Low-dose Naltrexone for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. A Game Changer.

Low-dose Naltrexone for Hashimoto's. A Game Changer.

Low-dose Naltrexone. Have you heard of it? [Read more…]

What You Need to Know About Hashimoto’s

What you need to know about Hashimoto's thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis: what is it and what can you do to finally start feeling better? [Read more…]

The Secret Poison That Drives Hashimoto’s

The secret poison that drives Hashimoto's

Hashimoto’s. It’s the number one cause of hypothyroidism, yet few of my Hypothyroid Mom readers have heard of it. Hashimoto’s. It’s more than a thyroid condition. It’s an autoimmune condition, yet thyroid medication is often the only treatment offered. Hashimoto’s. It’s a sadly common health condition that can come with all sorts of symptoms that doctors may mistakenly attribute to mental health issues. Hashimoto’s. It’s not all in your head. If you aren’t feeling well, it’s because thyroid hormone replacement medication doesn’t address the autoimmune component. Hashimoto’s. It’s possible to determine the root cause. It’s possible to reduce thyroid antibodies. It’s possible to feel well. [Read more…]

Thyroid & Mental Health: It’s NOT All In Your Head

Thyroid & Mental Health: It's NOT All In Your Head

A Manhattan psychiatrist poses this question:

How much of what we are calling psychiatric pathology is in fact thyroid disorder?

I’m sitting on the edge of my seat as I prepare Dr. Kelly Brogan’s guest article for Hypothyroid Mom. Her question has my mind reeling. How many of my fellow Hypothyroid Mom followers are diagnosed with mental health illnesses? Could some or many of them be misdiagnosed? Could these symptoms be a red flag that somewhere deep in their body their soul is waving up in the air trying to alert the person, the doctor, someone, that their thyroid condition is undiagnosed or inadequately treated?
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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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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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Hypothyroidism & ADD/ADHD: What You Must Know As A Parent To Protect Your Child

Hypothyroidism & ADD/ADHD: What You Must Know As A Parent To Protect Your Child

Since the launch of Hypothyroid Mom I’ve been contacted by readers about their children suffering from ADD and ADHD. Therefore I was particularly intrigued when I read a post by Dr. Kirk Gair about the connection between hypothyroidism and ADD/ADHD in adults and children. I invited Dr. Gair here to share this often overlooked connection between ADD/ADHD and hypothyroidism. [Read more…]

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause

Do you know it is estimated 90% of people with hypothyroidism actually have the thyroid autoimmune condition Hashimoto’s? The crazy part is thyroid antibodies are often NOT tested. No doubt I have many Hypothyroid Mom readers here right now with Hashimoto’s and they don’t even know it.

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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…]

Hypo Like A Rock Star – Hashimoto’s

Hypothyroid Like A Rock Star: Hashimoto's

I love the community gathering on the Hypothyroid Mom Facebook page. One of my readers named Samantha wrote that when her doctor discovered her sky high TSH levels, he responded, “You hypo’d like a rock star!” Now you know I couldn’t get that image out of my mind. A common scenario with Hashimoto’s is one in which the thyroid condition fluctuates between being underactive and overactive. For these Hashimoto’s sufferers, their symptoms fluctuate from hypothyroid to hyperthyroid and back again and forth like a rock star partying hard then crashing with a hangover then partying hard again. Their TSH swings up and down like a rock star gone wild! [Read more…]

Is Your Thyroid KILLING You? Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer & Thyroid Disease

I wrote this article almost 5 years ago at the very start of this blog Hypothyroid Mom. I have not reshared it again in all these years.

Why?

The “C” word is the scariest word I know and I know it is for so many of my readers. I lost my father, father-in-law, and 16-year-old nephew to cancer. I know the seriousness of this word and I don’t use it lightly. At the time I wrote this article I had discovered research showing an association between hypothyroidism and breast cancer. I knew more research needed to be done and quite honestly I did not want to scare myself or anyone else with what I had discovered.

A few weeks ago, however, while researching for another article that I am currently writing for Hypothyroid Mom, I stumbled across more recent studies that add fuel to this ongoing controversy that truly left me numb. I’ve thought about these studies so many times since and now it’s time to update this article and reshare it.

This not to scare us but to push us to be the fiercest advocates for ourselves. I also want to shake the medical community that continues to diagnose and treat hypothyroidism with a protocol that fails millions of us and shout,

“HEY MEDICAL WORLD, WAKE THE HELL UP.” [Read more…]