Please be patient because this is going to be very long winded due to my ignorance !!
I was first diagnosed in Jan 2007, I had, had a baby in the July before and my GP although very understanding tried to diagnose me with PND but I asked for a blood test and was granted one. The next day I had a phone call from the GP saying I needed to come to the surgery because I had in fact got an underactive thyroid and needed medication asap. I was told that my levels ( don't know which one was 88) that it was extremely high, was prescribed 100mg levothyroxine straight away and had blood tests every 3 months, I found out I was 3 months pregnant that March (son born Sept 2007).
My levothyroxine dose has just got higher and higher over the years and I've never seen a specialist or even had a decent conversation with my GP about my thyroid and thought (very naively) that it was a minor thing apart from having to take meds every day for life.
Anyway over the years I've suffered many illnesses and been admitted to hospital numerous times. I've never felt 'healthy' my whole life and just put it down to part and parcel of being a busy mum of four etc etc !
In the last 2 years alone I've had meningococcal meningitis, appendicitis, been diagnosed with arthritis of the spine and degenerative discs, been hospitalised at least x4 with kidney infections, suspected meningitis x2 (fortunately just a form of infection somewhere in my body) and had ear, throat, chest, water infections etc etc.
This year alone I've had treatment for abnormal cells on my cervix (sorry tmi) been in hospital with an infection in my uterus due to having the coil fitted and again last wk, was sent by GP's back to hospital via ambulance because of my symptoms which I've since been diagnosed with Swine flu. I'm still recovering now.
As you can imagine myself and my family have had enough and started to look into why I could be this poorly so often and I've now realised that maybe my thyroid could have something to do with it.
Every post I've come across you all seem so knowledgeable and I've literally not got a clue about anything other than probably needing to be referred to see an endocrinologist. I'm willing to go private if need be as I'm truly at my wits end. Anyway Im basically asking for any advice, tips or info that any of you have! Thank you for reading my long winded post and thanks in advance for any help x x