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?