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Should I see an endocrinologist??

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  • Posted By: RunnerWoman
  • September 15, 2007
  • 07:21 PM

In February of this year, I saw an ENT about an enlarged lymph node and "lump" in my neck (front r side). They were removed, but benign. I now have 2 more in the same area on the same side, and small ones on either side of my thyroid. I have had a CT. The ENT also took blood, but when I asked about my bloodwork, the nurse practitioner told me,"Your bloodwork was fine, but some levels were a little high. This is because your blood was left out on the counter after it was taken, but the Dr. isn't worried, and said you could follow up with us in a couple of months." I explained to him that I am losing more hair than normal, have lost a little weight (currently about 7 lbs), and it sometimes feels like my body can't control its temperature. I feel like my thyroid is "shorting out", so to speak! Sometimes I am sooo tired! (Not always, though.) I am 36 years old, and normally very healthy. I weigh 119 lbs. The weight is not dropping really quickly, just steadily. Should I seek a second opinion from an endocrinologist, or just return to the same ENT to have my bloodwork repeated? Could the ENT be missing something an endocrinologist would catch? Thanks for any info or help in advance....

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  • Trust your gut!I would go see an endo. I am researching thyroid stuff now at the moment and many of the lab values considered "normal" or subclinical 2 years ago are ACTUALLY abnormal!!!If you had....a goiter....your thyroid being out of whack CAUSED the goiter! I am unsure if it does any good to remove it (though you said it was a lymph node? Sure it wasn't a goiter?) and then not treat what CAUSED it!1st, call your ENT's office, ask for copies of all your labs (have them mailed, faxed to you or go pick them up). Book an appointment with an endo with your symptom list and send them your labs for preview. You can see if your labs are out of whack which is why you need to obtain copies of all your labs and reports of whatever you have done.And how irresponsible of your Dr.'s office to "leave the blood out" and not rerun your tests. I do not think blood needs to be refrigerated for thyroid levels, but if it wasn't processed correctly it might have clotted, leaving little serum for evaluation. Were you still charged for the blood tests?Well.....at least the ENT's office was honest about their mistake.
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    • September 16, 2007
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