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THYROID DISEASE - COPING WITH HYPOTHYROIDISM

Posted Jun 19 2011 6:16pm 5 Comments
 

Learning to cope with thyroid disease is much more than taking a pill every day. You may continue to suffer with symptoms of hypothyroidism even while under a doctor's care, especially at times when you have changes in your body such as during pregnancy or menopause. With persistence and proper treatment though, you can manage your disease and lessen its impact on your daily life.

 

A vital step in managing your thyroid disease is to find a competent and skilled doctor. Even though you may have a close relationship with your GP, you should consider seeking out a doctor that specializes in diseases of the thyroid and hormonal issues. Unless you receive treatment that is tailored to your particular circumstances, you may have to suffer needlessly with bothersome symptoms. Above all else, don't give up until you find a doctor that listens to your symptoms and doesn't brush them off as being psychological or unimportant. Unless you are properly diagnosed, you can't receive the treatment you need to get your thyroid hormones back in balance.

 

 

 

Treatment for hypothyroidism usually involves taking replacement thyroid hormones. These drugs must be tailored to your individual needs. Your doctor will start you on a low level and increase it as needed until most of your symptoms go away. This leaves a lot of room for uncertainty and error and that is one reason why treatment from an experienced doctor is recommended.

 

 

 

Levothyroxine is the drug most commonly prescribed to treat hypothyroidism. It replaces the thyroid hormones in your body that are decreased due to your under functioning thyroid gland. The goal is to achieve normal blood values of TSH or thyroid stimulating hormone. Your blood levels need to be monitored at least yearly to make sure you are still receiving an adequate dose of the medication.

 

 

 

One problem with taking thyroid hormone replacements is that you can take too high of a dose and then your thyroid hormone levels become too high and you begin to experience symptoms associated with an over active thyroid. Some of these symptoms include sweating, extreme restlessness, and sudden weight loss.

 

 

 

Coping with hypothyroidism takes patience and perseverance. Some of the symptoms can be unpleasant such as constipation, weight gain, depression, and physical changes like puffiness and hair thinning. In addition to medication, there are natural methods you can try that may help stimulate your thyroid and help you cope with symptoms like constipation and weight gain.

 

 

 

Avoid refined foods as much as possible. Rely upon fish and beans for protein and limit your intake of red meat. Eliminate trans fats and use healthy oil like olive oil in your cooking. You may also want to eliminate soy products as these are thought to interfere with thyroid medications. Some foods may interfere with the normal functioning of your thyroid, talk to your doctor about limiting these foods: peanuts, pine nuts, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, kale, cabbage, and mustard greens. Avoid any foods that you suspect you are allergic or sensitive to. Eat foods that have a lot of iron and B vitamins like whole grains, sea vegetables, and other fresh vegetables.

 

 

 

Supplements such as a daily multivitamin and multimineral may help as well as fish oil, alpha-lipoic acid, L-tyrosine, and probiotics. Herbal preparations that may be useful for thyroid support include green tea, guggul, and coleus. Since most cases of hypothyroidism are not caused by an iodine deficiency in modern times, it is not recommended that you take iodine or bladder wrack without discussing it first with your doctor. In fact, any time you begin natural treatments to treat your hypothyroidism, you should let your doctor know because you might need to readjust your thyroid medications.

 

 

 

Hypothyroidism is usually a chronic drawn out process that doesn't start overnight and takes a while to bring back into balance. When your symptoms are relieved and you are feeling much better, it is a sign that your treatment is working and not an indication you should stop your medication. Depending upon the cause of your hypothyroidism, you may need to take medication on an ongoing basis to help you overcome the symptoms of this thyroid disease.

 

 

Thyroid Vitamins - The Right Vitamins to Optimize Your Thyroid Gland

Thyroid vitamins are a critical component of the thyroid gland's health. When most people hear the word thyroid, they instantly visualize overweight people who, no matter ...how hard they diet, cannot lose pounds. While this is a very authentic symptom of a thyroid that is under active, thyroid disorders and nutrition are a far more complex matter.
The thyroid gland makes the hormones that control the rate of the metabolism. The metabolism basically determines at what pace your bodily functions run at. The correct combination of thyroid vitamins will help the gland function at ideal speeds. The majority of people with a thyroid disorder have hypothyroidism, which means they have a slow metabolism due to an under active thyroid. The symptoms of hypothyroidism are memory problems, the inability to lose weight, joint paint, digest problems, long times to heal from injury and fatigue. A blood test that measures for the traces of thyroid hormone in the blood is used to find out how well your thyroid to functioning.

