Im a 26yo female. About 6 months ago I noticed a lump on my neck about the size of a golf ball. I do not have medical insurance and Im not one to run to the doctor over every last thing. In Sep this year I stumbled upon a website describing thyroid disorders and everything became clear, or so I thought. The symptoms all matched ( extreme fatigue, depression, brain fog, memory and concentration problems, angry and irritable for no reason, hair loss, dizzy, light headed, always cold, constipated, eye problems, irregular periods,been trying to conceive with no luck ... and the list goes on.) I should also add that all of these symptoms are relatively new. I mentioned to my mom I thought this may be an issue and she told me of all the relatives who also suffered from thyroid disease ( grandparents on both sides, aunt, uncle, and most recently my brother). Some of whom had/have hasimotos and are on synthyroid and some who have had surgery or RAI. In October I decided it was time to get myself checked out. I headed to a nearby clinic and was told it definitely looks like a problem with the thyroid. They only checked my FT4 and TSH (TSH 3.7 on a .5-5.0 scale). I was told both numbers were "normal" but referred to a see an endocrinologist. I had my horrid appointment in December. The endocrinologist I saw wanted nothing to do with my symptoms. She didnt listen to a single one. She said if my TSH is "normal" I am fine. Upon informing her I had a lump in my neck she became more interested. Within minutes she had me in another room preforming an ultrasound. She said my thyroid is definitely enlarged on the right side ( 3.5 cm). And that she would have to do a Fine needle aspiration because maybe it was cancer. Thank God the results came back negative and benign. But frustratingly, the doctor told me my symptoms are completely unrelated to my thyroid and not to do anything. So here I sit feeling hopeless and confused. I was so happy to have discovered everything that was going wrong may be caused by one thing. I guess my question for all of you is : 1. Is what my endocrinologist said true? Is it unrelated ?? 2. I want a second opinion. How do I go about finding a good doctor who will listen? 3. What do you think of my TSH? Ive heard the numbers considered normal have changed? 4. What other tests should I ask for ??
Thank you all for reading !! I greatly appreciate your input !