To continue the saga......
I have been seeing aNother (young - male, which doesn't really work for me, I'm sorry to say) Dr at the Practice. I first went after calling the Practice due to feeling pins and needles in my hands and feet.
At that appointment, I took along the list from Thyroid UK of the Thyroid signs and symptoms, which were of course, disregarded; I was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and a few days later had splints "fitted" (given to me) by a HCA. Of course it's CTS, it couldn't POSSIBLY be peripheral neuropathy as a hypothyroid symptom, oh no.
(Just as getting out of breath quite easily - worryingly - is asthma, not anything to do with anaemia or thyroid....).
He had very very grudgingly "agreed" - because I asked - to order TFTs; it was specifically agreed that T3 as well as T4 and of course,TSH would be tested. (I had hinted to him that I was about to take medication from overseas....). An appointment was made then for 3/10.
When the HCA took the blood, I asked oh so nicely (also saying that I would be back again in two weeks anyway for these tests as the TFT wouldn't show much without them) that Lipids and Ferritin be tested too.
Over a week later, I sneakily (and with some bravado, it must be said) picked up my results - printed, as I knew I would probably get blown off by the receptionist if I called. Forewarned is forearmed as they say, and if I was going to be told they were "normal", I damn well wanted to know what they actually are!
Only TSH. - which though, is on the rise at 3.01, up from 2 point something back in April.
High cholesterol - with NO dietary/lifestyle reason at all for this -
and Ferritin 38 in a range of 20 - ?300 (this is from memory, I don;t have the printout to hand).
I literally have no clue to what to do now. I know there is no point in going to the appointment - and the time this is taking, even now (in point of fact, I have been asking for help with thyroid and having many of the signs and symptoms - since 2010). I don't know why they seem to think that people have all the time in the world to keep going to the surgery on a weekly basis, let alone that I have never had any kind of job that would have tolerated it either.
As another side-issue, I have raised a complaint with the Practice Manager; I wrote to him back on 1st August. When I was in the Surgery the week before last, I left a message for him to call me and he did, not even having read (despite the fact that some admin person had called me to acknowledge the letter, as I had requested); it turned out that the letter had been opened and filed away; this was by then the 19th September.
He called me a week later (at home, I missed the call) to discuss my complaint after he had spoken to one of the Partners (in fact, one who had been very rude to me via a receptionist when he refused to test T3 and suggested HRT in front of a full waiting room). Needless to say, he has not called me again, even though he said he would.
I guess what he might say could have influenced whether or not I kept the appointment tomorrow*, so I called the Practice again just now and left a message but of course he's in meetings all day (again, despite, him telling me he is always available/readily accessible).
*As it is, I shall probably waste another morning and get myself upset for no real outcome - and will also feel that this poor young newly qualified GP shouldn't have to deal with "someone like me".
Any suggestions?? Thoughts?? Words of wisdom?? (And thank you for reading - again....)