Thyroid Patient Advocacy UK was formed in July 2004 by Sheila Turner when she realised how many patients in the UK were experiencing serious difficulties in being diagnosed with hypothyroidism, or in being treated within the NHS with the most appropriate thyroid medication for their individual needs.
The current situation, whereby hypothyroid patients are being left to self-diagnose, self-treat, and self-monitor due to a lack of understanding of the disorder by NHS medical practitioners, is unacceptable. TPA-UK will continue to fight to remedy this.
Our aims are to persuade the medical profession to rethink their protocol of diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism, to raise awareness of treatment options amongst the general public and the medical profession, and to provide educational and emotional support to patients and their families. Thyroid disease affects one in four of us, mainly women, and can strike at any age.
Symptoms include unexpected weight gain, hair loss on both head and body, infertility, extreme tiredness, mood swings, loss of libido, coldness, high cholesterol, memory loss, depression and dementia among many others. Because of the wide variety of symptoms experienced, the patient may be wrongly diagnosed, or thought to have other illnesses such as ME, fibromyalgia (FM), menopause, or other conditions.
Some common and often undiagnosed symptoms and dangerous consequences of low thyroid include: serious mental problems, seizures, heart disease, diabetes (including misdiagnosis and complications), and constipation resulting in colon cancer. Other symptoms include all female problems—due to high amounts of dangerous forms of oestrogen— such as tumours, fibroids, ovarian cysts, PMS, endometriosis, breast cancer, miscarriage, heavy periods and cramps, bladder problems leading to infections, and others.
We hope that you will look around the web site and that you will gain the knowledge you need to help you and your medical practitioner come to a better understanding of this chronic illness.