I've only seen my doctor a couple times so I'm not positive how much I love him across the board, but he's been very helpful and knowledgable about this issue so I'm very thankful for that!
I actually found him in a sort of roundabout way. I'd pretty much self-diagnosed with low progesterone and hormonal imbalances and suspected I had a thyroid problem as well. But I kept getting the runaround from a lot of other doctors, including a laproscopic surgery I didn't need! I didn't know where to start with finding a doctor and didn't like what I was hearing whenever I tried someone new. So I decided to call a local birthing center that's gotten rave reviews here, and see if by any chance their midwives had any recomendations of fertility doctors or obgyn's.
I spoke with one of the midwives and she agreed with me about my self-diagnoisis. She didn't know any doctors to refer me to, but suggested that I look into buying over the counter progesterone cream at one of the local whole foods markets. I LOVE the pharmacists at our local supermarket where I usually get my prescriptions filled...so I decided to call there first and see if they had any knowledge about what the best brand might be or anything like that. She said she didn't really know, but gave me the number to the local compounding pharmacy (which one of my best friends had already recomended I try....I should just learn she's always right, and save myself time! hehe...thanks again DLsGroovyMom!!)
I spoke directly to the pharmacist there and asked him what the best brand of over the counter cream was, and he said "I can tell you some about it but I do NOT recomend over the counter, because it's not really FDA regulated so you really dont' ever know what you're getting or not getting!" That seemed like a darned good reason to me, and I really wanted to know for sure what was wrong and have a doctor test me anyway....so he offered to give me the names of some local doctors! I called a couple, and went with the first guy he gave me. He's a GP, and been in hormone replacement therapy for years and years, though he's a few tests away from officially having his specialty. He listened to my symptoms, took one look at my chart and agreed with me that I needed to be tested. And now I finally have some answers and hope of improvements!!
So yeah, I'd agree that it's probably a lot easier to find "crunchy" doctors on the west coast! But I guess it can still be hard no matter where you are.
I'd suggest you take the advice I should have taken from my friend earlier hehe. She gave me a link to find compounding pharmacies in my area. http://www.iacprx.org/site/PageServe...=lookup_survey
....let me know if that link doesn't work, or just go back to www.iacprx.org
and see if you can find the link from there. I think you have to register with an email address and then you can look stuff up.
Then call whoever is nearest you and speak directly to the head pharamcist, and see if they have any suggestions of doctors in your area. Of course for adrenal issues it's not exactly the same, but I'd guess HRT specialists might also have more info on adrenal issues than your average doctor. So ask the pharmacist for recomendations of doctors who are experienced in adrenal issues OR HRT.
You can also check out www.salivatest.com
. That's the lab I got my tests done through. And sometimes depending the state you're in, I think you can ever request the test kit through them and get the tests done without a prescription, though I'll say it's INCREDIBLY helpful to have a good doctor to help you interpret the results, and write you prescriptions for anything else you might need. The saliva test was for cortisol levels and hormone levels...then my doctor also did the blood test for thyroid and some other stuff.
I'll see if I can find the handouts he gave me and find out how long it takes me to type them up hehe.