Top 10 Resources To Find A Great Thyroid Doctor in 2013

How To Find a Great Thyroid Doctor

This New Year’s Eve I have a very important wish.

I wish each and every one of you finds a great thyroid doctor.

When I was at my lowest point with extreme hypothyroidism symptoms after my miscarriage in early 2009, I had the great fortune of finding Dr. Adrienne Clamp. From my very first appointment with Dr. Clamp, I knew she was the perfect thyroid doctor for me. She got me so healthy that I got pregnant naturally with my second son and gave birth to him in October 2010. She changed my life. Dr. Clamp, you ROCK!

I had the fortune of finding a great thyroid doctor. I wish the same for all of you. Let’s see if we can make 2013 the year of great thyroid health for each and every one of us!

How To Find A Great Thyroid Doctor

I don’t personally endorse any of the doctors listed. The goal of this post is to provide resources that will help you find a great thyroid doctor in your area.

How to know if you’ve found a great thyroid doctor?

  • They treat the patient not the lab results. Find a doctor who investigates not only your blood work, but also your hypothyroidism symptoms, medical history, family history and physical signs.

1. Mary Shomon’s Top Thyroid Doctors Directory

Internationally-known and best selling author Mary Shomon has a Top Thyroid Doctors Directory which provides an extensive list of top doctors in the United States and internationally. The doctors listed are endocrinologists, thyroid specialists, thyroid surgeons, thyroidologists, integrative physicians, and other practitioners who have been highly recommended by patients. Mary’s book Living Well with Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You… That You Need to Know changed my life.

2. Thyroid Sexy Patient Recommended Docs

Gena Lee Nolin is the first internationally-known celebrity to tackle thyroid disease awareness. I love following Gena’s Thyroid Sexy Facebook page where she has a great list of thyroid doctors recommended by her followers – Thyroid Sexy Patient Recommended Docs. Gena partnered with Mary Shomon to write the excellent book Beautiful Inside and Out: Conquering Thyroid Disease with a Healthy, Happy, “Thyroid Sexy” Life.

3. ThyroidChange Patient-Recommended Thyroid Doctor List

ThyroidChange provides great international patient-recommended thyroid doctor lists. The practitioners listed meet the following criteria:

1. Willing to order thyroid labs such as Free T3, Free T4, and Reverse T3 in addition to TSH and thyroid antibodies, and is responsive to patient symptom report.

AND

2. Willing to prescribe natural desiccated thyroid medication, T3-only medication (Cytomel) and/or combination methods, such as T4-only (Synthroid) and T3-only (Cytomel).

4. Your Thyroid Pharmacist’s Recommended Clinicians and Health Coaches

Dr. Izabella Wentz wrote the excellent book Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause. Dr. Wentz is currently building an international list of top doctors – Recommended Clinicians & Health Coaches.

5. Stop The Thyroid Madness Online Patient Groups

Stop the Thyroid Madness lists several great patient groups. When on any group, put your location in the subject line when requesting doctor recommendations. The recommended patient groups include international groups in Europe, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand and a group for Spanish speakers. In particular, the Natural Thyroid Hormones International group on Yahoo contains a private and extensive Good Doc list, and they are strict about who gets on it, for example they have to be willing to prescribe natural desiccated thyroid, do the free T3 and free T4 labs and NOT only a TSH, and listen to symptoms. The founder Janie Bowthorpe wrote the popular book Stop the Thyroid Madness: A Patient Revolution Against Decades of Inferior Treatment.

6. About.com Top Thyroid Doctors Forum

Mary Shomon moderates an interactive Top Thyroid Doctors Forum on About.com Thyroid Disease. You can request top thyroid doctor recommendations by state or country.

7. Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner

Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease using a whole person approach. The Institute for Functional Medicine provides an international list of practitioners who have trained with IFM – Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner.

8. RLC Labs Nature-Throid & WP Thyroid Doctor Locator

RLC Labs manufactures the natural desiccated thyroid brands Nature-throid and WP Thyroid. They provide a Thyroid Doctor locator site where you can find doctors that prescribe their thyroid hormone replacement drugs throughout the US by state or zip code.

