Detecting and Treating Hypothyroidism

Detecting and Treating Hypothyroidism

Detecting and treating hypothyroidism can be a challenge. Most doctors rely on a single blood test to determine if your thyroid is functioning properly, the problem is that test is completely unreliable. Once you have the results from this unreliable test, you will be prescribed a medication that for most who take it, it does very little, if anything to ease your symptoms.

In this article by Bob Livingston, he cites a major study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, where researchers found that while levothyroxine lowered the readings of TSH, patients found no improvement in their symptoms related to low thyroid function. They didn’t feel less fatigue; they didn’t feel stronger or more energetic; they didn’t lose weight.

So what’s going on? You can read the full article and his thoughts here:

How to detect and treat hypothyroidism

 

 

Here are 5 signs your thyroid is not working well. If you or anyone you know is experiencing these symptoms, you should get your thyroid checked.

5 Signs of an Underactive Thyroid

 

 

And last but not least, here are other diseases that you can develop if you have thyroid disease. No, it’s not a good list!

Hidden Killers of Thyroid Disease

2 Comments

  1. Esther on May 10, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Levothyroxine is what my daughter is suppose to start taking today. She has not even seen the endocronologist but he wants her to start on it before he sees her. She’s allergic to red meat so I’m afraid of the medicine made from pig. We are new to this, she was told by her PCP in a very un not important way that she had Hoshimoto desease.

    • Corri Peterson on May 11, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Hi Esther,
      Sorry to hear about your daughter!
      Many people take levothyroxine with no problems.
      The reason many take Armour is to get the additional hormones that a natural treatment offers.
      Also, many PCP have no idea of how Hashimoto’s works or what to do to control it.
      If her endocrinologist treats her in an unimportant way, be sure to find one that feels she matters, because many don’t.
      I see a functional medicine doctor, he has done the most as far as treating my disease and making me feel better.
      Good luck! I hope she starts to feel better soon!
      Corri

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