I have been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism now for about three years (though have suffered, I now realise, for around 15 years) and am on 125 mcg Levothyroxine daily. The problem is that I still have the same symptoms as I initially went to the doctors with (it took a battle even to get a blood test at first).
The surgery where I visit seems to have a revolving door policy regarding GPs and I have lost count of the number of times I have explained my symptoms to someone who has clearly not read my notes. The average wait to get an appointment is about 2.5 weeks, then after actually seeing a doctor, another two weeks to get a blood test, then 2-3 weeks again to interpret the results. When I get the results, the chances are that the original Dr has left, was a locum and has moved on or is not available. In the meantime, I have often been unable to work (I am self employed)and my business and family are suffering the consequences of between 6 and ten weeks of waiting for some treatment - I am teetering on bankruptcy.
Yesterday was the final straw. After three weeks of waiting for an appointment to see a particular doctor (the one I saw last time so may have some idea of what I am going through), I arrived only to find that he was off sick and I was to see another GP who I did not know and did not know me.
After talking with a relative, they have agreed to pay for me to see a consultant privately (after all, if I am well and working it would be no big deal to pay them back). The question arises as to who I should see and am looking for some advice and recommendations as to how to proceed. I live in West Norfolk but location isn't so much of an issue, I would be happy to travel.. Who do people think is the most appropriate person to start with and should it be a GP or Endocrinologist. Ideally it should be someone who is sympathetic to the problems of thyroid treatment in the UK but operates within the NHS. Thanks in advance.