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I've got some research to do

Thursday, November 15, 2012

So I got some interesting news today, and I'm not sure what to make of it.

I went in Monday for my well-woman checkup. Normally not even a blip on the radar but...

1. I actually got to see the doc. Usually I see one of the physician's assistants that I don't particularly care for. Turns out she's no longer there so I got to see the doctor that I do actually like. I never thought I'd be comfortable with a male ob/gyn but I totally am. So good news there.

2. Horrifying but funny - when the doc was getting ready to do the actual exam he called his nurse into the room. This is standard procedure so I didn't think anything of it. Until... in walks the mother of one of my students. Now I knew she works there, I knew she is is personal assistant/nurse, but still I was shocked and horrified. Then afterwards I just thought it was really funny. Conferences should be really interesting next spring.

3. The doc decided that since 40 is just around the corner it was time to run a blood panel. I had that finger stick blood test last week, but I've never had a full workup before. I hate hate hate hate needles, but we do what we have to do.

So, three blips on an otherwise blipless topic. Then tonight I got the call about the results. Everything is in range, except my thyroid numbers are concerning. Apparently my thryoid isn't "thyroiding" properly and I need to go back for another check in 6 months. If the function decreases further or I get symptoms that bother me before that he's going to put me on meds. Not so good.

Then I got to thinking. The list of symptoms the nurse (yes, the same one, she knows waaaay too much about me now) read off really resonated. I've had several of those symptoms, but chalked them up to other causes. So now I've got some research to do. She will mail me some info, and then I guess I'll get online. I don't like the idea of taking unnecessary medication and none of the symptoms I've experienced have been particularly troublesome. Plus I really can account for a lot of it from other causes. I'll have to make a decision about whether to try the meds or not. By next spring I may not have a choice, but I want to feel well-informed anyway.

Anyone with experience/anecdotes feel free to share in the comments.
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    Funny about the nurse!

    About the thyroid. DO your research and keep it in mind. I'm also the type to not want to take unnecessary medication... but if you are potentially having symptoms, it would be nice if you could take care of them.

    Good luck with your research!
    3169 days ago
    Funny situation. But on the more serious side, do take your prescribed meds to stay in optimum health.
    3174 days ago
    I know were you are coming from with the nurse. Dog training client, her son walks in, it's my Doc - son from her FIRST marriage! That was a fun session.

    You're going to do fine and if your thyroid is part of the problem don't worry. I'm the ONLY female in my family not on thyroid meds (including my younger sister). Guess I've got mine from my dad's side. lol. Everyone has raved about how much better/how much more energy they have. Best of luck on getting through either way!
    3175 days ago
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    Oh my god! I think I would have passed out right then and there! LOL That is too funny!!! Tee hee!! emoticon

    There are a ton of natural remedies that can be taken for thyroid over synthetic meds. Definitely do your research and talk to your doc about them. Sounds like you have some time before you have to make any decisions, so that is good.

    Good luck with it..... and spring conferences.... emoticon
    3176 days ago
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    OMG! That would be horrifying! Lordy! l wonder if she was more horrified than you were? Yeah, spring conferences will be really awkward!

    I went to the OB a couple of years ago and I girl I graduated was the nurse in the room! She acted like she didn't know me. We weren't really friends, so I went along with it!

    I don't blame you - do your research. Knowing is half the battle! (At least, that is what GI Joe used to say at the end of the cartoon!)
    3176 days ago
    Just wait until you have a former student do your mammogram...oh yeah...talk about EMBARRASSING and UNCOMFORTABLE all rolled into one... but we both made it through..

    You have the right idea... research... and education....

    Good luck!!
    3176 days ago
    hahaha That's kind of funny and horrifying at the same time! At least this didn't happen to you: http://www.realfunnyjokes.com/archi

    I take thyroid medicine and have for many, many, many years. I've always taken the synthetic thyroid but I've read / heard Armour but don't know much about it except that it's a natural source of thyroid. Here is an article I just read about it http://thyroid.about.com/b/2009/01/

    I am going to be switching doctors because the doctor I have will not listen to me. Definitely do your research before deciding to take any medication. I think we are our own best health advocates.

    Good luck and let us know what you decide to do.
    3176 days ago
    I would do the research and see what that tells you. I wouldn't make a decision one way or the other until then.
    3176 days ago
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