When I was 11, I went to see a pediatric endocrinologist. This visit took place because I was very small. After visiting the specialist, he diagnosed that I needed to take thyroid supplements. I apparently had not grown for about 4 years based on a bone scan. Anyway, after the first year taking thyroid, I grew six inches. I ended up reaching a height of about 5’3″, which is appropriate for my family. Since then, that was in the early 70’s, thyroid tests are done as routine. A simple blood test can determine a deficiency, Hypoactive, or too much, Hyperactive. Should a blood test come back and reveal that your thyroid gland needs help, there are inexpensive supplements that you can take that will greatly enhance the quality of your life.
I personally recommend seeing an endocrinologist, even though thyroid problems are relatively easy to deal with. If you have a problem with your thyroid, it will need to be maintained and taken seriously. My hypoactive thyroid has been treated by a plethora of doctors, including family practitioners and OBGYNS. Now I see an endocrinologist who also specializes in diabetes. There is no comparison to the way I feel by taking the correct prescription versus taking something that should have been taken “off the market.” I see my endocrinologist now annually, but at first, it was every three month and then every six months. It is not something to take lightly and the amount of information that the endocrinologist uses to make these life altering decisions is worthwhile to you. He/She will know if a generic should not be used for your condition. They will know that there may be a drug that can be prescribed that is inconsistent and why. They will know if your symptoms are based on thyroid which could rule out other conditions, assuming that thyroid medication is all that is necessary.
How long are you willing to live with heart palpitations and fatigue? Can you really afford mental sluggishness or confusion? In this day and age of the Internet, it is worth your time to look up the symptoms and see what all can be affected by your endocrine system.