(Closed) How did you get your hypothyroidism diagnosis?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

My best friend had hypothyroidism and was tested and treated by her PCP. I was once tested for it by my PCP while trying to uncover possibly root causes of my migraines, but I didn’t have it. You probably don’t need to see an endocrinologist, but if you do, you might as well wait for a referral from your PCP anyway.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I was referred to an endocrinologist and was diagnosed by blood work. Basically they test your TSH and if its too high, you have itI I have been on Synthroid for about 7 years or so and I am so much better! It sounds like you might have it based on your symptoms. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

<p>I was tested by both my general doctor and an endocrinologist. Hypothyroidism can be hard to pin down unless your test results are significantly high or low.</p><p>Every-other-time I get my blood tested, without fail, my thyroid is normal, or “slightly” on the low-end of normal. Never enough to prompt my doctor to do anything about it. Even though I too, have A LOT of the classic symptoms/signs.</p><p>But yeah basically it’s all blood work. Your family doctor can order the tests. </p><p>But fear not, it’s SUPER treatable. I know how you feel… I force myself (physically and mentally, I even cry sometimes) to work out, even though I’m often exhausted and sluggish. It really does help!</p>

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I was passed around from doctor to doctor because no-one really knew what was going on, the symptoms can be confusing and mimic a lot of other diseases. My symptoms were vision changes, menstrual changes, severe hair shedding (still dealing with that), dry skin, extreme fatigue and poor concentration. My endocrinologist finally looked at my TSH, FT3, FT4 and thyroid antibodies test results and put the picture together and diagnosed me with hashimotos hypothyroidism. Despite being on treatment by TSH levels tend to change wildly and I am still dealing with symptoms. PM me if you need any further info 😀

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Also wanted to add, my GP has now taken over care of my disorder. I actually find her much more understanding and clued in than the Endo. Don’t despair, this disorder does not need to be treated by an Endo if you do not have access to one.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I was diagnosed at age 12 because my maternal grandfather was diagnosed with it that year. His doctor suggested it was common to run in families and since my mom had noticed I had some of the same symptoms, I got tested. 

Since starting synthroid I haven’t had much trouble with my hypothyroidismt, minus the extra effort it’s taking for me to lose this darn extra weight! Le sigh. 

Good Luck gwith your results! 

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