I have suffered from exhaustion and depression since puberty, neither of which were treated for thirty years. I was then diagnosed with post-partum thyroiditis in 2009 and eventually Hashimotos disease. I also suffer from other autoimmune conditions - vitiligo, Raynaud's disease, and eczema caused by a gluten allergy (I do not have antibodies indicative of Celiac disease, so this is not diagnosed).
I was treated with Levothyroxin from 2009, but I elected to come off in 2011 as I believed I was severly over-medicated (T4 20 and TSH <1 and suffering from sweats, palpitations and insomnia). My GP then left the practice and since then I have not encountered a GP who will consider treating with Levothyroxin despite continued low mood and exhaustion and now being medicated with 40mg pd of citatlopram (SSRI for depression). I have been completely glutenfree for 4 and a half years. I have also had a number of extensive courses of CBT and psychological support for the last 5 years and have meditated every day for the last 2 and a half years. I take 3,000 IU of vitamin D daily.
I am not prepared to accept that I am 'just' depressed and to remain this way for the rest of my life. I am sure that my condition is physical and that thyroid function has a part to play. My GP refuses to refer me to a consultant or to treat me as my tests are in the normal range (T4 12-17, TSH 1.5 - 3). She insists that as this is the case, I am suffering solely from depression.
I would be very grateful for any advice.
I have posted separately that I am intending to see Proff Grossman privately, but would also welcome any recommendations from members about other doctors in or around London who would be willing to test further and are willing and able to prescribe T4/T3 although I am 'well'.
Many thanks all,