I’d been struggling with increasing fatigue for about 10 years before I went to see Dr. Doyle. I’d told three primary care physicians about this and a thyroid specialist, each of whom reported bloodwork to be within normal range, and seemed completely disinterested in exploring my symptoms further and working with me to figure out what was wrong and what to do about it. When the fatigue reached the point where I was falling asleep at my desk and falling behind at work, I saw an advertisement in a small circulation local newspaper for Dr. Doyle, which listed chronic fatigue as one of his areas of focus, so I made an appointment. For the first time in my adult life, a doctor talked to me for a full hour, taking a detailed history, and then talked with me as a partner in my own health to determine a step-by-step plan of testing and assessment. He ordered tests that other doctors usually don’t, explaining to me why he preferred them, and they showed a thyroid and adrenal deficiency, for which Dr. Doyle suggested a progressive plan of treatment and continuing assessment, which involved both medications and lifestyle changes. He also hooked me up with articles and books to learn more about my condition. The result of this was a steady diminishment of my fatigue and increase in energy and productivity.
One thing that is unique about Dr. Doyle is that he assumes that his patients must be equal partners with him in their own health care, and that his patients have the interest and intelligence to understand his part of the doctor-patient collaboration. As a result, he listens and will share as much of the technical medical information as you want to know. The other thing that is unique about Dr. Doyle is that he focuses on wellness rather than illness. As a result of that approach, what a patient has to say about how well he feels is as important to Dr. Doyle as the medical data. He also knows that how his patient feels will usually be the first indication either patient or doctor will have of a change in medical status requiring further assessment and possible treatment.