LITHIUM AND THE STRUGGLE AGAINST THE BLACKPOOL "PEOPLE"

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  1. HI,I'LL STATE NOW THAT I LIVE IN TURKEY AND ALL MY HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS AND MEDICATION ARE PAID FOR BY SPVA VIA THE BRITISH CONSULATE IZMIR.NO MORE AND NO LESS THAN ANY WAR PENSIONER IS ENTITLED TO,AND NO COMPLAINTS SO FAR(TWO TRIBUNALS+)I WONDER IF ANY OTHER WAR PENSIONER CAN HELP ME.MY ACCEPTED CONDITIONS ARE BI-POLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDER AND PTSD.AT PRESENT I AM TAKING 1200MG OF THE POISON LITHIUM, (17 YEARS)1000MG OF CARBAMAZEPINE AND 400MG OF QUETAPINE.I ALSO TAKE 100 MICROGRAMMES OF EUTHYROX,AND THERE THE PROBLEM STARTS.I HAVE BEEN TAKING EUTHYROX FOR POSSIBLY 2 YEARS ITS A TREATMENT GIVEN TO ME BY A VERY ODD NAMED SPECIALIST,AN ENDOCHRINOLOGIST.WHAT HAS THIS TO DO WITH A PERSON WITH PSYCHIATRIC PROBLEMS?WELL THE SPVA PAYS FOR MY MEDICATION THAT HAS ATTACKED MY THYROID GLAND. THEIR LATEST WONDER ATTACK?THEY HAVE WITHDRAWN RE EMBURSEMENT FOR EUTHYROX.(ITS ULTRA CHEAP ANYWAY)THEY SAY THAT MY THYROID PROBLEM IS NOT PART OF MY ACCEPTED CONDITIONS!!SO CAN ANY ONE HELP,DO YOU STILL GET TREATED FOR WHAT I CALL SECONDARY CONDITIONS,HAS ANYONE EXPERIENCED MANY YEARS OF TAKING A TOXIC CHEMICAL(DON'T SAY STOP TAKING IT,I THINK IT KEEPS ME ALIVE.)BY THE WAY,LITHIUM HAS ALSO BEEN KNOWN TO AFFECT THE LIVER AND THE KIDNIES.MY POINT BEING LATER ON IN LIFE WHEN MY LIVER,KIDNIES OR THYROID FAIL,DOES SPVA PULL THE MAT OUT?THANKS TO THE MOD.PETE.
     
  2. Look to the left of your keyboard. About 3/4 of the way down is an oblong key with 'Caps Lock' written on it.

    It probably has a little green light on at the minute.

    TURN IT OFF so that you're not shouting at people.

    Thank you.
     
  3. Aren't you entitled to free prescriptions on the NHS if you have a dodgy thyroid gland? I think it's one of the conditions that entitles you to free prescriptions.

    If there's a danger of your kidneys and/or liver packing up, don't you get regular medical checks?
     
  4. Not if he's living in Turkey he ain't!
     
  5. The SPVA is based in Thornton Cleveleys which is just down the road from Blackpool
     
  6. Purple_Flash

    Purple_Flash War Hero Moderator

    This thread has been heavily edited.

    If you can't contribute something useful then go and have your fun in the NAAFI.
     
  7. The thyroid condition is not per se part of the conditions you have listed as your accepted attributable conditions. But long term lithium use is associated with thyroid problems (but I don't know strength of that link).

    I think it would be worth appealing. You will need a letter from your current medical team explaining their view that the thyroid condition is a direct sequel of the treatment of the attributable condition. It is possible that the decision to cut off funding was made by finance staff who are not aware of the full clinical picture.
     
  8. I think you're right. IIRC the most common cause of thyroid trouble in older people is an autoimmune problem. Your own immune system attacks your thyroid gland. This is just something that happens and, understandably, the Blackpool folks would not pay for illness that is not related to service.


    Definitely. Have a doctor state that the hypothyroidism is down to lithium rather than the immune system.
     
  9. HI,I LOOK THREE QUARTERS OF THE WAY DOWN MY LEFT HAND SIDE AND FIND........................A STUMP.SORRY BUT ITS EASIER FOR ME TO TYPE IN UPPER (OR LOWER )CASE.SO I WILL NOT STOP "SHOUTING".
     
  10. There may be a correlation between the lithium and the thyroid...


    http://www.drugs.com/sfx/lithium-side-effects.html

    Thyroid Abnormalities

    euthyroid goiter and/or hypothyroidism (including myxedema) accompanied by lower T3 and T4. 131Iodine uptake may be elevated. Paradoxically, rare cases of hyperthyroidism have been reported.
     
  11. TheIronDuke

    TheIronDuke LE Book Reviewer

    Heh. I'm not a Medic so feel free to ignore me. But a Bud of mine was on Lithium for a long time, then decided he was 'cured' and stopped taking it. The result still lives with me. Lithium has side effects but maybe the effects of not taking it are worse?

    Good luck in getting it sorted.