I have recently moved to Edinburgh from London and I am here to ask for advice.
I am new to this forum and I wonder how come I have not discovered it before!
I had a complete thyroidectomy in 2009 because of thyroid cancer and since then I have been struggling to find doctors who even listened to me.
Initially I was followed by private doctors, as my employer at that time provided medical insurance. They were not any better than NHS ones.
The oncologist kept me for 9 months on T3 even if I kept complaining that I had palpitations, extreme mood shifts (like manic depression), very frequent periods, very fast metabolism. She got offended when I asked for an endocrinologist to see me and wrote a letter to the surgeon saying that she would not see me again (!).
Then I changed jobs and no longer had medical insurance and I have been seeing NHS doctors since. Basically I have a blood test for calcium and thyroid hormones every 6 months.
I have been struggling with the values of calcium, sometimes too much and sometimes too little. Both give nasty symptoms so I usually know when I need to be tested for calcium values again.
Also the other values they check are of course TSH and T4 and even though they seem to be fine, I have been feeling increasingly worse, especially in this last year.
The symptoms may not all be related, but I have been experiencing irregular periods, hair loss and brittle hair, nausea vomit and diarrhea, general tiredness and lack of strength, sleepiness.
If any of you can give some advice in how to find a decent consultant in Edinburgh I would be really grateful.
Has any of you been seen by Dr. Mark Strachan, Dr Nicola Zammit or Dr Alan Patrick?
Or do you know any other ones who you would recommend?
Last but not least, can I ask the GP to refer me to a specific consultant?
Lots of questions, I know!
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