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Get Tested for Thyroid Disease and Properly Diagnosed

There are a number of tests for thyroid conditions, including blood tests, x-ray tests, imaging, biopsies, and more. Thyroid patient advocate Mary Shomon will help you learn more about how doctors test your thyroid, and how they use this information to diagnose your thyroid condition.

Top Thyroid Signs and Symptoms - Hypothyroidism Symptoms, Hyperthyroidism,...
Most of the typical lists of signs and symptoms of a thyroid problem focus on weight changes, fatigue, depression, and neck/throat symptoms. But what were the signs and symptoms that you experienced that made you suspect something was wrong...that your thyroid might be involved? What were your top signs that you had a thyroid problem?

Thyroid Disease Symptoms -- Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism
A look at thyroid disease symptoms, including symptoms of hypothyroidism -- an underactive or slow thyroid -- and hyperthyroidism -- an overactive thyroid -- as well as Hashimoto's, Graves' disease, thyroid cancer, nodules, goiter, and more.

Help! I'm a Thyroid Patient Who Can't Lose Weight!
If you're a thyroid patient who is trying to lose weight -- or avoid gaining weight - here are some key first steps to take in dealing with your thyroid, metabolism, and diet.

Heterophile Antibodies Can Cause False Positives on Some Thyroid Tests
Heterophile antibodies can cause falsely elevated TSH thyroid test results, which can result in overdosage or medication-inducted hyperthyroidism in some thyroid patients.

Stop Making These 9 Thyroid Mistakes
Are you a thyroid patient making one of these 9 common mistakes that can interfere with your treatment, health, and quality of life?

Diagnosis of Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism
Diagnosing Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism typically requires clinical examination, various blood tests and imaging tests. This article looks at the various blood and imaging tests, clinical signs, and other factors that point to a diagnosis of Graves' disease and/or hyperthyroidism.

An Open Letter to Brooke Burke-Charvet And all Newly Diagnosed Thyroid Patients
An open letter to Dancing with the Stars' host Brooke Burke-Charvet, who has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

A Q&A With British Thyroid Advocate and Hypoman Blogger, Robert Chapman
An in-person Q&A interview with British blogger and thyroid patient advocate, Robert Chapman, who runs the blog HypoMan.

Losing Weight with Hypothyroidism
An Overview of Losing Weight with Hypothyroidism, from Mary Shomon, Thyroid Guide, patient advocate and author of New York Times best-selling book The Thyroid Diet, and the updated Thyroid Diet Revolution, as well as other books and guides on thyroid disease, autoimmune disease, hormones and weight loss.

2012 Hypothyroidism Guidelines Published
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and the American Thyroid Association (ATA) convened a task force on hypothyroidism in adults. The result was jointly published in 2012 in the journals Thyroid and Endocrine Practice, titled, Clinical Practice Guidelines for Hypothyroidism in Adults.

How To Get Your Thyroid Lab Tests Done More Quickly and Accurately
Some tips on how to go to a laboratory for thyroid and other blood tests, and have the process go more quickly, and be more accurate.

Winterize Your Thyroid
It's that time of year when much of the country is up to its neck in freezing cold weather, and pockets of snow, ice, and cold have taken hold all around the nation. Surviving the cold weather season means it's time to pay attention to some tips that can help you "winterize" your thyroid, and enjoy better health during these colder months.

Optimum Time and Conditions for Thyroid Blood Tests
Does it matter what time you have your TSH test done, and do you need to fast before a TSH test? Mary Shomon takes a look at some research findings that help explore the questions of what time you should have thyroid tests, and whether you should be fasting before your thyroid tests.

2012 Hypothyroidism Guidelines Cause Controversy
The 2012 Clinical Practice Guidelines for Hypothyroidism in Adults, produced by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists AACE and the American Thyroid Association ATA, are controversial for some thyroid patients and practitioners.

When Your Thyroid Levels Are Fluctuating
One of the more common questions of patients taking thyroid hormone replacement and antithyroid medications is why, every time they have blood tests done, their thyroid levels are fluctuating, often dramatically. Most often, the changes are seen in thyroid stimulating hormone TSH, T4 thyroxine, and T3 triiodothyronine. What could account for...

Why Do Experts Disagree on Thyroid Screening?
A look at why there is such disagreement over the value and benefit of general screening for thyroid disease.

The Five Most Harmful Thyroid Myths
A look at five enduring, but potentially harmful, myths about thyroid disease, with thyroid expert Richard Shames, MD.

The Two Thyroid Camps: An Editorial
A look at the two camps in thyroid disease today -- the conventional, Easy to Diagnose, Easy to Treat approach of endocrinology, and the One Size Doesn't Fit All approach of integrative and holistic practitioners.