People with hypothyroidism are usually told that the only way to manage their thyroid condition is to simply use artificial thyroid hormones for the remainder of their lives. This system of treatment has been used for decades and does regulate the level of hormone in your system, but it does nothing to truly heal the performance of the thyroid.

Selenium, iodine and the B vitamin tyrosine are the 3 most critical thyroid hormones and nutrients. The nutrient iodine is essential for human survival but many of us get too much in our modern diets anyway. People who eat no processed foods and do not use iodized table salt may be in jeopardy for an iodine deficiency. Selenium is a component of the thyroid hormone itself and assists in breaking up the hormone in your blood stream in order for it to work properly. B vitamins are vital to cell creation and tyrosine particularly helps the thyroid synthesize hormones. Besides supplements, you can find tyrosine in wheat, egg whites, fish and oats.

Along with these helpful vitamins, there two major items that you will want to by pass consuming if you are hypothyroid. Soy items cause the biggest threat to the thyroid's health. The isoflavones in soy mimic thyroid hormone which leads your thyroid to imagine there is enough hormone in your body and to slow down production. Another common adversary of the thyroid is fluoride. Though cutting out public water is difficult to do you can buy fluoride free tooth care products which helps cut down your daily fluoride intake.

Although thyroid conditions are viewed as chronic conditions, in that they plague a person for life, there is a lot you can do to improve the thyroid. The benefits of thyroid vitamins are double in that they can improve your thyroid's hormone creating capabilities while also counter acting the side effects from not having adequate thyroid hormone in your body. Discuss any thyroid vitamins you plan to use with your medical professional so that you can better recognize how these nutrients affect your particular condition.

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Hypothyroidism - An Overview

Hypothyroidism is a malfunction of the thyroid gland in which it stops producing the correct amount of thyroid hormones needed for the body. There are a few different reasons why it starts doing this. If diagnos ...ed by a doctor there are different treatments he can give you to fix the problem and also ones that will relieve the various side effects that come with having hypothyroidism. This disorder is also known as under active thyroid.

Under active thyroid can be caused by other auto immune diseases that may attack the thyroid gland and cause it to malfunction. Iodine deficiency is also another reason for hypothyroidism and sadly can stop the development of the thyroid in babies if the mother is deficient in iodine whilst pregnant. Babies born with hypothyroidism can have lifelong effects if not found and treated as soon as possible.

Symptoms include the following:

- Lack of energy, exhaustion, no motivation, weakness in muscles, being very tired when you are getting a sufficient amount of sleep.
- Dry skin, flaky and peeling skin, dry and brittle nails, dry and breaking/splitting hair, dry eyes, dry mouth
- Weight increase that seems excessive for the type of lifestyle
- Memory loss, lack of concentration, lack of focus, frazzled and possible dizzy spells
- Constipation
- Depression and anxiety
- Prolonged or heavy menstrual period for women

You may have all of these symptoms or one or two, and different extremes as well. The most important thing to think about is if you've had any of these symptoms consistently for a period of time. Even that being said, if your diet changes dramatically and often and you notice a pattern it would still be worth going into your doctor.

Doctors usually will ask a few questions about various things before he does a blood test to check for hypothyroidism. These questions may be in regards to your lifestyle (exercise, diet, drug use), your health history and which symptoms have been experienced before, and also your family history. The blood test results should not take too long to come back and from there you and your doctor can figure out the best treatment for you.

Treatment includes hormone replacements and sometimes changes in diet and exercise. You can also be given treatment to help control symptoms until the replacements start to work. Sometimes they can take a few months to get exactly right so you can have your quality of life back. It is important not to get frustrated and give up if it's taking a while to notice a change as your doctor needs to figure out the perfect treatment for you. Everyone is different and if you're patient it will be worth it.

After that you'll probably only have to go back to get checked once or twice a year. Many, many people suffer from hypothyroidism and do not even know it. It's more common than often thought but hard to pinpoint the symptoms as often they can be misconstrued.

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COULD A THYROID DISORDER BE KEEPING YOU FAT? 




Your thyroid gland plays a very important role, it produces 2 highly important hormones which help to regulate the needs of your body. Most people are unaware of the important role that the thyroid gland has in maintaining our over-all health and wellness. An underactive thyroid gland can make you ill and also make you fat.

