Why you Shouldn't use an Endocrinologist for your Thyroid (5 Reasons)

You Don’t Want an Endo To Treat Your Thyroid (5 Reasons)

A Specialist is not as Special as you Think

Tell me if this sounds familiar:

You've been diagnosed with low thyroid or hypothyroidism by your current doctor because you started to experience fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, and maybe even some depression or anxiety. 

Your doctor put you on a medication like levothyroxine or Synthroid to treat your low thyroid but you've been struggling to get your dose right. 

Despite taking thyroid medication you still aren't feeling any better and in fact, you may actually be slowly getting worse over the course of several years (the average is 5 to 10). 

Because you simply aren't getting better you've started to do some research on your own and you've found some interesting information that you think could be the reason you aren't feeling better. 

You've learned that not all patients do well on T4 only thyroid medications and you've found that your lab tests must be optimal in order for you to feel better. 

These things make perfect sense to you and you want to give them a try. 

You go to your general practitioner who doesn't feel comfortable with this type of approach so he/she recommends that you go to an endocrinologist. 

You're excited because you finally think you'll get on the treatment and therapies that you need to finally start feeling better! 

Is going to a thyroid specialist (otherwise known as an endocrinologist) the solution to your problem? 

Unfortunately, there's a slim chance that this will happen (in fact, there's about a 99% chance that your endocrinologist won't be of much help at all). 

And this brings me to the main point of this article:

A thyroid specialist is not as special as you might think. 

You are probably lead to believe that they have some insider knowledge that general practitioners and family practice doctors don't have but you'd be dead wrong. 

I can sum up how endocrinologists look at thyroid management in a few sentences:

  • They look to see if your TSH is high
  • If it's high they give you T4 medication like levothyroxine or Synthroid until it lowers to a "normal" level. 
  • They don't check for any other thyroid labs, they don't care about thyroid antibodies or the diagnosis of Hashimoto's, they don't differentiate between optimal or normal, and they aren't interested in using other thyroid medications aside from levothyroxine and Synthroid. 

If this sounds familiar it's because it's the exact same approach that general practitioners take. 

And it's basically the complete opposite of the approach that I recommend taking and the reason I have hundreds of articles on the topic

And, for those who aren't aware, an endocrinologist is the name of a doctor who specializes in treating the endocrine system which is another name for the hormone system. 

BUT that is actually quite misleading. 

While their name implies that they focus on the endocrine system, most endocrinologists end up treating only hypothyroidism and diabetes and a few rare diseases here and there. 

For instance, endocrinologists don't really focus on treating people with sex hormone imbalances or using birth control pills and they aren't the right doctor to treat conditions like low testosterone even though both of these conditions are hormone imbalances. 

Despite the fact that they treat patients with diabetes and thyroid diseases, I would argue that they are not the right type of doctor for that job. 

They tend to look at people who have hormone imbalances as all the same, meaning they all need the same treatment. 

But hormone imbalances are different for each individual and this sort of cookie cutter approach to hormone management does not work at all. 

And this is part of the reason why so many patients who have hormone imbalances continue to suffer despite going to a "specialist". 

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5 Reasons to Avoid an Endo for Managing your Thyroid

This is the type of information which is should be used by people who are new to thyroid management but they aren't likely to believe it yet because they haven't gone through the thyroid song and dance with their doctor. 

So, unfortunately, the people most likely to agree with this are those who have already found that their endocrinologist is largely unhelpful.

But, if you by chance are new to managing your thyroid and you want to skip out on 5-10 years of hardship and continued symptoms and anger and frustration in trying to get your doctor to listen to you then you should pay attention. 

Because I'm not kidding when I say this could help save you those years. 

And, if you are someone who already knows what I'm talking about and has been through this please leave a comment below to help our your fellow thyroid patients! 

With this in mind, let me share 5 reasons why an endocrinologist isn't likely to be of much help to you in managing your thyroid...

#1. They won't order the right tests. 

The first reason is that endocrinologists don't believe in the necessity of advanced thyroid lab testing. 

At most, your endocrinologist is likely to order what is called a TSH with reflex to free T4. 

This particular lab test looks at your TSH and will only look at your free T4 if the TSH is abnormal. 

If the TSH comes back in the normal range then a free T4 will not be ordered. 

And I'm not even sure why they would look at your free T4 anyway because it's not like the value of that lab test will influence their treatment decision. 

Because their treatment for hypothyroidism includes levothyroxine, levothyroxine, and some more levothyroxine on the side. 

An endocrinologist will likely scoff at you if you suggest that you need any of the following thyroid lab tests:

You might hear that they are not accurate or not helpful. 

But what cracks me up about comments like these is why would the lab tests exist if not to provide more information?

Furthermore, the primary reason they don't want to order them is not because they aren't helpful but because they simply don't care about the result. 

Getting an abnormal free T3 or total T3 or reverse T3 isn't going to change their treatment recommendation of levothyroxine, levothyroxine, and some more levothyroxine. 

Which is unfortunate because these lab tests help you understand whether or not your T4 medication is working, how well your body is converting T4 to T3, and other important bits of information which can help you feel better. 

All backed by science, by the way. 

#2. They all treat the same. 

The next thing you should understand is that all endocrinologists will treat and look at you the exact same way. 

I shouldn't say all because there are a handful of endocrinologists that don't do this but roughly 98 to 99% of all endocrinologists do fall into this category. 

Your endocrinologist will only be concerned about your TSH and they will recommend the use of levothyroxine 99% of the time. 

It doesn't matter what lab tests that you recommend that they order, what those results come back as if you can get them to order them, or how bad you are feeling while taking levothyroxine or Synthroid. 

If your TSH is fine then YOU are fine (at least according to them). 

And this sort of mentality exists among virtually all endocrinologists. 

Why?

Because this is how they are taught. 

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In fact, this is how all doctors are taught including family practice doctors and general practitioners. 

I know because this is exactly how I was taught. 

As an internal medicine resident, I would occasionally ask about other thyroid medications such as natural desiccated thyroid only to be scolded for thinking about using unreliable pig thyroid. 

Your endocrinologist is not interested in changing how they view thyroid management just because you are not feeling well on your thyroid medication, unfortunately. 

#3. Endocrinologists don't necessarily know more than your PCP or Family Doctor

This one can be a bit difficult for some people to understand. 

It would make logical sense on the outset that a specialist would know more than a general practitioner about a certain condition. 

