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A Quiz on Types of Hypothyroidism
Here's a quiz -- all on one page, to help you test your knowledge about hypothyroidism. First, you'll read a short article about the different types and causes of underactive thyroid glands, followed immediately by the quiz-questions and then a "correct answers" area to grade your answers.
A Simple Look at Hypothyroidism Causes
This article looks at the main causes of hypothyroidism, in simple terms. An underactive thyroid gland can result from either permanent or temporary causes and some causes affect young people as well as the elderly. In some cases babies can even be hypothyroid.
Actions of Thyroid Hormones
In this article, I look at the thyroid hormones and how they function in the body. I also look at blood testing used to diagnose thyroid hormone imbalance and testing used to monitor patients on thyroid hormone replacement therapy.
Adrenal Fatigue - The Stress Syndrome
A common health problem that doctors are seeing more often and that more of them are beginning to recognize, is Adrenal Fatigue. In this article we take a look at the stressors that can cause this stress syndrome of fatigued adrenal glands.
Adrenal Fatigue and Thyroid Patients
As you read on thyroid disorder websites and forums, you see many thyroid patients attesting to having Adrenal Fatigue. If you feel any unresolved symptoms you are having might be related to this common condition, learn more about tests and "treatments" for sub-clinically low adrenal function.
Adrenal Fatigue by Any Other Name
Many published medical studies are available, by the most reputable research groups, that clearly describe "Adrenal Fatigue" in patients with certain types of illnesses. While they do not use the same term, they clearly describe this common stress-related syndrome of fatigued adrenals.
Adrenal Fatigue can Hinder Hypothyroid Treatment
Many hypothyroid patients have fatigued adrenals as a result of their body's struggle with thyroid disease and related inflammation. In some cases they see adrenal symptoms increase severely, once they begin thyroid hormone replacement therapy. Why does this happen and how can it be prevented?
Adrenal Fatigue Gaining Recognition
The stress syndrome of Adrenal Fatigue, has lacked recognition as a real illness by the medical community in years past. More doctors are now realizing that adrenal dysfunction does not have to be full blown (Addison's disease - Adrenal Insufficiency), in order to cause significant symptoms.
Adrenal Fatigue is Medically Confirmed
Medical research articles describe many medical conditions and chronic stress syndromes, that cause mild adrenal insufficiency. While they usually refer to these low adrenal states by different names, they are clearly describing "Adrenal Fatigue" -- a subclinical form of hypoadrenia.
Adrenal Fatigue Steroid Treatment
Cortisol supplementation for chronic Adrenal Fatigue carries potential risks but may be an effective treatment if administered by a qualified, monitoring physician. There are serious considerations to take when considering cortical replacement therapy.
Adrenal Hormone Testing of Hypothyroid Patients
When a treated hypothyroid patient continues to suffer from severe fatigue, even with hormone replacement being adequate or optimal, this can be reason for concern. In these cases, it is possible that Adrenal Fatigue may also be present. How can low adrenal function be tested for accurately?
Antibodies a Cause of Hypothyroid Symptoms
Do you still have symptoms of hypothyroidism such as fatigue, brain fog, muscles aches or depression, despite being on hypothyroid treatment? In this article we explore the fact that unrelieved symptoms may be associated with thyroid antibody levels and not hormone levels alone.
Antidepressants Combined with Thyroid Hormones
Antidepressant medications are helpful to many people, including people treated for hypothyroidism. Medical research studies have concluded that these drugs may affect thyroid hormone levels in the bodies of some patients -- a fact doctors and patients should be aware of.
Anxiety Attacks in Hashimotos Thyroiditis Patients
The relationship between hypothyroidism and anxiety symptoms is well established in medical research conclusions. Severe and chronic anxiety is not exclusive to hyperthyroid patients but also affects many that are hypothyroid.
Anxiety Catastrophic Thinking in Thyroid Patients
Catastrophic Thinking is the term for extremely scary thoughts that can accompany severe anxiety states. These thoughts include fears of losing control, of passing out or of looking foolish in front of others. In this article I show that "what if" thoughts are irrational and not dangerous.
Anxiety Sensitization in Thyroid Patients
In this article I offer more information to thyroid patients experiencing co-morbid anxiety. In this article I discuss "anxiety sensitization", which can trigger symptoms of chronic anxiousness. Through stress reduction techniques one can avoid this phase of heightened sensitivity to anxiety.
