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 medication 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 three 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 thyroid symptoms that she faced as a result of the condition. If you identify with these symptoms, you should request a full thyroid panel run by a medical professional.
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 will discover that there are medical professionals and patients advocating for testing beyond TSH with a full thyroid panel. Read the article below for the best thyroid hormone tests to diagnose and monitor your thyroid condition, whether you are hypothyroid, hyperthyroid, have Graves' disease or Hashimoto's, or if you are a current or previous thyroid cancer patient.
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.
by Michelle Santonastaso
ThyroidChange Guest Writer and Hashimoto's Patient
Two studies released their findings that are significant for patients with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, an organ-specific autoimmune disease which attacks the thyroid gland. This disease was linked to a greater risk for the development of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and an increased report of symptoms of depression.