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Dr. Terri Washington

Endocrinology
Elmhurst, IL
16 years experience female

Locations

Diabetes, Osteoporosis and Obesity, Inc

Elmhurst, IL

Address

1200 S. York Rd, Suite 3150, Elmhurst, IL
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 830am - 4:00pm
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Fax

(708) 345-2224

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Cigna

Humana Insurance Company

Medicare

UnitedHealthcare

Diabetes, Osteoporosis and Obesity, Inc

Oak Lawn, IL

About

Bio

I am a board certified endocrinologist. I enjoy clinic time, connecting with patients. I strive to accurately diagnose and treat challenging endocrine cases from comprehensive diabetes management to pituitary disorders and various hormone abnormalities

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Endocrinology

Doctor Q&A

516 Answers
276 Agrees
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Depends: Are you on medicines, have your doctor reveiw there side effects, if not and other symptoms are present consider having testosterone level checked.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Yes: Shingles can affect any part of your body, some areas maybe more serious or concerning than others like around the eyes for example.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
No: Prolactin is a hormone made in the pituitary gland of the brain and is regulated by the brain and a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Milk has no aff... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Discuss with your Dr: Taking calcium and vitamin d with sarcoidosis can put you at risk for hypercalcemia which can be dangerous if levels are high enough. D/w your doctor... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
No: Cortisol does not thin bones by leaching calcium. It affects the cells that build up new bone.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Continue: Continue to work out. You have to loose weight all over to loose belly fat, no just spot train. Cardio exercises like running, biking, swimming 4-5x... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Depends: You need to see your doctor for eval and medicine if needed. Weight loss of overweight can sometimes help regulate pcos. However many women need the... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
High: Organ failure of eyes, kidney, nerves even risk of heart attack is something that occurs after years of uncontrolled blood sugar, not after one or 2 h... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Thyroid nodules are: Common. Many people get thyroid nodules and people tend to get more as they get older. The majority (90-95%) are not cancer. Addison's is a problem... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Possible: Yes symptoms could be from malnutrion, low blood sugar etc. However it is important to r/o other causes, have thyroid level checked and see doctor for... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Yes: Not having a period for >6 mths in a women who still make estrogen can lead to continued growth and thickening of the lining of the uterus. If not... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Consider: The nodule appears to have grown significantly over the years which is concerning. I would recommend repeat fna biopsy and d/w your doctor if you sho... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Difficult to say: There can be a number of reasons why a woman may not get her period. Although the thyroid can affect the period pregnancy is a more common reason, med... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Diet, Exercise: Keep weight in normal range and avoid processed food and foods high in sugar or corn syrup ( high fructose corn syrup) and regular exercise 3-4x/wk ca... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Range: It is recommend the average adult eat about 60 gm of carbs (sugar) with each meal, larger people or men may sometimes eat up to 75 gm carb per meal an... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Fractures: The worst that could happen is a hip fracture which can be very difficult to heal and limits mobility greatly or compression fractures of the spine wh... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Yes: Giving up dairy is not likely to have any profound affect on her blood pressure and cutting out all dairy can lead to adverse affects as the body will... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Not True: Tsh is the first thing looked at during pregnancy and a goal of < 2.5 has in one study shown to decrease risk of miscarriage. Free T4 is actually ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Possibly: Loosing weight is a good idea but depending on the severity of the COPD it may not help as often times in people with this the lung disease lung tiss... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
See your doctor: You should see your doctor to make sure there is not something more serious going on then reflux. If it is reflux you might benefit from medicines cal... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Not much: Although the creatinine improved some a creatinine of either 5.2 or 6.1 is still very high and indicates severe kidney damage has already been done. Y... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
See doctor ASAP: Could be several things. May have to do with diet, pancreatitis or some kind of inflammatory bowel disease but you should see your primary doctor and... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Means was seen: This means the gall bladder was seen on the ct scan. It may not always be seen by the radiologist.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
See your Ob-Gyn: Some can occur throughout pregnancy but spotting and cramping can be concerning so get evaluated asap.
