Arrrgh! I don't understand why so many doctors insist on refusing treatment and act like everything is "normal" and you must just be imagining the problem simply because you are in their range. I totally understand your frustration with doctors and with the system!! You have every right to be angry! To be told that there is no cause for your symptoms when you know that there is...that's one of the most infuriating things in the world. As if you aren't feeling bad enough anyway, then you have to weather their skepticism and refusal to help you. I'm sorry that your doctors are being such idiots, Soccerspeed.
If you don't mind, I'm going to add to your venting... just got back from a family doc who was a real monster. When I told her that my newest labwork from my thyroid specialist showed my tsh around 4, a big jump from 6 months ago, she said "I don't know how his lab measures but that's considered normal." She then pressed really hard on my thyroid, which is tender anyway, and said "seems fine to me."
I had gone in because I've been having throat and ear pain and a fever and chills (my guess is strep, which I have a tendency to get). She didn't even take my temperature and said I'm probably feverish because of the synthroid! She doesn't think that I should be being treated at all for hashi's despite all my thyroid symptoms and lab work so she's playing out her passive aggression by dismissing whatever else if going on healthwise.
Why is it so hard to find a doctor who gives a damn about you or your health? Why do these people even bother going into the medical profession if they don't want to help?! So frustrated. Thanks for listening
i'm sorry that all of you guys are or have had to put up with the same BS from doctors. this is not the first time i've felt this way from low t3. everything clears up for me when i'm in the upper quarter.
i've just sent the labs to my psychiatrist, and he's been treating me with cytomel in the past year. hopefully he'll bump up the dose given these numbers.
"Go hard or go home."- Michelle Akers
Gotta unvent. One doctor called me late last night and asked me that he heard I wasn't feeling well. I told him why I was frustrated and he assured me that he wanted to help me. I told him how he had helped me---but that I was constantly running around in circles during this whole thing. He apologized and said he was sorry if he hurt my feelings in some way. Then he wanted to check to make sure what meds were working and which weren't. I told him I was concerned that he didn't run a full thyroid panel, and he asked me how I felt on my dose. I told him I thought it was a little low, and I had been taking an extra 1/4, and that seemed to help. He told me to forget about the labs---he does minimal testing---but puts more emphasis on how the patient is feeling.
I felt a great deal of relief. This doctor is 400 miles from my house, and I can't just run up there for an appointment every week. After hanging up, I started to cry. Now I just hope I keep feeling better each day.
Best wishes to you all.
A friend came over today and made me walk with her. I didn't want to---I told her I was just exhausted. We sat down and talked for awhile and after about 30 minutes we walked up the street. Nothing big.
When we got back, my friend gave me five pieces of advice:
1. Don't let whatever you have take control of your life.
2. Take a walk everyday. Even if it is just up the street for a block or so. (She said my whole demeanor had changed in the time we had taken our little walk).
3. Do one thing that makes you happy each day. She shared with me that she ate an orange one day. It sounded good, she wanted it, went down to the store and got one. It doesn't have to be a big deal.
4. Find some supportive friends.
5. Understand that whatever challenge you are facing, it's part of God's plan. Accept it and He will help you do what you need to do.
I hope you all find the support and hope you need to get through your difficult circumstances. I won't be on the boards as much as I have in the past---but I've got a strategy to help myself heal. I will be checking in once or twice a week---but never for more than 15 minutes---I've got to get away from constantly dwelling on this crud. I'll keep you all updated on my progress.
One of the things I've learned in going through all of this is that I have ADDHD---I suspected it for quite awhile---and a book was recommended to me that contains strategies to cope with that aspect of my life. According to it, one of the things I need to do is get out and be in stimulating situations with real live people---and avoid too much t.v., video games and computers. It could be that the ADDHD is aggravating my thyroid problems due to the stress and frustration I feel. I have a real low tolerance for frustration.
I'm rambling (another symptom of ADDHD), but like I said I've learned a lot from you all and I hope you get what you need to live a happier life.
Bye for now.