I have lost friends too, several others on here have found the same. I got so intolerant that I could no longer ignore things I used to just let go and of course that upsets people. I could have grovelled but I couldn't be bothered in the end.
If you have gone up ring sizes have you put weight on all over? I lost a load of weight by the end but I have always been the chunky side. The weight loss was great although because I looked really good people didn't think I was ill which was a downside too.
I think thyroid problems can make you appear like a hypochondriac, in fact I think if GPs see people coming in with a range of symptoms - especially women of a certain age - and thins that they are dealing with a real hypochondriac then they ought to check out the person's thyroid. I saw a doctor in August who looked at me like I was a total nutter and said I was needing a holiday!
By November I had nearly killed myself in the car one Tuesday night, saw the doctor next morning because I KNEW I was not right, had bloods on the Thursday and got a phone call telling me to collect my Carbimazole and I would be going to see an endocrinologist etc on the Friday.
So some hypochondriac! When I look back I had all sorts of symptoms over a period of time, I had thought for ages that I must have had some sort of autoimmune problem because I never felt good but knew it wasn't lupus or Sjorgens - never even thought of thyroid even though I had been told many years ago that I was borderline overactive ( I was being checked out because my body was behaving like I was under active - weight gain, tired etc ) so I bet I was looked on as being a bit of a hypochondriac.
I got my first print out of results very easily but next time when the receptionist went to print them off they weren't there! Even when I asked the doctor last time she had to go somewhere else online to get them. Hospital and GP share records but it looks like the GP shares more than the hospital does. Some people on here have a lot of difficulty getting their results and have to pay, others have no difficulty and a load are in between but get them in the end.
If you take someone with you you can ask your endo for your results (with lab ranges) and get the person with you to write them down. I usually just write them down myself, I make the headings of any tests I have had in my notebook before I go so that it is quick to do and I know what the lab ranges are likely to be but I just double check at the time. I am always tempted to whip out my iPad and do it on that but if anything went wrong and it didn't work I would look an idiot so pen and paper it is.
Friends and family generally have no idea of what you feel like with Graves, they say they do but they don't really.
My younger son who lives abroad was funny because when I told him, he must have googled as he came back and said that was what Missy Elliot had so it was really good that he knew from her.
Sorry to ramble on but good luck. Liz