I recently posted about having to change my GP to a one at the same practice who is hypo. I went to see him today and as I suspected he had absolutely no clue. If I had to take an exam on thyroid problems I'd probably get a C, but he would be in the corner with the dunces cap on! I told him I'd been on Levo for nearly a year now and still have all my symptoms-and feel worse now than I did before. He tilted his head to one side, took a deep breath and decreed that he thinks I am blaming my thyroid for all of my symptoms. Duh???!!! I said , yes well that's because it is to blame!! I read out a list of my symptoms and guess what? It isn't my thyroid causing my inability to lose weight, dodgy hair, insomnia even though I'm shattered, constipation, zero libido, temperature intolerance, constant basal temp of around 34.6, brain fog/lack of concentration etc. No, no, no , no. It is...depression!! All those pesky symptoms are caused because I am depressed. Who knew?! It couldn't be anything else as my blood test (taken in February) is "normal". I could not believe my ears. I asked what would he have said if I had read out a list of symptoms but hadn't mentioned I was suffering from depression/low mood. In typical politician mode, he changed the subject. I asked where he stood on T3-again, he changed the subject. I asked if he understood that some people didn't covert T4 to T3 adequately...and guess what? Yep, he changed the subject!!! Clearly WAY out of his depth he suggested seeing a specialist (endo), therefore pushing the problem onto someone else.
I know that GPs are "general" practitioners and don't get a lot of training re thyroid problems ( other than I imagine, a 5 minute workshop on writing out thyroxine prescriptions) but why oh why, when patients come in with patently more knowledge than them, don't they brush up on the subject a bit? I am sorry to say I lost it a bit and told this guy point blank that he needs to learn to think outside the box, but he remained steadfast that I was "normal". My parting shot was that I would love to prove him wrong, and I intend to...somehow!!! I haven't quite worked that bit out yet