some advice please

Hi I have been trying to get hold of Dr Paul J Jenkins at the Harley street clinic but for some reason can not get hold of his secretary. Does any one know if he is still working in Harley street?

I don't have my latest blood tests but I do know that according to my Dr my blood tests my thyroid is with in a high range (if that is the best way to put it at the mo.)

I spoke to my Dr about seeing an endocrinologist but as far as see he is concerned this is a waist of time because he thinks that most endocrinologist give you a different opinion on hypothyroidism and how to treat this etc.

I have never been looked at by an endocrinologist.

Also I don't suppose someone would mind private message about armour ?

Thanks so much for your help.

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  • Kalel, Keep trying, maybe she is on holiday. Surprised the switchboard can't help you.

    What is it you want to know about Armour?

  • thanks Clutter I will try and call this number tomorrow. If I can't get hold of anyone then I will try and find another endocrinologist that I can see in the London area.

    I am currently taking levothyroxine for my hypothyroidism and would like to change to a more natural drug ie armour I don't know if this is something that I can do myself or if I need to try and find an endocrinologist that can help me do this?

    If you have Any advice about armour and changing medication I would really love to hear from you/know more.

    Just wondering but do most people see an endocrinologist when they suffer from hypothyrodisim. The only reason why I have been thinking about seeing one is because I also have arthritis and I have only had advice from my local GP about in hypothyroidism.

    I know that I am not deficient in vitamin b12 but I have never had any blood work for other vitamin deficiencies/or any tests that someone with hypothyroidism is meant to have.

    I have also noticed that my hair has started going to go white/in some places so I am worried that I might be suffering from vitamin deficiencies.

    Sorry about the long post.

    Thanks so much for your help Clutter.

  • Kalel, primary hypothyroidism is usually managed in primary care. It depends how knowledgeable the GP is as to the quality of care and medication will normally be Levothyroxine as Armour and other brands of NDT aren't licensed for UK use and few NHS doctors will prescribe them. Most members using NDT have private prescriptions or buy NDT online and self medicate.

    An endocrinologist isn't likely to help with arthritis, I think a rheumatologist does that. It will help to make sure you are optimally medicated on Levothyroxine as undermedication can cause musculoskeletal pain. If you'd like to post your recent results with the lab ref ranges (figures in brackets after results) I'll have a look. If you say how much Levothyroxine you are taking I will guide you how to transition to NDT.

    I don't think GPs commonly 'offer' ferritin, vitamin D, B12 and folate tests but most accede if requested. If your GP won't do them you can order private thyroid, vitamin and mineral tests from Blue Horizon and Genova via Members will be happy to interpret and advise on results if you post them in a new question.

    If the endo you want to see takes a holistic view he will probably check that vitamins and minerals are optimal. My endo wasn't interested and refused testing. Luckily my GP agreed to test as vitD and folate were deficient and B12 low and correcting them made a huge difference to wellbeing.

  • thanks for your help Clutter I really do appreciate it.

    I should be getting my latest blood test results with in the next couple of days so I will tell you what they are as soon as I can.

    I am currently taking 75mg of levothyroxine.

    In regards to Armour, I don't know how easy it is to self medicate on this drug, but the main reason why I have thought about changing medication is because I would like to try and take more of a natural drug.

    Thanks again for your help I will post my blood test results very soon.

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