I sometimes feel that he does, I have suspected (known) for quite a while now that I have a Thyroid problem, I am a qualified (non-practicing) nurse and with the knowledge I have gained through my studies and life experience I know that there is something very wrong with the way people are treated in this country.
I came to the UK in 2006 and I have been to my GP many times for help and frankly I have never received any. After losing my parents I suffered greatly from depression which was the first thing i wasn't helped with, I was refused talking therapy (I was told that I am too distressed!) and had damaging anti-depressants and tranquilizers offered as the only course of action. The lack of help caused me to lose my job.
I decided to try to start another degree study to improve my self esteem and my career prospects. Around eight months ago i suffered from a bout of food poisoning which left me with all sorts of problems that were more or less ignored by my GP (eight months on I still have not had any kind of proper diagnosis) I had terrible constant pain in my upper right abdomen which I suspected was a Gall Bladder or Duodenum issue but of course my problems were all gathered under one umbrella diagnosis...IBS.
I can't study, I can't work, I basically can't have a life. All I do is sit locked in my flat for ages, isolated from the entire world. I can't eat normal food, I am on very strict diet but it does not help. Having pains in my stomach, weak immune system, never can shake off cold or flu.... My anxiety is going through the roof, I constantly feel like I am going to die... it is all just awful.
My GP was always very reluctant to grant me any kind of tests i requested but she was especially reluctant to test for Thyroid problems. I finally had them tested last week (bargain basement TSH and T4, gold standard apparently) and while my free T4 has come back within range my TSH is at 13. Of course i was immediately given Levothyroxine (50mcg)
HOW CAN IT BE SAFE TO TAKE LEVOTHYROXINE JUST LIKE THAT? BASED ON SUCH A BASIC TEST. I have read about bad experiences of people on levothyroxine which makes me even more reluctant to take it.
I suspect I have Iodine deficiency but it has not and I suspect will not be considered, never mind tested. There could be any number of causes, apparently I don't have antibodies against my Thyroid, I didn't give birth so it is not post-partum so I am unsure of the cause. The fact that they won't help me to eliminate the possible causes is what scares me the most.
I probably suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome as my sex hormone binding globulin is very low ( 15) - bottom range is 40 for pre-menopausal women, which possibly could contribute to my overall bad health.
I JUST WISH I COULD SEE A GOOD DOCTOR ( ENDOCRINOLOGIST) THAT COULD HELP ME. It is very hard to find one.