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Thyroid Disease Basics, Starting Point, Thyroid 101, Introductory Info

Your starting point for basic and introductory information on thyroid disease, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, goiter, nodules, thyroid cancer, diagnosis, and thyroid treatment. The information has been assembled by thyroid patient advocate Mary Shomon.
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Why Every Thyroid Patient Does Not Need an Endocrinologist or Thyroidologist
A look at why every thyroid patient does not necessarily need an endocrinologist, thyroidologist, or thyroid specialist as a doctor.

Five Reasons Your Poor Thyroid Health Could Be Your Fault
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20 Signs That You're a Thyroid Patient
20 signs that you are a thyroid patient - a look at the different things that are characteristic of someone with a thyroid condition.

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.

10 Things to Know About Thyroid Disease and Fatigue
There are a number of important things to know about the key connection between fatigue and thyroid conditions, and ten of the most important ones are outlined here.

When Patients Won't Take Their Thyroid Medication
People who have thyroid conditions -- including hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism / Hashimoto's and Graves' disease -- sometimes choose to not take their prescription medications for various reasons. Patient advocate Mary Shomon looks at some of the common reasons, along with the health implications that go along with failing to take prescribed thyroid medications.

5 Ways to Get The Best Thyroid and Health Information
5 ways to use the Internet - whether by computer or smartphone -- to get health and thyroid information.

10 Creative Ways to Remember to Take Your Thyroid Pill
Remembering to take your thyroid medications and pills is one of the most essential things you can do as a patient, to ensure that you get the best results from your treatment. But sometimes, it can be hard to remember to take your medication as prescribed. Here are 10 creative ways to help you remember to take your thyroid medications.

10 Things to Know About Thyroid Disease, Foods and Drinks
For people with thyroid disease -- whether hypothyroid (underactive thyroid) or hyperthyroid (overactive thyroid), Hashimoto's disease or Graves' disease, or other conditions, there are some important things to know about foods and drinks, and their interaction with your health and medications. Here are ten things to know about thyroid...

Thyroid Disease and the Internet
A look at the many resources available via the Internet to inform and support thyroid patients.

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.

Top 10 Signs That You May Have a Thyroid Problem
As many as 59 million Americans have thyroid problems, and the majority are not yet diagnosed. Do you have undiagnosed hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or other thyroid condition? The top 10 signs that you may have a thyroid problem are summarized in this article, including muscle and joint pain, neck enlargement and discomfort, hair loss, skin...

A Look at the January 2014 Thyroid Awareness Month Campaign
A look at the pros and cons of the 2014 Thyroid Awareness Month campaign sponsored by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists,

20 Secrets of Successful Thyroid Patients
20 Secrets of successful thyroid patients, featuring ideas and information on things patients can do to feel their best, from Mary Shomon, Thyroid Guide, patient advocate and author of a number of books and guides on thyroid disease and autoimmune disease

Dear Doctor
Dear Doctor: A Letter Thyroid Patients Would Send to Doctors, Outlining Typical Complaints in the Patient-Doctor Relationship

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.

Challenges to Getting a Proper Hypothyroidism Diagnosis
A look at some of the common challenges patients face in getting a proper diagnosis of hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid.

Advice for New Thyroid Patients
Thyroid patients share the one piece of advice they wish they'd had when they were first diagnosed with a thyroid condition.

Why Are So Many People Getting Thyroid Disease?
A look at the causes and risk factors for thyroid disease, and the rates of increase.

How Did Your Thyroid Disease Get Diagnosed? Share Your Diagnosis Story -...
How Did Your Thyroid Disease Get Diagnosed? Thyroid patients share their own thyroid diagnosis accounts.

Optimum Time and Conditions for Thyroid Blood Tests
Does it matter what time you have your TSH test done, should you take your medication before testing, and and do you need to fast before thyroid tests, such as the 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...

Living Well With Thyroid Disease: Some Tips
A series of otips to help thyroid patients live well with hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and other thyroid conditions

Thyroid Patients: Dealing With Your Pharmacy and Pharmacists
One of the crucial players in any thyroid patient's overall path to wellness is the pharmacy. It's important that, as a savvy thyroid patient, you ensure that you have a good relationship with a reputable, reliable pharmacy. Here are a few pointers to help ensure that you are getting the most out of your pharmacy.

Your Children and the Risk of Thyroid Disease
A look at the risk factors children of thyroid patients face.

All About Goitrogens
A look at goitrogenic, cruciferous vegetables and other foods that can cause a goiter, slow down the thyroid, or cause hypothyroidism.

When Your Family Member or Friend Has Thyroid Disease:
Thyroid patients may wonder how to explain to family members or friends what they are going through? It's difficult to fully explain what's going on with a chronic disease that is, in many ways, "invisible" to everyone but the sufferer. But perhaps this Open Letter to Family and Friends of Thyroid Patients can be a conversation-starter, or help...

Why Are So Many People Getting Thyroid Disease?
A look at the causes and risk factors for thyroid disease, and the rates of increase.

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.

