Best Test For Hypothyroidism

A thyroid disorder called hypothyroidism means you have an underactive thyroid gland. If you have trouble losing weight no matter what you do, it could be because you are hypothyroid. There are almost 30 million Americans with thyroid disease and women are 7 times more likely than men to have it. Hypothyroid is the most common thyroid disorder and often misdiagnosed by doctors.

Thyroid is a small butterfly shaped gland located directly below the Adams apple. This gland swells up accompanied by an inflammatory sensation, when not working properly. This can be seen as a small bulge in the area. Doctors might feel the size of the gland by keeping hand around your neck and making you swallow.

Because thyroid disorder causes so many other degenerative diseases, a thyroid that functions properly can restore health in so many other areas of your body. When you neutralize the acids in your body and eliminate acid-forming substances from your diet, you give your thyroid a chance to heal. Improved thyroid function will, in turn, help your other body organs function properly.

To neutralize acids and restore your bodys pH balance, you need to reduce or eliminate consumption of acidic foods and other acidic substances. Adding more alkaline foods and minerals to your diet can help restore thyroid disorder. As your acid level falls, you’ll find that your thyroid function will increase.
The thyroid takes in iodine and combines it with tyrosine, an amino acid that then converts it into the hormones T3 and T4. If your thyroid is normal, 80% will be T4 and 20% T3. Both of these hormones travel through the bloodstream, converting calories and oxygen into energy. If this process doesnt work properly, then the calories and oxygen cannot convert the energy properly and you have weight gain or inability to lose weight.

Diagnosis may be carried out through a series of blood tests but since many doctors remain unaware of thyroid problems or recent changes in medical definitions of normal range, many women still struggle to be taken seriously. If you are not satisfied with your doctors diagnosis, always remember that you have the right to a second opinion. Online research can also help you locate doctors in your area who specialize in thyroid disease. Ask for a thyroid antibody test, as well as the other selection of thyroid function tests usually offered. Once a doctor has diagnosed a thyroid problem, you can begin appropriate treatment.

The thyroid, typically enlarged, pale yellow, and lumpy on the surface, shows dense lymphocytic infiltration, and the remaining thyroid tissue frequently contains small empty follicles. The goiter (gradual painless enlargement of the thyroid gland) is usually asymptomatic (no symptoms), but sometimes patients complain of dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing) and a feeling of local pressure.

Thryroiditis is the general term used to describe three different disorders in which the thyroid becomes inflamed. Most commonly, the inflammation takes the form of a chronic, progressive disease known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis or Hashimoto’s disease. This condition may be so mild that it may go unnoticed for many years, but eventually it may destroy so much thyroid tissue that hypothroidism develops.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    how long should i wait to test?
    Hello Readers!! Okay so me and my husband are trying to conceive, we have been together 5 years and been trying for a while now. I was diagnosed with HYPOthyroidism, i took meds called levothyroxine to help regulate it because my metabolism was extremely low almost non existent, the thyroid blood work still shows it is low. I am also slightly overweight due to the metabolism. Well i have had VERY VERY irregular menstrual cycles for a long time. i lost a few pounds and got my period on november 18th or 19th. and it completely was gone on november 25th which is basically a normal length for a period to last. well we had intercourse everyday except november 28th, and have been having intercourse since then. i heard that most fertile days are day 12 and 13 after the first day of ur period. well i noticed on day 13 and 14 i had clearish mucous looking discharge so my question is when is the best day to test for pregnancy. how long should i wait. i took a test on my bday dec 5th which i know was to early but i got excited and it was negative. so please any answers are helpful and greatly appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      Hello fellow thyroid TTC friend! ;) I have hashimoto thyroiditis which is hypo-thyroidism, but mine is auto immune and I’m taking Levoxyl. =) I still have irregular cycles while being on my medication which is poo, but oh well.

      What, I’ve learned is to take the periods you have especially if they are somewhat regular. I have cycles where I’ll have a period every month for three months and then I’ll miss a month and have another period that following month and sometimes I miss a couple of months, but when I do have a period in a somewhat regular way it’s always been 30 days. So, when I know I’ve ovulated I just calculate my cycle on a 30 day cycle and start testing from that point onward once I’ve officially missed according to my 30 day cycle.

      I definitely hope you get your positive test! That would make me so happy for you!!! Especially for people like you and I that have to REALLY guess as to when we are ovulating or are even going to start! Haha. Best of luck to you and your husband! <3

  2. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism?
    What are the ways that you can be tested for this condition? I have a lot of the common symptoms that are listed on various websites, but don’t want to jump to any conclusions. Is it best to go to my regular doctor or do I need to find a specialist?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Treatments for Thyroid Disorders, (Thyrotoxicosis:- The state produced by excessive quantities of endogenous or exogenous thyroid hormone, and for, Hypothyroidism :- Thyroid gland synthesize, store and secrete two hormones – Thyroxine and tri-iodo thyroxine; iodine is an essential constituent of these hormones. The decreased function of thyroid gland is called Hypothyroidism. The main symptoms are Oedema, weight gain and thickening of skin and mental derangements, it is more common in ladies during the age of 30 to 50 years.

      Thyrotoxicosis :-

      Though eats well but losses weight Iodium 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Eats well but losses weight; worse after a shock or grief Natrum Mur 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Intercurrent remedy Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, 4 hourly.
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      Hypothyroidism :-

      Lack of self confidence; absent minded; easily offended; loss of memmory; feels better after eating Anacardium Or 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Shy; childish behaviour; aversion to strangers; chilly patient Baryta Carb 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      History of abortions; weight gain; oedema of extremities and face Pyrogenium 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      In chronic cases; as an intercurrent remedy Tuberculinum Koch 1M, once fortnightly (3 Doses)

      In unmarried persons; forced to celibacy; old bachelors and maids Conium Mac 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      Melancholy, irritabilty and restlessness; desires sweets, cannot stand opposition Thyroidin 3X or 30, 4 hourly

      With restlessness; eats well yet emaciates Iodium 30, 4 hourly

      Fear of darkness and thunderstroms; delicate, anaemic patients, craves for cold and salt preparations Phosphorus 200, once weekly (3 Doses) .

      For hot patients; sweats easily; worse in warm damp weather. Better from any motion, exercise and at sea Bromium 30, once weekly (6 Doses).

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.

      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine.

      Take Care and God Bless You !

  3. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of hypothyroidism in young adult?
    I don’t know if I have it, but I will explain why I’m questioning I might. I seriously spent my whole life up until the age of 18 being very overweight. I ate nothing but junk food, and my parents constantly took me out to fast food places everyday. At 18 I weighed 265 lbs. I basically woke up one day and was like “I’m gonna change my life around” I started exercising daily and eating right. I lost almost all of the weight, I’m 168 now at 20 years old, but I still have some fat left, gut and arms basically. I try my best to eat right, I haven’t had pop in years, rarely ever eat fast food, and exercise everyday. (I try to run 3 miles day plus lift weights a few times a week) I drink nothing but water, have milk occasionally, eat meat, some carbs from crackers every once in a while, and eat most fruits, and the common fresh veggies. I have recently sorta hit a wall. I can’t seem to loose anymore weight no matter how hard I push myself, and I’m constantly hungry, and always feeling very depressed. I have been seeing a might have symptoms of hypothyroidism, but I could be crazy. Does it sound like I have it possibly because of living an unhealthy life up until the age of 18, or what do you guys think it is? I don’t want to ask a doctor because I’m only 20, and I have no money, and my parents don’t have money to do a test on me for hypothyroidism. What do you think the issue is?

    • ANSWER:
      First, congratulations on all the weight loss. That’s amazing.

      Hypothyroidism isn’t a lifestyle disease caused by being overweight or a poor diet. Rather, weight gain and the inability to lose weight are more symptoms of the condition. I can’t say whether you have hypothyroidism, but based on your rapid and impressive weight loss, I doubt hypothyroidism is the cause of your weight loss wall now.

      Anyone who’s ever been on a diet can tell you that a wall is inevitable. I lost 75 pounds and then the weight loss stopped for a year and a half. Only for the past couple months have I been losing weight again. Also, as you approach your goal weight, the weight loss will slow down simply because each pound is a greater proportion of your total weight than before when you were heavier.

      You’re doing nothing wrong. Just keep exercising as you were and maintain the diet. The weight will come off, but it may take some time.

      Also, you can test your TSH levels (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) at home for about – a lot cheaper than a doctor’s appointment and blood work in most cases. I’ll provide you the link.

      Good luck to you!

  4. QUESTION:
    Want to concieve but problem with tubes. please suggest shud I go for laprosopy or IVF?
    I am 30,trying for conception for last 3.5 years. Got HSG done, seems problem with tubes. My cycle is of 30 days. I also had hypothyroidism but is controlled by pills. My husband’s test are normal. Want to have child desperately. Shud I go for laproscopy or IVF? Please suggest. What is the best way out?

    • ANSWER:
      You should do laproscopy… but you know, IVF is a pretty much guarantee that you will be pregnant. Three and a half years is long enough. I would go with IVF.

  5. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism at 16 – help or tips please?
    I’ve just turned 16, however I have been experiencing symptoms of Hypothyroidism for over 3 years. I’ve never been to the doctors about it as my Mum is constantly working and I don’t wanna go on my own because I’m terrified of needles.
    Here is a list of my symptoms -
    Weight Gain – I’ve actually put on about 6 stone in the past 2 years
    Irregular Periods – I have one every like, 6 months if I’m lucky. I know they’re a nuisance but it really does make you feel immature, like you’re stripped of your Womanhood like you’re infertile.
    Dry hair & Skin – I’ve tried deep conditioners, the best skincare products, but nothing seems to be working. I always used to have thick, soft hair and soft, glowing skin with no blemishes.
    Permanent rings under my eyes/’bags’.
    Lack of concentration. I get frequent blocks in exams where I can’t write a single thing.
    Tiredness – I feel tired during the day but I don’t sleep in-between. I have real difficulty getting up for School, and on the weekends I could sleep right through until mid-afternoon, still feeling like I haven’t had enough sleep.
    It’s really annoying because my weight and self-consciousness is getting in the way of me socialising and so on. I think I’m depressed too. In School, I just get called ‘lazy’ for struggling with work, or not writing to the best of my ability in exams. My eyes are also losing sight, it’s still clear but I used to have perfect vision, and all of a sudden I got these pains in the back of my eyes, like I was straining them, and now it feels like I’m squinting when I look at things, though I know I’m not. It’s annoying, knowing that they used to be stronger. I used to be a Straight A student, but now I’m acheiving B’s and stuff :(
    I made an appointment but I need to change it because my Mum’s gonna be in meetings all day. Do any of you have any useful tips or anything on what to say to the Doctor, I hear these tests should be taken in the Morning only, and that they might try and go for the basic test option? All help is much appreciated, Thank You :)
    I’ve tried everything to lose weight. No diets work, or I lose weight one week, do nothing different the next week and put it back on again. Please don’t comment advertising such products. Thanks.

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  6. QUESTION:
    How to help a keeshond with hypothyroidism lose weight? (10 points to the most resionable answer)?
    My Keeshond is 7 years old and he has hypothyroidism, arthritis, and hip dysplasia. He weighs close to 70 pounds. He has some kind of allergy im pretty sure its to corn and some shampoos. He has sores all over him and after their gone the fur doesn’t grow back right. we have been feeding him Taste of the Wild food. how much should i feed him for him to lose weight. He doesnt really like the food so how do i get him to eat it all at once so the food isnt left out all day? we dont have a pool so how can he get exersize without hurting his hips? I would also like to train to not be so agressive how can i do that? please answer at least some of my questions.
    How can i weigh him also because he tries to bite if you try to hold him? i cant take him to the vet every time i need him weighed cause the vet is like an hour away.

    o ya i forgot to metion that im 14 and I know more then our vet does… my mom will not change vets and that is the best vet in our area. we live in a very small town. He is on medicine for his hypothroidism and the vet didnt give him anything for his hips and i asked the vet how i can help him lode weight and he just said take him on a walk everyday but that hurts his hips. the vet wont test him for allergys either.

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest that you consider switching to Natural Balance fish and sweet potato for one thing.

      Testing for allergies is highly expensive. It’s easier to switch food.

      Don’t disrespect your vet. It’s highly unlikely you know more than a vet who went to university for years, and it’s a pretty arrogant assumption.

      I have a Golden who’s 6 years old. She has food and environmental allergies as well as hypothyroidism. Here’s what we do:

      We weigh her at the vet. The vet has a scale that she steps onto so it’s no big deal. If your dog bites you, you have an issue that is likely pain-based if he has hip dysplasia and you’re picking him up. The more overweight he is, the more likely it is that he’s in pain from the weight adding excess pressure on his joints.

      We switched her food to fish and sweet potato. We did a VERY slow crossover, starting with just 3 or 4 kibbles and I took weeks to increase her up to a full serving. That way she didn’t really notice. We feed our dog according to the instructions on the bag, for the weight she SHOULD be.

      We add Omega 3 fatty acid to our dog’s food. We get it from our vet. It helps immensely with the quality of her fur which had become very dull and almost greasy feeling from the hypothyroidism. They really like the taste of the oil and she eats her meals right up. It also means I can simply put her pill into her food and she eats it. Then the cats come along and scour her bowl clean because there’s usually a bit of oil left over. Their coats have improved as well.

      I also add Dr. Goodpet’s Scratch Relief to our dog’s food (I get it at WalMart, I think you can get it at Pet Smart). It helps to curb the scratching.

      We do not bathe our dog. Ever. Soap strips the essential oils she secrets from her skin and coat. That oil is critical to protecting her skin and helping to weatherproof her fur. She swims in our local river. If she was a small dog then I’ll simply let her swim in the tub or get a kiddy pool for her for outside. Even our own vet never bathes her dogs.

      Ask your vet (a phone call is free) if you can offer your dog chondroitin/glucosamine supplements for your dog’s hips. If the vet says yes, find out how much and how often.

      Because our dogs allergies are so severe, she also takes an allergy pill (good for environmental allergies but not food allergies). She gets half with each meal.

      Walking is critical to slimming them down and getting them fresh air. For you because your dog is overweight, you need to start out slowly. Maybe to the corner and back. Build up your dog’s strength and stamina. As the muscles strengthen and your dog loses weight, it will lessen the burden on his hips and therefore the pain.

      Our dog lost 6 pounds in the first month after going on a diet and starting the hypothyroid pills. It’s made a world of difference in her. She wants to play again and run around. She’s excited to do things again.

      Make sure you take your dog in for follow up blood work to measure his thyroid levels. You’ll need to do this about 4 weeks after the pills are started. Again later if the level is not where it needs to be.

      As for your dog’s weight, you should be able to tell if he’s losing weight and approaching a better weight. You should be able to see and feel a difference when you run your fingers over his ribs.

  7. QUESTION:
    My best friend hates me…? [Reposted, I hope you don't mind]?
    Okay, so when I moved to this new state [PA], I had no friends, because I lived in OH for most of my life. My best friend, James, was my first friend and now my very best. We hug, hold hands sometimes, lots of great memories.

    This year, I transferred schools. I accidentally (ACCIDENTALLY, CANNOT STRESS THAT ENOUGH!) gave one of my friend’s named Josephine James’s AIM. He barely goes on.

    Then, one day, while he WAS on, Josephine wanted to talk to him even though I said, “**** NO!” And she did anyway.

    She told James lots of **** that she “claimed” I said (she let me see the conversation) and he said:

    “…It was a joke. She’s not really my girlfriend.”
    “She’s annoying. I hate her.”

    **** like that. I never even SAID we were dating or ****.

    I’ve been crying for the last four months. I’m depressed, I have hypothyroidism, and my hormone levels are low from not eating the right dose of synthroid (just took a blood test a couple weeks ago).

    Then, I called my friend Paige (James’s next-door neighbor and other best friend). He told her that he said he hated me.

    Last year he told me he loved me. That he cared for me and everything. And he proved it.

    But now. It’s my fault that I started it. If I hadn’t given Josephine his IM then everything would be fine.

    I’m such a retard. He hates me and won’t even talk to me.

    What should I do? My parents say I need to move on.

    Easier said than done. He was my first and only one of my two best friends.

    I want him back…

    Additional Details:
    He barely picks up his phone. =/

    I don’t know what Josephine did that was so horrible to me. Or me to her. All she ever asked me to do was check her Math Homework (she’s in Remediation) and circle the problems that were wrong.

    James told me that he loved me. He hugs me, holds hands with me, and sometimes kisses me on the cheek. I’m not an out-going person, and it’s hard for me to make new friends.

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry to hear about losing your friendship I know how hard that is and it happens to us all at some point. It is not your fault that this girl said all those nasty things to him. I hope you don’t talk to her anymore because she is not a true friend to you. As far as James if he won’t even give you a chance to say your side and all he tells people is he hates you then hun I am sorry you have to move on.

      If he is still ignoring you months later then there is nothing you can do. Maybe you can email him or mail him a letter stating your side and how much you care for him and that you hope at some point he will contact you and then leave it at that.

      You can’t force a friendship on him so it is time to move on. I know it is hard but be strong!

