Hi there. Well my name is Colleen and I will be 54 I two weeks. I have had underactive thyroid for over ten years. I was eventually diagnosed by Dr Skinner in Birmingham. I had to do this as my GP simply could not look beyond the range of normal levels. So Anyhoo since then things have changed. When I was 41 I had a hysterectomy after years of suffering since I was 11 (not exaggerating) with very painful, heavy periods that would last up to 12 days. I have two healthy sons both born by caesarean and to my knowledge had two miscarriages. So I've toddled along managing as best I could. My husband left me when the boys were 4 &7 so I brought them up as a single mum. So two years ago I started having chronic diarrhoea which lasted for over a year. I had some rather awful tests done but no cause found. I lost in under 5 months near enough 3 stone in weight. (Every cloud has a silver lining ladies 😉) I also got myself a great case of shingles which took a long time to clear up. Anyways I digress. I have now regained close to 2 stone of that weight and I feel extremely unwell. I cannot cope any longer with my GP surgery who manage to make me feel guilty embarrassed stupid etc etc. You all probably know all the other emotions. I am having trouble swallowing it feels like where an Adam's apple is I am being pushed in the throat. I am in pain and I don't know if that's Fibromyalgia or.Something else. I had to give up my part time job that I loved because of the above problems. I'm not right. I know it. I don't know why but I need help. I have decided that I need to go private as NHS cannot help me. I don't know if I should see an endocrinologist or some other specialist. I live in thanet in Kent. Any recommendations please would be so gladly received. I will travel but perhaps not as far as Birmingham this time 😕. I want my life back in fact any life back as I sure don't have one now. I want to work again and sleep and not be afraid all the time. Many thanks in advance and I apologise for my ravings. 😲
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