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How to Find a Good Medical Professional for Your Thyroid Condition

How to Find a Good Medical Professional for Your Thyroid Condition
Originally published on 17th December 2019
Last updated on 25th April 2021

Finding the right medical professional for you can be time-consuming but very much worth the time. 

Many thyroid patients complain about feeling dismissed and unheard by their doctors, and are not happy with their current testing and treatment.

However, do know that you don’t have to stay with one doctor or practitioner if you don’t feel that they have your health in their best interest, or if you are struggling to build a positive relationship with them.

The Difference in Types of Medicine

Many thyroid patients aren’t aware that conventional medicine isn’t the only option when  it comes to their thyroid health.

In fact, many of us actually make more of a recovery with the combined support of a more integrative doctor or practitioner.

Conventional medicine aims to treat a patient with a drug for their ailment or symptom, whereas functional medicine looks at getting to the root cause of the symptoms and health condition. Whereas Conventional medicine looks at each symptom and health condition as a separate issue to treat, functional medicine is holistic and looks at the whole body, considering how one issue can have a knock-on effect and cause other things to go wrong, too.

For some thyroid patients, conventional medicine works just fine for them and they return to good health on thyroid medication alone for their underactive thyroid, but for many others, they never quite feel right again after diagnosis and require more in depth treatment.

A lot of thyroid patients feel that a functional medicine approach is better suited to them because it not only deals with their thyroid condition, but also looks at other parts of the endocrine system which also require attention.

Functional practitioners also confirm whether your hypothyroidism is autoimmune (it is for around 90% of us) as this can be important and crucial in your recovery. [1] Conventional medicine feel that treatment will always remain the same, whether you have autoimmune thyroid disease or not. Due to cost restraints, conventional doctors are rarely allowed to use innovative tests and treatments and often can’t spend enough time to help identify, run tests or treat complex autoimmune diseases and hormonal imbalances. So, when you need more personalised thyroid treatment, conventional medicine can feel inadequate.

Deciding which type of practitioner or doctor you wish to see is hugely important as they can differ in what they offer. Please see my in depth summary of different medical professionals here.

Those that tend to fall in to conventional/mainstream medicine:

  • Standard GPs
  • Endocrinologists

Your GP can usually refer you to see an endocrinologist.  

Those that tend to fall in to functional/integrative medicine:

  • Some Private GPs
  • Functional Doctors
  • Functional Medicine Practitioners
  • Naturopaths

Tips for Finding The Right Practitioner for You

Ask Others

You can ask the thyroid patient community for recommendations, such as in online forums and support groups. HealthUnlocked is a popular online forum, as well as TPAUK’s forum. Facebook groups can also be useful, as well as Facebook pages, Instagram communities and even Twitter. Ask others for their recommendations.

You may also try different doctors at the same practise. For example, I tried about ten different GP’s at my NHS practise until one would really listen to me and run the full thyroid panel.

Two Facebook groups you may wish to ask in include:

Use Online Lists

There are various lists collated online with recommended practitioners.

There is:

Do an Online Search

You can also do an internet search of your area. For example, you can search for ‘Functional Doctor in London’ and browse websites.

Contact Charities and Other Organisations

If you’re in the UK specifically, you can contact Thyroid UK for their list of private practitioners that are often more open to comprehensive testing and treatment for hypothyroidism.

Choosing The Right Person

Browse online reviews and testimonials, look at their qualifications and experience (especially in treating thyroid conditions) and emailing or calling their reception to ask questions about the test and treatment options they offer, can be a good idea.

You may also wish to note down associated costs such as those for appointments, prescriptions, follow-up appointments, testing and more. Many practitioners are priced differently and this will help when finding someone within your budget.

Also feel free to share in the comments section below how you found your current doctor or practitioner. 



About Author

Rachel Hill is the highly ranked and multi-award winning thyroid patient advocate, writer, speaker and author behind The Invisible Hypothyroidism. Her thyroid advocacy work includes writing articles, authoring books, producing her Thyroid Family email newsletters and speaking on podcasts and at events about the many aspects thyroid disease affects and how to overcome these. She is well-recognised as a crucial and influential contributor to the thyroid community and has a large social media presence. Her bestselling books include "Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate" and "You, Me and Hypothyroidism".


  • Amie Hornaman
    December 23, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Rachel! It’s been a few years since we last chatted but I love your blogs! We need to combine forces again to get this info out to thyroid patients. It is soooo important for people to know that they CAN get their life back. Thank you for the props for functional medicine practitioners as well. It’s warriors like you that lead the people who are discouraged and frustrated over their current care to me so I can fix their thyroid. Thank you! And let’s connect soon. -Amie Hornaman MsN, FMP

  • Rifat iqbal
    December 17, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Thank you 😇


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