30 Nisan 2012 Pazartesi

Thyroid Problems and Menopause

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As women approach menopause many changes can occur. One of the most significant changes can be in hormone balance. Hormonal imbalance is not uncommon. Though it is common, it can create problems. Hormone imbalance can be very disruptive to daily life and present many problems for women.

For most women menopause begins between the ages of 40 and 58. It is at this time that the production of estrogen declines. Because of the reduction in estrogen women may begin to notice certain physical and mental ailments that they have not experienced before. Some side effects of decreasing hormones may include weight gain, hot flashes, insomnia, irritability, muscle aches, dry skin, weakness, fatigue, intolerance to cold and dry brittle hair to name a few.

It's important for women to recognize that although these symptoms can in fact be related to menopause, these same symptoms can be the result of low thyroid as well. Low thyroid or hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormones. It tends to become noticeable in women who are older. This is one of the reasons the symptoms of it become confused with menopause.

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland near your Adam's apple. This gland helps secrete hormones, which help regulate our body's metabolism. Metabolism is key in the function of heart rate, stamina, body temperature, muscle strength and appetite among other things. One can see that these symptoms can mimic those of menopause.

If you are a woman who is finding that your menopausal symptoms still persist even though you are taking estrogen and progesterone, it might be time to have your thyroid checked. Although hormone replacement therapy or HRT may work for some women, it may not work for all. Spending time with in expert in thyroid support may be the first step in finding answers to your low thyroid questions.

Once women educate themselves on the symptoms of menopause and low thyroid they will be able to make knowledgeable decisions about where to turn for help. As most women know, the balance of hormones is an intricate, delicate component of our overall feeling of well being. When our hormones are out of balance, it feels like our world is out of balance. Stress is harder to bear, fatigue seems intolerable, our weight is harder to maintain and our moods become troublesome. The impact of hormone imbalance on our daily lives is immeasurable at times.

Aside from the physical ailments, it can also impact our social life and in turn our relationships. With signs of depression, irritability, sluggishness and overall negative outlook, we may find that people just don't want to spend time with us. These feeling of isolation could lead to even more profound moodiness or depression.

As you can see, seeking help and guidance on balancing your low thyroid might just be the answer to some of your current health questions. It's no surprise then that most women want to find help in resolving these problems. If in fact your low thyroid is causing these symptoms it is advisable to find a specialist who can support you in finding ways to help with your low thyroid issues.

Denver Thyroid Support, from Dr. David Arthur, DC, DACNB, FACFN, CCCN. Dr. Arthur is a leading expert in low thyroid and thyroid problems in Denver, Colorado. He works with women (and a few men) of all ages who suffer from thyroid issues. Dr. Arthur takes a unique, neurological and functional medicine approach to thyroid support. If you're suffering from thyroid problems and want help, information and solutions, visit http://www.denverthyroidsupport.com/

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Using Herbs for Hypothyroidism Recovery

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If you have been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism you are probably aware that the conventional method of tackling Hypothyroidism is done with a synthetic version of the Thyroid hormone Thyroxine (T4). This works great for some but others are left suffering from symptoms even though blood test results may show normal levels of T4. Fortunately there are alternatives and one of those is a natural treatment and this article will describe a basic natural treatment using herbs for Hypothyroidism treatment.

Treating Hypothyroidism purely just with herbs probably wouldn't work that well but when they are used alongside a healthy lifestyle, they can work extremely well. When using herbs for Hypothyroidism it is important to do so with the guidance of a professional who will be able to offer advice on the correct dosages and which herbs to take for your specific condition. If this option is expensive to you then there is an alternative as there are many books on treating Hypothyroidism naturally written by natural doctors and so this would be the next best thing.

As I mentioned above herbs should be used alongside a healthy lifestyle which should incorporate a detoxification program and the purpose of this is to eliminate toxins which have built up in the body over time. Diet is also a key factor and so it is important to stop consuming junk foods and also unhealthy snacks and drinks. A healthy diet should include foods which are beneficial to Thyroid function and try to include lots of organic fruit and vegetables.

Exercise is extremely important because this helps the body flush out toxins by improving circulation. This is also a great way to increase the temperature of the body which is often low in people with Hypothyroidism.

There are many herbs for Hypothyroidism treatment but some of the most common are Withania (which helps the body deal with stress), Bladderwrack (which stimulates Thyroid gland function),

Bacopa (which is an anti stress/anxiety tonic) and Guggol (which stimulates production of Thyroid hormones).

