Letters to Oprah
Assembled by Mary Shomon, Your Thyroid Guide
Oprah Awareness Campaign
"I am a highly intelligent woman who spent my youth coasting through
taking all the top honors classes but never having to study to make my
straight A+ grades. I graduated at the top of my class with twice as
honors credits as any of my peers. I had participated in so many
extracurricular activities that I earned four separate letter jackets!
bedroom was filled with my trophies and awards.
On a full academic scholarship, I headed off to college where I majored
math. It was just as easy as high school; I rarely had to study to earn
grades even though I also worked part time. I graduated Magna Cum Laude
was active in numerous clubs and social service groups throughout my
I married an Air Force officer and happily moved across the country with
him. I worked part time and served on the board of our Officers' Wives
Club; as a matter of fact, I held THREE board positions and wrote 2
different articles (on 2 different topics) for our monthly magazine (as
as being the asst editor). My life was rich and full and I never felt
busy or overwhelmed. It was easy.
I was thrilled to learn of my first pregnancy in 1992. I continued to
out at the gym throughout my pregnancy and actually completed more than
miles during my last trimester, earning a Century Club T-shirt from the
Wives' club. But I also developed carpal tunnel syndrome and an awful
in my knees.....
I had a beautiful baby boy and when he was nearly a year old, I became
pregnant again. I didn't have the same energy I had before; I was tired
more often and never made it to the gym even though my husband was happy
stay home with our son so I could work out. In Sep 94, I had another
beautiful baby boy.
But I just didn't feel good at all. By Jan 95 I was in the doctor's
wondering why my hair was falling out, my skin was so dry it was
and bleeding, I was so tired all the time, and I was gaining weight even
though I ate sensibly and was nursing my baby. My sister has thyroid
disease and those are classic symptoms, so I asked my doctor for a
My bloodwork came back abnormal, indicating that I did indeed have
disease. But my doctor brushed it off, saying "Oh, you just had a baby
this is irrelevant. It'll pass." He assured me that there was nothing
I went home and dealt with it. I got pregnant again in Oct 95. During
pregnancy, my knees hurt so badly I could hardly walk. I developed such
severe pain in my feet that I saw a podiatrist twice for treatment. My
carpal tunnel was coming back. My skin was dry and scaly, cracked and
bleeding. My hair became coarse, brittle and began to fall out. My
temperature was always well below 98 and sometimes even below 97
My memory started to suffer, which was crushing to a person who had
had the sharpest mind in the class. I had intermittent ear pain,
and numb arms. My eyes became so sensitive to light that I had to wear
sunglasses even on a cloudy day. My face became puffy. I began to get
mildly depressed, feeling worthless. Although I am a stay-home mom who
adores children and think mine are the greatest in the world, I began to
lose interest in playing with them, instead spending hours sitting at my
computer staring mindlessly at a solitaire game.
I had my baby in July 96, nursed him, and gained 20 pounds while nursing
(DURING my pregnancies, I would gain only 17-22 pounds and would lose all
it by my 6-week postpartum checkup. Yet while nursing the babies, I'd
10-20 pounds even though I'd eat carefully). My other debilitating
didn't go away after having the baby, either. I became pregnant with
last child in June 97. During this pregnancy I developed such severe
the doctor wondered how I could even be alive! I also had higher blood
pressure, and yet I had always had lower-than-normal blood pressure my
life. My cholesterol also went way up. In addition, I still had all
other awful symptoms that I had during the previous pregancy.
I had this last baby in February 98. I weaned her in November 98. In
past, every time I'd wean a baby my milk would dry up completely within
weeks. But this time, I weaned her and my milk did not dry up. As a
of fact, I am still lactating today, 2.5 years after weaning my last
It has never dried up in all that time--never.
So, between 1995 and 1999, I gained nearly 80 pounds and felt horrible.
I did not think it was my thyroid since my doctor had told me my thyroid
fine. Oh, and I also developed borderline hypoglycemia; if I got hungry
didn't eat immediately, I'd soon be so nauseated I'd have to lie down
try desperately not to throw up. Often I would dry-heave.
However, by the fall of '99 I was so miserable I thought I was dying. I
never had a menstrual cramp or heavy period in my life but suddenly I
menstruating so severely that it was out of control. 2 super-plus
and a maxipad per HOUR still didn't control my bleeding; it streamed
unabated down my legs. I was cramping so severely I couldn't get out of
bed--I'd never had a menstrual cramp before and this was far worse than
labor! My hair fell out so much I had to sweep the bathroom floor every
morning after brushing it. In the shower, I lost so much hair that I had
clean out the drain 2-3 times per shower to keep the water going down.
