After many years of suspecting my thyroid was underactive I got a private referral to Dr Skinner at the end of September. He prescribed thyroxine and I've been steadily increasing the dosage as planned. I was due to see him again this week. I have just discovered that he has died and now I am extremely anxious. I'm currently taking 100mg a day, and for the last 3 or 4 weeks have been aware that my heart is beating very fast, and I'm getting an increase in twinges of pain in my chest. I've also developed a frozen shoulder. These are all signs of thyroxine toxicity, and I would have gone to my GP but I know that he will just say 'I told you so' and take me off the meds and I'll be back to square one. I thought that as my appt with Dr Skinner was coming up so soon it would be better to hold off and see him.
I'm desperate to get my thyroid sorted out as I'm having my 6th IVF attempt in the new year, and cannot go ahead until thyroid related problems are ruled out.
I've been counting the days until my follow up appt with Dr Skinner, and now I don't know what to do. I'm very concerned about my pulse being so fast, but don't want the GP to stop thyroxine completely (he absolutely refused to consider that I could be hypothyroid).
Please could anyone suggest someone who can help me - and quickly? In the Sussex/London area? I feel slightly hysterical as there is so much at stake with IVF, and I'm so worried about my heart rate.
Sorry if this sounds a bit mad. I am very depressed and anxious and have just lost my job and had a family bereavement and many other bad things, and I have been pinning all my hopes on sorting out my thyroid.