Hashimoto/Graves’ Diseases Together: A patient in her own words.
“Dr. Guttler FIXED ME!. I went to 4 other doctors before I got to Dr. Guttler. NONE of them understood thyroid well enough to figure out my problem. I found Dr. Guttler in 2008. My daughter has acute Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I have Hashimoto’s and Graves Disease (Hashi-toxicosis). I went to a physician in Pasadena who told me that I needed to visit my OBGYN. I had eyelid retraction, bulging eyeballs and double vision.for some reason, my internist did not find my eyelid retraction disturbing or concerning. FOUR Ophthalmologists told me I had glaucoma. I had Thyroid Eye Disease!!!!! Please understand that one can go blind using glaucoma drops when one does not have glaucoma but has thyroid eye disease. I found out that thyroid is not taught in medical school. To truly understand the thyroid, a doctor has to study and specialize in thyroid, not just endocrine.
Dr. Guttler takes your blood himself in his office. I LOVE IT. He also does the ultrasound right in his office. I had developed nodules on my thyroid, my hair was falling out, I had bleeding fibroids, wasn’t sleeping well, thin nails and I was freezing all the time in addition to my pronounced eyelid retraction. NO ONE TOLD ME! Luckily those nodules were benign. I had gotten a physical from my internist every year. The “normal” thyroid panel often does not reflect a problem. The correct blood tests can’t be ordered if the doctor doesn’t know how to order the proper blood tests. Dr. Guttler is the ONLY Thyroid Endocrinologist that I have met that knows what he is doing. After three months on Synthroid my eyes went back in my head and my hair grew back at the temples. I immediately began sleeping more soundly. I also lost the ten pounds that wouldn’t come off. It was amazing. “