Is there a specialist hospital for treatment of hyperthyroidism in the UK?

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After many wrong diagnoses, last year we discovered my mom has hypothyroidism. At first, the only physical symptom was puffy eyes and she was given carbimazole. Lately however, we've noticed some swelling at the base of her neck and I would like a more detailed check.

I do not live in the UK but we intend to fully pay the bills. I would appreciate any recommendations on how and where I can get her treatment in the UK. Thanks alot.

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    I think perhaps your mum has hyperthyroidism rather than hypo.  In the uk we usually attend the doctor who monitors thyroid levels via blood test.  After a few months you usually get referred to an endcrinologist who specialises in thyroid disorders.  The lump sounds like a goitre.
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      Thanks for your response. She did some blood tests and was prescribed carbimazole. But now the lump is causing me some concern and I want proper treatment before things get worse. But we live in Nigeria. Do you think I should search for hospitals in d UK on the internet and make enquires? Thanks.
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    An endocrinologist is the best person to see. Also I have a small goitre it just came up last week and over the weekend went to doctors on Monday and she said it is as goitre. I am panicking as I don't want it to get bigger sad(
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      I'm really sorry about your goitre and equally panicked for my mom... probably more panicked than her. It took so long to diagnose my mom's thyroid problem and I no longer trust the hospitals here sad

      All the best with yours.

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    There are lots of endocrinologists in the UK although there are lots worldwide. Which country do you live in? I live in Bahrain and have found a good one here but I have also seen some in UK.

    has your mum had an ultrasound done of her thyroid. The swelling maybe a goiter or nodules.

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      I live in Nigeria and it took over 4 years to figure out that her symptoms were all linked to her thyroid. I'd prefer treatment in the UK because we have visited there a couple of times and we have a relative there. so she'll have someone familiar to stay with during treatment . Thanks!
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    Hi magdalyn,  there are some ways you can help your mum by helping her boost her zinc, selenium and magnesium levels, as these all support the immune system.  If she can cut down on her stress levels and get enough sleep that would also help.  (Magnesium will ease any stress)  If you can get these either into her diet with food, or with mineral supplements and vitamins, that would help her get her thyroid.  Leafy greens,  onions, garlic, eggs, meat, oily fish, brazil nuts (contain selenium)  all help too.  If you intend to come to the UK and pay for help, you could look into Spire health, as these are private hospitals that you pay for.  Just find one that has an endocrinologist and send an email.
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      Thank you so much. I'll check out Spire Health immediately. I've been working on her diet too, ensuring she eats healthy. But she's almost 60 so I want a proper check to be sure that nothing else could be the problem. I'll keep you posted smile
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