Surely if that specialist treats the same type of patients day in and day out they must know something that other doctors who don't have that kind of exposure don't. 

You would think so but you would be wrong 99% of the time. 

To an endocrinologist, the management of hypothyroidism is already a solved issue. 

As far as they are concerned persistent symptoms of hypothyroidism when taking thyroid medication MUST be from some other cause. 

They don't even recognize the thyroid as a problem if you are taking T4 medication and if your TSH is normal. 

You should understand this because what this means is that it doesn't matter how much you complain or tell them about your symptoms, it won't make a difference to them. 

And we see this is true based on the fact that surveys show that hypothyroid patients complain about the same symptoms for more than 10+ years to their doctors without seeing any improvement. 

survey shows hypothyroid patients are not happy

Most patients who go down this path end up on anti-depressants as a treatment instead of changes to their thyroid medication! 

By the way, I'm not saying that all specialists don't know more than general practitioners because that simply isn't true. 

In fact, most specialists (outside of endocrinologists) do know more than family practice doctors about certain conditions but this just doesn't hold true for endocrinologists. 

#4. They tend to be more set in their ways than general practitioners. 

You might think that being a specialist is a good thing because perhaps the specialist is more likely and willing to listen to new ideas or new therapies, right?

Unfortunately, you'd be dead wrong most of the time. 

Endocrinologists by virtue of the fact that they treat thyroid patients day in and day out tend to be LESS likely to listen to any alternative treatment paradigm. 

They are already set in their ways and think that they know the answer. 

This is further reinforced by living in an echo chamber where they go to conferences which spout the same information, when they read articles and journals which support the same medications, and so on. 

They are unlikely to ever hear about alternatives to thyroid management outside of the traditional TSH + levothyroxine thyroid model that when they do they automatically reject it. 

Believe it or not, your family practice doctor or general practitioner is much more likely to help you out with new therapies when compared to your endocrinologist. 

#5. It will be very difficult or almost impossible for you to convince your endo to change how they treat the thyroid. 

The last one is kind of an extension of #4. 

Many thyroid patients read information like this and they think that they can take this information to their doctor and they will be both happy to learn something new and eager to implement the new changes. 

Again, unfortunately, you couldn't be farther from the truth. 

Listen to this story:

When I was in my first year of practice out of residency I had some amazing success with a husband and a wife who were among my first ever patients. 

Collectively they lost some 50+ pounds, had more energy than they could remember, got off of some of their prescription medications for blood pressure and cholesterol, and were overall doing amazing. 

They were obviously excited by these changes and they went to their doctor to tell him about me and my therapies. 

Instead of the doctor being happy for their success, he was upset that they went to see me and questioned my credentials and methods. 

This is despite the fact that so much good had been done in their lives. 

I learned pretty quickly that most doctors are really not interested in learning more or trying new things and they even feel threatened when they find someone who has more success than they do. 

This isn't a universal thing but it absolutely does exist and it is more prominent than you would think. 

The moral of the story is that doctors are not likely to change what they are doing even in the face of amazing success and positive results from others. 

It's optimistic to think that they will change their mind and try something new and I do think it's worth a shot but don't be surprised when they are not interested at all. 

If you find that this happens to you then it's often best to just seek out a new physician who is more willing to work with you and who will listen to you. 

Who to see instead

So, what should you do if you can't get results from an endocrinologist?

What kind of doctor should you go see, which doctors will actually listen to you?

Here's how I would approach this problem:

First, you should always start with someone who takes insurance and who is local. 

Go see your family practice doctor or your local endocrinologist and talk to them. 

Test the waters to see if they are open to new therapies, trying new medications, and ordering the more advanced thyroid lab panel

If you don't find success or if they are unwilling to work with you, don't be discouraged. 

Just move on and try to find a new doctor. 

You will probably find that some general practitioners (maybe 5% or so) are willing to work with you. 

The likelihood that your endocrinologist is willing to work with you on these things is probably closer to 1-2%. 

If this approach fails then you will probably need to seek someone with a different set of skills and training outside of the conventional medical system. 

I find that doctors with training in integrative medicine, anti-aging medicine, and doctors who specialize in bio-identical hormone treatment tend to work best. 

The only downside to these doctors is that they typically don't accept insurance and they may not be local to you depending on where you live. 

But the extra price to pay for the right treatment will be worth it in the long run, at least in my opinion. 

I get asked this question a lot so I will address it here:

I do not have any recommendations for any doctors that I can give you. 

I wish I did but all of the information that I have here is self taught which means that in order for someone to understand it they must do the leg work on their own. 

There are without a doubt doctors out there like this, I just don't personally know them. 

Final Thoughts

When it comes to thyroid management, you would probably be surprised to learn that endocrinologists may not be your best option. 

This kind of talk is considered heresy, especially among conventionally trained physicians and health providers but I honestly believe it to be true - at least for now. 

I don't think that endocrinologists are malicious or want to keep thyroid patients from feeling better in any way. 

Instead, they are just the victims of current thyroid management dogma and, from their perspective, see no reason to change. 

In fact, it seems to be quite the opposite. 

It's not uncommon for thyroid patients to become more educated, to ask questions, and to seek different therapies and tests. 

In the face of this new wave of information, most endocrinologists are doubling down on the current treatment paradigm. 

I've even seen a few new studies which refer to the education of thyroid patients as a big problem. 

What a crazy world we live in. 

My hope is that this changes in the coming 5-10 years when the burden of new clinical studies which support the sort of thyroid management that I talk about here (1) becomes so heavy that it will be impossible to ignore. 

But, for now, it seems like thyroid patients have an uphill battle to fight. 

Now I want to hear from you:

Do you feel that your current doctor is willing to listen and work with you?

Have you had success in getting treated by a family practice doctor over an endocrinologist?

Have you had success in getting treated by an endocrinologist?

If not, who is currently treating you?

If yes, share who you are seeing and where they practice below!

Leave your comments and questions below! 

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5 reasons endocrinologists fail thyroid patients (1)
Dr. Westin Childs

Dr. Westin Childs is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. He provides well-researched actionable information about hormone-related disorders and formulates supplements to treat these disorders. He is trained in Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine, and Integrative Medicine. His focus is on managing thyroid disorders, weight loss resistance, and other sex hormone imbalances. You can read more about his own personal journey here.

