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    Old 01-10-2007, 03:09 PM   #1
    ThyroidShmyroid
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    Anyone know a Dr. in London, Ontario willing to prescribe Cytomel or Armour?

    Hello, all I am pretty much a complete and utter newb here, though I have lurked thru these posts quite a bit in the past.

    I was diagnosed as hypothyroid about 3 years ago. I was started on a course of T4 (Eltroxin) and after about a year I was switched to Synthroid. I didn't have too many problems for the first year, I felt just about the same as always ... no better, no worse. Then my symptoms started with a vengeance - muscle aches, neuropathies, dizziness, muscle twitching, and more recently soreness in the throat and insomnia. Meanwhile, all lab tests say I am perfectly fine (0.9 TSH, not sure about T3 and T4 numbers but I am assured they are in the normal range).

    I've just about had it with my doc, he is very impersonal and standoffish, and insists my thryoid is fully treated. But he can never seem to find any other cause for the myriad of symptoms I am having.

    Does anyone know of a more open-minded Dr. in the London, Kitchener, or Toronto area? Windsor maybe? Anywhere in Ontario? One who is willing to at least try tweaking my T4 dose, and preferably is open to trying Cytomel or Armour? Finding any Dr. at all is a challenge due to the disaster that is our Medicare system, let alone finding one who actually practices patient centered medicine.

    Please help ... any other Canucks out there in the same boat?

     
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    Old 01-19-2007, 10:44 PM   #2
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    Talking Re: Anyone know a Dr. in London, Ontario willing to prescribe Cytomel or Armour?

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    Does anyone know of a more open-minded Dr. in the London, Kitchener, or Toronto area? Windsor maybe? Anywhere in Ontario? One who is willing to at least try tweaking my T4 dose, and preferably is open to trying Cytomel or Armour? Finding any Dr. at all is a challenge due to the disaster that is our Medicare system, let alone finding one who actually practices patient centered medicine.

    Please help ... any other Canucks out there in the same boat?
    Hi there, from Ottawa,

    You don't need an MD to "prescribe" armour thyroid (just called natural thyroid in Canada). You can get it from a naturopath (someone with an ND after her name). I've had very good luck with mine. I didn't need natural thyroid, but she's given me a bunch of very good vitamins and supplements. Do you want the name of a reputable ND in Toronto? I have one if you do -- my Ottawa ND really did help me enormously. She got me off four (count'em -- four) drugs -- all prescribed by MDs with the best of intentions.

    My GP prescribed cytomel for me (when your thyroid doesn't work, you're depressed, and anti-D's really won't work). In fact, even psychiatrists prescribe cytomel now, so your GP sounds like a bit of a loser. I think you have to get your thyroid problem fixed before you do anything else though.

    Do you have an endocrinologist? My GP completely missed my symptoms (found by another GP), and then I was referred to a specialist. Ask around (I did). I found a very good endo, but had to endure two horrid ones to get here (as I say, it finally occurred to me to ask). I waited about seven weeks to get my first appt, but after that it was fairly smooth going ...

    In the meantime, any doctor who relies on the TSH alone is out to lunch -- the T4 and T3 values are what are important. It would be good if you could post your values here and someone like midwest could analyse them, but in the meantime, as I say, ask ask and ask again for a good endo so your doctor can refer you.

    Whenever you do have your blood tested again, be sure to look at the requisition to see that your antibodies are being tested or, better yet, ask your doctor (again, midwest can advise on other tests you should have). It may be Hashimoto's disease -- a type of autoimmune disease that sometimes develops when you're hypo. It's an inflammation of the thyroid gland that can cause hypo/hyper symptoms.

    There are other posters on this board equally as knowledgeable as midwest -- I just don't recall their names!

    Good luck from a fellow canuck ...

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