Don't feel stupid, it's none of your fault. These things happen. And we Don't realise that we can't trust out doctors until something like this happens.
Doctors haven't been educated in thyroid, they Don't know even as much about it as their predecessors did. What's more, they aren't terribly interested in it, generally. They have this odd idea that all you have to do is take a little daily pill and everything goes away.
Except that it doesn't, and as they've been educated to believe that all patients are hypocondriacs and liars - not to mention stupid - especially women! - they just Don't understand how ill we become.
Not that I'm standing up for them! No, no, no! Perish the thought! lol The main problem with thyroid is medical sexism, which is just plain wrong! But that's the way things are.
So, once we realise that, and that our doctors aren't going to make us beter - and are probably going to make us worse - we see that we have to become our own advocats - if not our own doctors. So, we start Learning, slowly, slowly, slowly, until we get there.
Take my case, for example. I was diagnosed in late 2000. I was put on levo and instantly got ten times worse. Doctors would do nothing, it was the old story of 'your TSH is in range, so there's nothing wrong with you'!
I remember sitting in my office one evening, crying, wondering what the hell I was going to do. Was this it? Was the rest of my life going to be complete misery? I was actually sitting looking at my computer, and yet it never occured to me to switch it on! But when I stopped crying, I thought, what I need is a book. But how am I going to find one on this subject? I doubt if our little local Library or bookshop has one...
Then I thought about Amazon! For Christmas I had bought my brother in England a book about Néfertiti on Amazon, and I had been amazed at how easy it had been! Just find the book - and that wasn't difficult - type in his address and pay! And I even got it gifted wrapped! Wow! I love this internet thingy! lol So, if they had a book on Néfertiti, the probably have one about- thyroid...
And they had lots! Didn't know which one to chose as I knew next to nothing about the subject. So, I closed my eyes and stabbed my finger at the screen (they were hard screens in those days lol) And, as luck would have it, my finger had pointed out Mary Shomon's book, Living Well With Hypothyroidism. I think my guardien angel was guiding my finger that day...
So, got the book and started to read, and at the end, she talked about her forum. Straight onto the computer and googled Mary Shomon, found the forum and signed up. And that, as they say, was the beginning of the end! lol
You Don't have to wait to see your doctor to ask for your print-out. Call the secretary/receptionist and ask her. Say you'll drop round and pick them up tomorrow! Don't take no for an answer! x