I have a concussion.
On Sunday night, I hit my own head on my own car. I thought I was okay until Monday morning, when I tried to walk my dog and almost passed out, so I went to a walk-in clinic and they sent me straight to the ER.
The reason I’m posting about this (and it’ll be short, since I’m technically not supposed to be on a computer) is because I talked to a lot of doctors and nurses on Monday, and not a single one of them had heard of the medication Thyroid (or desiccated thyroid extract, or natural thyroid hormone).
Every time someone asked me if I’m taking any medications, I would tell them, “I’m taking 60mg Thyroid.”
“So, you’re taking Synthroid?”
“No, I’m taking Thyroid. Thyroid is the name of the medication.”
“Thyroid. It’s made by the company Erfa. It’s a desiccated thyroid extract.”
“No… Thyroid. Have you heard of Armour? It’s like Armour.”
Writes down “Synthroid.”
One doctor eventually wrote down, “Synthroid and Thyroxine.” Nope, not what I said.
I can’t remember how many people I spoke to as it was a confusing day, but at least 3 actual doctors had never heard of desiccated thyroid extract.
When I feel better, I’d like to answer the question I posed in the title of this post. In the meantime, what has been your experience? Have your doctors heard of desiccated thyroid medications?