I first went to my doctor about 2 years ago with Hypothyroid symptoms, he wanted prescribe anti-depressants. About a year later he had a blood test done and put me on Levothyroxine. From the first day I had indigestion which I was told to ignore. When it got worse the solution was ant-acids, I asked if I could go on a different make of Levothyroxine but was told that could not possibly be the problem. Through this site I later found out that I could just ask my chemist and have since changed from Mercury Pharma to Activil. When I got really ill (and dramatic weight loss) with the indigestion he referred me to a surgeon. Fortunately by this stage I had started researching things myself and had gone gluten free, and by the time I saw the surgeon my indigestion was beginning to clear up.
I did ask the surgeon to refer me to the endocrinologist at the hospital. I received a letter from the endocrinologist yesterday saying that he would not meet with me, there was no viable alternative to Levothyroxine and that my illness was not caused by thyroid issues.
Am not writing this to have a go at these two medics, it seems they were just working to NHS doctrine. The lack of help has made it clear to me that I need to look elsewhere to get well and am fortunate enough to be improving through changing diet and taking supplements. But the system is not working too well and needs to change.