I have been diagnosed with thyroid problem.

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Can anyone help me understand, why it takes a Dr., so long to diagnosis thyroiditis? I am truly confused. Thanks in advance for whatever help I can get.

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    Are you in the UK? The reason I ask is because here the endos appear hopeless.

     

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      How long did it take for you to be diagnosed?

      MOst drs just don't seem to know how to recognise yh the signs and symptoms of the condition or if they do the wrong tests normally just the TSH which is insufficient screening. Hence missing the diagosis completely and totally.

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    Shelia, Ive been asking the same thing. I went onthyroid meds 13 years ago with no official diagnosis. 2 weeks ago i finally heard outof endos mouth that i have Hashimotos. It would have been nice to know this so i knew what i was dealing with.
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      The good dr's who are able to not feel intimidated by sharing info tell u what's happening, the bad ones need to protect themselves by hiding the knowledge and 'keeping their power'.

      With thyroid problems it is frustratingly long as the meds need time to work in the system. A good dr will test TSH, T4, T3 every 2mths at the start.

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    Hello Sheila:

    My name is Shelly and I am a nurse in the USA.  I have Hashimoto's thyroid disease since 1987.

    Thyroid issues are complex and many symptoms can mimic another disease.  Many Internal Medicine Doctors or GP's are trained briefly on the thyroid and many are not sharp r as smart,  and just fail to put all of the puzzle pieces together.

    I agree it is wrong, and when I had sympoms at age 12 no doctor I saw dignosed me.  I was 27 whenI fully got diagnosed. 

    Thyroiditis can be from an infection you had or after pregnancy.  Stress on the body also plays a part in it. The thyroid can calm down but maytake many months.

    Symptoms of thyroid disease can be just a few symptoms or a whole bunch of them. Some can ake years to fuly show up.  Symptoms of thyroid problems are: feels sleepy, low energy, periods are off or no periods, low body temp, low pulse, skin problems such as dry skin, muscles can be achy, bowel  problems, hair loss, feels cold, brittle nails and bruisng all over.  There are more these are common.

     Your doctor should refer you to an Endocrinologist who is much better trained in the Endocrine system.

    I hope this helps, any questions just ask.

    Shelly

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