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Old 06-07-2005, 04:23 PM   #1
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Stupid Things Doctors Have Told You.

One doctor insisted that my thyroid function could not fluctuate.

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Old 06-07-2005, 04:40 PM   #2
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your choking feeling can't be caused by your seven thyroid nodules....

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Old 06-07-2005, 05:14 PM   #3
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This doesn't have to do with my thyroid, but it fits into this thread.

I once went to the emergency room with severe sinus pain & pressure. It was the worst pain I've ever had, and fortunately after I had my wisdom teeth removed, I've never had that kind of pain again. Anyway, the doctor asked what I'd tried for my sinus pain and I mentioned that I'd tried various OTC sinus meds like Sudafed, Actifed, etc., but all of them made me drowsy, EVEN the non-drowsy kinds. His response was, "That's impossible. The non-drowsy ones can not make you drowsy."

I was so thunder-struck that I didn't know what to say. I know it's weird that non-drowsy medications would make me drowsy, but that's the way it is and I wasn't lying...which is what that doctor seemed to be insinuating.

Old 06-07-2005, 05:32 PM   #4
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During the "trying to figure out what was wrong with me" stage my doctor said "You always seem so cheerful and upbeat but do you think it's possible you could be suffering from depression?" If I were truly depressed does he think I'd actually muster up a smile just for him??


Old 06-07-2005, 05:43 PM   #5
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"I regret to inform you that as of this time we will no longer be able to treat you. This decision was based on the fact that you claim to be to ill to come into our office for scheduled appointments and therefore, we cannot be responsible for your care. Below please find a list of additional Endocrinologists in your area who might be willing to help. Good luck."

If the ***#%& fixed me in the first place I wouldnt be too sick to show up.

Old 06-07-2005, 06:45 PM   #6
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Just last week I was told that all of my problems must just be the natural aging process. I am 32.

Old 06-07-2005, 06:51 PM   #7
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Back when I was at my worst--years ago, I had a liver enzyme test done that said my enzymes were 3 times what they were supposed to be and my Dr asked me "Just how many beers do you drink a week?"

I don't drink at all. Of course trying to convince a Dr when you're 23 that you don't drink is another story.

I then found out I have fatty liver which would cause an elevation in the enzymes.

Then I fired his a$$

I have so many stories about this thread that I can't even begin to start to tell you all---in fact I think it would depress me and I don't want that anymore. So I think I'll just forget about it for now....

I'm sorry, but I hate Drs. Except my new holistic one--he's an angel sent from heaven.

Old 06-07-2005, 07:26 PM   #8
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"your (TSH) lab came back smack dab in the middle of the lab range - you're fine!"

.. I have others, but it's way past my bedtime.

Old 06-07-2005, 07:46 PM   #9
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After telling a Dr. all I wanted was to feel better, I was asked if I thought it was worth feeling good now and having broken bones in the future. HUH???
I told him I'll risk the broken hip. He didn't like that answer and proceeded to yell at me. What an arse!

Old 06-07-2005, 08:24 PM   #10
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Your thyroid has nothing to do with your period! This when telling my dr that my symptoms are so much worse during that time of the month. Also being told that thyroid nodules and goiters don;t swell spontaneous!

Old 06-07-2005, 10:43 PM   #11
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"people with a TSH of 5 don't show symptoms"

What she said after I showed her the AACE standards.

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"Are you sure you're not still having symptoms because you're fixating on your levels?"

Oh yeah...when I first got in there, (I was meeting him for the first time...he's a GP), after telling him how miserable I was doing after being on TR for over a year, he goes, "Can I ask you something? WHY haven't you just had it taken out?!" What a dummy! Then he told me he was going to refer me to an endo, who was more knowledgable on thyroid treatment than himself...smartest thing he had to say. Thank goodness, as the endo doc turned out to be really good.

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Not thyroid related, but I had been having trouble with shortness of breath. I had a history of allergies and sinus infections. My great primary doctor went on maternity leave. I went to my allergist and was diagnosed with bronchitis. Put on some prednisone and antibiotics and felt better. About 6 weeks later, I am SOB again. The allergist was booked so I went to see my new primary doctor. Told him the history and he said, "That's impossible, most cases of bronchitis is caused by a virus."

I should've left him then and there, but I wanted to give him a chance. The problem persists, I get x-rays, pulmonary function tests, all normal. He then tells me I have anxiety! I finally get to see the allergist. He orders a CT sinus scan. Turns out I had a sinus infection dripping into my chest causing....chronic BRONCHITIS.

Old 06-08-2005, 02:20 AM   #14
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This thread is fun: I have a million!

"It is NOT your thyroid! Let me give you a phone number for someone who can help you." (the number was for a shrink!)

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Mine is tame compared to the rest in this thread ~
I never treat until TSH is above 6.0.
But since sneezydiva mentioned conditions other than thyroid, can I tell what happened to my dad? He had been treated for lung cancer for a year and a half, when he suddenly began to fall a lot and started losing function in his hands. His brilliant doctor told him, "George, you're just depressed. You have to get over it."
One day later, a neurologist found the problem by just looking in dad's mouth.... A metastatic tumor growing on the brain stem causing the progressive paralysis.

And after a lung specialist killed a dear friend of mine at age 23 by performing a bronchoscopy in his office without resucitation equipment, he told her widower, "We found histoplasmosis, and she would have died from that anyway." (Histoplasmosis is easily treated.)

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