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DIO2 faulty gene

jostafford0
jostafford0
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I've just received my DIO2 test results and they show I have the DIO2 faulty gene which means I have problems converting T4 to T3. It's a massive relief knowing I have found out what is wrong with me and why I still feel so tired even though I am on 100mg of Levo, vitamin, mineral and herb supplements. Has anyone taken the test results to their GP and been prescribed T3? I feel nervous about doing this as I don't feel the GP's in my surgery are very supportive and I'm not sure they will have even heard of the DIO2 gene. Any comments welcome, thank you. Jo

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SeasideSusie
SeasideSusieAdministrator

It might be even more difficult to get T3 now, faulty gene or not. Have you seen Lyn Mynott's post today about the new NICE Guidelines on Thyroid Disease:

healthunlocked.com/thyroidu...

jostafford0

Thanks SeasideSusie, I might as well go ahead and buy the T3 abroad like I was intending to do. I’ll still visit my GP while I’m waiting for the T3 to arrive but I don’t hold up much hope. I just can’t understand why our NHS would do this to us and leave us in these awful states. x

SeasideSusie
SeasideSusieAdministrator
in reply to jostafford0

The pharmaceutical companies make more money if they keep us ill and the pharmaceutical companies and the NHS are very closely linked. Am I cynical - oh yes, very much so!

Kitten44

Totally agree!

I too am homozygous. The endo agreed I could do with T3, but apparently CCG has blacklisted it, and only way he could prescribe was if I saw him privately. And even then, he'd expect me to purchase the ridiculously priced British brand, as apparently I could not be monitored if I self-sourced.

Appalling that in a private clinic it is still the very same individual, with the same training, expertise, clinical license, etc. So I think even endos are on the game making money out of us, who in our desperation to feel better feel we have no option but to fork out the money.

In the end, although I did go for a couple of private appointments, decided it was pointless. The overreliance on TSH did not change. You'd think someone prescribing T3 or NDT would care to adopt a more scientific approach to treatment, but alas, no.

So, give it a go. Some people here are very lucky to find sympathetic NHS GPs and endos, but go with your eyes open...

Good luck!

cazmania7

I was in an appointment for something else and mentioned the test and she hadn’t heard of it. Asked to have my T3 tested while they did a draw for something else. When I got the results they hadn’t tested for it. I will mention it again next time I’m there but am self sourcing for now. Good luck!

Mamapea1
Mamapea1
in reply to cazmania7

It's ridiculous...even if you get it past the Dr, the labs won't test for it! Complete waste of time...and dangerous! How they get away with it is beyond me.

SlowDragon
SlowDragonAdministrator

Email Dionne At Thyroid UK for list of recommended thyroid specialist endocrinologists who will prescribe T3

Are you heterozygous or homozygous DIO2

I get my T3 on NHS getting tested and being heterozygous DIO2 definitely helped in persuading CCG to fund

You have to see an NHS endocrinologist to get Prescribed initial three months trial via Hospital pharmacy

Assuming trial goes well on going care and prescription is carried on by GP with annual review by endo

Roughly where in the UK are you?

jostafford0

Hi Slow Dragon, this is what is on the results paper ‘Homozygous variant genotype AA’ is that the question you asked? I spoke with a Nutritional Therapist I’d paid for to explain the results then she sent me them via email and I must admit they didn’t make much sense to me.

SlowDragon
SlowDragonAdministrator
in reply to jostafford0

So homozygous means you are particularly badly affected having inherited this DIO2 gene variation from both parents

Majority of us on here have only inherited DIO2 from one parent - i.e. Heterozygous

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

The researchers found that patients on levothyroxine (T4) alone felt worse if the faulty DIO2 gene was inherited through one parent and worse still if they inherited the faulty gene from both parents.

