I got my results from BH on Wednesday and sent a copy to my gp and asked for a phone call today.
He was really unhelpful and wasn't interested in the results. Then said even if he was to look at them my TSH isn't actually high and the thyroxine in my body is fine so they're clinically insignificant but can repeat in 6 months.
TSH: 5.03 (0.27-4.2)
Free T4 14.52 (12-22)
Free T3 5.43 (3.1-6.8)
He then asked that I wasn't taking thyroxine or "anything stupid like that?"
I told him I've been feeling crap for the last 1-2 years with symptoms: fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, feeling of lump in my throat and irregular periods now approx. every 6-8 weeks.
He then said to repeat now. I asked if it would be the same tests he was repeating as i'd prefer to go private again (phobia of needles) he said no there were others but he wouldn't tell me what and asked why I wanted to go private. I explained and he said if I wanted him to deal with it just go for the blood test and he was only going to stick a needle in my arm (him laughing - me starting to cry)
What other tests would he be doing? Are there other conditions that can cause the same symptoms and slightly raised TSH that I should be concerned about?
I can't go through with the NHS blood test I was crying and could hardly breathe when I got off the phone just at the thought of it. Do you think I should try a different NHS GP or will I get the same response there? (even a bit more compassionate of my phobia would be a plus.) Are there any private GP's who would be more willing to consider the results?
Also, when do you think I should repeat the test? BH dr said in 3 months unless symptoms develop then retest sooner but I've already got symptoms. My gp said 6 months then 3 when I told him what BH dr said then down to next week when I told him my symptoms (particularly the infrequent periods - before this he asked if my symptoms were because I was anxious about anything)
My dad has underactive thyroid and so did his auntie and my great nan on my mums side. I was thinking of changing to my dads GP as they'd know family history better? Or is this irrelevant? I don't mind going private if I'm not made to feel as stupid or belittled as I was earlier