A few days ago I made a topic listing my thyroid results and symptoms. Today I went to see a new GP as my two previous ones basically have told me that it's all in my head and i'm a hypochondriac.
I went in there with a list of my main symptoms wrote on a piece of paper -
need naps in the afternoon
wake feeling tired
heat intolerance (always sweating even in the winter)
constantly have a 35.xx base temperature
facial swelling (moon face? can't see my ears from the front on)
sensitive to light
dry itchy scalp
alcohol intolerance (IBS, facial flushing, palpitations)
He took the list from me and quite literally started crossing some of the symptoms out because 'he wasn't worried about them'. He crossed out the 35.X temperature I have every morning and said it means nothing. He also crossed out the alcohol intolerance and the symptoms that accompany it because 'they're just normal'.
He then asked me 'what do you think is wrong with you?' i said that i wasn't sure and then explained to him that i had a private thyroid panel done and shown him the results. I said they are all in range but my T4 and FT4 are at the bottom end of the range and I have been researching it and apparently they should be at the upper end of the range. He dismissed me so quickly. Took one quick glance at my results and said 'nope they are fine, as long as they are within range they are fine.' I said 'are you sure? I've done a lot of reading lately and I think they should be a fair bit higher than they are' - At this point he seemed a bit annoyed with me for having the audacity to even question him and just dismissed me again - 'no, they are fine' he said.
Then I said is it possible to have some more bloods done such as vit d, b12, folate, iron and ferritin. He said no because all of my previous full blood counts came back fine so if I was deficient in any of it it would have shown up before (which doesn't make sense because it's a completely different test).
I then asked if it was possible to have the 24 hour cortisol test just to rule it out and because i'm severely intolerant to the heat and his answer was 'no it'll be a waste of time as it won't show anything'
At that point I just wanted to punch him in the face I was so angry. I said 'so what am I supposed to do? I've been living with this for 7 years now! I have a 3 year old son who I barely have the energy to play with anymore'
He looked at me and said 'well i'm sorry but i'm going to have to backup what the other doctors have told you, I think you have serious mood disturbances (!) - but I will test you for the folate, ferritin etc if it makes you feel better'
I just muttered 'thanks' and walked out.
Why are they so bad? it's a scary world that we live in where our health is in the hands of these incompetent fools. I think i'm just going to wait for my vitamin results and then just self medicate as I don't know what else to do. Is it worth wasting my time to find a decent GP on the nhs or should I go private? Do private doctors tend to listen to our problems and our symptoms more? I have seen almost every GP at that surgery now and it's like they are all familiar with me now and they all seem to think i'm crazy and it's all in my head. Always wanting to throw anti-depressants at me.
Does anyone know of any decent doctors in the Gloucestershire area? I feel so ill right now it's so hard to try and keep searching and to not give up when it feels like they are our enemy.
Here are my thyroid results just incase anyone has any information or advice on them -
TOTAL THYROXINE(T4) 84 nmol/L 59 - 154
THYROID STIMULATING HORMONE 1.37 mIU/L 0.27 - 4.2
FREE THYROXINE 14.5 pmol/l 12.0 - 22.0
FREE T3 5.5 pmol/L 3.1 - 6.8
Thyroglobulin Antibody <10.0 IU/mL 0-115(Negative)
Method used for Anti-Tg: Roche Modular
Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies 5.0 IU/mL 0 - 34
Method used for Anti-TPO: Roche Modular
I have a sinking feeling that the vitamin/mineral tests are going to come back fine and then I'll just have no idea on what to do next. I suppose i'll have to order a private cortisol test. All of these symptoms came about 7 years ago after I took roaccutane fwiw.
Recommendations for doctors via Private Messages please, in line with posting guideline #24, thank you, Clutter.