It has taken me a year of sick leave from work and many, many visits to endocrinologist, cardio consultants, GP and a psychiatrist but I have finally had some recognition as to how incapacitated this condition has made me.
The Teachers Pensions Agency have finally agreed that I am no longer medically and physically fit to teach. After an initial knock back I won an appeal with the help of some wonderful doctors who compiled the medical evidence for me. It has taken a year to prove that autoimmune thyroid can impact on other body systems and that the magic pill thyroxine does not 'always' make hypothyroid conditions better. They have said that I should still be able to undertake 'some' gainful employment but have agreed that primary teaching with the little ones was just too much. I do hope to work again but in a job where I am more able to pace myself and take care of me foremost!
At last some positivity out of a very negative and frustrating year.