Baywatch Star and Thyroid Patient Advocate Gena Lee Nolin
A Question and Answer Session with Baywatch Star and Thyroid Patient Advocate Gena Lee Nolin

The 10 Things a Thyroid Patient Should Never Do
If you have a thyroid condition, you'll want to do everything you can to take good care of yourself, and do whatever possible to stay healthy, and on top of your condition. We often hear about the things that we should do, but here are ten things a thyroid patient should never do.

The Controversy Over Thyroid Screening for All Pregnant Women
A look at the controversy over thyroid screening of pregnant women, based on the Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association for the Diagnosis and Management of Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy and Postpartum.

Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy and Postpartum
A look at the 2011 Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association for the Diagnosis and Management of Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy and Postpartum

The Thyroid TSH Reference Range Battle: Are Your Doctors, Labs and Pr…
Is your doctor, health care practitioner and/or testing laboratory using the older, outdated reference range for the thyroid stimulating hormone -- TSH -- test, or the narrower range recommended since since 2003? For six years, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists has recommended that the so-called normal or reference range for...

A Labs Normal Thyroid Levels May Be Abnormal for You
Individuals have different variations of thyroid function, around unique levels - or what they referred to as thyroid set points.

Afirma Thyroid Analysis May Help Patients Avoid Unnecessary Thyroid Surgery
The Afirma Thyroid Analysis from Veracyte is a new testing process that can eliminate inconclusive or indeterminate results on thyroid nodules, and may help patients avoid unnecessary thyroid surgery.

Thyroid Blood Tests
Diagnosing thyroid disease is a process that can incorporate numerous factors, including clinical evaluation, blood tests, imaging tests, biopsies and other tests. In this article, youll learn more about the blood tests that are used as part of thyroid disease diagnosis and management.

Thyroid Self-Tests / Ordering Your Own Tests
Some patients need to be highly involved in their thyroid diagnosis and care, which is where self-tests and the ability to order your own tests can be critical tools for an empowered patient. The following is a look at some of the self-testing options for thyroid patients, including ZRT, Diagnos-Techs, Biosafe, and other tests.

Does Your Doctor Know About the New TSH Lab Standards?
A look at the changes to the thyroid test normal range recommended in 2002.

Dear Doctors: A Letter From Your Former Patient
Thyroid patient Cindi S. wrote this letter to patient advocate Mary Shomon to help resolve the frustration she had after years of misdiagnosis by numerous doctors. Now, looking back after finally getting the diagnosis she needed, she shares her thoughts from the patient perspective.

Unconventional Tests and Procedures to Diagnose Thyroid Disease
Practitioners sometimes use other diagnostic procedures and tests to identify thyroid dysfunction. The use of these tests is considered controversial to many mainstream practitioners. Some of these tests are, however, well-accepted and in use among alternative, integrative and holistic physicians.

Thyroid Testing and Diagnosis
Diagnosing thyroid disease is a process that can incorporate numerous factors, including clinical evaluation, blood tests, imaging tests, biopsies and other tests. This article provides an overview of the various diagnostic tests, evaluations and procedures that are used to identify and diagnose thyroid disease and conditions.

Thyroid Imaging Tests
Diagnosing thyroid disease is a process that can incorporate numerous factors, including clinical evaluation, blood tests, imaging tests, biopsies, and other tests. In this article, youll learn more about the imaging tests that are used as part of thyroid disease diagnosis and management.

Clinical Evaluation for Thyroid Disease
Diagnosing thyroid disease is a process that can incorporate numerous factors, including clinical evaluation, blood tests, imaging tests, biopsies, and other tests. Here, the thyroid-specific aspects of a clinical examination for thyroid disease are explored.

Thyroid Surgery and Fine Needle Biopsy / Aspiration / FNA - Thyroid Patients...
Thyroid patients share their personal experiences with thyroid surgery / thyroidectomy, as well as fine needle aspiration / FNA biopsies of the thyroid gland.

The TSH Normal Range: Why is There Still Controversy?
As of late 2006, the nation's endocrinologists are still divided regarding the TSH reference range, a controversy that has implications for thyroid patients. One of the nation's most prominent endocrinologists, Dr. Jeffrey Garber, talks to patient advocate Mary Shomon regarding his thoughts about the TSH controversy, what the normal range should be, and what it means for patients.

What is the Optimal TSH Level for Thyroid Patients?
What is the optimal TSH level for thyroid patients? Researchers have looked at the issue, and recommended a target level, especially for those who want to avoid heart disease risk factors. Mary Shomon explores the issue further.

