There is often quite a bit of difficulty from a doctor’s point of view when it comes to diagnosing low thyroid. When a patient with low thyroid comes to see a doctor, they often describe the same symptoms as they would if they had flu (Influenza). These symptoms are:
- Sensitivity to the cold
- Aching and painful joints
- Extreme tiredness/fatigue
When I was suffering from flu, I had all three of the above symptoms and I was given the correct medication to fight the illness off. Later when I began to get the early symptoms of low thyroid, I began to suffer from these symptoms once more. It’s no wonder then that I thought I had flu again, and it’s no wonder my doctor thought the same.
It was only when my symptoms started to get progressively worse that another diagnosis was made. By this stage I was feeling quite ill and I wondered if I would ever get better. After about a month of being on medication that did no good, I was prescribed something else that did the trick.
Low thyroid is not that common, but flu is. This is why most people would assume you’re suffering from the latter condition.
Once low thyroid is diagnosed, it’s only then that you’re able to make some real progress and start to get your life back on track. This condition can make you feel so ill and have such a huge effect on your mental health that people often feel they’re watching their live pass by.
Getting the correct diagnosis is the first step to getting your life back to normal. The next step is to find the right kind of medication and the correct dosage. Once that’s done, you will begin to feel so much better, physically and mentally.
You would think that in this day and age doctors would be able to pick up on low thyroid problems. But it’s only after blood tests and examinations that it can really be diagnosed.
If you think you’re suffering from low thyroid but your doctor thinks you have flu, make sure you mention any other symptoms you notice. This will help you to get the correct diagnosis as quickly as possible and it will help you get the treatment you need.
Keep your chin up and you will get there, sometimes it all takes a bit of time but if you remain positive you’ll feel better physically and mentally.