9. Armour Thyroid Doctor Locator

Here is a site where you can locate doctors who prescribe the natural desiccated thyroid brand Armour by US state, city, or zip code.

10. Compounding Pharmacy Directory

There are compounding pharmacies worldwide that produce natural desiccated thyroid using the raw natural desiccated thyroid powder. Contact compounding pharmacies in your area and ask for referrals to doctors who prescribe compounded natural desiccated thyroid. Here is a directory for compounding pharmacies in the US. I’ve heard from readers around the world who have had great success in locating great doctors by calling local pharmacies and compounding pharmacies to ask for the names of doctors who prescribe T3 and natural desiccated thyroid.

A special thank you to Mary Shomon for including Hypothyroid Mom on her Thyroid Cheers and Jeers: 2012 Edition at About.com Thyroid Disease. What a special way to end the year!

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About Dana Trentini

Who knew that little butterfly-shaped thyroid gland at the base of my neck could affect my life so completely? I founded Hypothyroid Mom in memory of the unborn baby I lost to hypothyroidism. Winner of two 2014 WEGO Health Activist Awards: Health Activist Hero & Best In Show Twitter. *Hypothyroid Mom includes Affiliate links. Connect with me on Google+

Comments

  1. Cynthia Mehall says:

    Wonderful information, and I’m using Mary’s doctor list to find one for myself – finally getting health insurance after being without for 5 years! I had the radioactive iodine/scan done when I was 16 (I’m 52 now) and have been on both Armour and Synthroid. I won’t go back to Synthroid, due to bad side-effects. Hopefully I will be able to find a doc who will work with me on getting back to normal! Thank you for all the work that you do!

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Thank you Cynthia. I appreciate your comment very much. I love hearing from readers. Best of luck in finding a new doctor. Happy New Year to you. I am happy you found Hypothyroid Mom.

  2. THANK YOU HYPOTHYROID MOM. Just got my update from my doc. He says my test results on my thyroid are all fine. I had to force them to take a look at reverse T3 and reverse T4 and antibodies tests. I am following up with their office to ask for a copy of the test just to make sure the tests were in fact done and to analyze the numbers myself.

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Peter – Now I can tell you are true Hypothyroid Mom reader. You aren’t just trusting your doctors that your lab results are “fine”. Great. Yes get the lab results and take a look at the normal reference ranges and see where your scores fall for each. The old TSH lab standards that many mainstream doctors are still using is 0.5 to 5.0. Many have no clue that the updated TSH range is 0.3 to 3.0. Check where yours falls. Also, check your Free T4 and Free T3 levels and see where in the range they fall. Many doctors are satisfied when our levels are at the bottom of the range, however many of us feel better when they are higher. For example, for myself, I feel best when my Free T3 is in the top 25% of the normal range. Best of luck!

  3. Thank you for all the resources that you have compiled. I have been struggling with the effects of hypothyroidism for 13 years. I just recently switched doctors for the umpteenth time after my internist refused to talk to me about trying some T3. I’ve gained 100 pounds. I eat a well balanced low fat diet. I now have absolutely no energy. My health has declined to the point that I’m pre-diabetic, depressed as usual, fatty liver disease, elevating blood pressure, and sleep apnea,. I feel the only person out there that believes me that I’m not eating myself to death is my counselor of 8 years. And I need her to keep me from beating myself up for what I cannot control. I will spend a lot of time going through your resources to help me deal with this struggle. Hopefully this new endocrinologist will work with me to figure out what we can do to improve my overall health and energy levels.

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Karma, I am so happy you found me at Hypothyroid Mom. It is time to find a new thyroid doctor Karma and I hope my post helps you find one in your area. It is doctors like this that refuse to test Free T3 and treat us that has resulted in so many hypothyroid patients to suffer needlessly. Don’t give up looking for a new thyroid doctor. Keep in touch and let me know how you are doing on your journey.

  4. Thank you very much, Dana. Happy new year! Hypothyroid Mum is so helpful. If someone from Europe is reading this: there is a wonderful doctor in Germany, Dr. Brakebusch, Konstanz.

