I agree Marz- so shortsighted to neglect obvious tests like TPOAb -and pay more in wasted searches and treatments for non specifics.
From my comments above you can see my view is that the medical profession has been boxed into a corner on UAT, particularly.
If they start to uncover the lack of awareness in the area and the fact that many Endos, who hold the reins, are not up to speed on testing UAT deficiencies [in general ] then all hell will break loose in the public at large.
There are tens of thousands of sufferers going back decades, I would estimate, and much misery has been caused since physicians lost the 'hands on' approach and took a few inspired judgements with their patients.
Now, it's all protocol and tick lists followed by big pharma meds magic with insurance backed 'studies' that remove risk from the dispenser.
The word side effect should be banned. Any drug of use would have known co- effects and likewise the patient can decide to live with these, and often has to.[I do!]
Why can't the medical world tolerate some uncomfortable truths about their regime, in the same way and review how they use TSH as a coverall -with a huge over spill in limits?
They suffer the side effects of lack of imaginatiion and will- but others suffer!
I hope Karg doesn't have to wait 50 years for improvements...