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