Thyroid UK

Names, please

When you are living with an illness (just as when one is a specialist in anything else) it is easy to lapse into technical-speak. Please would posters try to give the full name of their symptom or illness first before using shorthand.

I have been hypothyroid for a couple of years and read this site regularly, but am constantly stopped by initials I don't understand or have to mentally run through umpteen alternatives to work out what it seems to be.

I don't want to winge but am often pulled up short on a post or question because it does not make sense. Many thanks for your co-operation.

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I heartily agree - please try to use full names, at least on first mention.

Also avoid "text speak". Please.

To address this very problem, I have assembled a list of abbreviations and acronyms appropriate (I hope) for people here:

And, folk, feel free to send me Private Messages if you think something needs adding to this list, though my decision is final!



Rod, that list is fantastic, thanks so much for your hard work.


It doesn't take much effort really, if I notice something, I add it! But very pleased if it is useful. :-)

And having a list available is not a reason to post incomprehensible posts/questions.

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Thank You, Rod, for this list, I have saved it. It will be a great help, as I have often not understood abbreviations.


Again, welcome.


I do keep updating it - usually only a few additions - but do consider grabbing a more recent version than you might already have!


I agree. Sometimes I wont even attempt to answer a question as I dont understand what all the abbreviations mean, and if I am not the only one with this attitude they must then be limiting the amount of answers they get, which is a shame.

Moggie x


Thank you so much for making this request. It's such a waste of everyone's time and effort when the posts are incomprehensible.


Hi I may be guilty but try not to do this. However, always if there is something you do not understand, click on "reply to this" under that post and ask, personally I am always happy to go into greater detail. However, even on the original post, often there is a lot to say, to try and help, sometimes there just is not time to write, say for half an hour on one question.

Best wishes,



Agree with you all on this. I'm new to all this, and all the abbreviations and acronyms make some posts totally incomprehensible to me. :-(


As Jackie says, no one minds if you ask for clarification, or sometimes I google acronyms or abbreviations. We all react differently to illness; one of us might have trouble decrypting abbreviations, another might prefer to take shortcuts because of brain fog, trouble typing, etc.

The nature of a forum means that a variety of people will express themselves in a variety of ways. If a post is so cryptic or the person posting so unhelpful that no one can understand it then the process is self-regulating and incomprehensible posts will receive less of a response. As long as people are respectful of each other here I'm relaxed with how they write. :-)


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