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Possible underactive thyroid?

I'm a 24 year old male. For the past month or two I have had some weird stuff going on. I'm very sleepy all day even though I get around 7 hours of sleep a night. I feel cold and chilly often. Occasional muscle aches, especially in the thigh area. Slight feelings of depression. Digestive issues. Any ideas?  
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649848 tn?1534633700
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Although you have symptoms that are often indicative of hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormones), those symptoms can also be caused by other conditions.  

Have you had any thyroid related tests performed?  If so, please post any results you might have, along with their corresponding reference ranges from the lab report.

If you haven't had any labs performed yet, talk to your doctor about your symptoms and ask for Free T4, Free T3 (actual thyroid hormones) and TSH, which is a pituitary hormone that indicates thyroid status.

You might also ask for a thyroid ultrasound to determine if you have nodules on your thyroid (very common with hypothyroidism).  Thyroid antibody tests would determine if you have Hashimoto's, which is the primary cause of hypothyroidism.  Those tests are Thyroid Perxoidase Antibodies (TPOab) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb).  Both are indicative of Hashimoto's.

There are also vitamin/mineral deficiencies that can cause symptoms and also, often, accompany hypothyroidism.  Those include Vitamins B-12 and D deficiency, along with iron deficiency, which is tested via Ferritin, the iron storage hormone.   If you've had these tests done, please post their results, as well.
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I completely agree with Barb135.  The only way to tell is to get the full thyroid blood test so you can rule it out and move on to the next possible cause.
Just got lab results back. They told me my testosterone levels were low. They didnt say how low but said we would discuss treatment at my next appointment.
Low testosterone can also cause symptoms you mentioned in your original post.  When will you have your next appointment to discuss the results?  Is there any way you can get a copy of the lab report prior to that visit so we can see your actual status, along with what other tests were ordered?  My doctor posts labs on the patient portal prior to my appointments.
Free testosterone was 9.0 pg/ml
Total T was 503 ng/dl
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