I was diagnosed with Hashimoto Thyroiditis about 4 years ago. Working with a Doctor and Specialist is a Journey....
My Thyroid Journey
Let's start from the beginning. I just found out I was going to be a grandmother for the first time and guess what, Twin girls. My son got married, and my new daughter-in-law moved in. My new duty was to help prepare for the new Babies and take my daughter-in-law to see her doctor. So hey, things got busy. One day I thought; I am not feeling like myself. I was feeling tired, moody, gaining weight, and forgetting everything. and soon things were going to get a hell of a lot busier; I am not getting any younger So it's time to go see a Doctor. I make an appointment with an OB/GYN. AT my appointment the doctor asked the usual questions and then sends me to the Lab for blood work. My lab results show my TSH levels were high- 14.620 normal range is 0.450 - 4,500, and I was Postmenopausal. The doctor says I need to see an Endocrinologist and that requires a referral. Off to the next step in my Journey...
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The appointment with my specialist. starts with the usual chat. Then she sends me to the lab to get the correct labs done (her words, not mine). When I see her get my results she informs me that my TSH is High and my Vitamin D is low. The Diagnosis is Hashimoto Thyroiditis. The Doctor prescribed me Levothyroxine 50-MCG and for me to stop at the drug store and buy Vitamin D3. She also tells me I need a sonogram done on my thyroid and that requires another referral. Not once did she explain to me what Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is or how I got it.
Days later, my referral is approved, and an appointment is made for the sonogram. The sonogram is done, what for it...... By my specialist in her office. During the sonogram, the Doctor tells me that she sees a few shadows that concern her, and she will do another sonogram in 6 months, and off I go. I start taking my medication every morning before breakfast and go on with my life. Nothing has changed I am still feeling tired, still gaining weight, and still have brain fog. I just do not feel like myself. Then I receive a letter from the Specialist telling me she is no longer taking my Insurance, and that I need to go to my Primary Care Doctor for treatment. Then it was time for my refill on my meds I called my Primary care Doctor's office, to let them know that I need a refill and explained what had happened with the specialist. My primary care physician's office informs me that I am a new patient and since I have never been seen in the office that they will not refill my meds and the next available appointment is in 2 months. Well, that is not going to work, I need a refill for my meds that I was told I will have to take for the rest of my life. Irritated and I did not know what the hell I was going to do; I call my Insurance, explain to them my situation and ask them what am I suppose to do. They decide that the best thing to do is to find me a new doctor that can see me right away. They find me a new primary care physician that can see me right away and make me an appointment. To Be Continued.
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