When treating Hypothyroidism naturally many are put off by the lifestyle changes needed for this method of treatment to be successful and it's true, it can be difficult at first but you have to remember the changes are good healthy changes which will benefit your health in many ways and after a short time you'll be glad of the changes as your health returns and you get your life back.

For more information on using natural treatments and herbs for Hypothyroidism please visit http://naturalremediesforhypothyroidism.com/.

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What Are The Symptoms of Hashimoto's Disease?

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Have you begun wondering why you are suddenly losing your hair? When brushing your hair, are you noticing more and more hair piling up in your hair brush than you remember? Are you noticing that you're gaining weight lately, even though you've been careful not to over indulge in carbohydrates and sweets, and you've been working out at the gym? Have you been depressed lately and experiencing migraine headaches? If you do have some of these symptoms, you might need to go to the doctor and get some tests done to find out if you have the disease more commonly known as Hashimoto's disease.
Hashimoto's disease causes both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Most of the people who have thyroid problems have either one or the other, not both. If you have hypothyroidism, you gain weight and are tired most of the time. Your thyroid is slow. But if you have hyperthyroidism, you have a thyroid that works overtime. It's totally the opposite. With Hashimoto's Disease, it can create hormone imbalances that cause the body to be very confused.
What should you do if you have some of the symptoms above and suspect you have Hashimoto's disease? The very first thing you should do is, go to the doctor. Tell your doctor what your symptoms are and what you suspect could be the problem. From there, tests will likely be done to examine your blood and find if you do have this disease.
If the prognosis is that you do have Hashimoto's disease or at least hypothyroid disease, you can never truly cure an auto-immune disease, but you can be treated to relieve the symptoms and reverse the disease. Usually a doctor will either prescribe thyroid hormone replacement agents such as Levothyroxine or Dessicated Thyroid Extract. For some, the good news is that your symptoms should disappear and you can live a normal life after that.
The thing you have to pay attention to and remember is that if you do have either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism you need to get yourself tested and take your medication. If you go for an extended time without taking your medication, your muscles could deteriorate or you could have a heart attack. So be diligent if you are one who had this disease.
Otherwise, you'll live a perfectly normal life, and your hair will come back and stop falling out when you take your medication. That is unless you're a male who has the family inheritance of balding, then that's another case for another kind of doctor.
Dr. Jonathan Berns, D.C. helps people everyday in the Tampa, Florida area overcome the very misunderstood and often mistreated conditions caused from dysfunctional thyroids. Visit Tampa Thyroid Program at Integrative Health of Tampa to learn more about thyroid management.

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29 Nisan 2012 Pazar

Why Did Your Thyroid Gland Die?

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People all across the country are being told on a daily basis that their thyroid gland just died or stopped working. Some patients just accept this without question. Others ask how this could happen. The usual response by their doctor is that it is just something that happens. Almost as if the thyroid gland was a light switch that could just be turned off.
Thyroid glands do not just stop working and die for no apparent reason. It is usually a slow process that takes years until one day you go to your doctor continuing to complain of thyroid symptoms and they run a TSH and you get the bad news. It is well published that the number one cause for thyroid dysfunction is an auto immune disease called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. This means that the body has lost self tolerance. It attacks healthy thyroid tissue and destroys it as if it was a foreign invader. This destruction leads to less and less of healthy thyroid tissue leading to less release of the needed hormones. It is estimated that 85-95% of all people with hypothyroidism have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.
Most people have never heard of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Even though it is the most common reason for hypothyroidism, it is rarely ever checked. Part of that is because it is considered as "waste" of resources in the HMO medical insurance model. There is no reason to test for it if you are not going to treat it any differently than primary hypothyroidism. The standard medical treatment is to give hormone replacement until the thyroid gland "dies" or "burns out" and then keep the patient on thyroid meds because they no longer are able to produce their own.
There are few flaws to that type of treatment. First, the majority of time the thyroid gland is not the only tissue that is being attacked by the body. Research shows that areas in the brain, gut, and pancreas have a high prevalence of being attacked in patients with Hashimoto's. Taking thyroid hormone replacement does nothing for the attack and destruction of these tissues. Second, it does not address the attack on the thyroid gland. It just replaces what the gland is no longer able to release. The thyroid gland is left defenseless against the auto immune process that is destroying it. Another reason this treatment has a flaw is because it does not address the cytokines that block the thyroid receptor sites. This means that even though you are taking the medications, they may not be able to be bound to the sites they are intended to because a cytokine is blocking it. This, along with the above reasons is why the patient can still feel terrible even though they are taking their medications as prescribed.
So if you have been told your thyroid gland died or stopped working, ask your doctor to explain why. Make sure you have had the proper testing including a complete thyroid panel and thyroid antibody tests run. The antibody tests will catch 80-90% of the patients with Hashimoto's.
Dr. Chris Heimlich is a board certified chiropractic neurologist and treats people from around the world. You can request his free report that explains why 90% of people diagnosed with hypothyroidis will never feel normal with thyroid hormone replacement alone at: http://scottsdalethyroiddoctor.com/

