I was diagnosed in 2005 and I made lots of changes to my diet and lifestyle. I think I became a lot healthier, fitter and stronger. I used to get colds, the flu often. But for the most part I seem to have become much more resistant to sickness. I've not had a flu or fever sufficient to warrant checking my temperature or seeing a doctor for more than two years. So two weeks ago, when I felt ill with a sore throat on a Sunday as my wife was recovering from strep throat, I thought it might be prudent to see the doctor.
Well, come monday the doctor concluded it was just a virus, but announced that my temperature was 97.X deg F. I though that an odd "fever" and just packed it in the back of my mind. Then, I had a regular quarterly appointment with my doctor this monday, my temperature was 97.4 deg F. Historically, I've always run a bit high, my temperature during the day is normally 99-99.5 deg F. So I asked him about it and whether I might have a thyroid problem. You all see where this is going.
So I checked at home with my old thermometer, yup, I'm running in the 97s. So I bought a new thermometer and started what has become known as the "Barnes Basal Temperature Test
." My first oral reading this morning, 95.4 deg F. This is not good. But perhaps being hypothyroid would explain some things. Even I have to admit I am feeling fatigued. I sometimes go to bed at 9pm and I am taking 4-5 days to recover from exercise. Perhaps that is why my cholesterol is high. Perhaps that is why my HbA1c is always higher than my meter suggests (see this
So my plan is to continue recording my morning temperatures. My doctor usually calls me with results from my tests and I'm going to inform him of the results and ask him to look into whether I have hypothyroidism.
What do you think I should have him test for? Clearly more than TSH, Free T3 and T4?
What are your experiences getting proper diagnosis and treatment of your thyroid condition?
Do you think my GP who is only a 2nd year resident can steer me through this (he will have staff help)?
And what about Hashimoto's and Grave's?