Anxiety with Thyroid Hormone Therapy
When some hypothyroid patients are started on hormone replacement therapy, they will experience anxiety reactions to their medication. Sometimes this is because they are titrated (adjusted/increased) on their dose too quickly, while others times it is simply adjustment symptoms to the medication.
Are Thyroid Disease Patients Complainers?
Some thyroid patients experience serious symptom-struggles even following diagnosis and initial treatment of their thyroid diseases. This presents the need for much needed support and understanding from their spouses and family which can contribute to their treatment success and recovery.
Armour Thyroid Hypothyroid Treatment
Among the major brands of thyroid hormone replacement therapy drugs, is Armour Thyroid. Is this brand accurate in dose-consistency? Does it contain enough T4 hormone to bring symptom relief to hypothyroid patients? What are my experiences with it, being the brand I take for hypothyroidism?
Autoimmune Disease Conference
The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association held a Conference, the theme being “What Every Autoimmune Patient Needs To Know”. The resulting educational information is a great archive!
Autoimmune Hypothyroid and Hyperthyroid Symptoms
The symptoms of an underactive and an overactive thyroid gland, caused by "thyroid autoimmunity", are the same as those that manifest for these conditions, from any other cause. With autoimmune hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism however, there are auto-antibodies involved.
Autoimmune Thyroid Disease Basics
This article looks at basics on subjects of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism and the common autoimmune diseases that cause them. Discussed within the content are the purpose of antibodies and why these will sometimes turn on an organ in the body and attack it.
Autoimmunity Challenges of Hypothyroid Treatments
Many autoimmune-hypothyroid patients have symptoms even when their thyroid levels return to normal. We're thankful for thyroid hormone therapy but patients don't always see perfect results or complete symptom relief. Are there more treatment options?
Bacon, Blue Cheese Meatloaf
Nothing says “comfort food” like a homemade meatloaf. Meatloaf makes a wonderful meal, can be assembled ahead of time, and makes for some tasty leftovers. Also check out some helpful tips to guarantee your meatloaf comes out perfect every time.
Basic Facts about Goiters
When you have a goiter, this means you are experiencing swelling in your thyroid gland. Goiters can be from mild to severe and can have multiple causes including thyroid autoimmunity (Graves' & Hashimoto's) and iodine deficiency. Some goiters also have thyroid nodules associated with them.
Basics about Central Hypothyroidism
While most cases of hypothyroidism are caused by the immune system, some patients experience a type called "Central Hypothyroidism". This condition of low thyroid hormone, is due to a failure of the pituitary gland, in regulating thyroid function.
Basics about FNA Thyroid Tissue Biopsy
"Fine Needle Aspiration" (FNA) is a proceedure for extracting thyroid tissue or thyroid nodule tissue, to be sent for lab analysis. It is a non-evasive, out-patient proceedure that evaluates nodules suspicious of containing cancer and is also a definitive test for Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
Basics about Thyroid Cancer
Thyroid cancer is a relatively rare type of thyroid disease, it is however a very serious disease and not to be taken lightly. Thyroid nodules should be evaluated by a doctor to rule out malignancy. About 5% of thyroid nodules contain cancer cells, which will require thyroid removal.
Basics about Thyroid Cancer Treatment
If you read my article "Basics about Thyroid Cancer", you'll also want to read this one about treatments for diagnosed thyroid cancers. In this article, I look at surgeries and post-operative treatments for thyroid cancer.
Basics about Thyroid Disease Symptoms
This article offers general lists of the main symptoms for both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Also discussed are tests that may be ordered by doctors, for patients who exhibit symptoms that may potentially indicate thyroid disease.
Basics about Thyroid Function Tests
In this article, I discuss tests that are commonly ordered by doctors, to evaluate thyroid function in their patients. I also go over the basics in regard to tests that further evaluate patients who are found to have thyroid hormone imbalances.
Basics about Thyroid Nodules
Thyroid nodules affect approximately 10% of the population, being far more common in people with thyroid autoimmunity and other types of thyroid diseases. There are a number of common terms used to identify different types of thyroid nodules, including those that may contain cancer cells.
