Probably this forum wouldn't exist if doctors really knew how to deal with this disease
. But treatment and diagnosis guidelines are very behind the times and the largest endocrine societies are heavily influenced by the pharmaceutical industry, which profits greatly from treating all the symptoms of untreated hypothyroidism (one of my pet peeves
Sadly many doctors have forgotten how to listen to their patients. Instead they tend to rely too much on labs that they don't even know how to interpret correctly. It's frustrating and the only solution is for the patient to become as informed as possible about how to get correctly diagnosed and how to choose the best treatment. Then the trick is finding a doctor who will listen and work with you. Not easy, but doable.