A couple of years ago, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto thyroiditis but back then, due to my age and lack of symptoms, I was not advised to start any therapy.
Over the past years, I have become symptomatic, I have been feeling unwell. I am 30 years old and planning to have children in a few years. I went to see my GP a couple of times, I had several blood tests, but in spite of the repeated requests, the lab refuses to test for antibodies based on normal TSH levels.
I have blood test results from the last 5 years (from Hungary - my home country) showing highly elevated levels of thyroid antibodies (in 2010 - 4 times; 2012 - 12 times and in December 2014 -16 times the reference value) with normal TSH, T3 and T4, but as the reports are not from the UK, my GP doesn't accept them and refuses to refer me to a specialist.
I am a medical doctor myself, I have a good understanding of this condition, but sadly my GP does not. I feel absolutely hopeless and I do not know how to break this vicious circle. They do not accept my results from Hungary, but at the same time they refuse testing my blood for anti-TPO based on having 'normal' thyroid function.
I was advised to have the blood test done in a private hospital (£250.00), which I find ridiculous as I have the diagnosis already, and even recent test results.
I don't know if I should pay for the blood test or rather go and see a specialist privately and see what she/he says. This situation is just so frustrating.
I would very much appreciate any advice.