taking liquid vitamins for about a week and I do feel a difference.
I have a feeling I have a problem absorbing nutrients, hence the tests indicating malnutrition and the reason why I have a hard time keeping on weight. I'm 5'4" and have gone up and down between 108 to 102 pounds in the past few months.
I just WISH I could find a decent doctor that knew what they were doing and actually cared about their patients! Don't tell me everything is "normal" when I don't feel normal!!
Whew! Sorry, but I had to get that out. Thanks for letting me vent!