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    Old 11-26-2003, 03:06 PM   #1
    tonmur
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    Question I have a TSH question for anyone

    I spoke to my PCP today (who I personally fired over the telephone) and asked her (just to make sure I was right) if she had done the Graves Antibody testing like I had requested. She told me no - that because my TSH level is normal that there was no reason too. (By the way, I am hyperthyroid) She also told me that probably if I had ever gone to any other doctor, they would not had even said I was hyperthyroid. So, I asked if that meant she was over-medicating me - (of course she's not she says). And, if I shouldn't even be hyperthyroid or no one else would classify me as that, then why is my T3 level staying "microscopically high" as she puts it, even though I am on PTU.

    I am awaiting my book "Thyroid for Dummies" that will probably be here either Friday or beginning of next week. And, as I said, I fired the Be-och. I don't think she liked it very much. Oh, and she had told me to go to a Psychiatrist or she wouldn't see me again, because as I have said before, she wants to treat me as crazy - so I went yesterday - then called my PCP back today and told her that the Psychiatrist says the underlying problem is Hyperthyroid. Well, that really made the PCP made because it goes to show she isn't doing her job. I also asked her if she has ever looked to see what it is that is making me hyperthyroid and she says she has looked and they just can't find anything that is making me that way. Doesn't sound like she even knows her head from her . . . toenail .

    Today has been such a bad day. I have been sooooo upset and have taken it out on everyone here at home. I pray to God that they forgive me as well as the Man himself. I just want to feel better. I want my pulse to stop racing. I want to stop being in so much pain in my body. I want to be happy.

    May you all have a wonderful and happy holiday.

    Tonja

     
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    Old 11-26-2003, 07:22 PM   #2
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    Re: I have a TSH question for anyone

    Hi Tonja I am sorry you have had to go through this, sounds like you do need a new PCP.

    You post header says you had a question... what is your question?

    regards - Michael

     
    Old 11-26-2003, 10:42 PM   #3
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    Re: I have a TSH question for anyone

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    Hi Tonja I am sorry you have had to go through this, sounds like you do need a new PCP.

    You post header says you had a question... what is your question?

    regards - Michael

    This has been such an overwhelming day that I can't even thing - so bare with me.

    I guess my question is - just because a TSH leve is "normal" does that mean that you can't have Graves Disease or better yet, be tested for Graves Disease. As I said before, I am hyperthyroid, and my TSH and T4 are "normal" but my T3 is "microscopically high".

    It is all so confusing that I just don't know if I am coming or going.

    So, there is my question, if it still doesn't make sense, let me know and I will try again.

    Tonja

     
    Old 11-26-2003, 10:52 PM   #4
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    Re: I have a TSH question for anyone

    Does "microscopically high" mean
    A - it is only just measurable or
    B - it is just slightly higher than normal or
    C - something else?

    Last edited by pushka; 11-26-2003 at 11:09 PM.

     
    Old 11-26-2003, 10:54 PM   #5
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    Re: I have a TSH question for anyone

    Tonja,

    I'm sorry you're having such a rough time of this. Firing your doctor was probably the best thing you could do for yourself right now.
    Get a new GP, tell them up front in the intitial interview/appointment, that you have concerns and you want certain tests run, just to put your mind at ease.

    Most GP's go off of what a peice of paper tells them - as you said, they don't all know the underlying cause of thyroid problems. Please just remember...you are paying these people, even though they are educated out the you know what.....
    don't ask them...tell them (not demanding) what you want - then go from there.

    I too had to fire a DR over not listening to me. Thing is, she had me talked into believing what she was saying, and had me thinking that maybe I was going nuts.
    I'm glad I switched, my new DR is at least understanding and willing to try what I ask.

    Let us know how things go with you - don't suffer in silence, get on the phone and get another DR soon.

    Take care hon
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    Old 11-26-2003, 11:40 PM   #6
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    Re: I have a TSH question for anyone

    Well, I am not quite sure what "microscopically" means (and believe me - I have asked" - but she says that my T3 is microscopically high. And, that if I had ever gone to any other doctor for my thyroid, they would never had treated it. Does that even make sense?

    Anyone know much about "microscopically high" and T3?

    Tonja

    P.S. Happy Thanksgiving - it's official here in Oklahoma.

     
    Old 11-27-2003, 02:34 AM   #7
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    Re: I have a TSH question for anyone

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    Well, I am not quite sure what "microscopically" means (and believe me - I have asked" - but she says that my T3 is microscopically high. And, that if I had ever gone to any other doctor for my thyroid, they would never had treated it. Does that even make sense?

    Anyone know much about "microscopically high" and T3?

    Tonja

    P.S. Happy Thanksgiving - it's official here in Oklahoma.

    Miocroscopically in medical terms would most likely just mean "slightly"... but even if it is slightly high you can be hyper!

    A new doc is in order for you.

     
    Old 11-27-2003, 11:26 AM   #8
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    gosh -- a psychiatrist (not a thyroid specialist) noticed and your PCP didn't (what's she doing treating you, anyway? does she think her specialty is endo??) ... good for you for firing your gp ...

    altho' i'm hypO, i can relate to the excruciating pain and depression and anger, and hope that you find someone soon ...

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