  5. Dana Trentini says:

    Thank you to Jen for including a link to this post on her blog omnomnomnivore! http://www.omnomnomnivore.com/2013/01/09/understanding-inadequate-thyroid-care/#comment-130

  6. Dana Trentini says:

    Thank you Sarah Downing for including a link to Hypothyroid Mom in your guest blog post at ThyroidChange and in your blog Butterflies & Phoenixes. Much appreciated!

    http://www.thyroidchange.org/how-to-be-a-good-doctor-10-patient-tips/

    http://sarahjdowning.com/2013/03/01/how-to-be-a-good-doctor-10-patient-tips/

  7. I was diagnosed with graves in 2005 weighing 115lbs. Now in 2013 I weigh 209 and cant get the weight off. I have been on Levothyroxine since 2005. My dr. said the hair and weigh loss, hand shaking, heart palpatation would stop and go back to normal. The hand shaking and weight loss stopped but my dr tells me I need to loose weight and I am pre diabetic. Of course she tells me its all in my head. I am in wichita, ks and there is no dr on your list. I am desperate for help

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hi Devon, weight issues and pre-diabetes are sadly issues with hypothyroidism. You can diet and exercise all you want but if you have a thyroid condition, you won’t resolve your weight issues unless it is optimally treated. The thyroid gland regulates metabolism so of course we suffer weight issues! You need a new doctor. Here is a list of doctors in Wichita from Mary Shomon’s top thyroid doctor directory. Also feel free to join my Hypothyroid Mom Facebook page. Readers post questions for doctor recommendations in their area on my wall and readers share their recommendations. It is a great community growing there. You are always welcome.

      http://www.thyroid-info.com/topdrs/kansas.htm

  8. Angie Kirkpatrick says:

    I have been battling for years. I was diagnosed with depression a dozen times. I finally met Dr. Kadambi. My thyroid was 3 times the size it should be and my hormone levels were out of control. I have a ways to go, a lot to learn but I am blessed to finally have answers. I apperciate your site. Thank you!

    • Angie Kirkpatrick says:

      I found your site on Thyroid Sexy on faceboook. Its a great “friend” to have :)

      • Dana Trentini says:

        So great to hear from you Angie. Thanks. It’s great that you found a great doctor and you are on the road to healing. I love hearing stories like that. And absolutely yes I am amazed that Gena Lee Nolin shared links to Hypothyroid Mom on her Thyroid Sexy Facebook page. That’s crazy!! Who would have thought all those years ago when I watched her on the TV Show “Baywatch” that she’d be talking about me to her fans. Surreal!

  9. Thanks for giving me hope. I am waiting to see Dr. Clamp. All of my bloodwork is coming back normal but I have a family history of thyroid disease and have all the symptoms. I was told today (after I told my endocrinologist that something is not right) “sorry I can’t help you”. Isn’t that your job??!! Totally given up on. I am concerned about the cost of Dr. Clamp since she doesn’t take insurance. It is also a long drive from my house. I just hope she will use my family history and symptoms to help me get better. Thanks for the hope.

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Becca, I’m happy you are seeking a second medical opinion. When you have a family history of thyroid disease and you have symptoms yourself, you need to be an advocate for yourself and find someone who does a comprehensive examination to see what’s going on for you. Best of luck :)

  10. CALIFORNIA-BAY AREA Dr Kenneth Rebong
    16375 Monterey Rd Suite A, MOrgan Hill, Ca
    408-778-5090
    I saw Dr Rebong when I was on my “death bed” Synthroid (T4 only) for 25 years and I was hitting Peri-menopause. He had me do a Saliva Test, Blood Work, put me on a Vitamin regimen and this was after spending so much time listening and trying to figutre out what was the core problem for me. He is AWESOME!! He put me on COMPOUNDED Thyroid and I couldnt be happier. I have my life back!

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Lynn, Thank you so much for sharing your recommended doctor’s information. For all the Morgan Hill, California and nearby residents reading my blog, they will be so happy that you shared this information. Thank you!

