Results from my doctors visit

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

I went to the doctor on Monday and left very very frustrated. After getting my test results today I am even moreso.

I booked the visit specifically to get my lipids and thyroid checked. I explained to her that I was experiencing something like 40+ of the 60 common symptoms of hypothyroidism and even went in with a list, neatly highlighting all of my symptoms.

The doctor brushed me off and told me that it was more likely I was depressed and prescribed me Lexapro. Yeah. Seriously.

Today I got my results back, they are;

Total Cholesterol 179
Triglycerides 77
HDL 46
LDL 118
TSH 3.5

So while I fall in the middle of the currently accepted lab standards for TSH, the AACE (American Associate of Clinical Endocrinologists) published a report in 2003 suggesting that the upper limit be LOWERED to 2.5 (or 3.0 depending on your source) either way, I fall outside of the range and my doctor has chosen to ignore the suggestion of actual endos.

I really don't feel like I am going to get anywhere with her, even arming myself with the printed study and going back in feels like it would be a fruitless attempt. I think I will research endocrinologists in my area and find one that works off of these newly accepted levels and make an appointment.

Oh well, at least my cholesterol and triglyceride levels rock!
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    Wow! Your numbers ROCK! I'm glad you're going to research endocrinologists; you need to be heard and your concerns dealt with. Why do some doctors feel like the patient has no say in their medical care? If I were a doctor, I would want patients who take an active part in their health care. Any doctor who would just write a prescription for a serious drug without further tests is not the doctor for you.
    3185 days ago
    Wow, I had a very similar experience before I was actually diagnosed with hypothyroidism. My TSH levels came back at 4.5, and this was back when anything above a 5 was considered high. I had all the classic symptoms as well. Several years later, my thyroid all but blew up with an autoimmune attack (TSH dropped to .01 and then two weeks later was 48), and I was finally diagnosed.

    I would suggest going to a homeopathic practitioner, or an endocrinologist who has a holistic perspective (nearly impossible to find). One of the doctors who most effectively helped me address my symptoms was a physician with a background in homeopathy, who payed attention to my symptoms as well as my blood tests.
    3185 days ago
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