I joined this forum a couple of weeks ago and have been really impressed by how knowledgeable, supportive and kind you are - a wonderful resource for those of us who find ourselves battling through the thyroid nightmare (and with our foggy brains!).
I've had a very difficult few months with my GP and eventually asked for a second opinion with a more experienced GP, who referred me to an endocrinologist. My latest figures are:
TSH 8.23mlU/L (0.30-4.5mlU/L)
T4 12.9pmol/L (10.00-22pmol/L)
TPOa 1102 IU/ml (0.00-59.00IU/L)
Clearly, I have an auto-immune condition, but the GP wouldn't prescribe thyroxine until my TSH was up to 10 (how ill do I have to get??) and even suggested a referral to Healthy Minds might be helpful (but is the low mood causing the high anti-bodies, I ask?) so I was expecting more battle when I saw the endo today. However, she was fantastic - very respectful, careful and pragmatic, and suggested a 6-month trial of thyroxine, recognising that my condition could only get worse and there was no point waiting until my TSH was 10. Thank God! In and out in 10mins with a prescription!
I just thought you might all be interested in this Tale-with-a-Happy-Ending and its message of Don't Give up Hope! Of course, I have yet to see how I get on with the medication...