Do I Need an Endocrinologist?

Q:

I was diagnosed and am being treated for hypothyroidism, but I still do not feel well. Would a second opinion from an endocrinologist help me feel better?

A:

Taking your case into consideration, you should ask your own doctor for help or consult a doctor focusing on treating hypothyroidism.

An endocrinologist is a doctor specializing in the endocrine system in which the thyroid gland plays a part. In some cases, an endocrinologist must be called far, but sometimes perhaps an endocrinologist is not the type of practitioner that you need.

An endocrinologist needs the assessment of the TSH level to diagnose hypothyroidism. If the level is above the normal range, then the disease is diagnosed.

If you suspect that you have hypothyroidism but your test result shows that you are well, then an endocrinologist can’t help you. Some doctors believe that the TSH level is not the only factor in diagnosis. They do the diagnosis based on other factors including symptoms, family history and other levels besides TSH level. These doctors can offer you other options, such as antibodies testing, detailed T3/T4 test and TRH test. With a comprehensive diagnosis, the result may be low-level or subtle hypothyroidism.

 

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