Solving Some of the Biggest Thyroid Mysteries

Thyroid Antibodies, Fatigue? Find Out How to Feel Better!

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There are a number of problems that can mystify even the most educated thyroid patient. Let's take a look at at how you can solve some common thyroid medical mysteries.

First Mystery:  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.  Uncomfortable and frustrating, you could have symptoms including  vaginal itching and discharge, bloating, difficulty losing weight, fatigue, brain fog, and irritable bowel.

I learned about the association between autoimmune disorders and yeast infections when I experienced a wide range of yeast-related symptoms like bloat, breathing and irritable bowel problems. Short answer--candida. A good doctor and a good book helped me work through my symptoms and regain my health. You can read about my own experience with a candida problem, and how I resolved it.

Next Mystery: Does Your Doctor Refuse to Prescribe Armour Thyroid?

If your doctor refuses to prescribe Armour, and instead insists on another drug, you are in the same situation faced by a patient named Shirley. What she did was write "Dear Doctor: Why Do You Insist on Synthroid Instead of Armour? -- A Patient's Letter," and shared the letter she wrote when the doctor refused to prescribe Armour Thyroid, and instead insisted on prescribing Synthroid. This  powerful letter raises many unanswered questions, and can you needed background information and serve as a sample  to send to YOUR doctor!


Next Mystery: Are You 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!! Help is on the way!

Next Mystery: 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 you thyroid gland produces too much TSH (as with hyperthyroidism), or too little (as with hypothyroidism) TSH, you could experience symptoms like a slow, or fast, heart rate, palpitations, and other symptoms. Find out about 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.

Next Mystery: You Have Normal TSH Levels, But Elevated Antibodies

Thyroid blood tests show you have normal levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (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.

Recently, researchers have found that 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 the study, patients who were treated with medication over 15-months had less thyroid inflammation than those who had just waited to see what would happen.

Find out more by reading Treatment for Thyroid Antibodies And Normal TSH?

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