A Letter to Those Who Know Someone With Hypothyroidism

Even some of our friends, family and work colleagues (this could be you) overlook how serious it is, and how detrimental it can be to our lives. Even some doctors look at it like this. Not all, but a lot. A lot more than we should have to put up with.

Many patients struggle to actually get diagnosed for years, with doctors misdiagnosing it as depression, chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. Doctors regularly misdiagnose hypothyroidism. Even when we are diagnosed and started on medication, we often find it takes some time to feel better, or that doctors will not consider another type of medicine if the first one they try doesn’t work for us. There are a few different options for treating hypothyroidism, but many doctors have a one-size-fits-all approach to treating it, and just prescribe one method, refusing to consider anything else. A lot of us have to turn to going private for our healthcare or sourcing the medicine ourselves. So don’t assume that your friend, family member or work colleague is “OK now that they’ve got medicine for it.”

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