As the title implies, the video is asking for change in the current treatment guidelines for hypothyroidism. Specifically, we want physicians to abandon exclusive TSH testing in the detection and treatment of thyroid disease, provide full thyroid labs, and offer the individual patient various treatment options. So, who is ThyroidChange? What labs are there besides TSH? What options are there in the treatment of hypothyroidism?
ThyroidChange was born from the success of our petition (read the petition's background here). We realized that our thyroid community needed a united voice; therefore, we have aimed to create an international thyroid community comprised of thousands of patients, doctors, and many supporters who believe in our mission. Our community uses collaboration and social media to help further thyroid patient advocacy by attempting to demonstrate the gravity of the patient situation with various efforts. Who is ThyroidChange? YOU are ThyroidChange. Each Facebook like and share, tweet, patient story submitted, signature on the petition… each and every single act in support of ThyroidChange brings us closer to the change that we so desperately need. We help the individual patient become his or her own advocate backed by international support. Together, we can do so much.
Quite simply, TSH does not always correlate with patient symptoms, and is held to a standard that it has not earned. It is only one piece of a complex puzzle. For more information, you should read this article by the National Academy of Hypothyroidism. There are other tests available that provide a better picture of thyroid hormone function and whose values give patients good health in a way that the TSH does not (Free T4, Free T3, TSH, Reverse T3 and thyroid antibodies). Physicians should not prescribe any medications before running this extendedpanel. Doctors are very quick to prescribe "band-aid treatments" without identifying the cause.
"Options? I have options?" This is a question many thyroid patients ask after learning that there are many viable options for the treatment of thyroid disease. Most are only aware of the one with the best marketing campaign and many patients simply do not question what their doctor prescribes. Yet, large numbers of thyroid patients go on to need anti-depressants, cholesterol medications, suffer from lack of motivation or any of the numerous symptoms associated with thyroid disease. This article details the treatment options that you can discuss with your physician. Options need to become widely available because every patient hasunique thyroid hormone needs, yet many of our doctors simply rely on outmoded guidelines and prescribe T4-only medication to every patient. We often hear, "Your TSH is in range, your dose of Synthroid is optimal so, it’s not your thyroid. Let's prescribe you an anti-depressant."
ThyroidChange is simply a patient movement motivated to bring these changes to the thyroid community as a first step to improve the quality of life for thyroid patients. We invite you to take a look at our efforts that are being funded solely by our passion. ThyroidChange is 100% patient volunteer. Please unite with us. WE NEED CHANGE.
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