Have spent most of the week cluing myself up with information and preparing what I am going to discuss with my GP. I felt somewhat bombarded, but with the aid of a very simple spider diagram have managed to be a lot more condensed in my approach (don't want to go over the allocated ten minute slot, but have been sly and booked the last appointment of the day!)
A lot of blogs and responses on this website, seem to indicate that the NHS is a stickler for blood test results over symptoms of hypo and this has made me more determined not to be fobbed off, because my symptoms are very real. I have made notes of all of the separate times I have visited the surgery and the treatment (with no effect) for each of these niggling symptoms, that all point to hypothyroidism when listed together.
I am going to ask the GP for a trial of thyroxine, as advised on this site. If he refuses I am asking to be referred to an endocrinologist. I noticed that a lot of blogs say try not to be referred to one who specialises in diabetes, so with that in mind I rang two of my local hospitals and spoke to the endos secretaries. I was rather surprised at the very informative, sympathetic and helpful way I was handled by these ladies.
I was given details of the clinics, their aims and in both cases was told the endos specialising would look at all of my concerns and would treat me as the patient, not a test.
These remarks were not prompted by my questioning. One of the secretaries even asked me had I had my vitamin d levels checked and told me about their supplement programming which was more beneficial than the supplements GP's gave. She also went on to say that my treatment could be GP practice led if I wanted treatment there, without coming into the hospital department.
I have read on this site the words 'not on the NHS' but this first port of call into the NHS endocrinology departments has been positive and I say credit where credit is due.
I know the proof of the pudding is in the eating but armed with information and attitudes of the clinic staff I do not feel so much trepidation, having approached the departments and heard what they have to say.
I would like to hear from anyone who had a trial of drugs in low dose from their GP as a starting point and whether or not the general opinion is to just ask to be referred to an endocrinologist if the GP suggests it.
Its a warmish April day. The central heating is on. My nose is like ice, joints aching and I want to crawl into bed to warm up as I am so tired and lethargic. I should be out gardening so will steel myself onwards after lunch!