What is Causing Thyroid Disease
Thyroid patients share their ideas about the causes of thyroid disease

Thyroid Testing: What Is a Normal TSH Level?
At most laboratories in the U.S., the "normal" TSH range still runs from approximately 5. to 5.0. But the concept of the normal reference range is still a raging controversy, and recommendations to narrow the range made several years ago are still being resisted. How many people are actually hypothyroid, if the recommended narrower range were...

Deciding on Practitioners for Your Thyroid Care
There are times when thyroid patients need to see an endocrinologist, or a specialist thyroid surgeon, and other times when a holistic or integrative physician may be a good choice. Learn more about some guidelines to help decide on a particular type of practitioner for thyroid care.

The Thyroid TSH Reference Range Battle: Are Your Doctors, Labs and...
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...

What Important Life Lessons Have You Learned by Having a Thyr…
As thyroid patients, we can get so wrapped up in the day-to-day details -- what medicine to take, when and how to take it, shortages or recalls of this or that drug, finding a doctor, surgery, side effects, coping with specific symptoms -- that we don't often step back and take a look at the bigger picture. Living with a chronic disease affects on our lives -- both positively and negatively -- an…

5 Lies About Your Thyroid Disease That You're Likely to Hear
5 Lies About Your Thyroid You're Likely to Hear talks about some of the myths and misunderstandings about thyroid disease that are perpetuated by practitioners, and helps correct them with information for patients, from patient advocate Mary Shomon.

Top Stories Affecting Thyroid Patients from 2000-2009
A look at the top ten stories affecting thyroid patients from 2000 to 2009, including the thyroid patient empowerment movement, celebrities going public with thyroid problems, the rise of natural thyroid, the shortage of natural desiccated thyroid, books and websites about thyroid disease, increased rate of thyroid disease, autoimmunity in the news, environmental factors, the ongoing battle over …

Riedel's Thyroiditis: What Patients Need to Know
Among the category of types of thyroiditis -- thyroid inflammation -- is a form known as Riedel's Thyroiditis, fibrous thyroiditis, and invasive thyroiditis. This article looks at signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of this form of thyroiditis.

Acute Infectious Thyroiditis: What Patients Need to Know
Among the category of painful types of thyroiditis -- inflammation of the thyroid -- is a form known as acute infectious thyroiditis. This article looks at the signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of acute infectious thyroiditis.

Painless Thyroiditis: What Patients Need to Know
Among the category of painless types of thyroiditis -- thyroid inflammation -- is a form known as painless, silent or subacute lymphocytic thyroiditis. This article looks at signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of this form of thyroiditis.

Understanding Thyroiditis
The term thyroiditis refers generally to any disorder that involves inflammation of the thyroid. The following articles explore a variety of different forms of thyroiditis.

Subacute Granulomatous Thyroiditis: What Patients Need to Know
Among the category of painful types of thyroiditis -- thyroid inflammation -- is a form known as subacute granulomatous thyroiditis. It also is known as subacute nonsuppurative thyroiditis, de Quervain's thyroiditis, or painful subacute thyroiditis. This article looks at signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of this form of thyroiditis.

You Know You're a Thyroid Geek When - Thyroid Patients Share What Makes Them...
How do you know if you're a thyroid geek -- a thyroid patient who is knowledgeable, empowered, informed, savvy, and totally absorbed in thyroid information and details? Share you own signs and evidence that you are a thyroid geek.

How Do You Get Through The Tough Times With a Chronic Illness? Advice…
Sometimes patients have tried everything to live and feel well but nothing is working. Not the doctor, the thyroid medication, herbs, or exercise programs. No matter what the patient is doing, he or she is still feeling tired, depressed, or struggling with symptoms like weight gain and hair loss. What do thyroid patients do when they feel tired, frustrated, and like nothing is going to work? Shar…

Avoiding Pitfalls in Thyroid Diagnosis and Treatment
Experts claim that not only are thyroid problems easy to diagnose, but treating hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism -- conditions where the thyroid gland is underactive or overactive -- is also easy to treat. The truth is that the treatment can be fraught with pitfalls, obstacles that can interfere with your ability to live well. Take a look at many of these thyroid treatment pitfalls, including calcium, iron, weight gain, udertreatment, hair loss, and more.

Risk Factors for Thyroid Disease
A look at the factors that increase the risk of developing thyroid disease or thyroid conditions.

Thyroid Disease: What Newly Diagnosed Thyroid Patients Want to Know From Doctors
Thyroid patients from the About.com Thyroid Forum share their wise and wonderful advice and ideas about an important question: What is the one thing you wish your doctor had told you when you were first diagnosed with a thyroid condition?

Thyroid Diet and Weight Loss Center, Thyroid Quizzes, Other Helpful Tools
Help for thyroid patients who want to lose weight is available int he Thyroid Diet and Weight Loss Center. Readers who want to explore thyroid conditions and find out more can take these informative self-tests and self-scoring interactive quizzes on everything from thyroid and weight gain, to thyroid drugs.