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Understanding Underactive Thyroid Hormone

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Thyroid problems affect over 20 million Americans with approximately two million more having this condition and not know it yet. Under active thyroid can affect anyone, but women tend to have a greater risk for this illness. It also affects people with rheumatoid arthritis, pernicious anemia, vitiligo as well as others.

There are two types of thyroid conditions that occur due to thyroid gland abnormality, overactive thyroid known as hyperthyroidism, or an under active thyroid, or hypothyroidism. Any thyroid abnormality can wreak havoc on a patient's way of life, so it helps to understand the thyroid and its dysfunctions so we can do something about it if you suspect you have a condition.

Hypothyroidism (under active thyroid) occurs when the thyroid lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. Patients with hypothyroidism may notice symptoms of weight gain, depression, fatigue, heart palpitations, insomnia, concentration difficulties, and muscle joint pains, menstrual problems such as frequent and painful periods and in some cases infertility. With this condition having so many common symptoms that occur for any number of diseases, it tend to be undiagnosed for a long time.

To determine if someone has an under active thyroid hormone, or hypothyroidism, their medical provider might suggest doing lab work to determine whether the patient has an elevated level of TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) which occur when the pituitary gland continues creating hormone to get the thyroid stimulated. A physician may also request an A1C Test as well because often people with thyroid problems often have diabetes symptoms as well. In fact, some health care providers suggest that TSH levels must be check at least every five years to determine if there are any signs of hypothyroidism for diabetic patients, since diabetic patients may have difficulty with their blood glucose level compounded with other hypothyroidism symptoms and complicate the condition further.

In instances where a patient may suffer from both hypothyroidism and type 2 diabetes they may have to receive thyroid replacement medication to help the thyroid function normal. Without any treatment, a person who has both conditions will have more severe symptoms and could result in death.

People who suffer from hypothyroidism often have many associated symptoms and should seek medical advice from their physician to rule out under active glands. If you, or someone you know shows some of the signs or symptoms listed in this article, have them tested by a medical professional as soon as possible. Once you know what you are dealing with, you will learn what you need to do to fix it.

Dr. Jonathan Berns, D.C. helps people everyday in the Tampa, Florida area overcome the very misunderstood and often mistreated conditions caused from dysfunctional thyroids. Visit Tampa Thyroid Program at Integrative Physical Medicine of Tampa to learn more about thyroid management.

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Signs of Thyroid Cancer

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The signs of thyroid cancer are similar to the signs of other forms of cancer...SILENT...

- Unless you're listening.

What do I mean?

Well, you have to be very in-tune with your body, otherwise you'll miss what your body is trying to tell you.

You see, your body is communicating with you every minute of the day. The problem is, you're not paying attention.

There are very subtle signs of thyroid cancer. They may even mimic an under-active thyroid.

These signs are the same signs you would get if you neglected your body for a few weeks with late nights, drinking, and fast food.

The Subtle Signs of Thyroid Cancer

In February of 2010, my wife was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. However, she and her doctors didn't know she had cancer until her thyroid was removed.

Months leading up to this point, she had subtle signs that something wasn't quite right.

She started to gain a few pounds and she was tired ALL the time.

I mean, she would get up after sleeping 9 or 10 hours and feel like she was hit by a truck - exhausted.

Now, here was the problem; she was working, we had two kids; our daughter Brook just turned 4 and Dean was still a baby, 1.5 years old.

On top of that, we were living with her parents, because we just sold our home and had to be out quick!

It was very hard for my wife to distinguish whether she had a health problem or it was the lifestyle of stress from work, living with her parents, and looking for a new home.

Plus, when you have two little people running around, you know you're not sleeping.

She was living a life she was not accustomed to, and it was hard for her to pay attention to herself when life was moving 100,000 miles per hour.

Can you relate?

There is research that suggests that cancer starts with a major stressful life event. It could be mental/emotional, physical trauma, or illness.

The point is...you have more control over your health than any doctor, hospital, or group of specialists.

