As a thyroid patient, there are a few different types of doctors you may see for your condition. Some can be more useful in addressing different areas of the condition than others and different patients find different success with different types of doctors. You may have tried a few of these already, but I’m going to sum up what each one is, how they look at hypothyroidism and why they may be helpful to you.
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Your first endocrinologist (often referred to as an endo) visit can seem daunting, so the below information covers what to expect from your first visit and the sorts of questions you may want to ask.
It is worth bearing in mind that a lot of people with hypothyroidism state very little help from an endocrinologist (myself included) but I do think it’s worth every thyroid patient seeing one if they can, so that they can decide for themselves if an endocrinologist could be beneficial to their care.
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This ‘open letter’ has been inspired by the large amount of thyroid patients who are told by doctors that their symptoms are ‘all in their head’, dismissed and made to feel like hypochondriacs. I experienced this myself, and on such a day, I came home, ordered the new thyroid medicine I wanted to try and set up this blog. Continue reading “An Open Letter: “Dear Doctor, It’s Not All in My Head””
What Can We Do to Change How Hypothyroidism Is Perceived?
Isn’t that a question. I’ve made it no secret that as hypothyroid patients, we often feel put down, not listened to and belittled. So what should we do to change that? Continue reading “What Can We Do to Change How Hypothyroidism Is Perceived?”
The endocrine system is made up of glands that produce and secrete hormones. These hormones regulate the body’s growth, metabolism and sexual function.
The endocrine system includes the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals, pineal gland, and the reproductive organs (ovaries and testes). The pancreas is also a part of this system; it has a role in hormone production as well as in digestion.
Now stay with me, I’m not particularly great at science myself, so I’m going to explain this as simply as possible!
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I’ve just got back from my second appointment with the endocrinologist. If you remember the first one, you’ll know it didn’t go too well at all.
My appointment today was.. interesting.
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I’m weirdly looking forward to my appointment with the endocrinologist and GP tomorrow. Why? Because I’ve made so much progress.
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Following on from my blog post the other day and the latest letter I received from my endocrinologist, I saw my GP today, who was indeed wanting to discuss my endo’s latest letter.
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Going by my endocrinologist’s advice in his last letter, I am reducing my daily NDT dosage. I am currently on 2 grains a day, taking 1 in the morning and 1 mid-afternoon. I will cut it down to 1.75 grains a day, with 1 still taken in the morning and the rest mid-afternoon.
I’m not convinced it’s going to help my on-going symptom that is left – fatigue, but we’ll see. Unlike many of the doctors I see and know of from other thyroid patients, I AM willing to consider other ideas and give things a try.. So we’ll see. My latest thyroid blood results read well (well, to me. The endo didn’t like how low my TSH was, but admitted my Free T3 and Free T4 were good), so I’m not sure it’s gonna help. If not actually bring back some of my hypo symptoms.
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I got another letter from my endocrinologist today, in response to my latest blood results.
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