Health Update Redux

I saw my doctor today and gave him the letter I mentioned in my last post.

Wait.  First and foremost, my doctor wanted to speak to me about the report from the endocrinologist I saw in May.  She reported that my thyroid is fine and I have psychological problems.

I really screwed myself by begging for a referral to an endocrinologist.  Who’s my doctor going to listen to now, the specialist with years of experience who is highly respected in her field, or the girl with psychological problems who has read a few medical journals?  I’ll give you three guesses.

So I gave him my letter.  He skimmed it briefly, and then gave it back.  I tried to give it to him again and he just put it on the corner of his desk.  I’m fairly certain it ended up in the garbage can before the door finished closing behind me.  But he agreed to prescribe the drug I wanted.  The only problem is that he gave me the lowest possible dosage, and told me to come back in 90 days.  You are supposed to stay on your starting dose for 2 weeks maximum before increasing, and he didn’t even do any blood work.

I told him I want to do a saliva cortisol test.  He said “those are extremely unreliable” and so it would be pointless.  I bought one from the pharmacist anyway.

So… I got what I wanted, technically.  It’s a shame, though.  He told me he had another patient taking Thyroid, and it “didn’t make her feel better”.  Well, no shit.  If you prescribe a medication incorrectly, IT’S NOT GOING TO WORK VERY WELL.

The good news is that I got an appointment with a doctor who is very highly recommended by thyroid patients.  (The bad news is that he only takes appointments on Tuesdays at 7am and he’s 30 minutes away from my house.  Yuck.)  My appointment is in October, so I only have to be treated inadequately for 2 more months.

I’m so done with doctors and our medical system.

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