From what I've read around the web it's nearly impossible to get a proper diagnosis or treatment for thyroid issues. I believe I've had a low thyroid my entire life. Doctors have been suggesting it and testing me for it my entire life, but the numbers always come within normal range. Well, reading around, it appears the range for what is normal is too wide. And even if they treat for that one lab value, they're not treating the problem, so they might be able to get your lab number correct but you'll still have all the low thyroid symptoms. These are "symptoms" I have had my entire life. I put that in quotes because for me this is just normal:
- always cold
- thin, dry hair
- very dry skin
- never been anything better than pudgy
- high cholesterol no matter what kind of diet I've been on
- at times I've been very low in energy (not now, though)
I can't blame any of this on low carb because all of this has been my normal state my entire life. Eating lowish carb primal I've never felt more bursting with energy and happiness, but I'm still always cold (why do I bother buying cute tops when I wear a down jacket almost every single day???), my hair and skin are dry, I'm not able to lose any more weight and I have no idea what my cholesterol is.
I only feel warm when I'm getting one of my little hot flashes which I get a few hours after taking my supplements or after eating something extra super delicious like a fatty pork roast or pastured eggs with deep dark yolks, or after sitting under a down blanket for a while (which I do even in summer.) Well, exercise makes me warm. After a mile of walking I usually warm up.
Female, 5'3", 48, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135.
Starting bench press: 30lbs. Current bench press: 77.5lbs.