It's the day-in-day-out habits you practice that will most likely decide your fate; this includes learning how to manage stress.

Your routine and habits might be the determining factor if you get thyroid cancer. And these habits will also determine how you overcome your disease.

However, it's not your fault.

You see, the medical community does a poor job of educating patients about their role in overcoming disease and preventing it.

It all starts with education.

If you don't know any better, how could you take the necessary steps toward protecting yourself?

But I'm here to tell you that it is my mission to create awareness.

The first thing you need to do is start listening to your body.

This is by far the most important skill in staying healthy.


Pay attention to how you feel everyday in the morning, before meals, after meals, midday, and at night. How are you sleeping?

Your body will change when your habits change; e.g., if you have a stressful event or a couple of nights of not sleeping, you'll feel the effect.

This is normal.

It's the signs that stick around, even when your routine hasn't changed, that are important to note.

Signs of Thyroid Cancer

So, what are the signs of thyroid cancer?

The same signs you would get if you had other forms of cancer and even some disease.

The number one symptom that something is not right is FATIGUE.

I'm not talking about the day after a late night out.

I'm referring to fatigue that won't let go.

Think about my wife who was still exhausted after sleeping 9 or 10 hours. That's fatigue.

When you don't think you're going to make it through your day without falling over - this is fatigue.

Fatigue doesn't mean you have or are going to get cancer, it just means there is something definitely wrong with your system.

Start making note of how you feel. Journaling would be a great idea. In fact, you could not only mark down how you feel, but also keep track of your sleeping and eating as well.

The more you know about how your body reacts and feels day in and day out, the better off you'll be.

Your job is to listen, because your body is talking.

The signs of thyroid cancer and some diseases are silent, but if you listen to your body and act quickly, you can overcome almost anything.

Warm regards,

Dr. Kevin

Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski is a Doctor of Naprapathy, nutritionist, and personal trainer who has spent his career successfully helping others lose weight. In 2010 Dr. Dobrzynski's wife had her thyroid removed due to cancer. Conventional medicine failed to help his wife, but he discovered a natural treatment for hypothyroidism. He is the author of The Hypothyroid Diet, which has helped hundreds of sufferers overcome hypothyroid symptoms.

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Hashimoto's, Gluten, and The Immune System - Things Every Patient Should Know

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What does it really take to be gluten free?

This is something that I discuss with patients almost every single day in my clinic and it is surprising the misconceptions that many people have about gluten free diets.

Many thyroid patients have discovered, from various sources, that the first thing they should do after getting diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease, an autoimmune form of hypothyroidism, is implement a completely gluten free diet.

When you talk to people that have made this discovery and have made this dietary change on their own these are the things that you will hear them say:
"I am kind of gluten free""I am almost gluten free"

Here is the problem:

If you have an immune sensitivity to gluten, a protein found in barley, wheat, rye, spelt, kamut, and processed oats, then your body is creating antibodies to that food every single time it sees it. That means you are creating inflammation in the stomach and throughout the entire body.

So even if you go two days, or even four days gluten-free, and then you have just a little bit, well, you've completely reversed everything that you've done, and you've basically gone back to square one.

Every time you eat it you elevate the antibodies and inflammation all over again and it take weeks or months to clear this out of the body. '

What happens for some patients is they get frustrated because they go a few days, they eat a little bit, they go a few days, they eat a little bit, and they never actually make any progress, and so they'll finally just say, "The gluten-free diet is not working."

The reality is that for some Hashimoto's patients, by just removing gluten they make a lot of progress without doing a lot of the other stuff that can be done to really modulate the immune system in Hashimoto's patients.

For 99 percent of Hashimoto's patients this dietary step is the first step that must be taken, and that's a step that you can do all on your own, not knowing anything else about your problem or how the immune system has malfunctioned.

Once a Hashimoto's patient has made initial dietary changes then diagnostic steps can be taken to determine all the other immune triggers and pathways that all not functioning properly.

What sort of other things does a Hashimoto's patient need to uncover to get on the fast track to recovery?
What are the every sources of inflammation that you are unaware of but could eliminate if discovered?What is the extent of the damage to the GI tract from the inflammation?What is the ORDER of steps that must be taken to move from point A to point B?

The traditional model simply looks at some labs and concludes, "these numbers are off, let's give you some Synthroid and let those numbers come back into the normal range."

A lot of the time, on paper, the lab ranges are going to come back into the normal range, but that doesn't mean that you feel and function good. If those numbers look good and you feel horrible, what have you accomplished?