Best Results from Thyroid Hormone Therapy
In this article, I offer a few pointers for getting the best results from thyroid hormone replacement therapy. These can help your medication work at its best - optimal level for you.
Book Review of - Hypothyroidism Type 2
This review is for Dr. Mark Starr´s "Hypothyroidism Type 2". I recommend this book to my readers who enjoy interesting thyroid subjects but also to the readers out there who suspect that they might have hypothyroidism that is elusive to detection by thyroid blood lab tests.
Can TSH Blood Testing Be Inaccurate?
While TSH is a highly diagnostic test and detects thyroid disorders earlier than any other blood test, there are times in which it will miss some cases of thyroid hormone imbalance. When diagnosing and treating hypothyroid patients the T-4 and T-3 levels should also be tested initially.
Caramel Pecan Brownies (GF Option)
These brownies are decadent! A little piece goes a long way to satisfy a sweet tooth. I've included instructions for making them gluten free if you choose - there is no impact on their taste. Pair one with a cup of tea and you've got a wonderful afternoon treat.
CFS and Fibromyalgia In Hypothyroid Patients
Many thyroid patients are also diagnosed with co-morbid Fibromyalgia (FMS) and others are given a diagnosis of co-occurring Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). What are their connection to thyroid disease? This is my story about being diagnosed with CFS/FMS, co-morbid to Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
CFS Fibromyalgia and Low Cortisol
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia often affect thyroid patients. In this article I look at the fact that patients with these disorders are often found to have low cortisol levels or what is also call "Adrenal Fatigue".
Characteristics of Bipolar Disorder
Emotional symptoms are common in thyroid patients and medical research shows that lifetime anxiety and depressive disorders are directly associated with thyroid autoimmunity. For these reasons, thyroid patients should become self-educated on the emotions aspect of thyroid disease.
Chicken & Dumplings (GF Option)
Chicken and Dumplings is a delicious comfort meal, that the entire family will love. It is full of delicious vegetables and convenient chicken from a supermarket rotisserie chicken. It goes together quickly and I've included instructions to make fluffy, tasty gluten free dumplings if you choose.
Chocolate Espresso Bites
These delicious little chocolates are easy to make and are pretty to serve. If you are not a fan of coffee, you can alter the recipe by eliminating the espresso powder and topping them with a chocolate covered almond – or whatever you like! A little chocolate is great to lift your spirit!
Chronic Stress Related Illnesses
According to medical research, stress plays a major factor in the development or manifestation of some illnesses, including CFS, Fibromyalgia and autoimmune thyroid diseases. In this article I discuss stress related illnesses.
Common Adrenal Fatigue Treatments
The steps toward identifying Adrenal Fatigue, treating it and monitoring the progress of a treatment, are discussed in this article. People are individuals and their adrenal care needs need to be tailored to fit each of them. Natural supplements can be the first line of treatment.
Determining the Cause of Hypothyroidism
Some treated hypothyroid patients have no idea why they developed underactive thyroid glands. In most hypothyroid cases, a cause can be determined with medical investigation by treating doctors. Patients have a right to know why they have a disease that will need lifelong treatment.
Doctors Who Test for Thyroid Antibodies
When people visit their Doctor's Offices, with symptoms matching those listed for thyroid disorders, they should test them for thyroid antibodies. Thyroid autoimmunity can potentially cause symptoms before hormones show hypothyroid or hyperthyroid. Better Doctors test for thyroid antibodies.
Epstein-Barr Virus a Cause of Hashimoto’s?
Reputable research published by medical groups including PubMed (National Institutes of Health), has associated the development of autoimmune diseases, including Hashimoto's thyroiditis, to the "Epstein-Barr Virus" (EBV). It is my belief that EBV is the cause of thyroid disease in my own case.
Epstein-Barr Virus and Chronic Disease
Vast amounts of research has been done in regard to the Epstein-Barr Virus and its connection to chronic and autoimmune diseases. These studies have concluded that EBV is associated with autoimmune thyroiditis and many other diseases. See the list of these in this article.
Epstein-Barr Virus and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
A common virus that is suspected of causing or contributing to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, is called the "Epstein-Barr Virus". While it initially causes mononucleosis in some people, others never experience mono symptoms but they remain carriers of the virus for the rest of their lives.
