On reading a couple of posts I came across the following and it's good to know exactly how most Endocrinologists think and why we suffer huge disappointments when our long-awaited appointment might not go as we hoped:
Excerpt which shows what we are up against (a brick wall):
It's All In Your Head
In his editorial, Dr. Weetman states that patients who have "normal thyroid function tests" but insist they should be treated for multiple thyroid symptoms actually have "somatoform disorders." Sounds very medical and official, right? But make no mistake..."somatoform disorders" is medicalspeak for hypochondria. That's right. Weetman is saying is that if your tests are normal -- and apparently, even if you have a host of thyroid symptoms, a family history, and a goiter the size of a melon -- the diagnosis is simple and straightforward: you have a psychiatric condition. Yes, it's all in your head.
Another excerpt and article mentions Dr P, Dr S and Dr M:
Myhill cites the work of David Healy, a professor of psychiatry at Bangor University, who was the subject of professional opprobrium and the wrath of pharmaceutical companies when he said SSRI antidepressants could trigger violent and suicidal behaviour in some patients, and was later proved right.
In his latest book, Pharmageddon, Healy presents a bleak picture of the way the pharmaceutical industry has co-opted medicine, a state of affairs that Myhill says is “akin to mothers learning about nutrition from advertisement hoardings posted by the food industry”.
Myhill and Skinner were united in their belief that there was a scandal going on in Britain in relation to the diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism, and Skinner could not have been more vocal in what he saw as a great injustice.
A former virologist based at the University of Birmingham, he argued that, in any scientific group there was always roughly five per cent that didn’t fit into the bell curve and so couldn’t be diagnosed via a blood test. If patients were showing symptoms of hypothyroidism, he was prepared to treat them. And, as evidence of the unreliability of blood tests, he pointed to the discrepancies between what was considered normal levels of the hormone in different countries.