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Old 04-08-2014, 09:39 AM   #1
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Thyriod, RT3, T4 such a puzzle

I have been on the thyroid road for so long and have mainly tried to educate myself either through boards like this or stop the thyroid madness..

I have encountered dr. that only go by the TSH value and will not look any further... as a result i have been to many drs... either they don't look beyond the TSH, or are not versed in Free T3, Free T4, adrenal, cortisol and all the other hormones..

so... i went out of my network ins and found a dr. that would run a full panel and low and behold i have a Reverse T3 issue along with low VIT D level.. also a full panel for estrogen and progesterone was done with DHEA, cortisol and no ever tested me for antibodies..well other than no progesterone.. everything else is good... prescribed was compounded progesterone along with slow release of T3 to clear out the reverse T3..

I expressed my concern with T3 since its such a potent hormone it scares me..he assured me we would start slow.. as i tried T3 yrs ago but the dr did not test my cortisol or even knew what to due with reverse t3... and felt anxious and jittery.

I just want to get to the bottom of my thyroid problem.. my fear is that my internist will let me go as a patient since she does not believe in full panel testing.. she likes to throw meds at me to mask the problem.. i want to get to the root of the problem..

my question is... does anyone have drs who treat them with hormones and then see a internist for regular checkups.. and do they have any problems with you seeing more than one dr. a women that i know said.. why do you have to tell your regular dr your seeing a hormone specialist.. I don't like to keep secrets from drs and feel they should work together to achieve the goal to make me feel better... its clear my my internist is not doing that for me with my thyroid but manages my overall care like monitoring blood pressure, sugar, flu shots.. etc...
I just want to get a hold of my own health before major issues arise now that I'm 50 and have been trying to solve this puzzle since 30.

advice.. thanks, sharon
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:27 PM   #2
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I don't see it as any different than seeing a GP for your "regular" health issues, an OB/GYN for your female health issues, an Endo for your thyroid issues, etc. If you want to see someone else, see them. No need to worry about what your internist will think. I would, however, let the internist know about any new meds or supplements, just to avoid any contraindications.

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Old 04-11-2014, 12:09 PM   #3
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Most of my doctor's work at the same health system so they can all see my medical record.
My endo is not in the same system and I have asked her to copy my primary on everything and my primary copies her on all of my test results. That way they both have access to all of my information. It has been about a year of doing this and it works well.

If your doctor is not willing to work along side of other doctors, then you should find someone who is.
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Old 04-11-2014, 07:08 PM   #4
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I have a regular doctor I see for most things and a thyroid doctor I travel a couple of hours to see. The regular doctor doesn't say much of anything. I tried him first, but he failed me.
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