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Thyroid Disorders board


Yes, you definitely should get another doctor.
The American Academy of Clinical Endocrinologists' newest guidelines say that any TSH above 2.5 is suspect for hypothyroidism. Ninety-five percent of the healthy population has TSH between 1 and 2. Clearly, your OB doesn't keep current by reading the latest, relevant medical journals.

Screen your potential new doctor before even making an appointment. Ask if he/she diagnoses with these tests: TSH, free T4, free T3, and TPO and Tg antibodies. These tests provide the clearest picture of what your thyroid is or isn't doing. Ask if he/she ever prescribes Armour thyroid medication. Even if you aren't a candidate to take it, the fact that the MD prescribes it means that he/she is more knowledgeable about thyroid disease than the average doc.
Not all endos are willing to Rx Armour... They are Synthroid lovers, by and large. That isn't good. The best thyroid docs are open-minded and willing to treat you by your symptoms, using lab tests only as guidelines, not as the thyroid bible.
Doctors of osteopathy (DOs) are often the best at treating thyroid. They usually practice holistically, and treat with the person in mind at least as much as the test results.
Stay in touch and let us know how it goes.
:wave: Hi, new to the boards and have been reading all the info with great interest. I've been taking synthroid 100mcg for about 6 yrs and although all this time I've been still experiencing the hair loss, dry skin, fingertips cracking & needing a afternoon nap or two (due to feeling like I just took a sleeping pill) I didn't realize changing meds would make a difference since my TSH tests had always came back normal.

Now another problem....for about a week now it feels like a lump in my throat that comes and goes throughout the day. Went to the doctors this past Monday, she feels my thyroid and says she felt nodules one on each side and suggested a ultra sound and another TSH test. I mentioned about the info online about the Armour and Free T-3 & Free T-4. She made a face and said I don't think they even prescribe that any more, it is soooo old and snythroid is much better and that my TSH test has always been normal with the last one done two months ago which was TSH 0.43 and if anything she would suggest raising the synthroid dose. She also said we'll do a Free T-4 but refused doing a Free T-3 (why I don't know) so I decided to get another opinion and saw another doctor today.

She felt my thyroid and said it felt fine but said a sonagram wouldn't hurt and a TSH test. I mentioned about the Armour & Free T-3 & T-4 tests she said the Free T-3 was NOT necessary and also refused having it done. She said Armour is old and unstable, whereas Synthroid is extremely better and said she was NOT about to prescribe armour.

One other thing... I accidentally skipped this morning synthroid and noticed the lump feeling in my throat did not seem as bad as yesterday or the day before and wondered if it was possible the dosage needed to be reduced? She said NO, reducing it would make things worse and what I needed was to have it increased. What is it with doctors and synthroid and the Free T-3 test?
Lorelle,
An endo who specializes in thyroid sounds perfect! Many of us here haven't had good luck with endos, primarily because they tend to specialize in diabetes and don't stay current on thyroid treatment.
But you're off to a good start!
Keep us updated... We care.

Goldn ~
If you wouldn't mind.... Could you copy and paste your questions here into a new thread? It's hard to keep track of a member's questions when they are tacked onto another member's thread.
However, I can't know how computer savvy you may or may not be. So if you don't know how to start a new thread, or how to copy and paste....
Please just say so, and we'll be glad to help you out right here. :) From the looks of those problems you listed, you really need our help!
(Please write again soon.... I really want to take a shot at that crack about Armour being "soooo old" and Synthroid being better!)