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Ciara .. Patient Expert

San Francisco, California
I'm a person living with thyroid disease. I went 4 or 5 years being mis/undiagnosed until 2003. My blog Life With Hashi chronicles my daily struggle with the Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, weight loss efforts, and any health information that I find of interest. It's my belief that those living with... Full Bio
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Update by Ciara .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I keep saying I'm going to try to get this blog going again, but I haven't quite been able to with all the stuff I have going on. I recently requested some labs from my doc ... Read on »
The Puffer Fish Effect by Ciara .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I was reading up on allergies and colds last night, and if there was such a thing as an 'allergy cold'. Tuesday, after class, I had the worst allergy attack. The wind was ... Read on »
Womenshealth.gov Hashimoto's Disease Facts by Ciara .. Patient Expert 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Most of those who know me, know that I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I thought I would share these facts that put out in regards to Hashimoto's Disease. What is Has ... Read on »
Tdap and Thyroid: My Reaction to the Injection by Ciara .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I know, as a person with an autoimmune disease, that I need to keep up with my shots. I had not had a tetanus booster in over 20 years. At the last doctor visit I had, I w ... Read on »
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Good Thing I'm Not Vain by Ciara .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine One of the things that those with thyroid disease experience is hair loss. This was a BIG indicator back in the early days, back before it was diagnosed and I was put on me ... Read on »
Vacation and Hashimoto's Don't Mix by Ciara .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Vacation can be the worst in the life of someone with Hashimoto's. At least in my case, it increases my symptoms. I found that I'm not as responsible with staying on top o ... Read on »
Mini-Me's Diagnosis by Ciara .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine With symptoms like weight gain, tiredness, mental fog, depression, and easily irritated, I had thought, no had HOPED that maybe my daughter had a thyroid issue. At least TH ... Read on »
Teen Depression or Thyroid Disease? by Ciara .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Mini-Me had slowly been getting a little more mouthy, easy to anger, and she had been talking to me less about things that had been bothering her. I attributed it to the fac ... Read on »
Googlechondriac by Ciara .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Need to make a doctor appointment for this week, but I don't know why I haven't yet. Discovered a lump along my right lower jaw. Of course, I have become a googlechondriac ... Read on »
Is My Heart Rate Being Affected by My Thyroid? by Ciara .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Mini-Me was laying up against my chest one day when she said, "Mommy, you're heartbeat is slow."  Then she proceeds to make sounds and use hand gestures to mimic the way her ... Read on »
November Update by Ciara .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I've been off of the generic Cytomel for awhile now and back on brand only. It has made a big difference. This week I'm still feeling a little more tired than usual, but I t ... Read on »
Ten Days In.... by Ciara .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I have been on the generic form of Cytomel for almost two weeks now. I still feel rather lethargic, and I've been requiring naps. I'm trying to see if this medication is wha ... Read on »
Generic Cytomel by Ciara .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine When I first heard that the FDA approved the generic version of Cytomel, I was a little apprehensive about it. I researched as much as I could online to make some kind of inf ... Read on »
Alli-Can it Affect Your Thyroid? by Ciara .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Awhile back, when Alli was getting ready to be released, I had mentioned that I had asked my ob/gyn if it would be safe to take with my thyroid condition. She had told me tha ... Read on »
My Personal Thryoid & Weight Loss Discovery by Ciara .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I have slowly been losing weight. Now if you know anything about thyroid disease, that's a feat in itself. But when I mean slowly, I mean roughly about 15 pounds in a year a ... Read on »
Clinical Exam Important In Thyroid Diagnosis by Ciara .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A lot of doctors, when getting initially tested for thyroid disease and even after diagnosis, rely only on blood tests. These are only part of the equation. The hardest par ... Read on »
Basic Thyroid Tests You Should Receive or Ask For by Ciara .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A lot of doctors tend to base whether or not you have thyroid disease SOLELY on TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) tests. This was probably the reason mine was not discover ... Read on »
Could It Be Thyroid Disease? Signs and Symptoms by Ciara .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine There are signs and symptoms that can signal thyroid disease. Some people get only one or two of these symptoms, some get several of these. For myself I had, and still have ... Read on »
Thyroid Awareness Month by Ciara .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This was first written at my new blog One Weigh at a Time . I'll be writing about thyroid disease there for the rest of this month as well as including stuff here. Some ... Read on »
Brrrr....It's Cold in Here by Ciara .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I started off with a stomach bug, and got runny nose, congestion, etc., to boot! I think I'm on day five of this whole ordeal. The last two or three nights I had my freezing ... Read on »