I was sleeping constantly. I'd get up at 7:30 and make lunches for my 2
oldest to take to school with their dad and then collapse on the sofa.
sleep all morning while the two little kids played around me. They'd
for lunch around 11 so I'd drag myself from the sofa to feed them. Then
collapse again and sleep until 3:30 when I had to go pick the older boys
from school. As soon as we got back home, I'd collapse again until 5
my husband got home. At that time, I'd get up to start dinner while
oversee homework. We'd eat, put the kids to bed, and then I'd sit like
zombie on the sofa folding laundry before collapsing back into bed by
My skin was awful. It was thickened and scaly, coarse, cracked and
bleeding. I developed what I thought was dandruff but no medicated
helped. Upon closer inspection, I realized that it was not dandruff.
was dry skin on my head! It got so dry, thickened, and scaly that my
began cracking open and coming off in big chunks, leaving bloody holes
over my head. I also developed little pimples all along my hair line
I've never had acne in my life, even as a teenager). My husband told me
had begun to snore loudly. My memory was shot; I felt brain-dead and
stupid. My eyes were super-sensitive to the light. My entire body,
head to toe, ached severely. It was like every cell in my body was in
constant pain; it hurt just to exist, let alone move. I had large red
patches on my skin--no one knew what they were. My right arm was so
(whenever it wasn't numb) that I could barely use it.
I went to the doctor Jan 2000 for my annual gyn and requested a thyroid
check too. My TSH was 8.0, well above normal and indicative of thyroid
disease. We had moved by this time and my new doctor immediately began
on 75 mcg of synthroid (when I showed him my bloodwork from 1995, he was
horrified that I hadn't received treatment. He said I had suffered
horribly--and gained 80 pounds--for 5 years needlessly). Meanwhile, he
another blood test to see if I had thyroid antibodies in my bloodstream.
did, so I had Hashimoto's autoimmune thyroid disease, in which my own
system is destroying my thryoid gland. There is no cure.
My husband immediately began intensive research on the internet to learn
he could about the disease. He read everything: medical journals,
studies, thyroid forums, alternative medicine websites--you name it.
Meanwhile, my reaction to the synthroid was to give me severe
destroy my libido, and make my hair fall out even more. My January
menstruation hadn't been quite as bad as in 1999 (I had begun taking
B complex and it helped), but when I started the synthroid my february
menstruation was even worse.
By late March 00, my TSH had gone down to 1.8. The pimples were gone,
red patches on my skin were gone, my skin and scalp had improved some,
my hair was falling out at the rate of only one drainful per shower
of 2-3 drainfuls per shower). But I was still tired and still
The doctor suggested we wait a bit to see what would happen.
By June 00 my TSH was down to 0.7. My skin had improved with the high
humidity of the San Antonio summer (even before treatment, it always got
better in the summertime). My menstrual cycle was under good control,
I was still lactating and still tired. Meanwhile, my husband had read
a healthy thyroid gland produces 5 different thyroid hormones (T0, T1,
T3, and T4). 80% of what your gland makes is T4, which is a stable
that your cells convert into useable T3 as needed. However, 15% of the
your body needs comes directly from the thyroid gland. Some of your
demand serum T3 straight from the thyroid; they cannot convert T4 into
Well, my gland didn't work. And Synthroid contains only T4! I told my
doctor that perhaps I needed to have my T3 measured, that maybe I didn't
have enough since synthroid wasn't providing any. And maybe my cells
weren't converting the synthroid into T3; this could easily explain my
Unfortunately, doctors are taught very little about thyroid disease in
medical school. They are just told "give a TSH test and if it is over
give the patient a synthroid tablet to take daily." So when I suggested
that my doctor measure my T3 levels, he said "Oh, they should be fine
because synthroid IS T3." Well, he was wrong. It's pure 100% T4.
He recommended I go to an endocrinologist to figure out why I was
(my prolactin levels were normal). But we moved in July 2000 so I
get in to see an endo beforehand.
We arrived here in late July. We found a house and got
in, but I went way downhill during the month of August. My hair was
out by huge handfuls; back to 2 drainfuls per shower. I could not stay
awake; I'd barely get the kids to school and then sleep until noon. My
was horribly dry in spite of the high humidity. The "dandruff" came
back--with huge bloody holes in my head again where chunks of dry skin
coming off. My husband said I began to exhibit sleep apnea; he spent
several nights lying awake listening to my breathing so he could shake
every time my breathing stopped. And I got a urinary tract infection
(common for thyroid patients).
