Thanks, Bobbie. For sure. And, I am more than incidentally familiar with the experience of longer recovery time as we age. I must also factor into my healing process the other chronic illnesses that impact my ability to recover– Lyme disease, for example. But, you actually make my point. For those of us who are not “textbook” cases, those of us whose diagnoses must take into consideration many factors (including age), the pathway is much different, more complicated. If “facts” were always the answer, then I guess we'd all be diagnosed and treated more easily, quickly, accurately and restored to peak health. And, if that were the case, then I think those of us banging the drum for more research, more support for long term studies, etc. could stop the banging! Certainly we need guidelines, standards, best practices. But, facts do not always reflect larger truths, the “whole picture,” so to speak. It's become just too easy for some doctors to attribute everything to aging. And, for others, it's just too easy to attribute everything to hyperthyroidism. I feel that refusal to move from either extreme position is dangerous. It keeps us stuck, and closed off to possibilities, and often allows important health issues to become politicized ( diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease is a perfect example of this). Absolutism is never healthy. Bottom line for me is, after two years and four months of treatment with tapazole, I am feeling better. However, many symptoms persist; I have a complicated medical history–also facts– and there is no agreement on my actual diagnosis– all doctors claim that the “facts” support their particular diagnosis. That's pretty unsettling.