  8. QUESTION:
    My best friend hates me…?
    Okay, so when I moved to this new state [PA], I had no friends, because I lived in OH for most of my life. My best friend, James, was my first friend and now my very best. We hug, hold hands sometimes, lots of great memories.

    This year, I transferred schools. I accidentally (ACCIDENTALLY, CANNOT STRESS THAT ENOUGH!) gave one of my friend’s named Josephine James’s AIM. He barely goes on.

    Then, one day, while he WAS on, Josephine wanted to talk to him even though I said, “FUCK NO!” And she did anyway.

    She told James lots of shit that she “claimed” I said (she let me see the conversation) and he said:

    “…It was a joke. She’s not really my girlfriend.”
    “She’s annoying. I hate her.”

    Shit like that. I never even SAID we were dating or shit.

    I’ve been crying for the last four months. I’m depressed, I have hypothyroidism, and my hormone levels are low from not eating the right dose of synthroid (just took a blood test a couple weeks ago).

    Then, I called my friend Paige (James’s next-door neighbor and other best friend). He told her that he said he hated me.

    Last year he told me he loved me. That he cared for me and everything. And he proved it.

    But now. It’s my fault that I started it. If I hadn’t given Josephine his IM then everything would be fine.

    I’m such a retard. He hates me and won’t even talk to me.

    What should I do? My parents say I need to move on.

    Easier said than done. He was my first and only one of my two best friends.

    I want him back…
    He barely picks up his phone. =/
    I don’t know what Josephine did that was so horrible to me. Or me to her. All she ever asked me to do was check her Math Homework (she’s in Remediation) and circle the problems that were wrong.

    James told me that he loved me. He hugs me, holds hands with me, and sometimes kisses me on the cheek. I’m not an out-going person, and it’s hard for me to make new friends.

    • ANSWER:
      I know the feeling of how hard it is, but you’re going to have to move on. Unfortunately, being depressed isn’t actually going to help the situation. Harsh, but true.
      Try talking to him directly. Getting information from second and third parties is inaccurate. Call him once. Talk to him once about what you’ve heard and what you did and didn’t say. You need to know how he feels from him, and he should know how you feel too. Make it clear if you feel romantically or not about him, but let him do most of the talking. Don’t bring Josephine or Paige into this. It has to be solely about you and James.
      If you discover that he really doesn’t like you anymore, than I agree with your parents, you have to move on. Get involved in lots of different activities in PA and meet new people. Make new friends. Don’t block out the memories and the sadness, but accept it and move on. Living in the past will not bring it back, it will only stop you from moving on. I know how hard it is, I’ve been through something similar, but you need to for your health.

  9. QUESTION:
    What would it take to convince Backyard Breeders to properly health test and show their dogs?
    I just came across a lady on Craigslist offering her Giant Schnauzer male up for stud for 0.

    She says he has Champion Lines and a nice build, and indeed he did as she included a photograph. I located her email through Google and sent her a friendly little letter explaining that she should think twice about breeding her male if he hasn’t been tested for the plethora of diseases prone to the GS, including hypothyroidism, AIHA, SLO, hip and elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, various cancers and STDs, and that if she was advertising his services through Craigslist, it couldn’t mean that he was properly shown and titled b/c otherwise prospective b****es would be contacting her through the breed club.

    I further explained that my concern came from experience and the fact that considering all the abuse that dogs suffer – abusive homes, sitting in shelters, being killed for lack of a home – the least we can do, as their caretakers, is to breed healthy dogs so that they don’t live in pain because of our ignorance.

    What do you think, everyone? What would be the best approach to encouraging backyard breeders to either stop breeding or to step it up and be fully responsible for the lives they are creating?
    EDIT: Okay – so nix the people who truly don’t give a damn – what about those who simply don’t understand the harm of breeding random dogs? Do you think there is anything that can be said that will spark them to change their ways? I know that when I first heard about titles and CERF and OFA I thought, ‘What the heck do dogs need this for? Maybe SHOW dogs need it.’ What about misguided people like that?
    DJL, that is SO sad. Poor dachshund . . .

    Sighthounds!!!!!! I understand where you’re coming from, but it is MY understanding that showing your dog is to have it proven that your dog is indeed a as-close-to-perfect speciman of the breed as possible. Right? Isn’t that kind of the school of thought behind American-styled labs, like the type from ‘Marley and Me’? Labradors that are not stocky and blocky but instead lanky and almost snipe-nosed? I thought showing was to judge your dog’s conformation against other dogs to promote the written breed standard. But I DO agree that a show dog with zero natural talent or instinctual skill of its original purpose is as useful as headache.

    • ANSWER:
      To get them to show? Nothing. They have no interest in that.

      For health tests – In all honesty – legislation. Legislation that requires the BYB’s to pay for the puppies’ vet bills that stem from genetics. Expand the Puppy Lemon Laws that already exist to cover dogs for 2-8 years.

      In addition, the AKC needs to step up and stop registering BYB and puppy mill litters that don’t at least do health testing. That won’t stop everyone as they’ll turn to the ConKC instead, but it will at least slow things down. Again, publicize it well.

      On the flip side, getting the word out to the buying public. Whether that’s through mandatory ‘licensing’ before buying a dog, through mandatory legal contracts and breeder statements, or whatever. Something to wake the buyers up.

      I also think that every dog should be tattooed or microchipped. When a breeder’s dog ends up in the shelter, if the breeder doesn’t have a ‘takeback’ clause, the breeder is sent the bill + a 00 fine.

      And businesses need to step up. Newspapers should not print classified ads selling dogs or cats. Malls should no longer allow pet shops. Wal-Marts should not allow people selling dogs in their parking lot.

      Added: The people who don’t understand still usually don’t care. They think that everyone deserves a dog and that not everyone can afford a good quality dog. That’s if they even recognize that the dog isn’t good quality – 9 times out of 10 they say “The vet says she’s ok to breed. My dog is healthy and doesn’t have any problems.”

  10. QUESTION:
    10 weeks pregnant. Has this happened to anyone else? (I GIVE HIGH POINTS FOR BEST ANSWER!)?
    Ok. So…I’m 10 weeks preggo and starting to show (well, i can tell) and all that lovely stuff. :)

    I decided that I’d get a HPT, pee on it, and show it to my man as the way I let him know. I think I’d lose my voice trying to tell him. *grin* Anyways! It came out negative!!

    Well, that was two weeks ago. Everything is all good. The doc did a urine test and a US a week ago. Baby is ok (growing and breathing and heart beating) but the urine came back negative too.

    Has anyone had something like this? How far along were you before you got consistent positives??

    I know I can’t possibly be that strange. In the first 3 weeks after my missed period.. I probably took 7 HPTs and finally got a positive. The doctor confirmed with a positive urine (though he’d yet to do a blood test because I was having a TSH done that day to check for hypothyroidism). But yeah, so a week ago is when I went back and had my first US and the other urine test.

    Seriously… anyone else???

    • ANSWER:
      the HPT responds to hormones, maybe you aren’t sending enough into your urine to track. they tell you to take one first thing in the morning so they are more accurate. and the only other thing i can think of is were any of them expired??? But keep in mind the good news is the doctor says everything is ok and you have seen your baby!!

      personal note: mine was positive when i was six weeks along but i have had friends who didn’t know til 11 or 12 weeks. your body is different then everyone else, i agree its weird, but nothing to worry about. you should keep taking them throughout your pregnancy and see how long it comes up negative.

  11. QUESTION:
    Hair problems due to hypothyroidism?
    I was finally diagnosed with a hypoactive thryroid. (I say finally b/c I had exhibited symptoms for awhile, yet, my blood tests always came back fine. But, my last one finally showed the levels to be diagnosed. Also, both my mom & grandmother have it & I had all the same symptoms as them)

    How long after starting to take Levothyroxine will I see my symptoms of hair loss/coarse hair improve?

    I hate that my hair is wicked coarse (where-as it used to be nice & smooth/silky) & seems to fall out more than it used to.

    Please do not suggest changing meds. b/c I asked my dr. & he said that this is the best one for me (&, it’s also the same one’s my other family members are on too, so I know it

    • ANSWER:
      First you need to get the morning TSH around 1.0. If after having the TSH around 1.0 for 6 months to a year and you don’t see any improvement it is most likely either you need T3 or the med is causing the hairloss. Yes, with a few people Synthroid causes more hairloss. I didn’t see any improvement with my hairloss until I took both T4 and T3.

      By the way, just because the doctor says the med you are on is the best for you, doesn’t make it so, especialy if he/she has never done a free t3 test on you. If he/she hasn’t done a free t3, how would they know if you don’t need it. Sometimes we have to become our own health care advocte and not give up until we feel good again. This should be a partnership with the doctor. He/she cannot have sole contol over your health. You must work with the doctor.

  12. QUESTION:
    has anyone else treated hypothyroidism with supplements?
    I have been researching hypothyroidism and believe I have it. like most people, i have tested negative but still have almost every symptom: chronic fatigue, depression, dry skin and hair, edema, weight gain and trouble losing weight, almost every symptom, i have it. I also tend to not like artificial drugs, so I have been looking at taking supplements and treating this holistically. I have had a little success in taking a super b complex and flax seed oil. however, I have done some more research and found out about iodine, vitamins a, d, and e, as well as amino acids and antioxidants.

    so I guess my question would be–has anyone else treated their hypothyroidism holistically? what did you use, and how which brands/kinds worked best for you?

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  13. QUESTION:
    Could I have hypothyroidism?
    I just came back from the doctor who informed me that everything was normal. My TSH was 3.47 in a reference range of 0.40-4.50 (although I’ve read that studies show most feel best around 1 and my level is too high), my free T3 is 320 pg/dL, and my free t4 is 1.2 ng/dL. Since January I’ve had almost no energy, shown signs of depression, fatigue, and my family has a history of hypothyroidism. So, I am pretty clueless about this – are my tests all really normal or should I try to find a specialist? I really don’t want to spend any more money for a doctor who isn’t going to listen to me.

    • ANSWER:
      actually sounds more like you have hyperthyroidism.
      your free t3 is supposed to be about 181 and yours is 320.
      i have hyperthyroidism. and last time i got checked which was like 2 months ago my t3 was 236 and they told me its supposed to be around 181. so yeah i think you should go see an endocrinologist.

      cuz when i first had symptoms of hyperthyroidism my regular doctor was a jack *ss. and told me you’ll be fine util you get into the specialist. well i got to the specialist a week later and that doctor said they didn’t give you any meds?! they could’ve killed you!
      so don’t trust anyone that doesn’t specialize in the field.

  14. QUESTION:
    Endocrinologists or people with hypothyroidism please: What do you think of my TSH levels?
    I’m 27 and have been sluggish for probably my whole life. I NEED to nap for an hour or hour-and-a-half every day or I’m completely shot. I’ve also had moderate weight gain despite healthy eating and exercise. I’m also losing a lot of hair in the shower. I just got my thyroid tested and the lab report says my TSH is at 2.59. I’ve been doing a lot of research and it’s believed that the “lab range” of 4.5 is very high and people can be hypothyroid from even 2-3. What is your expert opinion? Would you treat someone with 2.59 and the constant symptoms that I have? Are more and more doctors accepting this lower range?
    Those of you with hypothyroidism: What is your experience with the different ranges? When do you feel best?

    Also, I am seeing my doctor to go over the results, I just want to know what to expect.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow you sound exactly like me. Actually, I was getting on Y!A right now to look up questions like these.

      I agree – the guidelines to treat are much too high. My TSH is 3.4 (it increases each time I get it checked though) and I have so many symptoms, but each doctor has refused to treat or look into it further. I guess you need to jump around and try new doctors to try to find one that will help more than the other ones, since treating below those levels is not common.

      Have you looked into Hashimoto’s? Or Cushings? Those are similar to hypothyroidism and require different tests I believe. In the meantime, you might want to get tested for those as well.

      Good luck! I know how frustrating it is. Here’s to us getting treatment soon and feeling better!

      Also, try requesting a T3 and T4 test! They can show if you have other problems, like subclinical hypothyroidism. And make sure you get your TSH tested first thing in the morning, since its the highest when we sleep!

  15. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism UK T3 and T4?
    My TSH level is 1.62

    A few months after my first child was born in 2007 I was diagnosed with an under-active thyroid and was told I would need to be on medication for life, this was distressing for me but I felt much better after taking a small daily dose of levothyroxine and regular check up’s with my endocrinologist.

    I became pregnant with my second child, the symptoms vanished and the bloods went back to normal so I was unusually taken off my medication and postpartum hypothyroidism was blamed. Shortly after my daughter was born in january 2009 I started to feel ILL again really really ILL like DYING ILL. I knew it was my thyroid as I had suffered with the same symptom’s in 2007-2008 for which I was successfully treated with levothyroxine.

    I also moved to a different area and only recently discovered that there are different lab results meanings for different area’s, this has been distressing for me as I know if I still lived in my previous area I would most likely be treated, however because I live here I will not get treated. I tick almost every symptom of hypothyroidism yet my blood work for THIS AREA is within the normal range.

    The doctor only tested my TSH levels??? Why wouldn’t he check my T3 and T4??? Yes my TSH levels are within the normal range, I understand this, but there is a lot of controversy surrounding the illness and many people are going undiagnosed for 20 or 30 years, suffering for years whilst waiting for there TSH levels to rise enough to be treated..

    My TSH level is 1.62 very normal in most people’s eyes but I feel terribly ill and they wont do anything for me. I would rather DIE than suffer like this for the next 20 years, it could take years for my TSH levels to rise, yet I have RAGINGsymptom’ss.

    My doctor has said if the results come back as normal then there is nothing they can do other than rule an illness out and try to find out what the real problem is.

    There is NO other problem, I know what is wrong with me and I know what I need to feel better.. I need levothyroxine. But you know DOCTORS KNOW BEST… What am I supposed to do? I am at a loss with myself, I want to live a normal happy productive life and have been held back for 3 years, I have missed 3 years of my life. we only live once and I cant suffer like this any longer.. Can anyone help me please?? What should I do?? Who should I see?? Should I self medicate. I was considering buying levothyroxin from the internet and taking them to prove to my doctor that taking them WILL make me better.

    I am thankful for any responses which I get.

    Sorry this has taken so long to read and thank you for your time. :- (

    • ANSWER:
      Number one. Doctors do not always know best.
      Two. Do not self medicate.
      You need to go back to the doctor and say what you have said on here, that you need T3 and T4 checked.
      They will do it if you ask for it.
      ]For any one, Doctors see so many patients in a day, that your case is not unique. Make sure you say something to him/her while still in the surgery if you think something is not right. There is no use stewing on it at home. It is your body. Ask questions and discuss things. Only you know all your symptoms and lifestyle.
      Good luck.
      Please do not self medicate. especially if breast feeding

  16. QUESTION:
    I have an allergy to iodine and I’m about to take a kelp (iodine rich) pill. Is it safe?
    I was diagnosed with severe allergy to idonine many years ago. I’m about to take a kelp pill which is loaded with iodine and I want to know if it’s safe. I’m not trying to kill myself, quite the opposite read on:

    BACKGROUND INFO: I am not allergic to shellfish (I can eat lobster, crab, sushi etc without problems). To the best of my recollection I never had an allergy to iodine (iodide?) ointment on the skin as a kid.

    I was diagnosed with allergy to iodine following severe reaction after x-rays with contrast (iodine [iodide?] solution they made me drink)

    At this point I bought kelp because I believe I have severe hypothyroidism due to my symptoms (even been in a coma recently) Doctors are no help because my tests for hypothyroidism come back normal. However if you google this seriously you’ll read that many people are critically ill with hypothyroidism but tests return false negative and then they die of a heart attack. (I found that over and over, different patient’s accounts, google it)

    I believe that kelp might save me but I’m also kind of afraid. Your input appreciated if you’re an herbalist, N.D, decent doctor or a patient with the same predicaments as above. Please let me know from what experience you speak of.

    PS: If I try it and don’t croak I’ll come back to post how it went, if anyone is interested that is
    Ok. Y’all don’t have to be rude. They say that iodine is as essential to life as iron. BASICALLY: my guess is that the xray iodine must have been synthetic or chemically altered (hence the allergy) and no one can be allergic to pure element iodine just like you can’t be allergic to oxygen. Just a guess though, I might cut it in 8th and take a bit and see how it goes?

    • ANSWER:
      Seems to me you are allergic to what the doctors put in your body .
      they call it Iodine , but either a synthetic compound or something more than Iodine.
      There is natural iodine in all sea weed so if you can eat Sushi , you should be able to eat the stronger type called kelp . You can just buy the seaweed without the Sushi in all supermarkets , and especially Chinese or Japanese stores. Look for a type that is not roasted and spiced.
      Kelp is fairly strong tasting stuff so I would guess you don’t need very much. I would go for the fresh natural product rather than a processed bottled variety.
      A QUESTION : why you using yourself as a guinea pig. ?
      If I was you I would do some more research before you donate your body to science.
      You might have an Iodine absorption problem. Could be caused by the large dose of Iodine the doctors gave you , setting off a defense reaction .
      I would check out all the Holistic Health sites. Be open to a complete view of health taking in all considerations like diet, environment ,stress factors , degree of happiness etc. It all comes together to heal or upset the balance of the
      total . . .
      Google : Holistic Health hyperthyroidism
      Also research the iodine product they use for the x-rays . I think it is a radio active isotope , not the type found in seaweed. You might find you are not alone in your reaction to this Isotope , if my suspicions are correct. I well check it out myself too at a later date. Stay in the Alternative health sites if you want to get unbiased info.

