I've been to see my doctor, and I'll give you an update to my previous post 'New to the board - possible thyroid problem'.
My doctor, who specialises in complementary/environmental medicine, is going to concentrate, in the first instance, on correcting toxicity. My hair mineral analysis shows possible mercury contamination, which could explain my symptoms. Heavy metals can disrupt the body chemistry by displacing other minerals - and mercury is documented to cause symptoms like mine. He's giving me a detoxification supplement.
Although he said that my problems were probably not due to thyroid problems, he did tell me straight away that he doesn't believe that thyroid blood tests are accurate in diagnosing thyroid disease. That said, given that my results were within the reference range, if he treated me with thyroid hormone, he could well get struck off for malpractice. One UK doctor, Dr Durrant-Peatfield, was struck off the register of medical practitioners a few months ago and accused of malpractice because he treated 'unconventionally' - i.e. he recognised that blood tests are not infallible, that different patients have different requirements on the reference range, because he recognised and treated adrenal insufficiency (as opposed to seeing just Cushings/Addisons), and because he used natural dessicated thyroid and low dose steroids. Patients and other health practitioners were outraged.
I'll just have to see how things go. If anybody is going to unmask a thyroid problem (if there is one), he is. It's something I'll keep in the back of my mind.
My best wishes to everybody, and thanks for your advice and words of encouragement.
Bye for now,