We learn something new everyday
It's good to have options...and it's good to have copies of your labs. Should you have to find a new doc (and from the sounds of it, you do) it's nice to have your medical history on file.
As for your doc, this is what I am thinking: you have a thyroid problem 2) you are taking meds and 3) still having symptoms...for crying out loud, you were not requesting your doctor for some far out, expensive test that had nothing to do with your symptoms/condition!
I think most everybody involved with this, has seen in range TSH with unfavorable Frees and in range Thyroid hormones and out of range anti bodies.
My now ex doctor was, in my opinion, cruel. Having had problems of some kind and after been given advice from other doctors (testing, based on my symptoms)-I brought this up to my doc. He would not test. Only a CBC and TSH. I asked him if I was going through perimenopause? Nope! I felt like I hit a brick wall because I have been unwell but he wouldn't bother testing and in asking him questions (could this x problem?) he'd reply, No.
Finally, about half a year later...I got him to test antibodies. He was peeved and essentially before handing me the orders, told me he thought I suffered from hypochondrias.
Well, got the labs back with somewhat elevated TgAb.
1 1/2 months later, I went south and had my own labs drawn.
It was suggested to me back in Aug of 06 by an OB/GYN (online) that I should look at DHEA-S & Testosterone ( and 2 others, for which I couldn't get). Sure enough, I had elevated DHEA-S & Testosterone. Discovered I had elevated cholesterol to-boot.
I brought this back to my doc (a glutton for punishment?) and his last words, before I left the exam room was, "You don't suffer from an Endocrine/Metabolic problem." Unfortunately, we only have 3 doctors here and he was my #2.
Just recently, I went to a visiting Internist. Based on my briefly telling him my symptoms and showing him my labs, he thought and said that he thinks I've been dealing with thyroiditis (though, would not treat unless my hormones move out of range) and is suspecting P.C.O.S.
I think that maybe if my doctor would have just listened, ordered up the right tests...it would of spared quite abit of future time & grief.
I know that if this is my "story"...it's probably many others as well.
I hope you get to the bottom of your issues, Kasey.
Originally Posted by kasey55
I did not know you could get copies of Dr notes. I will call and ask for them
along with the Labs.
I also appreciate the info on Labs online. I have great insurance, but
as you know the Dr has to order the labs. If all else fails I have to get a new
Dr and or try to get my own labs done outside of the Dr office.