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Lucy 03-26-2010 10:50 AM

Good thyroid doctor close to Knoxville, Tennessee?
 
Anyone? I have been having thyroid symptoms over the last few years but it's getting worse and now I am really going to have to find a good doctor. I have been reading here a lot and on other recommended sites but I don't want to waste time and money that I don't have going to doctors who don't know/care anything it. Please help, the fatigue is getting so bad that it is almost debilitating.

nonstickpam107 03-26-2010 07:48 PM

You might have the FT4, FT3 and TSH and TPO antibodies done first. On your own: Online Lab Tests: blood work, blood testing and laboratory tests

Here's hoping someone comes in and updates us on GOOD thyroid docs in that area (meaning those doctors who give both T4 and Cytomel, not just throw a little Synthroid at ya!).

Pam

nonstickpam107 03-26-2010 07:51 PM

I found this:

Dr. Janet McNiel, Family Practice, 5917 Rutledge Pike, Knoxville, TN 37924, 865-525-2121 (patient says this doc gives Armour Thyroid...but with the Armour shortage, she prolly gives Cytomel (synthetic T3) with T4).

where else are you close to? (And by 'close' in 'thyroid speak' I mean where it would be about a two hour drive ONE WAY).

Pam

Lucy 03-27-2010 10:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nonstickpam107 (Post 13301990)
I found this:

Dr. Janet McNiel, Family Practice, 5917 Rutledge Pike, Knoxville, TN 37924, 865-525-2121 (patient says this doc gives Armour Thyroid...but with the Armour shortage, she prolly gives Cytomel (synthetic T3) with T4).

where else are you close to? (And by 'close' in 'thyroid speak' I mean where it would be about a two hour drive ONE WAY).

Pam

Thanks a LOT. I am going to look to see if this doctor is on my insurance plan. Is the Cytomel a good thing? I am about 2 hours from Chattanooga. Nashville is about 3 1/2 hours so a bit far. Do you think it would be worth trying Dr. McNiel? Should I get adrenal glands tested too for adrenal failure? My last doctor diagnosed me with CFS but I refuse to buy that. He did NO thyroid besides TSH and no other hormone tests. :rolleyes:

Lucy 03-27-2010 10:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nonstickpam107 (Post 13301970)
You might have the FT4, FT3 and TSH and TPO antibodies done first. On your own: Online Lab Tests: blood work, blood testing and laboratory tests

Here's hoping someone comes in and updates us on GOOD thyroid docs in that area (meaning those doctors who give both T4 and Cytomel, not just throw a little Synthroid at ya!).

Pam

So after I get the tests done what would my next step be? Stupid question I guess but would I have them sent to my own doctor or what?

inatic 03-27-2010 10:55 AM

they send YOU the results..

If your own dr wont do the proper testing, i doubt they will interpret these correct but your new one will if the results show you need further evaluation :)

Lucy 03-27-2010 10:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by inatic (Post 13303301)
they send YOU the results..

If your own dr wont do the proper testing, i doubt they will interpret these correct but your new one will if the results show you need further evaluation :)

Oh yes I meant who would evaluate it, sorry didn't make myself clear! So if that doctor does prescribe Armour then she would be likely to be able to evaluate the test results right?

inatic 03-27-2010 10:59 AM

yes..usually but that doesnt always mean they will optimize you. we sometimes run into a dr wont get enough meds but do give some.. wont know though till you try.

Lucy 03-27-2010 11:11 AM

Okay the doctor that Pam mentioned is not on my insurance plan :down: There are no naturopaths listed on my plan and no homepathic doctors. There is an Endocrinologist. Is that a possibility?

inatic 03-27-2010 11:14 AM

endo are notorious for being horrid with thyroid but there are a few some find.

can you try calling a compounding pharmacy and seeing if they have a list of drs in your area that script natural thyroid or natural hormone replacement.

Lucy 03-27-2010 11:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by inatic (Post 13303367)
endo are notorious for being horrid with thyroid but there are a few some find.

can you try calling a compounding pharmacy and seeing if they have a list of drs in your area that script natural thyroid or natural hormone replacement.

