We frequently diagnose previously unknown thyroid conditions in our clinics, partly due to our awareness of the conditions and our routine blood testing which often include thyroid antibody measurement. Thyroid conditions are three times more common in women than men and have a genetic component so often run in families. Many thyroid abnormalities have an auto-immune basis. Most commonly while investigating fatigue we diagnose underactive thyroid (myxoedema) but we also see overactive glands (thyrotoxicosis) and patients may switch from one to the other in the course of their illness.
We are supported by good local consultant endocrinologists to who we often refer. We recently saw a patient who developed symptoms of thyrotoxicosis after a viral infection which we correctly diagnosed as thyroiditis, not to be confused with thyrotoxicosis as the treatment regime is entirely different. Our doctors can be contacted by email or telephone for appointments at all our samedaydoctor private GP clinics.