Fatigue Despite Thyroid Hormone Therapy?
Some hypothyroid patients complain of low energy and fatigue despite being treated for hypothyroidism. This article looks at a few simple suggestions that can help in this area.
Fatigued Adrenals During Hypothyroid Treatment
Hypothyroid patients can also experience a condition called "Adrenal Fatigue". When hypothyroidism is being treated, having low levels of adrenal "cortisol" hormone, can make adjusting to the thyroid hormone therapy slightly more difficult. Blood testing can identify this potential problem.
Fibromyalgia in Treated Autoimmune Hypothyroidism
Fibromyalgia is common in people with hypothyroid (underactive) and hyperthyroid (overactive) conditions. Widespread muscle pain can be directly caused by thyroid hormone imbalances. When it remains chronic following treatment of these however, it may be resulting from elevated thyroid antibodies.
Hashimoto's Disease - A Cause of Chronic Fatigue
Recent medical research has been published, connecting Hashimoto's thyroiditis to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Some patients who are believed to have CFS need to be tested for thyroid antibodies and they possibly need to have a thyroid fine-needle biopsy performed as well.
Hashimoto's Encephalopathy Rare but Serious
Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy is a serious neuro-endocrine disorder, that has a sudden onset (acute) and can be potentially life threatening. The condition is caused by "thyroid antibodies" and not by imbalanced thyroid hormone levels. It is also rare but very serious.
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Rheumatic Symptoms
Patients with Hashimoto's Autoimmune Hypothyroidism, often list joint and muscle aches as one of their major symptoms. Some patients do not see complete relief of these symptoms with thyroid hormone replacement therapy.
Hereditary Thyroid Disease
If you are the child of a parent or parents who have thyroid disease, what are your chances of inheriting the disease? Unfortunately your chances are about 50%! It is important that offspring of thyroid disease parents monitor their selves for symptoms and request blood testing when needed.
Hyperthyroidism and Its Causes
Hyperthyroidism is a condition of excess thyroid hormone in the body. When hormone levels are too high, the resulting sped-up metabolism in the body, causes hyperthyroid symptoms. This article further describes this over-active thyroid condition and its causes.
Hypoglycemia Symptoms and Treatments
Having one metabolic disorder including thyroid disease, places one at risk for experiencing others. Thyroid patients are at increased risk for blood glucose disorders and can experience episodes of "hypoglycemia", the subject of this article.
Hypothyroid and Hyperthyroid Simultaneously
Some patients with autoimmune hypothyroidism experience spells of hyperthyroidism (Hashitoxicosis). When this happens, their doctor should test them for "TSI antibodies", which occur with Grave's Disease. If the antibodies are present, they are experience this transient hyperthyroid condition.
Hypothyroid Therapy and SSRI Antidepressants
SSRI antidepressants are extremely helpful drugs for the right people who need them. I feel it is important however, that people who are prescribed them, understand the potential side effects they may cause, including hypothyroid patients whose hormones can be slightly lowered by the drugs.
Hypothyroid Therapy for Anxiety-Depression
When patients with hypothyroidism, are not treated adequately or optimally with hormone replacement therapy, they may continue to experience unresolved symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. This problem can be resolved when patients partner with their doctors in optimizing their treatments.
Hypothyroidism and Fatty Liver Disease
Thyroid patients and those with other metabolic related diseases, are at increased risk for developing other health disorders affecting the metabolism of the body. Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is one of those disorders. Read about signs/symptoms, tests and treatment.
Hypothyroidism and Metabolic Syndrome
Hypothyroid patients are at risk for developing other metabolic disorders, including insuline resistance, adult onset diabets and the syndrome addressed in this article, referred to as "Metabolic Syndrome". Find out what the signs and symptoms are for this common metabolic disorder.
Hypothyroidism and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Joint and muscle pain and stiffness are common hypothyroid symptoms that usually improve with thyroid hormone replacement therapy. Some patients may not see significant imrovement and may need to be tested for Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Hypothyroidism and Unresolved Arthritic Pain
Some patients treated for hypothyroidism, do not see the expected relief from joint/muscle pain. When this happens, it is important that they make sure their thyroid hormone replacement therapy has been optimized the best possible before looking for other causes for their arthritic symptoms.