On 31 August 00 I went back to the doctor to tell him that my last doctor
Texas had recommended I see an endocrinologist. He quickly wrote out a
referral and was about to send me home when I showed him my scalp and
big bloody holes in my head where the skin was coming off. That so
horrified him he wrote out a new prescription for synthroid, for 100
Well, a couple days later I noticed a strange mole on my shoulder. I
to the doctor to see it, and happened to get my appt with a different
from the one I saw the week before. He suspected skin cancer and gave me
dermatology referral. While he was examining me, I told him about my
thyroid condition. He too did not know about T3 and T4, and all the
things we had read in our research. I told him I really wondered why no
had ever measured my T3 levels to determine if my body was converting my
synthroid into useable form. So he looked up some stuff in one of his
textbooks, realized I had a good point, and ordered full lab tests.
On 6 Sept those lab samples were drawn. My TSH was 2.6. My T4 levels
at a good amount, but my T3 levels were so low they were borderline.
However, since they were still just barely within the "normal" range
by the lab, my doctor said they were just fine. This blood profile, by
way, is classic for patients who take synthroid. The synthroid quickly
lowers their TSH and raises their serum T4 levels, but their T3 levels
very low for 2 reasons:
1)their bodies are being deprived of the T3 which is normally excreted
the healthy thyroid gland
2)many of their cells are unable to convert the synthroid into T3.
By October, I had seen the dermatologist and he confirmed I had a skin
cancer on my shoulder (basal cell carcinoma). He removed it, and
after that I found some research which showed that hypothyroid patients
develop tumors..... Gee thanks. So I spend 5 years with untreated
hypothyroidism and now I'm dealing with skin cancer.
In October, I wasn't sleeping as much and my skin wasn't cracked open
as much. My hair was falling out a little less; I had to clean the
drain only once per shower instead of twice. However, I started hurting
severely all over my entire body. Every cell just ached horribly. And
began to develop some new symptoms I had never had before. My tongue
thickened and unwieldy; it was hard to control. I couldn't form the words
had in my head and I was biting my tongue and cheeks a lot. I would
one word and say something else. I also developed bad "brain fog;" my
was cloudy and I just simply couldn't think straight anymore.
By November, we did another blood draw and my TSH was down to 0.3. My
husband had done further research and found a scientific study in a
journal in which they gave some patients just synthroid while others
given synthroid plus oral T3. The patients on oral T3 felt better, did
better on tests, and had less depression. The conclusions of the study
that it is clear the body needs the T3 which is produced directly by the
thyroid gland so patients who had non-functioning glands and are taking
oral T4 are not getting what they need; they need oral T3 in addition to
oral T4 to make up for the T3 they are not getting from their glands.
But the doctor had given me an endocrinology referral so I simply bided
time until my appt on 7 Dec. We were sure that I'd finally get the care
needed; this endocrinologist I was to see was a woman so she'd understand
woman's body well (and thyroid disease is far more common to women than
I went to my endo appt with great anticipation. I walked in with my skin
thick and scaly I looked like an alligator. It was cracked open and
bleeding; I left blood smears on the paperwork and the exam table. My
was coarse and scaly too. My hair was falling out everywhere. I hurt
bad from head to toe that I could barely walk. My tongue was thick and
unresponsive. I was exhausted, couldn't think straight and having
difficulty forming words. I had gained another 5 pounds since August so
my weight was 222. I was depressed and moody and felt like I wanted to
She checked my reflexes and they were non-existent. But that was it.
looked no further at me at all; she ignored my skin and scalp and aching
joints. Instead, she looked in my records and saw my old lab report
Sept (a 3-month-old report) and said "Oh, a TSH of 2.6. Well then you
fine." I said I sure didn't FEEL fine. I told her I was still
and had been for 2 solid years and she said "oh well these things take
time." I showed her my bleeding dry skin and she said "but it is cold
outside so that is normal!" even though HER skin wasn't thick and scaly
bleeding..... I told her I had gained weight all year long while taking
synthroid and she said "oh well." She then informed me that she didn't
to see me again in person for 6 months. She said that I could get
TSH test in Jan 01 and have it faxed to her office, and that from now on
there would be no reason for us to see one another; she would simply call
if she thought I needed anything. Then she wrote "Diagnosis:
on my chart and charged my insurance company $225 for it! Good grief; I
already knew I had Hashimoto's a year ago!
