Hi Everybody, I am new at this but would really like some help here. I don't really know how long I have had a Thyroid problem but I do know I have had a weight problem most of my life. (Hyper) I moved to London 13 years ago and paid several visits to the GP because I was so terribly tired, constipated, dry dry flaky skin, brittle hair and nail, outer eyebrows gone, and all I got told was my thyroid was "Borderline?" What on earth does that mean? After seeing a nutritionist who insisted on further bloodtests, the doctor agreed to put me on to 25mcg Levothyroxine. I felt no improvement and started the battle again for further tests. After several visits and tests and I was up to 50mcg I still felt no improvement but was sure it was my Thyroid. I started doing a bit of reseach and decided to start asking more questions - gp's in this country do no like to be questioned! However, I was put up to 75mcg and I have to say felt a slight improvement for a very short time.
I Suffer very badly with Restless leg syndrome and had to visit the Neurologist, I mentioned in desperation to him that I was having muscle and joint pain and my Thyroid symptoms had got worse but the gp kept telling me my Thyroid was fine, by this stage I was feeling pretty grim. The Neurologist did a Thyroid Function test and my TSHwas 9.2 with a free T4 of 15 (11 - 23)
apparently in this country T3 is never checked?????
The gp put me up to a dose of 100mcg but when I asked what it all meant she said it means "You are safe" No kidding - I was told I was safe. I was also told that I should have another test in 8 weeks. (Funny, I went to book the blood test and was told my TSH had dropped to 5 (I had not had a test - do you think its time I changed my doctor??????
I just want to know what questions to ask and what to insist on knowing, We only get 10 minutes with the gp because of NHS which I am very grateful for but I need to know what questions to ask in that time and if I am entitle to being told what is going on with my thyroid.
I hope someone can give me some advice. I do feel ill and so want to get better.