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Old 12-09-2012, 09:43 AM   #1
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How to find a great thyroid doctor?

I live in Michigan.

I'm currently taking Synthroid. I'm pregnant and my OB office only monitors my TSH each month.
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:50 PM   #2
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Laura- Who prescribed your Synthroid? If you're hypothyroid, you should have a doctor who checks you regularly even if you weren't pregnant. Were you unhappy with this doctor, and that's why you're looking for another one? This isn't clear from your post.

As you may know, it's important to be monitored while you're pregnant. The only way I know to find a 'great' thyroid doctor is to ask around--other people you know with thyroid issues, local pharmacist, even your primary doctor.

I found a very good thyroid doctor purely by accident when I was first diagnosed. She ws the only one practicing in our small town! I currently go to a great thyroid doctor, and I 'found' him by asking my sister's boss--a well-known pathologist at a major hospital in NYC. Good doctors often know other good doctors.

It's important that you educate yourself so that you know what questions to ask, etc.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:06 PM   #3
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Thank you. Sorry I wasn't clear. Before my last pregnancy, I was seeing an endo but he only checked my TSH and one other thing. Initially he was the one who prescribed Synthroid.
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But anyone who is taking thyroid hormones (Synthroid is T4) needs to be checked regularly because often the dosage has to be adjusted. So if you weren't happy with the original endo, you should have been looking for another one.

Now you NEED another one because the hormonal shifts of pregnancy make it essential to have your hypothyroidism monitored.

If the previous endo only checked TSH and 'one other thing,' it was most likely T4 because that's what the 'not good' thyroid docs do around here.

My primary doctor is actually better than that because he routinely does a full thyroid panel on his female patients at check ups because thyroid problems are so common.

As I suggested before, the only way I know to find a good thyroid doctor is to 'ask around,' and sometimes asking another doctor is helpful. When I need a specialist (recently needed an ENT check for a problem), I usually ask my primary doctor, and I've never been unhappy with his recommendations.

I wish you well in your search.
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sometimes compounding pharmacies are good resources and can help. let them know you are expecting as that sometimes effects the level of recommendation.

where in Michigan? Have you checked the board for other suggestions.

congratulations!

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For great info on thyroid problems and a great list of "top doctors" go to about.com. The moderator there Mary Shomon has a list for most states and then individual cities and you can see what people say about the docs. Thyroid Disease Top Doctors Directory -- Best Practitioners for Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism & More
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sometimes compounding pharmacies are good resources and can help. let them know you are expecting as that sometimes effects the level of recommendation.

where in Michigan? Have you checked the board for other suggestions.

congratulations!
Thank you. I called a local compounding pharmacy and they gave me some names of doctors who prescribe natural desiccated thyroid. They said I probably wouldn't find many endocrinologists who prescribe that.

I called two doctors. One said they could check me while pregnant, the other said they won't see me till after the baby is born.
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For great info on thyroid problems and a great list of "top doctors" go to about.com. The moderator there Mary Shomon has a list for most states and then individual cities and you can see what people say about the docs. Thyroid Disease Top Doctors Directory -- Best Practitioners for Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism & More
Thank you, I'll check these out!
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For great info on thyroid problems and a great list of "top doctors" go to about.com. The moderator there Mary Shomon has a list for most states and then individual cities and you can see what people say about the docs. Thyroid Disease Top Doctors Directory -- Best Practitioners for Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism & More
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Thank you, I'll check these out!
Mary Shoman's good dr list has not been updated in a long time. There are drs on that list who do not belong. Call the drs office first and ask your questions to see if they are worth your time and money.

Compounding pharmacies are your best bet.
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Thank you Catkan!
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