My Personal Endocrinologist Conclusion Story

I went home from the endocrinologist consultation, and the first thing I did was look him up on the Internet. First of all, I found out he's a P.A.-C. I'm sure that's just as good as an M.D. or a D.O., and he's very qualified and competent treating people with diabetes because he has many patients who keep going back to him, but I personally feel more comfortable with an M.D.

Secondly, I found out that he saw only an occasional person with a thyroid problem. That almost explained everything. What it didn't explain was why he would want to have a patient's thyroid ripped out without any kind of biopsy taken first. Did he honestly not know people live with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis with nodules without any risk for lymphoma?

Lesson #1: I had read on several website pages that when looking for an endocrinologist to treat your thyroid, check out endocrinologist before making an appointment. Make sure he or she sees patients with thyroid problems on a regular basis.

Lesson #2: Don't fully trust the doctor who referred you if that's how you learned about seeing an endocrinologist. General practitioners, gynecologists, etc. know that endocrinologists do treat thyroid problems, but a lot of them don't realize that most endo-'s are diabetic specialists and treat the occasional thyroid patient.

Lesson #3: Many qualified websites said that not everyone with thyroid problems needs to have a nuclear scan. That it is mainly for people who have hyperthyroidism. If I would have just checked all this out before seeing this P.A.-C., whom my gynecologist referred me to, I could have saved myself a lot of time.

I wasn't going to go back to this guy. I was going to get myself a second opinion before letting my thyroid go, and this time I was going to do it right. I went on the Internet and typed in "thyroid doctor [my city and state]." One of the search results showed this: Specialty: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism. There was a list of doctors to choose from.

Before calling any of them, I decided to widen the search to thyroid doctor [my state]. BINGO! There was actually a thyroid institute in my state. I was very excited. The first thing I did was call my insurance carrier to make sure they covered second opinions; they did. So happily I made the call. I didn't care if it wasn't in my city and it would be a two hour drive—four hours if you count both ways—at least these endocrinologists would know what they were talking about.

In my next story, I will cover how the first appointment at a thyroid institute went.
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