Quote from Eagle:True it takes SOME time to feel better, but also I just read on the first page one story where a family practitioner just frankly told a patient she didn't know enough about thyroid to treat her, that she'd have to wait for the endo. If you're not on certain health plans I guess you don't have to have a referral, and if you don't care for one doctor, want to see another, I think I would not tempt them to get lazy and just use the previous doctor's records, unless you don't want to pay for tests again and like that.
One man made dosage mistakes, and my foot doctor told me that's supposed to be a twice a day med, and when I went to a woman doctor, she just followed in his footsteps. One ordered tests, hundreds of dollars worth, w/out giving me any idea of the cost, luckily insured but we have to pay a percent. If your insurer is slow, they hold those tests until they're paid. I guess that's legal. Don't know.
Some people normally have a "Suppressed TSH", maybe even undetectable, but if the frees, T4 and T3 are low, they're treated.
What do we have to do about the reluctant ones, play them against each other by announcing from the start we're just shopping for a doctor, or hint that we have a couple of friends also looking for someone? Which is probably true. Nearly everyone I chat with is looking for a good doctor.
it just took me about three weeks to feel "better", and i still can't say i'm my old self (after one year??!
good grief), but many ppl say they don't have as much energy, or just feel a bit "low" -- i sure don't, and my sister doesn't either ...
i'm canadian, so our blood tests are paid for by the province, but a good doctor will check the frees and do an antibodies test ... i love my GP cuzz he doesn't go by the lab sheet (i've been hauled into my endo's office and told, "your free T3's too high [5.7, the upper limit]!! reduce your synthroid
!! too much causes osteoP! reduce, i say reduce
your dosage!!") i foolishly did, after about two weeks reverted to my awful symptoms ... i'd had no heart palps or anxiety, and no, too much synthroid does not
cause osteoP -- untreated hypO does tho', and i got osteoP from that
... faugh!! so i resumed my usual dosage, and indeed have bumped up since
too bad you have to be your own doctor in this racket, or search with a fine tooth comb to find one, but that seems to be the case :( ...
~ your foot doctor was on the sort-of right track, but it's cytomel (T3) that's better taken in two doses, not synthroid
, and ever tried to get a doctor to prescribe it?? faugh
~~ as for "play them against each other by announcing from the start we're just shopping for a doctor", that probably won't work, as there are too few doctors and guess what? some aren't in it for the money ... my GP is in a big clinic and they recently moved to larger quarters ... they required the services of an interior designer (whose services are certainly not evident) and he said, with some bemusement, "the interior designer is paid more than i am" ... go figure ...
~~~ and just while we're on this general topic of unusual sources (like your foot doctor), my eye
doctor knew more about hypO than my first endo -- i had an eye exam and said that i'd been DX'd with thyroid disease since i saw him last, he asked about my symptoms, i told him "exhaustion, cold, depressed, sleep all day, brain fog" and he said that depression had recently (recently??
) been added as a symptom ...