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MrsMellowDrummer Thu 01-Sep-11 13:28:40

I have recently had blood tests carried out, and have discovered that I have an underactive thyroid. It explains (hopefully) why I have been feeling completely rubbish for months now, and I also have a long list of minor symptoms that I see now fit this diagnosis.

I've had two blood tests 6 weeks apart from each other. The results of the last one went astray (in my gp's inbox) for a couple of weeks, which led to a delay in her talking to me. I had a telephone consult with her, where she said I could come in and discuss prescribing meds to help. I've asked to see a different gp at the same practise (as there have been a few issues with this gp, and I'd be far more comfortable with somebody else). The next available appointment is in just over 2 weeks time. I feel like crying. I really do. I just want to see somebody, and get treatment started. I'm going to ring the surgery again this afternoon and see if I can speed things up a bit. I know I'm getting unreasonably upset at the slightest thing at the moment, so am unable to judge if I'm being unreasonable here to want to see somebody sooner. I know the gp service is v busy, and it's not life or death. Would it be reasonable to push hard for an appointment in the next few days?

GrimmaTheNome Thu 01-Sep-11 13:34:27

YANBU. They really ought to be able to give you an appointment sooner than that. You've had the tests, you know that there is a problem - one which should be easily treatable by appropriate dose of thyroxin.

But, if they really can't come up with anything sooner, try not to get too upset - hypothyroidism is very treatable so you can be pretty sure of feeling better before too much longer.

catpark Thu 01-Sep-11 13:52:26

I'd phone in each morning for a cancellation. If you want a specific doctor then you will have to wait longer for an appointment than if you'd just take whoever is available.

You'll probably get put on Levothyroxine and might get referred to an endocinologist too. It takes around 4 weeks for the medication to achieve maximum saturation in your blood, so you'll get blood tests every 6 weeks or so until the dose has been adjusted to what you need.

I'm on Levothyroxine as I don't have a thyroid due to cancer and once they get the medication levels correct you'll feel much better.

MrsMellowDrummer Thu 01-Sep-11 14:27:49

Thanks Grimma and Catpark. I know I'm being over-anxious. It's not like me, so I'm hoping it's one of the symptoms, and might change with meds.

I just phoned, and they've brought my appointment forward by a week. And with a lovely doc too, so I'm feeling much happier.

GrimmaTheNome Thu 01-Sep-11 14:31:09

Oh good. A week is more like it. smile

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