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Old 07-31-2009, 11:08 PM   #1
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what was the best bit of advice you recieved on here?

although we share many common symptoms, there seem to be some which are very individual to us. I am very curious to what works and what doesnt. So I am posing 3 questions to you all:

1. What was the best bit of advice you recieved on here?
2. why?
3. How did it change things for you?


 
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Re: what was the best bit of advice you recieved on here?

I guess it was not really advice directed to me since I have not been on this board for long, but I have read this board for a couple of months now and this is what has helped.

1. Realizing that I was not crazy or just making up my symptoms, and not taking the first thing that came out of my doctors mouth but advocating for my own well being.

2. It made me realize that I had to stand up for myself, because no one else could.

3. I am on the slow and unsteady road to recovery, but at least I am on the road and not still in bed!!!

Good idea for a post, by the way.

 
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Re: what was the best bit of advice you recieved on here?

I learned how to interpret lab tests and which ones were necessary for proper diagnosis. It was nice to see that I'm not the only one who is having the same problems with diagnosis and treatment.

 
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Re: what was the best bit of advice you recieved on here?

Learning what tests to ask for and learning what not to take with which meds, what interacts with what.

Knowing what tests to ask for led me to finding a good doctor and a good doctor means a healthier patient.

It changed things by finally getting treatment after 9 years instead of who knows how many years!!

 
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Re: what was the best bit of advice you recieved on here?

There are two pieces of advice that were gold to me:

1. Be persistent in finding treatment, because there are few MDs who really understand when and how to treat thyroid.

2. Always get a copy of labwork.

My own advice to anyone reading this: Learn the basics of thyroid test interpretation, so you can see for yourself if the MD is ordering the right tests or misinterpreting the results. Hypothyroidism is probably one of the most common disorders around that's rarely properly treated. We must learn to look out for ourselves to get what we need.

 
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