I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 18 months ago, and have been taking Levothyroxine since then. My diagnosis was following around 18 months of "borderline" thyroid blood tests with my old GP (who was completely useless!)
I'm working with my current GP to find the correct dose as I'm still experiencing extreme fatigue, depression and weight gain.
I'm concerned that my GP is treating my thyroid condition so slowly and that they do not seem to take the impact it has on the rest of my life seriously. I would really like to see an endocrinologist to receive optimal treatment as I feel that my GP is very much treating it "by the range". I have BUPA medical insurance through work which would cover the referral (I'm not sure if that makes a difference or not?) .
My last blood test (2 weeks ago) results were : TSH = 4.8 and T4 = 12
The test before that was in March and my TSH = 4.2 and T4 = 16. My dose was increased from 50mcg to 75mcg.
Test before that was in November, my TSH = 8.6, I can't remember T4. I was increased from 25mcg to 50mcg.
My GP doesn't seem to appreciate how much this condition is affecting my life. I used to be very active and healthy. Over the past 3 years I've gained A LOT of weight (I've gone from 78kg to 107kg in that time) but never ever had problems with my weight until this time. I've had to arrange to work one day from home every week because otherwise I am just too exhausted to finish a full week at work. And I'm not able to take part in my hobbies or socialize as I used to because I'm so tired all the time.
I've seen a few different GPs at my current surgery and they all say that I need blood tests every 3 months and they'll tweak the levothyroxine dose accordingly, however, this is far too slow for me - it has been 18 months since I was diagnosed and I actually feel worse off now than I did then. I was hoping that an endocrinologist would be able to help but I'm not sure how to ask for referral (just tell GP everything I've said here?) or if my blood test results are "serious enough" for an endocrinologist to accept a referral from me.
Has anyone else had experience with being referred to an endocrinologist and could you advise me?