The patients on this study were given T4 only for a set period and then combination treatment of both T4 and T3. The patients who had normal genes did not feel any different on combination treatment. However, those who had one faulty gene felt better on the combination treatment and those with both faulty genes felt better still.

jostafford0

It explains why I’ve never felt well on Levo - in fact I feel awful every day & force myself to do even menial tasks, blowdrying my hair is exhausting! I’m a very determined person so I guess this is what has kept me going. Do you think I have a good chance of being prescribed T3 from my GP?

SlowDragon
SlowDragonAdministrator
in reply to jostafford0

No, a GP is not allowed to initiate any T3 prescription

Initial 3-6 month trial must be through NHS endocrinologist and prescribed via hospital pharmacy. Assuming trial goes well then Endo writes to GP to take over on going care and prescription. With annual review back with endocrinologist

I sent you a pm too

jostafford0

I live in Nottingham city

McPammy
McPammy
in reply to jostafford0

If you can get to Oxford I can recommend a brilliant private Endocrinologist that will prescribe T3 medication if you need it, which sounds that you definitely do. I’m DIO2 positive and he put me on a T3 trial then this June the NHS prescribed it also.

PM me if you need the details.

jostafford0
jostafford0
in reply to McPammy

Thank you Pammy - SlowDragon sent me a PM about an Endo in Oxford so it must be the same one. I am willing to travel anywhere so I'll make an appointment with him. Jo x

McPammy
McPammy
in reply to jostafford0

Great! Slowdragon also recommended him to me. I think this is the right route for getting your health sorted for sure. I was diagnosed in 2 consultations. As soon as I took the T3 in April this year, it was like a miracle. I could hardly walk or sit up. I put on 28lbs in a year. Outrageous! I’ve now lost the 28lbs in 6 months and now going the gym 3/4 times a week too. I feel 10 years younger at least. Go see him👍😉 also he ensured I have T3 on the NHS.

T3 also fixed my Cortisol issues!

Ailish01

yes me too

debsmitch60
debsmitch60
in reply to McPammy

Hi McPammy, could you possibly send me the name of your private endocrinologist please? Also do you have to get your private prescriptions here at a much dearer price?

Minimol
Minimol
in reply to SlowDragon

I’ve just spent a frustrating 30 mins with one of those so called specialists who now says the validity of the DIO2 gene test is not recognised. It’s under question.

SlowDragon
SlowDragonAdministrator
in reply to Minimol

Was this an NHS endocrinologist?

Minimol
Minimol
in reply to SlowDragon

No. Sadly. Yours and mine from the approved list, based in Oxford.

Actually sent a depressed 25 year old away with the old “go on an 800 calorie diet” advice.

jostafford0
jostafford0
in reply to Minimol

That's terrible, I'm a bit weary of booking an appt now as travelling from Nottingham is a long way just to be told to go away.

sroth2407

Hi SlowDragon would Dionnes list of T3 providers be UK only? I'm in US. If u.s. is included what is her email address? Thank you!

SlowDragon
SlowDragonAdministrator
in reply to sroth2407

UK only

In USA you have lots of specialists

Try looking at Functional medic list here

thyroidpharmacist.com/artic...

Any Myers

Isabella Wentz

Chris kresser

Datis Kharrazian

Susan Blum

Mildred-123

I expect they will have heard about the faulty gene but in Somerset we struggle to get T3 prescribed at all .....

Probably because they the GP’s have been told that T4 works when it doesn’t.

I can’t remember which Top Endo in the UK has discovered that a percentage (can’t remember how much due to brain fog ) of-those taking Levothyroxine are unable to

convert T4 to T3 and he was very sure in the past that if someone took Levothyroxine it was bound to work.

I was impressed that he’d stood up and admitted it ! also

I was hoping that this statement from him would gather faster momentum .

But be brave and ask for T3 because we need to keep this huge need for T3 going .

