Can you recommend a good endocrinologist in Southampton or Hampshire area please?
Best if it will be endocrinologist I can see from Bupa.
My short story below.
I'm was diagnosed with underactive thyroid and Hashimoto 1,5 years ago. However I think I suffer form it for much longer. I was going to the GP and complaining how I feel for around 3-4 years before I was diagnosed. Fed up with the GP I finally went to my home country (Poland) and did some blood tests and have seen an endocrinologist privately. Since then I saw him every 6 months and had my blood test checked and levothyroxine dose adjusted. And felt much better!
Recently I got pregnant (hurray!!!) and the endocrinologist said I need to check my TSH and FT4 levels every four weeks to have the levo dosage adjusted. I have done the first test privately in the UK and the TSH was 0.5 and FT4 was well below the range, I have spoken to endo and he recommended to increase the levo dose to 100mg (from 75mg) and check the hormones level after next 4 weeks. He said that the TSH with pregnancy can be false low because of other hormones in the body.
Four weeks passed and I went to my GP to have it checked. I was told she can't check FT4 levels as to do this blood test I need to be referred by the specialist (she can't refer) and this is nothing what they would do in any thyroid hormones check at pregnancy check, she said they check just TSH. Not sure why, as the FT4 is the free thyroid hormone in the body...
My endo said it is dangerous for a baby brain development to have low FT4 levels and this is very important to monitor. Unfortunately I can't travel to Poland to do the blood tests and see my private endo every 4 weeks as I'm working full time.
Please recommend a good GP or a good endo.