I have just received the results of some blood tests, taken as I am run down and have severe debilitating joint pain. My GP said this " all normal, except your thyroid seems to be working extra hard so we will test again in 6 months" I was slightly stunned and said is that because of the partial thyroidectomy? she seemed quite blase about it and pushed me off with a referral to a rheumatologist for the joint pain. Now I am at home worrying about the thyroid and the fact I seem to have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism and assuming that the its working too hard comment means I have raised TSH levels. I am going to collect the referral letter and intend to ask for a print out of my actual results. For back ground, I had the partial thyroidectomy about 8 years ago due to a goiter, I was told it wasnt cancerous and they had left a tiny about of the gland and so it could grow back and be ok. I have never had any medication for it. I have had severe and debilitating joint pain for the last 6 years which is getting worse,resulting in decompression surgery on my spine, still have constant pins and needles and probable carpal tunnel syndrome. How do I get this GP to take this seriously? is it normal to not treat a patient after partial throidectomy surgery? I am thinking perhaps the levels should have been monitored more closely?