    • Thank you, Lynn! I live in nearby Gilroy so I’ll give Dr. Rebong’s office a call to see if I can get in to see him. You have no idea how many phone calls I’ve made only to find out that the doctors don’t work with patients interested in anything but synthetic thyroid medications.

      Thank you, Dana, for this wonderful blog!

      • Dana Trentini says:

        Best of luck Dawn finding a good doctor. There are gems out there and it’s worth it to search for them.

  11. Robin Thompson says:

    Hi Dana, I had surgery in dec and here it is June and my levels are still abnormal, my tsh is 2.28 so still on to much medication and it seems they should have it regulated after 6 months do depressed and sad because my hair is coming out in handfuls every time I wash it. I am so scared I am going to lose all my hair . And even when they get it regulated it still may continue to come out because that is a side effect from thyroid medicine. I don’t fully understand all about thyroid just enough to be dangerous . I was hoping you could e-mail me. They removed my thyroid and told me I was hyper and had hoshimoids spelled wrong sorry so I do understand about testing t3 t4 but my doctor said you don’t go by that just the tsh, not crazy about this endo but don’t know what else to do. I just want my hair back , I pray it will stop coming out not sure mentally where I am going to be. Please help with any advise you have . Thanks so much

  12. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease when I found a rather large lump on my neck. Went to my GP, who sent me to the ENT dr and then I requested to be sent to an endo that a friend recommended. The Endo dr looked at my labs that my gp sent over. TPO was normal and antithyroglobulin AB was 1917. The last labs my endo dr ordered were TSH which is 1.00. The lab used the reference range of 0.40-4.50 miU/L. He tested for Free T4 which was 1.2. Ref range is 0.8-1.8 ng/dL. I also have a vitamin D deficiency at only 18 so he put me on a weekly 50,000 unit pill. He’s also testing lipids, comprehensive metabolic panel, and cbc. I thought I had a good doctor, but have never really had to do anything but come every 6-12 months for a new blood test. He said my thyroid was working fine, so no meds at this time, but did not like my 3+ cm nodule in my throat. I didn’t want it removed so he said he would watch it and as long as a biopsy came back fine, (which it did, he biopsied 4 nodules) and it didn’t grow, he would continue just watching it. I feel tired, sluggish, achy, etc., but I’ve always felt that way for like 15 years. I thought it was because i was overweight. On a side note, every doctor I ever went to told me my thyroid felt extremely large, for at least the last 15 years but not one of them did anything else run the standard test which was normal. I’m in my 50′s and in my 30′s was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and I now take Effexor and Lorazepam. A CT scan I had for an unrelated problem showed my nodule pushing on my trachea so my doctor immediately ordered a CT scan of my thyroid, and I mean immediately. It’s 11 cm long and is growing down into my throat and moving my trachea. He has scheduled me for removal of total thyroid. I’m scared because I live in a small town. He says the surgeon is good, he has done over 100 thyroid surgerys but some say that’s not enough. That he isn’t experienced enough. By the way, the surgeon is a thoracic surgeon. My dr wanted that because of its growth going into my throat. I have a consult with the surgeon Monday. So…do I have a good dr? He didn’t ask about family history, but I told him. Mom has goiters and grandmother had thyroid problems. He did ask if I have tingly feet/hands and if I had trouble swallowing. Not much else as far as I can remember. He is one, however, that will prescribe armour if you don’t do well on the synthetic one. I won’t be taking any pills until my surgery is over but I’m going to request the natural one to begin with. On what little I’ve told you, does he sound thorough enough. I do plan on going into his office before my surgery and ask him how he plans to treat me, which tests he will run and how often, and if he isn’t running the recommended ones, will he, etc… Also, will I still have hashimoto’s if I have my thyroid completely removed? I live in Tulare, CA which is in the Central Valley of California. My doctor practices in Hanford, another small town about 30 minutes from where I live. My surgery would be in Hanford. Anyone have any names of good surgeons and endo doctors in this area. Maybe mine will be on there. I just don’t know enough about this disease to know if my doc is knowledgeable, but I am trying to equip myself with knowledge. Do you have any suggestions for me?
    Thank you. So glad I found this site.

