I'm 83 years old and I've had a bit of a year. Firstly a bladder problem, a catheter, UTIs and a general feeling of being unwell. Between March and September I lost 40 lbs in weight and began to notice a considerable increase in frequency of bowel movements. I started to suffer from breathlessness and palpitations and extreme tiredness. I am diabetic and attend a clinic twice a year. In October I went to one of those and the blood tests revealed that my Thyroid reading was high. I saw first one and then a second Dr who both said that the reading was high but just at the upper end. I accepted their opinions but then had a hernia which necessitated seeing a specialist in that field. Surgery was necessary, he said, but not advisable considering my age and physical condition. I had told him of my physical problems but had not mentioned Thyroid. He immediately commented that he thought that my problems were connected to an over-active Thyroid. Back to my GP who has now reluctantly agreed to refer me to an endocrinologist. Reading all of your stories about the difficulties you have had with your GPs made me realise that, perhaps, I am not getting the best advice from mine. In addition to weight loss, I am having sleep problems, breathlessness, palpitations and severe tiredness. I'm not looking for any advice - just thought I would join the club!!