In all reality, you haven't accomplished much. They are just manipulating numbers on paper.

Not that you don't need that part of the treatment, but obviously it's not addressing the real issue.

So just to recap, if you've started a gluten-free diet, it really needs to be 100 percent gluten-free diet, or it's not a gluten-free diet at all, and you're not going to get any benefit from it.

Two, if you've had this problem for a long time and you're just making that change, it may take a while before you see any benefit from it. There's the possibility that you may start to see changes within the first week, but for other people there's so much damage done as a result that it could take months, and you just have to know that that it is something that has to be done.

The Boydston Institute, founded by Dr. Robert Boydston DC, specializes in the comprehensive, all natural treatment of Hashimoto's and other chronic autoimmune diseases. His Adrenal Fatigue Recovery Program is sought by patients all over the country.

To learn more about the Boydston Institute visit: http://www.drboydston.com/thyroid.html

Dr. Robert Boydston is a Board Certified Doctor of Chiropractic, and a national leader in Natural Thyroid and Autoimmune Treatment. He is also the author of the Hashimoto's Recovery Report that is available as a free download on his website.

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Start on a Natural Health Diet: Fight Hypothyroidism

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Having a natural health diet will help you in taking control of your hypothyroidism issues. The feeling of having a healthy body and mind is not far away, but it will not happen unless you take the initiative and start on your own path. Being on a natural health diet plan will bring about many pleasing changes. You should consider this method before resorting to taking prescription drugs, which can possibly harm your health more than helping.

Energy is the Key to a Happy Life

Being on a proper natural diet helps with losing that weight gained because of low thyroid symptoms. Even exercising daily may not help you defeat the weight gain. This will change, however, from being on the natural diet because it is designed to help give you the set plan on what foods will provide you the energy you need.

Hypothyroidism drains the body's nutrients and energy by having a slow metabolism. This slow metabolism that takes place is the cause of excessive weight gain because the body just simply does not have the energy to break down the calories being consumed.

Your Body Needs Nutrients

Go on the natural diet and get that energy you need to go out again. Stop being stuck in one spot because of low energy levels. Having low thyroid symptoms can just bring your body down from lack of nutrition. Excessive dieting will do this also because you are purposely starving yourself to lose the weight that is being gained. The lack of nutrient intake from food only makes the hypothyroidism become worse. This happens because your body requires a specific amount of calories to be broken down daily, and since you are dieting and eating less food this does not happen. Once the body recognizes the indication of a calories being withheld, the metabolism slows down. So do not take the chance of this happening by overly dieting because you want to lose weight. Just take the simple path of choosing to go on the natural health diet to help your low thyroid levels, and shed the weight fast.

The calories that are consumed while on the natural health diet are very low, but you will still have the right amount needed to keep the body healthy. Also a part of this diet is specific nutrients which stimulate the thyroid activity naturally, basically meaning that you will be able to start losing weight. Besides knowing what foods are good for hypothyroidism, also learn about what foods are bad and damage the thyroid more. Naturally, your body craves vitamins and minerals to survive, and each part of the body has specific wants of what will help it out more. With these being obtained through a healthy diet, you replenish what had gone missing through dieting. A proper natural health diet is like no other. It tells you what foods to eat and cook with, and does not tell you that you are only allowed to eat a few carrots a day. The intention is to replenish, not diminish.

Do not wait until you have resorted to taking all other methods for a low thyroid beside this one. Get started on a natural health diet now, and get on the right track to successfully shaking off the miserable feelings of hypothyroidism. You will see great results, and lose nothing but weight to begin fitting into those clothes you have wanted to wear again.

Mike Rady Is a retired Fire Lt EMT his wife and daughter suffer from low thyroid levels find out more about hypothyroidism or low thyroid levels at lowthyroid.info You can also find out how they learned to control their thyroid levels the natural way.

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Treatment Methods Options, Root Cause and Indicators of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis Symptoms

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Hashimoto's Thyroiditis symptoms: Precisely what is it?

The most regularly occurring thyroid ailment in the Country is Hashimoto's thyroiditis which is in addition, regarded as autoimmune or persistent lymphocytic thyroiditis. It is usually an inherited affliction which impacts on close to 16 million US citizens and is about six times more common in women than in men of all ages. The capacity of thyroid cells to create thyroid hormone is affected by the body's own immune system which is a key characteristic of Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Hypothyroidism will happen if the amount of thyroid hormone which can be created is not sufficient for the body's requirements. An actual Goiter may well form in a number of sufferers when the thyroid gland is bigger.