  17. QUESTION:
    Breathing problems while playing my french horn?
    I’ve been playing French horn for 2 1/2 years and I played trumpet for 2 years before that but I’ve just recently [year or so] started having really heavy breathing problems. I can’t seem to play ANY note longer than 5 or so seconds without coughing, becoming dizzy or turning a extremely bright red. I was in a private lesson and after some breath attack excercises, my teacher asked me if I was about to cry because I was so red. And after explain some of the things that I was experiencing she told me I should get tested for Hypothyroidism, something which my mom has. I really don’t think I have asthma but I do also have random heart mummers [about 5-8 a day] I breath normal and I don’t normally have to think about it but I can never seem to get the right breath, even when not playing my horn.
    Things I’ve been previously tested for [negative]
    -asthma
    -anxiety
    -major heart problems accompanied with minor breathing

    I also take A.D.D. medication [Vyvance, 50 mgs.] and I know that brings up heart rate, but not any more than a normal non-A.D.D. person’s.
    Any ideas because I’m really getting annoyed with being unable to play my horn to the best of my abilities??
    I also have allegies to pollen and ragweed and take Astilen for that. I haven’t been to an allergist in like 2 years so I’ll keep that open.

    • ANSWER:
      it could be an acid reflux problem. acid can reflux into your esophagus and then aspirate into your lungs and cause breathing problems. of course it could just as easily be something else but consider it. if you get a lot of heartburn that is a good sign. But otherwise sounds a lot like asthma. maybe there is something in the air causing an allergy… that is all i can think of. i mention the acid reflux problem because i have it and have done a lot of research on it but i’m no doctor. go see one.

  18. QUESTION:
    Trying to conceive, long cycles and confused about BBT?
    My husband and I have been trying to conceive. I have long cycles (50 day) so I have been on progesterone cream to try and regulate things. First month I used was 40 days, second was 22 days and now – after my husband and I did our best to conceive this month, I haven’t seen a sign of a period, I feel preg but preg test is neg and I have a low BBT (not that it reached anywhere over 34.4 this month. Could I still be pregnant? Is the low BBT temp because I only take the cream on days 12-26, and could this be affecting my chances at falling? Also, does anyone know if the low BBT is connected to hypothyroidism? My Naturopath previously gave me stuff for my thyroid to help with hormone production? Can anyone help or give advice. It has been 6 months (I know its not too bad) but I really want a child so much.

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothryoidism is definitely linked to infertility, so if you have low thyroid, you should start treatment. It may be time to see a fertility specialist. They will look at your long cycles, and run tests to see about your long cycles. They can test your ovaries to see how well they’re working, and they can also test the fallopian tubes to make sure they’re clear. They’ll also test your husband’s sperm to make sure it’s ok. Even if everything is fine, a fertility specialist can help track you and your cycles more carefully, so you will have a greated chance of getting pregnant with each cycle. Email me w/questions if you like.

  19. QUESTION:
    I feel sooooo fatigued and need some advice! (Wondering about Iodine deficiency?)?
    I need some intelligent help and advice!

    Three years ago I was diagnosed with having hypothyroidism (low thyroid). Started taking Levoxyl from my MD to regulate it. Kept upping the dosage til it reached 100 mcg. My thyroid then tested normal, but I still didn’t “feel” normal. Disreguarded how I felt and just tried to make the best of it. After a year I decided to go off of my meds because I was hoping my body had somehow regulated itself normal. I started taking a natural supplement for thyroid support. At first I felt a lot better, then I tapered off the natural support and after a year I was in the same situation with feeling fatigued, depressed, hungry because I’m tired etc.
    I’ve been back on the Levoxyl for over 2 months and again my thyroid test is normal at 1.5 something. BUT I STILL DON’T FEEL GOOD. Physically I have really push myself to do things or drink caffeine, which I don’t like doing. Or I result to taking Adderall because I know that will give me some energy to do things. (Just so you know I didn’t start taking adderall until 2 years ago when I thought that maybe I have ADD because I can’t seem to get things done.)
    I am 26 years old, I eat extremely healthy- egg whites, oatmeal, veggies, lean protein, I rarely eat sugar etc. I’m very frustrated because I can’t seem to feel like my old self. I even had a test done a couple years ago to see if I had parasites, that came back negative. I just think I am too young to have this kind of a problem. Something in my body feels outta whack. I’ve been doing some research and I’m starting to wonder if I am IODINE deficient?
    Even though I am taking a thyroid medicine (Levoxyl) is it possible that my body isn’t registering it or absorbing it, but yet it shows up in my bloodwork as normal??

    Any input will help !!! Thank you for reading!

    • ANSWER:
      Since you have had thyroid issues have you been tested for celiac disease or anemia or vitamin deficiencies (which can also be a symptom of celiac)? I had thyroid issues off and on for years and then tested normal as well, then felt horrid again. After more years of testing and misdiagnoses I finally was diagnosed with celiac disease. (my other symptoms were in general: fatigue, brain fog, migraines, restless leg, and lactose intolerance).
      Hope this helps!

  20. QUESTION:
    MY DOCTOR SAID I HAVE BOTH HYPO AND HYPER THYROIDISM.?
    Hello. I am 18 years old.
    It’s been about a year that I’ve been feeling extremely weak, anxiety, depression.etc…
    So, I went to a local family hospital about 4 months ago and said according to my blood test I have a HYPERTHYROIDISM.. so I had to go to the Glandular Disease hospital to get treated and prescribed on medications…
    So far I understand cleary until..
    I was suppose to go to the hospital every 4 weeks for blood check and they said
    both of my antibodies are very high, my hormone level would one time would skyrocket and one time it’ll be extremely low which leads to HYPOTHYROIDISM….
    Doctor said she’s hoping that this is a very rare case that maybe going between hypo and hyper can make me remission and can be expected that I don’t have to take medication any more than 6 years. (She said she’s HOPING… )

    Anyways,
    So I was getting really nervous and wierd because lately I’ve been having great amount of pain of:
    High Blood Pressure
    Heart Palpitation (about 110~120 heartbat)
    Anxiety
    And the most scariest is…I almost felt like I would have heart attacks because even little things I’ll get really surprised scared and shocked (which I don’t usually get scared or anything..it just happened recently) ..;(
    Depression
    Fatigue
    Constipation
    Dry Skin
    Lack of Concentration
    One period of time i’ll lose weight and several days later i’ll gain weight…
    and the most hardest moments are when I’m having muscle pain/cramps. especially over my shoulds, biceps, around my neck (behind and front) ..It’s usually around neck I’m having extreme muscle pain…
    Having trouble sleeping…Everytime I attempt to sleep.. I’ll hear my heart making sounds thump thump….. in offbeat… which is little bit hard for me to calculate my pulse.
    And when someone tries to wake me up.. I’ll wake up terrified out of nowhere… I really hate that…

    The doctor said I’ll be much better and I’ll be able to get rid most of those side effects after I’m on medication and it’s been 4 months I’ve been taking medicatins (propanol and methamyzol) and didn’t do dramatic changes. Now my doctor caustiously asked me..maybe I should consider more than medication…
    WHAT AM I SUPPOSE TO DO? I’m scared… she wouldn’t tell me any information or reccomendations and kept insisting that I should talk to my parents what I want to do..but what is best for me? She wouldn’t say anything else….
    i’m scared….all she said was there’s always radioactive pills and surgery……
    I don’t have hypo and hyperthyroidism at the SAME time.. but i would have hypothyroidism this week and next blood test would be hyperthyroidism and it really goes on and on… very frustrated…

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there,

      Yes, you can be both Hypothyroid and Hyperthyroid.

      Some patients actually have both Hashimoto’s and Graves’ disease antibodies, which puts the thyroid into a push-pull situation, where it cycles up and down through hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. This is not a very common situation, but hypothyroidism patients who frequently have hyperthyroidism symptoms should ask their doctors for full antibody profiles to detect the presence of both Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves’ disease.

      What to do is go back to the doctor and get referred to an Endocrinologist immediately. If you already have one who is not making any decision or telling you all of your medical information then see another.

      Have you tried the medication Tapazole?
      See this answer from 2 years ago:

      http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100325194849AAtTWzZ

      http://www.suite101.com/lesson.cfm/19330/2902/3

      Choices would be medication first, then surgery if medications are not working and radioactive materials last.

      The other problems you are having, racing heart, not sleeping, anxiety +, all of that needs to be treated with medications as soon as possible until you can get the thyroid treated and under control.

      Ask your doctors if you can take Vitamin D and the mineral Magnesium, as they will help with you being able to cope better with pain, cramping, not sleeping well, racing heart, depression. Later your calcium levels will need to be monitored too.

      You are an adult at 18, and all the information should have been given to you. Yes, talk with your parents, and other family, as well as your friends.

      I am leaving a number of links below for you to review.

      Good luck to you and I hope this helps,

      Barbara

  21. QUESTION:
    Help!!!!! worried about Seroquel side effects!!!?
    Doctor put me 50 mg seroquel xr twice daily for bipolar with psychotic features and I’m worried about the side effects.
    Even though Seroquel XR is not classified as an antidepressant, the FDA has required Seroquel XR to carry the special antidepressant and suicide warning, since Seroquel XR is used to treat depression and bipolar depression. Antidepressants may increase the risk of suicidal thinking or behavior in children, teenagers, and adults (see Depression and Suicide for more information). Therefore, if you notice any changes in symptoms or new symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider immediately. Some of these symptoms may include anxiety, hostility, agitation, panic, restlessness, hallucinations, extreme hyperactivity, and suicidal thinking or behavior.

    Seroquel XR can cause an increase in blood sugar levels and can increase the risk of developing diabetes. Tell your healthcare provider if you develop signs of diabetes while taking Seroquel XR. Possible signs of diabetes can include an increase in thirst, urination, or hunger. If you have diabetes, your blood sugar should be monitored carefully and regularly during treatment with Seroquel XR to make sure your diabetes is not becoming more severe (see Seroquel and Diabetes).

    Seroquel XR can cause a life-threatening condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). Some symptoms of NMS include:

    A high fever
    Stiff muscles
    Confusion
    An irregular pulse or blood pressure
    A fast heart rate (tachycardia)
    Sweating
    Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
    Tell your healthcare provider right away if you think you might have NMS.
    Seroquel XR can cause low white blood cells, which can be dangerous. If you already have low white blood cells (or have experienced a white blood cell drop due to a medication in the past), your healthcare provider should check your white blood cell count during the first few months you take Seroquel XR.

    Seroquel XR can cause a drop in blood pressure when going from a sitting or lying position to standing (known medically as orthostatic hypotension). This can cause a person to faint or to have lightheadedness or dizziness. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms when standing. Orthostatic hypotension can be especially dangerous in people with heart disease or congestive heart failure (CHF).

    Seroquel XR can cause tardive dyskinesia, a condition involving unusual and uncontrollable body or facial movements. The condition can become permanent (even if Seroquel XR is stopped). The best way to prevent it from becoming permanent is to tell your healthcare provider right away if you notice any abnormal movements (including abnormal movements of the tongue) while taking Seroquel XR.

    Seroquel XR can cause cataracts (an eye condition). It is recommended that all people taking Seroquel XR have their eyes checked for cataracts every six months.

    Seroquel XR may increase the risk of seizures. Before starting Seroquel XR, tell your healthcare provider if you have epilepsy or a history of seizures.

    Seroquel XR can cause an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), high liver enzymes, high cholesterol, or high triglycerides. It is probably a good idea to have your thyroid, triglycerides, liver enzymes, and cholesterol checked (using a blood test) regularly while taking Seroquel XR.

    Seroquel XR can cause high levels of the hormone prolactin. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop signs of high prolactin, such as breast enlargement or breast discharge.

    Very rarely, Seroquel XR can cause priapism (a painful erection of the penis that does not go away). Because this is a medical emergency, seek medical care immediately in order to prevent permanent damage to the penis.

    Seroquel XR can cause difficultly swallowing, which can lead to inhalation of food (which can cause pneumonia). Tell your healthcare provider if you notice any problems swallowing.

    • ANSWER:
      If you can find a way to feel better sans the drug… you’re way ahead of the game. Start here!

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/positive-thinking/SR00009

      It’s never a good idea to rely on meds to aid us in feeling less anxious or depressed.
      Depression plaques all of us at one time or another. Arm yourself with positive thinking and really concentrate on thinking more positive and with more confidence. Granted 50 mg is a small dosage… it can still have many unfavorable side effects. It’s OK to feel down, it’s OK to feel overwhelmed… feel the feeling and let it go!
      Try keeping a journal and see if you can pinpoint the source of your depression. And then find a way to turn it around.
      I believe in you… won’t you believe in you? (^_^)

  22. QUESTION:
    there are a LOT of things going on with me, whats causing them?
    First off—-I have hyperthyroidism that shortly went into hypothyroidism, then back to hyper, and now is being regulated with a changed meds dose. However, my thyroid issues were always minor, and my doctor usually called them borderline
    Im 14

    So, I’ve been feeling allll messed up lately. My physciatrist said its probably my thyroid causing everything, because thyroid problems can sometimes make you feel crazy. But I cant believe that all this is just my minor thyroid issues.

    –feeling like everything is a dream; fake; not real
    –had to leave math class to take it online slower, because i was getting 80s on my tests after studying about 10 hours (math is my best subject! everyone else thinks the class is SO easy?!); the class was making really anxious, I dreaded going)
    –feeling depressed sometimes, suicidal thoughts; sometimes I scare myself because im thinking so seriously about it, and i just end up sobbing louder and scaring myself even more
    –Ive only had this twice, but sometimes I feel as if I could just forget what happened, and make myself believe something else. Like make myself believe I was taking a shower after doing hw, not after getting back from a swim meet. I cant explain it….I can only understand it when Im having it. Its like I can just lie to myself and never believe I really am lying…
    –Also I dont know if this is normal—I frequently have conversations in my head with someone I know in real life. I find myself talking to them (IN MY HEAD) like they are there and commented on something. and then i end up explaining in my head and have a whole convo! It can be my friends, family, anyone!

    Ive only seen a physciatrist once, but she says its all my thyroid, and after the thyroid is maintained at a normal level, the only thing we might have to think about meds for is anxiety. But this cant ALL be my thyroid. Im not very far off the normal values.

    What is it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hon, you do realize that this is pure speculation on my part – and as such it seems to be worry & some racing thoughts. Maybe you should watch how much coffee or cola you drink as that can make these symptoms worse. It seems as though you are feeling overwhelmed sometimes by your schedule or perhaps by all the things you feel you “must do”. If you have a lot on your plate & you do not want to let anyone down by not making all A’s or close to it, you are putting too many demands on yourself. Then you are competing at swimming, which is another test you are putting yourself through. When you are able to slow your pace down some, maybe then you will be able to focus – without seeing things as if they are in a dream. I’ve experienced what you have – it is because everything is moving too fast for your pace in life at this time. And it is not just you, it is all around us in this society. So, I hope you feel not so all alone. The world is full of people trying to cope. You are smart enough to know that it is time to deal with it in a healthy way. Prayer, yoga, mediation or tai chi might be able to help you relax & get your mind under control & calm.

  23. QUESTION:
    I know this is long, but please read?
    First off—-I have hyperthyroidism that shortly went into hypothyroidism, then back to hyper, and now is being regulated with a changed meds dose. However, my thyroid issues were always minor, and my doctor usually called them borderline
    Im 14

    So, I’ve been feeling allll messed up lately. My physciatrist said its probably my thyroid causing everything, because thyroid problems can sometimes make you feel crazy. But I cant believe that all this is just my minor thyroid issues.

    –feeling like everything is a dream; fake; not real
    –had to leave math class to take it online slower, because i was getting 80s on my tests after studying about 10 hours (math is my best subject! everyone else thinks the class is SO easy?!); the class was making really anxious, I dreaded going)
    –feeling depressed sometimes, suicidal thoughts; sometimes I scare myself because im thinking so seriously about it, and i just end up sobbing louder and scaring myself even more
    –Ive only had this twice, but sometimes I feel as if I could just forget what happened, and make myself believe something else. Like make myself believe I was taking a shower after doing hw, not after getting back from a swim meet. I cant explain it….I can only understand it when Im having it. Its like I can just lie to myself and never believe I really am lying…
    –Also I dont know if this is normal—I frequently have conversations in my head with someone I know in real life. I find myself talking to them (IN MY HEAD) like they are there and commented on something. and then i end up explaining in my head and have a whole convo! It can be my friends, family, anyone!

    Ive only seen a physciatrist once, but she says its all my thyroid, and after the thyroid is maintained at a normal level, the only thing we might have to think about meds for is anxiety. But this cant ALL be my thyroid. Im not very far off the normal values.

    What is it?

    • ANSWER:
      Your endocrinoligst shoud,periodically,check your T3 and T4.to see if the treatment is working.Also he should check your pituitary gland function.From there,they could figuire if you need new treatment modalities.Your symptoms and signs are those of endocrine problem.

