Can a primary care physician help with thyroid disorders?

I’m going to get checked out for a thyroid disorder. Can my primary physician help me as far as testing and prescribing meds or am I better off seeing an endocrinologist?


  • ƦєdAиgєℓ

    A primary physician and endocrinologist can diagnose a thyroid disease and prescribe medication. Both can also misdiagnose your thyroid condition. Try the primary physician first but take the list of recommended lab work with you. A simple TSH test misdiagnoses millions.

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  • Texas RN

    Your primary doctor can diagnose a possible thyroid disorder based off your blood work. No sense in paying more for the same test performed by a specialist. However, I personally would be more comfortable with seeking the advice of an Endocrinologist for treatment IF your blood work comes back positive for hypo (low) or hyper (high) thryroidism… Best wishes! :0)

  • no the primary doc isnt good enough. specialist is better; trust me i have a some health issues

  • 2blest2Bstrest

    Some of them are better than some Endos….WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment.

    You need testing for ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but would not matter if antibodies are present. Indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis…main cause of HypOthyroid & is worse (…OR Graves Disease – HypERthyroid).

    Best wishes.

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  • Go to an endocrinologist and get your TSH levels checked. If they are way out of whack, you can either take medication or learn to live with the condition. Hypothyroidism is not as life-altering as it used to be, and thyroid hormone can be replaced with a little pill taken daily.

    Usually the choice people make (to medicate or not) will depend on how many symptoms they are suffering from. As we are a very self-conscious society, weight gain is the symptom they base their decision on… but, there are many other symptoms of hypothyroidism. Check the source for a more extensive list of symptoms.

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