I was diagnosed with very underactive thyroid in 1981, put onto T4 only. Continued to feel mega awful. My son was born in 1980 & I raised him in that state. In1994 voluntarily took myself into psychiatric unit as I thought was going insane; they only gave me tranquilisers & said no psychiatric illness. Struggled on til 1995 when I found Dr Peatfield. He changed med to 20mcg T3 (no T4) plus said my adrenals low so prescribed 5mg deltacortril (cortisone) daily. Felt human again. He then disappeared, so had to go back to relying on GP/NHS. Kept struggling on, trying to hold down a job, had a teenager, my marriage had broken down. By 2000 had to quit my job. Kept going back & back to various GPs, usual blood tests which apparently came back within range – my brain not working so never asked for results In 2006 I moved to Birmingham to be near the university teaching hospital & saw a ‘professor consultant’ – said my short synacthen test normal. Presume he did thyroid tests, got results somewhere but they must have been within range. (should have got 2nd opinion in hindsight). Was getting severe depression, mega lethargy, total brain fuzz, and many other symptoms. In 2007 it had all dragged on for so long I felt suicidal & saw another psychiatrist as outpatient. After 6 weeks he said ”no psychiatric illness – it’s endocrine”. I now realise he should have referred me to an endo. By then I was divorced, no job, (I wasn’t officially ill so couldn’t get any benefits), had had to sell my house, no savings left & on the scrap heap.
I can’t remember when it was but I increased my T3 dose to 30mcg daily. Managed to convince GP it was ok. Felt quite a lot better but still a way to go.
In April 2014 I begged an endo to increase my T3 up to 40mcg daily, he agreed. I feel so much better for the first time since Dr P
Would I have a chance of successfully suing the NHS for the failure of the 2nd psychiatrist to refer me to an endo; or for the failure of my GP at that time who failed to refer me to an endo. ?
Also surely all medics should have realised that my T3 dose was too low?
I’ve lost everything through this illness - not being medicated correctly and adequately. Very very angry.