  24. QUESTION:
    Westminster Dog Show and PETA?
    so I was talking to a good friend about this last night because we end up on the PETA subject while talking about Penn and Teller. Like I normally do I go to the PETA site to see what they are up to and to figure out if they are going to be in my area anytime soon.

    So like they have become so fond of they were protesting outside of the dog show with their AKC/KKK BS. As an owner of purebreds, the daughter of a responsible breeder and just a rational human in general i’m seriously ticked off and disturbed by their train of thought.

    This is DIRECT from their site and blog http://blog.peta.org/archives/kkk_akc_leaflets.pdf

    “In the pursuit of “purity,” some breeders kill dogs who are not the “right” color.” I have yet to meet ANY reputable breeder since my mother got involved when I was younger who has EVER culled a pup for off coloring.

    “Meanwhile, a growing overpopulation crisis is forcing pounds and animal shelters to destroy an increasing number of mutts” Yeah because there are NO purebreds in the shelters right?

    “-it shouldn’t be surprising that as many as one in four purebred dogs is plagued with a serious genetic health problem. For example, beagles such as Uno, last year’s winner of the AKC’s Best in Show category, have a much higher risk of hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, and epilepsy.” – Last time i checked there were TESTS for these problems and reputable breeders were working to eliminate these and other problems from the gene pool

    “The AKC’s fetish for body image causes dogs health problems that mutts don’t usually have,” says PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “The AKC is directly responsible for the promotion of purebreds, which means money for breeders but creates sick dogs and vet bills for their guardians–and leaves pound pups homeless.”

    Bull and shyte

    whats worse they were dressed as Klan members. I can honestly say I probably would have gotten in trouble had I been in attendance and saw this, actually I KNOW I would have gotten in trouble.

    Seriously what does PETA think they stand to gain from this? Don’t they realize that its stuff like this. the sea kittens and EVERYTHING else they do that makes people tune out everything they have to say?

    Anyone else agree that dog owners; mutt and purebred need to stand up to these idiots and tell them to shut up?
    P M – I think we should put them ALL on the same boat and sink it.

    It like every year they get more and more extreme. They should all go work for Bill O’riley they way thy spin the truth
    Rotten – that why you wear SAP gloves when you do it. And yeah the majority have had way too much of the AR Kool-aid.

    Anyone else notice they have at lest stopped lying about whether they recruit kids or not?
    Rescue – Personally I think PETA, BYBs and puppymills are all a problem. PETA isn’t helping anyone or anything, just themselves.

    • ANSWER:
      Most so called PETA nuts that I have honestly tried to have a conversation with came across as card carrying nuts that act like they didn’t make it all the way back from that “last trip”. I have no idea why they result is this completely asinine tactic that would be so offensive to the average rational person.

      LOL those gloves do come in handy, the lack of National Guard didn’t hurt either, however they removed several of them.

      I encountered them last year at Westminster. I encountered them when I worked Katrina, they honestly said the animals would be better off dead. That’s not what you tell volunteers working 24/7 in stinking water. Several of them, all of a sudden had broken noses but the other rescuers or I have no idea how it happened. As bad as it was down there they choose to ***** instead of help, they wouldn’t even help the people.
      Consider the source, and as hard as it is try to ignore the stupidity. Its better than having bruised knuckles.

  25. QUESTION:
    I think I am really sick. Should I go to the hospital or doctor?
    Ok so I don’t have the best health history and I dont want to go into long detail about my past so i will try to stick to the current problem. I am 23 years old 5’5 and 195lbs (but quite muscular and active) I am overweight and have been struggling with this for years. I have a large thyroid nodule that has been growing larger over the past 2 years. about a year and a half ago I had it biopsied and it came back a benign. Well increasingly over the past year or so I have been becoming more and more exhuausted. I am having a lot of trouble keeping myself going. My work demands a lot out of me and I never had a problem with it, I enjoy working hard, it helps time fly. Well lately (over the past year) I have begun to have problems keeping up with the work load. More alarmingly over the past two weeks I have hit rock bottom. I have trouble lifting even the lighter boxes to the point that I have to strain to do the simplest tasks. My joints are constantly screaming at me as if they can’t support any weight or straining. Every muscle in my body hurts and when I come home from work I fall asleep and dont wake up until time to go to work again, feeling worse than the day before. Some days I will sleep for 12 hours.. one day I even slept for 24 hours and I am constantly tired. The other day I counted 22 bruises all over my body, on my arms and legs. I have always bruised easily but never to this extent. I am constantly nautious and have trouble eating anything. I am always hungry and thirsty but don’t feel like eating anything for fear of getting sick. I also have a large lump growing on the back right side of my neck, same side as the thyroid nodule. It is slightly sore to the touch. When i am actually awake I feel like I am in a brain fog and that I could fall over at any moment… its as if my entire body is just giving up on anything other than sleeping. My boyfriend says that when I sleep he tries to wake me up but i never remember talking to him, its like im in a coma. I have also been losing weight slowly but nothing too alarming. I get short of breath for no reason (which could be due to smoking). My problem is I do not have a way to get to my doctor for an appointment andI already have a lot of doctors bills from the past. I live very close to the hospital and could just walk there, but im afraid that they wont take me seriously because it isnt a “life threatening emergency” I also cant afford to get the blood tests I need to get because my insurance only covers a percentage and I still have others i need to pay back. I don’t know if I should just go to the hospital and say that I am having fatigue, lethargy, and weakness and see what they can find out.. or if I should go through the long drawn out process of setting up an appointment (that I probably will miss) and then driving around to get blood tests and waiting for the results and then setting up another biopsy etc.. I think it will take too long and I need help NOW. My performance at work is failing and I am a shift manager.. I am also miserable every single day without any relief. I have done research online and I think it could be one of a few things. Hypothyroidism, leukemia or lymphoma, or possible liver/kidney disease. My last blood tests showed that I had a lowered liver count and kidney count. I am assuming that the liver is from my past with drinking and the kidney from a terrible kidney infection I had about 4 years back. I am also afraid that it could be nothing and I am just over reacting and I really dont want to waste my money for nothing… Please help… I need to figure out what to do right now…

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    Do you think my teacher will allow me to do extra credit?
    Hello. Here is a little bit of back ground information. So I am taking an AP economics course at my high school; I am a straight A student, and I have taken many AP courses, so I understand the meaning of a challenging work load, I am also (I feel) a diligent student (I pay attention, take notes, etc…). This semester I have missed a lot of school (about 5 weeks) due to some health issues (hypothyroidism, acid reflux and a stomach ulcer) which caused a lot of pain. Most of my teachers were very relaxed about the make up work policy…all but one, my econ teacher, who had me make up the work right away despite the fact that I wasn’t very prepared or taught any of the material from the past month or so. Currently, I am doing poorly in her class, and I need to raise my grade about 2 percent in the class to get the grade I want. I missed the majority of the tests, since I was gone (sick day, doctors visits and medical procedures), and I scored very poorly on these tests when I got back. While I didn’t understand the material then, I do understand it now (since it took me awhile to teach myself the things I missed), but I don’t know what to ask my teacher/ how to explain this to her. I know I am better than the grade I am getting, and while it is no excuse, I still am very sick, and I feel that I am stuck in a bad situation that isn’t entirely fair. I plan on going in and asking my teacher for extra credit or another grade raising option, such as a research project or essay on current economic issues and relating it to what we covered this year in class… or something else (I thought it was a good idea). I have really enjoyed the class, but I am so upset about my grade, and would like to end the year on a high note despite my health issues. Any advice? Am I on the right path?
    (By the way- please don’t respond study hard and do your homework- I already do and that is not working currently. Also I understand that there are probably many people out there in similar situations- but I am trying my best to balance school and my health)
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      When I was teaching I was not a big fan of “extra credit”. It seemed that there were only two kinds of students that asked for extra credit work – those that didn’t need it and those that wouldn’t do it. You sound like an exception to my “rule”.
      Your best bet is exactly the course you have outlined – talk to your teacher about what your options are.
      Some points to think about – in the above question, when you are talking about your health issues, you come across (to me) as a bit whiny. Don’t dwell on this when talking to her. Point out your previous scholastic excellence, mention that health prevented you from doing your best in her class, and express your desire to improve your performance. Then ask her what would be possible. If she turns it around on you, then come up with the essay, research project, oral presentation, etc. (As a teacher, I loved when kids did oral presentations – they ran the classroom instead of me!)

  27. QUESTION:
    Can giving dogs glucosamine w/ chondroitin supplements make things worse before they get better?
    Before everyone jumps on me, I’m taking my dog to the Vet in four days to get her checked out, but I would like to have as much information as possible so I can make an informed decision about her health.

    I have a four year old american Bulldog, who suffers from hypothyroidism, which she’s being treated for. She is unable to digest poultry, and is sensitive to many of the additives in most dog foods, which cause everything from joint pain to digestive issues. Because of this she only has been eating the very best kibble for the last three years. But because high-end dog food companies continue to be bought out by conglomerates, who in turn try to make the products more profitable by cutting on expensive and wholesome ingredients I’ve had to switch her food no less than four times. Two months ago I found out that there was an issue with her latest dog food, which I suspected due to her lack of energy despite a good thyroid level as confirmed by her vet.

    I decided in order to save my sanity, myself some time, and to insure that my dog really was getting the very best nutrition, to put her on a raw diet of human grade meats and vegetables. After about a month on this diet her energy level went way up. She once again had the energy of a working dog. Unfortunately, a couple hours after some good exercise she was showing signs of joint paint. I put her on glucosamine w/ chondroitin about three weeks ago and about two weeks in, it seemed to have made things worse. So I’ve taken her off of it.

    I realize that her diet now contains a good amount of naturally occurring glucosamine, but I’ve found no evidence on the web that suggests that too much will cause joint pain, only digestive issues which she does not have.

    I can think of four likely causes, which in combination might account for the joint pain and the increase of pain with the supplement:
    The first possibility (which might not be very likely) is that switching her to a raw diet has “cured” her thyroid condition and consequently the medicine she’s taking is causing artificial hyperthyroidism, which I know can be the cause of joint and muscle pain. Once the vet does her tests I can rule this out. (I would love for this to be the problem.)
    The second possibility is that the glucosamine w/ chondroitin does make things get worse before they get better.
    The third possibility is that too much glucosamine w/ chondroitin can cause joint pain.
    The fourth possibility is that there is something in the supplement besides the “active ingredients” which is causing the problem.

    I would like to know:
    if anyone has found their dogs react badly to one brand of glucosamine w/ chondroitin but are fine with others.
    If giving the supplement on top of a balanced raw diet can cause joint pain.
    Or if people have noticed that things get better before they get worse.

    I don’t want to have a debate about raw vs. kibble. I’m well informed about the issue. I’ve had my dog on raw food after problem kibbles and the only problem we’ve ever had was the pain in my wallet. Everything in life is a matter of risk vs. return and these days the higher risk is with kibble and the higher reward is going raw.

    • ANSWER:
      We have been giving our Saints Glucosamine/Chondroitin supplements for years, and have never had any ill reactions to it, EVER! Our 7 year old female came to us at 10 weeks from the breeder w/ a broken foot, after surgery we were warned that she would have severe arthritis as she got older, and she does, she also has Hypothyroidism, and is on medication for it. Her Glucosamine supplements have never caused a problem, nor has it in any of our other dogs. Also, Glucosamine does nothing for pain, MSM is a miracle supplement and works WONDERS for arthritis pain, I take it myself and I swear by it, works better then ANY pain pills that I have tried in the past!!! Hope this helps, and I wish you lots of luck w/ your dog, and hope things improve for her!

  28. QUESTION:
    Am I going insane, what could this be?
    My entire life I have put on weight very easily. When I started high school I developed an eating disorder (to deal with some issues; this wasn’t my best move, but I dealt as best I could at the time), and I lost a lot of weight then and one day I started gaining it back, even though I was still Anorexic, and it didn’t stop coming on until over a year later- I was so saddened by this.

    A couple of months ago I began feeling very faint and nauseous all the time (also, my ED has been gone for going on 2 years now). My mom made me get it checked and it turns out I have Hyperthyroidism. I figured it’d be okay, but the doctor said it was important to get it fixed because it was making me really sick. Then I had to get tested again and the doctor said it was reversing now (though I still feel just as sick). I eat really healthily and exercise a ton, but I seriously gain weight all the time. I don’t want it to reverse to Hypothyroidism. I have been feeling as if I’m starving for so long and for the first time I was able to eat when I felt that way and not gain weight (I know about snacks, but even with them I get very sick anywhere form 20 minutes to an hour later). They weighed me at the doctor’s office and I didn’t look at the scale, but my mom did and she pointed out how much I weighed (I’d lost quite a bit). I try not to weigh myself because it makes me really paranoid, since with my ED I used to weigh myself multiple times a day.

    I’m really worried, because when I used to starve myself I would black out but I wouldn’t faint, and now if I don’t eat for even just those 20 minutes in-between time I’ll actually faint and need to get sick.

    Am I going insane? I don’t understand what’s causing this, when I starved on purpose I wasn’t even this hungry (and when I first started was I super hungry, so I’m positive that it’s not just in my mind or me mis-remembering).

    I hope this makes sense.

    Thank you very much!

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    Do you think my teacher will give me extra credit options?
    Hello. Here is a little bit of back ground information. So I am taking an honors economics course at my high school; I am a straight A student, and I have taken many AP courses, so I understand the meaning of a heavy work load, I am also (I feel) a diligent student (I pay attention, take notes, etc…). This semester I have missed a lot of school (about 5 weeks) due to some health issues (hypothyroidism, acid reflux and a stomach ulcer) which caused a lot of pain. Most of my teachers were very relaxed about the make up work policy…all but one, my econ teacher, who had me make up the work right away despite the fact that I wasn’t very prepared or taught any of the material from the past month or so. Currently, I am doing poorly in her class, and I need to raise my grade about 2 percent in the class to get the grade I want. I missed the majority of the tests, since I was gone (sick day, doctors visits and medical procedures), and I scored very poorly on these tests when I got back. While I didn’t understand the material then, I do understand it now (since it took me awhile to teach myself the things I missed), but I don’t know what to ask my teacher/ how to explain this to her. I know I am better than the grade I am getting, and while it is no excuse, I still am very sick, and I feel that I am stuck in a bad situation that isn’t entirely fair. I plan on going in and asking my teacher for extra credit or another grade raising option, such as a research project or essay on current economic issues and relating it to what we covered this year in class… or something else (I thought it was a good idea). I have really enjoyed the class, but I am so upset about my grade, and would like to end the year on a high note despite my health issues. Any advice? Am I on the right path?
    (By the way- please don’t respond study hard and do your homework- I already do and that is not working currently. Also I understand that there are probably many people out there in similar situations- but I am trying my best to balance school and my health)
    Thanks!
    What is best: emailing my teacher or taking to her in person?

    • ANSWER:
      You should try writing a letter or an email to your teacher. Explain the situation and how you better understand the material now although you didn’t at the time of the test.
      Don’t grovel at their feet, but ask politely. Don’t make it seem as if you’re expecting their kindness.

      As long as you handle it in a mature manner, I don’t see why they wouldn’t let you retest. A good teacher would want to see your success if you really deserve it.

  30. QUESTION:
    i just need to vent a little. Answer if you want?
    It hurts my feelings when someone lies to me, because they only lie about something really serious.
    People have lied to me before, and I don’t trust people now.
    They lied to me, saying that someone who is like a grandma to me was doing fine when she was actually in the hospital for three days and died three hours later.
    They betrayed my trust in them when I thought they were my friends at school. I thought they would be there for me when I needed help, because I would help them out whenever they asked, but they just left me there to fall.
    People have lied to me, saying I am doing fine and that there is nothing to worry about, and yet they drag me to hospitals for blood tests and don’t tell me what they are looking for. I once heard of something that they wanted to prevent (Hypothyroidism), and so I decided to look it up because it was the only piece of information that I had that I could make out from the doctor who had a really thick accent and would speak really soft (I am hard of hearing).
    My mother walked into the room, and yelled at me for looking it up because she wanted them to confrim it first before we look up anything.
    How the hell am I supposed to just sit here and wait when no one ever tells me anything?
    I’m a high school girl who has gone through a lot, and yet they assume that I’m a naive 5 year old who doesn’t even understand the concept of death.
    I’ve had a lot of people close to me die, and I wasn’t told until the day of the funeral. I have a genetic disease that could potentially shorten my life, and yet I don’t know anything about it other than the name of it and that it caused my hearing problems.
    I got several blood works done the day before a really important swim meet, and I didn’t do well in it due to the fact that they decided not to tell me that it takes a long time for my body to get its energy back and the lost blood replaced.
    I’m sick of all this, and I’m ready to run away. the only thing that calms me down are my best friends at school, but I only see them in one class, and they live really far away. They have no clue what is going on in my body, or that I’m going through a lot right now.
    I can’t go to my parents because my dad won’t understand and my mom is taking the burden of everything and I don’t want to hurt her feelings. My sister is a brat who calls me lazy, even though she refuses to go outside. I’M the one who gets all A’s in school, participates in sports year round, and I could basically sleep through all of my classes for a month and still have enough brains and common sense to score at least a B on the tests.
    So why is everyone ignoring me and assuming that I’ll just let this go and move on?
    I am so confused and I feel like no one will understand me.
    we are not a rich family, and anything I do is covered by scholorships. I understand the costs issue and the fact that my mom is taking time off to take me to the hospital, but I hate it when she doesn’t tell me why. She just says that it’s none of my concern. It’s my body, and I want to know why she is letting strangers do so many things to me. I just really want to know what the heck is going on. I don’t talk badly about people, I volunteer to help, and I never ask for expensive things from my family. Yet when I DO want to know something, they refuse to tell me.

