I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2007, when I started taking levothyroxine I felt as if I was waking up from a long sleep. I couldn't believe how I had not thought I was ill! I used to tell myself I was lazy, not fit and getting old! That was in spite of working full time and coming home to cook and clean. I was exhausted! So, the levothyroxine was a blessing.

However, I never got back to how I used to be but accepted that, as I felt better than I had been, I must be just needing to get fit and lose weight as it had piled on over the years without diagnosis. Then I got talking to a colleague who also had hypothyroidism and was on the same dose as me (125 mcg) and found that I wasn't the only one that still had symptoms. So I started to investigate further and found this site. What a breakthrough! I wasn't alone.

So I went to my doctor and asked to be sent to a specialist (I was in a bit of a hurry as I had just landed a job in Spain) but the doctor wouldn't send me to a specialist without blood tests. So the blood test came back - normal. However, there was a problem, I was borderline diabetic. So I researched diabetes and found there is a relationship between diabetes and hypothyroidism.

I paid to see the specialist and he said the same as the doctor. I didn't have a thyroid problem. I came away from there, having wasted my money, feeling as though I must be a hypochondriac (although in the past I never recognised I was ill). I'm not sure what to do now as I can't afford the blood tests that would tell me what I need to know as I spent my money on the endocrinologist.

I posted the blood test results on here and found out that they should have tested for T3 and T4 and other minerals and vitamins. The thing is, I don't have time now! I leave for Spain on Tuesday next week.

I feel so frustrated!

I'm adding a photo of my useless blood test

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My sister lives in Spain and considers the GPs/endos there to much better informed than the half-wits over here.


That gives me hope, Pete.

I would say maybe a dr in Spain may be the next step n may work out alright xx

Yes, I'll certainly give it a try. 😀

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