For Christmas we went to visit my family. But my knees were so
painful I couldn't climb the stairs in my mom's or my sister's homes.
dear sister ran up the stairs for me whenever I needed anything. I felt
awful and helpless. I was so depressed that I spent one whole day
By Jan 01, I was really depressed and frustrated. My hair was coming out
drainsful per shower. The acne was starting up again all along my
I ached severely all over. I was exhausted--I'd sleep all day if you
me. I had terrible difficulty thinking and speaking. My skin was still
cracked and bleeding from dryness. The "dandruff" was getting even
And now something new: I was starting to get really cold all the time.
was badly constipated. Then the menstrual irregularities began to
and I got another urinary tract infection.
On 17 January, I saw a new doctor. I described my symptoms and he said
need T3." He immediately switched me off of synthroid (pure T4) onto
natural thyroid. Armour contains T0, T1, T2, T3, and T4 in the
which the healthy thyroid gland produces them. I was thrilled; it was
obvious that synthroid did not work for me and yet I had spent a year
suffering while the doctors forced me to take it. If I get a urinary
infection and the doctor gives me a medicine which does not cure it, does
just make me keep taking it? No, he switches me to a different
Well, I have thyroid disease and I spent a year taking a medication
clearly did not make me better (the more I took, the worse symptoms I
But no one would let me take a different thyroid preparation even though
there are at least a dozen to choose from.
So I began to take Armour in a very small dose because my doctor had
put anyone on armour before and did not know how much I would need. His
plan was to build me up slowly until my symptoms were fully alleviated.
When I started taking Armour, I immediately felt 100% better; the
cleared up by the second day! (the study we found showed that patients
oral T3 quit having depression; the brain is dependent upon serum T3; it
cannot convert T4 into T3). The doctor has continued to increase my
slightly, looking for the right amount for me.
I now feel better than I have felt in 6 years and WAY better than I ever
felt on synthroid. My skin is nearly normal; it is thin and pliable
of thickened and scaly and cracked. It's still a little dry though. I
a couple other mild symptoms but mostly I feel normal much of the time.
doctor will be increasing my dose another notch next week so we can
alleviate the last of these symptoms. In addition, I have discovered
through my own experience and that of other thyroid patients I know that
woman's body demands more thyroid hormone during the menstrual cycle.
I go into that cycle, my hair falls out more (as well as numerous other
symptoms). Now, it is NOT normal for your hair to fall out just because
are menstruating! Clearly my body demands more at that time of month. I
asking my doctor to give me a prescription for extra Armour to take at
Another time your body demands more hormone is when you face stress. But
you have a non-functioning gland, you are dependent upon your doctor to
you more if you are in hard times.
That is my story and I think it raises important questions. First of
why was I not given treatment beginning in 1995? The bloodwork clearly
showed I had abnormal thyroid conditions. My TSH was a full point above
reference range and my T3 uptake index was well below the reference
Not only that, but my sister was a hypothyroid patient, and family
of thyroid disease is a well-known risk factor. However in our research
have learned that many doctors regard hypothyroidism during a pregnancy
nursing to be "transient" and not warranting treatment. Well how do
KNOW it is transient? How many months or years or decades must a woman
before they decide it isn't going to go away? And look at what happens
her during that time; she is gaining weight and her cholesterol levels
skyrocketing (so she is building up her arteries nicely), plus she is
working on hypoglycemia (untreated hypothyroidism results in diabetes
heart disease, among other nasty things).
In addition, our research has shown us that women who develop postpartum
hypothyroidism are much more likely to develop the lifelong autoimmune
disease than women who do not develop postpartum hypothyroidism. So
obviously, the fact that I clearly had the postpartum disease indicates
my doctors should have been checking my thyroid levels every few months,
especially when I was pregnant and nursing my next two babies over the
5 years. But they didn't.
I believe ALL pregnant and nursing women should be screened for thyroid
disease. Why? Because I just read research in which they showed babies
nursed by hypothyroid mothers suffer from hypothyrodism in the first few
months. Why? Because the only hormone a nursing mother passes to her
in her breast milk is the thyroid hormone (which is why so many women
hypothyroid while nursing). A baby who isn't getting enough will be
and sleep too much, plus has a lower IQ (this is from a double-blind
in which they tested the IQs of 5-6-yr-olds they had followed since
and the thryoid condition of the mothers). Well, I am mad. My last
was born weighing 9#3oz and yet never grew much, so by the time she was
months old, people in the grocery store were asking me if she was a
She also would often sleep up to 17 hours straight. And I was so sick
hypothyroid symptoms during those months I nursed her..... In addition,
first baby's eyes were so sensitive to sunlight that we could hardly
him outside. This light sensitivity is a hypothyroid symptom.... I am
angry! What kind of long-term damage has been done to my children by
doctor's failure to treat my condition?