    • ANSWER:
      I think that you hit the nail on the head when you said that your mother is taking the burden of everything on her shoulders. It sounds like the doctors don’t really know what you have yet, and so your mother is not wanting to scare or worry you until they have something more concrete to tell you. She doesn’t want to tell you something and then have no answers for the questions that she knows you will have. As far as your father goes, men just aren’t good with handling emotional issues, or thinking about their precious child being sick. That’s a mothers burden to bear alone. If I were you, I would get my mother alone, and be very adult when you ask her what is wrong with you. Let her know that you would much rather know the truth as she knows it, then to be driving yourself crazy worrying about the endless possibilities. You definitely need to be kept in the loop, so that you will be better informed for your school activities and what to do about them. Reassure her that you will be alright with the news even if it’s bad, but you deserve to know the truth about your own health. Let her know that you love her for trying to protect you, but you NEED to know the truth.

  31. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to start Birth Control even after missed periods?
    I have not had a period since April 1st..but have taken 2 home pregnancy tests, and 2 different ones at my OBGYN office both blood and urine and they were ALL negative. I also have hypothyroidism, which causes irregular periods, and they ave been VERY irregular since the diagnosis. BOth my doctor and myself thought it would be best to go back onto the pill to help regulate my periods which I did. But I was surprised that she said it was ok for me to start the pill on a sunday (which is nomral) but even after not having a period for more than 2 months….She said she could give me something to make me have my period before starting back on the pill, but didn’t think it was necessary…I don’t know, I’m just kind of nervous that this could cause some problems since starting the pills should be the first sunday after your last period.

    • ANSWER:
      She’s right, you can start at any time. Being on BC with irregular periods is a great way to get regular again.

      I’m really bad at remembering my BC, so I’ve had to start over on all days of the week by now. The truth is you can start on any day. They just say Sunday because it’s “easiest” to remember – plus you’ll always expect your period on Monday.

  32. QUESTION:
    Eye Floaters? Underlying Cause?
    It seems I have always have had floaters in my eye since I was young and from what I read it seems normal. I am 28 and male and it seems they have increased a little since I was young. But I read that there might be an underlying cause. In October of 2007 I was admitted in the hospital for Pericardial Effusion, the doctors did a bunch of tests and nothing came back bad except my thyroid level was off a little and they said that the Paricardial Effusion was probably viral. They diagnosed me as having Hypothyroidism so they put me on Levothyroxin. I was wondering could my floaters be there because of my thyroid disorder or could it be something else? Oh and I am 5′ 11″ 160lbs, I am not fat which is wierd to be diagnosed Hypothyroid. I don’t have high blood pressure It has always been excellent. My cholestrol is also excellent, some of the best the doctor has seen in awhile.

    • ANSWER:
      Unlikely.

      Generally ‘floaters’ are remnants of tissue from embryonic development of the eyes.

      Sometimes, it can be pieces of detached retina. You need to consult an eye doctor or opthalmologist regarding your problem.

      Here is a good site for ‘floater’ and ‘flasher’ information.

      http://www.djo.harvard.edu/site.php?url=/patients/pi/414


Best Natural Remedy For Hypothyroidism

Yeast infection can affect babies, infants and adults. If you do not want to take medications that are prescribed by your doctor or even use topical creams, you can benefit from natural cure tips for candida for infections.

You can treat your yeast infection with natural substances such as apple cider vinegar and yoghurt. You can add both of them to your diet. You can also use them topically. You can apply diluted apple cider vinegar or yoghurt onto the infected area. You can also prepare an apple cider vinegar bath soak. You just need to add two cups of the vinegar to your warm bath water and you can soak yourself into it for at least fifteen minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what is the best natural remedy for hypothyroidism?
    is there an over the counter supplement or herb that helps with hypothyroidism?

    • ANSWER:
      massage and reflexology

  2. QUESTION:
    Natural Remedies for Hypothyroidism?
    Hypothyroidism – What are your best natural remedies for Hypothyroidism? Today, I take Coconut Oil, eat organic food (raw when possible), take vitamins and fa 3-6-9 fatty acid supplement. What else do you suggest? Am not looking for pharma. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Some of the other herbs like Bladderwrack, Moss, Oat Straw Calamus root, parsley root and watercress are those herbs that really support thyroid to produce enough thyroid hormones that is quality product. Fortunately, those herbs are now available in tablets or pills form and can be taken as daily health supplements or general health tonic. Essential fatty acids and flaxseed oils are also helpful treating hypothyroidism.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for hypothyroidism in women?
    Are there any natural remedies or herbs for hypothyroidism out there? Or is the only solution to be on synthetic drugs the rest of your life?

    • ANSWER:
      There are two articles that I suggest you checkout…

      #1 – Natural Remedies for Hypothyroidism

      http://www.hypothyroidismexposed.com/natural-remedies-for-hypothyroidism.html

      #2 – Herbs for hypothyroidism

      http://www.hypothyroidismexposed.com/herbs-for-hypothyroidism.html

      These should give you a basic understanding of some natural things you can do for treatment of hypothyroidism. I also suggest checking out the “Eliminate Hypothyroidism Problems Report” that is available in those articles.

      I hope this helps…


Best Natural Remedies For Hypothyroidism

Do you know that bacterial vaginosis has become a global concern? Ok numerous American ladies visit the clinics for undergoing the clinical tests as they suffer from the acute bacterial vaginosis. Now if you have such problem, you need to take the proper steps for the elimination of such sexual related disease. Bacterial vaginosis is curable and you can opt for natural remedies for bacterial vaginosis.

In comparison to the allopathic treatment, the natural remedies for bacterial vaginosis are much more flexible and convenient. There will be no side effect if you choose natural remedies for bacterial vaginosis. That’s why, you must consult naturopathic doctors how to apply the herbal products for the betterment of the infected vagina.

To be honest, due to the attack of bacterial vaginosis, a number of bad symptoms will appear. The female patients will experience the caustic episodes of swelling of the vagina, burning sensation during urination process, the irregular discharge of white colored watery substance, uneasiness, fatigue, the display of blisters and pain during sexual intercourse etc. Doctors will recommend the common antibiotics for curing the infected vagina. However, there is higher risk of the elimination of good bacteria in the vagina due to the intake of the antibiotics.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Natural Remedies for Hypothyroidism?
    Hypothyroidism – What are your best natural remedies for Hypothyroidism? Today, I take Coconut Oil, eat organic food (raw when possible), take vitamins and fa 3-6-9 fatty acid supplement. What else do you suggest? Am not looking for pharma. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Some of the other herbs like Bladderwrack, Moss, Oat Straw Calamus root, parsley root and watercress are those herbs that really support thyroid to produce enough thyroid hormones that is quality product. Fortunately, those herbs are now available in tablets or pills form and can be taken as daily health supplements or general health tonic. Essential fatty acids and flaxseed oils are also helpful treating hypothyroidism.

  2. QUESTION:
    what is the best natural remedy for hypothyroidism?
    is there an over the counter supplement or herb that helps with hypothyroidism?

    • ANSWER:
      massage and reflexology

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for hypothyroidism in women?
    Are there any natural remedies or herbs for hypothyroidism out there? Or is the only solution to be on synthetic drugs the rest of your life?

    • ANSWER:
      There are two articles that I suggest you checkout…

      #1 – Natural Remedies for Hypothyroidism

      http://www.hypothyroidismexposed.com/natural-remedies-for-hypothyroidism.html

      #2 – Herbs for hypothyroidism

      http://www.hypothyroidismexposed.com/herbs-for-hypothyroidism.html

      These should give you a basic understanding of some natural things you can do for treatment of hypothyroidism. I also suggest checking out the “Eliminate Hypothyroidism Problems Report” that is available in those articles.

      I hope this helps…


Best Herbs For Hypothyroidism

One thing is definite when you had developed hypothyroidism: your body had not been producing the right level of thyroid hormone. Is it important, then, to restore the balance of hormones and chemical in your body? Aside from sluggishness and depression, ignoring this fact increases your risk of developing serious illnesses like heart attack and, worse, stroke. It is, therefore, important to subscribe to time-tested and proven home remedies for thyroid to re-gain your health and just enjoy life fully.

Here are two strategies and the best natural remedy for thyroid to restore your energy level and simply give you the life you have always wanted.

Take your vitamins. But not just any vitamin supplement. Only choose multivitamins to help you get the list of essential nutrients that is required by your body to get moving. In choosing a multivitamin brand, it is important that you choose those that are specifically made for your age group and sex. Always check the label to help you choose which multivitamin could provide the recommended level of nutrition that your body needs.

Supply iodine. What could be better than a natural remedy for thyroid that supplies the much needed iodine level that your body needs? And, the best source of iodine: kelp supplement and bladderwack. Herbs are the safest and most affordable sources of iodine that could effectively meet your iodine requirement. But, not all are advised to take iodine supplements. If you are allergic to shellfish, it is likely that you are also allergic to iodine. If this had fittingly described your condition, then, taking selenium is your next best option.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for hypothyroidism in women?
    Are there any natural remedies or herbs for hypothyroidism out there? Or is the only solution to be on synthetic drugs the rest of your life?

    • ANSWER:
      There are two articles that I suggest you checkout…

      #1 – Natural Remedies for Hypothyroidism

      http://www.hypothyroidismexposed.com/natural-remedies-for-hypothyroidism.html

      #2 – Herbs for hypothyroidism

      http://www.hypothyroidismexposed.com/herbs-for-hypothyroidism.html

      These should give you a basic understanding of some natural things you can do for treatment of hypothyroidism. I also suggest checking out the “Eliminate Hypothyroidism Problems Report” that is available in those articles.

      I hope this helps…

  2. QUESTION:
    what is the best natural remedy for hypothyroidism?
    is there an over the counter supplement or herb that helps with hypothyroidism?

    • ANSWER:
      massage and reflexology

  3. QUESTION:
    hypothyroidism and hair loss: is there a way to stop hair loss associated with Hashimoto’s disease? Also,?
    what do you think is the best brand of thyroid medication–no ‘health/herb’ treatments please. My case is too severe for that.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with you that herbal and nutritional treatments are a waste of money. Hypothyroidism is a hormone based immune system disease requiring medical care–it is not just “stress!” When I read your question, I was hoping you might get some helpful answers since I have the same problem.
      I’ve tried a variety of shampoos, conditioners, herbal, and other nutritional mumbo-jumbo, to no avail.
      I’m assuming that you, like me, eat a healthy diet. I hope you get an answer that gives more information than just a link to yet another hebal . . site.
      Don’t you wish people would read your question before giving answers you don’t want?


Best Diet For Hypothyroidism Doctor

If you have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, it’s unlikely that your doctor is going to discuss what you eat with you as part of your treatment. That’s because many doctors think hyperthyroidism is only treated through typical medical treatments. Treatments like prescription medications, iodine therapies, or even surgery are usually discussed as your only options.

Why is a hyperthyroid diet a good idea if you’ve been diagnosed with this disorder? It’s a good idea to follow a hyperthyroid diet because it gives your body what it needs, and it’ll also help you normalize your energy so that you have better days. In addition, people who suffer from a less than efficient thyroid can suffer from weight gain; if you’re suffering from hypothyroid, a good diet can give you a much more efficient metabolism.

Hyperthyroidism can produce some pretty uncomfortable symptoms, and you’ll usually go to your doctor to see what’s wrong. Hyperthyroidism can produce fatigue and unwanted weight loss. You may eat a lot only to find that weight gain is impossible, or you may eat so much that in fact you gain more weight than you want to. You may also suffer from depression and irritability as a result of this disease.

These treatments may certainly be necessary, but following a hyperthyroid diet and making sure your metabolism functions optimally can help ease your symptoms and make your life a lot more comfortable. If your thyroid is “hyper,” or overactive, a holistic approach to treatment can certainly help at least supplement to treatments the doctor gives you.

What would a hyperthyroid diet include? You’ll need to make sure you’re getting the proper nutrition, in just the right amounts. For example, you can switch from what you may normally eat to something more wholesome. Some examples of these types of switches include:

* Drinking water or plain tea instead of high calorie sugared drinks.

* Eating fresh fruits and vegetables instead of high sugar snacks.

* Eating fewer fatty meats if any at all, and instead substituting lean proteins like lean ground turkey or chicken.

* Eating whole grains instead of white, refined grains.

A hyperthyroid diet isn’t difficult to follow at all. You just need to begin to think about what your body really needs and which foods will give you proper nutrition. If you know some food is going to be low in nutrition, make better choices, which will also be better for your thyroid.

One of the best ways to get these essential nutrients is with natural supplements. There are more than 104 necessary supplements included in a perfect diet, which can be pretty time consuming to get. Instead, you can get these essential nutrients in multivitamins and protein shakes from Shapeworks. Shapeworks’ products contain essential minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients, all available in one easy to consume food source. Instead of having to carefully construct your next meal, you can make sure you get everything you need with one healthy shake.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Best diet supplement to be used in conjunction with diet and exercise?
    I have been eating properly and exercising regularly, but it’s hard for me to lose weight due to hypothyroidism. My doctor even said, I would have a harder time losing weight than most.

    Has anyone used an OTC supplement (found at Walgreens or Wal-Mart or somewhere) that actually helped?

    I’m not interested in any lecture-type answers, or any “don’t do it” responses.

    • ANSWER:
      Conditions with the thyroid gland, I understand, do indeed make weight loss trickier.

      In addition to trying out supplements to improve your diet, you might want to look into dietary programs that do take your thyroid problems into account with regards to weight management.

      There is one diet program that is developed by the About guide Mary Shomon to Thyroid issues.

      She is also the author of “Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat?”

      That book takes into account such issues as the role of exercise when you have thyroid condition.

      In addition, you might want to look into Zone diet.

      If you use the amazon.com Search Inside function on the book Mastering the Zone, which is a followup book to the original, you’ll find that the diet program has been used successfully with people with conditions of the thyroid gland.

      See at least pages 299 and 300 for details. I think you can read those two pages online from the book if you have Amazon password and username.

  2. QUESTION:
    A Little Diet Pill Help?
    Okay, I know that they’re not safe and they’re kinda cheating, but I’m tired of being fat. I had a baby 14 months ago, and beforehand I was always petite and now I just can’t stand to look at myself. I have a thyroid disorder, hypothyroidism, and I was ignorant to it until my pregnancy. In the months before my pregnancy I gained about 15 lbs, which was probably good for me, but it scared me, and in my pregnancy I gained about 50 lbs, which my doctor said was also good because I was so small. I didn’t mind until the weight I gained wouldn’t come off. I currently weigh 150 lbs and I’m trying to get thinner, but it’s just not working. I can’t diet, I love to eat, I enjoy food and I always have. I don’t want to get rid of the foods I love, I just want to lose the weight. I’ve researched online and now I’d just like to know your opinions on what the best diet pills are out there.
    I definitely WOULD prefer not to use diet pills, if anyone knows any workouts that are effective and not too hard on the hips, I’d love to hear about it.

    • ANSWER:
      i also have had weight issue, i have tried every work out video and diet. nothing helps. i have tried diet pills and i think that the worse you could do.
      i stopped them because i was happy to me at the weight i reach and when i did that i gained it back in a few weeks. and got heavier then i was before.
      im working out now. seem like you don’t have the time. but you have to make 30-40min for your self beside your work out you get a moment to relax to yourself. wk-ends when you have your spouse there try to work out.
      Running HELPS and you don’t have to be super fast.
      i understand you might feel unhappy about your weight and it is hard. but you can do it. u don’t have to give up food, its not the food it the quantity of the serving. good luck

  3. QUESTION:
    I really need to lose weight but I’m so discouraged and sick of trying. I really need help!?
    I’m 14 and I weigh 165 lbs. and I’m 5′ 5 1/2″. I have hypothyroidism and I’ve been trying to lose weight on and off since probably when I was 10, with the help of my parents and a doctor. I’ve had my medicine adjusted regularly, so I’m getting the right dose of synthroid and I try to excercise 3-5 times a week. However, no matter how hard I try I can’t lose weight. I’ve gotten to a point where I can’t commit to any diet, I’m so depressed and discouraged. I hate my body, I hate the fact that I’ve failed so much when it’s not my fault. I wish I was skinny, I wish I didn’t have hypothyroidism. But I’m stuck with this. Right now I can’t say my eating habits are at their best, but whether I eat 900 or 2000 Calories a day makes no difference with my weight. I’ve tried weight watchers, the thyroid diet, and other doctor approved ways for me to lose weight but nothing works. I still want to be thin and healthy, but I’m so depressed and discouraged. Please help me!
    If you answer, please understand that I actually have tried. I’m not just a desperate lazy couch potatoe who wonders where all my fat came from. I really want and need help.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is what you need to do if you are serious about losing weight and keeping it off. Eat 6 small meals a day about every 4 hours. Here what that will do for you, your metabolism will increase (i.e. Lose weight) and you will have more energry.

