The title says it all really. I saw an osteopath for a while for my neck and back pain. She was also a qualified medical doctor and naturopath. I asked her about my swollen, mottled hands and she had a good look and then told me she thought it was thyroid related. I explained I'd been tested and she just shrugged and said that the tests were not very good.
Ten years later, diagnosed with CFS/ME and fibro as well as depression and my thyroid tests finally went outside of the 'normal' range. I had a great endocrinologist in Brighton who put me straight on T4 and T3 and was happy for me to be over-replaced. For a while, I felt so much better. Then I moved and my current health authority doesn't have T3 on it's local formulary. It took going to my GP and slapping a pile of research papers down on his desk for him to finally give me back the T3. It has helped a lot.
I'm still not great and again suffering CFS/fibro symptoms. Two years ago, my GP told me that when my latest full blood count results came back, the haematologist had recommended B12. I was put on pills but I still feel rough.
Unfortunately these issues have had to take a back seat recently as I've been through a year of having breast cancer treatment (all good so far!) and a herniated disc for which I may require surgery.
Thanks to this forum I feel I now have enough information to ask my GP for a trial of B12 injections. I know they are not expensive so don't see why he can't do it. I'll probably have to go down the research papers route again but I have to try.
What doctors don't seem to realise is that we can't just accept what they say when we have seen evidence to the contrary. The older GP at my practise absolutely hates the fact that patients can now read the research for themselves on the internet.
I just can't give up on me - I'm all I've got!