Find Thyroid Disease Top Doctors NYC
When researching thyroid disease to either confirm your suspicions of a diagnosis or to find a specialist, you may come across an interesting and startling pattern.
Current thyroid patients who comment on websites or participate in online forums don’t typically see endocrinologists. Instead, they might mention seeing an internist, hormone specialist, a holistic provider, or even a gynecologist.
This treatment oddity raises the question – isn’t your thyroid gland part of your endocrine system? Why the absence of endocrinologist input?
A Matter of Priority
Yes, your thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system, but only part of it.
This system includes the:
- Adrenal glands
- Other organs and glands
As a rule, on a list like this, your thyroid ranks pretty low on the list of priorities unless you have an acute, sub-critical form of thyroid disease (i.e. thyroid cancer, Graves’ disease, thyroid storm, pregnancy-related hyperthyroidism).
Even in acute situations, thyroid disease is only handled by a small subset of endocrinologists. Most of these specialists focus on fertility treatment, osteoporosis, and diabetes treatment.
Considering that there are 4,000 practicing endocrinologists for 100 million Americans in need, it makes sense that you may want to look elsewhere for the medical help and support that you need to successfully manage your thyroid condition.
Divide and Conquer: The Best Treatment Strategy for Thyroid Disease
It actually takes two different types of specialists to treat and manage thyroid conditions.
If you have an acute form of the disease, by all means see an endocrinologist who specializes in treating emergent thyroid problems. If you are looking to manage or optimize treatment for a thyroid condition, talk to a hormone specialist.
Hormone specialists tend to be found in a variety of medical disciplines. This is why thyroid patients may allude to the fact that their doctor of choice is an internist, osteopath, or gynecologist, to name a few.
Of course, there are still endocrinologists that treat chronic thyroid conditions; they can just be hard to find. Use the American Thyroid Association’s “find a specialist” feature or “top docs directory” to locate your best treatment options in NYC.
Whomever you choose, make sure that they are addressing your concerns fully and not just providing cookie-cutter treatment, but customizing that treatment to you.
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