Getting to Yes, with Your Doctor

Whether you are just getting diagnosed as Hypothyroid and want to try a natural desiccated thyroid medicine like Naturthroid, or you’ve been diagnosed and want to switch from a T4-Only medicine like Synthroid or Levoxyl there are ways to talk with your doctor.  Start with then end in mind; the goal is getting to “Yes”.

I have found the easiest way in getting to yes is to approach everything like an experiment. This takes the pressure off everyone, and gives me a chance to learn with the guidance of my doctor. Here is what say:


Hi Doc, Let’s try this experiment and see what happens! If we feel it doesn’t work I am totally open to trying something else.


Finding the right treatment has been a journey for me.  I needed to be able to test and try new things.  So this approach created an open dialogue with my doctor which allowed us both to learn. Success!




Please note: any experiment is at my or your own risk. So be careful, educated and ultimately follow the advice of a doctor you trust.


Miss LizzyGetting to Yes, with Your Doctor

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  • brater - March 27, 2012

    I have been all through the STTM website and books…I live in North Florida and the Doc list from STOP THE THYROID MADNESS only offer's doctors who do not accept any insurance (like the young woman from another comment I read here). I have been to alomost a dozen doctors, 3 Endo's and they all force the Synthroid poison and ABSOLUTELY will not let me try any Natural Thyroid meds. They are hateful, rude, arrogant doc's in this state whom truley DO NOT CARE about the intense suffering of Hypothyroid patients.I feel so defeted now….I am sick of suffering…I am now considering just throwing the Synthroid away and using only Nutri-Meds Porcine thyroid supplement since Synthroid has not eased ANY of my symptom's and I have been put on every dose from 25 MCG to 200 MCG every dose in between….no help at all. They finally added 12.5 T-3 per day and after 5 months of T-3 and Synthroid, still NO RELIEF….I have read so much from hypo people saying they finally have some relief on Natural Thyroid drugs after wasting years of their life on Synthroid, but these docs here will NOT let me have the option. If ayone out there has some REAL advice, please tell me what else I can do. And I have asked the pharmacies (compounding too) and no one will tell me where I can find A doc that won't PUSH synthroid on me. Please, if anyone around Tallahassee Fl knows of a doctor who take insurance AND will prescribe Natural Thyroid and and adrenal issues…PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

  • JNFlyer - February 7, 2013

    Hello Brater (Previous commenter),I am also in Tallahassee, FL and I'm looking for a good doctor also. My MD lost his mind when I mentioned Dessicated Thyroid medicine. He said its not the standard of care, and he acted like he didn't even know where someone would get it from. He also said he knows of no one taking it. I would be very interested in hearing from you and seeing if you found a doctor in our area that will help???

  • Lizzy - February 8, 2013

    Hi Brater and JN, I am sorry sometimes I am slow to reply here. I know some doctors (many doctors) have their way of treating and aren't interested in trying anything different. If you like my Facebook page you can see the Good Doctor list. Maybe there is someone close enough near you who also takes insurance.Call them ahead an interview the office first. If it were me, I would drive several hours if it meant finding a doctor who was open-minded. After the first visit some doctors are willing to do follow-up visits over the phone. My doctor, Charles Brummer will do that for people out of the area. This is your life, you deserve to live happy, feel good and have energy. xoxoxox!!!

  • Julie F. - February 14, 2013

    I'm in Tallahassee too and I'm also hypothyroid. I was diagnosed about 1 1/2 years after my daughter was born. When I initially complained to my OB/GYN about all of my symptoms at my 6 month post baby check up, he cut me off and offered me a choice of several antidepressants. I declined the meds and left his office and sat in my car and cried because I felt so defeated. Another year went by and I made an appointment with my primary care doctor for a physical. Upon getting my blood work back, and hearing of all of my symptoms, she diagnosed me as hypothyroid and prescribed levothyroixine. I was on the generic at first and every time I refilled the script it took me 2-3 weeks of feeling absolutely miserable to readjust to the meds. Eventually, I started taking the brand name, Synthroid and things did improve. My doc initially started me on a high dose and after adjusting to it, I felt great and I was even losing weight that I hadn't been able to lose since my daughter was born. Unfortunatley, each time I got my lab work done she would lower my dose and I felt progressively worse each time. I've been on my current dose of Synthroid for almost 5 years. My symptoms decreased for a while, but now my hair is falling out like crazy again (luckily it's always been very thick), I'm ALWAYS cold, I never feel rested no matter how much I sleep, and there are many other symptoms that I won't bother listing. Any time I've mentioned any of this to my doctor she assures me that, according to my lab work, I'm in the normal range and my symptoms are more than likely related to stress, not my thyroid. I like my doctor for most everything else, but I wish she were more open to the possibility that my thyroid is still off even though my lab work comes back normal. I've got an appointment with her for something else on Monday and I think I'll bring up my thyroid again. I'd love to check your "Good Doctor" list, but I'm not on Facebook.I'm also concerned about the possibility that my 6 year old daughter could be hyperthyroid. She's very hyperactive and has been diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety but I want to rule out hyperthyroidism before we go any further. I asked our doctor (we all see the same doc) about the possiblity of her having thyroid problems and she said that it's very uncommon and they generally don't test kids until they're at least 18. I think I'm going to insist on lab work for my daughter since I have thyroid problems and my husband does too. All 3 of his sisters were diagnosed with thyroid problems when they were teenagers and my mother-in-law also takes thyroid medication.

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