I'm new here and was recently (2 weeks ago) given my antibody etc test results over the phone by a trainee GP and am currently waiting to see my usual GP face to face in a couple of weeks to discuss them. Results were antibodies over 1000, TSH 9, T4 11. I didn't ask for the ranges over the phone but will do so at my appointment. I will also ask for thyroid medication. I don't think there will be a problem getting levo which I'm happy to try out. Until a couple of weeks ago I had no idea my there was a problem with my thyroid although I've had symptoms for 5-10 years which are slowly getting worse.
I have researched Hashimoto's in depth, gone 100% gluten free and have started supplementing with selenium, vit E, D3, B12, iron, folate, vit C, omega 3&6 and magnesium at various times of the day. Already I feel a lot better- much less joint pain and fewer mood swings.
However I would like to get a referral to The London Hospital of Integrated Medicine (NHS) to work with a specialist on my journey to better health. I also suspect I may have nodules or a goiter. As I haven't seen my GP face to face yet, this is only a suspicion. It may be the worry I've experienced over the test results causing a strange feeling on one side of my throat when I swallow and a hoarse voice sometimes.
Does anyone know the best way to persuade my GP that a referral to the above (NHS) hospital is justified? Should I keep quiet about my diet and supplement changes and the improvement they have created? I'm willing to devote time & energy travelling to London for appointments if I can find someone who is more interested in finding the root cause of my Hashi's rather than just treating the symptoms of being hypo.
Advice on how to secure a referral would be very much appreciated- thank you.