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.
Well, that should help us understand that social medicine is very limited, and that doctors have to have freedom of practice, which is not totally free here in the States, but at least our doctors have more freedom.
Can you get to the states for treatment or find an internet doctor?
Is that legal there?
Thanks for the update...keep us abreast of what happens! TF
I had read about Dr. Durrant-Peatfield, and was saddened that he was struck off. I am on a treatment quite similar to what he prescribed (Armour Thyroid and Unithroid for a balanced thyroid cocktail, and Cortef for my adrenal fatigue), so I can testify to the effectiveness of his approach.
Thank YOU for your well-educated input here on the board. You have offered great information and valuable advice, and I would love to see you post here more often.
I think your doctor has you on the right path, and I wish you the best of luck and health.