Some of you may remember that when I went to my GP surgery recently for an ECG, the nurse doing it told me she was worried about her thyroid, as she put on a lot of weight suddenly last year, then from March this year she lost a lot of weight, and I advised her to have a thyroid function test including T3 and antibodies.
Surprise, surprise! She is SO relieved that it's just the menopause. According to her GP. Yeah, right. She's just put on a stone in the last month.
Did he do an antibody test? No.
Did he test the T4 and T3? No.
What did he test, then? The TSH.
And what was it? Normal.
How does he know it's the menopause, then? Because it's not my thyroid.
Now, this is a practice nurse who spends all day taking blood, doing ECGs and suchlike. And she happily takes that from her own GP. In spite of our conversation about what happens when you think you have a thyroid problem etc, etc, etc.
I feel very sad for her.