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Go to Specialist or Primary Care Physician?
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Go to Specialist or Primary Care Physician?

I just had some blood work done thru a program at work and for giggles threw in a TSH test.  It came back 6.7.  In 2002 I had some dramatic weight gain, hair falling out, panic attacks, heart palpitations and had a TSH test done with results of 3.8.  My Primary Care Physician told me I was normal.  Now I find out that normal levels have been revised down to .3 to 3.3 so I should have been treated.  Now I loath the idea of being treated by this doctor since he didn't treat me before and I've suffered for years with this.  Should I just go to a specialist?
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Given the history of TSH 3.8 a few years ago, now 6.7 -- treatment seems reasonable -- primary care can usually do this, but an endocrinologist would be the expert to get things started in the right direction.
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Yes, go to an Endo if you can, if not, or you have to wait for months, then  go to another general/family doctor to get treatment first. 6.7 is too high even by old range.
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Make sure the endo is a thyroid specialist and not just well versed in diabeties
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