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.
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.
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.