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My story started in Sept 2013 when I had what I thought was a bad bout of flu...my GP refused to give antibiotics and my symptoms went on for weeks... My GP is not known for showing much concern, and the standard reply to most complaints is 'go home, take paracetamol and rest'. After 2 more visits, I went back to the GP in Dec 13, she finally did a general blood test which showed my tsh level at less than 0.01, at this point she agreed that there was a problem and prescribed 20mg carbimazole. Nothing was explained, I read about carbimazole and decided I didn't want to take it. For the next six months I tried natural remedies but it didn't work for me. I decided to use my private health cover from my work to see a specialist endo. He wrote to my GP in August 14 when my tsh was less than 0.01, T4 17.5 and T3 6.2 at the upper limit of normal, my TPO antibodies are negative, TSH receptor antibody level 2.1. The Endo diagnosed Sub-clinical hyperthyroidism but is treating me for Graves as it is in my family. He advised my GP to start me on a Block and Replace treatment, 40mg Carbimazole daily for a month, then when my T3 &T4 levels start to come down they are to start me on 100mcgs of Thyroxine for 9 months - he wrote that I 'should then be asymptomatic and with no requirement for regular blood tests until after discontinuation of both treatments in July of next year'. I am taking 500mg of Acetyl L-Carnitine, 1000mgs L-Carnitine and 1000mgs vit D. I am due to get my blood results this week after taking Carbimazole 40mgs for 6 weeks, I went to my GP when I first started taking Carbimazole 40mgs as for the first week I felt dreadful, she said that she is sticking to the Endos treatment plan and if I have any questions I'm to go back to him. I then asked the receptionist for a print of my last six months results and the GP has recorded on my notes 'DEMAND TREATMENT'. I only went to the Specialist as I felt his opinion would give me the confidence I needed to proceed with treatment, but now my GP has wiped her hands of me! I can't afford to keep seeing the private endo as my health cover only covered my initial consultation... Should I consider changing my GP? Or just ride it out for the next 9 months?
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