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Discuss with your Dr: Calcium can help improve bone density but it can interfere with absorption of thyroid hormone if you are hypothyroid. Studies in the past few yrs sho... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Diet and exercise : Diet and regular exercise are important parts of diabetes management. But you should contact your doctor to make sure your medicines are still workin... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Could be: Women have wide variety of symptoms during menstruation and nausea/vomiting can be one of the more severe. Sweating may be associated with the nausea... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Probably: If you went in menopause at 38 that was very early and estrogen replacement is definitely recommended because normally your levels would be higher. Y... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Avoid simple sugar: Avoid simple sugars and processed foods. Eat healthy carbs with other nutrients or high in fiber like whole grains, oatmeal, greek yogurt etc.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Various: Dm and jaundice are not necessarily related unless due to a lesion in the head of the pancreas that is causing obstruction. Jaundice is yellowing of ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
You are not diabetic: You are not diabetic based on this. Type 1 dm is problem with complete lack of insulin. High Insulin level can be sign of resistance but Insulin lev... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
No: Caffiene should not affect the blood sugar but the things people put in coffee or caffeinated beverages like sugar, cream and sugar substitutes can af... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Precipitant: Stress of everyday life or due to illness can lead to elevations in hormones which oppose Insulin and raise the blood sugar. In other words it can be... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Possibly: Thyroid produces a hormone so depending on what you are looking for thyroid blood test can show if there is a thyroid hormone problem but other hormon... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
See your doctor: Iuds can cause irregular bleeding, other things to consider is stress causing irregular bleeding, early menopause or fibroids. You doctor can better a... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Depends on the reaso: Your bmi is in the normal range so trying to loose weight depends on the reason why. If training for sports it might be reasonable but remember being... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
D/w ob-gyn: You should d/w your ob-gyn what is appropriate wt gain for you. Women who are thinner to begin with are expected to gain more wt than women who are o... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Easy: Finish the month of nuva ring, take out at the appropriate time and then start the pack of pills when you would normally insert a new ring.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Yes: Several meds are used to treat baldness, rogaine, (minoxidil) for men and women and a few other meds for male pattern baldness in women. D/w your doct... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
No: Diabetes is not related to thyroid cancer. However autoimmune thyroid disease such as hashimoto's and graves disease occur more commonly in people wi... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Possible: The underlying defect that causes pcos will not go away but symptoms of pcos like irregular periods, acne, obesity, infertility, facial hair growth or... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
No: Overweight or obese women do not need to gain as much weight during pregnancy as a woman of normal weight and therefore may not show ( baby bump) as s... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Unlikely: If it was vitiligo you would have noticed it getting bigger or other spot by now. If it has not changed in 5 yrs then unlikely to be harmful, could b... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
First check BS: First check the bs, then if low drink 4 oz of juice or regular pop. If not available, eat 1-2 pieces of hard candy or take 2 glucose tabs. Then reche... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
See your doctor: If you type a lot you could be at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome. See your doctor for eval and possible treatment options.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Uncertain : Chemo tx can damage the ovaries and tamoxifen has side effects some similar to menopause, also you are nearing age of menopause with avg age 51. Talk... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
No: Hair loss is not a side effect of metformin but it can be seen as a symptom of pcos and other medicine is used to treat this so d/w you doctor.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
If high risk 1/yr: At least once a year if high risk such as obesity high bp, high chol and strong family history of dm or as soon as any symptoms develop.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Not insulin: What you are describing is not Insulin but the dosage for medication used for diabetes called victoza (liraglutide). This medicine is a hormone calle... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
No: You can not spot train to loose belly fat, you have to loose it all over. Cardio workout 4-5x/wk mixed with 1-2 days of strength training ( including... Read More

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Jul 24, 2013
excellent endocrinologist and an asset to Healthtap
Nov 9, 2013
Very precise and accurate responses.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Washington is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have been to Doctor who put me on birth control to see if if will stop the bleeding. She has not informed me of next steps yet. Thank you!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Dr. Terri. I had a diagnosis after a quick drop in weight within a month. I suppose my HBS has not been with me long since my earlie readings were fin
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you so much. I will be seeing my VA Dr. Soon so I will talk to him about this. Thank

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Loyola University Chicago, Stricth School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 2005MD

Residency

University of Illinois Hospital

Awards

Thought Leader, Third Place, Melrose Park, IL - Winter
2013
Top Endocrinologist, First Place, Illinois - Winter
2013
Top Doctor, Third Place, Melrose Park Region, IL - Summer
2013

Publications

A case of hypercalcemia associated with Castleman disease
Determinants of circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D and bone mineral density in young physicians
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