If you are having trouble losing weight no matter what you eat or how hard you exercise, it could be because you have a thyroid disorder called hypothyroidism which, simply put, means you have an under active thyroid gland. This is a very prevalent disorder in North America with over 24 million Americans suffering from it and the interesting fact is that women are 7 times more likely than men to have it.

When someone has this disorder it means that their thyroid gland, is not producing enough hormones to function properly. For it to function normally it needs to have the correct levels of 2 particular hormeones called T3 and T4. If your thyroid is working normally, 80% of the hormones it produces will be T4 and 20% of the hormones will be T3.

The main symptoms associated with an under active thyroid can include...

* Weight gain
* Fatigue
* High cholesterol
* Depression
* Hair loss
* Forgetfulness
* Hoarseness
* Constipation
* Tingling hands or feet
* Feeling cold
* Dry skin
* Irregular periods
* Low sex drive,
* Infertility.

Others that are less common, but which you still experience are...

* Resistant high cholesterol
* Difficult menopause
* Fibromyalgia
* Recurrent pregnancy loss
* Chronic fatigue syndrome
* Carpal tunnel syndrome

If you recognise a variety of these symptoms and are having difficulty reaching and maintaining the weight you desire, it would sensible to check with your doctor and have some tests performed to find out what your thyroid hormone levels are.

When your metabolism is not functioning properly due to a thyroid disorder, you will find that no matter how much dieting or exercise you do, you still won't be able to take the excess weight off. In some cases, you may in fact put on extra pounds, even though you are doing just what you are supposed to.

So what exactly should you do?

Set up an appointment with your doctor and ask him or her if you can have a thyroid examination and blood test done to assess the levels of your thyriod hormones. These likely will be a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) blood test, along with T4, T3, Free T4 and Free T3 tests.

Depending on the results of your tests your doctor may prescribe some medication to optimize the functioning of your thyroid gland. Alternatively, if your readings are not too far from the normal range you may just need a thyroid supplement to aid your gland to work better.

So if you suspect that you may have this condition and you are not sure what to do, please talk to your physician for the best guidance and advice. You may find that your disorder is not too advanced an you may just need to take a natural thyroid supplement for a short time to give your thyroid a wake-up call and level out your hormone levels.

Are Depression and Hypothyroidism Connected?

 

Since depression and hypothyroidism will often present the same symptoms, it has been theorized that there may be a hidden link between them. As this condition is often a symptom of hypothyroidism, it can literally be a case where they physician has to determine which came first, kind of like the old chicken-and-egg theory.

 

Most people being treated for depression are simply given antidepressants after the initial diagnosis, without any further testing to see whether or not thyroid hormones may have caused it. All that is required is a simple blood test to determine thyroid hormone levels, but is often not done because the physician has to rely on the reported or obvious symptoms for a diagnosis. An inability to relate to their physician is a huge factor in misdiagnosis of hypothyroidism in favor of depression.

 

Depression symptoms include fatigue, sleepiness, muscle aches, lethargy and problems with concentration. Its symptoms are almost identical to those of hypothyroidism, but people afflicted with that condition often also have heightened sensitivity to cold, tingling in their fingers and hands, a slower heart rate and constipation. In latter stages of the condition, they may also develop hoarseness, unexplained weight gain, joint pain, and overall aches and pain, other symptoms that can also be diagnosed as depression.

 

In cases where the patient was initially diagnosed with depression, and later found to have hypothyroidism, the antidepressants they were initially prescribed were actually helped by the later thyroid hormone replacement therapy. The hormones actually increased the effectiveness of the antidepressants, helping to relieve that condition faster. This was especially true of cyclic antidepressants, once the underlying thyroid condition was being treated.

 

These kinds of misdiagnosis could be avoided altogether if patients were more open with their physicians, especially women. Not only are the symptoms of both conditions normally attributed to those discussed, they can just as easily be attributed to aging and the beginnings of menopause.

 

If you honestly believe that there may be something else wrong, or even if you are just curious to see if there might be another cause for your symptoms, talk to your doctor. That is what they are there for, to help you.

 

If it turns out that the depression is not linked to any other condition, then your doctor can get you the treatment you need that much faster, once other possibilities have been ruled out. You may be running an unnecessary risk to your health if you are being treated with the wrong medication for the wrong condition.


Thanks for sharing such informative information thyroid and weight gain and loss are inter related. Most of the time people do not know the main cause. 

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