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hi Susan,
      I apologize for the delay in responding. Somehow I did not see your message until now that I went through and noticed yours was left unanswered. Did you have your surgery? How are you doing?

  13. I desperately need help for my wife. She has had a thyroid condition since childhood, first hyper then in her late teens, hypo. She suffers daily. Chronic pain, weakness to the point of not being able to move, mental dysfunction, anemia are just the tip of the iceberg. We do not have insurance, we don’t qualify for help from the state, there are no clinics that will address the issue further than standard tests. She feels like she is dying. Her heart goes into a racing pattern and she wants to die at times. She wants to be able to work, spend time with our grandchildren, and to feel able to have a normal day. Please help me help her, she is a wonderful woman and I can’t watch her suffer like this everyday. She has been on 200mcg of levothyroxine for 15 years but in the past 3 years she started having debilitating symptoms. Last month the free clinic lowered her dose to 100mcg and she literally can’t function. She can’t form words at times, can’t carry a thought, stutters from frustration and is hurting more than ever. The hospital won’t help either, they told me she had to be in either a thyroid storm or myxodema state in order for the E.R. to do anything. We barely have enough money to live on, please, are there any doctors who do pro bono in the Tennessee or Virginia areas? I can’t lose my wife, she is my heart and soul.
    Thank you,
    Brian

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Brian,

      I am so sorry what’s happening to your wife. It makes me so upset that doctors refuse to help patients who are clearly suffering on their thyroid medication. One, she needs more comprehensive testing including beyond just TSH to include also at a minimum Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, thyroid antibodies, adrenals, ferritin, and D3.

      Two, Levothyroxine is the most commonly prescribed drug for hypothyroidism but this drug alone often fails to properly help many of us.

      http://hypothyroidmom.com/which-is-the-best-thyroid-drug-for-hypothyroidism/

      I wish I knew doctors personally in your area to help your wife. I wonder if it would be worth it to go through the resources in this article and call the doctors in your area with your wife’s situation to ask what they recommend she do. There may be doctors willing to do pro bono given her circumstance. I feel so terribly because I don’t know what to suggest. Even if there was a way to get in to see one of these doctors and pay out of pocket if necessary for a couple of visits to get her on the right medication.

    • Hi Brian you can contact Gimel on medhelp website. He keeps a list of doctors in various areas that are willing to prescribe thyroid medications other than synthroid. It may be that your wife needs a medication with direct T3 such as Armour, NatureThroid, or Cytomel.

  14. Hello…..I am very happy to have found this site. I have had two miscarriages and have thyroid family history …..can you recommend a doctor or a list in New Jersey….thnak you

  15. I have been on Levothyroxine for 2.5 years. I eat extremely healthy (I was diagnosed with breast cancer 2.5 years ago). I am cancer free. Since I’ve been on thyroid medication, my weight keeps increasing. I work out for an hour a day and walk no less than 1.5 hours everyday. Being overweight is unacceptable to me and my oncologist wants me to lose weight. The cycle is depressing. I am considering Natural Thyroid supplements and even a more aggressive eating uhaul. Please any help would be welcomed. I am 57 years old and have never had a weight problem. When I was initially diagnosed with thyroid, I was told it wasn’t to far off from being in a normal range, I wish I went with my intuition not to take Levothyroxine.

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hi Lori,

      I was struck by your message. I wrote an article about the controversial connection between breast cancer and hypothyroidism.

      http://hypothyroidmom.com/is-your-thyroid-killing-you-breast-cancer/

      Levothyroxine drugs are the number one drug prescribed for hypothyroidism. They help some but not all of us. There are other options. Thanks to natural desiccated thyroid, in my case I take Nature-throid, I got my life back and I’ve living well again. Now there is no one right drug for everyone. We all react differently to the ingredients in the different medications but it’s worth it to find a doctor listed in the resources in this article to explore natural desiccated thyroid with them.

      http://hypothyroidmom.com/thyroid-hormone-replacement-drug-madness/

      One of the key issues is that TSH is often the only test done but this one test doesn’t give a full picture and leaves many undiagnosed and others insufficiently treated. At a minimum testing should include Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, thyroid antibodies, adrenals, full iron panel and D3. The thyroid glands plays an important role in metabolism so unless you get optimal thyroid treatment you can struggle on diets and exercise plans without success because the thyroid is not being properly treated. So that’s the first place to start.