      If you go on a diet and eat less, your metabolism will slow down and store to fat. That is why diets dont work. Only the size of your fist, carbs (examples:baked potato, pasta, oatmeal, beans, corn, melon, apples, fat free yogurt, whole wheat breads) in one and protein (examples:chicken breast, swordfish, shrimp, turkey breast) in the other. You can also eat vegetables and salads with any meal, they dont have any or little fat). 30min cardo exercise every day. Any of these(examples: walking, jogging, swimming,running, biking, ect), Monday cardo, tues upper body (arms: curls, tricep extensions,pull ups, front press)(abdominals: leg pull crunch, leg raises), (chest: bench press, butterfly, pullover)(shoulders: front press, arm pullover, cross country skier machine)(back:seated row, lat pull downs, back extension) (YOU DONT HAVE TO DO IN ONE DAY, mix it up) wed cardo, thurs lower body (legs: leg pull,leg press, squats, lounges) fri cardo, sat upper. So your body doesnt go into starvation mode, YOU NEED TO TAKE SUNDAY OFF.

      If you stick with this you will have a great body. also drink a least 8oz of water daily! Stay away from Mcdonalds, Wendys, etc because there is nothing good for you on the menus – even the salads are bad (bacon bits, cheese, dressing, etc)

      Good Luck :)

  4. QUESTION:
    People With Hypothyroidism? Adderall/Vyvnase, please answer trying to help my mom?
    so i feel bad for my mom, she’s had a hypothyroidism ever since i was born. even though my mom hasn’t been the best mom [but that's a different story], i feel bad for her with the whole thyroid thing.

    it makes her gain weight so easily and it affects her dieting [and the underactive thyroid makes her extremley moody aswell, even though it doesn't all people].

    she exercise so much it’s not even funny, if i literally in all seriousness exercised as much as she does i would lose “ATLEAST” lose 13 pounds a week. it’s like i’ve never seen one person work so hard to lose/maintain her weight. and as many things she doesn’t do or get one, she sure as heck sticks to the exercise.

    well, i take adderall and vyvanse for ADHD, impulsiveness, and depression [i have the form where you're not hyperactive, since they just change ADD to ADHD aswell]. i read on the papers that comes with the meds that you shouldn’t take the meds if you or your family has thyroid issues. so i researched that a bit and it’s fine to take it as long as it’s hypOthyroid problems and not hypERthyroid problems. so it was cool for me take it.

    so i’ve heard/read it can seriously help with almost all symptoms and help underactive thyroid.

    here’s my question, do you think they’de actually perscribe it for my mom?? she doesn’t have ADHD, but hypothroid does effect concentration so the meds would help her with that aswell.

    yes, i know that there are other meds for underactive thyroid, but my mom won’t take them. can’t remeber why though, it did something she didn’t like and she hated going to the doctor on a really regular basis.

    but if she gets perscribed to ADHD meds she could just go whenever i go to the psychiatrist for my meds.

    • ANSWER:
      She and you probably have celiac disease. I had hypothyroidism, ADHD, weight gain, moodiness, and a whole host of other symptoms. It’s an autoimmune reaction to gluten. When I stopped eating gluten, I lost 20 pounds, my ADD went away in like a week, my depression and anxiety went away in a couple of days and my thyroid issues were gone in a few months. I just got tested and my thyroid labs are within normal limits without meds. If you want more of an explanation as to why it causes all those problems let me know. It attacks all your organs and causes widespread damage. You guys can treat all of this with dietary changes and without medications.

  5. QUESTION:
    Does treatment for HYPERthyroidism turn it into HYPOthroidism?
    Last week I was diagnosed with Hyperthyroisim. I’m on meds to lower my hormone levels and relieve the symptoms (tremors, heat flashes… etc). In a few months the doctor wants to treat me with the radioactive pill. I’ve read/heard that this pill removes the thyroid and that most cases (of people who get this treatment) goes into hypothyroidism. I know people with hypothyroidism and they are overweight and with diet/exercise its still impossible for them to lose. I’ve been slim my whole life, (I’m 23 tall and slim). I’m worried that after treatment I’ll develop hypothyrodism and become overweight and not be able to lose it. Does anyone know if this will happen? Anyone have experience or know of someone with this? I dont mind working out at all, but those I know with it can’t lose weight no matter what they do. (They’ve had hypo almost their entire life though)

    Thanks
    10 pts BEST ANSWER! :)
    No lynn, hypo slows down your metabolism and hyper (by definition) speeds it up. I’ve been slim all my life but I can’t gain weight, with this hyperthyroism, and I’ve even lost some time. I know someone who had hypo and gained 60 lbs in less than two months.

    thanks for the answers everyone!

    • ANSWER:
      With hypo they should be losing weight I think you have it the other way around.

  6. QUESTION:
    Lump in throat, Thyroid TSH/med questions!!?
    I’ve been feeling a wicked lump in my throat and feel really lousy with quite a few of the hypothyroid symptoms- so tired ALL the time, hard time losing weight again, dry skin, constipation…

    I’ve been taking Levothyroxine for hypothyroidism for over a year now but my TSH value is a 3.74. They’re telling me its at a “normal” level (anything under 4 is i guess) but I still feel the symptoms whereas when it used to be a 2.8 I felt great and was actually able to lose over 20lbs. From what I’ve read online some people should be closer to a 2.0 or so to feel the best. I feel like crap again (have been taking the same dose of the Levo since I started) but I don’t feel like its working now.

    If my doctor won’t up my dosage what do you think I should do? Wait a few months feeling crappy gaining weight on whats already a 1000cal diet and have them retest later on? Or find a new doctor? Have you had the same experience? help!! any ideas or comments are appriciated! =)

    • ANSWER:
      You do need a new doc… The range for TSH was changed 7 years ago… it’s .3 to 3.0….. anything over 2.0 IS a red flag that there is a problem. Once on hormone replacement TSH should be under 1.0… and depending on your diagnosis, TSH should be as near zero as you can get it without the thyroid hormone levels increasing to a level that is too high and causing hyper symptoms….

      …and… on diet that is too low in calories you are inhibiting your body’s ability to convert thyroid hormone, making yourself more hypo.. with a lower metabolic rate and all the other fun symptoms that you get from being hypo.

      My suggestion would be to work on improving your diet, to be sure that you are getting sufficient nutrients and calories to allow your body to be healthy. Getting your metabolic rate up with a proper eating schedule and getting your dosage optimized is going to help a lot with weight management.

      I’ve included some links below that will give you a bit more information as you consider options and which direction you want to go….

      As for the lump… when the the thyroid is stress and trying to put out more hormone, it will enlarge. An enlarged thyroid is called a goiter. Provide sufficient replacement hormone and the thyroid gland doesn’t have to go into over drive, the goiter will reduce.

      Another cause for a ‘full throat’ can be thyroid nodules… Thyroid nodules are common in folks dealing with the thyroid disorder Hashi’s (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis), the most common of the thyroid disorders.

      With proper thyroid hormone replacement, it is possible for nodules to reduce in size…


Am I Hypothyroid Quiz

Many of you may be wondering what hypothyroidism is and how it can affect you in your life. Hypothyroidism is caused by an underproduction of thyroid hormone. The thyroid gland is the body’s internal thermostat, regulating the temperature by secreting tow hormones that control how quickly the body burns calories and uses energy. If the thyroid secretes too much hormone, hyperthyroidism results; too little hormone results in hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism affects an estimated 5 percent, or about 13 million people, in the United States, about 90 percent of whom are women. Women between the ages of thirty and fifty see to be the most prone to this condition. Thyroid problems can cause many recurring illnesses and fatigue. The thyroid can be affected by poor diet, fluoride in the water, excessive consumption of unsaturated fats, endurance exercise, pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables, radiation from x-rays, alcohol, and drugs. Less than 25 percent of people with an interactive thyroid have been properly diagnosed and properly treated.

Here are the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism. Chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, inability to tolerate cold, low body temperature, a slow heart rate, easy weight gain, elevated cholesterol, painful premenstrual periods, heavy periods, a milky discharge from the breasts, fertility problems, muscle weakness, muscle cramps, dry and scaly skin, a yellow orange coloration in the skin (particularly on the palms of the hands), yellow bumps on the eyelids, hair loss (including the eyebrows), recurrent infections, migraines, hoarseness, respiratory infections, constipation, depression, difficulty concentrating, slow speech, goiter, and drooping, swollen eyes. The most common symptoms are fatigue and intolerance to cold. If you consistently feel cold while others around you are hot, you may be suffering from reduced thyroid function.

Measuring levels of different hormones in the blood can determine if the thyroid gland is working properly. A physician may order a blood test to measure levels of thyroid hormone or thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). This hormone is secreted by the pituitary gland and in turn helps regulate thyroid hormone production. Even a minuscule drop in thyroid function registers as a distinctly elevated TSH level. Most endocrinologists believe that TSH levels rise when a person is in the earliest stages of thyroid failure.
A physician may perform a iodine absorption test for you. This test involves ingesting a small amount of radioactive iodine. An x-ray then shows how much of the iodine was absorbed by the thyroid. A low uptake of the iodine may indicate hypothyroidism.


Alternative Hypothyroidism Treatments

This article will discuss how treating Hypothyroidism with natural products can often give better results than conventional methods. Ill also explain what Hypothyroidism is and what some of the causes are. If you are considering an alternative form of treatment, be sure to always discuss it first with your doctor or health care provider.

The Thyroid gland is an endocrine gland located in the neck below the voice box and its job is to produce hormones. The hormones it produces regulate growth and metabolism and when the Thyroid gland doesnt produce enough of these hormones we suffer from the condition known as Hypothyroidism.

There are thought to be many causes of this condition but the main causes are Iodine deficiency and a condition called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis where the bodys own immune system attacks the Thyroid gland.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Do you think alternative treatments in my blog will actually work for Hypothyroidism?
    I have recently posted a blog with Prevention.com where they had me write about possible alternatives for Hypothyroidism. Can you check it out and let me know what you think?

    http://buzz.prevention.com/community/lindsey/alternative-treatments-for-hypothyroidism

    • ANSWER:
      no , replacement hormone therapy is the only remedy available ,

  2. QUESTION:
    i have hypothyroidism is there any alternative or treatments?
    I can use besides are along side thyroxine to help the symtoms I have? i.e trouble loosing weight normally, dry skin etc. The doctors say my th levels are within the normal range but I still am tired etc

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroidism
      Alternative Medicine
      The following information is specific for alternative and complementary medicine. For additional evidence-based information on diseases, conditions, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and wellness issues, continue searching the Healthwise Knowledgebase.

      Overview
      What you need to know

      Get a handle on hypothyroidism. When the thyroid gland fails to function adequately the result is reduced hormone levels. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful:

      Find the cause
      See your healthcare provider to consider underlying health issues that may be causing your hypothyroidism
      Check your iodine intake
      Consult with a nutritionist to learn whether you are getting too little or too much iodine from food, medications, and supplements
      These recommendations are not comprehensive and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or pharmacist. Continue reading the full hypothyroidism article for more in-depth, fully-referenced information on medicines, vitamins, herbs, and dietary and lifestyle changes that may be helpful.

      About hypothyroidism

      Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland fails to function adequately, resulting in reduced levels of thyroid hormone in the body. Cretinism is a type of hypothyroidism that occurs at birth and results in stunted physical growth and mental development. Severe hypothyroidism is called myxedema.

      There are many causes of hypothyroidism. One common cause is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease of the thyroid gland. Another common cause of hypothyroidism is medical treatment, such as surgery or radiation to the thyroid gland, to treat hyperthyroidism (over-activity of the thyroid gland). Some drugs, such as lithium and phenylbutazone, may also induce hypothyroidism. Extreme iodine deficiency, which is rare in the United States, is another possible cause. Failure of the pituitary gland or hypothalamus to stimulate the thyroid gland properly can cause a condition known as secondary hypothyroidism.

      Some people with goiter (an enlargement of the thyroid gland) also have hypothyroidism. Goiter can be caused by an iodine deficiency, by eating foods that contain goitrogens (goiter-causing substances), or by other disorders that interfere with thyroid hormone production. In many cases the cause of goiter cannot be determined. While natural therapies may help to some extent, thyroid hormone replacement is necessary for most people with hypothyroidism.

      Check list
      Product ratings for hypothyroidism

      Rating Nutritional Supplements Herbs
      Iodine
      Selenium (if deficient)
      Thyroid extract
      Vitamin A
      Vitamin B3 (niacin)
      Zinc Bladderwrack
      Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
      Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
      An herb is primarily supported by traditional use, or the herb or supplement has little scientific support and/or minimal health benefit.

      Symptoms
      What are the symptoms?

      The symptoms of hypothyroidism vary from person to person, but commonly include several of the following: fatigue, lethargy, intolerance to cold, constipation, weight gain, depression, excessive menstruation, dry skin, hair loss, and hoarseness. The onset of these symptoms may be so gradual as to evade detection by patient or physician.

      Diet
      Dietary changes that may be helpful

      Some foods, such as rapeseed (used to make canola oil) and Brassica vegetables (cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower), contain natural goitrogens, chemicals that cause the thyroid gland to enlarge by interfering with thyroid hormone synthesis.1 Cooking has been reported to inactivate this effect in Brussels sprouts.2 Cassava, a starchy root that is the source of tapioca, has also been identified as a goitrogenic food.3 Other goitrogens include maize, sweet potatoes, lima beans, soy, and pearl millet.4 While some practitioners recommend that people with hypothyroidism avoid these foods, none has been proven to cause hypothyroidism in humans.

      Lifestyle
      Lifestyle changes that may be helpful

      Preliminary studies have found an association between multiple chemical sensitivities and hypothyroidism.5 One study found a correlation between high blood levels of lead, a toxic heavy metal, and low thyroid hormone levels in people working in a brass foundry.6 Many of these people also complained of depression, fatigue, constipation, and poor memory (symptoms of hypothyroidism).

      Occupational exposure to polybrominated biphenyls and carbon disulfide has also been associated with decreased thyroid function.

      Supplements
      Vitamins that may be helpful

      The relationship between iodine and thyroid function is complex. Iodine is required by the body to form thyroid hormone, and iodine deficiency can lead to goiter and hypothyroidism.7 Severe and prolonged iodine deficiency can potentially lead to serious types of hypothyroidism, such as myxedema or cretinism. It is estimated that one and a half billion people living in 118 countries around the world are at risk for developing iodine deficiency.8

      Today, most cases of iodine deficiency occur in developing nations. In industrialized countries where iodized salt is used, iodine deficiency has become extremely rare. On the other hand, iodine toxicity has become a concern in some of these countries.9 Excessive iodine intake can result in either hypothyroidism10 or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).11 Sources of iodine include foods (iodized salt, milk, water, seaweed, ground beef), dietary supplements (multiple vitamin-mineral formulas, seaweed extracts), drugs (potassium iodide, amiodarone, topical antiseptics), and iodine-containing solutions used in certain laboratory tests. Many nutritional supplements contain 150 mcg of iodine. While that amount of iodine should prevent a deficiency, it is not clear whether supplementing with iodine is necessary or desirable for most people. Those wishing to take a nutritional supplement containing iodine should consult a doctor.

      Laboratory animals with severe, experimentally induced zinc deficiency developed hypothyroidism, whereas moderate zinc deficiency did not affect thyroid function.12 In a small study of healthy people, thyroid hormone (thyroxine) levels tended to be lower in those with lower blood levels of zinc. In people with low zinc, supplementing with zinc increased thyroxine levels.13 One case has been reported of a woman with severe zinc deficiency (caused by the combination of alcoholism and malabsorption) who developed hypothyroidism that was corrected by supplementing with zinc.14 Although the typical Western diet is marginally low in zinc,15 additional research is needed to determine whether zinc supplementation would be effective for preventing or correcting hypothyroidism.

      Selenium plays a role in thyroid hormone metabolism. Severe selenium deficiency has been implicated as a possible cause of goiter.16 Two months of selenium supplementation in people who were deficient in both selenium and iodine was shown to induce a dramatic fall of the already impaired thyroid function in clinically hypothyroid subjects.17 Researchers have suggested that people who are deficient in both selenium and iodine should not take selenium supplements without first receiving iodine or thyroid hormone supplementation.18 There is no research demonstrating that selenium supplementation helps people with hypothyroidism who are not selenium-deficient.

      Preliminary data indicate that vitamin B3 (niacin) supplementation may decrease thyroid hormone levels. In one small study, 2.6 grams of niacin per day helped lower blood fat levels.19 After a year or more, thyroid hormone levels had fallen significantly in each person, although none experienced symptoms of hypothyroidism. In another case report, thyroid hormone levels decreased in two people who were taking niacin for high cholesterol and triglycerides; one of these two was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.20 When the niacin was discontinued for one month, thyroid hormone levels returned to normal.

