Finally! A Doctor that Listens!
Friday, July 08, 2011
I got more blood tests done. I got my thyroid levels checked again and they did a complete blood count, to double check that I'm not anemic and to see if there are any other irregularities.
I then went to the OB/GYN and talked to her about my symptoms. I told her my pap smear in February was normal, and showed her my blood tests. She kind of gawked at my TSH levels and asked me what birth control was on. I showed her my pills and she immediately shook her head and said, "There's WAY too much progesterone in these pills. We don't prescribe this anymore." She then went on to tell me that this may be what's affecting my hormones and giving me acne and weight problems, and making my hair fall out. She also said there's a good chance I'm actually hypothyroid, but that the birth control should help with at least some of the issues I've been facing if I'm not.
She then took an ultrasound and said that absolutely nothing seemed to be wrong so chances are it's entirely hormonal. She then gave me two prescriptions: one to a German birth control pill she thinks will really help me, and then if I can't find something similar in the States, a backup prescription to Yasmin. She then gave me her card, told me to email her if I had problems with the prescriptions, and to let her know how I'm doing in three months (since I'll be stateside again) because she wanted to know how I was doing. She also said to get my thyroid checked again once I've been on that pill for three months and that I need to get my thyroid treated whether or not it's the birth control or an actual condition, because if my thyroid isn't working like it should, then it's likely to affect other parts of my body as well, so it's important to get that checked out as soon as possible. I told her I was going to a thyroid doctor on Tuesday, and she said, "Good."
Holy crap! I mean, I had a good feeling about this, but I didn't expect it to go that well! She listened, we talked, she empathized and knew what she was talking about and how to fix it. She even went above and beyond and gave me contact information. I actually felt like she cared. I haven't gotten that from anyone else but my GI and one of my old school's doctors, and neither of them could do anything because of how my insurance worked. (Granted, it was one of my school nurses that gave me that birth control prescription too.) My General Practitioner COULD have helped me but absolutely refused to let me see an endocrinologist when I was stateside, which is why I'm going to be really happy to be changing to a different GP when I get back.
The saddest part? I had to downgrade my insurance to standard care to be able to get better care. As my dad said, it's more out of pocket cost, sure, but the difference in service was immediate. I wouldn't have been able to see any specialists while over here if I'd stayed on the "better" insurance. Ironic, considering my parents had opted for the more expensive insurance plan because they thought I'd get help easier if something ever came up.
Here's hoping this works.