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Private GP or functional medicine doctor? Anyone have experience?

I recently saw my GP about a private blood test I had done which showed:

v. high Anti-Thyroglobulin antibodies

v. low Ferritin

high RT3

TSH 2.6 (but it was 4.85 a few months ago).

I am on 100mcg a day of levothyroxine. She has prescribed iron (400mcg a day) and although she is going to run the test results by the endocrinologists, she said she can only work within NHS guidelines, so T3/combination, NDT, or a raise in.

She actually said that if I wanted to go to a private GP they might be able to do more.

My question is if I decide to pay to see a specialist do I actually go to a private GP with an interest/specialism in thyroid problems or do I see a functional medicine doctor with the same interest?

Presumably because functional medicine is not recognised by NHS they cannot prescribe...? I would be nervous about buying anything like T3 or NDT over the internet without a prescription.

I like the approach of functional medicine because I would like a more whole body look at my health, but are there any advantages to seeing a qualified GP over an integrative or functional doctor?

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I don't think there are many functional medicine doctors in the UK, but many are GPs so could prescribe.


I've found a functional medicine doctor in Bristol but there are also people like Dr Myhill and those on the list from Thyroid UK are all private GPs


I'm in bristol too! Could you give details of this functional medicine doctor that you see and can they prescribe NDT?? Thanks! :)


I'll try and look it up again & send it to you, I havent been to anyone yet and have not found out if they can prescribe NDT.


Great, thanks!


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