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20-10-2014 21:14 #81
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20-10-2014 21:29 #82
We had our first FS appt this afternoon. I came away not overly impressed but I might be overreacting lol. I think because the naturopath in seeing is so amazing and explains EVERYTHING so well, I have a high expectation of other doctors right now!
I took all the tests in with me that I already had so he looked through those. Asked me about my cycle length, gave me a heap more blood tests to do, referred DH for his SA and gave me a referral for a HSG. That was all fine but I was surprised he didn't ask to see my BBT charts at all and said things like "have you been told you have PCOS? I see from your scan you don't have cysts but you have higher androgens than normal and a long cycle so you must do". Well no, not necessarily, my thyroid issue and high iron could be causing those things to happen too., He also said the saliva hormone tests are "not very reliable, we'll get more blood tests instead" and I don't believe that to be true. He gave me a script for thyroid medication which I think is a bad idea, and my naturopath agrees. She's certainly not against medication where required, but my thyroid levels are good, I just have too many thyroid antibodies. Taking that medication could completely ruin my thyroid levels altogether.
So I guess so far I'm not totally thrilled with him, but it was only the first appointment, I might have a bit more of a chat at the next appointment and see how I feel about his methods then. What do you ladies think? Am I expecting a bit much and overthinking it? I probably am, I tend to be that way!
21-10-2014 14:53 #83
@HillDweller- no I think you're totally justified in feeling that way! Especially considering how much we all pay for this specialist advice! You certainly want to feel like you're being listened to. Not all doctors have the best bedside manner unfortunately. 😒
I'd probably give him the benefit of the doubt though & see him again. But just make sure you get your points across this time. If you still think he's shirking you off, then I'd change doctor. Again for the same reasoning in that you're spending a lot of money with them so you want to feel like it is justified & you're getting the path of action you want.
Good luck for next time! 👍
21-10-2014 16:44 #84
Agreed. I ended up changing my FS as my previous one had such an abrasive personality.
21-10-2014 20:01 #85Senior Member
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@HillDweller - no good to hear that you didn't get a good feeling from your FS. Maybe ask him more Qs when something doesn't feel right... And get him to explain the pros & cons of anything he is recommending. I reckon if it doesn't feel better next time, walk away & find someone you like
22-10-2014 07:43 #86
Yeah HD agree with the others, ask more questions so that you're satisfied with the answers if you're still not happy with his manner I'd switch but it is a lot of money to be switching around and starting again.
22-10-2014 17:34 #87
Thanks ladies Yeah, I think I'll wait until the next appointment and see what he's like once he's got all my test results back. I'm hoping that maybe he was just not very forthcoming with info because he didn't have much to go on yet...
I'm going to be pretty upfront with him next time though and tell him I'm not the type of person who just goes along and does whatever the doctor says - I like to be involved in my medical care, work WITH someone and know all the ins and outs of why he's ordering particular tests, what they mean and come up with a plan TOGETHER about our options.
When he gave my DH the form to get the SA he didn't give him ANY info about it at all (I was in the other room). It was only because I was sure I'd read there are criteria around how long you need to have not DTD for beforehand etc that I asked the nurse after our appointment. If I hadn't done that he would have rocked up to do it and not been able to. That's just poor form in my opinion (and just as hopeless as the GP I sometimes see who I specifically had to say after she gave me a blood test form: "So I have to fast for this?" "Oh. Yes." and don't I need 2 forms if I need to do day 14 and day 21 tests?? "Oh, yeah, I guess so" Gah! I pay these people!!
So I've booked to do my HSG on 7th November. I have to go on my own, DH will be back at work then. I remember someone saying not long ago they had one, now I can't remember who! Tell me it's not as bad as dr google tells me it is? I'm quite terrified!
Oh, also, my naturopath ordered another thyroid blood test for me to do yesterday so I could question him on the thyroid meds he gave me (I did tell him the test he was looking at was a month old and I'd been taking herbs to try and improve it, you would think he would have wanted to double check the level again now???) So he said he wanted to see it "under 2" (it was 2.6) my test from yesterday shows it is 1.5
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22-10-2014 21:07 #88
It was me @HillDweller & it was absolutely fine! It was just like a Pap smear really but a bit longer. Not sore, just uncomfortable. The worst part for me was when they put in the duck-bill thing like a smear, the inside stuff was not a bother & I didn't cramp much either. I have had a kid though so they say that can sometimes make it easier, not sure why though? Take some Nurofen about 30mins before too. 👍
AFM- had a win today! Had our follow-up FS appt from all the testing & stuff. All is normal for me which is good, but we were also very pleased to hear DH's swimmers have improved loads! Yay! He's gone from 14million/ml to 33million/mil & motility has gone from 22% to 73%!!! Soooo pleased! So it WAS the hot baths affecting him!
Based on this we're going to keep trying naturally until at least the new year & if we still haven't fallen by then we can re-assess & discuss options. Fx'd his swimmers made the journey this time & we get a BFP on the weekend anyway! 👍
22-10-2014 21:12 #89
Becks it's amazing how quick the turn around is hey? DH went from 6% progressive motility (his count and morphology were ok) with 1 pg in 2 years, to pg with this bean in just under 3 months. We don't know what his motility was, as we didn't even get to the 3 month mark for retesting! In DH's case it was a reduction in caffeine and codeine and Menevit.
22-10-2014 21:54 #90
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