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Loosing faith

Well after my last disastrous treatment by a doctor that didn't know how to treat a patient with inactive thyroid ( he reduced my meds by half in the two years I was with him, guess how fast I went downhill) I have changed doctors and now go to a different town, met my new doctor who explained to me how he only goes by the blood results for TSH and doesn't even test T4 or T3 as it's not needed, well we had a long discussion on this and he explained how research has ruled out any benefit from T3 med's etc. I said that he must also go by how the patient is feeling not just by the TSH results he said blood tests don't lie. Hush my mouth!

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Find another doctor now. The one you've just met is either a sadist, a monster, or an idiot.

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Totally concur.

If he's not interested in how his patients are feeling along with their symptoms and doing his job properly then maybe he should change jobs and sit in front of a gaming machine all day and watch all those pretty spinning numbers and images spinning around ..... *throws arms up in air*

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Did you know it is possible to get blood testing done privately without the involvement of a doctor? If you are interested just ask.

There are things you can do to help yourself. For example, with the results of nutrient blood tests you can supplement to optimise your results.

Many of us on this forum have given up hope of proper treatment for our thyroid issues and treat ourselves. It is getting harder to do as more and more obstacles are put in our way but, so far at least, it is still possible.

There are other options for treatment for underactive thyroid, or non-functioning thyroid or missing thyroid than just Levo. For example, someone on Levo could add T3 to their daily meds. Some people take Natural Dessicated Thyroid - there are various brands available and prices vary wildly. Some people take T3 only.

There are things we can do to help ourselves. But sadly they all cost money. The good news is we can do it without doctors and without begging.

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.... and if we believed in conspiracy theories - then thyroid treatment is up there :-)

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Oh, definitely, Marz!

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Doctors who lie, make me absolutely furious. That is a complete untruth that T3 has no function. The fact that he is only going to do the TSH and nothing else I'd have no faith.

There's loads of information about the benefit of T3 to T4. One of our Advisers and his team also states that.

I am sure your doctor is not fully unaware that T3 is the only active thyroid hormone that is required in our Receptor Cells. T4 is inactive, it only converts to T3 if someone gets an optimum dose of levothyroxine.

Researchers have also done research on rats and do you believe that the rats do best with a t3/t4 combination.

Don't believe in fairy tales so that they cover their ineptitude and have to follow the guidelines laid down that T3 is no longer to be prescribed. Which has landed many patients in the lurch, cruel is not an efficient word.

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Blood tests don't lie? Dear god.. they're way more unreliable than actual symptoms. Maybe he just needs to read Durrant-Peatfield. I concur with others here. New doctor needed asap, or manage your own health. You already know more about this stuff than the average doc.

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The doctor is possibly quite correct in what he says so long as nothing whatsoever is faulty with any of the glands that control our metabolism. BUT that is rarely the case.

In the simplest of cases, eg myself, the thyroid has been totally removed for reasons unconnected with any other gland or organ. A TSH test for me is, therefore, the only test I need, always assuming that I actually need a test at all, which will after all always give me a very low result as I am on NDT.

For the majority of people it seems that this is not the case at all and this doctor seems unworthy of having a licence to practice medicine and desperately in need of education about the truth. Perhaps he is now a little wiser.

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