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Looking for a good Natural Endocrine Doctor, London area please

Lucy-D
Lucy-D

Hello, I would really appreciate some help please.

I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism late last year, put on 15mg of Carbimizole which was subsequently reduced to 10mg and then 5mg.

I flipped to under-active but carried on with the carbimizole at 5mg a day but I experienced anxiety which got too overwhelming I had to stop work. I had never experienced anxiety in my life before so that has been quite scary, feeling like I’m losing my mind.

As a result of the anxiety I decided about 2 weeks ago to stop taking the the carbimizole because, whilst I feel it helped my physical symptoms for a while, I also feel that it caused the anxiety by disrupting things with my thyroid.

So I am now looking for someone who will help me heal naturally, and I would be really grateful if anyone knows of a good natural endocrine doctor / naturopath / holistic endocrine practioner / herbalist etc. who can help me do this.

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I will message you

Hi Chippysue

Would you be able to message me too if you know of a good endocrinologist who takes a holistic approach?

Thanks

Peter

Hi

The two doctors who have helped a few people I know are dr W in Winchester and dr F in Ipswich if you google them you can read about them.

Endocrinologists have to follow the rules sadly and treat people by their TSH, functional medicine makes so much more sense.

Sue

helvella
helvellaAdministrator
in reply to Chippysue

Response edited to make it conform to guidelines.

27. Do not post information about specific endocrinologists or doctors on the main board without their permission as this may result in unwanted attention from certain areas of the medical profession. If you wish to discuss a particular endocrinologist or doctor, you may mention his/her name and location, providing that you ask for comments by private message only.

Chippysue
Chippysue
in reply to helvella

Whoops I forgot to click name and message sorry

Thanks, do you know any in London?

SlowDragon
SlowDragonAdministrator

Were you actually tested for having Graves' disease by testing TSI or TRab antibodies?

We see many people with early stage Hashimoto's misdiagnosed as Graves

For full Thyroid evaluation you need TSH, FT4, TT4, FT3 plus TPO and TG thyroid antibodies and also very important to test vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12 as these are very often too low. Ca cause symptoms in their own right or upset Thyroid as well

Unfortunately you can't get TSI or TRab antibodies tested privately

Private tests are available. Thousands on here forced to do this as NHS often refuses to test FT3 or antibodies or vitamins

thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/testin...

Medichecks Thyroid plus ultra vitamin or Blue Horizon Thyroid plus eleven are the most popular choice. DIY finger prick test or option to pay extra for private blood draw. Both companies often have money off offers.

All thyroid tests should ideally be done as early as possible in morning and fasting. This gives highest TSH, lowest FT4 and most consistent results. (Patient to patient tip, GP will be unaware)

If TPO and/or TG antibodies are high this is most likely Hashimoto's, (also known by medics here in UK more commonly as autoimmune thyroid disease). Though you can get high TPO/TG antibodies with Graves

About 90% of all hypothyroidism in Uk is due to Hashimoto's. Low vitamins are especially common with Hashimoto's. Food intolerances are very common too, especially gluten. So it's important to get TPO and TG thyroid antibodies tested at least once .

Link about thyroid blood tests

thyroiduk.org/tuk/testing/t...

Link about antibodies and Hashimoto's

thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/about_...

thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/about_...

List of hypothyroid symptoms

thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/about_...

Getting full private testing BEFORE seeing any consultant is strongly recommended

Come back on new post with results and ranges when you have them for advice from members

I wonder why you can't get TRAB or TSI privately? Seems like there's a gap in the market there, if anyone from Medichecks or Blue Horizon is reading this? :)

SlowDragon
SlowDragonAdministrator
in reply to greygoose

Yes I was thinking of emailing them and asking if it was an option to offer

Good idea. I think it would be an enormous advantage for people whose endos refuse to do it.

Hi Lucy-D

Do you have your initial and most recent blood test results, and when were the latter taken ? From your dose of 15mg, it doesn't look as if you would have been very overactive at the beginning.

Assuming this was definitely Graves' the usual advice is to remain on antithyroids such as Carbimazole for 12-18 months, which is thought to give the best chance of achieving remission. The chances of achieving remission at the first shot are around 50%.

Were your results in the under-active range for more than one test ? It's quite difficult to get the dose of carbimazole right because the Graves' makes your thyroid a bit unpredictable - the disease naturally goes through phases of relapse and remission, so it's not particularly unusual to have results which are in the hypo range due to over-medication, and these can normally be sorted out by reducing the dose of carbi.

If you're going to start anything new, as SlowDragon says, I would definitely get a new set of tests. As you're still theoretically being treated for Graves', you may get them on the NHS. If you haven't discussed your anxiety with your GP and endo, it would also be worth doing that.

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