Dr Gordon skinner was one of the few doctors who believes thyroid blood tests should not be pivotal in the diagnosis of hypothyroidism and clinical symptoms are what counts. After many years of research and trials he treated many hundreds of grateful patients who had been diagnosed by their GP s with CFS/ fibromyalgia with thyroid replacement hormone.. he was pilloried for this by other doctors and put in front of the medical governing body .hundreds of his ‘ now well’ patients stood by him . He has sadly past now but anyone interested in his work can research his findings . I was diagnosed with CFS/fibromyalgia told to read up on it and just live with it . When I eventually, after 19 years of suffering , was proved to have hashimotos and now take NDT (thyrogold) i have no pain and no dreadful fatigue which are the main symptoms .