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Endocrinologist

I’m going to see an endocrinologist next week and have no idea what to expect.

The hospital requested it but I don’t fully understand why

I’ve got hyper mobility in my hip and chronic pain but not sure what that has to do with an endocrinologist

What have you been to one for?

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They deal with the endocrine system so thyroid, diabetes, pituitary and so on. You need to ask why you are being referred rather than going in with no clue why.

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I’ve obviously asked....they just said the hospital refereed me and they couldn’t tell me anymore.

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Call your Consultants secretary and ask her, has your GP not had a letter ? Make sure you are copied in on any letters going back and forth.

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Again I’ve asked that who I asked it didn’t come from my gp it came from the hospital it what she told me. No gp hasn’t had a letter my gp knows nothing

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I’m not asking people why I’ve been referred I’m just asking what other people have been for and if they can help shed light on it.

The referral came from the hospital itself that’s what she told me

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Well I've seen many Endos over 40 years for thyroid disease and my husband sees one for pituitary tumour.

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Thank you

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On the letter there should be a consultants name, ring the hospital and ask to speak to that consultants secretary

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As I’ve stated I’ve done that already . She just told me it was the hospital who referred me and couldn’t say anything else and my gp doesn’t know

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Maybe it's a mistake, very odd nobody knows anything.

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No not a mistake , it came from a department at the hospital but couldn’t tell me anything else. I have the appointment in 6 days

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Well I don't see how anyone here can help as we don't know what the problem is, Endocrinology covers many problems so could be any one of those. Good luck.

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I’m asking why other people have gone there that was my question

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As you have hypermobility in your hip, I'm wondering if it's related to Osteoporosis. But I'd have thought they'd have sent you for a DEXA scan first. Puzzling isn't it.

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I’ve never heard of a DEXA scan before. I’ll google what that is x

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It's to check for bone density in case of Osteoporosis.

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I’ve had most other scans but not that

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May I ask your age? I'm 68 and last year when turning over in bed to get out, My spine became intensely painful. X-rays and DEXA scan showed I had 4 vertebral fractures. I'm not saying this is the reason the endocrinologist has sent you an appointment, but I do know that Osteoporosis is one of the conditions that an endocrinologist will look into. I guess you will just have to wait for the appointment to find out the reason for it.

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I’m 28 , I’m basically bed bound due to the pain in my hip 😔 maybe they are just trying to cover everything I don’t know lol

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That is very young for OP, but not impossible. Hope for your sake that I'm wrong though. Take care, and good luck.

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Thank you

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You just have to be upfront and ask the endocrinologist when you arrive for the appointment. The endocrinologist is specialist on certain things which the referrer is not. You can spend hours chasing the hospital system and get nowhere. Or you you can ask the endocrinologist.

Sometimes it is a checkup to ensure that you are not developing something. Sometimes it is because the referrer is referring you based on something you said. Notes are written up after the consultation which can result in misunderstanding from what a consultant thinks they heard in relation to something else.

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Obviously I’m going to talk to him about it i again just said I wanted peoples experiences with it and why they’ve gone before so I could maybe get an idea of what’s happened. I’ve got had a consultation at the hospital for a long time, the only time I’ve been in hospital in the last year is for a extremely bad sickness and my missed miscarriage and I can’t see either of those things but then again I’m not fully sure of what an endocrinologist fully does as it seems they do so much

Thank you anyway

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I saw one many years ago for a thyroid condition, he dx Hasimoto's an autoimmune form of under active thyroid. Although not a fan of Dr Google, I use it in general terms and assume you have too. Maybe as they also see patients with growth hormone problems, that could be related to you Hyper- mobility. All the best anyway. X

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Thank you x

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I saw an Endo 2 years ago, when my Neurologist referred me. I had been on, and still am, on Prednisolone...steroids... for 13 years, and, as I was down to 2mg Pred, he wanted to check whether my adrenal glands could/would still produce cortisol once the steroids were stopped.He, Endo, sent me for a Synacthen test, which showed my adrenals were incapable of producing enough cortisol. I am on steroids for life, and fine with it.Incredible that you would be referred without any explanation. All the best.

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Sorry for that. Thank you

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As a last resort to find out why you are being referred, you could talk to the hospital PALS service. They might be better able to find out.

On a general point, as an outpatient the hospital would have had to ask your GP’s permission to refer you to an Endo or ask your GP to refer you.

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This didn’t come from my doctors I asked it came from somewhere in the hospital I’ve just got to find out when I get there

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