Hi all, I’m new to the forum and just wanted to ask for some advice or guidance. I’ve been ill for a number of years and been back and forth to my GP, who referred me on to rheumatology, which didn’t show anything. I’ve just turned 50 so thought my symptoms may be perimenopausal, which I suggested to my doc, who put me on the pill to help balance my hormones, but this made me feel worse. Then recently I read about thyroid conditions and all the symptoms matched. My GP did thyroid blood tests which came back normal, (I don’t know the specific results as she didn’t elaborate, plus I find it all a bit confusing). She also did the antibodies blood test, but hasn’t contacted me with any results and seemed to suggest that this would only show possible future problems, so wouldn’t explain anything I’m feeling at the moment. I’ve since discovered that my mother had thyroid problems and had her goitre removed. Also my sister has been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and one GP said she had ‘classic’ thyroid symptoms, although she hasn’t been officially diagnosed with thyroid problems. I’m convinced my illness is thyroid related, but not sure where I go from here, now that my blood tests have come back normal. The GP is now suggesting that it might be psychological and that I should consider anti depressants. Whilst I might be feeling frustrated and a bit down at my physical health, I know I’m not depressed. I’m considering private tests now, but am even finding that overwhelming. How do I choose a private doctor? Any help and advice on what to do next would be really appreciated.
Thanks in advance.