adenure
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    Hi,

    Maybe ask him what he suggests as a long term treatment plan. Does he support the long term use of ATD’s, what is his approach there with dosing, how often on blood work, does he take into consideration how you’re feeling as well as the numbers on the lab. “Normal” does have a big range, so that’s a thought. Ask him what his patients tend to do as far as definitive treatments- does he know of any surgeons who do a lot of thyroidectomies in case you decide to go that route- anyone he recommends, works with, refers his patients to (if you’re contemplating that possibility at some point). How does he manage you after surgery or RAI- what would he prescribe, how often are blood tests run- basically establishing that he’s willing to work with you, communicate, monitor your levels every few months while you’re being treated with ATD’s or establishing a Synthroid dose after definitive treatment. My endo. was going to test my levels every 2 months for the 1st year I was on ATD’s if I had stayed that route.

    For me, the most important thing is having a doctor who will listen to you and your symptoms, do labs frequently, and communicate with you in a timely manner. Asking how many Graves patients he has would be good too just to see if he is more geared towards Diabetes, other metabolic issues or if he has a basis of Graves Disease patients and experience there.

    Alexis