At the beginning of September I went to the GP about a painful shoulder which I'd had for a while and assumed was part of the usual musculo-skeletal pain which we hypos endure. After a cursory look, she told me there was no need to be referred to a consultant (as I had been nearly three years ago for similar pain) as he or she would just recommend physiotherapy; I should just go away and wait for that - up to 10 weeks.
The pain and lack of movement became worse and worse, forcing me to wear a sling, upsetting my sleep and spoiling a two-week holiday, when I perfected the art of driving with one arm. When I returned, I booked into a physio privately. He would not touch my shoulder and told me to get an emergency appointment with the doctor to get an urgent referral. Needelss to say the GP practice was not able to give me an emergency slot, but a doctor did call and organised the referral letter - or so I thought. When I turned up at the private consultant appointment, there was - needless to say - no letter, but thankfully he took my word that it had been written.
Following an x-ray, the consultant diagnosed acute tendonitis with a large bursar. He organised a later ultrasound appointment to do a guided steroid injection from which I have just returned. The bursar was injected but they also discovered a large area of calcification inside the tendon, which was also injected. The consultant who did the injections said he did not know how I had lasted over a month with the pain...he said he had had a much smaller calcification and only lasted two days. When I told him I'd been sent away by the GP over a month ago, he said that the NHS ' is useless at dealing with musculo-skeletal pain'! Don't we know it... At least I have discovered that my pain threshold is better than I'd thought.
All this is a long-winded way of saying that we should not necessarily sit back and put up with our aches and pain and assume they are down to our thyroid problems, but sadly going to the GP may not provide the answer either!