It is a good idea to discuss your endocrine concerns with your doctor, so they can start possible evaluation and treatment. In addition, your primary doctor can help the specialist by providing relevant information about your health, and, if necessary, a referral to see one of our endocrinologist.
When should you be referred to an endocrinologist?
When you are facing a diagnosis of a hormonal condition, like diabetes or thyroid disease, your doctor may suggest you see an endocrinologist. You may be wondering why you need to see a specialist instead of simply sticking with your primary doctor.
Can I self refer to an endocrinologist?
When to See an Endocrinologist
A primary care provider will determine if you need to see an endocrinologist and can write you a referral. The PCP may be able to diagnose and treat your condition themselves, without referring you to specialized care.
Why would you need to see an endocrinologist?
Diabetes: An endocrinologist can help you find the right education and care program to manage your diabetes, including medications and management of blood sugar. This can help prevent bigger complications such as heart disease, stroke and renal failure.
What happens at your first endocrinologist appointment?
When you first visit, the endocrinologist will ask you a series of questions to learn more about your symptoms, health habits, other medical conditions, medications, and family history of hormone-related problems. They will consult with your referring doctor and review your medical records.
What kind of tests does an endocrinologist do?
Your endocrinologist may request imaging exams to look at your endocrine system function. Thyroid ultrasound imaging may be used to look at your thyroid’s structure. A fine-needle aspiration can help rule out cancer in a thyroid nodule. A thyroid scan shows the size, shape and function of the thyroid gland.
Can an endocrinologist help me lose weight?
Endocrinologists, who are specialists in hormones and metabolism, can help assess the cause of your obesity and the possible complications. They also can direct how you should be treated and prescribe and monitor your medications. Don’t expect overnight results with a weight loss plan. There are no quick fixes.
What questions should I ask my endocrinologist?
- Why you might see an endocrinologist. …
- Before your appointment. …
- Is my diabetes under control? …
- What do the test results mean – and what remains unknown? …
- Is my fatigue – or any other issue – actually hormone-related? …
- What are the side effects of the medications I need to take?
What does an endocrinologist do for thyroid?
Even within the community of endocrinologists there are doctors that obtain additional training in the study of the thyroid. We often refer to ourselves as thyroidologists. Thyroidologists are endocrinologists who specifically study, diagnose, manage and treat the thyroid gland.
What are some common endocrine disorders?
Common endocrine disorders include diabetes mellitus, acromegaly (overproduction of growth hormone), Addison’s disease (decreased production of hormones by the adrenal glands), Cushing’s syndrome (high cortisol levels for extended periods of time), Graves’ disease (type of hyperthyroidism resulting in excessive thyroid …
What diseases does an endocrinologist treat?
Some of the most common conditions that endocrinologists treat include:
- Diabetes (types 1 and 2)
- Adrenal disorders, including Conn’s syndrome (primary hyperaldosteronism) and Cushing syndrome.
- Cholesterol disorders.
- Addison’s disease.
- Metabolic bone diseases such as osteoporosis.
What happens when you see an endocrinologist?
An endocrinologist can diagnose and treat hormone problems and the complications that arise from them. Hormones regulate metabolism, respiration, growth, reproduction, sensory perception, and movement. Hormone imbalances are the underlying reason for a wide range of medical conditions.
Can an endocrinologist do surgery?
What procedures and treatments does an endocrinologist do? Endocrinologists order or perform various procedures and treatments to manage hormonal conditions. If you need surgery, your endocrinologist will refer you to either a general surgeon or a specialized surgeon depending on your condition.
What should I bring to my first endocrinologist appointment?
First, remember to have all the necessary documentation with you, including your ID, insurance information, and your medical records. If you have previous lab tests for any medical conditions, the better. It is advisable to bring a notebook with you to help you answer the endocrinologist’s questions correctly.
How do I prepare for an endocrinologist appointment?
Get a notebook and prepare a list of information to give to your doctor:
- Write down all of the symptoms that you’re experiencing, even if they don’t seem related to diabetes. …
- Write down your blood sugar values.
- Make a list of important changes that have occurred in your life recently.
When should I see an endocrinologist for weight gain?
An evaluation with an endocrinologist can help determine if a hormonal condition is the underlying cause of weight gain. Declining estrogen, adrenal disorders, hormonal resistance, thyroid imbalance, and several other hormonal imbalances can lead to weight gain.