I currently see an endo privately as my husband has private medical cover through work. I was diagnosed with GD in December 2010 with a high t4 (81) & all the usual symptoms. I then went on to see the endo every 2/3 months as time progressed.
I came off carb last June & went back to see endo last December, only to find out my t4 was back up to 31 (it had stabilised to about 17/18 on the carb).
I'm now going to be back on carb for several years (my endo seems to advocate radioactive treatment & hasn't mentioned thyroid removal) but I have small kids so can't go ahead with radiation yet (& I'm far from happy to go for either, but that's another post!)
Anyway, my husbands about to leave his job & it's been hard to find another company to take us on, on a like for like basis.
I'm currently deciding whether to continue with private appointments, paying myself, or changing to NHS appointments (no idea if it'll be with the same endo).
I'm a bit reluctant to pay (especially when we're trying hard to cut costs due to new business) as the appointments seem to only last 5 minutes at the most, & it's every 3 months.
Does anyone know what the recommended time between endo visits is (especially when I'm hopefully going to be on a maintenance dose when my levels come down a bit more). Is the 3 month thing necessary (the cynic in me thinks the endo is making the most out of the private health care company) or are appointments usually further apart than this?
I'm off for my last appointment under our current provider next week, so want to broach this with the endo, but hoped someone could let me know if 3 months is normal or if I should try to stretch it to longer.
Sorry for the long post.
Thanks in advance.