      http://hypothyroidmom.com/top-5-reasons-doctors-fail-to-diagnose-hypothyroidism/

      The key is that TSH is often the only test

  16. Having daily hives, achy, flu like…..have. 3 cm thyroid nodule….been to 5 doctors now since the hives started 3 months ago…..finally a allergist/immunologist has ordered a full thyroid panel….waiting for results….he is also testing me for other autoimmune dxs…feel so frustrated and alone…the allergist is trying me on colchicine along w/ antihistimine cocktail….goal is to stop having so many angioedema and hive episodes…I also have noticed that despite working out and eating mostly healthy…. That I am slowly gaining weight….assuming this also could be related to the euthyroid hashimoto dx….I find this blog very helpful and supportive…. Thanks to all that participate and share ideas etc….

  17. Good day! This is my 1st comment here so I just
    wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I really enjoy reading through your
    posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go
    over the same subjects? Thanks a ton!

  18. Do You Have A List For Atlanta,GA.? Thyroid Doctors

  19. Diane, I wish I’d found your wonderful site in time to include it in my book, *Thyroid Resurrection: From dead to dynamic without drugs*! Maybe next edition?

    My own journey with my dead thyroid (now perfectly normal, thank you very much), joined up with Fibromyalgia Road at the Endocrine Junction. My thyroid didn’t die on its own–there was another culprit. There are profound connections, it appears, between the adrenals, fibro, hypometabolism, hypothyroidism, cancer and diabesity. What a ride this has been!
    Please check out *T Rex* (my pet name for this book) at thepackpress.com or at katandwolff.com. It comes in trade paperback but also in any e-book form. I came to realize that vast numbers of us may be in a similar health trap and had to publish what I seem to have discovered. To your good health!

  20. I find it sad that the list of doctors in Canada who will treat Hypothyroid patients properly is only 30 Doctors … how many millions of people are there in Canada? Only 3 doctors within 1.5 hours of where I am from :(

  21. Hi there – I am currently living in Germany and I need to find a doctor here that will treat me with desiccated thyroid. I have a wonderful doctor in the states that has begun my treatment and I want to keep as my primary doctor. However due to the SOFA agreement we are not allowed to have medications mailed here for us and I can not find a pharmacy here that sells desiccated thyroid. So, I am looking for any and all suggestions. Thank you

  22. Hi there, firstly thanks for a fantastic site. I have suffered from an excessive fatigue issue for many many years now (plus many other symptoms but dont want to make this any longer than it will be lol) and so to cut a long story short I have returned to Drs this year to try and seek answers once again and get my life back.

    My TSH last week came back at 1.26 and considered normal. At the time of the test I had requested my Dr to also do the other tests ie FT3/FT4/TPOab/TgAb etc but she said there was no point at that stage. Obviously I didnt agree but went with the flow and thought I would try again later when other results are back. BUT since that appointment with my Dr I have also found out that I have a strong family history on my fathers side of hypothyroidism (he has been on thyroxine for over 25 years, his mother also had thyroid issues and so has my half brother) given this family history are the other tests something that would normally be considered without second thought if a strong family history is evident even with normal TSH? Just trying to find a good way to convince my Dr to run them without trying to preach to her as we know how Drs can be when you say you came ‘across something online’ (obviously I realise that the tests are warranted from my symptoms alone but I wondered if the a ‘family history’ will help convince her to do them? Sorry for the long story!) On speaking with my father who I had not seen for 36 years he said that when I was explaining my health issues it was like I was describing him before being diagnosed…. hence why I at least want these tests to confirm or rule it out as now I know of the history I cannot put it out of my mind until I know for sure. Any thoughts on the Family History side are greatly appreciated :)

