Is your thyroid doctor treating 17 years behind current medical research?

Is your thyroid doctor treating 17 years behind current medical research?

I’ll never forget the day I stumbled upon a 2011 study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.[1] Researchers reviewed the literature on the time it takes for published research to be implemented in medical practice. The answer left me speechless. 17 years!

I would have been dead in 17 years, more than likely from the heart disease and diabetes that began to rear their ugly heads when I was first diagnosed with severe hypothyroidism. Wait 17 years to finally get help? Hell NO. [Read more…]

16 Natural Remedies for Headaches (could be your hormones)

16 Natural Remedies for Headaches (could be your hormones)

Chronic headaches. Yup. They are red flags my body frantically waves around whenever my thyroid medication dosage is off. When I was first diagnosed I had no clue those headaches were a sign of my hypothyroidism but once my doctor would adjust my thyroid meds and got my Free T3 back to the top quarter of the normal range where I feel my best VOILA my headaches were gone. Just like magic, right? No, actually there are many studies linking headaches and migraines to our hormones (not just our thyroid hormones, but also our sex hormones and the hormones produced by our adrenal glands) but I wonder how many doctors and their struggling patients know this.[1-8]
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5 Non-Thyroid Lab Tests for Hypothyroidism

5 Non-Thyroid Lab Tests for Hypothyroidism

Without proper lab testing, doctors and patients are trying to heal hypothyroidism lacking the information that could make all the difference. Often times doctors do NOT run full thyroid testing, let alone the non-thyroid lab tests mentioned in this article that could change a patient’s life.

If you find your doctor unwilling to run these tests, one option is to order YOUR OWN lab tests without your doctor. Do you know that’s possible?!

A trusted online place where you can order lab testing yourself is True Health Labs. They have comprehensive thyroid assessments that include TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies, Thyroglobulin Antibodies, and more. What I love about True Health Labs is that they offer one-on-one results review with one of their Functional Medicine doctors so that you understand your lab test results and next steps. If you have a Flex Spending Account (FSA) with your employer, all lab tests ordered online at True Health Labs are FSA-friendly. 

Use coupon code Limited_5 for 5% off your order for Hypothyroid Mom fans.

* It amazes me every day the number of people that follow Hypothyroid Mom from countries all over the world. This is truly a global website and I wanted to be sure to include lab tests available internationally.

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Hypothyroid Testing: What You Need To Know and Ask For

Hypothyroid Testing: What You Need To Know and Ask For

6 hypothyroid tests can unlock the mystery of your thyroid health. A Yale-trained board-certified family physician with a specialty in women’s health and obstetrics shares how she tests for hypothyroidism. Sadly I hear from many readers that their doctors REFUSE to do these tests.The reality for hypothyroid sufferers –  you must be an advocate for yourself. If your doctor refuses to run these tests, you can also order your own lab tests.
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Learn The Facts About Thyroid Disorders

Learn the facts about thyroid disorders

It’s important to be a well-informed patient.

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Why A TSH Level Isn’t Enough To Understand Your Thyroid Condition

Why a TSH level isn't enough to understand your thyroid condition

In mainstream medicine, TSH is considered the gold standard for the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disease. The sad truth is that this one lab test FAILS to give a full picture of thyroid health and leaves many thyroid sufferers undiagnosed or insufficiently treated. Thyroid health is a puzzle with many important pieces.

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10 Signs You Have A Thyroid Problem And 10 Solutions For It

10 Signs You Have a Thyroid Problem & 10 Solutions For It

This doctor has struggled with thyroid disease herself.

You can only truly understand what we go through with thyroid disease if you’ve lived it yourself.

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Functional Medicine Approach to Healing Hypothyroidism

Functional Medicine Approach to Healing Hypothyroidism

To reverse disease and support your body, you have to make important choices every day that say, “Yes, I want this! I want to feel better!  So, I’m going to love MYSELF & make a different choice today…one that supports my health.” [Read more…]

The Thyroid World’s Queen T3

The Thyroid World's Queen T3

When my Free T3 levels reached the top quarter of the normal range, it was like magic. One by one my hypothyroidism symptoms disappeared. I felt so good I cried.

Optimal Free T3 changed my life. Could it change yours? [Read more…]

When Thyroid Disease Masquerades As Psychiatric Disorder

When thyroid disease masquerades as psychiatric disorder

One of my most popular posts at Hypothyroid Mom was a post entitled Mental Disorder or Undiagnosed Hypothyroidism? A reader contacted me soon after the launch of my blog in October 2012 with a story that has haunted me to this day.

Dear Dana,

I found your blog Hypothyroid Mom and feel a need to contact you directly. I was an energetic successful person and in one year I fell down and literally broke. I was put in a mental health ward because I went days without sleeping, felt so tired I couldn’t function and found myself delusional and couldn’t stop the words running through my head. I was diagnosed bipolar and drugged up with medication. I saw the line of bipolar patients waiting every morning in the psych ward for electric shock therapy. The only thing that saved me from electric shock was my mother yelling NO.

For four years I was drugged up so bad that my mind wasn’t right. I told the psychiatrists and doctors that something wasn’t right with me. From 110 pounds my weight went up to 245. I was so tired, suffered pains from fibromyalgia. My heart rate was pounding at 155 and my blood pressure was through the roof. They just kept telling me I was bipolar and that I was a hypochondriac.

Finally after 4 years of bipolar medications to the max, a close family member was diagnosed with hypothyroidism so my doctor tested me too. I have a family history of thyroid disease. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I’ve suffered so many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism you list on your blog for so many years.

Every single time I attend a bipolar support group I ask everyone if they are hypothyroid and every time half the people raise their hand and the other half have no clue what it is and they don’t know if they have been tested.

Jana

This post sparked so much interest that many thyroid sufferers contacted me with their personal horror stories of psychiatric disorders. I can’t stop wondering how many fellow thyroid sufferers reading this post right now are struggling with mental health issues? Is it possible that many of them have been misdiagnosed? [Read more…]

Which Is The Best Thyroid Drug For Hypothyroidism?

Which is the best thyroid drug for hypothyroidism

The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.

-Thomas Merton

Many Hypothyroid Mom readers ask which thyroid drug is best. My answer is always the same, “I wish there was one thyroid drug that worked for all of us but the reality is that we each react differently to the different medications. We must work closely with our doctor to investigate which treatment is ideal for us and what dosage is optimal.” The key is that you must know all the treatment options to ensure your doctor is exploring the options to find what’s right for you. If you are being treated with thyroid hormone replacement medication but you still don’t feel well, insist on further exploration. If you are still not feeling well, get a second opinion, a third opinion, even ten medical opinions until you find a doctor that explores the options to find what’s right for YOU.

Don’t settle. [Read more…]