Are you a thyroidectomy patient struggling to feel better after your thyroid removal?
If so, then this article may help to explain why you are feeling the way that you do.
Up to 5-10% of the population (depending on how you define it) suffers from the chronic condition known as hypothyroidism.
This wouldn't be a problem, except we have anecdotal, and now survey data, which suggests that there is a big problem with how these patients are being treated.
This article will walk you through the most recent survey produced by verywell health and provide my opinion as to why we see a failure in the treatment of these thyroid patients.
Whether you realize it or not as a thyroid patient you actually have many options when it comes to thyroid medications.
Your doctor might have you believe that the one and only thyroid medication available is Synthroid/levothyroxine but that couldn't be farther from the truth.
There are actually many different types of thyroid medications which are FDA approved to treat hypothyroidism (1) (which means low thyroid function) and available in the United States.
You are probably well aware of Synthroid/levothyroxine but others on this list include medications such as Tirosint, Cytomel, and liothyronine.
There's no question that hypothyroidism is a complex disease but does it deserve the designation of chronic disease?
A chronic disease implies that you may never be able to 100% treat or manage your condition.
And I'm here to tell you that hypothyroidism should NOT be evaluated in this way.
Why is this important?
Because how you look at a disease influences the type of therapies that you will use for that disease and the type of outcome that you can expect after treatment.
It's well known that diet has the potential to positively impact Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
And, because it's one of the things that you can control 100%, it's of great concern to those people who suffer from this disease.
Relevant to this discussion is a relatively new diet known as the Carnivore diet.
This diet, high in animal-based products, has helped some individuals with autoimmune disease and Hashimoto's.
Today we are going to explore in more detail what this diet is, how it may be working, and whether or not it is something you should try.
Note: I am not advocating for the use of this diet but simply exploring how it can work and why it seems to work for certain people.
We know that certain foods can both make Hashimoto's worse while others can potentially improve thyroid function and antibody levels.
But where do red meat and other animal products fit into the equation?
Is it possible that these products trigger Hashimoto's or exacerbate it?
New research has suggested that there may be a link between the two.
There are very few medications that you can use to treat Hashimoto's thyroiditis and LDN is one of those medicines.
But how does it work? Will it work for you? Is it safe to use? And, if so, how should you dose it?
We are going to explore all of these questions and more.
I've been using LDN for several years with great success and the goal of this article is to share what I've learned through the years so that you can determine if LDN is worth using in your situation.
If you are new to Cytomel, or if you've been using it for a long time, this information should be helpful!
While Cytomel is probably one of my favorite medications used to treat hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's, it doesn't come without risks and potential side effects.
Among these side effects includes the potential for hair loss.
Don't let this freak you out, however, because it can usually be treated very easily and most people experience hair GROWTH as long as they use it correctly.
This article will focus on the 3 main causes of Cytomel-related hair loss and how to deal with each one.
Whenever I think about things that thyroid patients can do to potentially improve their health, supplementing with vitamin B12 immediately comes to mind.
Because there are not very many easy "wins" for thyroid patients.
Many of the therapies required to improve your overall thyroid status may require a prescription from your doctor.
And, as you probably already know, getting your doctor to prescribe certain types of thyroid medications can be difficult!
The good news is, though, that there are still several things that you can do to improve how you are feeling overall and addressing your Vitamin B12 status is one of those.
Unfortunately, this particular issue is filled with some pitfalls which can limit how good you feel if you aren't taking the right type of B12, your dose is off, or if you have certain genetic issues.
Let's dive into these issues so you can get a clear picture of how B12 deficiency impacts both your body and your thyroid.
Calories are an important part of maintaining your weight, but they aren't nearly as important as you think if you have thyroid-related problems.
Thyroid patients should consider themselves in a unique category which means they must understand how their thyroid functions which will then allow them to understand how various diets impact their weight.
Let's discuss how calories impact your weight, your thyroid, and how you can really lose weight.