We have a sweet couple renting our Studio at the moment - we have not met them before. Within minutes my Thyroid Radar was up and running ! This Dear Lady is 77 and 40 years ago had her thyroid removed after treatment failed to slow things down. Not once was she offered tests or treatments for being under-active. Until that is around 18 months ago when her hair was falling out.
This lady was so very active when she was younger - and that is not the case now. She has mentioned to the Docs many times that things do not feel right. She suffers with very bad Vitiligo all over her body - which they did not connect. Her weight gain has been ongoing and she has refused Statins for her raised Cholesterol. She is delighted to learn that there maybe a connection with her UAT. Of course we have not been through the list of Signs and Symptoms on the Thyroid UK site yet....!
She recently felt unwell on 75mcg of T4 and has reduced to 50mcg. Ummm ! Not sure that is right. She has not seen any of her test results. They are only here for a week but may well decide to have the full range of tests done here before she leaves.
The point of my post is to wonder just how many more people there are out there suffering from NEGLECT for over 40 years. I am amazed she is as well as she is. She says that whenever she questions anything she is silenced.....with the attitude that doctor knows best.
I feel so sorry for her - but she seems so pleased that she has booked in with a fellow sufferer who has learnt lots from this forum. By the way - her daughter has recently been diagnosed too.
At the beginning of April a guy ( a widower ) moved into our Guest House for a year. Within minutes I could detect his thyroid probs. Over lunch a little later he told us he had sold his business as he had a bad thyroid problem ! Overactive - zapped - then under. He was given a pack of 25mcg T4 but wasn't aware he had to take them for ever. Poor man had been without for weeks as he had been staying with his son. A quick visit to Draculas Den in the next village for blood tests had him sorted and then to the Pharmacy to buy his T4. Seriously under ! Thank goodness for the Greek system where we can act quickly and use our initiative. Also ordered B12 and D3 for him - which hopefully he is taking. Both very low. Don't like to intrude too much....but am keeping an eye. Next blood test in a couple of weeks....
So that's 4 out of 5 people in this acre of olive grove with a Thyroid problem - and not forgetting my lovely dog too ! Mind you I haven't checked out the visiting hubby - yet ! So for those who think I am as mad as a box of frogs for being concerned about peoples thyroids - then so be it - because there are so many people who do need a little help on their journey to wellness.....and it certainly does not seem to be happening within the GP surgeries.
Thank you for reading.....and hopefully we can highlight this awful situation and maybe there is something we can do. Meaning after thyroid removal.....