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Old 08-13-2008, 02:58 PM   #1
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New Endo Dr alot of tests, good ones to take?

Well my regular Dr laughed at me when I told him a Chiro did testing & my adrenals are bad. I went to a endo spec today & he ordered blood work, cortisol, TSH-FT3-TF4,antithyrogloblin antibodies & thyroid perixidase ACTH. Also a Iodine thyroid uptake & scan & a repeat Cat Scan that showed a colloid cyst in 07. He didn't say anything of what he thought guess waiting for tests. He felt my neck sd he didn't feel a cyst but asked me to swallow & I couldn't. I really don't know anything about this.

 
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Re: New Endo Dr alot of tests, good ones to take?

From my 'limited' experience it looks as though you may have found a decent Endo. From all the tests he/she has ordered it looks as though they have covered all bases. Its also good to see your Endo is getting your adrenal function tested. A lot of doctors kind of forget that one and no matter how well they medicate you for your thyroid, if your adrenals are not functioning correctly, you will still feel sick to say the least. A lot of people wonder why their thyroid meds aren't working, when all along they have had adrenal fatigue.

I would only add a couple more things, but that is only due to me having Hashimoto's and being Hypo and experiencing a lot of similarities with other people who are either Hashi's or plain Hypo. The couple more i would get checked out would be your ferretin levels (iron storage), vitamin D levels and gluten intolerance, unless you have already had these checked out.

I thought my low ferretin, low vitamin D, low iodine and a slightly over the maximum lab range gluten intolerance results were just "me", but then my previous and present doctors said it's common among thyroid patients. Reading what other people had to say on this board confirmed that there are a decent number of us who share all these 'symptoms' or at least some to make me believe that for some reason it must be a thyroid based issue.

Good luck with your tests and keep us posted on how you go. If your Endo does good then that will give others hope in finding a good doctor too

ps: good on your Chiro too. My long running, undiagnosed thyroid issue was discovered by a Trichologist. Funnily enough, all my health issues have always been discovered by what the medical profession class as 'alternate'. No specialist or doctor has ever really been of benefit to me, except for writing out sick leave certificates for work or dispensing antibiotics. When it came down to the crunch it was always the alternate guys!!

 
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Re: New Endo Dr alot of tests, good ones to take?

Thanks alot, it was nice of you to answer & give more info since I'm new to this. Did you have the iodine scan? The only thing I can't understand is, it's not that close for me & I have to be there at 7:30 to take a pill, then go home be back at 2PM & then return next day at 8am. 7:30 all that way to take a pill, why couldn't I take it at home & not have to travel all that way so early just to take a pill? I figured I'd ask them that.

 
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Re: New Endo Dr alot of tests, good ones to take?

The pill is radioactive. They can't let you tote it all over creation.
Is there anything in the area to occupy your time until you have to be back at 2? Shopping, movie, etc?

 
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Re: New Endo Dr alot of tests, good ones to take?

No i didn't have an iodine scan. I only had the thyroid ultrasound. They found one nodule, but nothing they are worried about at this point.

I agree with Midwest1, go watch a movie or do something else available in the area which will kill time. At the end of the day it's all worth it, especially when you think how many doctors wouldn't bother doing an extensive list of tests and would simply fob you off. You just have to think positive

 
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I think I'm just burned out w/tests, I'm glad I found a good Dr who wants to be sure but before this started I had sd no more Dr's, tests! I just went thru a whole yr of tests, biopsies, CT,MRI's,blood work & loads of Dr's looking for something else that they couldn't put a name to, some kind of bacteria they sd. Hopefully this is the last test. Thanks

 
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Re: New Endo Dr alot of tests, good ones to take?

It could be a combination of things, not necessarily just one thing. That is what happened to me. I got so depressed as they kept finding more things which were not quite right and the list was growing. Later i found out that my whole list links back to my thyroid.

Did they actually find anything to do with a bacteria? When i was reading about malabsorption of nutrients it mentioned something about possible links to bacteria. Did they test you for H-pilori (sp?). My husband had that once and was losing blood internally. They had to rush him off to hospital and do a blood transfusion. They medicated him for the H-Pilori and he was fine after that. It's quite common and a lot of people have this form of bacteria. They aren't sure why it led to my husband bleeding internally though. They "thought" the bacteria had eaten through his intestine. There is a belief that this form of bacteria leads to stomach ulcers which can bleed and lead to stomach issues and low iron levels.

I know how you feel about the tests and it can become very wearing, especially if they never find anything. You have to view this as a new direction, new doctor and new beginnings. Good luck

 
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Thank you, all they sd was some kind of microbacteria & copd from smoking. I want to get this over & see what it all comes out to be. I have been gaining some weight which is good, I was so thin. He is looking at my adrenals too, I had so many yrs of terrible stress & thought I was handling it.

 
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