I'm trying a 2nd GP next week after the 1st one looked at the results below and just said 'I'm not saying you haven't got Hashimoto's but it could be something else. Go to the cardiologist and let him send you to an endocrinologist if he thinks you need one'. Total disinterest in my symptoms despite the blood test results below:
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THYROID STIMULATING HORMONE *4.93 mIU/L 0.270 - 4.200
FREE THYROXINE 17.17 pmol/L 12.000 - 22.000
TOTAL THYROXINE(T4) 101.0 nmol/L 59.000 - 154.000
FREE T3 4.56 pmol/L 3.100 - 6.800
REVERSE T3 *43 ng/dL 10.000 - 24.000
THYROGLOBULIN ANTIBODY *122.200 IU/mL 0.000 - 115.000
THYROID PEROXIDASE ANTIBODIES 11.46 IU/mL 0.000 - 34.000
VITAMIN B12 259.1 pg/ml 191.000 - 663.000
FOLATE (SERUM) 7.38 ug/L 4.600 - 18.700
25 OH VITAMIN D 113.6 nmol/L 50.000 - 200.000
CRP - HIGH SENSITIVITY *6.6 mg/L 0.000 - 5.000
FERRITIN 247.7 ug/L 30.000 - 400.000
My Symptoms are:
•Feeling the cold
•Tired all the time
•Muscle pain & cramps
•High blood pressure
•Thicken of the skin – face mainly
•Myxedema – lower left leg & foot
•Weight gain – particularly round the tummy lately
•Tinnitus and hearing loss in left ear
•Hair loss & fine hair
•Dentist says I'm making a lot of plaque
•High uric acid\gout
•Infection after infection
I left his surgery feeling totally lost to be honest and haven't posted here. I have to say, without the support by the wonderful people on this board I don't know what I would have done, I felt as if I was going mad.
All I want is a referral to an endocrinologist, so what are my rights when it comes to this? The 1st GP insists on me seeing a cardiologist I didn't ask for and won't send me to an endocrinologist when asked. Given the 2nd GP also works in the same surgery as the 1st GP, it would be great to know what I can DEMAND if met with the GP's cotton wool wall of non-co-operation again.
Thanks to all who had the patience to read this far down the post.
Good Luck And Thanks To All Here!