The nagging symptoms of hypothyroidism can be annoying at best to debilitating at the worst.
About 15 percent of the 10-12 million people in the U.S. with hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, continue to feel sick despite following the standard of care recommended by the American Thyroid Association. Physicians routinely prescribe levothyroxine, a synthetic thyroid hormone, adjusting the dose until blood levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) stabilize.
New research gives these patients–who often feel dismissed and forgotten–evidence that their persistent symptoms are not just in their heads.
Women are most likely to suffer from hypothyroidism, which occurs when the thyroid gland in the neck stops producing enough hormones, most commonly due to an autoimmune disorder, according to Bianco. Hypothyroidism also develops when the thyroid is surgically removed (for example, due to cancer or benign nodules).
“These findings correlate with what patients have been telling us,” Bianco said. “This study documents for the first time, in an unbiased fashion, that patients on levothyroxine feel worse and are much less active than controls, exhibiting objective cardiometabolic abnormalities despite having normal TSH levels.”
Because the majority of patients with hypothyroidism do well on levothyroxine monotherapy, which is considered a safe medication, the medical community has considered the treatment approach a success. However, in recent years, patient advocacy groups have helped draw attention to the plight of hypothyroid patients who feel sick despite taking levothyroxine and having normal TSH levels.
Thank goodness someone has listened to those who have nagging symptoms.
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It may seem a little far-fetched to think that the thyroid gland could be the cause of your foot problems. But when you consider the wide-ranging role of this organ, perhaps it’s not so ridiculous!
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