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A 29-year-old female asked:

If a docot suspects someone has thyroid problems is it possible to start them on the meds before blood work comes back? i have two kids and i don't have time for the medical problems im having i just want it fixed so i can move on.

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Find pbm first: Testing can confirmation a suspicion & provide a starting point to gauge treatment.It may also suggest more serious problems that can become more severe if not fully evaluated & where treatment would obscure needed additional tests. Most testing can be available in within a day or two & if started may take weeks to come into balance. Shortcuts just put you at risk.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Don't do it: It is very important to know what the problem is before treating it. Thyroid symptoms are non-specific in a sense that many other conditions can cause similar symptoms. Thyroid replacement is a hormone and as such needs to be taken seriously. You never want to add extra hormone in the body without having a reason to. Be patient and wait for the result to come back. It's safer that way. Good luck.

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Last updated Sep 2, 2012

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