So I've had my appointment with the GP. He talked over me, said my symptoms could be a sign of something else and what were my expectations from today's visit. I said I expected to be helped to understand what was going on because after 7 months of investigations I was no further forward. He said that pains come and go and its just life!!!
He ignored all I had to say about my symptoms and said the TSH blood test was a really good indication of thyroid function and he could take another blood test and say "Come on lab, give this a full thyroid screening, if you feel like it". My mouth must have dropped open at that point but I recovered enough to ask him who decides on the test - him or the lab. He said he would get me full blood screening, liver function, full thyroid and as appointments were only ten minute slots, it was a starting point and I could make another appointment to talk more at a later date.
I said I was in pain, dis-satisfied with his answer and added that I thought his brushing of off my comments were making me sound hysterical. He said "Well you know where the word hysterical comes from?" I said "It is from the Greek meaning things to do with the uterus and gives the word hysterectomy, which was coined to indicate hysteria" He looked taken aback and I asked if he was blaming my symptoms on the menopause because if he looked at my notes he would see that I had never complained or suffered from menopause symptoms.
He knew I was annoyed.He prescribed me a drug for nerve pain. When I got home and read the contraindications it was not to be used with stomach medications (which I take to protect my stomach from ibruprofen damage) or with the painkillers I take!!
So today I rang the practice manager and registered a complaint about the lack of concern, diagnosis and medication for my health problems. I said I wanted my treatment discussed with my usual GP and the one I saw yesterday. She was really helpful and said to get my blood tests - which I asked her to read out what he had ordered on the blod test form - and lo and behold he had only requested another TSH test!!! Practice manager was not amused and said she wanted to get a satisfactory conclusion and would organise the meetings with the two doctors and would arrange for a doctor of my choice from the practice to see me after blood test results were back.
So there's my first taste of trying to get on a thyroxine trial and/or see an endocrinologist. Not a pretty picture.