Okay yes I do have a list of the compounding pharmacies in my area. That is what I will do next. Then I will have to see if THEY are on my health insurance. I am pretty sure my regular doctor would WORK with me but concerned that he may not be able to read the tests and know what to prescribe. I wonder if I should try him first though. He is a doctor of internal medicine.

inatic 03-27-2010 11:19 AM

if he's open to understanding.. Try.. you dont lose anything that way.. :) and then, if that doesnt work, keep going.. have a back up though so you dont have to wait long.

Lucy 03-27-2010 11:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by inatic (Post 13303390)
if he's open to understanding.. Try.. you dont lose anything that way.. :) and then, if that doesnt work, keep going.. have a back up though so you dont have to wait long.

Good advice. Thanks so much! I HAVE to explore this NOW. I wish money weren't a factor but I guess it always is.. for most people anyway. It's not that we're POOR but don't have it to go throwing around at doctor's that our insurance won't cover etc.

nonstickpam107 03-28-2010 05:01 AM

Yep, autoimmune disease doesn't strike 'just the well to do' that's for sure. And I've had to take a second job in order to afford a good doctor who doesn't take my insurance (long ago, thank goodness). Sometimes patients pay out of pocket for a diagnosis...once a diagnosis and a Rx. for T3 containing hormone (if you need it) will carry over to other doctors you see afterward. It was how I was able to get across to my PCP to write my continuing Rx. for porcine thyroid. And now the PCP is taking other thyroid patients and applying what he's learned with me. And HE takes most insurance. So, sometimes it's in a patient's benefit to pay out of pocket even if they have to save or take a few extra hours of employment. (and yes I'm even talking babysitting and cleaning other's homes for a few extra bucks for this purpose).

Pam

Pam

Lucy 03-28-2010 10:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nonstickpam107 (Post 13305141)
Yep, autoimmune disease doesn't strike 'just the well to do' that's for sure. And I've had to take a second job in order to afford a good doctor who doesn't take my insurance (long ago, thank goodness). Sometimes patients pay out of pocket for a diagnosis...once a diagnosis and a Rx. for T3 containing hormone (if you need it) will carry over to other doctors you see afterward. It was how I was able to get across to my PCP to write my continuing Rx. for porcine thyroid. And now the PCP is taking other thyroid patients and applying what he's learned with me. And HE takes most insurance. So, sometimes it's in a patient's benefit to pay out of pocket even if they have to save or take a few extra hours of employment. (and yes I'm even talking babysitting and cleaning other's homes for a few extra bucks for this purpose).

Pam

Pam

Thanks for sharing that Pam! That makes perfect sense. Sometimes sacrifice is worth it for sure! I am trying to figure out my next move.

nonstickpam107 03-29-2010 05:16 AM

Maybe....(I'm thinking here with what's worked with me)...if you can have ONE visit to the expensive doc....he/she would Rx. natural thyroid and you could go to your doc and ask him to continue that....there are a few docs in my area who WILL give porcine/natural thyroid or T4/T3 combo but only to those who've been dx'd by another doctor (get it..they won't/can't diagnose condition because it's 'outside' of their 'realm').

Pam

Lucy 03-29-2010 05:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nonstickpam107 (Post 13308287)
Maybe....(I'm thinking here with what's worked with me)...if you can have ONE visit to the expensive doc....he/she would Rx. natural thyroid and you could go to your doc and ask him to continue that....there are a few docs in my area who WILL give porcine/natural thyroid or T4/T3 combo but only to those who've been dx'd by another doctor (get it..they won't/can't diagnose condition because it's 'outside' of their 'realm').

Pam

But don't the dosages have to be adjusted sometimes? What then?

nonstickpam107 03-29-2010 06:55 AM

Usually the 'next doctor' will up you 1/2 grain at a time if you can find a doc to do the diagnosis. Actually, there are even some docs who will work over the phone to YOUR doc (with your doc, actually) once they see you for diagnosis too (it's costly also, just trying to show options).

Also, use ArmourThyroid they have a 'Docfinder' feature but it goes by zipcodes, so arm yourself with zipcodes up to an hour or so radius and start plugging them in, them 'check' their names against who you can 'see' on your plan.

