Originally Posted by hburkett1
I'm telling you! I can't believe that so many people could be suffering and just need a simple pill to help regulate their thyroid levels. It's so ridiculous! Why is there so much controversy as to what is high and what is not?? Do they just not have the information? Or do they create their own scales to base this on?
You're asking the same questions we've all be asking forever. There are no simple answers as to why the folly continues. It's a big can of worms that seemingly no one wants to untangle.
Medical knowledge moves slower than glaciers, in all things, not just thyroid. The cause and cure for stomach ulcers was quashed for a full 10 years after the discovery. I feel sure the truth might never have been accepted except that ulcers cause fatal bleeding. (Guess there remains a teeny-weeny bit of ethos in the profession which won't allow people to swiftly bleed to death.) HypoT doesn't as swiftly kill people. That happens in dribs and drabs. Hence, we continue suffer at the hands of MDs who have chosen not to learn anything new or different about the subject since they sat in Endocrinology 101.
It isn't that lab results lie. MDs are just too ignorant to understand how to interpret them correctly, or even to order the best tests. "Ranges" are exactly that and no more - an entire range of levels within which your
particular "normal" level sits. There is no reason to think that any level within that range will be normal or adequate for you as a person, because you have one level that's right for you
. It's very much like shoe sizing. There is a women's standard size range of 7-10. Trying to make do with a size 8 if your foot measures 10 is sure to cause trouble. MDs continue to mistakenly believe that any
level within that range is right for everyone. Wrongo, buckos.
Big Pharma is to blame, too. The development of a different designer drug for every symptom known to man eliminates the drive to find the cause
of the symptoms and fix that. Plus, this method of ~ahem~
"treatment" is a lot
more profitable, to boot! Given as how hypoT tends to cause up to a dozen or more symptoms, why would the profit-driven MD want to get at the root of the myriad symptoms and fix it correctly? The Cash Cow patient takes the brunt once again.
I know, I know... I sound bitter. But I was once the patient of such an MD, so I think I'm entitled to a little bitterness. After I did my research and figured out that low thyroid might be causing my problems, my then-GP actually refused me the TSH test I requested. But I demanded one, and the result came back at 4.83. He told me that was not hypothyroid, even though that lab range stopped at 5.0. He said he never treats until it reaches 6. That's how stupid and arbitrary these people can be. You betcher boots I was gloating when I saw him again after I took myself to an endo, got my diagnosis, and had started treatment. It usually takes a great deal of persistence to get diagnosed and treated.
Have you heard Oprah Winfrey's story? She had seen a total of four doctors for her symptoms. She began, on her own, to suspect her thyroid. Finally, she asked the fourth doctor, "Could it be my thyroid?" He said that it couldn't be... Her thyroid tests would have ruled that out. She asked, "When? When was my thyroid tested?" - because she was sure it hadn't been tested. He thumbed through her hefty medical file, and guess what? There were no thyroid tests! If such a big-name, powerful celebrity has the same trouble as the rest of us, what confidence should we have in the people charged to care for us?
Well... You probably don't want to hear my rant. I'll just say here that you're right about the American Association of Clinical Endos "new" guideline for TSH - that the upper limit should be 3. But you won't find many GPs who've heard about it, even though the statement was issued in 2002. Glaciers move faster...
Be as persistent as I had to be! I'm well now because I advocated for myself.