Just before Christmas I got a phone call from my Drs surgery saying they weren't allowed to write anymore hand written prescriptions at all - including my armour. Like a fool I let them persuade me to try without it - even tho I've been on armour for 10 yrs - prescribed by a private specialist to start with, for a low T3 result, but picked up by my surgery all theses yrs. I have had regular T3 tests(along with other thyroid tests) and have found if I'm middle to top of the range I've been fine.
I've just had thyroid tests done after been totally off armour for 2 weeks, and guess what? My T3 has dropped to 2.47 (our ref range here is given as 2.76 - 6.45) A big drop for a few weeks.
The proposed action is give it 6 weeks then retest. Pretty angry here now. I have written my questions to my GP and will go and see her on Wed to talk it through. I am asking to have armour on a private prescription - seeing as the surgery admitted it was due to money that my prescription has been stopped.
Which is more easily sourced - Armour or Erfa? I've had both and noticed no difference, and I'm hoping the chemist that has got it for me all these years will still be able to do so.
Things are complicated by the fact that I have Chronic Lyme disease and now my Lyme specialist wants to start treating for Babesia - another tick infection, picked up when I contracted Lyme. But of course, neither Lyme or Barbesia are recognised by the NHS, so we're going private for these to be treated. My main symptom of these are high fevers every 4-5 weeks which are very debilitating and last 2-3 weeks.
I always was relieved mt thyroid condition was well looked after. Now I really won't know what's wrong with me when I'm lousy!
My own GP is wonderful and easy to talk to but I think much of this has been taken out of her hands. They want to send me to the hospital endo, who 11 years ago, laughed when I asked for a T3 test done, said it was too rare to even consider, and told me 'the good news is your blood tests are all normal...so waht are you doing in that wheelchair?' That's why I went private - and low and behold - I had an under ref range T3 result.
So the fight to get well continues.