57 thoughts on “You Don’t Want an Endo To Treat Your Thyroid (5 Reasons)”

  1. I just saw my endo last week prior to the appointment I had a blood test which showed my tsh 6.0 and t4 normal. He is treating me for Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency which he prescribed 15mg hydrocortisone and since taking these pills OI have gained water weight big time which was the reason why I wanted to see him. The endo said he doesn’t see a thyroid problem but he put me on a low dose of levothyroxine he said he should help me with my weight.
    I didn’t pick up the prescription as of yet.

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    • Oh dear, that hydrocortisone does cause weight gain. I got off it only too late. Will never do THAT again! And yep, those endos don’t do you any good. See my comment below.

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    • Hi Dr. Westin,
      I have been on thyroid meds since I was 20 .I am now 58 I was diagnosed with Hashimotos in my 30s by a hormone specialist. I am getting worse and missing alot of work. My Dr. does not listen and I go from increase med then decrease med. I have been looking for another Dr. They all are treating me just like you said. I am very frustrated and depressed. When I have a very bad day,my head pounds, I have chills so badI shake and then sweating at the same time. I am so exhausted and hurt so bad. I have gone to bed at times because I cannot function and have slept 24 hrs or more. I am so tired of living this way there are days ,I no longer want to live. Just praying something will be positive soon. I have tried many supplements and have not had any luck. Not saying yours will not work just spent alot of money. I have not read many of your articles do to work .I come home and go to bed or if I am in a flare up. This morning I am feeling better and was thinking about seeing an endocrinologist when your article caught my attention. Keeping my fingers crossed I will find someone in my area that will help .
      Thanks

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    • You are spot on with my experience with endos. She was only going to do TSH and I asked her to add antibody count….. and she was actually rude about it saying those labs mean nothing. Only need TSH. Good grief, my primary doc can do that. I am going back to my primary. This was my second endo. The first was more informed(she actually has Hashimoto) but has since retired.

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    • Hi Jeanne…I also decided to go to an endocrinologist…he also prescribed levothyroxine …I had been taking armour thyroid…so I took it…had a terrible experience..I thought I was having heart attack. My pulse rate seemed to increased but more importantly my body had the shakes. It was terrible. I tried calling…didn’t get the doctorlllgot his assistant and …well they still wanted me to take it…I decided to remain on my armour thyroid. PS I NEVER went back to him. My armour thyroid was prescribed by an internist who believed in working with drugs that were as close to natural as possible. Unfortunately that doctor has passed and now I live in Florida. Although I love my internist here, he seems to be reticent to really test my thyroid, so I’m still looking. Hope this helps. BTW I threw out the levothyroxine! My Best, Pam

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  2. I’ve seen two endos now, I did blood tests on my own prior to the visit using your guidelines. They looked at my endless list of symptoms, looked at anti bodies etc. The Dr who I saw yesterday said that high antibodies are not important????? He told me to stop T4 and use T3. All my blood work points to Hashimotos as explained in your diagram but I have not been officially diagnosed. I have changed my diet, practised mindfulness, cut coffee, gluten, soy, canola etc . Only through my own knowledge. The Dr yesterday didn’t even ask me about my diet. He just said my thyroid was shrinking. I am fed up with it to be honest. Struggling to find anyone who will listen. My younger sister had her thyroid removed last year from cancer

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    • Hi Naomi,

      Unfortunately, that’s fairly common among endocrinologists. They claim to know more than they really do thus the reason for this article. I have information on how to manage your thyroid with medications, supplements, etc. on my blog and videos.

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      • Thanks do much. I think I am going to take my journey in to my own hands. I know I don’t have cancer or anything more sinister. Instead of wasting money on Drs I could use the money to get the best supplements etc with your extremely good guidance

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  3. I gave up on finding an endo. They all do the same bad, outdated protocols. They’re super closed minded, too. So my Medicare coverage does me no good for thyroid–Medicare won’t pay for the progressive docs and meds that really work. It’s a shame our medical system is so dismally behind the times. So I’m still paying cash for good alternative, progressive thyroid doctors, but it’s well worth it — they know what they’re doing and it works!

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  4. There are good progressive, integrative MD’s out there. I’ve always found them by asking around and searching the web. They’re the only way to go if you want to feel great.

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  5. I would like to hear more about hyperthyroidism (Graves’ disease)as this is my problem.
    I’m on carbimazole 5 mg and the weight gain is horrible.

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    • I just had my most recent blood tests. YAH dropped from 4.1(after reaching a high just over 15), to 2.82. My antibodies had initially tested at 858. Was told I was very positive for Hashimoto’s disease. No mention of the need or direction for changing my diet. I researched, cleared out all related foods associated with Hashimoto’s. Began consulting with a registered dietician, nutritionist. My antibodies now show 472. No one seems to want to examine me for sources of the antibodies. Allergies? Environment? Stress?. I sought to get a reverse T3. Endocrinologist did not request/approve. I have dropped 21 lbs. Not considered overweight… Where should I turn for information/assistance next

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  6. I’m in Ardmore, Ok. My Dr. is Dr. Lauren Southward. She’s willing to take recommendations from my compounding Pharmacist, Russell Hobbs.

    I’m currently using natural supplements to try to help with conversion. This was recommended by Russell as a 1st line of treatment. If this doesn’t work, I’ll turn to Compounded Hormone. I already use Bioidentical Estrogens, Progesterone (capsules) and, Testosterone (cream).

    I also did a phone consult with Jenny Gallager in Omaha, Nebraska. She’s a NP who prescribes NDPH.

    Hope this helps someone.

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  7. First, I want to say thank you for opening my eyes.
    It has been about 2 years now I have been in a T3/T4 medication and feel 100% better.

    I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when I was 15 years old. At that point they put me on Synthroid. After about 3 years my primary said I should go to an endocrinologist. So like any parent, my mother found an endocrinologist and took me to him. Through the years of seeing the endocrinologist I had told him all of my symptoms whenever I went to see him. Fatigue, heart palpitations, low sex drive (of course that is when I was married) and so many more. At one point I questioned him, “are you going to test any of my other thyroid fictions?” He replied “no” just your TSH. He was the endocrinologist, so I never questioned anything else. It was not until my last appointment with him when I started doing my own research. I had put on some weight and was very discouraged with myself that I could not take it off. At my appointment, I had mentioned this to him. He tapped me on my back, and said “bad genes”. What!?!?! I was so upset when I left his office, I took matters into my own hands. I start doing massive amounts of research on hypothyroidism. I found your blog and others and became obsessed. At that point, it had been 25 years that I felt like blah every day. I thought that’s what normal was. I did my research, and went to my primary with everything I had found. I begged her to prescribe a t3/t4 medication. She was apprehensive at first. I told her I would sign something saying it was all on me. She gave it a chance. I am so very grateful she did. Because literally in 3 days of being on the t3/t4, I felt 100% better. And to top it all off I lost 15 pounds.

