So today I had a phone consultation with my Dr which didn't go at all well but not unexpected. I had dropped in a letter with a list of some of my main symptoms and my medichecks results so this call was to discuss.
Results from GP Feb 2018
TSH 5.02 mU/L 0.35 - 5.0 (no T3 / T4 or antibodies Vitamin or Iron tested)
Results from Medichecks Feb 2018
TSH 5.07 mIU/L 0.27 - 4.20
Free Thyroxine 14.1 pmol/L 12 - 22
Total T4 96.9 pmol/L 59 - 154
Free T3 4.34 pmol/L 3.1 - 6.8
Thyroglobulin Antibody 195 IU/mL 0 - 115
Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies 66.2 IU/mL 0- 34
My B12, Folate and Ferritin are all low in range.
I also am on meds for hypertension and my cholesterol is raised.
I have many symptoms (see previous posts) and thought this was menopause (Im 49) until I got the TSH results and looked into it on thyroid UK and this forum. Everyone has been very kind and helpful
Well according to my Dr today I'm normal - fit, well and healthy and should be really happy with my results!
She said my symptoms are all menopause and that I should go on HRT.
I had to keep my cool which was really difficult and I challenged her on a number of things but she was having none of it and said it would be inappropriate to treat me and could actually cause me a lot of problems. I argued that by not treating me it was already causing me problems.
She said about Medichecks (and other online labs) this is her actual quote "their machines are not calibrated properly and are not reliable so are not accepted".
I said OK, then can you re-test me for the TSH, T3, T4 and antibodies. Answer - No, we can't do those tests.
OK I say, then if I pay to have them done privately, where will you accept them from?
So, they won't test me, accept the results I have or accept results from a lab of their own recommendation!
She wouldn't accept that with the antibodies it shows my thyroid is being attacked by my immune system and failing. She just said that they will not treat til TSH is 10+.
I managed to push for a Gluten test (I have picked up a form for Tissue Transglutaminase Antibody) and also B12, Ferritin and Folate. She said they would not test for Vit D.
There was already a form waiting for follow up Thyroid function test in May but that will just be TSH again.
I also asked for a 2nd opinion but I am not expecting another Dr within the same surgery to give me a different opinion.
Where do I go from here? I am so frustrated and confused by it all
Look forward to any advice on what my next step should be.