Most of us are in our prime when our health is slaughtered thanks to the lousy TSH lab result–a result which can be normal for years before it rises high enough to reveal our hypothyroidism, or a range which keeps us with lingering hypo symptoms.
But the elderly are also wide open targets of the scandal of the use of the TSH test to diagnose hypothyroidism.
My father-in-law was stout, tall and healthy as an ox his entire life. For the first eighty-eight years of his life, life was active and grand. Oh did I love him.
Yet as he was nearing ninety, fate became fickle. He became like a Rip Van Winkle, sleeping more than being awake the final three years of his life. He slept in the mornings, he slept after lunch, he slept before dinner, and he went to bed early. And he seemed depressed.
Family concern (mine) prompted his doctor to test his TSH, widely used by clueless doctors to ascertain thyroid function. The family doc proclaimed “Normal”
Sad. Because I had to watch him waste away in his fatigue until he died.
Hypothyroidism increases with age, and many of our elderly fall victim to it. Using most any search engine on the net, you’ll find numerous articles on thyroid and the aged. But I suspect it’s an even greater problem that most any article can relay, since most of them are talking about the TSH and thyroxine. So the elderly, just like us, suffer due to the infinitely lousy TSH lab, just like my dear father-in-law.
Read my latest article on OpEdNews titled “TSH: Thyroid Stimulating Hooey and the Loss of Wisdom” (Yup, the first part is the same title of Chapter 4 in the STTM book) : http://www.opednews.com/articles/TSH-Thyroid-Stimulating-H-by-Janie-Bowthorpe-090205-60.html
Have you noticed suspicious hypothyroid symptoms in your grandma or grandpa, or your own elderly patients? Tell your story by commenting on this blog post.