    Thank you again for these tidbits of information you share with us. I hope you inspire more people to do their own research and push to get themselves feeling great!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    Sue

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  8. I found a functional medicine practitioner who specializes in reversing your thyroid naturally! My endo dr is adamant that meds is the only solution so I’m basically seeing him still while working on reversing the program. It’s definitely hard to find a doctor who thinks there is an alternative to meds.

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  9. I found a local doctor in my small town who practices “mainstream” medicine during the day and functional medicine in her “spare time” (but doesn’t take insurance). I have a Zoom meeting with her about 3 times a year for an hour each time (definitely of more value than the 5 minutes with a mainstream doctor!), communicate via email frequently and she also provides all my lab orders. She is amazing! She had me fill out a large stack of forms before my first in-person visit which were time-consuming but very thorough and, as she ordered the right labs immediately, my Hashimotos was pinpoint quickly.
    I’ve started a protocol written about by Dr. Wentz, who is a pharmacist that also has it and figured out how to REVERSE it! The protocol involves primarily dietary modifications, some supplements, and getting sufficient rest; the details are in her book “Hashimoto’s Protocol” and are not hard to do. I’m feeling so much better! My input would be to find a functional (or integrative) physician, even if that person is only available online. We all now know how to do Zoom meetings and as Dr. Childs says, it’s worth it to find the right doctor!

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  10. Hi..interesting read! I was diagnosed (by a Family Med DR) with sub-clinical hypothyroid in 2015 and started treatment with Levo..I moved and started seeing a NP who specialized in integrated medicine..she tested for antibodies and the results came back greater than 1000. She prescribed low dose Naltrexone and my next antibodies test results a year later were 565..at least down by half! I moved again and took this prescription to a new NP who was just starting to dive in to naturopathic medicine..he’s kept me on the naltrexone(I test tomorrow for a full thyroid panel including antibodies)and, when I asked about 16 months ago, he prescribed Armour Thyroid..I really have found nurse practitioners listen and try to learn from each patient. Do I wish I had a doctor who was bringing treatments to me, instead of the other way around? Yes, but nobody cares about how I feel more than I do..so I’m happy I’ve found someone willing to listen.

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  11. The past two times, my TSH has been normal, but my T4 has been elevated. My endo blames it on the lab or says that my TSH is normal so he doesnt want to change anything. Please help

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  12. Hello sue

    I can really feel for you, well what you going through and what you went through.

    about 10 -15 years ago,

    I had some heart trouble I had to have a stent put in.

    No big deal, not until my heart started fluttering, which it had done for 35 years.

    my cardiologist, put me on Amiodarone 200mg. The very worst medicine that can be given

    Who are person with thyroid problem.

    I got a severe ammonia, hospitalized in ICU for 11 days.

    prior to that a few months before the cardiologist took me off the Amiodarone 200mg.

    but it was too late.

    after my hospitalization My heartbeat was 155 per second.

    Me not knowing any better or image suspecting the side effect of Amiodarone 200mg.

    I resumed taking my prescribed medication.

    Oh yes the backtrack a little bit; I gave him all my symptoms there are in the book about Hyperthyroidism. Put me on a controlled substance.

    It relieved the fatigue some what. I was taking three 20 milligrams of methana per day.

    As my body demanded more, as what happens with a controlled substance, I started 4 every day.

    Just continued to 5, 6, 7, 8, well I used up my month supply.

    and the rest of the time I was in total misery.

    and the doctor took me off it , saying that I could be becoming an addict.

    Which are you already was. not now,

    Like the other doctor says; medical profession in the United States sucks.

    My wife has to use a roller drive. get around, what’s up another doctors decision

    You prescribe a medication That made her a cripple.

    I can go on and on and on

    I will not get any better. With doing it myself
    Read & studying the does help.
    Sometimes being your own MD. WORKS

    thank you for listening
    I all hope that you can do better then what you doing with the regular medical profession in the US

    JOHN R.

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  13. I love my endocrinologist. He does actually listen and is willing to try whatever he can to get me feeling better. I don’t have a thyroid, I was born with only half and it had to be removed a few years ago because of a goiter. I started seeing my endocrinologist shortly after my otolaryngologist put me on levothyroxine. Within a couple of visits, he ordered the advanced thyroid panel and even though my TSH looked good, he suggested that I may have been having a hard time converting my T4 to T3 and prescribed Armour Thyroid. I have been feeling better ever since until recently when my pharmacy switched me to NP Thyroid at the urging of my insurance company. I have already been told by my endocrinologist that if my numbers do not improve after a couple of weeks on the NP Thyroid he will contact my insurance company and have me placed back on Armour. He’s a really good doctor and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a endocrinologist in Northeast Ohio.

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  14. About 10 years ago I was totally frustrated with an endocrinologist. I moved to a new town and saw an open-minded family medicine MD who started me on a T4/T3 hormone. Then I saw another doctor for a different problem who is certified in both sports medicine and family medicine and is in charge of a wellness center. Her nurse told me she really helped her with her thyroid problems so I talked to her about my journey. She runs the necessary tests and I basically go to her now for just about everything. I still like the other doctor who is officially my PCP and does my annual Medicare wellness exam. I feel fortunate to have relationships with two good doctors, and I feel great!

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  15. I started seeing Dr. Kelly Bouldin of Ft. Worth, Texas about a year ago. I am seeing great improvements! I didn’t see any doctors for a few years prior to that. I saw a family doctor a couple of years before that but wasn’t getting more extensive care. And I saw an endocrinologist for about 5 years before that. My cortisol was up. My levothyroxine doses kept going up. And I wasn’t getting better. It can be devastating to stop treatment but I was so frustrated. My thyroid did swell up a but. I could feel it. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s late last year. I think i had it while I saw the endocrinologist but was never diagnosed. I wish I had had this article 10-15 years ago. I would be in a much better place now. My health us improving under Dr. Bouldin’s care. I am so glad I found her program. Its affordable! The endocrinologist was over $400 every office visit 10 years or so ago.

