I recently saw my GP about a private blood test I had done which showed:
v. high Anti-Thyroglobulin antibodies
v. low Ferritin
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?