Pumpkin81

I live in Bristol and my endo at southmead hospital prescribed liothyronine with no arguments at all, I just had to ask for it. Maybe ask for a referral to there if you can.

debsmitch60

Hi is that endocrinologist on the Nhs please and would you message me the name please?

WendySh12345

Hi, could you kindly private message me the name of your southmead endo. When did you start liothyronine, what dose and is it a T4/T3 combination? Hope you are feeling a difference.

Pumpkin81

I don’t convert well to T3 so asked for a referral to an endo on the NHS, it has taken 6 months for me to get the appointment but when I eventually saw them she prescribed the liothyronine for me no arguments. The GP’s are a different story though, most of them are utterly clueless about thyroid anyway and liothyronine is now a red drug on the NHS so they aren’t allowed to prescribe it anyway.

Ard1
Ard1
in reply to Pumpkin81

Hi Pumpkin81,

I live in Bristol too and my NHS endo (BRI) said they will not prescribe T3 at all. Can you PM me and let me know which endo you saw? I’ve just received my appointment letter to book next endo appointment!

Sammyb3009

I have mutated DIO1 and DIO2 genes and am on 700mcg of Levo, I feel pretty good. Am running and at gym again. Took a few years to get my diagnosis right. My average HR is 75, still struggle to lose weight, but on whole30 it comes off slowly

Gingersnap202

While on the subject of D102, would one of you please spell it out for me.

IE: is it: D one zero two? ... My Doc says I am thyroid hormone resistant, due to his clinical observations, but I think it would be nice to actually conform it if that if possible . I am in the US and had not heard of that gene or test for the gene until I found this forum. I'm not sure if we have that test in the US.

Is this gene a mostly a "Northern European" thing? ... I am 1/4 English, 1/4 Dutch and 1/2 Swedish.

NWA6
NWA6
in reply to Gingersnap202

Capital D

Capital i

Capital o (zero is taller and squished -‘ 0’ Capital ‘o’ is rounder - ‘O’)

Number 2

Gingersnap202
Gingersnap202
in reply to NWA6

Thank you!

SlowDragon
SlowDragonAdministrator
in reply to Gingersnap202

Research suggests roughly 20% of thyroid patients have DIO2 gene variation

Wether 20% of whole population does too.....unknown

Gingersnap202

I meant "confirm it" .

HashiFedUp

Are you better off at an endocrinologist?

Minimol
Minimol
in reply to HashiFedUp

Is anyone?

Kr19

I have just been prescribed T3 by my GP after getting the recommendation from my endocrinologist. I couldn't achieve sustained improvement on T4 so asked for a referral to an endo.

debsmitch60
debsmitch60
in reply to Kr19

Could you message me your endocrinologist name please and your area.

Kr19
Kr19
in reply to debsmitch60

"As per guidelines..Please do not name doctors on open forum"

Name removed by admin

A Dr at Salford Royal Hospital.

debsmitch60
debsmitch60
in reply to Kr19

Thank-you so much.

Littlebee

Hello Jo I have this variant and I actually asked my Dr to help interpret the results ( which was a requirement when I had the test that a Dr helps with this) so I was able to discuss results with my GP who then sought advice from the endocrinologist. Initially they increased my T4 in an effort to get me converting more T4 into T3 but that didn't work. Then I got referred to Endocrinologist who evaluated me ( I do have non responsive coeliac disease too) eventually I was prescribed T3 by the endocrinologist. I would advise you to at least try your GP as once you get on T3 you will not want to stop taking it and it's going to be on your NHS record too which is obviously better. The nice guidelines do acknowledge a need for some to get T3. So it's worth a try. BTW within an hour of taking my first dose of T3 my mind "cleared" and I started to feel different and I had more energy. The other thing I take ( which I do pay for myself) is LDN low dose naltrexone which aids and heals the immune system. I have eventually been able to reduce my T3 dose because of LDN. Good luck!

