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Dr. Susan Wingo

Endocrinology
Amarillo, TX
33 years experience female

Locations

Office

Amarillo, TX

Address

Amarillo Dignostic Clinic, 6700 W. 9th Avenue, Amarillo, TX
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My office hours

Thursday: 7:30am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

About

Bio

I'm an Endocrinologist at a busy Multi-Specialty Clinic in Amarillo TX. We can do most diagnostic procedures right here, so patients don't have to go all over town for their tests. Hobbies include geocaching, reading, swimming, online activities, and cheering for the Oklahoma Sooners.

Specialties
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Endocrinology

Doctor Q&A

757 Answers
1.3K Agrees
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
No 1 best treatment : Pcos has quite a few different treatments available. Usually this means that there is no one treatment that is right for everyone. I can't say why y... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Mild hyperthyroidism: Not everyone w/ hyperthyroidism loses weight. Given high enough thyroid hormone levels, everyone will lose weight, but most cases are mild-moderate. ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Treat thyroid!: As long as you have high thyroid levels, your body is breaking down tissue, including muscle, faster than you can build it. Depending upon how high t... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Many possibilities: Many factors can affect thyroid hormone and TSH levels for people taking thyroid tablets. The most common is probably people forgetting pills. Forge... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Check sugars: Diabetes, when uncontrolled, can cause people to become very thirsty because sugars over 200 lead to excess sugar ; water going out of the body in the... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Complex nodule: Thyroid nodules are areas within the thyroid that appear different than the surrounding normal thyroid. They may be solid or cystic(fluid-filled). A ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Probably: Most labs include a reference range (or normal range) in their reports. While there can be some variation from one lab to another, almost all labs wo... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Many don't: About 50% of people with graves' disease (gd) can have eye changes apparent to their doctors, but only about 3-5% of people with gd will have severe ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Quite common: Many people don't know simply because they've never asked and their doctor never specifically told them. Sometimes, it may not be clear right away af... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Not sure: I'm not sure what you mean by shaken drinks. If you mean milk shakes, then too many of them can lead to weight gain, and being overweight or obese ca... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Ignore: Do take your steroid medication at the same time every day. Don't skip any doses!
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Meds or snack: First, if you are taking meds for diabetes, check with your doc about adjusting them. Otherwise, try a snack at 3pm, with a mix of complex carbs and ... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Multiple Effects: First is any carbs in the alcoholic beverage. Beer, wines, and margaritas have quite a bit; scotch & soda has none. Second is the effect of the alco... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
A: A restaurant dessert may be better than sharing a whole "healthier" cake at home.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Can happen that way: Some symptoms, especially fatigue and weight gain can happen with either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidsim. They can also occur in the absence of any... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Yes: Average means that some normal individuals will he higher and others will be lower. More worrisome than a lower-than-average voice in a woman would b... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Different sources: Although calcium(ca) and vit d are sometimes combined in supplements or added together to food, the natural way of obtaining them, and storing them is... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Usually None: Ideally, a person should find out they have diabetes long before they develop any symptoms at all. By the time someone's blood sugar goes over 200, a... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Not usually: But eating a lot of candy can lead to weight gain, Insulin resistance, and diabetes. Cravings are funny things. If you can distract yourself for jus... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Yes: As long as a) your blood sugars are under good control, and b) you have never taken bovine(cow-derived) Insulin from the uk, and c) meet other eligibi... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Possibly: Thyroiditis, or inflammation of the thyroid gland can make the thyroid gland tender & sore to touch. But lymph nodes in the neck can become swollen a... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Low thyroid levels: Most people need to thyroid hormone(th) forever because their thyroid can't make enough. Stopping th leads to low thyroid levels, and feeling cold, s... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Ferritin: High ferritin levels can be seen in people with an inherited disease called hemochromatosis (hc) - your doctor probably ordered it to check for this. ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Yes and No.: Thyroid Cancer itself does not cause hypothyroidism or symptoms of hypothyroidism. Most people with thyroid cancer will have NO symptoms at all; some... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Which test?: A TSH of 14.9 is high and indicates low thyroid levels. Bc pills would not be a cause of this. A total T4 (or just "t4") of 14.9 is also high, and i... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Many!: Feeling hot when others are comfortable, heart pounding/racing, hands shaking, trouble sleeping, trouble concentrating, irritable, appetite out of con... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Biotin: Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin, so excess amounts in your blood get filtered out by the kidneys and don't accumulate, so there is low risk of toxic... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Low Carb Diet?: I agree w/ dr killian that ketones may be causing alcohol smell on breath. However, it may not be a serious problem. If someone is following a low-c... Read More