Hashimoto's thyroiditis: Precisely what are the indicators?

A good number of sufferers with Hashimoto's thyroiditis could have simply no signs for many years, and the medical diagnosis is made accidentally when an enlarged thyroid gland or irregular blood tests are identified as part of a routine assessment. Decreased levels of thyroid hormone and pressure effects in the neck due to the actual goiter are usually the first signs or symptoms to manifest. Edema in the lower front of the neck which often is painless may be the first indicator of the actual disorder This may well eventually lead to a pressure sensation within the throat and the enlargement may come to be easily apparent. Respiratory issues may well take place in addition to issues with swallowing if left without treatment.

Hashimoto's thyroiditis: What precisely is the trigger?

Hashimoto's thyroiditis comes from a malfunction within the immune mechanism. Whilst operating adequately, the immune system is intended to safeguard the body against invaders, like as harmful bacteria, microbes, and various other foreign compounds. Antibodies are manufactured by the body's defence mechanism that in people with Hashimoto's thyroiditis indicates that the immune system views the ordinary thyroid cells as unknown tissues and it might then damage most of these cells. Regardless of the fact numerous environmental elements have been analyzed, none have been positively verified to be the actual trigger of Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

Hashimoto's thyroiditis: Precisely how is it determined?

Research laboratory tests, physical signs and symptoms and a physical evaluation can typically detect the indications of Hashimoto's thyroiditis if conducted by a health practitioner qualified in the medical diagnosis and treatment methods of thyroid disorders which can easily recognize a goiter and can identify hypothyroidism signs.

Hashimoto's thyroiditis: Treatment solution choices?

With regards to sufferers with thyroid enlargement (goiter) or hypothyroidism, thyroid hormone treatment is obviously needed, given that adequate dose corrects virtually any signs and symptoms due to thyroid hormone deficiency and will certainly help reduce the goiter's proportions. Medication and therapy consists of consuming a single daily pill of levothyroxine. Much older sufferers that might have underlying coronary heart disease are typically started off with a lower dose and steadily increased, whereas younger healthy and fit sufferers could be started out on full hormone substitute dosages right away. Thyroid hormone behaves fairly slowly within the human body; consequently it may possibly take quite a few months after treatment is actually started out to notice improvement in signs and symptoms or goiter shrinking. Medicines dose might have to be regulated every now and then and the treatment is commonly for a person's entire life on account of Hashimoto's thyroiditis being generally permanent and progressive in characteristics. Very small variations in thyroid hormone amounts are recognized by the human body that is very acutely sensitive to this and optimal modification of medication is typically based on laboratory tests rather than thyroiditis symptoms.

A competent Health professional in thyroiditis symptoms and treatment methods of this kind of health problem needs to manage Hashimoto's thyroiditis accurately.

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28 Nisan 2012 Cumartesi

Tachycardia - A Symptom of Thyroid Problems

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Have you ever heard someone using the term tachycardia? It refers to a heart rate that is higher than the normal range, as measured when the person is at rest -- such as sleeping or otherwise not active. The particular figure at which someone's heart rate is considered high enough to qualify as this varies based upon the patient's age. However, once reaching adulthood (defined here as 15 years old) that number is simply any rate beyond 100 beats per minute.

Now, let's take into consideration some of the thyroid problems that could be behind tachycardia. Keep in mind that this is not intended to be exhaustive, and many non-thyroid issues can also lead to this raised heart rate.

Graves' disease

This medical issue is the most frequent cause of cases of hyperthyroidism. Additionally, it can be noted that it is autoimmune in nature. Aside from having tachycardia, a patient with Graves' disease might exhibit other symptoms such as eye bulging, goiter, weakness in the muscles, etc.

Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT)

Hashimoto's thyroiditis is a common reason behind hypothyroidism. HT is also an autoimmune condition. Although it can provoke an increased heart rate, it is also possible for it to lead to a slowed beat, otherwise known as bradycardia. High cholesterol is another symptom that may result. One other possible symptom is a change in weight, which may be either a gain or reduction.

Thyroid storm

Although thyroid storm is rare, when it does occur it is life-threatening. It can occur in different situations, one of which is if the patient stops using medicine for his hyperthyroidism. Lung infections may also lead to it. Along with the possibility of a rapid heart rate, other symptoms that may show up include shortness of breath and disorientation. Some of the other potential symptoms are pain in the chest and a particularly high temperature that may reach all the way up to 106 F.

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