Re: getting an accurate diagnosis

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Posted by Steven Spandorfer, MD on August 14, 19100 at 17:42:41:

In Reply to: getting an accurate diagnosis posted by Bonnie on August 13, 19100 at 23:52:58:

: Hi there!

: I'm dealing with a new endocrynologist, who is starting over insofar as hormone level testing is concerned. I'm interested in getting an accurate diagnosis, and since so many disorders mimic the symptoms of PCOS, I know sometimes sensitive tests are in order. I have heard of some doctors pegging a patient with a PCOS diagnosis as a catch-all when something else was actually wrong with them after all, and others missing a perfectly accurate diagnonis of the disorder for lack of knowledge.

: What tests should I make sure she administers?

: What else should I ask for?

: Right now, I'm getting basic hormonal testing, do I need anything more sophisticated at this time?

: How can I become a partner with my new doctor when I have very basic insecurities dealing with them after years of being treated like a hypochodriac?

: I want to participate in my own diagnosis and care, but I don't know where to begin.

: Help?

: Thanks,
: B

There is no simple catch-all test list for all patients with possible PCOS. Each patient is individual and testing will reflect that. I feel it is most important that you feel comfortable with whatever tests are ordered and understand what they mean.. Trust with your doctor can be gained over time - it isnt necessarily an automatic. Good luck.

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