Also, DO's are sometimes good with thyroid. Also Thyroid Mistreatment, Hypothyroidism Scandals, and Thyroid Treatment Problems | Stop The Thyroid Madness? has a good site for research AND there's a 'share with your doc book' available too.

Pam

Lucy 03-29-2010 07:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nonstickpam107 (Post 13308532)
Usually the 'next doctor' will up you 1/2 grain at a time if you can find a doc to do the diagnosis. Actually, there are even some docs who will work over the phone to YOUR doc (with your doc, actually) once they see you for diagnosis too (it's costly also, just trying to show options).

Also, use ArmourThyroid they have a 'Docfinder' feature but it goes by zipcodes, so arm yourself with zipcodes up to an hour or so radius and start plugging them in, them 'check' their names against who you can 'see' on your plan.

Also, DO's are sometimes good with thyroid. Also Thyroid Mistreatment, Hypothyroidism Scandals, and Thyroid Treatment Problems | Stop The Thyroid Madness? has a good site for research AND there's a 'share with your doc book' available too.

Pam

Oh my gosh! I have a hit! Daphne Norwood IS on my insurance plan and is on the Armourthyroid site in "find a physician"! Also she is a doctor of internal medicine! This is good right?

inatic 04-08-2010 12:29 PM

landis, have you gotten in yet?

debkeversole 04-08-2010 12:36 PM

no idea about the doc but i wanted to tell you HOWDY NEIGHBOR! i am about 60 miles north of Knoxville on the KY TN border!

inatic 04-20-2010 03:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nonstickpam107 (Post 13301990)
I found this:

Dr. Janet McNiel, Family Practice, 5917 Rutledge Pike, Knoxville, TN 37924, 865-525-2121 (patient says this doc gives Armour Thyroid...but with the Armour shortage, she prolly gives Cytomel (synthetic T3) with T4).

where else are you close to? (And by 'close' in 'thyroid speak' I mean where it would be about a two hour drive ONE WAY).

Pam

Quote:

Originally Posted by landis (Post 13308565)
Oh my gosh! I have a hit! Daphne Norwood IS on my insurance plan and is on the Armourthyroid site in "find a physician"! Also she is a doctor of internal medicine! This is good right?

a friend of mine tried getting into both these practices and was told they are not taking new patients..

any other ideas?

Lucy 04-20-2010 04:20 PM

Not yet. I have been busy with my Mom and Dad. They both started "going down" at once. My Mom have extremely high uncontrollable blood pressure and they are sending her for some more thyroid tests. It's an endo off Middlebrook Pike. I think his name is Dr. Campbell. Can thyroid do this? With my Mom and Dad both having thyroid issues I KNOW I have got to do something with me as soon as I can. I am having to take off too much work as it is with them though right now.

nonstickpam107 04-21-2010 04:00 AM

Actually, since the one doc is on her insurance, they might have a 'deal' with seeing her. I would try that first!

Pam

inatic 04-27-2010 01:34 PM

anyone have info yeah or nea on Dr. Daniel K Mccammon, MD

nonstickpam107 04-27-2010 01:59 PM

McCammon bills himself as a 'diabetologist' and is supremely focused on diabetes. Sigh.

Pam

inatic 04-27-2010 02:09 PM

:(
someone knows someone who went there and 'seems' to be doing well.. i ask for more info or even labs

inatic 04-27-2010 02:09 PM

:(
someone knows someone who went there and 'seems' to be doing well.. i ask for more info or even labs

Lucy 04-27-2010 02:54 PM

Well I took Mom today to the endo that her doc recommended. I was extremely disappointed. He was checking her parathyroid but only did a TSH for her regular thyroid. Thankful that I already knew a LITTLE more about it from here THANK YOU, I asked him if he had done a free T3 and T4. He said there is no need that the TSH is enough. Her TSH was 4.1 and he said yes that is over what he likes to see but isn't going to see her again to do anything else for 2 more months!!! WHA...??????? She is EXTREMELY fatigued, never was before in her life. Yes she is old but I KNOW her and I KNOW this is not normal for her. At least I know that this not the doctor I will be seeing for my evaluation. :rolleyes::annoyed: What should I do for her now? After seeing the TSH is 4.1 I am positive that's the problem at least with the fatigue.

inatic 04-27-2010 05:13 PM

you need another dr!


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