I ordered a book and it came today. I think I have ordered the wrong one. I thought it was one of the ones that is recommended on here. It's called Understanding Thyroid Disorders by Dr Anthony Toft. I am really confused from the first pages I read of it as it doesn't seem supportive of those of us whose blood tests come back normal but are still suffering. I don't see the point of reading it at all and wish I'd borrowed it from the library instead so I could take it back again.
The first time I opened it I read:
'some patients are convinced that their symptoms of tiredness, weight gain and feeling low are the result of an underactive thyroid gland even though the levels of the hormone thyroxine (T4) and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) are normal.
This mistaken belief has not been helped by numerous articles in newspapers and magazines and inaccurate information on the internet. Unfortunately a few doctors are prepared to diagnose hypothyroidism and treat patients with thyroid hormones even though blood tests are normal or with no blood testing at all. These doctors do not usually have any training in thyroid disease and most stand to gain financially from their activities.
The following answers to questions frequently asked by patients who feel that they would benefit from thyroid hormone treatment may help to convince you that it is not possible to have an underactive thyroid gland if the blood levels of T4 and TSH are normal.'
I know I am easily confused nowadays. Is this one of the books recommended for us to read? If so any idea why as there are plenty of us who fall outside the normal range including me and there is no way now anyone could convince me that I am not hypothyroid?