      Desiccated thyroid, also called thyroid extract (e.g., Armour Thyroid), is used by some doctors as an alternative to synthetic thyroid hormones (such as thyroxine [Synthroid® or other brand names]) for people with hypothyroidism. Thyroid extract contains two biologically active hormones (thyroxine and triiodothyronine), whereas the most commonly prescribed thyroid-hormone preparations contain only thyroxine. One study has shown that the combination of the two hormones contained in desiccated thyroid is more effective than thyroxine alone for those with hypothyroidism.21 One doctor reported that thyroid extract worked better than standard thyroid preparations for many of his patients with hypothyroidism.22 Glandular thyroid products, which are available from health food stores, have had most of the thyroid hormone removed and would therefore not be expected to be effective for people with hypothyroidism. Intact desiccated thyroid is available only by prescription. Hypothyroidism sufferers who want to use desiccated thyroid must first consult with a physician.

      People with hypothyroidism have been shown to have an impaired ability to convert beta-carotene to vitamin A.23, 24 For this reason, some doctors suggest taking supplemental vitamin A (approximately 5,000-10,000 IU per day) if they are not consuming adequate amounts in their diet.

      Are there any side effects or interactions?

      Refer to the individual supplement for information about any side effects or interactions.

      Herbs
      Herbs that may be helpful

      Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) is a type of brown seaweed that contains variable amounts of iodine.25 Hypothyroidism due to insufficient intake of iodine may possibly improve with bladderwrack supplementation,

  3. QUESTION:
    some treatments for PCOS and also hypothyroidism?
    Can you give me some alternative treatments/things to do or look into for both Polycystic Ovarian Syndrom and Hypothyroidsm? Actually it seems that my thyroid is almost back to normal due to taking the western drug Synthroid, but I would still like to know of alternative treatments (other than the pig thyroid, already know about that…not interested in that).

    So yeah, I welcome any info you might have on alternative help for PCOS and hypothyroidism (i’m mostly interested in PCOS). Also, any info on alternative treatments for depression is welcome.

    Thanks!

    Oh and I’m a vegetarian (who eats seafood) if that makes any difference at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a link that may help u with natural care of the PCOS,
      It includes a Hormonal Health Profile questionaire that u can complete and it will tell u exactly what natural care remedies are offered based on the information u give. Hope it helps, gl :)

      http://www.womentowomen.com/compareplans.asp

      Here a link to help u with Natural treatment of Depression,

      http://www.drpodell.org/alternative_treatments_for_depression.shtml

      Last but not least here is a link that may help with the hypothyroidism, it gives u natural treatment options and dosing instructions :)

      http://www.mercola.com/article/hypothyroid/treatment.htm

  4. QUESTION:
    Alternative treatment for hypothyroidism?
    A few years ago I was diagnosed with mild hypothyroidism and given the choice of taking medicine or not. I decided not to because I didn’t want to start taking something that would hook me for life, but my sypmtoms seem to be getting worse. I have a low body temperature and am constantly tired. Cutting sugar out of my diet has helped a lot but I’m wondering if there are some herbs or vitamins that I should take. Eventually I’ll go to the endocronologist, but until then, what causes thyroid problems and what can I do to treat them myself in the meantime?

    • ANSWER:
      NO! You can’t treat it yourself, You need to get to the doctor right away, so they can test your blood and see how many micrograms is best for you!

      Mam, your thyroid is going to be non-functional very soon, please don’t wait!

      I have to take synthroid everyday, I almost died! I’ll have to take it the rest of my life, because my thyroid gland is dead and will never work again, what it does you see, is it stimulates the pituitary gland which controls all your organs, and it’s very important, TSH is thyroid stimulating hormone, it comes from the pituitary gland and goes to the thyroid gland, and when it get’s up in the hundreds it’s getting bad, TH – is Thyroid hormone, and it sends the message back to the pituitary gland.

      What happens, is your body functions will totally shut down, and that’s dangerous!

      Go to the doctor NOW! and have a blood test, and get on the sythroid, and you’ll start feeling better in about ten days, and in about eight weeks you will be un-stoppable, and you will feel much, much better!

      Please! GO NOW!

  5. QUESTION:
    how does emphasema affect hypothyroidism?
    i have emphasema and have recently been diagnosed with hypothyroidism i am also still smoking and naturally, i am concerned. i know i must quit smoking and i am fearful of the thyroid problem…also, i am not so sure about long term thyroid medication. i am 52 yrs. old and am experiencing many of the hypothyroid synptoms. is there an alternative medically proven treatment for the thyroid problem?

    • ANSWER:
      try yoga. stop non vegetarian foods, Colas, smoking There are Pranayam which will help you like LOm VIlom, Kapalbharti.

      in LOM VILOM first close your left nostril with your thumb and inhale from right Inhale till you can’nt inhale more Now close your right nostril and exhale from left. Repeat the process starting with inhaling with left and exhaling from right. Do it for atleast 20-30 minutes in morning preferably at bharamamahurat i.e between 4 am to 6 am and again at evening between 6pm to 8 pm. Do this with sitting on ground with legs crossed. In kapalbharti sit on ground with your legs crossed keeping your hands on the knees making a oval by touching your thumb with your middle finger. Now this is the posture. The process is to inhale the air in lungs while simultaneously exhaling/ pushing your stomach back. Do it for atleast 20-30 mins both in morning and evening as mentioned earlier. Do these with your eyes closed. it takes time but definately cure you.

      In case you have any yoga organisation try Sutraneti and jal netri. In case you want further details you can contact me at ashtre2000@yahoo.com

  6. QUESTION:
    What is a natural OTC cure for hypothyroidism?
    I recently lost my insurance and I have been taking Levo-thyroxine for my hypothyroidism but am unable to get it refilled this next month does anyone have this and use al alternative drug? Preferably something OTC? or a cheaper treatment through a pharmacy? any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypothyroidism#Diagnosis pl check this link. according to my opinion the another way if u want to go for alternative medicine. su jok is the best. so if u can contact a su jok therapist it will be cheaper. if u can’t u may write to me for further suggestion.

  7. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of alternative (to thyroxine) solutions to hypothyroidism?
    My TSH levels are high but I am thinking the solution is more complex than just treating that and think maybe the thyroid is overworked due to the effects of hormonal changes at menopause and resultant rises in cholestrol levels. Unfortunately (and linked from my readings) heart disease has followed. Have been on vitamin C and lysine/proline treatment for about 7 months but I still experience symptoms (mainly attached to any stressful event) such as difficulty walking for any distance. Has anyone had, or heard of, someone with similar experiences and hopefully treatments that have helped. I want to avoid bypass surgery as this alone is not a solution either.

    • ANSWER:
      Increased cholesterol levels are a symptom of hypothyroidism. If you treat with thyroid hormone, most likely the cholesterol levels will come down. If you don’t like the idea of treating with T4, then there’s a natural solution…..Armour thyroid. It contains both T4 and T3 and most people feel better on it. (myself included)

      I don’t like the idea of medication, but Armour is natural and it rids me of most of my symptoms. It is adjusted by free t4 and free t3, not by TSH. Some links below

  8. QUESTION:
    What are your views about alternative medicine?
    I have an appt. tomorrow to get acupuncture for my thyroid. I have been struggling for years with hypothyroidism and after years of unsuccessful treatment I have decided to give this a try.. but it is very expensive and I just don’t know if it is worth it. have any of you had any success? I tried asking this in the health section but got no answers.

    • ANSWER:
      I’d say it’s worth a try. Really, once you have been through something for a long time, with no success, you become frustrated that it will never change. I have tried alternatives for a few different things and found them successful. I was skeptical at first, and it has not worked for everything, but for the things it did work on, it was worth it.
      I”ll keep my fingers crossed for you! Good luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    how to treat hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism?
    what natural or alternative treatments available

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.bcdex.com/herbalremedies/thyroid.html

      http://www.thyromine.com/

      http://www.nativeremedies.com/thyroid-assist-treatment-hypothyroidism.shtml

      Hope these help!!

  10. QUESTION:
    Alternative treatment for Thyroid issue?
    Hi, my TSH results are as follows: Thyroid Function Test – Free Free T-3 (FT-3) ——————— 2.92 pg/mL Free Thyroxine – FT-4 ————— 0.73 ng/dl Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) — 11.27 uIU/mL I would like to understand if this can be counted as hypothyroidism and treated accordingly. I have been prescribed: Thyroxine Sodium IP 100mcg by my doctor. He had also said that I would need to use this medicine throught my life. It would be helpfull if you can guide me for any alternative medicine to cure this. Regards, Reshma.
    I have been prescribed: Thyroxine Sodium IP 100mcg by my doctor.

    1. Dose this situation of mine effect pregnancy?
    2. Does it have any effect on the unborn child?
    4. Dose the normal medication prescribed by the doctor effect the unborn child?
    5. If I would have gone ahead without taking the medicine, would that have affected my pregnancy or the unborn child?
    6. Is this disease 100% curable, by your process?
    7. After I have started the medicine (Thyroxine Sodium IP 100mcg ), I have started feeling dizziness, vomitting, nausea, tiredness, sleplessnes, though I was not having ANY such issues before I had started taking these pills. Do you think the doctor has prescribed me wrong or higher dosage?
    Please help me to overcome the problem as fast as possible. I want to be normal again.

    • ANSWER:
      yes, it is hypothyroidism.

      There are no known natural alternatives that are effective in treating this condition. It is usually a lifelong condition and can be serious if left untreated.

      Any TSH level over 4.2 is considered hypothyroidism. You have a relatively serious case that absolutely CANNOT be cured with supplements. They may help a little, but not enough to help you feel better and not have side effects from being hypothyroid. Natural remedies are not always the answer, although sometimes they can be!

  11. QUESTION:
    can I abruptly stop medication that I’m taking for Hypothyroidism?
    I had been normal (esp. my weight too was normal) until 3 months back.But due to drowsiness and my constant urge to take a nap ,made me undergo blood tests .I was then diagnosed with hypthyroidism (TSH level being 5) .I’m also slightly anaemic as per the reports.I was prescribed Levothyroxin. I realised I was gaining weight . I have now been asked to take Armour .
    I’d really appreciate it if someone could enlighten me as to

    1. whether I can abruplty stop the medication as I feel I have been wrongly treated
    2. If theres an alternative form of treatment
    3. how to reduce my weight

    • ANSWER:
      There is a way for you to totally recover from Hypothyroidism. You train your immune system to do it for you. Go to www.lymefree.com to find out more.

  12. QUESTION:
    What causes electric buzz?
    My mother’s age is 55 years, she is suffering from hypothyroidism. Her TSH SERUM level is 8.22 ul/U. She is taking two tablets of Thyroxine but she feels like electric buzz sensation in over all body.She has tingling and numbness of limbs also these both irritates her very much and causing fatigue Pleasee give me detail with treatment+alternative treatments too…

    • ANSWER:
      Several things can cause this “electric buzz” your mother is enduring.
      While her TSH serum level is higher than the old normal and quite a bit higher than the new normal, it is still at a somewhat reasonable level considering.

      Rashes, itching are normal side effects of hypothyroidism and also Thyroxine. But not the tingling and numbness.

      http://endocrine-system.emedtv.com/levothyroxine/levothyroxine-side-effects.html

      Has your mother been to an endocrinologist or is that the doctor who ordered the last TSH serum level test?

      While you haven’t mentioned enough symptoms to suggest Hashimoto’s, the tingling and the numbness might be symptomatic.

      This is not a question of alternative treatments, your mother really needs to see a doctor for proper testing and diagnosis. She should not be suffering from these symptoms but without the proper diagnosis, that’s what will happen.

      Has she tried adding calcium to her diet or supplements? There are several forms and some might not agree with her but this could be symptomatic of low calcium. Even better would be to have the calcium levels checked first. Make sure that she gets sufficient vitamin D3 as well as her immune system is probably stressed. And in the case of tingling, the calcium and D are related.

      You can also check this site for carpal tunnel and tarsal tunnel syndrome as related to thyroid problems:

      http://www.thyroid-info.com/articles/muscle-joint-pain.htm

      Ok – how about adding a Vitamin B complex – don’t go overboard as most of it just passes through turning urine very yellow. 50mgs tops. Please get a good brand and not just something off the shelf. Oh yes, perhaps a calcium-magnesium rather than just calcium supplement. But levels really should be checked first because arbitrarily adding supplements – especially calcium – can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb the Levothyroxine if taken too close together per the Mayo Clinic. Timing will be very important.

      Here are some food and nutritional supplement links to read and consider:

      http://www.progressivehealth.com/thyroid_supplement.asp

      I hope this helps – your mom really is suffering and it is wonderful of you to be so concerned. Do thyroid conditions run in the family?

  13. QUESTION:
    help with osteoporosis?
    My mother suffers from hypothyroidism and recently was diagnosed with osteoporosis(though not acute). She has been taking calcium tablets but she needs to know more about alternative treatments for osteoporosis.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with a lot of what has already been said. But let me put my 2 cents worth in anyway ;-)

      Osteoporosis is less than ideal bone density, which means the bones are likely to be more brittle and easier to break. The only solution is to produce more bone cells and increase the density.

      (I feel like an old hand at this since I have just finished growing back 8 cm of bone in my leg.)

      I did a lot of research and tried numerous things over a two year period. Firstly, your body needs the right nutrients in your diet and it is better to eat them in your food than to take supplements, if you can. Secondly, if you already have the right nutrients, then the best way to encourage your body to produce more bone cells is skeletal impact exercise – often walking or running. This is way more effective than anything else.

      If your mum is unable to exercise, then the next best thing is a bone growth stimulator (although these need to be placed directly at the site and the results can vary from person to person) or a new machine for osteoporosis called a Dynamic Motion Therapy which impacts the body from jaw to toe, literally. These are very expensive, but she might be able to hire one (www.juvent.com).

      As for the nutrition, if she must take calcium tablets, then make sure it is calcium citrate with boron. However, she can get the calcium from her food – green leafy vegetables are best, particularly collard greens like kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage. Then there are the things that she should minilise or avoid because they leach calcium from the bones or inhibit the uptake of calcium from the diet. The 3 worst things for producing bone cells are alcohol, cigarettes and anti-inflammatory medications. So she should avoid these completely. Also problematic are dairy products (despite what the dairy industry tells you), carbonated drinks, red meat and too much sugar.

      Note also that the measurements for diagnosing osteoporosis have been getting lower and lower – meaning that it is diagnosed at a much earlier stage than previously. This is good news for your mum because it means she has a good chance of reversing it now.

  14. QUESTION:
    How do i get out of this terrible situation? please help?
    I’m 15 and i’ve had an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism) since March this year. I take tablets called Levothyroxine, and ever since i started them they’ve given me horrific insomnia, and it’s so bad that i only get 10 minutes sleep a night and i cant function normally because of it and i cant even stand up i’m so exhausted. So basically i got told by my doctor that there was no other alternative treatment and so i had to stay on them for all of this time, which meant 8 months of severe insomnia. I even had a sleep study done at hospital and they said it is the tablets causing it but they did nothing about it! Also, the Levothyroxine doesn’t even work! I still have all of my symptoms, like hair loss, freezing cold hands and feet,constipation etc.. So i ask myself WHY am i still taking them? But i know there are other brands of thyroxine but they will probably be exactly the same, so i heard of this natural thyroid hormone drug called Armour thyroid, but it’s not licensed in the UK and no doctor will prescribe it to me. How can i get it? i don’t really want to buy it off the internet its too risky. Please help, this is destroying my life and it will destroy my christmas if it continues.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you told the doctor that the tablets gave you insomnia ?

      I would seek a second opinion from another doctor, it sounds like you are getting too much thyroxine if you can’t sleep. Ask for a repeat thyroid function test.

  15. QUESTION:
    I am freezing all the time. I am especially cold at work. The environment that I work in is 61 degrees. help?
    I was recently diagnosed with Hypothyroidism after a long fight with Hyperthroidism and radioactive treatment 3 months ago. I am now trying to find a natural alternative to regulate my body temperature.

    • ANSWER:
      That is too bad that you went from one extreme to the other. Ask your doctor what the probable cause of your hyperthyroidism was. I would suggest you ask your doctor for thyroid antibody tests so that you know if your hyperthyroidism was from Graves disease, which is an auto-immune thyroid diseases. You may need a different thyroid medication or more thyroid medication. Keep working with your doc until you feel warmer and healthier. Some people are have a gluten (wheat protein) intolerance that really messes with their thyroid health. I suggest you do a trial 3 weeks off of all gluten (research what that includes) and see if your body temp and circulation raises.

  16. QUESTION:
    How do i get out of this terrible situation? please help?
    I’m 15 and i’ve had an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism) since March this year. I take tablets called Levothyroxine, and ever since i started them they’ve given me horrific insomnia, and it’s so bad that i only get 10 minutes sleep a night and i cant function normally because of it and i cant even stand up i’m so exhausted. So basically i got told by my doctor that there was no other alternative treatment and so i had to stay on them for all of this time, which meant 8 months of severe insomnia. I even had a sleep study done at hospital and they said it is the tablets causing it but they did nothing about it! Also, the Levothyroxine doesn’t even work! I still have all of my symptoms, like hair loss, freezing cold hands and feet,constipation etc.. So i ask myself WHY am i still taking them? But i know there are other brands of thyroxine but they will probably be exactly the same, so i heard of this natural thyroid hormone drug called Armour thyroid, but it’s not licensed in the UK and no doctor will prescribe it to me. How can i get it? i don’t really want to buy it off the internet its too risky. Please help, this is destroying my life and it will destroy my christmas if it continues.

