I feel let down. I was given a diagnosis without any explanation of the life-long implications. I was prescribed life-long medication without any discussion of side-effects or alternatives. I was given no information of where to turn for support, not even a single sheet of written information.
The quote above is from a 'patient case study', and could so easily have been from one of us on this support group. Except that it isn't actually about thyroid disease. The point here though is not the health problem itself, but that this is quoted from a story about a GP who became ill and saw life from the other side of the surgery desk.
The article concludes with
My GP was the only obvious place to turn for advice and I am a GP, so what chance does the average patient have?
Surely we need a better system of informing patients. Perhaps my experience has been unique, but I doubt it.
You can read the full article here:
Case Study - From GP to patient
31 March 2011
This GP thought he understood the impact that illness had on patients, until he became a patient himself.