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Old 05-13-2002, 02:12 PM   #1
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I am wondering if once one seems stabilized on a dosage of medication, can that change? In September of last year I was finally put on a dosage for hypo that seemed to make me feel pretty good. Now I am tired all the time. Could it be my thyroid again? Do the dosages need to constantly be changed throughout one's lifetime?

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Re: stabilizing

Hi Gail,
Yes, the thyroid needs can fluctuate. Some even need more thyroid when it is cold from seasonal changes.
It is best to have regular tests and relating of symptoms to the doctor.

 
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Old 05-13-2002, 11:09 PM   #3
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Re: stabilizing

Thanks Treefrog. How often should testing be done?
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Re: stabilizing

Hi Gail. I think most docs test every 2-3 months when a dosage is being established. Then, once the patient has stabilized, they taper off to about every six months to a year (or until a patient calls and reports a return of symptoms).

 
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Re: stabilizing

Thanks ArtfulD!

I don't know if I ever have a doctor who really knows what to do about this. I'm having to see the doc for other reasons and am going to have bloodwork done to because I have been so tired lately.

Another question: Is it okay to see a regular doctor or should I see a specialist?

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Re: stabilizing

Hi Gail. In general, I believe it's best to see and Endocrinologist because he/she would be more focused on new treatments and, perhaps, be able to assist you in ways that a general practitioner might not. However, some folks stay with their G.P. because they feel he/she is knowledgeable and is treating their symptoms appropriately.

Thyroid.About.com has a link to patient-recommended doctors around the world. Here's their link for docs in Kansas. Perhaps one of these is in your area and can give you the good care:
<A HREF="http://thyroid.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.thyroid%2Dinfo.com/topdrs/kansas.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://thyroid.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.thyroid%2D info.com/topdrs/kansas.htm</A> <p>[This message has been edited by ArtfulD (edited 05-15-2002).]

 
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