    • ANSWER:
      I would go back and have a tlak with the Dr. – not all thyroid replacement pills have the same side-effects – you may respond better to another one — as far as the insomnia is concerned – your Dr. should be able to give you something for insomnia – or you could try OTC Sominex or Tyelnol PM for temporary use . If you have been taking the meds for 8 months – you should be accustomed to it by now –
      I would be leary of trying an uregulated drug — this is a condition that you will have to take meds for the rest of your life — not something that is going to go away —
      The symptoms you mentioned are not exclusive to hypothyroidism – and if the meds are not helping – you need to let your Dr. know —
      If your Dr. is no more help – get a second opinion — or go to an Endocrinologist —

  17. QUESTION:
    How do i get out of this terrible situation? please help?
    I’m 15 and i’ve had an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism) since March this year. I take tablets called Levothyroxine, and ever since i started them they’ve given me horrific insomnia, and it’s so bad that i only get 10 minutes sleep a night and i cant function normally because of it and i cant even stand up i’m so exhausted. So basically i got told by my doctor that there was no other alternative treatment and so i had to stay on them for all of this time, which meant 8 months of severe insomnia. I even had a sleep study done at hospital and they said it is the tablets causing it but they did nothing about it! Also, the Levothyroxine doesn’t even work! I still have all of my symptoms, like hair loss, freezing cold hands and feet,constipation etc.. So i ask myself WHY am i still taking them? But i know there are other brands of thyroxine but they will probably be exactly the same, so i heard of this natural thyroid hormone drug called Armour thyroid, but it’s not licensed in the UK and no doctor will prescribe it to me. How can i get it? i don’t really want to buy it off the internet its too risky. Please help, this is destroying my life and it will destroy my christmas if it continues.

    • ANSWER:
      To me sounds like you need a second opinion and a dosage adjustment and a Rx for a sleep medication such as Ambein or Lunesta


Alternative Hypothyroid Treatment

This article will discuss how treating Hypothyroidism with natural products can often give better results than conventional methods. Ill also explain what Hypothyroidism is and what some of the causes are. If you are considering an alternative form of treatment, be sure to always discuss it first with your doctor or health care provider.

The Thyroid gland is an endocrine gland located in the neck below the voice box and its job is to produce hormones. The hormones it produces regulate growth and metabolism and when the Thyroid gland doesnt produce enough of these hormones we suffer from the condition known as Hypothyroidism.

There are thought to be many causes of this condition but the main causes are Iodine deficiency and a condition called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis where the bodys own immune system attacks the Thyroid gland.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    i need help with an alternative treatment for hypothyroid, apart from medication…?
    My age is 39 and i was diagnosed with hypothyroid 4 months back with TSH 8 and am on hormones THYROXIN SODIUM 25 mcg since then. previously I was a patient of hypertension on an average of 150/ 100, using BP medication as well. My FBS is 126 while the PLBC is 175. cholesterol level is around 268…. all of which are the adverse effect of being a hypothyroid patient. I need any help or suggestion in this regard as to naturally solve the problem. Any gud suggestion is appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      The medications for hypothyroid should bring your thyroid into the ideal range of .3 to 2, and you can check out he equivalent of the natural dissecated formulas. Ask at a compounding pharmacy for doctors and natural formulas also.
      With your cholesterol level that high someone will want you to go on the statin medications for that, like lipitor or lovostatin or something and they as well as the thyroid medications CAUSE hyperglycemia, so your blood sugars will go up , then they will say you have ‘diabetes’. dearpharmacist.com
      You should find a doctor of traditional chinese medicine , ideally that also knows western medicine for treatment. Read thyroid articles by subhuti dharmananda.

  2. QUESTION:
    I need help with an alternative treatment to hypothyroid?
    Hi,
    I’m 28 and have hypothyroid, I’ve been taking levoxyl per my endrocon and I really am not seeing any results. If anything I feel like I’m getting worse. It’s been over a year and I started off taking 25mcg and now I’m at 120mcg.
    Lately I’ve been having chest pain and had two echo’s done and both tech’s said they saw liquid around my heart.
    The first doctor said it wasn’t liquid and it was normal and I’m waiting for the results for my second test.
    I did some on line research and found that some people who have hypo thyroid and/or take levoxyl can get liquid around their hearts.
    I’m concerned and would really love a natural approach for this condition.
    To top it off my cholesterol is out of control, nearly 300. My doctor says it’s due to my genes and thyroid.
    So I try to eat very healthy, dark greens, spinach, salads, whole grains and such, but from more research am finding these foods are bad for a thyroid condition.
    I’m really confused and don’t know what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      There is a natural alternative to your medication, which has been found to be just as effective.
      Sold by prescription only under the name Armour Thyroid®, it’s an extract of pig thyroid, and contains both T 4 and T 3.

      Good luck.

  3. QUESTION:
    is there efficient alternative to hormones for hypothyroid?
    I m a man who, after interferon treatment, got hypothyroid as a side effect, doctors are very vague about anything else but synthetic or animal hormones.

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroid means the thyroid is not producing enough hormones. You can top these up with synthetic or animal thyroxine. There are various alternative therapies that help strengthen a damaged thyroid, but they are unlikely to be a complete answer. It’s necessary to have sufficient thyroxine (and its variants) in your body or your metabolism will go wrong in a big way.

  4. QUESTION:
    Are there treatments for hypothyroid other than synthroid?
    Are there any alternative treatments, besides diet and exercize, to treat thyroid and other hormone conditions? I’m looking for non-synthetic drugs, supplements, herbs, or any alternative to medicine. Proper nutritional intake and exercize has helped me stop gaining weight, but I still can’t lose weight, beat the fatigue or manage the girly stuff alone.

    • ANSWER:
      You say that you have tried proper nutritional intake, but the amount of food and the quality of food that we eat is important for weight control but is not the whole story when it comes to hypothyroidism. There are some foods that help our thyroid function and some that lower thyroid function.

      The foods that are bad for thyroid functioning are called “goiterogenic foods”. Goitrogenic foods are foods that can affect thyroid function by inhibiting synthesis of thyroid hormones, resulting in enlargement of the gland (goiter). If you suffer from low thyroid function you should avoid these foods. They are:

      Bok choy
      Broccoli
      Brussel sprouts
      Cabbage
      Cauliflower
      Garden cress
      Kale
      Kohlrabi
      Kohlrabi
      Millet
      Mustard
      Peaches
      Peanuts
      Radishes
      Radishes
      Rutabaga
      Soy and soy-related foods [tofu/tempeh/soy products]
      Spinach
      Strawberries
      Turnips

      There are also foods that contain iodine, and help your thyroid to work better. They are: varieties of seaweed such as kelp, fish, and other seafoods have a very high iodine content and are helpful to the proper functioning of your thyroid gland.

      Selenium is another helpful mineral. Many people diagnosed with hypothyroidism were found to be selenium deficient. Selenium is required to convert the T4 thyroid hormone to the active T3 form. As an example, the selenium containing enzyme type-I-iodothyronine-deiodinase is important for the conversion of T4 to T3. So selenium deficiency can reduce the activity of the thyroid hormones.

      Tyrosine is an amino acid needed by the body to manufacture thyroid hormones from iodine. And so the use of tyrosine as a dietary supplement increases production of thyroid hormones.

      Bladderwrack is a seaweed that is a rich source of iodine. It also contains the minerals potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and zinc.

      Other herbs used to treat hypothyroidism are coleus, laminaria, ganoderma, gotu kola, and panax ginseng.

      Good luck.

  5. QUESTION:
    any softer remedy to thyroiditis, inflamation due to medical treatment. ?
    finally its its not hypothyroid but thyroiditis. inflamation of thyroid (due to an interferon treatment now ended)
    If I dont act quickly with softer or alternative remedy I ll have to get on the hard and slippery slope of synthetic hormones, blood test says only problem is high TSH, T3 T4 are ok.
    physical symptoms are real ennoying.
    thanks to any sensible advice.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to be tested to see what is really going on with your body. The thyroid is part of the endocrine that is a system of complex relationships. When you have a problem with one of the endocrine organs, it affects ALL the others. The TSH hormone comes from your pituitary gland that gets it’s commands from the Hypothalamus gland that is part of the endocrine “feed back loop.” If you focus just on the thyroid gland, you are only focused on a symptom and this is what doctors and the medical profession is trained to do. Their answer will be to treat the thyroid because that is where the symptom is coming from, but that will not solve the problem, only put a band aide on and not get to the “root cause.” Your original problem, thyroiditis may be due to what is called Hashimoto’s disease. The medical people will tell you that it is not from infection, but inflammation. lol. The “itis” at the end of the word thyroiditis means “infection.” There are many things that can cause this problem. The so called “autoimmune” problem basically says that your body is producing antibodies that are attacking the thyroid tissue.

      If you believe that your body would just start making antibodies for “some reason” and then attack your thyroid for “some reason” and that the only thing you can do is take hormones, you will not be fixing the “root cause” and you will have to live with the so called “side effects” of all this for the rest of your life.

      Personally, I believe you need to find the “root cause” and make your body healthy. The thyroiditis was a “result” not “the” problem.

      There are many things that can cause this problem and I suggest you find a good Certified Nutritional Therapist that understands QRA testing to find the source of infection(s) in your body. Once you find that, you can focus on making your body healthy. Most likely you are also very iodine deficient. If you are not allergic to iodine, I suggest you do a simple test to determine that. Get a bottle of “tincture of iodine” and paint a patch about 2″ x 3″ on your forearm or on your chest. Note the time of day. Watch it throughout the day and note the time when it disappears. It should be visible after 24 hours. If it is gone in a few hours, you are very deficient in iodine. This is very common now in the U.S. due to all the Fluoridation and fluoride products being sold. Fluorine depletes the body of iodine. When this happens, glands dependent upon iodine as it’s primary mineral will “ENLARGE.” The thyroid is one such gland. Also the thyroid absorbs heavy metals very well because it is a very soft gland. Mercury is a huge problem for it.

      I would first look to your teeth for the primary source of the infection to your thyroid or any scars or traumas to your head area next. ALL amalgam fillings, root canals, and extractions or traumas to the teeth create huge infection problems for the body. Dentists are not your friend most of the time. Many of the chemicals they use, procedures cause many problems like this for the body.

      good luck to you

  6. QUESTION:
    alternative treatments for hot thyroid nodules?
    I have hyperthyroidism due to hot nodules. Tapazole (methimazole) has not been an effective treatment for me, as in 2 and a half years I have only been euthyroid for a few months. I’ve had several doctors recommend the radioactive iodine treatment, and a thyroid uptake and scan reveals that my entire thyroid is asleep, because the nodule is overactive.
    I don’t have Graves…

    However, I would really like to cure myself naturally if I can, to avoid being hypothyroid in the future. Has anybody used accupuncture, herbal remedies or chinese medicine to shrink their nodules?

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sure people have tried. I’m equally sure it hasn’t worked.

  7. QUESTION:
    how does emphasema affect hypothyroidism?
    i have emphasema and have recently been diagnosed with hypothyroidism i am also still smoking and naturally, i am concerned. i know i must quit smoking and i am fearful of the thyroid problem…also, i am not so sure about long term thyroid medication. i am 52 yrs. old and am experiencing many of the hypothyroid synptoms. is there an alternative medically proven treatment for the thyroid problem?

    • ANSWER:
      try yoga. stop non vegetarian foods, Colas, smoking There are Pranayam which will help you like LOm VIlom, Kapalbharti.

      in LOM VILOM first close your left nostril with your thumb and inhale from right Inhale till you can’nt inhale more Now close your right nostril and exhale from left. Repeat the process starting with inhaling with left and exhaling from right. Do it for atleast 20-30 minutes in morning preferably at bharamamahurat i.e between 4 am to 6 am and again at evening between 6pm to 8 pm. Do this with sitting on ground with legs crossed. In kapalbharti sit on ground with your legs crossed keeping your hands on the knees making a oval by touching your thumb with your middle finger. Now this is the posture. The process is to inhale the air in lungs while simultaneously exhaling/ pushing your stomach back. Do it for atleast 20-30 mins both in morning and evening as mentioned earlier. Do these with your eyes closed. it takes time but definately cure you.

      In case you have any yoga organisation try Sutraneti and jal netri. In case you want further details you can contact me at ashtre2000@yahoo.com

  8. QUESTION:
    Are there any holistic/alternative medicinal MD’s out here in Long island NY that treat Graves disease?
    I was diagnosised with Graves disease and I am looking far and wide for a holistic oriented type doctor that can heal or manage my hyperthyroid without these horrible medication that I am on called PTU or methimazole and I certainly DO NOT want to destroy my thryroid glands with radioactive iodone treatment (aka ablation) I am only 31 and I will not detsroy a part of my body only to become hypothyroid.

    • ANSWER:
      My wife is currently studying holistic medicine right now and has treated a few relatives of minor things and seem to have worked. She is going to try to treat me of an annoying skin disorder that I have (hopefully it works). Not sure if she can take on a more serious case like yours, but it never hurts to try. Or she can refer you to some of her teachers who are definitely more experienced. here is my email. “sandovalo@sbcglobal.net”

  9. QUESTION:
    Thyroid questions?
    I have been diagnosed with hyperthyroid a year ago, and hypothyroid a couple months ago. I supposidly have a goiter. The only time i had any symptoms was when my throid was level and on medication. I have stopped treatment, cause it only caused more problems, and symptoms. Does anyone know of alternative treatment? Please don’t tell me to ask my doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes ask ur doctor
      cause if the medication is not working for u he might consider surgery to remove ur thyroid and then give u thyroxine hormone for life
      my mother went through what ur going through right now and the medication did not work for her so she had it removed and she is totally living a normal live
      go to ur doctor and tell him.

  10. QUESTION:
    PCOS;Hypothyroid and secondary infertility?
    DH and I have been TTC for a year. I have been diagnosed with PCOS; however I ovulate (pretty sure) and have very regular periods; as well as Hypothryroidism which has been regulated for the past 5 years. I have 1 child (2 years). With my medical problems is secondary infertility likley? What tests can comfirm or deny secondary infertility? I have also read Clomid is not recommended for my particular case.. what are the alternatives? I am a military dependent with TricarePrime as my insurance.. will they cover fertility test and treatments?
    i have never been on BC as it messes with my periods.. it took 2 years ttc for my son

    • ANSWER:
      If you do ovulate then there is another problem with either your cervical mucus/discharge or the sperm or both. If you aren’t ovulating then Metaformin (for the PCOS) and clomid are possible options. Secondary infertility is always a possibility when dealing with PCOS and thyroid issues. I have PCOS and thyroid as well but I actually had the hardest time getting pregnant with my first. The second was a lot easier and the third came by surprise thats for sure. I tried Clomid, didn’t work for me but I know some woman that it did help. Metaformin seems to be the go to thing for PCOS woman too. Not sure on your insurance what would be covered but you might want to call and find out if a sperm check would be covered first and go from there. That is usually the least expensive and most commonly covered procedure.

  11. QUESTION:
    is there efficient alternative to hormones for hypothyroid?
    I m a man who, after interferon treatment, got hypothyroid as a side effect, doctors are very vague about anything else but synthetic or animal hormones. a big thanks for serious answers; denys lemo, multilingual

    • ANSWER:
      Once you start the synthetic thyroid hormone, it is difficult to transition off of them. You are wise to consider alternatives.

      However, you are also wise to have a doctor monitor your progress while you try other things because thyroid consitions can be serious.

      I am a Reiki Master Teacher and have a slightly low thyroid personally, not enough to require medication.

      I serve a client who lost her thyroid to cancer surgery and have worked with her through her transition.

      She does not have a thyroid and we can not live without that hormone. Her choice was to have her doctor to change her perscription the medically available netural alternative. I do not know the name of it but there is a natural thyroid pill available by prescription from your doctor. Her doctor did not want to change her but she insisted and has felt much better on the natural hormone. Her doctor monitored her progress.

      If your problem is not too severe, you can go to your local health food store and buy a glandular thyroid supplement and some herbe to support thyroid function, they will know at the store what they have available for that. You can try it for a month or two then have your doctor re-test you.

      Good luck.

  12. QUESTION:
    Are there any holistic/alternative medicinal MD’s out here in Long island NY that treat Graves disease?
    I was diagnosised with Graves disease and I am looking far and wide for a holistic oriented type doctor that can heal or manage my hyperthyroid without these horrible medication that I am on called PTU or methimazole and I certainly DO NOT want to destroy my thryroid glands with radioactive iodone treatment (aka ablation) I am only 31 and I will not detsroy a part of my body only to become hypothyroid. These endocrinologist are way too busy robbing and raping me of what’s left of my bank account because I have no health insurance which gives them carte blanche to scare and dismiss me out of their office in a vile 10 mins.

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly hun I had RAI in 2002 and I do not regret it. I had allergic reactions to the methimazole and I was taking like 15-20 pills a day. Now I take one a day to manage it. I am now 25 years old. It would be cheaper for you to do the RAI and pay Walmart the 4 bucks a month for your meds. Good luck!