  23. Tim Smith says:

    I am writing on behalf of my wife she is in her mid 60′s, she has in the past diagnosed with depression, she is on anti depressants, along with a whole long list of other medications. She was diagnosed a couple of years ago with dementia because she was struggling with simple tasks, forgetting things like where she left her keys or her wallet etc. She finally had to stop working her part time job because she couldn’t keep up with the tasks involved (nothing that difficult for her in the past). Our primary Dr. referred her to a Neurologist who has been treating her for dementia, She has had an MRI of the
    Brain, 2 separate EEG’s all of which didn’t show any abnormalities that we were told of. Her neurologist has her on 2 different Alzheimer’s medications one of which the Dr. just increased the dosage of to the maximum, she stills gets confused (the meds. don’t seems to be helping her at all if any). She has suffered with low energy levels for a long time in the past when we asked to have her Thyroid checked the Dr. always said everything was within normal limits, we don’t know what exact tests were performed. On one occasion not too long ago I was talking to Our primary Dr. and he said something that has stuck with me…he “said there must be an underlying reason for her symptoms” that is something that has stuck in my mind. I know that the Thyroid has to do with many different functions physical, mental, psychological and that if it isn’t working optimally it can cause a host of symptoms. My wife has always been fairly mechanically inclined and has always had jobs that required eye hand coordination, she used to Crochet in the past and would sit and crochet a baby blanket in a week or so, she no longer can do the simplest of crocheting or many things she never had problems doing, it seems like the symptoms she has have come on over the last few years. It’s very scary and very frustrating for both of us. Do you think it could be her Thyroid causing the problems and issues she is having? The neurologist had some blood work ups done
    I don’t know exactly what they where but it did show she was Vitamin D 3 deficient.
    Our neighbor’s Daughter was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes and now works as a Diabetic instructional Nurse (RN) we are going to visit the Endocronology Dr. she works with to have more definitive Blood tests performed, do you think this is something that is a good idea? Please let me know what you think. Thank you!

  24. Karyl Raber says:

    I have to give a shout-out to Crysty Frick, a NP at Aspen Chiropractic & Wellness in Peoria, AZ. She has been absolutely AMAZING, and makes a point of keeping up with the latest in thyroid research.

  25. My wife has hashi’s and next week she is having her thyroid removed. After her telling me about her doctor’s and how they just blow her off and up her dose of synthroid. Ive been doing my own research and have found countless blog’s about how hard it is to find a “good” doctor. That is why i am posting to this hoping to get a good recommendation. We live in southern California in Ventura county. I HATE hashi’s and what it is doing to my love. I want to help her but all i can do is be there for her.

  26. How much does it typically cost to get a blood panel like this done? We’re thinking about trying to conceive and I want to make sure I’m not hypothyroid because I understand there are birth defects/complications that can coincide with this condition? The only symptom I experience is breakthrough menstrual bleeding, which I believe is a residual effect of the copper IUD that seemed to have messed up my hormones. Does low progesterone and hypothyroid usually go hand in hand, or can you have one without the other? Please advise. Thanks!

  27. How much does it typically cost to get a blood panel like this done? We’re thinking about trying to conceive and I want to make sure I’m not hypothyroid because I understand there are birth defects/complications that can coincide with this condition? The only symptom I experience is breakthrough menstrual bleeding, which I believe is a residual effect of the copper IUD that seemed to have messed up my hormones. Does low progesterone and hypothyroid usually go hand in hand, or is it possible to have one without the other? Please advise. Thanks!

  28. If you are looking for a GREAT thyroid doctor in the Tampa area, let me recommend Dr. Emilio Perez and his staff at Age Management Optimal Wellness Center. I initially went in for help with my weight and after explaining my symptoms, he recommended I get a full thyroid panel done. OMG! When my results finally came back and he went over them, I was scared to death. He was very reassuring though, telling me that he would be able to help me through supplementation, naturally compounded T3 and T4 pills and other protocols he uses. I was very skeptical at first but that lifted almost immediately when I started feeling everything begin working. I have now been with them for a little over four months and can honestly say I don’t know how I ever lived without them and do not want to even try from here on out. I couldn’t recommend them more!

