Real people share their worst (downright awful) hypothyroidism symptoms

Real people share their worst (downright awful) hypothyroidism symptoms

It is one thing to read articles about hypothyroidism symptoms online but quite another to hear the symptoms straight from real people. These are real people, like you and me, struggling with a collection of symptoms so hard to pinpoint that they baffle doctors in every country of the world. While we don’t know one another personally, the truth is that we are connected, just the same, in a particularly powerful way. We are living in the trenches together fighting a battle against this thing called hypothyroidism. [Read more…]

Mona Lisa: Classic Signs of Hypothyroidism in the World’s Most Famous Painting

Mona Lisa: Classic Signs of Hypothyroidism In The World’s Most Famous Painting

Five centuries after Leonardo da Vinci created the Mona Lisa, people flock to the Louvre Museum in Paris just to catch a glimpse of her. Behind bulletproof glass, this woman’s portrait is so alluring that it has millions of visitors every year. It is believed that the subject of the portrait was Lisa Gherardini, wife of a wealthy silk merchant in Florence Italy named Francesco del Giocondo, hence the Mona Lisa is also known as La Gioconda.

Her mysterious smile is the common explanation given for her allure, but is there more to the story? [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…]

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…]

Hypothyroidism? Hair Loss? Fatigue? Heavy Periods? Check Your Iron

Hypothyroidism & Iron Deficiency

Iron. I’ve been interesting in including an article all about iron and hypothyroidism for some time, but I didn’t want just any article. I wanted the perfect one.

The metabolism of thyroid hormones and iron are inter-dependent. Iron deficiency can produce hypothyroidism and vice versa. This is so important, yet often missed, in the treatment of hypothyroidism. Why isn’t every single person, and I mean EVERY single person, with hypothyroidism given iron testing? The treatment of hypothyroidism by conventional medicine, and all it misses, really baffles me. [Read more…]

Thyroid Patients: 7 Keys to Successfully Restoring and Revitalizing Your Health

Thyroid Patients: 7 Keys to Successfully Restoring & Revitalizing Your Health

The day I stumbled upon New York Times bestselling author Mary Shomon’s book Living Well with Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You…That You Need to Know changed my life.
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Style and Beauty Tips for Hypothyroid Symptoms

Style and Beauty Tips for Hypothyroid Symptoms

Who knew that little butterfly-shaped thyroid gland at the base of our necks could affect our physical appearance head to toe?! I invited makeup artist Gwen Lewis to share style and beauty tips to help us look FABULOUS despite our hypothyroid symptoms.
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16 Signs You Might Be Hypothyroid & 10 Tips To Help

16 Signs You Might Be Hypothyroid & 10 Tips To Help

Functional medicine physician Dr. Jill Carnahan shares the top 16 symptoms of hypothyroid and 10 tips to help. It’s a pleasure to include Jill at Hypothyroid Mom.
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Skin signs of thyroid disease

Skin signs of thyroid disease

In the book Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness thyroid pioneer Dr. Broda Barnes wrote, “When thyroid function is low, circulation is reduced. In advanced cases of hypothyroidism, the skin, in fact, may receive as little as one-fourth to one-fifth the normal blood supply.”

I suspect I had undiagnosed hypothyroidism for most of my life. From a very young age skin conditions including dry itchy skin, itchy flaky scalp, dry frizzy hair, dry cracked heels, loss of the outer third of eyebrows, brittle nails, loss of eyelashes, pale colorless skin, and chronic eczema have been a constant in my life. I went through a period of rapid hair loss that devastated me so much that I spent over one year researching the causes of hair loss to save my own hair. Thankfully with optimal thyroid treatment many of my skin issues have improved.

I wonder just how many people with hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are struggling with skin-related conditions. Do they know these skin issues may be a sign their thyroid condition is not optimally treated?
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