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Old 07-20-2006, 03:22 PM   #1
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Lab just called said my thyroid is overactive

and I have so many questions. It has been two years since I had my annual and at that time my thyroid was fine. I was put on BP meds for HBP and fast heart rate at that time. Never had any problems before this - never get sick .

I related the following symptoms to menopause - no periods since 11/05, hot when no one else is, a few hot flashes, a little weight loss by cutting back, the palpitations, HBP - a lot of menopause symptoms or so I thought until today !

I have to admit I am a little anxious about all this and have a few questions?

What the heck is going on ?

What can I expect at my first visit to the endoocrinologist ?

Will I be put on meds ?

What can I expect on the meds - side effects ?

Will I gain weight ? Just got pscyhed to really start loosing weight !

Thanks for all replies
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Old 07-20-2006, 09:03 PM   #2
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Re: Lab just called said my thyroid is overactive

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The endo needs to establish why you are hyperthyroid. He should check for graves disease, Hashimoto disorder, thyroditis or nodular goitre. You may have a scan to check your thyroid and various bloodtests. Try doing some reading up beforehand. Don,t worry about weight gain its not always a problem. You may not need medication at all depends on diagnosis. My menopause confused things too. Good luck Rozzi

 
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Old 07-20-2006, 09:27 PM   #3
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Re: Lab just called said my thyroid is overactive

Thanks Rozzi, I've been on the internet for awhile now checking it out.

 
Old 07-20-2006, 10:06 PM   #4
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Re: Lab just called said my thyroid is overactive

Some doctors really don't know what numbers they are looking at... Did they do a free T3 test? Do you have your numbers? If not..then it may be they don't have the new guidelines... (or decided to pay no attention to them). I think endos are over rated. I would much prefer to see a D.O., who understands much more of how the body works.

 
Old 07-20-2006, 10:21 PM   #5
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Re: Lab just called said my thyroid is overactive

Finres,

I was wondering about the doctor thing. My doctor who treats my HBP is an Internalist and he is great. I read on the internet that they can treat it. I am calling him in the morning. He doesn't hesitate to tell you to go to another if he feels they can treat you better.

As far as the results I ask if they would fax them to me. They said no they just send me the cholesterol results. Don't they have to send them to me if I request them to do so ?

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Old 07-20-2006, 10:25 PM   #6
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Re: Lab just called said my thyroid is overactive

Amother thing....

My Gyn did the blood work at my annual visit testing to see if I was into menopause (no period 7 months) as well as the thyroid so I don't have a clue which test were done.

 
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As far as the results I ask if they would fax them to me. They said no they just send me the cholesterol results. Don't they have to send them to me if I request them to do so ?
Yes, by law, they are required to give you a copy of your results upon request. However, due to that dumb HIPPA law, each office may have a different procedure for providing them - by phone, mail, or pickup in person, e.g. Although, since they are willing to fax the cholesterol result, privacy isn't likely to be their main concern for not sending the others.

 
Old 07-21-2006, 12:28 PM   #8
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Re: Lab just called said my thyroid is overactive

I am getting my lab reports mailed to me after having to fax a release form.

The doctor that they faxed my lab work to in the same building didn't have anything available until December ! Needless to say I called my other doctor and he gave me the name of another endo who will be able to see me in August.

I just wanted to make a correction about the colesterol report - They do mail that.

Thanks for the reply

 
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