I'm Tired, I'm Frustrated, and I GIVE UP!
What do you do when you feel like you've tried everything, done everything, and you STILL don't feel well?

How to Check Your Neck for Early Detection of Thyroid Disease
Millions of Americans have undiagnosed thyroid problems. To help with early detection, you can perform a simple self-exam. Checking your neck can in some cases help you find lumps or enlargements in the neck that may point to thyroid conditions, including nodules, goiter and thyroid cancer. Here is how to do a thyroid neck check.

10 Ways Thyroid Patients Can Feel Better in 2006
A look at 10 things that thyroid patients can do to feel better in the coming year.

What to Do When You Don't Have a Thyroid Gland
Information for people who don't have a thyroid gland, due to congenital hypothyroidism or surgery, as well as other causes of hypothyroidism, from Thyroid Guide and patient advocate Mary Shomon, author of Living Well With Hypothyroidism.

Goiter (Goitre)
Goiter is a non-cancerous enlargement of the thyroid gland. The enlargement may be visible, especially as a swelling in the front of the neck. Goiter can result from iodine deficiency, a viral or bacterial inflammation of the thyroid, autoimmune thyroid disease, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism,or nodules, among other causes. Also called struma.

10 Things You Can Do to Prevent A Thyroid Condition
A look at various things you can do to and supplements you can take to help prevent development of a thyroid condition, from patient advocate Mary Shomon.

Quiz: Could You Have a Thyroid Problem?
This quiz walks you through some of these most common thyroid risk factors and the frequently seen symptoms of thyroid disease.

The Thyroid Top Doc Directory

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.

Best and Worst Holiday Gift Ideas for Thyroid Patients - gift suggestions...
If you are a thyroid patient, what holiday gift would be the perfect fit just for you? What special gift would be just right for you to find under the tree at Christmas, or during Hannukah? Or, as a thyroid patient, have you ever received a really bad gift, and feel a need to share your story so someone else doesn't make the same gift-giving...

10 Ways to be a Smart Thyroid Patient
Part of getting well and living well is taking charge of your health. Here are ten ways that you can be a smart thyroid patient, and maximize your own efforts to live well.

Thyroid 101 / Basics Page -- Subjects, Forums, Articles
A handy page that links to dozens of specific thyroid-related subjects, a site map, various get-started and Thyroid 101 articles, as well as a link to the entire listing of hundreds of articles written by Thyroid Guide Mary Shomon since 1997.

How to Lose Weight With Hypothyroidism
Step-by-step guidelines on how to lose weight with hypothyroidism.

How To Take Your Thyroid Medication
Step-by-step guidelines on how to take your thyroid medication.

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
Step-by-step guidelines on how to tell if you are hypothyroid.

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

How to Prevent Thyroid Disease
Step-by-step guidelines on how to prevent thyroid disease.

How to Find a Top Thyroid Doctor
Step-by-step guidelines on how to find a top thyroid doctor.

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

How to Reverse Thyroid-Related Infertility
Step-by-step guidelines on how to reverse thyroid-related infertility.

Could You Have Thyroid Disease? Don't Explain Away Symptoms!
Do you have weight changes, fatigue, depression, and other symptoms, but figure it's normal for your age, gender, lifestyle, or hormonal situation? Don't explain away your symptoms until you read this article -- it could save your life.

How to Start a Thyroid Support Group
Step-by-step guidelines on how to start a thyroid support group.

Thyroid Newsletters for Patients
Informative free and subscription newsletters and reports offering information on thyroid disease for patients and practitioners.

Help, I'm Hypothyroid and I Still Don't Feel Well
When you've already been diagnosed and are being treated with thyroid hormone replacement drugs but you still don't feel well, there are many things you can do to feel well.

Thyroid Drug Database
A complete database feauturing information on thyroid hormone replacement drugs, antithyroid drugs, manufacturers and their contact information -- including Synthroid, Thyrolar, Armour, Cytomel, Tapazole, PTU, Thyrogen, and other brands of thyroid drugs.

15 Reasons Why Your TSH May Be Fluctuating
If your TSH levels are changing from lab test to lab test, do you know why? Discover 15 different reasons behind changing TSH levels, including some things you may be taking or eating every day that can substantially impact your thyroid and health.

Are You an Empowered Patient...or a Pain in the Neck?
Are You an Empowered Patient...or a Pain in the Neck? Can you carry being an empowered patient too far? Instead of an empowered patient, are you actually a pain in the neck? Thyroid guide Mary Shomon asks, are you making common mistakes that can sabotage your efforts to get great health care?

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.

How to Start Your Own Community Thyroid Support Group
Thyroid patients with limited or no Internet access need support systems. This article talks about the steps involved in a thyroid patient starting a community or local thyroid support group.

Six Things You Should Do Every Time You Get a Prescription Filled
Here are six things you should do every time you get a prescription for any medication filled at your pharmacy.

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

The Shortage of Endocrinologists and Its Impact on Thyroid Patients
A look at the shortage of endocrinologists in the United States, and its impact and effect on diagnosis, treatment and care of thyroid patients.

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