Monday, July 02, 2012
I had an appt with the endocrinologist today, and I was a little surprised about all that she talked about. I've been seeing endocrinologists for about 18 years now for a pituitary tumor, and just recently had to change dr's. This was the second time I have seen this one, and the first time I wasn't very impressed with her.
The first thing we talked about was my prolactin levels and how they are at a normal level now with the help of medication. That was about all that the other dr's ever checked, and sent me on my way with a "we'll see you in a year and re-check the levels then." I knew when I went last week for lab work that she had a lot of tests down on the script. Next on her list was my cortisol levels. Mine are low which really surprised her, so rather than jump right into it she is going to re-check those levels again to make sure it wasn't a fluke at the lab. She didn't want to discuss it with me until she was sure that it was a problem?!? I'll be doing a little research on-line later to see what is involved with low cortisol;)
Then, the subject of my kidney stones came up. She asked multiple questions on what tests my urologist ran and what his suggestions were. Well, she was shocked at what little was done, and is ordering more tests to see why they are forming. How sad is it that you learn more from the endocrinologist than the urologist when it comes to kidney stones?!? She is checking to see if something in my body is causing them, or if it's in my diet. The urologist just blamed it on my diet and left it at that.
Then came the wonderful subject of being over weight. She just loves to help people lose weight, and obviously I'm her next victim:) She talked about all of the great new weight loss medications that have been approved by the FDA and how each one works. I have never cared for taking any kind of medication, even tylenol, and avoid them at all costs. She really wants me to try one of them, but I am really leary about it. Yes, I know that being OBESE (there I said it) is a very serious health problem. Yes, I know that I need to lose the weight and keep it off. Yes, I am trying to lose it by watching what I eat and exercising. Yes, I want to feel better and look better and I want to grow old to see my children and grandchildren grow up. Why does it all have to be so hard and frustrating!! Sooo, whether I like it or not it's time to get serious about getting out of the obese category.
Even though I don't want to, I will be starting Phentermine and monitoring my blood pressure (mine was high today for the first time ever). I will be sticking to what I have been doing on sparkpeople and adding more exercise in too. She would like to see me lose a minimum of 12 lbs by the time I go back in 3 months. To me, that sounds low if I'm having the help of a weight loss pill, but we'll see. So, off I go to crush the OBESE category and get healthy:) I hope this works!!