In early January 2014, I had my first appointment with the Integrative GP. I will refer to them as “IGP”. I did not know what to expect at this appointment but before I went I had a lot of paperwork to fill out that they sent me a few weeks prior in the mail. It was basically about my medical history & what I had suffered from in the past & what I was currently suffering from.
On the day of the appointment I felt a bit nervous & of course I was suffering from dizziness which was becoming a strain on my everyday life. I had already started the progesterone cream that the compounding pharmacist had recommended & the thyroid medication but had not seen tremendous results a month into this. I took all my recent blood test results & results from the pharmacist as well.
Upon arrival at the IGP, the receptionist got all my paperwork ready & sent me to do a urine test. They added some powder to it & were looking for something specific. I got the all clear for that. Then my moment arrived! My one on one with the IGP. My first appointment was for 1 hour. I must admit I could not remember all my symptoms. I told the IGP most of the stuff that I was experiencing but then they would question me on a few things based on the information I had sent in prior. This would then trigger more information & symptoms that I had to relay. IGP quizzed me a few times on my symptoms, saying you are not telling me everything. There was so much to say I could not remember everything.
What really blew me away was when IGP was looking at my last blood test, they were pointing out all the deficiencies that I had. How low my progesterone was when the last GP I saw told me all my hormones were within normal range. Finally I had confirmation from a doctor of what I had suspected. IGP told me I was in perimenopause!
The hour was over. It went by quick, but I felt relieved. Relieved that I finally found a doctor who took me seriously! Who believed what I was saying, that finally understood & did not dismiss me. I finally found the help I needed! I left with a few prescriptions in hand & with quite a few supplements. IGP increased my progesterone cream from 0.5% once a day which was what the pharmacist advised to twice daily, since I still had a lot of cream left. I made another appointment for 8 weeks time.