Tips on first appt with Endocrinologist - Thyroid UK

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Tips on first appt with Endocrinologist

Gabby007
Gabby007

Hello. I managed to get a referral (as I complained to my assigned GP on the phone that I was unhappy with the variation of opinions on the subject from 3 of his colleagues). Anyway he has referred me quite magnanimously admitting very few GPs understand the intricacies of the thyroid gland. Thing is I only have 2 sets of TSH levels over a period of 12 weeks and 2 sets of Free T4's plus cholesterol and others but not relating directly to the thyroid. No T3, B12, Ferritin, D plus others that have been mentioned on this site, have been done. Would anyone recommend I get these blood results done privately and take the results in to the appointment to save time or would it be better to start with nothing? BTW my TSH is currently 5.2 and I am guessing rising as 12 weeks ago was 4.9. Any tips would be gratefully received. Was on Levo for 6 days but one of the GP's took me off it when I reacted saying I shouldn't be on it, hence my concerns re: differing opinions........

Thank you

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SlowDragon
SlowDragonAdministrator

First, you may have to wait a long time for an endocrinologist appointment

So yes while waiting for an appointment it might be good to full private testing including vitamins

If vitamins are low you can self supplement or ask GP to prescribe if very low

If you have high thyroid antibodies you can ask for Coeliac blood test and try strictly gluten free diet...

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.

Gabby007
Gabby007 in reply to SlowDragon

Thank you so much. Can't tell you how grateful I am for all of your help here. This forum is just so helpful. I will get the test kit ordered now. Again thank you for your time and experience shared.

trelemorele
trelemorele in reply to Gabby007

I'd wait for endocrinologist appointment because if you play your cards right, you should be able to get most hormonal and non hormonal tests from endo on NHS. That'll save you lots of money.

Make a list what you want tested and ask. That's how I always do.

But it's your choice and your money.

Hospital consultants are more willing to order various blood tests than GPs.

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