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Why won't doctor listen

Have got doc to up my levo to 50mg but it's still not helping with symptoms so I asked for the advanced thyroid test but he says no cos levels are normal. Getting stressed out as doc said I could be depressed (which I'm not). When I told him about all the research I had been doing and about some people not being able to convert T4 to t3 he he thought I was loopy and insisted t3 is only to do with hyper, not hypo. Feeling very frustrated as now have strange skin discolouration on face to boot :(

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If you post any of your recent results here, people can advise. You may need to take things in your own hands or see a private doctor, since this one is so stubborn and uneducated in thyroid matters. I do not think you will ever win with him. Is it a group practice and could you try one of the others? Whatever, do not let things drift along as you will just become worse. Sadly, we have to be our own doctors.

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I am seriously considering going private as this is frustrating

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skin discoloration sounds like Addisons

do you mean you look suntanned or you have white patches appearing

or a butterfly rash like lupus

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It looks like tanned skin colour but the skin is also slightly indented to surrounding skin. There are also paler round patches within the (tanned) area.

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Hmmmmmmmm

needs checking out thats for sure

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Pebbles,

I don't think that GP is going to help you. Can you see another at the practice? Be sure to mention the skin discolouration in case it is Addison's and a syncathen test is required.

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There are only 2 docs at my practice and the other is even worse. I think Looking for another practice is my best option and thank you for the advice about skin

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Hi

I had the same problem with my GP so decided to take matters into my own hands. On the Thyroid UK website there is a link for private testing and the company I used is Blue Horizon. I ordered the following tests online (TSH, FT4, FT3, THYROID PEROXIDASE ANTIBODIES for £116) The company then emailed me something called a 'pathology passport' so that I could book an appointment at my local Spire Hospital which was included in the price. Spire then take the blood, and Blue Horizon email you with the results in about 5 working days. There are other options, such as a home test kit where you take the blood yourself, which I didn't fancy, or you can arrange for a different private clinic to take it but this seemed the easiest option.

In my case I ordered the test on Thursday, got the email with the passport in about 5 minutes and then booked a blood test for the next day at my local Spire Hospital. It was so easy.

The links to help you are as follows:

bluehorizonmedicals.co.uk/

privatebloodtests.co.uk/epa...

thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/testin...

I wish you the best of luck.

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Thank you for the advice.

I changed my doctors in the end and after the new doc asking me questions on my health she referred me to an endocrinologist.

So strangehaving a doctor that actually cares.

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