I know I'm undiagnosed. I know I only discovered this website a day ago but already I am building up a picture of the frustration many felt before getting their diagnosis and treatment. I feel the same. I can see the despair of those who can't get the correct medicine prescribed and I can see those who had to go and seek private consultation, probably after contributing to the NHS for years! But this is what I find idiotic.
Medical science researches and based on their findings makes an extensive list of the kinds of symptoms that present when a person has a thyroid problem. The data is collected. The discovery is announced. Everyone working on the research must be thrilled at their findings. A medical breakthrough. Doctors up and down the land are told to watch out for the symptoms being reported by patients. Treatment is available! Science knows how to treat the disease. GP's can prescribe. Everything is in place everyone is ready!
Then the bubble bursts. Blood test says no. But doctor, I have fatigue, muscle aches and my hair is falling out! My feet ache. My joints are shot. Blood test says no. I feel so cold. I can't lose weight. Please treat me. Blood tests say no. My heart is racing. I can't stop sweating. I'm irritable. Blood test says no. Go away. The blood test says no.
So why compile a list? Why have scientific research? What came first the science or the blood test?