Bodily Distress Syndrome: Coming soon to a GP Management Pilot near you…

This personifies Anthony Weetman’s assertion that hypothyroid sufferers are infact suffering from somatoform disorders.

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NHS England: Pilot of Enhanced GP Management of Patients with Medically Unexplained Symptoms

NHS Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group

Pilot of Enhanced GP Management of Patients with Medically Unexplained Symptoms
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Note the use of the term “Bodily Distress Syndrome (BDS)” despite the lack of a body of evidence to support the validity, reliability, safety and clinical utility of the application of the BSD construct* in primary care.

Note also, the list of illnesses under the definition of “MUS”: Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Somatic Anxiety/Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Post-viral Fatigue Syndrome.

*For information on the Fink et al concept of “Bodily Distress Syndrome” see Part Two of Dx Revision Watch Post: ICD-11 Beta draft and BDD, Per Fink and Bodily Distress Syndrome


22 May 2013

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3 comments on “Bodily Distress Syndrome: Coming soon to a GP Management Pilot near you…

  1. Clutter says:

    I wonder how many ‘medically unexplained symptoms’ are due to GP ignorance of thyroidism and refusal to appropriately treat symptoms rather than rely on lab results, adrenal fatigue and B12 deficiency and other vitamin deficiencies.

  2. thyroid patient says:

    I think I just saw you speaking at the Scottish Parliament and wanted to say what a great job you did challenging the medical witnesses.

    I haven’t followed the goings on so I was wondering why is it that there were three medical experts (well experts in their own minds) against four patients? Why were there no doctors also presenting on the side of the patients? Would no doctor present alongside the petitioners?

    I think the biggest problem is that those doctors Graham Williams, Dr Toft and the other one (who was particularly patronising – was it Rees or Lees) are completely unaware of the issues because they dismiss the symptoms of patients (“menopause”, “depression”, “women’s problems” etc.) and this allows them to then state that levothyroxine is perfect or the lab ranges are perfect.

    I also found it telling that all the “medical experts” were male and all the patients were female. Just another example of the trend throughout history of men telling women that they know best about women’s bodies.

  3. Thanks both for your comments. A wonderful scientific biochemist who invented the T3 test was meant to be there to speak for us but took ill so that was a disappointment. Many of our great medical supporters are abroad and so it was decided not to invite them at this stage although there may be a facility to allow video conferencing at future meetings. I agree though,, I felt it was almost a total waste of time and am afraid that frustration shone through. I hope I didn’t alienate the men who suffer this disease when I said it was a feminist issue. I still believe it is, the great majority of sufferers are women and if that is one route to garner attention then it’s a route I am prepared to travel. There is an equalities division in parliament and this could potentially fall under that remit so we have to try and keep all avenues open.

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