How to Talk to Your Doctor About Thyroid Medication

Mary…you’ve made my day! I am glad you found my suggestion about “how to talk to your endocrinologist”, helpful. I am absolutely serious about approaching your physician in this way, since it makes them aware valid new information is available explaining why some people need t3 to recover from symptoms of hypothyroidism. This approach is much more likely to elicit a sympathetic response from a physician than quoting from a book by a non-physician or using the more general “I read it on the internet” statement.

Here is what Mary had to say to

Dr Pepper, thank you so much for this article. I love the last part of where you give us the perfect phrases to say to our doctor. I have been suffering with hypothyroidism for 14 years now (10 years undiagnosed, 4 years insufficiently treated). Over these years I have come to know quite a bit about my condition and can speak with my doctor using the correct terminology most of the time, but not always (I have to get through the brain fog). Your phrases are just what I need to say to my doctor since I believe I have a conversion problem. I will enjoy presenting the study to him an talking to him about polymorphism and deiodinase! 🙂 Some people tell me I should have changes doctors along time ago. My doctor may have given up on me but I will not give up on him. I am determined to educate him. He did recently admit to me that he doesn’t know much about the thyroid. I fail to understand why the vast majority of General Practitioners don’t get up to speed on this subject since so many of their patients are suffering from thyroid problems. My doctor has wasted time and money giving me anti-depressants and appetite suppressants (Reductil) and sending me to a counsellor. Thanks again for helping.

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  • I have swallowing problem. Do you think that because my thyroid nodules?
    Is there possible that only take out my nodules but not my thyroids?
    Please help
    Thank you

    • Dr. G. Pepper

      As you know I can’t recommend medical therapy on this website. But I can tell you that sometimes large thyroid nodules can interfere with swallowing. You can ask you doctor to run a barium swallowing test which can show this. Have you had a CT scan or other type of neck xray? This can also help determine whether the swallowing problem is related to the thyroid.

      Depending on what is causing the thyroid nodules treatment with surgery, medication or even a radioactive iodine capsule might help relieve your problems.

      Hope this info helps. Let us know what happens.

  • Thank you so much Dr. G. Pepper
    I have done a lot of test: Up GI scan, ultrasound, X-ray, endoscopy, thyroid scan (2 days), thyroid biopsies and CT. Per my different doctors, anything else is normal and per my thyroid dr., my nodules are not big enough to cause my swallowing problem.
    So, what else can I do? What kind of doctor should I see? Please help.
    Thank you for you time.
    Lucy Sue

  • Shalyn

    Where is the article “how to talk to your endocrinologist”?

  • Dr. G. Pepper

    The section on “how to talk to your endocrinologist” is really part of another article about a genetic basis for explaining why some patients need t3 to treat hypothyroidism successfully.

    You can find what you are searching for at

    Let us know if that helps answer your questions.

  • Christina

    Doctor Pepper, I live in Connecticut and have been supporting my sister in law with her thyroid issues for the past several years. We have visited several Doctors both in CT and MASS, but it seems as they are not paying attention to what is going on. My sister in law has been on Armour Thyroid for over a year now. She started using it last January and the product that she was using was O.K. However since the reformulation of that medicine she has gotten more and more sick. She has tried componded products and is currently getting Thyroid product from Canada since the shortage. Do you have any knowledge of doctors here in CT or MASS that will listen to her issues and help her….She is in chronic pain due to the side effects and allergies to what she is currently taking, and the doctors she has visited have not been helpful.

    Sincerely, Christina

    • Dr. G. Pepper


      Sorry but I don’t know anyone particular you can turn to up North. Maybe another member of can offer a suggestion.

      Let’s see if anyone else has any suggestions.

      Good luck with this.

      Dr. P.

  • I was just recently diagnosed with Pseudohypoparathyroidism but for the longest time period medical doctors informed my family that I had Pseduopseudohypoparathyroidism. I truly don’t understand any of this. Does this mean I’ll have kidney problems? All the websites I’ve seen just say the same medical jargon over and over. I’m so baffled! Just what exactly is the difference? Could anybody guide me find out what’s going on? Bless you to anybody that could assist!