I just found this site in my desperate attempts to find info on hypothyroidism over the last few months. I've been feeling awful since the end of April after a chest infection that left me feeling wiped out. Or at least thats what the docs keep telling me it is. I've had hair loss for some years as well as mild depression, lack of motivation, brain fog, joint pain, fatigue all for some years too. Two months ago I developed a hoarse voice that wouldn't go away and in the last 3 weeks I've had a swollen feeling in my thyroid area that got so bad a fortnight ago that it constricted my breathing and my boyfriend thought I was dying and called paramedics! I'm not sure if that was because I had been rushing around all day, it was a very stressful day and it was a heatwave so maybe it swelled more than normal. Well usual story goes about blood test results being 'normal'. GP sent me to an ENT specialist who put camera in and checked my vocal chords- all okay. I keep telling the GP it's not a ENT specialist I need to see but an endocrinologist but Oh No, they know best!
Last weekend I was at a wedding. The brother of the bride is a Naturopath who specialises in endocrinology and my boyfriend was asking him for advice on my predicament. He looked me over that day and has very kindly given me some free advice over the last week, he sent me a very detailed questionnaire asking about symptoms, medical history etc. He pointed me in the direction of some natural medicine for the time being as I'm not getting anywhere with the GPs at present. He has been really helpful and sympathetic to my situation as I'm a single parent and it is just flipping exhausting trying to look after two young kids all day when all I want to do is sleep! The school holidays are a particularly joyous time for me at the minute trying to entertain them all day! He was Princess Diana's Naturopath so if he was good enough for her, he's good enough for me! I have a GP appt on Monday to discuss him sending me to an endo on the NHS. I can only dream!