Re: Internist or Endocrinologist?
Thanks for the opinions. This whole thyroid thing is very new to me. I currently have one of those endo's who doesn't listen and isn't even willing to treat based on labs/symptoms, unless they're so far out of the normal range that the patient is almost on their death bed (at least if they're pregnant anyway that seems to be the case). I'll see how today's appointment goes (I finally get to talk to the actual doctor, not her dumb assistant, after being diagnosed with Hashimotos AND Graves disease and ask her all of my bazillion questions that the assistant couldn't answer). If she listens to me after the Hashimotos and Graves diagnoses and all of the lab reports, maybe I'll stick it out with her. If not, I'll ask the Internist if he'd be willing to take over my thyroid care. Maybe I will anyway because he seemed more thorough and knowledgable (he didn't even have my labs and said that I definitely need hyperthyroid treated during pregnancy if there is a low TSH, regardless of whether or not my T4 and T3 are outside of the normal levels - THANK YOU!) and willing to listen, let alone I like the fact that he doesn't just specialize in endocrinology and can decipher if my symptoms are thyroid related or something else (my thyroid labs are normal now and those symptoms have subsided for the most part, but my OB sent me to him because she thinks that these other symptoms that aren't going away are from this pregnancy putting a strain on my heart - YIKES!). I don't like the idea of having all of these doctors and would prefer one good one.