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Help please! is an internal medicine doctor or an endocrinologist the best for treating thyroids?

Help please! is an internal medicine doctor or an endocrinologist the best for treating thyroids?

Endocrinologist: the internist will be able to evaluate your thyroid, however, if abnormalities are found upon testing, he/she will likely refer you to an endocrinologist for further evaluation and management. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more


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What does it take for an endocrinologist to decide if armour is suitable for subclinical hypo- thyroidism? If test results are all in "normal" range.

Subclinical hypo..: Subclinical hypothyroidism occurs when peripheral thyroid hormone levels are within normal reference laboratory range but serum thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels are mildly elevated. If all test results are normal then it does not sound like subclinical hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Thyroid US 0.6cm hypoechoic nodule & 1.2cm partially cystic nodule.going to endocrinologist but can't get me in for a few weeks. reason for concern?

Safe than Sorry: Since the lesions are at least partially solid, the endocrinologist will probably want to be more safe than sorry. You will probably require a radioactive iodine scan of the thyroid to evaluate the nodules more closely to see if the nodules are truely only cystic, or he/she may elect to perform a fine needle aspiration of the lesions to collect samples to be tested under the microscope. ...Read more

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Do i need an endocrinologist to have my thyroid checked or a gp can do that?

Do i need an endocrinologist to have my thyroid checked or a gp can do that?

GP: Start with your gp. If more specialized help is needed, your gp will make the referral for you. ...Read more

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Do you need a doctor referral to see an endocrinologists? I have insurance if that makes a difference.

Do you need a doctor referral to see an endocrinologists? I have insurance if that makes a difference.

It depends on: your insurance plan. Some may require a referral from your primary care doc in order to see a specialist, others may not. Is your problem clearly an endocrinologic one? It may help to begin with your PCP in any case. ...Read more

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My gp can't get my thyroid levels under control (thyroidectomy ten years ago due to multinodular thyroid disease, ? Will an endocrinologist do?

My gp can't get my thyroid levels under control (thyroidectomy ten years ago due to multinodular thyroid disease, ? Will an endocrinologist do?

Endocrine: An endocrinologist is specifically trained to think out of the box and treat your thyroid and associated conditions. You likely have hashimotos disease causing your multiple modular goiter. This is an autoimmune disorder associated with many others. Seek out a board-certified physician if possible. ...Read more

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Do only endocrinologists have access to or administer i-131 for the thyroid?

Very few: Most of us have outsourced to departments of nuclear medicine staffed by radiologists, especially 131i treatment of thyroid cancers. My license to administer large doses was through the hospital though for years i treated hyperthyroidism as an outpatient. ...Read more

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My wife's doctor wants her to see an endocrinologist. Is there something wrong?

My wife's doctor wants her to see an endocrinologist.  Is there something wrong?

Maybe: An endocrinologist treats hormonal issues. So, the doc might want to see if she in in menopause, had diabetes, etc. And then help. Peace and good health. ...Read more