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  16. I swear to GOD, i changed more than ten endos to treat my thyroid. What they kill me is that they believe papers more than the patients feeling. Last year i was searching for help. Till i found you! And watching almost all of your blocks and videos on hypothyroid. Now iam on my treatment without any endo support and suggestions. I feel much comfortable than before. At least im convinced there is someone could support you out of this crash. Thank you so much Dr Westin.

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  17. I broke up with my endocrinologist last week! I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s disease last fall-my endocrinologist prescribed me the lowest dose of levothyroxine available and I’ve been struggling. Each time we met and I told her how I was feeling she ran other tests (nothing to do with the thyroid) or sent me to other departments for assessments. It ended up being very expensive with no new diagnosis to pin my ongoing symptoms on. Last week I had my first appointment with an Internal Medicine doctor who specializes in thyroid issues. I came away with a more appropriate dose of Levothyroxine and an additional Rx for my T3. He also has a plan in place for optimizing my levels. I’m thankful I did not struggle for 5-10 years before getting fed up and seeking a different provider.

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  18. Hey everyone,
    I live on a small island in the UK and the only Person who can prescribe T3 here is an endo, i was doing well with one who was interested in the T4/T3 levels (I’m T3 only) but this year I get a different endo over a phone consultation each time and they are only interested in TSH, I asked about LDN and it’s not prescribed here apparently. I haven’t had an antibody test for years.
    So just going round in circles really! If I had spare money I’d be keen to look into online consultation with someone out there online who can prescribe and recommend different things, can anyone recommend someone who can do this so when I’ve paid for my daughters braces I can give it a try? Do you do this Dr Westin?
    Thanks!!

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  19. Hi, I’ve just been reading through your comments. I am waiting to see an endocrinologist, I have had problems 4 months pp with my son, (ppt) went hyper then hypo and prescribed levothyroxine straight away,my tsh level went back quickly to 1.82 and it’s now 2.46, my antibodies are raised slightly but my all other levels are in a good range. I asked my doctor is she could lower my dose and want to see if I can come off eventually, but after reading this I’m nervous about going.

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  20. 100% agree with you. My journey has been over 15 years and it has been with your help through your emails, and my integrative medical practitioner who was willing to listen to me and prescribe based on what I showed him from this website, that I finally seem to have my levels right and have lost the weight I gained right after my thyroidectomy. You’re amazing Dr Childs! Thank you and much love from South Africa.

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  21. This is exactly my experience. I was sneered at by an endocrinologist for saying I thought I had a thyroid issue, and made to feel like a criminal by my family doctor when I eventually found a real thyroid expert who took one look at me and diagnosed me pretty much on the spot. My doctor refused to take on the prescription so I changed doctors until I found one who would. But I have never found anyone in the UK who will prescribe NDT.

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  22. I had thyroidectomy in May 2018 after which the endocrinologist put me on Levothyroxine when my lab tests revealed high hormonal levels. I was on the drug for 9 months with a two months break in between as I was not able to see the doctor on the appointed date for the review. According to the lab test carried out during my last visit to the endocrinologist in September 2019, the results were good and the drug was discontinued. I am waiting to see the endocrinologist in September 2020. However, I have been experiencing a lot of symptoms that make me scared and worried and the symptoms include: Pain in my throat and upper neck, pain in the my ears especially the right ear and gum ache. Sometimes I feel fatigue and some slight head ache. I am not able to see the endocrinologist at the moment as I have been cut off in my work place in a different country.
    I need help on what could be the cause of these symptoms

    Thanks

    Betty

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  23. Hello Dr. Childs,

    This article describes what I went through with endocrinologists spot on. I had papillary thyroid cancer & felt horrible with the help of 3 of the “best” endocrinologists in my area for six and a half years before getting fed up & dropping an endocrinologist for my total wellness doctor who has been nothing short of amazing for me. He ran the right tests & corrected all of my hormone imbalances & vitamin deficiencies. As a result I am now finally after almost 7 and a half years living my best life again. This article really spoke to me & was 1000% spot on for my experience. I couldn’t have written it better myself. Thank you for being brave enough to shed the light on how horribly wrong most endocrinologists are when treating these thyroid conditions. Something definitely needs to be changed so people do not continue to suffer for no good reason. God Bless You!

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  24. Helen Harbord
    Hi
    Where in the UK did you find your thyroid expert? Is it under the NHS? As my G.P. Is trying to stop my T3 saying it is too expensive for the NHS!!
    I would be grateful for a reply.
    Thank you
    G.Blyth

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  25. Thyroid issues run in my family. I’ve been treated before, but because we were military, the military dr’s don’t always really care or listen well. We retired and I thought things would be better. For the last 9-10 years, I have been on the SAME medicine and SAME amount 0.025mg. I have lost so much hair, I have issues going to the bathroom, I’m CANNOT lose weight, I’ve actually gained even though I workout. I had gotten the flu and was really sick and didn’t even lose a pound. Certain foods make me bloat as if I’m 4 months pregnant. I hardly eat anymore. I’m so incredibly frustrated. Everytime I get my lab results, she says they are normal. If I am so normal, why do I feel like crap?

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  26. I struggled for years with low energy, weight gain, low libido, brain fog and other thyroid symptoms. My doctor did the standard TSH tests which came back in the low normal range. I found a female pharmacist who specialized in helping women with hormone problems and she helped me immensely. I had saliva testing done which more accurately pinpointed my thyroid, adrenal and cortisol imbalances and gave me a direction for treatment. She recommended an integrative medicine specialist who prescribed Lyrothronine, Cytomel, and a compounded estrogen/progesterone cream. I also take supplements like selenium, vitamin D, vitamin, E, Vitamin C, and an adaptogen. I am 68 years old and feel great! I was able to convince my family doctor to keep prescribing these meds after the specialist retired, even though she is reluctant, but acknowledges that my quality of life is much improved. I recently was able to finally lose 13 lbs with my goal of 12 more. Many people have commented that I look much younger than 68 since I feel so much better. Thank you for all your great articles, I can go to my doctor with solid information to back up my requests.

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  27. I have an endo who I am pleased with and have been a patient for over 17 years. She thoroughly listens to my symptoms and not bases my treatment on lab results. Hashimoto’s is an extreme and unique creature that must be treated properly. I have struggled with leveling my medication to fit ME. I am on combination therapy (Cytomel/Levoxyl) T3/T4. I suggest for those who cannot seem to function, or, who struggle with weight issues to ask your physician to try this. Once I get the proper dosage I’m good for quite awhile and then I fall off the cliff and have to readjust. It’s a constant battle for me as well as I’m sure LOTS of others. Finding the right doctor who is willing to treat “your symptoms” and not solely labs is who one needs to look for.

