I have just been reading some of the links that people have given (thanks everyone) and feel a bit more positive. I left the surgery this morning feeling that the doctor had dismissed me and my concerns but I am not so sure now. She asked me if my joints were ever swollen. I said no. I have osteoarthritis and I wondered if she was thinking about rheumatoid arthritis as I had said how much I ached and felt exhausted. She then said that she would order more blood tests to check for swelling and inflammation. I still thought she was talking joints but now, I am wondering if she has ordered tests to check for antibodies. I have just been reading about Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Does anyone think this is a possibility?