New poster and endo recommendation London

Hi everyone,

I have been reading this forum for a few weeks now and I must say it has really opened my eyes.

Here is a quick introduction from me:

I am 34 years old woman, first went to my UK GP complaining of extreme tiredness in 2008 and was finally diagnosed beginning of 2009 in France with Hashimoto (high antibodies, I don't have the exact result with me). I was put on levothyroxine and had to fight until I got my dose increased to 150 mcg. This did improve my symptoms (was able to go to work for a full day and do some light exercising without feeling completely exhausted). However I always felt something was missing as I never felt like "before": I get tired much faster (for example going out for dinner at the end of a work day is often too much for me) and find it very hard to concentrate at work which is starting to be a real issue as I feel very overwhelmed all the time.

Due to my work I moved to France for a couple of years just before I was diagnosed and then to the Netherlands for 4 years.

During that time I didn't have the energy to look for alternative treatment but now I have moved back to the UK and I am determined to improve. I went to my GP asking him for blood tests and he did write TSH, FT3 and FT4 but the lab only did TSH (which was "normal" at 0.66). After I talked about my symptoms he said he couldn't help me but that he would refer me to an endocrinologist.

Does anyone know a good endo around South west London (Richmond/ Kingston/ Wimbledon area)? I have health insurance thanks to my work so don't mind going private.

What should I do before going to see him/ her? Would it be beneficial for me to get private blood tests before seeing the endo? Or should I wait and see what they suggest?

3 Replies

  • Welcome to the forum, Moople.

    It's certainly useful to have TSH, FT4 and FT3. You can order private tests from Blue Horizon and Genova via

    You can post the results and lab ref ranges on the forum for advice and they will be useful to show the endo you see.

    Email for a list of member recommended endos. You'll need to check with your health insurer whether the endo is on their 'approved list'.

  • I agree with Clutter. Blue Horizon offer a comprehensive full thyroid panel covering T3, T4, FT3, FT4 and antibodies. I believe there's a separate test for RT3. Check out their website.

    I visited a private endo in North London about a year ago and was told that my extensive and debilitating symptoms were 'somatic'. I had a full thyroid panel for about £100 at Blue Horizon privately and it indicated low T4 and FT4, while only weeks earlier I was reassured by the same endo that I was NOT hypothyroid and was referred to a neurologist. I also have adrenal issues.

    I strongly recommend a full thyroid panel and you could navigate from there. Perhaps you need a larger dose or a combination of T3 and T4. Adrenal fatigue should also be considered, as poor function of the adrenal glands compromise optimal function of the endocrine system. Good luck!

  • Thanks for the help! I will report back once I have more details.

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