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    The right doctor

    How do you go about finding the right doctor to deal with a thyroid problem? I mean a lot of doctors claim to be able to address the issue but they are really just general practitioners trying to make a buck off a specific problem.

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    Re: The right doctor

    That should be the first step for every patient but like everyone, a new patient will just be happy with any doctor.

    I have never met the same Endo more than once which irritated me so much that at my last appointment, I went directly into the head Endo's room and requested him to see him from now on. He is a very kind man hence he accepted and now I see him only.

    Trouble is, seeing a different doctor every time will cause huge issues. Every time you have repeat your story and there is never gonna be patient-doctor relationship at all which must exist if one wants to survive.

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    research research. And also dont be afraid to ditch the bad docs.. and the more doctors you see the better chance of finding a doctor who will meet your criteria

    I ve just ditched my doc, he was great in every other way except when I asked him to prescribe me Armour he said NO! I said ok Good bye lmao
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    Re: The right doctor

    Jones,

    My method of finding a DR. came from experience of having less qualified ones. I developed my own criteria and I inquire with Dr.s about it diplomatically before I make an appointment with a new one. The questions I ask are: "Do you believe in optimizing thyroid hormone therapy?" and "Do you have a targeted TSH range for patients on thyroid hormone replacement?" and "Do you test FT4 and FT3 in addition to TSH for at least the first couple of follow-ups in monitoring my hormone replacement therapy?"
    If they answer yes to both questions, this tells me they will monitor my symptoms as well as lab results and that they will tweak my treatment if needed by suppressing my TSH to a better range for me.
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    Re: The right doctor

    I've never seen an endocrinologist in britain, simply diagnosed and given tablets. Is this the norm or can I ask for a referral to see an endo? I suffer from extreme hot sweats (way past menopausal now!) especially at night, also flushes, fatigue, muscle aches and loss of memory and I wonder if these could be due to the thyroid or maybe adrenal.


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    Re: The right doctor

    Nobody knows the real cause of hot flushes but they are surely related to adrenals plus thyroid. I sometimes get them but not too much so consider myself quite lucky.

    GPs usually do not refer you to the Specialist if your test results are within the reference range (typical-test-reference-ranges-uk-t13.html) Now the trouble is, a lot of GPs would even give you your tests results so it depends, how active are you. I always get my results because my GP plus Endo knows, I am gonna create scene otherwise next time.

    You've to get your results, take a look on the reference range, discuss it with people with similar conditions and then you can speak to your GP and ask for a referral. If you cannot convince him/her then just simply change your GP until you come across with someone who is understanding and caring.

    Almost everyone I know, had issues with their GPs so don't think it's just happening to you

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    For this I prefer to see whether in my family had same kind of problem or not. If they have than I talked to them and ask the doctor name and hear their opinion about that doctor.

    Look you will have to start from somewhere and if you get the idea of a doctor from your near ones than this is really good for you and you can move to him with positive foot.

 

 

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