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Dear Doctor: A Letter Thyroid Patients Would Send to Doctors, Outlining Typical Complaints in the Patient-Doctor Relationship
Five Reasons Your Poor Thyroid Health Could Be Your Fault
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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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your Children and the Risk of Thyroid Disease
A look at the risk factors children of thyroid patients face.
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.
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.
Living Well With Thyroid Disease: Some Tips
A series of otips to help thyroid patients live well with hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and other thyroid conditions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Why Are So Many People Getting Thyroid Disease?
A look at the causes and risk factors for thyroid disease, and the rates of increase.
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.
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...
All About Goitrogens
A look at goitrogenic, cruciferous vegetables and other foods that can cause a goiter, slow down the thyroid, or cause hypothyroidism.
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...
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 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...
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
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.
Why Are So Many People Getting Thyroid Disease?
A look at the causes and risk factors for thyroid disease, and the rates of increase.
What is Causing Thyroid Disease
Thyroid patients share their ideas about the causes of thyroid disease
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…
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…
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...
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.
Thyroid Newsletters for Patients
Informative free and subscription newsletters and reports offering information on thyroid disease for patients and practitioners.
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.
Why Low TSH means Less Medicine and Other Confusing Thyroid Issues
Why "Low TSH" means "Less Medicine" and Other Confusing Thyroid Issues
How to Start a Thyroid Support Group
Step-by-step guidelines on how to start a thyroid support group.
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.
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.
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.