Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Every cell of the body requires thyroid hormone for proper functioning, so symptoms of hypothyroidism can result in every part of the body. Research reveals hypothyroidism is linked to heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, cancer, issues with the liver, kidneys, gall bladder, mental health, pregnancy complications, and more. Despite being linked to some of the deadliest diseases of our time, there is very little awareness about thyroid disease.

The prevalence of thyroid disease is downright shocking. 1.6 billion people worldwide are thought to be at risk of thyroid dysfunction with the World Health Organization estimating 750 million people are living with a thyroid condition right now. And the most dreadful part of this problem is that up to 60 percent of those living with a thyroid disorder are currently undiagnosed.

Many of us are told our symptoms are all in our head, but they are often NOT.

This OB/GYN Shares Natural Treatments for Vaginal Yeast Infections

This OB/GYN Shares Natural Treatments for Vaginal Yeast Infections

Raise your hand if you’ve ever experienced a vaginal yeast infection?

Women around the world are raising their hand right now, especially if they struggle with hormonal imbalance. [Read more…]

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) or Hypothyroidism?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) or Hypothyroidism?

With a Hypothyroid Mom following of over 1.2 million people, I hear stories all the time. Common threads emerge and particular symptoms show up in story after story. One thing is absolutely clear. Every woman with PCOS should have her thyroid health fully evaluated. I haven’t forgotten all the adolescent girls that present with what look like PCOS symptoms. I created Hypothyroid Mom for adults but I know that there are many parents visiting my site with teen girls struggling with undiagnosed hypothyroidism. I know because I was one of those teens. [Read more…]

The original term for hypothyroidism “myxoedema” on old death certificates

The original term for hypothyroidism (myxoedema) on old death certificates

One day while I was posting an article on the Hypothyroid Mom Facebook Page, a comment from a follower jumped off the screen at me. All I saw was “I found the old term for hypothyroidism “myxoedema” on death certificates from the early 1900s” and I had to find out more.
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Are Cholesterol Medications Zapping Your Thyroid? A Cardiologist Explains

Are cholesterol medications zapping your thyroid? A cardiologist explains

This cardiologist professes pharmaceuticals for heart disease are rarely necessary and most heart procedures are dangerous and usually unnecessary, but always financially rewarding to the doctor. He treats heart disease with natural approaches including dietary changes, toxin reduction, and natural supplements. Hmm… [Read more…]

First recorded accounts of the clinical features of adult hypothyroidism, 1873

First recorded account of clinical features of adult hypothyroidism 1873

Queen Victoria (1819-1901)

Queen Victoria’s court physician Sir William Withey Gull is credited as the first person to record the clinical features of hypothyroidism in adults in his 1873 seminal paper.[1] [Read more…]

Thyroid & Cold Intolerance…Heat Intolerance Too!

Thyroid & Cold Intolerance...Heat Intolerance Too!

I’m cold. All. The. Time.

I need to wear a sweater in summer to keep from freezing.

My body just can’t handle the air conditioning in my workplace.

But what about me? I’m hot all the time.

Here I am wearing a sleeveless shirt in the dead of winter.

Sleep without my fan? Impossible.

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When hypothyroidism is painful: Musculoskeletal manifestations

When hypothyroidism is painful: Musculoskeletal manifestations

Pain.
I can’t bear it.
Help!
Doctors tell me it’s not my thyroid.
They say there is nothing more they can do.
Some say it’s all in my head. [Read more…]

Eczema, Psoriasis & Your Thyroid: Is There a Connection?

Eczema, Psoriasis & Your Thyroid

“MOMMMMMMY! Itchy!” I cried as my mother whipped me up in her arms and carried me to a bathroom sink filled with warm water and epsom salts. I was 3. Or at least that is the earliest memory I have of the eczema that would devastate my skin (oh the oozing, itchy, angry red eczema on my feet were some of the worst moments) every winter of my life.

Dermatologist after dermatologist gave my mother cream after cream to apply until I was old enough to continue the hated tradition on my own. Those creams did nothing to help me. I learned to live with it. I would hide my oozing, red hands in my pockets or behind my back or in gloves. I figured this was just who I was and I had to live with it. Or at least that was what my dermatologists had me believe.

Then an incredible thing happened. One winter my eczema didn’t appear. No eczema. This can’t be possible? After practically life-long eczema it seemed unlikely that it had disappeared all on its own. It was that same year that I had had enough with hypothyroidism. I wasn’t going to let this disease define me and I got into the best health of my life, digging through the scientific literature on hypothyroidism and reading anything and everything on hypothyroidism. Finding a fabulous doctor who really listened to me and I was feeling the best I had in years. And guess what? That eczema that I had endured for almost 40 years disappeared and it hasn’t reappeared for nearly 8 years now. If you’ve been following Hypothyroid Mom for any length of time, you know that I’ve mentioned that I suspect now that I had undiagnosed hypothyroidism since I was a wee child, for as long as I can remember having that eczema too. Do you see the connection? [Read more…]

300 hypothyroidism symptoms: count how many you have

300 hypothyroidism symptoms: count how many you have

The World Health Organization estimates that thyroid dysfunction affects 750 million people worldwide and the American Thyroid Association warns that up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.

Of the 750 million people with thyroid dysfunction, 1.3 million of them are currently following my site Hypothyroid Mom. The majority are here because they are still feeling unwell despite standard hypothyroidism treatment. Most are told their thyroid is “fine” while they struggle with a countless number of symptoms. Often times their doctors have no clue the vast array of symptoms that can befall a thyroid patient and most patients have no idea their symptoms could possibly be a red flag that their condition is not being well treated. Some may back down from speaking up to their doctor because they feel “doctor knows best” or that they don’t have any scientific proof to back up their claims…until now. [Read more…]

A cardiologist explains why magnesium is so good for your heart health

A cardiologist explains why magnesium is so important for your heart health

I first saw one of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s YouTube videos on heart health and I was hooked. Dr. Gupta is a cardiologist in York, England. He explains how important magnesium is for everyone to maintain good heart health. [Read more…]

What if the cure for depression is OUTSIDE your brain? 6 strategies that work

What if the cure for depression is OUTSIDE your brain? 6 strategies that work

“My doctor wants to put me on an antidepressant,” my reader wrote. “Are drugs, and the side effects they bring, my only option? [Read more…]