At end of 2012 I had cause to take my elderly mother to the local A.& E . When the doctor came to see Mum, he actually (initially) seemed more interested in ME than Mum. He had noticed the swelling/puffiness in my hands and asked me if I had seen my GP about it. At that time I was under terrific stress (I am 62 y.o.) as I have been looking after elderly disabled parents and feeling the pressure) I thought no more about it until the doctor came to see Mum at home, and I told him just how awful I was feeling. He prescribed Citalopram, and asked me to go for a blood test at the surgery. I think that he thought I was feeling so badly because of what I was going through at home.(and so did I!) Anyway. I did finally go for the blood test. One evening, a few days later I had a phone call from the Dr. advising that I had an underactive thyroid, and he prescribed Levothyroxine 50mg. My TSH level was over 200.
To use his words - 'no wonder you were feeling ill' !!!
6 weeks later, my TSH had reduced to 44, but my Levo. was increased to 100 mg.
8 weeks after that, my TSH had reduced again to 5 - Levo left at 100 mg. to be reviewed again in a few weeks time.
Obviously I still have many of the symptoms, but at least I know the reason now.
That's the background to the story, but I just wonder just how much worse I would have got had the A.& E. doctor not pointed out the problem. !
Since starting the Levothyroxine, several people have told me how much better I am looking, and how 'less irritable' I am now.
To be fair to my GP, I am very reluctant to go to the Doctor for myself. Think it may be because I have attended so many times with my parents over the last few years
I think I was very lucky to have been 'spotted' at the A & e.