Last week I wrote about finally pushing for a diagnosis. It seems a lot of patients are having to push for diagnoses, and that annoys me. Doctors should do that all by themselves.
A while ago, I saw a patient at a voluntary clinic. Hypothyroidism was on the differential diagnosis, albeit not at the top of the list.
Upon presentation to the doctor in charge, he snorted and said,
“Look at her. Does she look hypothyroid to you?”
I honestly wanted to smack him upside the head.
Because if somebody had listened to what I was saying for five years (rather than looking at me and deciding that I don’t fit the profile simply because of my BMI) then perhaps this thyroid thing wouldn’t be quite so annoying.