I understand that Dr Boardman is happy for her name to appear in postings.
Has anyone been referred to her via their NHS GP rather than privately?
I'm seeing my GP next week and am hoping the opportunity will arise for me to ask for a referral. I'll be discussing:
1) results of MRI head scan to determine the cause of pulsatile tinnitus. Blood tests have ruled out a thyroid connection, though the TSH value is definitely climbing:
1/12/15: 3.84 (0.27-4.20)
27/2/15: 2.53 (0.35-6) (the range changed in April 2015 to the above)
Folate is in range but low:
11/12/15: 5.4 (4.6-18.7)
27/02/15: 5.8 (4.6-18.7)
I've never been diagnosed with hypothyroidism (but have a diagnosis of ME). BTW my B12 levels are off the scale and getting higher, so I don't have poor B12 levels (neither serum nor active):
11/12/15: 914 (191-663) (serum)
27/2/15: 887 (191-663) (serum)
20/4/15: 154 (25.1-165) (active)
Not quite sure what to make of this.
Other test results:
Ferritin: 120 ug/L (15-350)
Total cholesterol 5.0
HDL cholesterol 1.5
LDL cholesterol 3.2
total:HDL ratio 3.3
2) my ongoing problems with low core body temperature. I've been carrying out an exercise - using a geratherm basal thermometer I've recorded my temperatures three times a day (where possible) for the past three weeks. The readings are all over the place, with no consistency whatsoever. The lowest reading is 95 F | 35 C and the highest (when I was ill with throbbing headaches following the MRI scan) is 97.2 F | 36.2 C. Average temperature on waking is 96.6 F | 35.8 C. Exercise doesn't seem to have any effect.
I keep getting fobbed off by being told that I must be "one of those women who just happen to feel the cold most acutely". Surely it's not right for a 55-year-old woman to have such a low core temperature that it is regularly on the cusp of hypothermia. AND if it is so low at this age, what's it going to be like in twenty years' time?
Sorry for the long posting.