Iv only just returned to the site after taking time off due to lots of stress at home.
I am so shocked at some of the posts that i have read....some members have tried to express how they feel about the problems with a thyroid condition and how the medical profession has not been supportive through this process. Some members have said that there is alot of negative attitudes around doctors not understanding a treating people in a dignified manner. Other members have been dissmissive of peoples expereinces and use research and other claims to back up their theories. I have no problem with any of that but i do have a problem with not letting people have their say from their own expereinces..
One member was critisised for saying that most people do notfeel well on medication for thyroid disease...the response to that was appalling....It is also my view that most people do not feel well on medication..this is largely due to only giving replacement thyroxine and not seeing the fuller picture. I dont need to dwell on stastistics as i beleive that in large they are created to meet an agenda by the organisation conducting them. Equally so, research is only a tool and is dependent upon it been carried out with openess and a diverse approach. Again the research can be tailored to meet its ends.
My expereinces of GPs and consultents that i have been involved with have opened my eyes to the abuse that is inflicted upon patients when they are most vulnerable. For years i worked in domestic violence and people who had experience emotional and mental abuse were far more badly damaged for longer than people who had expereinced other forms of abuse.
I know first hand that abuse is rife throughout the medical profession but trying to prove it is another challenge yet to be faced. Just because someone has the letters DR before their name does not make them saints. The job itself is one of power and many many people in such positions will and do abuse that power, and why.. well because they can.
It reminds me so much of famous DJs that have come to light abusing vulnerable young people becasue they could. And who would think that somone who has a jolly deminure and visits sick children in hospital...who would imagine they could be a seriel abuser.
The same is happening now within the medical professiopn and no- one cares, they turn a blind eye.. And who would they beleive anyway.
I would love to go back to how things were years ago, when your family doctor was part of the community,he knew your parents and grand parents and you knew about him or her.
We have a right to know more about the people who are treating us, not just that they are qualified but also about their values and beliefs, because it is these attitudes and values that impact upon how we are treated.
You read so much these days about dignity at the end of life,,why oh why cant we be treated with dignity while we are living.
I want to be able to say i dont like the way you are treating me, and dont speak to me like that..there should be consrquenses for such behaviour..like we will take our buiness else where and they wont get paid...give us choises based on outcomes and expereinces. GPs in my view have a life long meal ticket at the expense of me, you and anyone who steps foot in their door.