I was diagnosed with Hashimoto Thyoditis about 4 years ago. Working with a Doctor and Specialist is endless & I stiill know nothing.....
My Thyroid Journey
Let's start from the beginning. About 4 years ago, I was feeling tired, moody, gaining weight, and forgetting everything. 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 is to help prepare for the new happiness and take my daughter-in-law to see her doctor. So hey, things got busy. One day I thought; I am not feeling any better and soon things will get a hell of a lot busier; I am not getting any younger So it's time to go see my Doctor. Made my appointment. The doctor asked the usual questions and off to the Lab, I went. Lab results show my TSH levels were high- 14.620 normal range is 0.450 - 4,500, and I was Postmenopausal. Next step, I need to see an Endocrinologist and that requires a referral. Here we go, 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. My Doctor prescribed me Levothyroxine 50-MCG and to stop at the drug store and get Vitamin D3. She also tells me I need a sonogram done on my thyroid, but that requires another referral. 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. The only thing the Doctor tells me is she sees a few shadows that concern her, and she will do another sonogram in 6 months, and off I go. I take my meds every morning before breakfast and go on with my life. I still feel the same tiredness, weight gain, and so on. Then I get 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. When it's time for my refill on my meds I called my Primary care Doctor's office, to let them know what is happening, and I need my refill called in. The office tells me since I am a new patient, (I just have never been to see him 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 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 find me a new doctor that can see me right away. They make me an appointment.
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