jostafford0

Hi LittleBee, Thank you for your message. It's reassuring to know that there are some good doctors out there (they just don't seem to be in my area). I'll also check out the Naltrexone as I haven't heard of it but willing to try almost anything to feel better. Jo x

debsmitch60

Hi Littlebee can I ask what dose of T3 you are on to make you feel better please. Also if I sourced LDN what dose should I take please. It's so great to hear of that response of taking T3 for you. It gives me hope 😊

Hashi-hacker

Here's a good resource for all things LDN. The 'normal' dose is 4.5ml and you work up to that very slowly. There is a pharmacy in Glasgow that will post it out to you, it's about £20 per prescription which is cheaper than many supplements! ldnresearchtrust.org/conten...

debsmitch60

Thank-you very much and do you need a prescription to buy it please?

Hashi-hacker

Yes, it's safest to get it via prescription from your GP which might have to be a private prescription (you pay for it) or you might get lucky and get it on the NHS. I send my prescription to a pharmacy in Glasgow who post it out.

debsmitch60

Thank-you I will speak to my gp or endocrinologist.

Littlebee

Hello Deb's I was originally prescribed 20mcg T3 and was on 100 mcg of T4 but since taking LDN (4.5mg) for 2 years I've reduced to 75 T4 and 10 T3. The LDN website is really helpful ldnresearchtrust.org/what-i...

It's slow a ting you have to start on a very low dose and build slowly and it's really helped me.

jostafford0

Hi Littlebee, what is LDN?

Littlebee

ldnresearchtrust.org/what-i...

It's a very safe drug an opiate antagonist which acts on the immune system so it helps with the underlying condition behind thyroid disease. Take a look at this website which will explain it and how it works and how to get it. Please come back to me if I can help more!

jostafford0

I’ve read it - I’m in!

Littlebee

It's a lot cheaper than T3 😊

cazmania7
cazmania7
in reply to Littlebee

I think you can only get it on prescription in the UK and as it’s relatively new I’ve heard many Drs against prescribing it. Sounds like a miracle though from what I’ve read!

Littlebee
Littlebee
in reply to cazmania7

It's worked miracles for me genuinely helped my non responsive cd after Specialist drugs didn't work.

Hashi-hacker

That's really interesting about the non reactive CD and LDN, my husband is coeliac and has just started to take LDN (on the NHS!) to see if it helps with various ongoing symptoms (he's following the AIP diet)

Littlebee
Littlebee
in reply to cazmania7

It's unlicensed in the low dose but in much higher doses has been safely prescribed and licensed.

jostafford0

Hi LittleBee, I've ordered the 'LDN - Low-Dose Naltrexone' to try and have an order of T3 on the way. I won't start taking anything until I have seen a private Endo to see if they will help me. If not, I am going it alone (with the support of everyone on here of course). Jo x

cazmania7
cazmania7
in reply to Littlebee

Hey littlebee. Can you message me privately about how to get a low dose? I don’t think I’ll try it just yet but it would be handy if all els fails lol. Thank you 🙏🏻

Hashi-hacker

Hi, It's safest to get it on prescription from your GP, you might have to do it as a private prescription but you might get lucky and get it on the NHS.

debsmitch60

Because of what it originally is used for, do you think it's safe for me to take if I'm on morphine for pain?

Littlebee

I don’t think it will work for you if you are on Morphine - as it will block your ability to benefit from the morphine as its an opiate blocker.

debsmitch60

Thank-you I thought so.

debsmitch60

Thank-you so much and I will definitely look into it.

McPammy

When I got my positive DIO2 gene test results. I did give a copy to my NHS endocrinologist, private Endocrinologist and my GP. It’s scanned and in my NHS file now. I now have been prescribed T3 medication by the NHS Endo who originally was really opposed to giving me T3 even though my bloods stated my T3 was only 8% through the range and my T4 was over the range. TSH was still too high and hypo. My GP was very pleased I had this information as he was fighting my corner against the NHS Endo. My private Endocrinologist had previously given my a successful trial of T3 which also went hugely in my favour. So, for me giving this information out to the Drs involved has definitely been an improvement to my health. Like you I was relieved to know why I had a conversion issue. Now loads of light bulbs have switched on as to why I’ve struggled with various things in my life, especially the past 12 years with being only on T4 Levothyroxine. I have Hashimotos.