So the doctors clearly have no idea which hypothyroidism is "transient"
which is going to stay with you for life. My doctor who brushed me off
Jan 95 should have checked my blood for Hashimoto's. Not only do women
postpartum thyroid disease often go on to develop permanent
but their babies may be permanently damaged by their deficiency.
Another question this raises is the training of our doctors in thyroid
disease. They are taught that the TSH test should be used alone.
Unfortunately, this doesn't work. Synthroid (the most commonly
thyroid preparation--95% of patients take it) will lower TSH rapidly even
the body does not convert the synthroid into a useable form. So the
has tons of synthroid (T4) coursing through her bloodstream and thus has
healthy low TSH level--and is dying from hypothyroidism because her body
unable to use her medication. Doctors should be measuring patients' T3
Another thing: we found a scientific study which shows that people also
need the T2 that a healthy thyroid gland produces! This study showed
some cells use T2 to produce the enzyme which converts T4 into a useable
form. So if you give a patient only T4, not all of her cells will be
to use it. Sure, SOME of her cells will be ok and will convert that T4
over, but she must have T2 for total health.
Another problem we thyroid patients are having: doctors rely too much
the labwork. Doctors have been treating thyroid disease for more than
years. Before we had labwork, they would examine the patient and her
symptoms and then give her dessicated thyroid tablets , increasing the
dosage until she felt good (by the way, Armour thyroid is dessicated
thyroid). However, with the advent of these thyroid lab tests, doctors
ignoring a patient's symptoms and looking only at her labwork. I hold
that endocrinologist I saw last Dec as a prime example of this: she
my horrific symptoms, looked at an out-of-date lab test, proclaimed it
"normal" and told me not to come back for 6 months. When I pointed out
her that the labwork was old, she said "Ok, have them draw another and
it to me but I don't need to see you; we'll just handle your case over
phone." In other words, she had no interest in my symptoms or how I
She was interested only in my labwork.
I have had 6 different doctors look only at my labs and ignore my
Or they try to blame my symptoms on lupus or arthritis or anything else
can dream up even though every one of my problems is clearly a thyroid
deficiency--all because my TSH test came back in "normal" ranges.
have refused to do T3 tests so how they heck do they know if my body is
using the medication at the cellular level? They don't! I was also
that I will ALWAYS feel yucky because I have an incurable disease so I
to just live with it. Well, guess what? I changed doctors and found
someone who would switch me over to Armour (which contains ALL the
my gland would make if it could). And you know what? I no longer have
those horrific problems that the other doctors said I would just have to
learn to live with.
Another problem that we seem to have is this: those "normal" ranges.
of all, the TSH "normal" range is typically 0.5 to 5. For many doctors,
once they get you into that range they quit treating you no matter how
your symptoms are. Well, the American Association of Clinical
Endocrinologists recently announced that they think a TSH above 3 is a
matter of concern.
The second thing to consider about these "normal" ranges is that what
good for Janey may feel awful to Susie. These doctors are working from
standpoint that once your blood test comes back showing that your TSH,
and T4 numbers are falling anywhere within the reference range, you are
Well guess what? Perhaps Janey feels really good when her T3 levels are
1.98, but Susie feels as though she is dying. Susie needs her personal
levels to be at 2.9 before she is healthy and functioning normally.
reference ranges should not be used as a treatment protocol! They are
simply to give the doctor a rough idea of why you might not be feeling
If you feel horrible and are depressed and your brain is in a fog and
tongue isn't working and your T3 levels are right at the very bottom
of the reference range, the doctor should NOT look at the lab test and
"Oh gee Susie, that is still within the normal parameters so go home and
deal with it." No, he should look at that lab test and say "gee whiz
No wonder you feel so bad! Your T3 levels are at the rock bottom edge
our reference range! Obviously you need more T3 and would probably do
better if YOUR T3 levels were higher."
You see, those reference ranges don't mean that an individual will feel
wonderful any time her bloodwork shows that she is anywhere within that
range. Those reference ranges mean that some people have good health at
lower end of the range while others have good health at the higher end
the range and so typically your average person is going to fall somewhere
between these two numbers. Once the doctor draws the blood he must then
on to judge that patient as an individual; if she is somewhere within
range it doesn't mean she is cured. It just means that she is getting
closer to the serum level which will make her feel her best.
