I am a 29 year old mother of 3 gorgeous children aged 8, 5 & 3.5. For a very long time (ever since my 2nd child was 2 months old) I have been feeling like something wasn't quite right. Obviously I was tired due to having a newborn & a 3 year old but I have the most amazing husband who would let me have regular rests & he would also take over with the kids frequently. I felt that my fatigue was worse than what the other mums I knew were experiencing. Of course I never said anything and just kept carrying on hoping things would get better. The biggest problem I faced was severe pain in my ankles. It was so bad for I was literally unable to walk. I was still overweight due to gaining during pregnancy but not that heavy it should have made a difference to my ankles. For 5 months I basically did nothing, the baby was in a cradle beside my bed and my husband would bring my dinner in for me to eat sitting in bed when it was too bad. Often the only time I would get up would be to make a trip to the bathroom. Ibuprofen & paracetamol did not have any effect on the pain. Then one day when my baby was 7 months old the pain was gone. I had been feeling very ill for almost a week and did a pregnancy test and discovered I was pregnant with baby number 3. I'm not exactly sure how due to my sex drive being non existent and having a lot of trouble conceiving in the past. We had only had sex once and this was the result. So obviously the fatigue was still there but I was so overjoyed about having another baby (and the pain had gone) that I put it to the back of my mind. This was to be by far my worst pregnancy and I actually became quite down at times. I then had my 3rd c/section and took 4 months to heal. I had a very bad infection and the wound would not get better. I gained a lot of weight with this pregnancy and after during that recovery period. After this baby was born I began getting very heavy periods lasting 7-8 days and incredibly painful. I also began to feel down about leaving the house I hated myself for the way that I had become - although never to the point of disturbing thoughts etc... I would probably call it mild depression. When baby number 3 was 7 months old we moved to a very remote area and a very small town. I became more isolated than ever. I decided I wanted to lose the weight and tried exercising (I have always eaten very healthy so that didn't need to change much). I couldn't lose a kilogram in 6 months so I went to the doctor. She tested for thyroid (T3 & T4) and they came back normal along with everything else. I had about 5 more lots of blood tests over 3 years but all came back that I was fine. About 12 months later (bub was 19 months old) the ankle pain returned worse than ever. I couldn't do anything. I have xrays etc... and all came back as fine. Anyway the fatigue, nausea, hair loss, pain, palpitations etc... continued and nobody could tell me why. We have recently just moved back to a larger town and everything seems to have gotten worse over that past few weeks. I have the majority of the symptoms described for hypothyroidism but I can't get a doctor to say that is what is wrong with me. All of my tests show I'm healthy (despite weighing 120kg). I just keep gaining weight. Also I might add that my Grandfather & my mother had hypothyroidism and were diagnosed so there is a family history. I am living a nightmare which is not fair on my husband, my kids or myself. I am in constant pain and so tired all of the time. I'm cranky and irritable, have NO sex drive at all, my hair is falling out - getting much worse now. I have a severely dry flaking scalp, my hands and feet are always ice cold, dry & flaking skin, my vision is sometimes a bit fuzzy and I can't concentrate on anything. I have trouble listening to someone because I can't concentrate on them. I went from a 56kg outgoing fit bubbly person that would compete in triathlons regularly to this person I don't even recognise. How can I get a doctor to listen to me and not my test results? How can I get my life back? I'm so very desperate Thankyou for reading this.