Sometimes I feel like my doctors are just playing "Hot Potato" with me.
They keep passing me around, sending me to one another, hoping that someone else will come up with a diagnosis.
My rheumatologist, concerned about my continuing Vitamin D deficiency despite megadoses of supplements, decided to send me to my endocrinologist.
The internist thought that was a good idea because my thyroid levels were fluctuating widely and we couldn't figure out why. Maybe it's connected, she said.
So I go see the endocrinologist, who, by the way, had a three month wait for an appointment despite the fact that I've seen him since 2003. By the time I get in with him, my thyroid levels have stabilized and I've attributed the fluctuating levels to using a generic of Levoxyl. (I know, I know -- generics are supposed to be equivalent to their name brands. But thyroid drugs are notoriously fussy.)
So, the endocrinologist expresses major concern about my stagnant Vitamin D levels too. He decides that the problem must be an absorption issue, and wants me to visit my gastroenterologist.
But the gastroenterologist did an endoscopy earlier this year (I think -- I guess I'm not sure of my dates now) with multiple biopsies looking for celiac disease as an explanation for my low iron stores (despite oral supplements) and my Vitamin D deficiency. I didn't have celiac disease. I guess he could do a colonoscopy with biopsies looking for absorption issues in my intestines, but wouldn't he have suggested that back then if he thought it was a good idea? After the endoscopy, of course, he referred me back to the rheumatologist
(I left voicemail for the gastroenterologist's scheduler because I'll be a good little patient and go consult with him as ordered. That was Tuesday, and I still haven't heard back. I guess I'll need to call again next week.)
Anyway, I feel like I make the endless loop of specialists as they pass me back and forth. Do they really think one of their colleagues will suddenly have a brainstorm and figure it all out? I mean, I guess that is the hope, otherwise there's no point in seeing any more doctors.
I'd just like the endless loop of Hot Potato to end.
Whew! - This has been me all summer :-/ *Thank God for air conditioning! *
1 month ago