Seniors on the Edge
Mary Shomon takes a look at a study published in October 2006 that looked at whether people over 65 with borderline thyroid problems are more likely to suffer have depression, anxiety, and problems with memory or thinking than people with normal thyroid function.

What is a Normal TSH?
Understanding the thyroid stimulating hormone -- TSH -- test, and what a normal result means, and how it's used to diagnose and manage hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

Saliva Testing for Thyroid Evaluation
Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames discuss the usefulness of saliva testing for hormonal evaluation of adrenal, thyroid and reproductive sex hormones.

The TSH Reference Range Wars: What's "Normal?", Who is Wrong, Who is ...
The ongoing controversy about what the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone -- TSH test -- levels are normal, and which are indicative of disease shows no signs of going away in late 2005. Experts have taken sides the battle, and the losers are the patients who don't get proper treatment. Explore this urgent controversy with Thyroid Guide Mary Shomon.

Thyroid Disease 101: The First Place to Start
Overview of information about thyroid disease, including diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, nodules, goiter, and thyroid cancer.

The Return of the TRH Stimulation Test: The Challenge Test That May Detect ...
The TRH Stimulation Test is a long-standing, highly sensitive test that measures the effectiveness of the thyroid in action, not just a static blood test. Dr. Raphael Kellman is hoping to revive interest in and use of this test to detect the millions of undiagnosed hypothyroid patients in America.

Routine Health Screenings: What Tests Should You Be Getting?
An overview of the routine health screening tests you should be regularly getting as part of good preventive medical care.

Thyroid Antibodies
A look at what it means to have thyroid antibodies, and whether or not this calls for treatment

7 Things You Probably Don't Know About Your Thyroid Condition
A look at some key facts about thyroid disease that many patients -- and their doctors -- don't know.

Thyroid Test Values Chart
Chart that helps you interpret TSH levels and other lab values and whether they point to hypothyroidism.

How To Interpret Your TSH Blood Test Results
Step-by-step guidelines on how to interpret your TSH blood test results.

How to Tell If You Are Hypothyroid
How to know if your test results point to hypothyroidism.

Thyroid Disease: One Size Does Not Fit All
A look at how the concept of thyroid disease, as well as diagnosis and treatment, is not a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all process.

10 Ways Thyroid Patients Can Feel Better
A look at 10 specific things that thyroid patients can do to feel better in the coming year, and help deal with hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and other thyroid conditions and their resulting symptoms.

Top Ten Signs That You Might Have a Thyroid Problem
More than 13 million Americans have an undiagnosed thyroid condition. Here are ten of the key risk factors and symptoms -- including changes in weight, hair, energy, mood, bowels, and fertility -- that may signal that you are one of those with this common yet frequently undiagnosed health condition.

Editorial: Natural Desiccated Thyroid -- A New Day for Thyroid Patients
A look at new research, reported on at the Endocrine Society meeting in June 2013, that found that natural desiccated thyroid drugs were a safe alternative to levothyroxine in treating hypothyroidism.

How to Do a Thyroid Self-Check
Step-by-step guidelines on how to perform a thyroid self-check.

Needle Phobia: No Ordinary Fear of Needles
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Thyroid Disease Symptoms and Risk Factors
A review of thyroid disease symptoms and risk factors, from thyroid guide and patient advocate Mary Shomon.

How to Tell If You Are Hyperthyroid
How to know if your test results point to hyperthyroidism.

How to Tell If You Are Hyperthyroid
Step-by-step guidelines on how to tell if you are hyperthyroid.

Thyroid Function Testing: Dealing with Interpretation Difficulties
Great article from the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine

Diagnosing Thyroid Conditions
Diagnosing Thyroid Conditions: In addition to a thyroid-specific clinical evaluation, thyroid conditions require specific tests and procedures to be diagnosed. The following article reviews the different criteria for diagnosis, including hypothyroidism, Hashimotos disease, hyperthyroidism, Graves disease, goiter, nodules, and thyroid cancer.

Tests Used to Examine the Thyroid
Describes all lab, x-ray tests and what they mean, from Endocrineweb.

Thyroid Patients: Why You May Need a Cash Practice Doctor
Thyroid patients may need to consider going out of their HMO or health insurance to see a cash practice doctor, in order to get better diagnosis and treatment.

Huffington Post Article Perpetuates Misinformation Re: Hypothyroidism
A May 2014 article in the Huffington Post by Dr. Richard Haber perpetuates misinformation about hypothyroidism diagnosis and treatment.

Understanding Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism - an underactive thyroid - is reviewed, including the causes, diagnosis, conventional and holistic treatment approaches.

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