Recently had to go for a GP visit to have my prescriptions renewed and I take Thyroxine 150 mcg. I have to have a suppressed TSH because I'm one of those who needs to have adequate amounts for a decent T4 result which is never too high in blood test results and only in the middle of the scale with this dosage.
This new GP I saw was unfamiliar with my situation and gave me the usual drilling about a suppressed TSH level. Mine is usually .05, but this time I didn't ask her for my blood test results because I was too defensive and assertive trying to explain to her the history of what happens to me when my dosage has been reduced as it was by the GP's about 4 years ago. It took forever to get back to my normal self and I'll never go through that again.
So, at the end of this ordeal, she asked if it would be alright with me if she consulted an endocrinologist about my case. I refused this because as I explained, there is very little that can be done, regardless of what his input is because I'm not going to be experimented on again by any other experts when what I take already is what I need to feel good and healthy.
So.... here is my issue: At the end of all this I thought to myself... funny.. all of these GP's look at a blood test result, give you a hard time about what you need and can't do without and not one time do they ever do a reflex test or ask for you to hold out your arm and hand to see what type of shaking you may have, check your heart beat or even feel for an enlarged gland. Never once have I seen the GP's do what I used to be used to them doing regularly in the States where I never had this kind of trouble about getting an adequate amount of Synthroid which is what is normally prescribed over there.
What is it with the GP's here, that they no longer seem to feel that these physical tests or examinations are necessary, yet they grill you over the coals to get your prescription renewed that you have been taking without issues for years?
Any ideas or insights would be welcome.