Edited to add my original posts which have history and results :-):
First post: healthunlocked.com/thyroidu...
Update/follow up post: healthunlocked.com/thyroidu...
I have been taking 750mg of magnesium citrate a day for a couple of months for chronic constipation and aching legs. I take it at night with calcium and vit C. It did not really help the constipation but helped my legs to some extent. However, a recent blood test my rheumatologist ran has shown a high serum potassium, and looking online magnesium can be the cause? I would be interested if anyone knows anything about this? I do not think high potassium is a good thing so have dropped the magnesium back down to 225g at night in case this is a cause.
This is yet another abnormal blood test to add to my list (others being liver function tests and cholesterol) all if which have been creeping upwards since the end of last year. My GP justs kept asking me to repeat the tests in six weeks! All this has done is show an upward trend. He has found no cause and will not acknowledge it is caused by hypothyroidism, as according to him I do not have this because of normal TSH! He will not even discuss the T4 to T3 conversion problem I have that has been diagnosed by my private doctor (who is also GMC registered so must know what he is talking about).
I have NEVER met such a bunch of uncaring GPs in my life. The whole pratice is the same! The last time they rang to tell me the tests were abnormal they said the GP wanted them repeated (yet again) in six weeks and to see a health care assistant regarding my diet! Well, I told them to forget it, if a GP is not interested in finding out WHY these tests are abnormal, then I am not interested in continually repeating tests for no reason or listening to a lecture about diet. I do not eat much due to gastric bypass! I am so fed up with all this!
I wrote an email to the practice manager the other week. In it I mentioned some of the problems I am currently having and the GP knows what else I am suffering from including chronic constipation with hard large stools (sorry if too much information), going for a wee and the flow stops suddenly and then I cannot go even though I feel like I still need to go, (new symptom of about 4 weeks), cannot lose any of the 3st I have gained since Dec 2015 for NO reason, and the 'fat'/skin that I have cannot be pinched anywhere on my body , the swelling on my lower legs is hard and actually hurts if I press it, I beleive this is mucin. The swelling is there 24/7 and does not go down overnight. I am freezing all the time. My tummy feels so hard and swollen and I think my bowels, large and small are backed up. Anyway, the practice manager, who seems helpful but also gives me the impression I am being a pain said she would show my email to my GP and put it in my notes as I requested. I have heard nothing.
I think I mentioned before that my GP has tested for most if these things in isolation and not looked at/considered that all my symptoms are being caused by one thing ie untreated hypothyroidism! As he seems to have run out of tests he seems to be ignoring me. I think he hope I will go away. I have not made another appointment as they are very strict about having a 10 minute appointment and will only allow a discussion in that 10 minutes of one problem! I always try to blurt out everything and end up getting angry because the GP is so distant, uncaring, and dismissive.
Am I being unreasonable to want my GP to help me according to my symptoms and not relying on just ONE blood test (TSH) which he says is 'normal' whilst all others are turning and staying abnormal? Besides, the TSH test has no bearing on what is going on with me but he will not accept this.
I am concerned I am going to run out of money and will no longer be able to afford the private doctor I have seen, where the treatment is soooo different - I am not made to feel like I am making it all up and I am getting treatment by a caring doctor who listens to my symptoms above all else. One of the first things he said to me was that he could tell I had hypothyroidism just by LOOKING at me - outer eyebrows missing/puffy face. WOW I could hug him! Why is my GP not like this?
Anyway, sorry for rant and thoughts much appreciated as always.