Yesterday I went to the doctor for my monthly blood draw to test my thyroid levels. I've also been sick for a while so I asked about that as well. Imagine my surprise when the doctor told me that the over-the-counter medication I've been taking for my cold is not safe for people with thyroid issues.
What's even worse is that one of the medications is the active ingredient in Sudafed, which I have been taking at least a few times a week for my sinus problems. I have effectively been sabotaging my thyroid several times a week. Nice. The only saving grace here is that I didn't take any sinus medication while I was nursing or pregnant. At least my sabotage has been limited to the last few months.
I understand that doctors don't know everything and can't be expected to know the details of every malady. However, when you're diagnosing someone with a problem you could simply provide paperwork or reference material a patient could review to learn more about their medical issue. That way the patient is informed and potential problems could be avoided.
In this age of information it's irritating that I could have learned more about my condition from Google than I ever did from my doctor. Perhaps I should have been googling after all.