At my last endocrinologist appointment, he told me he didn't think it was my thyroid because it was normal-sized and my labs are "normal." He said to see a regular doctor to rule out any other physical problems, and to come back if my thyroid swells up again like it did before (unfortunately, although it reached the size of a walnut, it went down before I got in to see him).
So I made an appointment with the only DO anywhere in the Phoenix metro area that my insurance covers. I saw her today, and she was absolutely no help at all. I explained all of my symptoms (fatigue, weight gain, cold, hair falling out) and she looked over all of my labs, and made up her mind before even looking at me. She said it was probably something like chronic fatigue syndrome or epstein-barr virus, neither of which could be treated, so why even bother testing for anything. She told me that she gets cold, too, and that doesn't mean that I have a problem. Her physical exam (all she did is feel my abdomen through my clothes, listen to my chest, feel my neck, and look in my ears...) gave only the finding that my thyroid is enlarged again. She had no answer for my weight gain, and was convinced that it's not my thyroid because my numbers are "normal."
(This part is just me complaining about the doctor, not really anything to do with thyroid...) I also had a list of other questions for her, which she was equally helpful with. I asked her about changing my birth control pill because it isn't helping much with my cramps and flow lately (gee, another symptom of hypo...), but she said she didn't know anything about that and I'd have to check with the gynecologist. So I asked about my asthma, which is not being managed very well right now. She said she didn't know anything about that, either, and I should see a pulmonologist. Okay, so those are sort of specialized areas.... Then I asked her about this rash that I have, and she said (surprise!) she didn't know anything about that, perhaps I should talk to my allergist or a dermatologist, or try taking benadryl (she obviously didn't pay much attention to my medication list which says that I'm on allergy medicines that contraindicate the use of benadryl..). So one final question about these cyst-like things I keep getting in my earlobe. No clue about that either! What good is a general doctor if they don't know anything? What does
she know about???
So her instructions to me were "follow up as needed." What is that supposed to mean? Should I come back when I don't feel well? Wait... I didn't feel well when I saw her! At any rate, I'm not going back to see her. So my question is, what do I do now? I've been to a psychiatrist, two endocrinologists, and a general doctor, and they all keep saying that they can't do anything for me. Who can
do something for me??? Help!!
PS... I got the rest of my lab levels from my most recent tests...
Cortisol 24.09 (5-25)
B12 398 (160-950)