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  28. “First, you should always start with someone who takes insurance and who is local. ” Spoken like someone who lives in a larger city where these providers actually exist. So very frustrating and discouraging for those of us who do not.

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  29. Went to a few doctors years ago. Gave them all my symptoms. All those doctors recommended an endocrinologist. I did some research. I went to an endo. & told her I wanted specific tests. She did them all, but when all the numbers came back in the normal range (including TSH), and EXCEPT for TPO antibodies, which were very high, she told me I had Hashimotio’s and prescribed Levothyroxine. Later, she switched it to Synthroid, and then back to Levothyroxine again. She refused to up dosage or do any other treatments. I went off Levothyroxine and Synthroid, as they did not make any difference in my numbers. My numbers are still normal, except for TPO antibodies being anywhere from 161 to 226 or so. Still have weight gain, even on diets; hair loss, low libido, etc. I recently moved from Illinois to Cape Coral, Florida, and I am looking for a doctor who will work with me that takes insurance. If anyone knows of anyone down here, please let me know! Thanks!

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  30. I gained 15 pounds within three months about five years ago (I usually never gain weight) and felt freezing cold all the time. I see an alternative medical practitioner who is an M.D. on occasion and went to see him. He immediately ordered tests for TSH, free T4 and free T3. All came back abnormal. In the meantime I read an entire book about hypothyroidism until I understood thyroid function really well (please be aware that the reference ranges that most doctors recognize as correct are off, so educate yourself), and one on Hashimoto’s Disease. I went back to my doctor and asked for a Reverse T3 test and a number of others. Turns out I don’t have Hashimoto’s, but I don’t convert T4 to T3 very well. After trying a number of medications we settled on compounded T3, nothing else. Working out the right dose took a few months but I eventually went completely back to normal, lost the weight, have had no issues with weight control since, don’t feel cold all the time, have tons of energy and generally feel great. I highly recommend that you do whatever you need to do to find an alternative practitioner if your own doctor is not willing to order all of these tests and work with you until you find the medication that is right for you. My alternative practitioner says, “the proof is in the pudding – the most important indicator of whether your medication works for you or not is how you feel on it.” That sounds spot on to me.

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  31. Have had a different history. Was diagnosed hypothyroid and put on T4 about 1966 by a young general practitioner in Phx AZ. Moved to Europe but continued to visit the Phx Dr when back on business trips. After a few monthe the T4 wasn’t helping so my Phx Dr. added T3, when that was a very new idea. a couple of years later was put on T3 only, and found a European Dr. who was good with that. About 1993 my T3 labs started going high, and by 1998 my European Dr. took me off all thyroid supplement, unfortunately after I had developed AFib. In 2019 (back in the USA) I started to feel hypothyroid again so did my own research, read the book “The Thyroid Patient’s Manual” and got my GP to prescribe Armor thyroid at a minimum dosage. Had to persuade him to increase the dosage twice in a period of 6 months, then he changed his practice to focus on younger patients and I had to find a new doctor. Am now on my second one, have had to increase my dosage again myself, and have now been referred to an endo. Four years ago my wife showed signs of hypothyroidism and her TSH was ok clinically but slightly elevated by Integrative medicine standards, and her T4 was a bit low. It took me 6 months to get our then GP to test for T3 (it was quite low) and another 2 months to get a prescription. As soon as her T3 got back into the low end of the lab ref range our then Dr. would not renew the prescription, so I change. to the one that helped me and he renewed the prescription and then increased the T3 twice (from 5 ug/d to 15 ug/d, keeping the T4 flat at 50 ug/d. After we lost him, tne next doctors would not agree to any further increases, so I increased the dose on my own. Her T4 was below the lab ref range, and her T3 was at the top of the lab ref range. Finally our latest GP referred her to an endo and he doubled the T4 and reduced the T3 back to 10 ug/d. He did not order rT3 or any antibody tests, and he talks exactly as you describe above. Her T4 was centered in the ref range and her T3 was a bit below center at her last labs, but now she is showing hypo symptoms again. Having read this article, I am now very skeptical, but will give the endo another chance. BTW – we did try one “holistic” practitioner but he turned out to be a real dingbat and tested for a bunch of things that had nothing to do with thyroid or hormones, and recommended treatment that does not make sense. Are there good thyroid doctors that will consult remotely by computer. I am not hopeful of finding a good one locally.

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  32. Hi Dr. Childs,
    After reading so very many comments from under treated thyroid patients, you must be exceedingly frustrated–and it shows in this blog! After reading so many of your articles I don’t remember reading such a strong statement as this. Bravo to you for finally posting these words!

    I am frustrated myself at how I am being treated by my endo specialist. Because I always have white coat syndrome (high HR and BP) when I come in, she is convinced that raising my medication will suddenly ‘flip’ me into hyperthyroidism–even though my current dose is very low and I show no hyperthyroid symptoms. I can’t help but wonder if she is deliberately under treating me just to shut up all my complaining about hypo symptoms.

    I often take my BP and HR at home and both are well within healthy limits–and the BP is often even low. I have noticed that doctors often don’t trust what patients say and must see it with their own eyes. In my case, they probably never will since I will be sitting in their office, experiencing white coat syndrome each time they take my readings.

    Very frustrating. Even though I am on Medicare I probably should try to scrape together the money to find a functional medical doctor although I worry that the experience could lead into thousands of extra dollars because I have so many other non-hormonal things wrong with me.

    Thanks for giving words of encouragement to seek treatment from more understanding doctors!

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    • I go to obgyn Dr Bradley Axline in Flower Mound. He corrects hormone imbalances, weight issues, and thyroid problems. He will prescribe natural desiccated or T3 if you prefer and he’s been very patient and responsive to my thyroid probs. The good thing is that he does take insurance and is better than any GP or endo.

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  33. Hello Dr. Westin. Have you heard of RedRiver Health and Wellness Center? If so what do you think of them? I believe they’re headquartered in Utah but have centers in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Idaho. I’ve seen their adverts on TV and they appear to help with thyroid, autoimmune and adrenal issues that are perhaps above and beyond the typical endocrinologists.

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  34. Hi again.
    Due to somewhat elevated T3 therapy both myself and my wife now have TSH at a vanishingly low level and the doctors believe that indicates hyperthyroidism, possibly dangerous. Does TSH have any meaning when one is on T3 therapy?