Incredible Sensitivity of TSH Blood Testing
In this article we look at basics regarding the TSH hormone and its invaluable place in thyroid function testing. Of all medical blood tests, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone detects thyroid dysfunction of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, sooner than any other blood test because of its sensitivity.
Inflammatory Symptoms of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
The number one cause of hypothyroidism in the USA and in all other industrialized countries, is Hashimoto's thyroiditis. This disease of autoimmunity, has inflammation as a feature of it. Is the inflammatory aspect a cause of symptoms, even when hypothyroidism has been corrected?
Informational Support For Thyroid Patients
Patients with thyroid diseases often need education and support to help them cope, especially newly diagnosed patients. By offering them supportive learning resources, they find better coping with their health disorders.
Iodine a Factor in Hypothyroidism?
While iodine deficiency can certainly be a factor in causing hypothyroidism, according to medical research, it is not common in industrialized countries, including the USA. Read my response to a personal friend of mine, who posed questions to me in regard to iodine levels in hypothyroid patients.
Join Us at The BellaOnline Thyroid Health Forum!
If you are a thyroid patient, we´d love to see you become a member of the Thyroid Health Forum! Over time, we hope to see many new and interesting threads that are buzzing with activity. Registration is easy -- so come join us as we grow forward!
Low Adrenal Function in CFS and FMS
Thyroid patients can suffer from chronic fatigue, in spite of being well-treated for their thyroid disease. Others may suffer from widespread body pain, that is characteristic of fibromyalgia. What connection do these conditions have to fatigued adrenal glands?
Men Get Thyroid Disease Too!
While thyroid disease affects women at least five times more often than men, this still places the amount of men who suffer at a significant number that is in the millions. In this article I relate information I shared with a male thyroid patient, as I listed for him famous male thyroid patients.
Mixed Hypothyroidism with Hyperthyroidism
Hashimoto´s thyroiditis and Graves´ Disease are autoimmune thyroid diseases that are strongly associated. Some patients experience aspects of both at the same time and they will phase between hyperthyroid and hypothyroid, before one of them becomes the progressive disorder.
My Thyroid Disease CFS and Adrenal Fatigue Story
In this article, I relate aspects of my own story regarding developing Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Adrenal Fatigue. Can these health disorders all be somehow related and can neglect of one cause worsening of the others? Does Stress play a contributing factor in them?
Nutritional Deficiencies and Hypothyroid Therapy
When a patient recieving thyroid hormone replacement therapy for hypothyroidism, doesn't experience the expected results, there are other hormonal imbalances and nutritional deficiencies that could be the culprit. This article looks at some of those possible hindrances to successful treatment.
Optimized Thyroid Hormone Therapy Improves Mood
Sometimes the symptoms of anxiety and depression, are the most stubborn ones to resolve while a hypothyroid patient is treated for their underactive thyroid. This presents the importance in replacement hormone therapy being best-optimized to help alleviate mood disorder symptoms.
Pea, Asparagus & Arugula Salad
This salad epitomizes spring when young peas and asparagus are at their peak. Arugula, with it’s peppery, slightly bitter taste, provides a nice complexity to the salad. When you add a piece of grilled salmon or chicken breast, you have a beautiful and delicious lunch or dinner salad.
Permanent versus Temporary Thyroiditis
What is the difference between Hashimoto's thyroiditis and temporary/transient thyroiditis? The differences -- Hashimoto's is an autoimmune disease causing destruction of the thyroid (lifelong hypothyroidism), while temporary thyroiditis resolves and does not require lifelong treatment.
Prescribed and Natural Adrenal Fatigue Treatment
In this article I look at cortisol steroids that are sometimes used to treat Adrenal Fatigue versus over the counter non-steroid treatments. Thyroid patients that struggle with Adrenal Fatigue, are interested in learning more about treatments for this low cortisol syndrome.
Preventing Diabetes in Thyroid Patients
Medical research confirms that people with thyroid diseases are at higher risk for developing Type II Diabetes, also called Adult Onset Diabetes. This article looks at the two main steps for avoiding the onset of this serious endocrine disease, that is common to thyroid patients.
