So I saw my GP this morning to check my BP (currently treated) and she said she's worried about my "very low TSH" (<0.01). She also is not comfortable about me being on NDT (she does not know I'm on Thyroid-S, I told her I take Armour prescribed by a Belgian doctor because I think she would freak out if she knew I was taking a Thai version of it).
She suggested, out of the blue, to prescribe 50 mcg of Euthyrox "and see how I feel on it".
I did not bother telling her that, during the ten years I was on T4 only, I needed 200 mcg daily just to get my FT4 levels anywhere near top range.
I simply told her "no thanks, I am staying on NDT, I have had a suppressed TSH for over 15 years and am still alive and kicking. If anything happens, I will take full responsibility for that".
But one thing is really striking:
I cannot imagine a doctor telling a patient to stop any other kind of treatment prescribed by a fellow physician. I cannot imagine, for instance, a doctor telling a patent to go off anti-epileptic drugs or beta blockers or any other drug prescribed by another doctor. So why do most doctors seem to consider it legitimate to interfere with thyroid hormone replacement prescribed by another doctor, without even talking to that other doctor...?!
This is the third time in as many years that a doctor has tried to interfere with my thyroid treatment and put me back on T4. I will always refuse to do that, of course, but am beginning to find it very presumptuous of them to interfere with treatment prescribed by another doctor...what gives them that right?! Isn't there a code of honour between physicians that you don't alter or stop treatment prescribed by a colleague without consulting him or her first...?!
It's so damned annoying!!!