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  35. Like I’ve said before, endos are worthless unless you have a goiter or nodules you need biopsied. They are lazy worthless Drs in the grand scheme of your treatment. pardon the harsh words but I’ve been to plenty of them….worthless

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  36. I wasted 8 years seeing an Endocrinologist in Fredericksburg, Virginia (Dr. Zavadil). I consider him a quack. I never felt good under his care as he only prescribed T4 drugs (Synthroid). He prescribed a high dose of estrogen for hot flashed and not enough progesterone so that I developed endometrial hyperplasia which caused excessive bleeding even though I was past menopause. Even though I asked him to test for T3 which came back as insufficient, he refused to prescribe Cytomel. He knew nothing about balancing my hormones which to this day are still out of balance. So I stayed fatigued, gaining weight, depressed, irritable, and awful feeling. Of course, he wanted me to take antidepressants. I was on them for years and years and suffered memory loss as one of the side effects. Never again will I take an antidepressant. They are neural toxins for the brain. I fired him and had my internal doctor treat my thyroid. Another decade wasted by this doctor (Mohit Anand) who refused to prescribe Cytomel. I moved on to an integrative doctor who took insurance. She prescribed T3 and after a year started me on Low Dose Naltrexone to help with cell penetration. My complaint with that practice is that after 2 years, they still have not identified my thyroid problem. Am I hypothyroid, do I have autoimmune issues, thyroid resistance, or Hashimotos? They refused to give me blood tests to get to the source of my thyroid problems. What is wrong with these people? They will not identity the problem which means they cannot solve the problem. Instead, they want to treat my symptoms until I drop dead. I fired them too and am now awaiting another appointment with a Physician’s Assistant with Diabetes & Thyroid Associates in Fredericksburg, VA. I have no faith in any of these people, but what else can I do? It’s trial and error, hit or miss as decades pass by. The medical community has failed me and countless others. No wonder my adrenal glands are compromised due to the stress of trying to find a competent doctor who will identify the problem and solve the problem.

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    • So the LDN did not increase cell penetration of the T3 as hoped?
      My rT3 is very high, so taking T3 did zilch. Even taking iron does zero for my very low ferritin levels. I finally found an iron absorbed by my system, with lactoferrin. Im not energetic by any means, but after a week or so of it, I can feel the difference. I take a bottle a couple times a yr as Im not testing my ferritin levels now-no practitioner who would do it. They only test hemoglobin/hematocrit, which is useless.

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  37. The majority of Americans have no access to this cash system of care, as always, thruout history. The rich will get care, the masses will die, suffering first.
    Unless you have a great income, the percentage of your income needed to pay for care is way, way too high. And that’s sad that income and wisdom/education still are so disparate.

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  38. Dr. Childs,
    This is Mari Trejo. I am not even want to remember the years of suffering, anger, and frustration besides feeling very depressed and high anxiety, etc. Medications for what they said I had: phobias all kind, mentally disordered, family problems, all I needed was to getting married, and more nonsense diagnosed issues. Many years of coming to think I was loosing my mind. All this uncertainty took me to the darkest place of my life, to the point that I could not walk, eat, sleep, etc. Better stop here. Now, I have a sense of what I have, still taking antidepressants, and anxiety medications, and, of course, Livothyroxine. Now, thanks to technology and to doctors like you, I am more informed of what I might have, and what I can tryout for my hypothyroidism and probably Hashimotos. Looking for a doctor that will want to deal with my issues, and that can bring some good health to my life before my years stop.
    I know I have to take tests of all my endless health issues, and right now I have to start by knowing if I have Hashimotos Hypothyroidism, after this, hopefully start getting some of your products.
    Appreciate your concern and your valuable information.

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  39. No success with endos or PCP’s. Went to integrative and they are better. I would like to know how to loose the weight though. They have not helped me in that area. What tests do I need for that area of concern. I’m 66. Thanks, Dr Westin

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  40. I had a thyroidectomy three years ago, and for awhile I felt I was doing OK. Then, I got intractable hives which after many tests
    can’t be ascribed to any cause, hair loss, and always feeling cold. Doctors here won’t consider anything but Synthroid, and current endo won’t consider Cytomel. If I could find a source to buy natural thyroid, I would try it by myself.

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    • Chronic uritcaria (hives) are more common than you would think with hypothyroidism. The best way to deal with them is taking an antihistamine every day, such as Claritin or Zyrtec. You may want to consider an allergy shot if those do not help. The key is taking it everyday

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  41. I finally found a functional Dr here in MI that I like. I’ve tried3 others and decided to drive over an hour this time so far worth it. My lab numbers are doing great, got my antibodies from 489 to 67 using paleo and good supplements. I am seeing another endo soon for high cortisol but I’m sure it’s major anxiety and stress, hair loss has been horrible but lab numbers are good otherwise. Hopefully this endo has more sense. My PCP now thinks out of the box but lost about my cortisol.

