When you think about someone with Thyroid Disease, do you think of them being overweight from an underactive thyroid? ‘Too skinny’ from an overactive thyroid? Middle-aged or maybe just having given birth? Maybe you think they look and behave ‘normal’, because the disease isn’t one that’s well known. Therefore it can’t be difficult to live with.
January is Thyroid Disease Awareness Month, the aim being to encourage more people to become aware of the symptoms and question their doctor if they believe there’s a chance they have it. It’s a lot more common than you think, but plenty of people don’t realise they have it. Instead, doctors misdiagnose and prescribe medicines to treat the many symptoms, not the actual cause – a dysfunctioning (or not at all functioning) thyroid! Muscle aches and pains? Fibromyalgia. Tired a lot and feeling down? Depression. Sudden weight gain? Eat less and exercise more. Tight, dry skin? Eczema.
And even after being diagnosed, doctors measure your progress on synthetic drugs by an out-dated TSH ‘test’, refusing to consider that the medicine seen as a one-size-fits-all helps a reported 7% of its users with total relief. Just 7%. And going by TSH alone isn’t accurate at all.
With it being the awareness month of this disease, I wanted to show that anyone can have an overactive, underactive or no thyroid at all, no matter what shape, size, colour and age they are. I wanted to give a voice to the many, many people who live with it worldwide, especially those where their doctors don’t give a crap about their on-going symptoms and treating them with what medicine works for them. Not what pharmaceutical companies push on doctors, or what works for a small minority.
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