Hi, I have been for my very first endo appointment today and I must say it has been eye opening. After all the awful reports I have read on this forum I think I might have struck lucky first time. Mind, I was recommended to try this one by another member and a friend of mine who has also seen him.
He actually asked me what I would like to talk about then sat and really listened to what I was saying. He was pleased I had taken the time to write down what I wanted to say, so I didn't forget anything, and he thought it was a good idea that I had printed a copy of symptoms and ticked the ones that are relevant to me.
He asked quite a few direct questions which I was able to answer and he actually suggested having a trial of T3 BEFORE I asked for some! So I will be having a four month trial of 150mcg levo/10mcg T3 (I am presently taking 200 mcg levo).
I also asked about getting B12 as my last was rather low (237 I think) but he sai he didn't want to prescribe that as it was in range. I did point out that it was very low in range and that I was probably only about the lowest 5%. I said that the majority of any range would be in the middle and the rest would be about 5% either end. He smiled at that until I pointed out that I also studied maths and understood averages. I did say I would look into self medicating with B12 as I knew I couldn't overdose on it. He said that was up to me, but didn't seem upset or anything.
He has ordered loads of bloods, including TPO, and a dexamethasone overnight test for cortisol. He has also ordered an endoscopy as he can see no reason for my iron being so low (not looking forward to that, had one before!)
I see him again in 4 months.
Overall I am rather pleased with this appointment.
(ps he is quite nice to look at too, )
I am mailing Louise Warvill with the endo's name and hospital.