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    NHS Specialists who treat without blood test backup

    Hi there, everyone!
    I'm Leftfoot. I'm 50 years old, female, and I've been suffering most of the classic underactive thyroid symptoms for several years now. If I don't get help soon I think I might be tempted, in my blackest moments, to do something stupid. As I understand it, if I was in the US my blood tests would confirm that I have hypothyroidism. But here in the UK I'm told my readings fall just within "normal". My GP still sent me to see the endocrinologist at our local hospital, but she wouldn't even consider treating me unless my blood test fell within the UK abnormal range. So that was that. And now I'm looking for an NHS thyroid specialist almost anywhere in the UK - preferably not TOO far away from London/SE England (I'm based in Beds/Herts) who can and will treat patients on symptoms alone. My GP is quite willing to refer me for a 2nd opinion (he's just too chicken-shit to do the prescribing himself! - even though he too is fairly sure I'm hypo/t).
    So then, does anyone here know of a UK specialist, who will treat on symptoms alone, that I could approach with a view to finally getting some real help? I'd gladly go private if I could afford it but I'm afraid it has to be NHS at the moment since I'm currently unable to work and thus on very limited funds.
    in advance!

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    Re: NHS Specialists who treat without blood test backup

    Did you get any tests done from your GP? Ask for a full blood count including FT3 and that will make it obvious if you are underactive or not.

    If ranges are out of order but then hopefully GP will be able to help otherwise seeing specialist might be a long route. You book an appointment and then you wait...you see the specialist and then you wait.....you get your test results and then you wait......you see your specialist second time.....then you wait again or may be get a prescription.

    And yeah welcome

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    Re: NHS Specialists who treat without blood test backup

    Hi, Mike.
    Yes, I have some blood tests from a while ago. I'll have to dig them out and see what's on them. I'd imagine they show the TF3 results you mention, since I've been badgering about this thyroid thing for so long - but I'll check. Is that really a 100% reliable guide then - TF3? Anyway, not to worry for now; I'll find my results first.
    Cheers!

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    Re: NHS Specialists who treat without blood test backup

    Hello again. Having looked at what past info I can find, I cannot see any reference to an FT3 reading. However, I'm going for yet another blood test next week so I'll be sure to tell them I want that particular test doing. Till then.
    Cheers

 

 

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