5 Thyroid Disease Mysteries Discussed

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There are a number of issues that can mystify even the most educated thyroid patient. So, let's take a look at how you can potentially solve some of these common thyroid medical mysteries.

You Get More Than Your Share of Yeast Infections

Yeast infections, like Candidiasis (also known as yeast overgrowth) are more common when you have a thyroid disorder. You could have such uncomfortable and frustrating symptoms as vaginal itching and discharge, bloating, difficulty losing weight, fatigue, brain fog, and irritable bowel. A compassionate doctor coupled with your own proactive research can help you work through these symptoms and regain your health.

Your Doctor Refuses to Prescribe Armour Thyroid

If your doctor refuses to prescribe Armour and instead insists on another drug (perhaps Synthroid), you are in the same situation faced by many other patients. Take action—confront your physician with informed research. There are many resources available to help facilitate this discussion.

You Are Still Tired Even After Treatment

You're being treated for thyroid disease and your doctor says you're receiving sufficient treatment. But, you're still tired, maybe even downright exhausted.

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? There could be other reasons for the lethargy. Get the answers you need to revive your flagging energy.

You're Having Heart Palpitations

It can be frightening and debilitating when you have palpitations. Having a heart palpitation can even lead you to panic.

When your thyroid gland produces too much thyroid stimulating hormone, or TSH, as it does with hyperthyroidism, or too little TSH, as with hypothyroidism, you could experience symptoms like a slow or fast heart rate or palpitations, among others. Educate and prepare yourself on the thyroid-palpitation connection and what you can do to calm down this symptom.

If you are having cardiac symptoms, it is important to check with your doctor to be sure your thyroid medication is optimized for your unique physiology.

You Have Normal TSH Levels but Elevated Antibodies

Thyroid blood tests show you have normal levels of TSH, but your test also shows you have thyroid antibodies. Your doctor adopts a "wait-and-see" outlook, but should you question that?

When you have elevated thyroid antibodies, it means your immune system is beginning to attack your thyroid gland. While you may not yet have significant symptoms, you might have noticed early markers of Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder that will eventually lead your thyroid gland to produce less TSH than you need to stay healthy.

Researchers have found that the use of preventative thyroid hormone replacement medication in patients who test positive for Hashimoto's antibodies but who have a normal TSH may slow or even prevent full-blown Hashimoto's hypothyroidism. In their study, patients who were treated with medication over 15 months had less thyroid inflammation than those who just waited to see what would happen.

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