Pros and Cons of the Anxiety Emotion
With anxiety common in thyroid patients, sufferers should learn basic facts that may help them to eventually overcome their symptoms. This article is a first step toward helping to us gain basic understanding about anxiety and how it can actually help us positively by learning to re-direct it.
Psychosis in Thyroid Patients
There is medical research on reputable sources, including PubMed (National Institutes of Health), that states that hypothyroidism can present as psychosis in some patients. This is why it is important for Doctors to test people presenting with emotional symptoms for possible thyroid disease.
Psychosomatic Hypothyroid Symptoms?
Certainly there is actually such a thing as treated hypothyroid patients having unrelieved "psychosomatic symptoms". In my sincere opinion, this is not a common occurrence. In many cases it simply takes added-effort via lifestyle changes, for many treated hypothyroid patients to feel better.
PTSD Adrenal Insufficiency in Thyroid Patients
According to reputable medical research studies including those conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, there are conditions that cause mild adrenal hypo-functioning (insufficiency), including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder -- a condition that is often co-morbid to thyroid disease.
I am adding a new feature to the Thyroid Health site – Recipes. As a professional chef and cooking instructor, I want to share cooking tips and healthy recipes with you to support your pursuit of the best thyroid health practices.
Recognizing Graves Disease - Hyperthyroidism
Approximately 3 million Americans have Graves´ Disease and that number is greatly increased worldwide. Of people who become hyperthyroid, ninety-five percent of those will have Graves'. This article covers the basic signs and symptoms for recognizing this common cause of hyperthyroidism.
Recognizing Thyroid Patient Anxiety Disorders
The anxiety emotion is a natural thing but when it occurs at inappropriate times and more often than it normally should, it becomes Anxiety Disorder. Thyroid patients experienced disordered anxiety more often than do people within the general healthy public. How do we recognize it?
Review - Dr. Wilson’s “Adrenal Fatigue” Book
This is my book review of Dr. James L. Wilson´s book "Adrenal Fatigue The 21st Century Stress Syndrome". I recommend this wonderful book that covers all aspects of this very real medical condition. Within the pages he lists signs, symptoms, causes, diagnosis & treatment of Adrenal Fatigue.
Review - Mary Shomon Graves Disease Book
This is my review of Mary Shomon´s book - "Living Well with Graves´ Disease and Hyperthyroidism". I highly recommend it to my readers who have overactive thyroid gland conditions, as a great resource of education and support.
Review for Living Well With Hypothyroidism
This is my review of what is in my opinion, the world´s number one book on hypothyroidism. Author Mary Shomon has given hypothyroid patients an invaluable resource of information in this excellent book.
Review- Hypothyroidism in Childhood and Adulthood
This is my review of the book "Hypothyroidism in Childhood and Adulthood", written by twin women, detailing their thyroid hormone replacement therapy from childhood to the present. An interesting book about an amazing journey these women have had in struggling to receiving proper treatment.
Selenium for Thyroid Autoimmunity Inflammation
Hypothyroid patients, whose thyroid disease is caused by the autoimmune condition called "Hashimoto's thyroiditis, may continue to experience inflammatory types of symptoms, even after optimal thyroid hormone replacement therapy. Medical research articles cite "selenium" as a possible answer!
Southwestern Lasagna (GF Option)
Here is a new twist on an enchilada casserole, which substitutes lasagna noodles where tortillas would have been used. The noodles provide better structure and flavor than the tortillas, and the addition of ricotta cheese adds an extra creamy texture to the sauce. Quick tips are also included.
Staying Ready for Thyroid Awareness Month
The month recognized nationally as "Thyroid Awareness Month" is each January and helps in gaining public awareness for the importance of recognizing thyroid symptoms and in being tested for thyroid diseases/disorders. We can stay ready for it ahead of time.
Stomach Issues Site
Editor & Certified Life Coach, Sharon Lasitter: "Stomach pain can truly stop a person from fully enjoying life. I am here to share my knowledge, what has and has not worked for me and to offer suggestions of where you may go physically, emotionally and spiritually for relief and self-empowerment. I warmly welcome all questions, comments and stories that you have to share on the topic of Stomach Issues!"
Stress Management for Thyroid Patients
Medical research articles associate chronic stress with triggering the onset of certain health disorders and diseases. Some conclusions have also established the connection of stress to autoimmune thyroid disease. This article addresses the subject of stress management.
