How To Find a Thyroid Doctor

Sometimes it can be difficult to find a doctor knowledgeable in treating children with sub-clinical thyroid disorder.

I generally skip most endocrinologist as they stick pretty closely to text book synthroid.

Naturapathic Doctors and Chiropractors can Rx natural thyroid in some states, However in most they cannot get you the med you need.

After spending money on way to many intake appointments I got smart.  I called the local compounding pharmacies and asked if they ever fill scripts for Armour.  Then asked for referrals.  It can sometimes be necessary to travel a ways to find a doctor (I know parents who have driven 2 hours one way to obtain their thyroid medication).

I have successfully found thyroid doctor for several parents I have consulted with from all over the country.  Remember that often you only need to visit these doctors once per year to maintain your script.

When calling I ask the following questions:

1.  Does the doctor ever prescribe natural thyroid?
2.  Does the doctor consider both test results and symptoms when determining whether or not to treat the thyroid?
3.  Does the doctor feel comfortable treating cases of sub-clinical thyroid in children?

Often the person on the other end will either know right away that the doctor can do this, or they will take your number and call you back.

Once you find a doctor be sure to bring with you a list of your child’s thyroid symptoms and basal temps to your first appointment.

Does My Child Have Thyroid Issues?

If your child has symptoms of low thyroid it is important to get the appropriate tests. Don’t just ask the Dr to test the thyroid as you WILL get the wrong useless tests and you will have to repeat them.

Check with each person at the lab, from the receptionist to the person who actually does the blood draw that you are getting the FREE T3.

When you get the tests back, look at the TSH, any TSH over 1.5 needs further investigation.  If you treat you should use Natural Dessicated Thyroid (NDT).  There are several brands some of the more well-known are Armour or naturethroid.

Look next at the FREE T3, no other name is acceptable and if you got the REVERSE T3 or any other name you need to repeat the test.

Look at the LabCorp Pediatric Reference ranges for FREE T3. Your child’s FREE T3 needs to be at least in the top 1/3 of the range to be adequate, no matter what your labs says as many labs use adult reference ranges and children need much higher levels of FREE T3 for
proper brain development.

LabCorp Pediatric Reference Ranges for Free T3 (pg/mL)

Male                      Female

1-5 years                    2.4-6.7                  3.0-6.0

6-10 years                 2.9-6.0                  2.7-6.2

11-15 years                3.1-5.9                  2.6-5.7

16-18 years               3.5-5.7                  2.8-5.2

If either the TSH or FREE T3 is less than adequate  you should try to find a doctor to help you.