I'm new to this forum so hi everyone!
Have been in and out of the doctors since June (well, more regularly since June anyway) due to various symptoms which have stretched back for years. I was called back in a couple of weeks later and told that I have 'borderline hypothryoidism', given a piece of paper with a vague description of what it is and put on 50mcg of levothyroxine. After researching and making a nuisance of myself my doctor agreed to test me for antibodies, cholesterol and free t3. After much badgering to get my results back and being repeatedly fobbed off by the practice receptionist, it was eventually confirmed that I have Hashimoto's. Since then, as I'm sure many of you have experienced, it has been an uphill struggle to get appropriate treatment. I still feel awful - I'm 28 years old and have barely enough energy to walk my dogs. I have been in recently for more tests to see if the medication is having any effect, and all they tested me for was TSH and T4, not T3 or antibodies. I was not told whether to starve or not for the test, and have since read that I should have skipped my dose of levo that morning if the blood was taken first thing - which it was. My doctor now tells me (according to those results) that if anything, I'm now being slightly overdosed, despite feeling absolutely no different. Luckily, I have a loving and caring mother who is fighting my corner, and have now decided to go private since it has become abundantly clear that my GP is not going to be much help. Have just got off the phone with a doctor of functional medicine/nutritional therapist and what a relief it was to speak him. He was incredibly knowledgeable and reassuring. I am also sending feelers out to endocrinologists in the area. It is a very scary position to be in and GPs seem to just throw a one size fits all solution at the problem and send you on your way, with little regard for how complex the human body and immune system is! I've been treated for depression since my teens and it is now looking quite possible that it was just a product of a sub-optimal immune system all along! It's so reassuring to read all of your stories and know that there are so many people in a similar position. I wish you all the best and completely understand your struggle.