I’d use this positive information to your advantage.

jostafford0
jostafford0
in reply to McPammy

Hi Pammy, I've been on 100mg of Levo for 13 years and before I was diagnosed I could hardly walk I was so ill. I'd been going to the GP all of my 20's saying I felt ill and it wasn't until I was 34 I was diagnosed with Hashi's. As soon as I started on Levo, the colour of my face went ashen and I had huge dark circles under my eyes, I felt rotten. I went back to the GP to say the medication isn't working and I feel terrible and they told me there was nothing else they could do for me. I was devastated. I have been researching and paying for private nutritionists, therapists and GP's ever since both nothing has worked and I have wasted a lot of money. I now feel I have found out what is wrong and I really hope this T3 will make me feel better. Jo x

cazmania7

Wow Jo. Sounds like you have had an utter nitemare. I really hope start to feel better soon

McPammy
McPammy
in reply to jostafford0

Oh my good god. This is awful. I’m so sorry for what you’re going through. I certainly can understand and have empathy.

I’ve been on Levo 12 years. I kept losing muscle power and collapsing, not fainting, on the floor and couldn’t get up. It happened so many times I’ve lost count. I’d end up in A&E so many times, normally taken there by work colleagues and all they’d say is there’s nothing wrong! I kept saying it’s my thyroid or cortisol they just kept saying it’s not. Even though my cortisol was below range and T3 hardly there. After 12 years I finally found this site and started investigating my own blood results. It was then obvious I wasn’t converting very well T3 only 8% through the range. It also effected my cortisol. I guess it makes sense now. T3 seems to drive everything in my body. After being on T3 for 4 weeks my cortisol went up to 466 at 9am it had been as low as 68 at 9am. I had Synacthen tests so not Addison’s. It was T3 I needed desperately. My heart rate was 42 resting. I couldn’t see very well I had double vision and migraines all the time. Even a neurologist give me a nerve blocker injection in my head to help migraines. I saw 3 neurologists, as NHS Endo who said I had no Endocrine issues had referred me, all found nothing neurological. All said it is metabolic. I’ve decided only yesterday after deliberating for months, that I will be taking action against an NHS Endo for negligence. This should not be allowed. It feels as though these NHS endocrinologists are not trained properly or they are not bright enough to be a proper endocrinologist.

The private Endocrinologist in Oxford is brilliant. Please go and see him soon. The first words he said to me were ‘it’s my job to make you well and I will’ he did within 2 consultations. I’m now at my local gym where I go 3/4 times a week. This is the positive result!!

I’d get bloods done on NHS where possible to keep costs down. T3 medication is not expensive. I pay £60 for a years supply via the Oxford endocrinologist. Go for it. You won’t look back 👍

kildareD
kildareD
in reply to McPammy

Id be so grateful if you could pm his details also please..bee on T4 over 20 yrs after RAI not seen endo since..have severe muscle pain all over my body .hives dry skin vitaligo joint pain virtigo at times and TED in one eye..and thats with my taking super for purity tested vitamins and minerals which did help ease some pain...i dont want to endure my life ..would love to know what healthy feels like as i have had thyroid and autoimmu e probs since 6 years old.

Mamapea1

I'm so sorry to hear your sadly familiar story...what a waste of life!😥 But I'm glad you now have some direction ~ and don't worry about the T3 not working...it will😊 Once you get the levels right for you, your health will no doubt be miraculously transformed.

