"Not treated for Hypothyroidsm for two years, with severe consequences"

About: King George Hospital / General medicine Redbridge PCT

(as the patient),

I have an under active thyroid condition. I recently obtained my blood test results from a year ago, and I was above the 'normal range' for having an under active thyroid, however no doctor at my surgery had called me in to discuss this, consequently I have become very ill and had to give up a promising college course and have been very ill for over a year. The symptoms of this condition started over two years ago and have gradually got worse.

I did see a G.P. who told me I was depressed and had I see a psychiatrist lately. But eventually I saw another G.P. who started me on a course of thyroid treatment. In the U.S.A. thyroid treatment is started a lot earlier than in this country, when the blood tests show over the normal range at 3.0 but here we have to wait until the blood shows over the normal range at 5.5, and even in Germany people are treated when the range is just over 2.0. This seems a better way to go, as the amount of time I have had to take off of work has been two years, plus a college course, and I have been too ill to do either, wouldn't it be better to treat people a lot earlier then they could be working and paying their taxes instead of being a drain on the benefits system - because I have had to live on benefits for two years.

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