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20 Signs That You Need a New Thyroid Doctor

Signs That You Need a New Thyroid Doctor

Guest Post from Mary Shomon

Locating an effective and knowledgeable thyroid doctor can seem like an unending quest. Many practitioners have a severe lack of understanding regarding thyroid health and proper treatment of it.

Many times we stick with a physician because we believe they’re the best we can find, but it’s important to remember that if a doctor is patronizing or compassion-challenged and they leave you feeling irritated and anxious rather than hopeful of healing, it may be time to find a new thyroid doctor.

Maybe your doctor’s bedside manner isn’t that bad, but here’s a list of other red flags to watch for.

If your doctor …

…says you’re fine, you just need an antidepressant

…advises you that you just need to get more sleep

…infers that you’re just using your thyroid as an excuse for being overweight

…suggests with a straight face that you consume far fewer calories – when you know that you’re already eating very little

…dismisses your concerns with “you’re just stressed and depressed”

…decides your TSH is “within normal limits,” so there’s no need to test further

…tells you that you need Radioactive Iodine (RAI) for mild hyperthyroidism, without discussing antithyroid drugs

…prescribes medication with the happy, “helpful” info that “all my other patients are taking it”

…suggests that taking “one little pill and you’ll be back to normal”

…advocates thyroidectomy as “easy” and/or “no big deal”

…says “I don’t prescribe T3 or natural thyroid because “it dissolves your bones” or “it’s outdated,” or “it’s not even on the market”

…tells you that thyroid cancer is”the good kind of cancer!”

…cracks a tasteless goiter joke

…makes light of hyperthyroidism’s typical weight loss symptom by declaring, “I wish I had a case of hyperthyroidism!”

…tells you to “Follow the Script” – or interrupts your visit to speak with a drug company rep

…discourages you from researching thyroid disease online because getting medical info from the Internet is “never a good idea”

…is dismayed to learn you read books by Mary Shomon, Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, Richard Shames, MD, or Sara Gottfried, MD and –gasp! — even follow them on the web

…interrupts your consultation time to take a calls, look at texts, or answer emails

…does a lot of talking, but very little listening

…makes you feel demeaned, patronized, or marginalized

Being aware of the signs of a poor practitioner, knowing the indicators of quality care, and having access to various resources to help you find appropriate thyroid professionals allows you to locate a doctor that not only treats your thyroid but optimizes it.

For resources on locating a knowledgeable thyroid doctor, read this.

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4 years ago

Add to the list the one that looks st you endearingly stating with a pained face “I have to see my next patient” whilst you are sitting there with floods of tears because you are exasperated to the point where you just can’t take any more unresponsive doctors

2 years ago
Reply to  Simone

Or looking at the clock and referring you back to GP as nothing endocrinology wise wrong with you…more tears and they wonder why we are nasty. I feel like a trapped animal with Tourette’s when I visit an endo lol

3 years ago

They look at their computer and act like they are falling asleep in boredom. Then they say we will check your labs.. get a call back and then he tells you we can discuss anti anxiety meds at your next appt.

2 years ago

All of the above! Now on combination T4/3 trial…you gave to be your own advocate

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