I had the most interesting visit to a new GP today for my nine year old daughter’s eczema medicine review. I happened to mention that it gets worse when she’s had milk, fully expecting him to almost roll his eyes. Instead he enthusiastically spent a good ten minutes with me discussing lactose, grains/ gluten and sugar. He was really interested to hear I’ve made major lifestyle and nutritional changes since getting Hashimoto’s and was very informed about nutrition.What a change! He mentioned that he writes a blog about treating the root cause of disease rather then the effects. Is this another Dr Chatterjee in the making I wondered!
It was a joy to feel on the same wavelength as a GP where nutrition etc is concerned. I didn’t quite dare to ask his opinion about thyroid issues but may well book my next appointment with him. It’s a toss up between a female GP in the practice who’s currently allowing me to trial 117mcg of T4 in order to lower my TSH even further (it was 0.89 a few weeks ago when I was on 100mcg, usual ranges. (I argued and argued for a slight raise just to try to eliminate the final tiredness and without this forum I wouldn’t have stood a chance as it’s taught me so much. When, for instance, she asked me if I felt low I batted straight back with the fact that no, I didn’t need or want antidepressants and that life was balanced and happy but I just wanted to get myself as well as possible. She raised concerns about a variable T4 dose- I’m taking an extra 50mcg every third day on top of my normal 100mcg- and I batted back with a comment about the long half-life of T4 etc etc.
Anyway, enough babbling! Two things- I firstly want to thank everyone on here yet again for all their wise and helpful advice over the last six months. Secondly, I wanted to pass on his blog details: docsprot.com in case anyone is curious to read more. How wonderful to know there are some GPs who aren’t just pillpushers.