Had an endo appointment today. I should have known when the unfamiliar assistant asked what brought me in today that this was going to be a bad visit.
Endo said I am over the hump and to start dropping the methimazole. My bp is still 164/61 so I will stay on the atenolol for now.
Things are looking up. The intense heat on my shoulders has stopped. The palpitations are tolerable and infrequent. My skin scratches really easily these days though. I am still slowly losing weight. I feel more optimistic again. My legs are cramping at night again so this is familiar territory hormone wise. Hooray!
I tried to discuss my TED symptoms, endo cut me off mid sentence and said it will go away once I level out. Wishful thinking.
My wbc is still below normal. When I questioned this she offered no information. Told me to stop worrying about it.
I tried to discuss alternative methods of pain management, as I have been using state approved mmj for my eyeball pressure with success. I am aware this is a controversial treatment and is obviously not for everyone.
She immediately blamed my heart problems on the mmj (something the ER dr and I discussed quite frankly last week in great detail and I was told it has no effect on my heart condition). Then she launched into a 3 minute dissertation on how mmj is not fda approved and how it can injure me.
I reminded her that in my file, my heart was damaged years before my Graves from an fda approved prescription medication, which has since been banned. I am part of the class action group! Way to go fda. Thanks for the atrial fib! Like I should trust you at all.
Being reminded of this information escalated the visit from gruff to angry and my $160, 11 minute visit was then over. $160 and I am wasting HER time?
She refused the offer of published research. The more I spoke it was like she wanted to put her hands over her ears and shout “lalalalalalalala!”. Instead she got angry.
I am over my endo's aggressive poor moods, her condescending tones, her inability or unwillingness to listen. Her corporate bio page lists her as a groundbreaker in her field, but she knows nothing of new research. She has treated me and kept me alive, but she is no friend or hero. How her staff handles it is a mystery to me.
I wrote a nice Yelp review that sums my experiences up.
If anyone knows a competent endo in the Phoenix area, please pm me.
Edited AzGravesGuy (Oct. 30, 2012 06:20:12)