1. Marie Kuby Marie Kuby United Kingdom says:

    'More and more people are being inappropriately diagnosed and treated for under activity of the thyroid gland (known as primary hypothyroidism), warn doctors in an editorial published on bmj.com.'

    If there are allegedly more and more people being inappropriately diagnosed and treated for under activity of the thyroid gland well then surely this should also ring out warning bells loud and clear that something is seriously wrong with the existing medical treatment of under activity of the thyroid gland.

    "The Royal College of Physicians recently set out clear guidance for the diagnosis and treatment of primary hypothyroidism in the United Kingdom, so why have these problems arisen, ask the authors?"

    To be seen to be efficient is not necessarily the same as being effective especially when patients are having to face NHS doctors who have a tendency to either make light of a patient's symptoms and/or treat individual symptoms, as opposed to looking at a possible medical cause for those same symptoms. It is because of this that many patients are having to wait far too long, often running into years, for their initial diagnosis of hypothyroidism. An initial diagnosis of hypothyroidism that is welcomed with great relief only to have that same relief suddenly squashed because subsequent 'normal' thyroid blood test results do not show a true reflection of the debilitating symptoms still being experienced by a notable number of those same thyroid patients. Many thyroid patients in turn continue to be terrorized by their 'normal' blood test results.

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