Mar 04, 2009
I just don't get it - how can doctors and or their staff be so incompetent. Let me just try to put this into words. On January 22nd I had blood work done that would reflect my thyroid levels on the last day of using 112 mg Synthroid only. I started Armour the very next day. The Doctor started me on 120mg of Armour once a day. (First and Second Problem). Feeling poorly, I returned to searching the internet and found Medhelp. I was able to learn that I should have started at somewhat lower dosage and definitely would benefit from splitting the dosage into at least 2 times a day. I discoverd the headaches were normal and would pass in which they did. I also saw where it was recommended to have labs redone after 4 weeks, which makes perfect sense to me. This becomes problem 3. Unfortunately, I belong to an HMO who has great contributed to my years of poor health and continues to be an obstacle for me. However, after a visit to office, I have been able to get my GP or Primary Doctor to agree to order lab work that my newest Endo who is outside my plan orders. I am paying 120 per visit on top of paying 500 a month for my HMO Plan - INSANITY, so the least they could do is pay for my labs. I was unable to get any endo's or my primary to let me try T3, Armour.. etc.. They believed my thryoid was not the cause of any of my problems that basically I need psychiatric help and meds. @#$#$%^& Anyway, sorry, I digress.
So armed with lab results from January 22nd, I typed a very detailed cover letter to my Newest Endo requesting lab work, remined them that labs were done while on synthroid, explaining how I was splitting the dosage of armour and that I felt like that 60mg in the afternoon might be making me hyper. I faxed along with bloodwork and waited and waited, so after, a week or more, I called. Left a detailed message on the nurses line. Again, said I would like lab work, I had faxed info over, etc... I get a call back the next day. Nurse leaves a message - Lab work fine, Doctor wants me to stay on current meds and see you at next appointment..she further states, I see something written on here about Synthroid, but you should be taking 120 armour!! I want to throw the phone..DO THEY NOT READ OR LISTEN TO ANYTHING!! What is wrong with them...So I immediately call back, get the same nurses line, reiterate that i am requesting lab work only! That was last Thursday...as of yesterday, nothing, so I called back again. I get a call this morning from a different nurse, I explain the situation one more time. She wants to argue with me about the dosage, I am suppose to take 120mg once a day, I tell her NO, the dosaging is better split, I feel like the afternoon was too high so I am only taking 1/2 of it (30mg) right now due to symptoms and taking too long to get labs done. She said okay, let me check with Doctor about lab work....She then calls back and says we are leaving lab slip up front for you and the doctor wants you to cut back to 60mcg!! I was thinking, ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME!!! I said WHY, I am fine, I already adjusted and I feel fine, I do not need to lower, I just want lab work!! She backed down
and said just get the labs done. I am baffled by the incompetence. I need to be my own doctor, I can't hardly take it any longer. I am so frustrated with the medical community.....Anyway...labs next..here we go again. My GP will fax to the Endo who will probably not even bother to call me!! Oh, you can bet, I will be calling them!!