Symptoms that Merit Thyroid Blood Tests
This is the first in a series of articles featuring questions posed by thyroid patients and my responses to those questions.
Taking Precautions with Adrenal Supplements
Thyroid patients often complain that they have low stress tolerance and other symptoms that may point to co-morbid (co-ocurring) Adrenal Fatigue. This article looks at taking precautions with testing and safe over-the-counter supplements used to diagnose and to treat fatigued adrenals.
Taking Thyroid Medication Before a Blood Draw
One question I have heard often from hypothyroid patients being treated with hormone therapy is: "Should I take my thyroid hormone dose the same morning before my blood draw?" Read my views on the subject in this article.
Testing for Congenital Hypothyroidism?
Some newborn babies can have-under active thyroid glands and the term for this condition is "Congenital Hypothyroidism". Learn more about how this condition is detected in newborns and how it is treated to prevent babies from developing complications from this usually short-term condition.
The Emotions of Thyroid Disease
No one understands...
The Thyroid Diet – Hypothyroid Metabolism
For thyroid patients who experiences problems with weight gain, this review of Mary Shomon´s book (Parts I and II of the book) is a must read! The book also helps thyroid patients benefit more from their treatments and live healthier lives! In this article we look at Hypothyroid Metabolism.
The Thyroid Diet – Proper Dieting Plans
For thyroid patients who experiences problems with weight gain, this review of Mary Shomon´s book (Part IV and V of the book) is a must read! The book also helps thyroid patients benefit more from their treatments and live healthier lives! In this article we look at Proper Dieting Plans.
The Thyroid Diet – Weight Gain Culprits
For thyroid patients who experiences problems with weight gain, this review of Mary Shomon´s book (Part III of the book) is a must read! The book also helps thyroid patients benefit more from their treatments and live healthier lives! In this article we look at Weight Gain Culprits.
Thyroid Autoimmunity and Chronic Anxiety
It is believed by many doctors, that thyroid patients will only experience anxiety as a symptom, when they have hyperthyroidism. However, medical research articles state that "thyroid autoimmunity" can potentially cause chronic anxiety in patients who have hypothyroidism as well.
Thyroid Autoimmunity and Hives-Rash
Severe hives/rash, also known as "chronic uticaria", can be a signal indicating development of autoimmune thyroid disease. Published medical research concludes the need to blood-test patients with the onset of uticaria, for thyroid function and antibodies that cause thyroid disease.
Thyroid Autoimmunity and Temporary Thyroiditis
Some patients who experience a bout of a temporary type of thyroiditis are found afterward to be experiencing permanent, autoimmune thyroiditis. Was the short-term type a forerunner to the permanent type? I also talk about the "antibodies tests" that diagnose autoimmune thyroiditis.
Thyroid Disease a Risk for Related Conditions
When a treated thyroid patient experiences unresolved symptoms but they are recieving adequate or optimal treatment for their thyroid condition, this would indicate the need to consider blood testing, to detect any possible related conditions.
Thyroid Disease and Diminished Libido
In this article I discuss the sometimes hard to address subject of "low libido" (decreased sex dive) that can affect a thyroid patient's life. Lack of libido can be concerning and depressing to a thyroid patient. Fortunately hormone replacement therapy and other treatments can greatly help!
Thyroid Disease and Hair Loss
Hair loss is one of those symptoms that can be of special concern to thyroid patients because of self-image. This symptom can be one of many intial signs indicating the onset of thyroid disease but it can also be a temporary side effect of thyroid hormone therapy.
Thyroid Disease and Mitral Valve Prolapse
In this article, I address the subject of "Mitral Valve Prolapse" (a common heart murmur that can cause a syndrome - "MVPS") and its strong association to autoimmune thyroid diseases. The connection as reported in medical research findings is shockingly common!
Thyroid Disease and Orthostatic Hypotension
Have you ever stood up from being seated or lying down, only to experience a strange sensation of lightheadness, dizziness and feeling as if you might possibly faint? If you have, you are not alone. This phenomenon is called "Othostatic Hypotension" and can affect people with thyroid disease.
Thyroid Disease and Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) is a condition of pain and other unpleasant sensations (e.g. burning and tingling), usually affecting small fiber sensory nerves in the body. The cause of PN can include diabetes and thyroid disease but it can also originate from neurological disorders in the brain.