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
7-keto DHEA(7K-DHEA): It is related to dhea, androstenedione and other molecules that can be converted into testosterone & estrogen. 7k-dhea, however, cannot be converted i... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Pituitary problem?: This is something you should see your doctor for promptly. If you are urinating often and a large amount of urine each time, it could be very low lev... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Insulin resistance: Most women with pcos have at least some degree of Insulin resistance. Normal sugars don't rule out Insulin resistance, because as long as the pancrea... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
PostPrandialSyndrome: Agree with the other docs about criteria for metabolic syndrome. The symptoms you describe sound as if your body does not react well to a diet with a ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
They can.: Nodules caused by inflammation (thyroiditis) can shrink, or even disappear entirely, when the inflammation resolves. Cystic nodules (fluid filled are... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Most: Most dairy products have added vitamin d. Liver & oily fish are natural sources. So is sunshine!
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Possibly: Effects of too little thyroid can vary from one person to the next. Some people can become depressed, moody, or tearful with this. It make take a fe... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Insulin resistance: Normal sugars don't rule out Insulin resistance, because as long as the pancreas can make enough Insulin to overcome the resistance, sugars will stay ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Complex issue: First, most reports on pancreatic ca refer to tumors arising from the pancreatic cells that make digestive enzymes; mr jobs' cancer arose from the hor... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Low Vitamin D: Vitamin d is derived from cholesterol. Since no plant products have cholesterol, no plant products have vitamin d. Milk and orange juice (can raise p... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Don't: Don't take too much! few people need more than 2, 000 iu per day.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Unlikely: While we know that autoimmunity (where the immune system makes antibodies that target a person's own proteins) causes graves' disease, the most common... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
A1c or glucose?: Are your numbers a1c values? Or glucose levels? Glucose of 8.0 mmol/l would be 144 mg/dl, and 6.2 mmol/l would be 112. Target blood glucose levels ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Whole: Whole fruit are better than juice. Whole grains are better than white flour. Nuts make good snacks.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Not usually: There is a rare condition called autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome, type 1 in which both hypothyroidism and a mild immunodeficiency (susceptibility to... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
It depends: Do they already have a goiter(enlarged thyroid gland)? Are they having compressive symptoms like trouble swallowing, intolerance to collars/ties that ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Needs confirmation: A single fasting blood sugar over 125 needs confirmatory tests to diagnose diabetes. this can be a second fasting blood sugar over 125, or a Hemoglo... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Lab Tests: While a certain combination of symptoms can make hyperthyroidism seem likely, the only way to know for sure is with blood tests to measure TSH and Thy... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Edema: If both ankles are affected and not painful, the most likely cause is edema, or fluid retention. This a very common if you happen to be traveling ove... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Not usually: Unless there is something else going on, most people with hypothyroidism will have normal calcium levels. Hypoparathyroidism (low function of the par... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Type 2???: Not sure what you mean by type 2 hypothyroidism. Generally, hypothyroidism is diagnosed when TSH is high, indicating that the pituitary gland thinks t... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Cinnamon: Cinnamon can help lower your sugar. But not if it's on a cinnabon!

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Jul 13, 2013
Dr. Wingo has a very careful and thoughtful approach to patients with endocrine problems. As a neurosurgeon, I am particularly appreciative for her answers to questions related to the pituitary/pitui...Read More
Apr 7, 2013
Dr Wingo provides an excellent public service on HealthTap. She is clearly extremely knowledgable about Internal Medicine. She provides information that is clear, understandable & spot on. I recommend...Read More
Nov 4, 2012
I really enjoy Dr. Wingo's answers. They are patient explanations of complicated issues, and I learn a lot from her!
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you, you have been very helpful. I could not answer the other doctor back but his answer was for someone else. Thank you again.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! My husband and daughter think I am crazy because I stopped driving ! I am hypothyroid and knew that I just didn't feel quite "right" driving anymore.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I just wanna ask how to control my hyperthyroidsm.i am now on PTU medication and sometimes I forgot to take my meds that's why maybe it is not control

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, MD
Graduated 1988MD

Awards

Knoll Award for Excellence in Thyroid Research, 1998
Top Doctor, First Place, Amarillo, TX - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Amarillo, TX - Winter
2013

Affiliations

The Endocrine Society
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
American College of Physicians
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