Thanks guys and gals for the warm welcome and the excellent advice. Ive tried some of the things you guys mention, ie: gluten free diet, soon after I was diagnosed I pretty much removed all gluten but didn't see much difference to be honest, I kept to the diet religiously for approx 6 months so gave it a good go but due to it not resolving the issue I have relaxed it a bit, for example when I'm at work I eat whatever is the healthiest option in the canteen at lunch which isn't always gluten free. I have eliminated soya though and make sure I dont go near it, I try to do a smoothy everyday with parsley, avocado, apple, banana and a couple of brazil nuts for the selenium content and I try to buy organic produce as much as possible.
Regarding my test results, it gets a bit complicated, I saw my GP a couple of days ago and yet again went through the whole explanation to him about my symptoms, now the strange thing is I know for a fact that my last test of TSH which was last year was 6.82, and the one the year before was also just above 6, they never gave me a print out but they showed me the results on their PC screen and I wrote it down. I clearly remember having what was really an argument with ther GP as he would not agree that a TSH of 6.82 was too high, their reference range at the time was 5. Now this is the strange bit, the other day when I saw the GP he said that all my results for the last two years were within range and showed me them on the PC screen, now all of a sudden they have results for all my previous tests with not only every TSH result as under 4 but also listing results for tests that they never gave me!. I noticed that their reference range has reduced to 4, my test for last year is now showing as having come back as 3.07!!! and the previous ones also under 4. Now this concerns me because either they have mixed up my results with someone elses, which doesn't actually make sense to me because the previous results were already on the system (I saw them for myself), or what I think is more likely they fiddled the results so they could cover their arses as their own test results showed that they weren't medicating me correctly as by their own reference ranges which even though was a TSH of 5 at that time I was over by 1.82. I even said to the GP the other day that the results they have stored are incorrect, I know 100% that I'm right on this so its quite frightening to know this sort of s**t goes on. I would like to think its an honest mistake on their part but it doeasn't seem likely to accidently mix up my results with someone elses and backdate 2 years of results, how on earth can that happen by accident? very convienient for them though as it makes them look like they were doing everything correctly. Anyway I have no way of proving this so they just get away with it and it means I have no ( real) test result print outs to put up on here, only the last two TSH results that I wrote down, the last one of 6.82 last year. I don't trust that surgery at all now and I think the recommendation one of you guys mentioned of changing surgeries is something I will have to try to do.
I had been tested for antibodies, or more accurately I should say I was told by a GP I had been tested for antibodies on my first test when I was diagnosed, and I was told that test came back ok, but anything that surgery comes out with I will take with a generous pinch of salt from now on. You know what, come to think of it I wouldn't be suprised if I was never
hypo in the first place after my experiences of the cock ups that surgery is capable of. I had and still have a shoulder injury/ problem which they cant seem to sort out either. I had a cortisone injection not long after being diagnosed with hypothyroidism which I'm sure didnt help with my symptoms. I raised my concerns about having the injection with the Orthapedic Consultant but he said it wouldnt be a problem, it complicates things as there are two things at approximately the same time that could cause side effects, the Levo and the cortisone, or both together. I have just been discharged from the Orthapedic Clinic because I raised my concerns about having another cortisone injection that they wanted to give me. I was explaining to the doctor why I have concerns about the cortisone injection ( it effecting the converstion of T4 to T3) but he weren't having it and thought i was undermining his proffesional opinion, this is the second time this one particular consultant discharged me for the same reason, even his assistant nurse agreed I may have a point. The stupid thing is that even he said the cortisone injection wouldn't solve the shoulder problem but it may help with diagnosis, so I get discharged even though I still have pain in the shoulder that nearly landed me in the dole queue. They have MRI scans of my shoulder which shows an impingement issue and an injury but I get discharged for having concerns about having a b***** cortisone injection that wont do anything other then help with diagnosing something that is already diagnosed, are they in the wrong here or am I losing
the plot. So to bring my situation up to date I have a blood test slip to test for TSH and T3 only, of course they will refuse to do the T3 test just like they had done on all previous occasions, funnny that isn't it, they refuse to do the T3 tests every time yet when it looks good for them to have done everyting properly I suddenly have full panel test results on my record that they never b***** well did. I tried to get the blood test done yesterday but they couldn't fit me in so I have to wait till next week, to be honest whats the point in going via these people anyway, can I really trust the results they provide me with, I dont think so. I will have to get tests done privately but will have to wait a month or so. I have just started a new job which is a promotion with good prospects and much better pay, this could be such a good point in my life if it weren't for this hypo crap and on top of it useless doctors that wont help you get better. I'm seriously worried whether I will be able to hold down this job with the symtoms I have at the moment. Its a long drive to and from work and then theres all the shopping, cleaning, cooking, etc etc to do when I get in so I dont stop all day and end up not getting enough sleep, at the weekends I feel so f**ked I haven't even the energy to go out and have a social life. Anyway, sorry for the long post, just really needed a b***** good rant. I have taken all your good advice on board and will try to go through all the recommendations as and when I can, cheers guys.