Since finding this site and the truly kind and knowledgeable people who have helped me get some tangible assistance with my B12 deficiency and hashimoto's thyroiditis, I've decided to have another go at getting some help from my GP.
This is my history of suspected thryroid problems:
All the usual symptoms - extreme tiredness, weight gain, oedema, psoriasis, infections, horribly aching joints etc etc etc. I ended up in hospital where they diagnosed me with what they called 'screaming cellulitis' and then with extremely high blood pressure. I ahd all the tests on heart, lungs, etc; took all their drugs like a good boy but asked them to test me as I suspected an under-active thyroid. They said they did and that the results came back as normal. All that was before what I know now and I accepted what they said without question. The antibiotics dealt with my infection but left me with the blood pressure issues and congestive heart failure...according to them. I took all the tests they sent be for, without finding anything out of the ordinary and for over three years I took their pills without question whilst hating the side effects! After three years my blood pressure hardly moved - we're talking anywhere between 160/84 to 220/110 - and I could add GOUT to my problems. It was so bad sometimes, I couldn't get across the lounge unaided. It was vile for me and even worse for my long suffering wife. At that point, I started to slowly cut down on the pills - much against the advice of my GP - and eventually ended up on just an occasional diuretic....And then I found this site and a lot of things started to fall into place. I've had a private blood test - see the results in my previous post on the subject - and appear to be low in B12 and with mild hashimoto's.
I won't bore you senseless anymore, but do any of you wiser and more knowledgeable people have any advice on how I should approach my GP about B12 and thyroid monitoring and treatment? I don't want a row with him but he's a real alpha male and I fear I may lose my rag after what feels like over four years of misdiagnosis.
Thanks for being so patient....assuming you got to the END of this novella!
And thanks again for all your help and support this past few weeks.