Aside from not being on the correct dose, what are the reasons why you may not be feeling well on T4-only medication (e.g. Synthroid, levothyroxine)? Thyroid treatment options and dosing are as varied as the individual patient. Many patients and practitioners report that T4-only medication doesn't always resolve patient symptoms. There are reasons for this. ThyroidChange contributing writer, Kent Holtorf, MD, discusses the important reasons why in the following article.
We all know how troubling a thyroid condition can be and if you have a thyroid disorder that is severe enough to render you disabled, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Consider your condition and if you have debilitating fatigue, pain, heart issues, brain fog, mental impairments, or a combination of the many associated symptoms and you find yourself unable to work, please read on...
Symptoms of thyroid disease can reveal themselves in many different ways. Discussing the many presentations of thyroid disease can help individuals recognize when they should have their thyroid hormone levels checked. Thyroid patient advocate, writer, and author, Rachel Hill discusses the ten most surprising symptoms that she faced as a result of thyroid disease. If you identify with these symptoms, you should request a full thyroid panel run by a medical professional.
Building an effective support network is important in life especially when you have a chronic condition such as thyroid hormone imbalance or autoimmune thyroid disease. Dr. Brittany Henderson of the Charleston Thyroid Center offers four steps to help patients develop a lifelong thyroid doctor-patient relationship with a medical professional who fits their personal needs.
When diagnosing and treating individuals with symptoms of thyroid hormone imbalance, many medical professionals will refer exclusively to the TSH laboratory test. Patients who have symptoms despite a “normal” TSH test and research laboratory testing for hypothyroidism will quickly discover that there are medical professionals and patients advocating for testing beyond TSH.
Healthy adrenal function is essential to thyroid hormone balance. Holistic health coach, Andrea Beaman details the common symptoms as well as the common causes of adrenal dysfunction with some suggestions regarding nutritional deficiencies.
Many patients are finding their path to health with expanded laboratory testing and expanded treatment options thanks to the advocacy within the thyroid community. However, many patients are still suffering due to a lack of diagnosis or inability to access options beyond levothyroxine-only. How can we help to end the global suffering of thyroid patients?
Depression is a known symptom of thyroid disease. The exclusive use of the TSH laboratory test does not identify all patients with thyroid hormone imbalance since it is a measure of pituitary function not of thyroid hormone. Therefore, expanded thyroid hormone testing must be conducted before a patient is diagnosed with a mental health disorder.
It can be challenging for patients to know where to begin when approaching their individual nutritional needs. Beginning with the vitamin levels that often need to be raised in patients with hypothyroidism, individuals can use the information below to have a discussion with their medical professional regarding testing, diets changes and, if needed, supplementation.
Submitted by Erica H.
Sherman Oaks, California, USA
Patient Question: "Does Hashimoto's go away with treatment? I have Hashimoto's and it seems to go away and then it comes back. It also seems to come in cycles: skin breakouts (hormonal acne, predominately on my chin and neck) followed by extreme dry skin/hair and water retention/weight gain/constipation.
by Kit Kellison
ThyroidChange Guest Writer
Okay everyone, there is a lot of misinformation going around the net about the role of gluten in thyroid disease. In the next two blogs I'll try to suss out everything we thyroid patients need to know about the role of gluten in our diets.
Submitted by Jeannie
Naperville, Illinois, USA
Patient Question: "I have some test results that I wanted a clearer understanding of. I had a total thyroidectomy for Graves' disease and a multi-nodule goiter at the end of July. I had just come down from being hyperthyroid to the higher end of "normal" when I had the surgery.
by Denise Roguz
ThyroidChange Co-Founder and Hashimoto's Patient
During Thyroid Disease Awareness Month, a ground-breaking new documentary on thyroid disease, Sick to Death!, will have its online premiere on Vimeo. The film uncovers the horrible difficulties that patients often have with getting diagnosed or finding proper treatment.
by Michelle Santonastaso
ThyroidChange Guest Writer and Hashimoto's Patient
Yes. You read that correct. There have been some amazing advances in the field of neuroscience, published March 12th, and it affects us, thyroid patients. How?
Submitted by Sharon B.
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Patient Question: "What is the major cause of high reverse T3 (RT3)? When high RT3 is cleared with T3-only therapy, is it usually necessary to continue on some type of thyroid medication containing T4 as well (such as natural desiccated thyroid)?"