For me, it was like being reborn, after decades of pain and disability, and I was able to throw away all the prescriptions I never really needed in the first place. It's incredible to think about how we are kept in the dark about theses very important medical issues, but good for you for doing your own research and getting a result👍 and best of luck to you with finally getting well🍀 x

Rhule

I have never heard of this, so do you ask the doctor for a D102 test?

jostafford0
jostafford0
in reply to Rhule

You have to pay for the test yourself: regeneruslabs.com/

Rhule
Rhule
in reply to jostafford0

Thanks for that

Much appreciated

vocalEK
vocalEK
in reply to Rhule

Correction: It is not a D-one-oh-two test. It is a D-eye-Oh 2 test. thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/testin...

vocalEK
vocalEK
in reply to vocalEK

This site looks interesting: tpauk.com/main/

BB001
BB001
in reply to vocalEK

Might be a good idea to edit your original post to correct it to DI02.

Rhule
Rhule
in reply to BB001

Sorry for the mistake, genuine as it was, maybe I am too uneducated for this site

BB001
BB001
in reply to Rhule

I really didn't mean to make you feel bad. I just wondered if you knew that you could edit a post, and thought it would be a good idea to do so in case anyone read it and not your correction. Don't let it put you off asking questions or posting - it's the best way to gain knowledge.

Rhule
Rhule
in reply to BB001

I’ve done it now anyway and you didn’t make me feel bad, why would I feel bad about an error. To be honest it upset me as I have been feeling rubbish for months.

But hey ho who really cares

Rhule
Rhule
in reply to BB001

Don’t worry won’t be asking anymore questions

I’ll try to edit but if I can’t, then I’ll just delete myself

Rhule
Rhule
in reply to Rhule

I hope it pleases you that I have edited the mistake

jostafford0
jostafford0
in reply to Rhule

Hey don't worry about your typo - I knew what you meant anyway :o)

Rhule
Rhule
in reply to jostafford0

Thanks, much appreciated.

Thanks for taking the time 😊

cazmania7
cazmania7
in reply to Rhule

I’ve had the test and I still don’t know what it’s called properly lol. Don’t worry! Xx

Rhule
Rhule
in reply to cazmania7

Thanks for that

I really do appreciate it

Thanks so much for taking the time

😀x

Tinacros

Hi can you tell me who you had the test with and how much it was x

SlowDragon
SlowDragonAdministrator
in reply to Tinacros

Here's the link for the test

You also need to pay for the counselling

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

jadoo1998

I buy mine from abroad so much cheaper than buying it here

Celestialbeing

IMO, many people have this GM but they, nor their clinicians, realize it is the reason for their malaise. Often times, and for long periods of time, these patients are misdiagnosed and mistreated with a slew of other medications that do nothing to help the true inadequate conversion issue. Sadly, they even become suicidal.

I know there are a few ongoing studies and some researchers are leaning toward genetic mutation as being a reason for inadequate T4/T3/FT3 conversion.

Once you acquire the testing, did your endo back you on this? What kind of doctor is working to help you now? One concern I have is that just because there is proof that there is the DIO2 GM, finding the right clinician to work with could be a challenge.

Only when patients find knowledgeable, committed clinicians that are familiar with testing, dosing, treating these patients, is when the patients find relief and solutions.

Cranio

Hi jo, I haven’t heard or had the test you mention, but I knew that I was not converting t4 to t3, and had not felt well for several years,

My gp was understanding of my comments, I asked him outright for the t3

He said that he could only prescribe if an endocrinologist said I needed. So I went private and had bloods done,

My endo told me that I had hashimotos, had it for a very long time but no one had looked at it!!

Anyway my doctor has funded my t3. I am very lucky, keep talking to your doctor/endocrinologist, build a relationship up if you can. Hope you get it, it changed my life x

Hashi-hacker

I was in your position and used the DIO2 gene results to persuade my GP and endo that I should be allowed a trial of T3, plus of course the blood results that showed my bottom to low range free T3 despite suppressed TSH and mid to high T4, plus ongoing symptoms. I printed out the info from here thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/testin... and used this as back up to my argument. Although my endo was paid for privately, my local GP supported me getting T3 on the NHS. Have faith!

