MSP Elaine Smith is an­other of the 100,000 Scots, al­most all women, with an un­der­ac­tive thy­roid.

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Pa­tients who need it, need to get it

– Elaine Smith MSP

She won her fight to get the T3 drug which eases the symp­toms of the de­bil­i­tat­ing con­di­tion but lives in fear of it be­ing taken from her.

“I dread los­ing ac­cess to T3,” she said. “I am wor­ried sick that it will be taken from me.

“With­out it, I know I will be­come se­ri­ously ill, or worse.

“I was in a wheel­chair be­fore I went on it. The feel­ing of ex­haus­tion, brain fog and de­pres­sion was over­whelm­ing.

“I was so ill at one point, I col­lapsed at home and was found on the floor by my fam­ily.”

Elaine, 55, started to de­velop symp­toms in her mid-20s.

But it was not un­til she was 31 that the di­ag­no­sis came for a test for de­bil­i­tat­ing thy­roid con­di­tion. It emerged in tests for fer­til­ity is­sues. Treat­ment al­lowed her to have her son, now 22.

She re­mained well un­til 2005 when she de­vel­oped dizzy spells, ex­haus­tion, headaches and hair loss.

She was signed off sick from her job as an MSP af­ter col­laps­ing at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment in 2009.

“I can un­der­stand why some women buy T3 on­line,” she added.

“But the drug should be avail­able to those who need it.”

T3, for hy­pothy­roidism, has jumped in price

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