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  42. I started seeing my Endo about 5 years ago. The first change he made was to incorporate Armour into my existing dosages of levo and cytomel. With the addition of Armour, I began to feel better. I can’t really explain it just an overall feeling of healthiness. So after a bit, I asked him if it was possible just to take Armour by itself without the synthetics. He said that would be fine and he decided on a dosage. I was taking 170 mg of Levothyroxine and 10 mg of cytomel. He put me on the dosage of 60 mg of Armour. I went back to see him on my follow-up visit and told him that I felt there was a problem with my dosage because I was putting on weight. He told me that he would not use thyroid medicine as a diet drug. He did agree to up my dosage to 90 mg. Following this, I lost my insurance and had no way to return for a visit. I kept feeling more lethargic, fatigue, and continued putting on more weight. I also had lost my job and could not afford Armour so I researched other options of natural thyroid. I found Nature’s thyroid and it’s cost was about a third of armor. I contacted his office and ask for them to please change my prescription to Nature Thyroid but it would have to be in a bit higher dosage because they did not make a 90. They agreed and I began taking Nature Thyroid. unfortunately my symptoms continued, so I began to do some research. I came across a conversion chart for switching from synthetic thyroid to natural thyroid. When analyzing this chart, I found that the amount of thyroid I should be taking was 146.25 mg. This opened my eyes and made sense of how I”d been feeling. I emailed my endo a copy of the chart and explained that I felt my dosage was incorrect. According to this my dosage was only two-thirds of what it should have been taking and this had been going on for over a year now. I had a new job and great insurance so I went for a physical with my primary care physician. He did blood work of course and when I went to see him, the first thing he asked was if I’d been feeling pretty run down. I said could be worse with a little snicker but I knew why I was feeling this way. I showed him the chart and he went on to tell me that my TSH level was a 45. I won’t go into this any further because anyone that has thyroid issues knows this is a serious problem. The biggest problem was that I had my thyroid removed and did radioactive iodine to kill the rest of the tissue due to thyroid cancer. I also have Hashimoto’s. So, no matter how hard the pituitary pushed for the thyroid to produce more there was no tissue there to do so. The condition had gotten so bad that when I did go for my blood work they took my temperature twice because of COVID of course and I found this strange. Out of curiosity, I asked the the office person what my temperature was. She stated my temperature was 94.8. My thyroid had been so low for so long and my body was responding best slowing everything including dropping my temperature to near hypothermic degrees. With is my research, I had found a condition called myxedema coma. This is a very serious condition and it’s brought on by untreated hypothyroidism. From what I had found, only about 50% of people who this hair’s to will survive. As you can imagine, my frustration was through the roof. I was angry. How could anyone do this? The problem with my endo is he is more concerned about how you feel than what blood work would tell you. At first I thought this was a great concept because of course we all want to feel great but in the end it didn’t really matter how I felt. He had not done blood work in a very long time and when I addressed the issue with him about feeling like my dosage was incorrect I was accused of wanting to use it as a diet drug. So I armed myself with a lot of information from mostly Medical abstracts. My primary care physician had changed my thyroid dosage to the 146.25 mg of Nature Thyroid when I had my physical. I made an appointment with my endo and in the meantime, all natural desecrated thyroid had been recalled. So I went to the appointment with my endo armed with all the knowledge that I had gained. I had decided that I wanted to try Tirosint since this was pure T4 without any fillers. I had found the calculation for people who have no thyroid after thyroidectomy and radioactive iodine based on their weight. The calculation showed that I should be on 195 mg of T4. I went into his office and as Dr Westin Child’s states he was not happy. I then was accused of not taking my thyroid as I’m supposed to causing such a high TSH. I was told that the issue with my weight was due to my diet. I was told that the thermometers that they used to take your temperature on your head are not accurate. Yet, I found this funny since his own nurse had used that method to take my temperature when I entered his office. He stated that he prescribes Armour and knows nothing of this Nature Thyroid that I was taking. Which didn’t matter since Armour was recalled also. I found this very odd since they are all versions of the same medication desiccated Pig thyroid. In the end, I was told that if I’m going to manage my own care, he refused to be my doctor any longer. He, also, knowing that my thyroid medication has been recalled did not prescribe me a different medication. He ordered blood work and told me to go see my primary care physician. I had asked for reverse T3 but instead there pot in for thyroid uptake. I was glad that he did not want to be my doctor any longer because obviously he was not very good at it. He wanted to hear nothing of what was incorrect instead he blamed everything on me. The funny thing is thar the truth is on my side because I can go to my pharmacy and get a printout of when I had my prescriptions refilled and I can go to the lab that he uses and pull all my lab work I’ve had in the last five years since I’ve seen him to prove that no blood work was done in a very long time and that I was taking my thyroid as directed. Its just mostly disheartening to me to have all of this blamed on me when there is clear evidence of his medicinal negligence. Every doctor knows you cannot dose thyroid without looking at where the blood work levels are. Yet he found this not to be important. Thank you Dr Westin Child’s for such a great article and it is very very true. I am taking the medication I requested but I’m not sure that I’m feeling that much better. My primary care physician only looks at TSH. He is not a good source for thyroid care. Funny thing is, my blood work is showing that I have no autoimmune any longer but my thyroglobulin is a 59, when it should be 0. We are both very concerned that my thyroid cancer has returned and may have metastasized at this point. I’m trying to find a doctor around here who is competent but that’s very difficult. I don’t want to go down this road again especially if my cancer has returned. I need someone who is very well-versed in this. Thank you all for listening and I hope that this helps others out there so they don’t end up in the same situation I am. I have great concerns of having reverse T3 issues that no one will test for or metabolic syndrome or any other number of issues that can come out of having a thyroid that is undertreated for so long. I am a obese for the first time in my life. I am 100 pounds heavier than I’ve ever been in my life. Even when pregnant, I did not weigh this much. The change in thyroid dosage does not seem to helping in taking any of the excess weight off. I think what angered me the most was that now I have to worry about diabetes, joint problems, heart problems, and all of the things that come along with obesity. I eat a very good diet. I love fresh fruits. I love a good salad. I never deserved this but this is my future at this point.

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  43. Everything mention, I have experienced first hand! I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and Graves, in 2015. Here it is 5 years later, 4 endocrinologist later, and none of the physicians at my family doctor’s office will do anything different. Every time I would see a new endocrinologist, one of the first things they mention is radioactive iodine or surgery. They rush me out the door instead of listening to anything I have to say. The Endocrinologist, I’m seeing now, has told I can diet and exercise but it’s not going to help. Food doesn’t play a role. Your levels are in range, therefore your anxiety isn’t being caused from your thyroid. I haven’t gotten so bad in my mental state that I’m causing them mental harm. I’m either frustrated to the max, crying, or so exhausted that I sleep days away. This isn’t fair to my four children and fiancé. I’m currently in search of a more open-minded Dr that takes insurance, because I just cannot live much longer like this!

    It makes me happy to see an educated physician coming out about the truth! Thank you for that!

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  44. Unfortunately that was exactly my experience with my Endo. I still see him to get my labs done. In the beginning he laughed every time I gave him a list of what I want tested. Mostly because I haven’t been able to get my hairloss under control. I’ve had to educate myself as well as advocate for myself. It’s been two years since my first visit. 1 and 1/2 years since my diagnosis of Hashimotos.
    I’m on a low dose Armour (had to fight for that) after a year on Levothyroxine. My symptoms (other than hairloss) were all mostly helped by going gluten/dairy/egg/refined oils & sugar free. He thought that was just insane. I now see an integrative doctor but have my labs done through my insurance with the Endo.
    Still looking for a solution to my intermittent hair loss. I’ve most likely lost 60% volume. If I go through another prolonged shedding period, I will no longer be able to hide it. Being a very young and active single 49 year old woman it’s just killing me. I know other people have it worse so I try to keep it in perspective. ☹️

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