Like you, I was doing all the 'right' things to support my health and manage Hashi's so was getting frustrated when the T4 didn't really make much difference. I am gluten, dairy and soya free, take the usual supplements and LDN (low dose naltrexone). I've done lots of work on my gut health which has helped a great deal.

Redlester

I'm sorry to be posting something on the "revolutionary" side here, but the UK is currently in the grip of general election fever where the NHS [albeit preventing its sale to the US] is a major election issue. The NHS is clearly failing such a significant swathe of the population on this issue and thyroid health in general, an issue of predominantly female discrimination, so why is it not being raised in the election????

Can someone please tell me what I am missing here? All it takes for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing. If no one speaks out or speaks to those who can effect a change then nothing is going to change. Why is this issue of female mistreatment [partic when the majority of those who do the caring for the elderly are female and health compromised] not being taken to the media????

Wetsuiter
Wetsuiter
in reply to Redlester

jostafford0 you re absolutely right. and i raise it wherever i can (im a bore) but there is the problem that i can barely explain the problem to myself, let alone others

Wetsuiter

i have kind of suggested that for each person suffering on here (if they wanted) we could each of us get that person s story and send to 2 MPs (the original sufferer s MP and our own). i think it could start a wave of information. The main trouble is there is so much brain fog among us!

Redlester
Redlester
in reply to Wetsuiter

I know the feeling re the brain fog - but if we kept it brief - just outlining the way the average sufferer suffers and offering bullet points about the way the system is letting people down [refusal to diagnose on cost grounds / failure to offer correct treatment/people having to self treat etc]

I am so ill at the moment - I seem to "die" a little each more with each passing day to the point where I cannot even manage the most basic of activities and am almost 95% housebound [does being helped to go grocery shopping once a fortnight count??] and yet cannot get a diagnosis. If you knew my back story you would see how tragic this is and if my losses to the economy are scaled up to cover all of us who suffer then what a criminal waste of people's lives this is - all in the name of what??? NHS/BMA dogma and a refusal to bring the practice of the most basic of medicine up to even approaching the second decade of the 20th century.

Sorry I'm ranting I know but I am so frustrated at hitting brick walls every way I turn.

Ray22

How do they do the DIO2 test?

BB001
BB001
in reply to Ray22

Saliva DNA test. With companies like Ancestry.com or mthfr-genetics.co.uk

BB001

SNPedia is a good source of info on this. It's like wikipedia for SNPs.

jostafford0
jostafford0
in reply to BB001

Thank you - Jo

jostafford0

Hi all, I'm not sure everyone that has responded to this post will receive my update but I'll give it a try. I saw a private Endocrinologist in Sheffield (as there are none in Nottinghamshire that take Aviva patients). I showed him my DI02 test results and advised I was still tired even though I was on 100mg of Levo. He said I had wasted my money paying for the test as it means nothing and is not worth the paper it is written on. He said he knows the person that discovered the DI02 gene and even he says it is not worth having done. I was obviously disappointed with his opinion but he did say he would prescribe T3 to me anyway as a trial. I had many tests done before he would prescribe the T3 including Synathen Test, Coeliac disease, TSH, free T4, kidney and liver function etc. The consultant advised to be prepared to pay at least £1000 a year for T3 and said the prescription he has given me for 58 tablets will probably cost me over £100. Previous to this I had ordered T3 from two companies abroad and have been ripped off. They have taken my money and I haven't received the medication. I am so frustrated and angry as I've wasted over £80. If anyone knows any reputable and decent companies I can buy T3 from, please send me a private PM. Thanks so much - and I hope this post helps some people. Jo

cazmania7

What a nitemare.

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