  29. If you are looking for a GREAT thyroid doctor in the Tampa area, let me recommend Dr. Emilio Perez and his staff at Age Management Optimal Wellness Center. I initially went in for help with my weight and after explaining my symptoms, he recommended I get a full thyroid panel done. OMG! When my results finally came back and he went over them, I was scared to death. He was very reassuring though, telling me that he would be able to help me through supplementation, naturally compounded T3 and T4 pills and other protocols he uses. I was very skeptical at first but that lifted almost immediately when I started feeling everything begin working. I have now been with them for a little over four months and can honestly say I don’t know how I ever lived without them and do not want to even try from here on out. I couldn’t recommend them more! You can visit their website at http://www.agemanagementoptimalwellness.com/thyroid.html if you want to see what their program consists of.

  30. Hi Janice, I too am looking forward to the Thyroid Summit. I’ll be spreading the word to my followers over the coming weeks. Thanks anyway. Enjoy the summit.

  31. Hi Janice, I agree the Thyroid Summit will be a great event. I’ll be spreading the word to my followers over the coming weeks. Thanks anyway. Enjoy the summit.

  32. If you feel like you may have a thyroid issue or any kind of hormonal imbalance, it is always best to seek the advice of a specialist in the field. Age Management & Optimal Wellness Center is a clinic in Tampa Florida that specializes in such disorders. Many of our patients come in after being “treated” by their primaries or other doctors who do not specialize in this field. Often times their symptoms actually become more severe and the physician who they originally see will tell them to find a specialist because they do not have a proper understanding of such disorders.

    Our advice is to go to a clinic that uses compounded t3 and t4, as well as other medications and natural remedies, to treat your thyroid disorder. You also want to find a clinic that runs a FULL panel of blood tests because, as explained in the article, thyroid disorders can often be treated as a different disease all together and vice versa. A full panel should include free t3, reverse t3, free t4, TSH, your Sex hormones as well as other tests, but make sure that these ones are definitely included. Make sure that their program includes techniques that can be customized to your individual needs because, as you know, thyroid disorders can’t usually be treated through a one-size-fits-all approach. A majority of your blood work should be covered by your insurance in most instances so don’t let them skimp you on your health overview. This is the best way to evaluate what is going on inside your body and will tell the doctor the safest and best way to treat your illness. Many clinics also offer free consultations so take advantage of this and check out multiple clinics until you find one that makes you feel comfortable. If you would like more information on our thyroid disorder beliefs, you can find them at http://www.agemanagementoptimalwellness.com/thyroid.html .

    I hope this information was able to help some of you begin your journey in becoming the healthier, happier you. I will check in with this post regularly to comment if you comment on my post and would like any questions answered, I would be happy to do so. Otherwise, have a great day and good luck with correcting your thyroid disorders!

  33. Hello, sorry to burst anyone’s bubble at least anyone from the NY area but I have been through Mary about.com list of doctors and hate to tell you they are each a worse nightmare then the one before, particularly the one she has at her talks and interviews. Another I paid $400 out of pocket for absolutely NOTHING. Another was just clueless and said she didn’t know why she was on the list.
    Others I have been to have been since removed from her list. One I remember falling over literally in front of her in her chair and she looking at my paper work like it was the last thing she wanted to deal…still searching in NYC. For a prescribing doc who will work with me.

  34. Lisa Pavin says:

    I’m sorry!!! Found it on your site…..thank you!!

  35. Ugh, I am really bummed to hear this. I have given up on my current dr and am looking now… there must be competent doctors in NYC who give a damn about their patients! Let’s keep searching…

  36. I have been diagnosed with hashimotos hypo and thyroid nodules. My hair is thinning and I have been through biopsies and scans every 6 months. Luckily my biopsy has come out negative. All my doctor will do is put me on levothyroxine and perform the normal t3/t4 tests. I need a doctor in Illinois that will take insurance since I can’t afford a lot of out of pocket expenses with the more holistic doctors. I get over whelmed and depressed then just shut down. I can’t afford to take that approach any longer. Please help,

  37. Debi Mitchell says:

    Is this Dr K in Ft Wayne In?

  38. Dana Trentini says:

    Thank you so much Eat Fit Health for including Hypothyroid Mom in your great article.

    http://www.eatfithealth.com/hashimotos-more-thyroid-disease/

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