Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Fillers A patient who changed my practice

Me, the heartsink patient

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 03 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1513

Rapid Response:

An example for all Doctors

Most doctors never experience the fatigue, loss of confidence and the
ability to cope with everyday things and live a normal life.

As a thyroid patient and part of a thyroid group trying to change the
way patients are treated, the way blood tests are used as the holy grail,
I read Sarah's article with sympathy and elation. At last a doctor who
knows what it feels like! All her patients will be thoroughly checked,
assessed not just on blood tests that only tell half of the story but on
symptoms she can recognise only too well, having been through it herself.

All most patients long for is someone who will listen and treat the
person not the lab result, be open minded enough to use T3 if just
synthetic T4 isn't working and it doesn't work for all.

If more doctors experienced this debilitating illness, perhaps it
would not be dismissed so easily and patients would not feel the despair
and hoplessness they do at present. Well done Sarah, please spread the

Competing interests: No competing interests

09 June 2000
Gina Wright
Director, Thyroid Support Association UK