There is also a belief among today's doctors that a person with thyroid
disease is meant to always have unalleviated symptoms of her disease.
Doctors did not use to believe that. 50 years ago when they gave
dessicated thyroid, doses based solely on how the patient felt, doctors
so happy to see the patients feeling good again with all their symptoms
cleared up (I own some medical textbooks from back then and that is what
they say in the sections on thyroid disease). But today, doctors ignore
patients' symptoms and rely strictly on bloodwork. They quit helping
patient as soon as her bloodwork falls somewhere in the "normal" range
matter how bad she feels.
In addition, today's crop of doctors have been told to treat patients
with Synthroid rather than with natural thyroid. For 30 years now,
have been taking pure T4, their bodies deprived of the other 4 thyroid
hormones a healthy gland makes. These people then go on to live with
hypothyroid symptoms for the rest of their lives because they are lacking
T0, T1, T2, and T3. So it has become a part of our medical lore that
"thyroid patients never feel good!" When really it does not have to be
way. I am proof; I am now taking a preparation which contains all 5
hormones my body would make if it could, and my symptoms are going away!
I unusual? No, before the invention and marketing of Synthroid, all
were given those 5 hormones and they felt great.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia are two diseases which are
Funnily enough, they came onto the scene right after Synthroid and the
test went into widespread use. Most people with fibromyalgia and CFS
hypothyroidism. Joint aches and fatigue are two of the most common
hypothyroid symptoms. A few doctors are now examining this situation
have CURED their patients' fibromyalgia and CFS by administering T3.
forget that since the invention of the TSH test, doctors are giving the
patients just enough medication to lower TSH to less than 5, leaving
undertreated. And remember, T3 is not present in Synthroid.... The
combination of these two truths is what has created the diseases
fibromyalgia and CFS.
Your show reaches so many people. Hypothyroidism is a deadly disease.
will kill you. It must be treated. Yet millions of women are
Millions of others have been brushed off, the way I was in 1995 just
I'd had a baby. Millions of others have had TSH tests showing a 3.5 or 4
4.5 and were sent home with the words "Oh, that's normal so there's
wrong with you." Millions of others are taking synthroid and are being
on anti-depressants because their bodies are deprived of T3, even though
scientific research has shown that T3 will cure their depression. And
millions of others are living half-lives; they are being treated for
hypothyroidism but they are being given just barely enough medication to
keep them alive--but not enough to alleviate their symptoms. What's
with that, you ask? This is not just a quality of life issue. It's not
just about wishing your hair would quit falling out. Hypothyroidism
in heart disease, diabetes, Carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis,
fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, PMS, infertility, dangerously
cholesterol, severe depression (including suicidal thoughts), obesity,
failure, stroke, and death. So you see, this is a life-or-death matter.
Patients who are being treated for thyroid disease but who still have
symptoms are UNDERtreated. Their cholesterol levels are still building
their blood is clotting too easily, their pancreases do not work
etc. You see, it's not just about whether my hair and skin looks good.
Undertreated hypothyroidism is ravaging my insides too. My organs and
glands--every cell in my body--is crying out for the correct hormones
proper levels. I am at risk for an early death.
And it's criminal. It doesn't have to be this way. The doctors of the
didn't treat their patients like this! There is no reason at all not to
give me the proper levels of thyroid hormones. If I still have
change my medication until we get it right! But that's not what's
in our medical system today. No, our doctors are just reading a lab
ignoring physical symptoms and relying strictly on a single blood test
which several doctors are now suggesting has no basis at all in clinical
reality. My endocrinologist is the poster child for this one, folks!
even said she'd treat me over the phone based on whatever lab results
faxed over to her!
So, should we just be left half-alive, our bodies slowly dying from
deficiency, leaving us with diabetes and heart disease? Or should our
doctors look past the bloodwork and recognise that we are all
We each have a thyroid level which is right for us personally, and what
right for me is not necessarily what is right for you.
And that goes for medication too. When synthroid doesn't work, perhaps
doctor should quit blaming the patient and instead change her
What a concept.
I think you should do a show on this topic. You could save millions of
Thanks for your time.
PS All of those symptoms I described to you that I have experienced
the years are classic hypothyroid symptoms, including the anemia.... I
didn't know that at the time, but have learned about it since then in my
research over the last year."