How To Find a Doctor To Treat Your Hypothyroidism
Finding a doctor who will treat hypothyroidism sounds like it would be a simple task. In truth, it’s more complicated than a lot of patients have been led to believe. Why? Many doctors, even endocrinologists, will refuse to treat the condition if your test results are in “normal range.”
The problem is that your test results may be normal, but you can still have hypothyroidism. How is this possible? Blood tests for thyroid conditions only check certain components of thyroid function. To find, diagnose, and treat your symptoms early, you need to find a thyroid-savvy specialist.
Standing on Common Ground
Ascertaining whether or not you have hypothyroidism is a frustrating and often debilitating problem. The good news in all of this is that other people have been exactly where you are right now.
Other patients who have struggled with hypothyroidism are great resources to use if you are trying to locate an attentive thyroid specialist.
Here are some of the underactive thyroid symptoms you might be having even if your test results are normal:
- Weight gain of 30 pounds or more over the last 4 to 6 months
- Difficult or disruptive sleep for several days followed by days of 16+ hours of sleep
- Increased exhaustion during the day, while only achieving 2 to 4 hours of sleep a night
- Unexplained anxiety, panic, and depression
- Difficulty concentrating or focusing
- Frequent headaches
- Freezing cold feet and hands
- Thinning hair and dry skin
These symptoms can develop over several months or several years. Either way, you could suffer from them for several months while trying to find treatment.
Advocate; Don’t Give Up
It’s not uncommon for undiagnosed patients to get discouraged. Our best advice is to find an online forum or support group for thyroid patients.
These resources are invaluable sources of information, specialist recommendations, and encouragement. These are all things patients, even prospective ones, sorely need in order to keep going.
Do not try to self-medicate your thyroid problem. Taking this route is not only dangerous, it can be life-threatening. Instead, act on the referral information given to you by other patients.
Typically, patients can go to five or more doctors before they find one who is willing to listen and begin treating their thyroid condition. Hopefully, this statistic improves going forward.
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