Thyroid Disease Antibodies
This articles gives descriptions and explanations for the thyroid antibodies that cause both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. The two thyroid autoimmunity diseases are called Hashimoto's thyroiditis and Graves' Disease
Thyroid Hormone Therapy and Heart Palpitations
Treated hypothyroid patients may notice that their thyroid hormone replacement drug causes them a few heart skip palpitations. While this is usually a benign symptom, it can sometimes indicate that a change in dose is needed.
Thyroid Hormones and Antibodies
Are thyroid extracts as opposed to hormones, safe for treating hypothyroidism? Are their thyroid antibodies in existence, that can cause TSH blood testing to be unreliable/inaccurate or that can attack the T3 in hormone therapy drugs?
Thyroid Patients and Panic Attacks
If you have Graves' Disease or Hashitoxicosis from Hashimoto's Disease, you may have at some point, experienced a panic attack. If you experience them frequently regardless of cause, you may have "panic disorder". Learn more about this anxiety condition in this article.
Toxic Halogens and Iodine
Iodine is necessary to support healthy thyroid function. Iodine also protects the body from three toxic halogens that are plentiful in our food, water and environment. What are the toxic halogens and how can you best minimize your exposure to them? There´s also a nod to George Clooney.
Treatable Fatigued Adrenals in Chronic Illnesses
Fatigued adrenals can occur in syndromes such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and in autoimmune-inflammatory diseases. Some sources place the occurrence of Adrenal Fatigue in thyroid patients, at 10% but treatments are available.
Treated Hypothyroidism and Weight Gain
Weight gain is a well known symptom of hypothyroidism and results from a slowed metabolism but what about "treated hypothyroid patients" who still report having this problem? Are they imagining their difficulty with losing weight or is it a battle even when hypothyroidism is treated?
Treating Adrenal Fatigue
This article looks at the more common supplements and lifestyle changes that reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue. Some statistics state that up to 80% of the population experiences this stress syndrome at some point in their lives.
Treating Adrenal Fatigue Naturally or Medically
Adrenal fatigue is a subclinical form of insufficiency within the glands that produce the cortisol hormone, which aids the body in coping-with and recovering from stress. When levels of this hormone become mildly to moderately deficient, what treatments can one seek to see recovery?
Treating Mixed Thyroid Disease
A "Mixed Thyroid Disease", is one in which a hypothyroid patient phases between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. The term sometimes used for this condition, is "Hashitoxicosis" and it is usually temporary. How can a disorder of this type be treated if it proves to be chronic?
Treating Thyroid Hormone Conversion Failure
There is a problem that can occur in a small percent of hypothyroid patients, being treated with T-4 hormone therapy, referred to as "inadequate conversion of T-4 to T-3". This can mean they need a hormone replacement medication containing both T-4 and T-3 thyroid hormone.
Treatments for Graves' Disease - Hyperthyroidism
This article looks at the different treatments for hyperthyroidism caused by Graves´ Disease, including a co-morbid condition called Thyroid Eye disease.
TSH Blood Test Considerations
The Thyroid Stimulating Hormone blood test, is highly accurate in most hypothyroid patients, in reflecting their treatment hormone levels. Doctors vary in opinions as to how far down in the normal range, TSH should be suppressed. The goal of treating hypothyroidism, is proper TSH suppression.
Tweaking Diabetic Prevention in Thyroid Patients
People with thyroid disease are at an increased risk for also developing diabetes. There are measures that can be taken to prevent becoming diabetic but some are neglected more than others. In this article I discuss the tweaking of diabetes prevention.
Vitamin D Deficiency and Thyroid Autoimmunity
How important is the nutrient we know as "vitamin D", to the health of your thyroid gland? Can a deficiency of this vitamin lead to diseases of autoimmunity? What is a proper blood level for the nutrient? This article addresses these questions regarding a growing health problem.
Weekly Free Thyroid Health Newsletter!
The Free Thyroid Health Newsletter
Zucchini and Dried Plum Bread (GF Option)
Treat yourself to a delicious, nutritional, high fiber bread that everyone will enjoy. I have provided optional instructions for creating a gluten free loaf - which encourages good thyroid health.
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