THYROID TOP DOCTORS DIRECTORY
The following listing includes recommended doctors and practitioners for your thyroid care. Please note that being listed here in the Thyroid Top Doctors Directory doesn't necessarily mean a doctor is the right one for you. The doctor may be an empathetic and warm physician, but not open to working with drugs like Armour or T3 drugs. The doctor may be brilliant and innovative, but have a terrible bedside manner. Or the doctor may be quite costly and not on insurance programs. Always call the doctor's office ahead of time to find out more about the doctor's philosophy, approach, costs, and other important factors before going in for your first appointment. Please let me know if you have feedback -- positive or negative -- about doctors listed here, or would like to recommend your "top" doctor.
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Dr. Ivan Ramos Internal Medicine Bayamon Medical Plaza, Suite 704 Bayamon, Puerto Rico 00959 787-798-9540/41. A reader writes: "He knows what he's doing." (Added 11/02)
Guireida Rivera Colon, Endocrinologist, Calle Comercio, Esquina Hostos
#5, Juana Diaz, P.R. 00795, (787) 837-5952. "When I went to doctor Colon,
I had already been seen from different doctors for approximately 2 years.
My hands and feet were always cold no matter what I did. My face, hands,
arms and ankles were always swollen. I felt depressed and irritable
all the time. My mind felt as if it had cotton balls in it. I gained
weight continuously no matter what I tried. I kept getting more and
more bloated. My periods were extremely irregular. I had gone to several
doctors but they kept telling me that there was nothing wrong with me.
I kept feeling worse and worse. Finally a doctor gave some antidepressants.
I told him that I had nothing to be depressed over. He told me that
sometimes there were chemical imbalances that could not be explained.
I took the antidepressants for two months and all it did was give me
nausea. The weight continued to creep up and I felt worse. My regular
doctor kept telling me that I needed to exercise and stop eating candy.
. I was very frustrated because I had been going to the gym for two
and a half months and had been eating only vegetables. I thought that
maybe that was the way I was supposed to be since I am 42 years old.
I felt like I was 100. Finally I went to Puerto Rico to visit my mother
who was ill. While I was there, a fried recommended that I go see doctor
Colon. She was very thorough in her interview and later on the blood
tests. She told me that I was not going crazy or getting old. She immediately
started me on Cytomel. I have been on it for approximately 6 weeks.
I know it is too soon to tell but at least I know that I am feeling
better. I am no longer tired all the time. I also have lost 3 pounds.
Doctor Colon listen and even gave me a letter to bring to my doctor
in Texas. She was great. She told me that after my doctor did other
tests to please send her a copy and that she would call me on the phone
if she felt I needed another referral where I live. Service like this
is not seen anymore. She is excellent!"
Eva Gonzalez, Endocrinologist, 11 Guarionex St. San Juan, PR, 00918, 787-765-5735. A reader writes: "This doctor is always on the vanguard of information. She treats thyroid disorders as well as diabetes and obese patients as a specialty. She has hypothyroidism herself. I have been looking after my condition with her for the past three years and she has become a friend. Her prescriptions are a combination of prescription medicines and herbal/food supplements, so she also presents a holistic approach to this condition. (Added Dec. 2006)
Dr. Efrain Gonzalez Arroyo, Endocrinologist, Santurce Medical Mall, Santurce, Puerto Rico. A reader writes: "This Doctor is a genuine, human, sharp physician who was the fourth doctor I saw for my condition. I am currently in the middle of a thyroid storm but getting treated. He "rescued" me from another storm 4 years ago when I was so depressed I was ready to give up on life. I had seen several doctors who kept saying it was all in my head, I was bipolar, it was stress, etc...I had a TSH at 0 for months and my fibromyalgia was activated-lots of pain and inability to walk. At work everyone thought that I was unreliable and discriminated against me for absenteeism. fter many years of this and the storm that kept me out of work for 6 months and ready to file disability papers, Dr. Gonzalez Arroyo appeared. He was recommended by a friend who had gone through similar situations with "omnipotent/omniscient" doctors who would never admit to being wrong about a diagnosis. he rest is a long story, so, but I needed to share this with you for the benefit of others, who, like me, had lost hope in their doctors." (Added Dec. 2006)