Quick question

Hi all! After feeling so fed up after my G.P appointment this week I have decided that I may possibly need to order myself some T3, and give that a go myself

My other question is, How do you go about seeing and Endo? Do you need to be referred by your G.P, or can you seek one out yourself? I have been fobbed off for over 10 years by my G.P and after this week have decided to take matters into my own hands. (Also, don't fancy another argument with my doctor about it all being down to my weight and age..

I am contemplating going private, although cant really afford it, but seem to be getting nowhere fast and need to feel normal again.

Sorry not such a quick question after all but bottom line is how do I get to bypass my G.P to see an Endo, and if I cant, any idea how much a private appointment would be approx?

I live near Liverpool.

8 Replies

  • I know you are tired and fed up - but do please read through your previous posts and answers. I think someone mentioned contacting Louise at Thyroid UK for a list of Thyroid sympathetic Docs/Endos. It will be money well spent. Diving into T3 is not the answer if you have not had the basics tested - which I posted on your earlier question. Those levels need to be at the top of their ranges for good conversion of T4 into T3. What are your levels - with ranges ?

  • I believe louise.warvill@thyroiduk.org has a few NHS on her list. Even though they may be a distance it might be worth while.

    It is really shocking, considering how important it is to have an optimum level of thyroid hormone for us to function and be well that it has come to this stage i.e. self-medicating.

  • Sorry Marz, I missed that completely, I have emailed Louise. Thanks Shaws, I feel I am at the end of my tether but determined to feel better..

  • Jacqui, when you get Louise's list, you can post a question asking whether anyone has seen the endos you are interested in but ask for comments to be sent via private message. Don't ask your GP for a referral until your have researched who you want to see.

  • Sorry to keep asking - but have you had B12 - Ferritin - Folate - Iron - VitD tested ? when those levels are high in range - you will hopefully start to feel better...

  • No, Doc just tested TSH as apparently In was non symptomatic. Don't think I have ever had the full range tested. Until I found this site, I would phone the surgery for my results and they would just say "normal" and I would stupidly say "okay" and hang up still feeling crap..

  • As well as having the full thyroid profile tested - TSH FT4 FT3 and Anti-TPO and Anti-Tg may I suggest you also have the vitamins and minerals tested I suggested above. LOW B12 etc. can overlap symptoms of thyroid illness. Even if you have a healthy thyroid - low levels of Ferritin - Iron - B12 etc. will affect the conversion of the T4 that your thyroid secretes into the ACTIVE T3 - which is needed in every cell of your body for health and well being....

    Keep asking questions and reading as much as possible....

  • This week is the first time I have taken the bull by the horns and started to do some research. I am still confused by all the different levels of this and that but slowly trying to understand.

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