Re: Suggestions for First Doctor Visit?
Oh no. Endos are the pits at hypothyroidism. They're the least likeliest to give you a diagnosis. You'd be better off with a knowledgeable internist, DO, or GP.
If you're forced into seeing the endo, be sure to stress your low FT4 and try to shift focus away from the so-called 'normal' TSH. Run down the complete list of your symptoms, but emphasize only the top two or three most intolerable ones. If weight gain is one of those, I'd put another from the list in its place. If an endo thinks you want thyroid hormone as a diet aid, they'll send you packing.
If the endo won't help, you might be able to find a good thyroid doc by asking area pharmacists for names of MDs who prescribe Armour thyroid or Cytomel. Those MDs are usually more open-minded about treatment than those who don't prescribe these drugs.
Don't give up, even if you get nowhere with these two.
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