Thyroid disease is a sneaky disease, overlooked unless the symptoms debilitate you to the point of going to a doctor for answers. Often the diagnosis of thyroid disease is elusive unless a doctor specifically does a simple blood test. For me the diagnosis came after a series of medical mysteries, which led me to an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist Doctor that detected nodules and he sent me to an Endocrinologist.
Thyroid Disease Diagnosis
Hashimoto Disease is an autoimmune disease that is genetic and is the most common thyroid problem. In my case, hypothyroidism is the result of Hashimoto Thyroid disease. According to my endocrinologist I have 3 nodules, but my thyroid hormone levels were presenting normal due to a massive Prednisone dosage I was taking for the optic nerve issue that started my path from specialist to specialist to get a diagnosis to my sudden lack of vision in my right eye.
My doctor sent me home with brochures about diet and alternative options to use in the hope that it would help keep my Hashimotos at bay. Eventually I stopped taking the prednisone with minimal success with restoring my vision. I discovered diet is important. My doctor put me on thyroid medication due to the underlying extended problems Hashimoto Disease can contribute to if left untreated.
I am of the mind to combine natural remedies along with modern hormone medication to treat my thyroid disease. Diet, exercise and relaxation techniques are not only healthy but are necessary when addressing hypothyroidism. The thyroid is the primary hormone center that drives our body’s metabolism. It is pertinent to be sure to fuel our body with thyroid friendly foods and avoid the contrary.
Success came with my general energy level, significant reduction of weight and healthier lifestyle with simply learning more about thyroid disease. I look for healthy, hormone free and local foods when available. Dr. Oz has a list of thyroid friendly and not so friendly foods listed on his website. Visualization techniques have been especially successful for my health by reducing my mental stress, which reduces many physical symptoms.
Another tool in the regulation of thyroid disease is the supplement, Guggul, used in the reduction of cholesterol and weight loss due to its ability to increase thyroid function. Obtained a health food store, Guggul, taken three times a day with meals at 400 mg a dose recommended. The primary negative side effect to watch for is skin sensitivity or reaction.
Find A Doctor Who Will Work With You
I work with my Endocrinologist to regulate my thyroid disease. Diet, exercise, meditation and thyroid medication are all tools in my thyroid control regime. A specialist that will work with you to find a natural way to aid in your own overall health is something that has worked for me. Educate yourself and ask your doctor questions. If you are not getting the information you need then find another doctor that will work with you. Thyroid disease is controllable by a combination of medication, diet, stress relief techniques and lifestyle change, but is worth it.