Hashimoto's Disease and Thyroid Issues

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Misogyny And Misinformation Keeps Women With Thyroid Disease Suffering

If you have an underactive thyroid, you may have been told to take a pill, probably Synthroid or its generic form Levothyroxine, and you’ll feel better (a very misleading yet common belief in the medical field), and that’s only if you have been tested and diagnosed. Many women haven’t been tested or diagnosed, so they unknowingly live with the disease and suffer the ramifications. Thyroid disease stands to be one of the most overlooked diseases of our time and some say misogyny is at the root of the misinformation.

A recent article in Good Housekeeping caused contention among physicians and thyroid sufferers alike as it purported that women who suffer with a mild to moderate underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) may not benefit from being treated, unless the women are trying to get pregnant. Not only does it go against what the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) protocol for treatment, it also implied that only women who were interested in child bearing should be entitled to medical help.

The article, written by Susan Carlton, based the findings on one Harvard doctor, Gilbert Daniels, M.D. Yet another Harvard doctor, Sara Gottfried was infuriated after reading the piece and blogged about why it was so wrong:


Sluggish, Anxious, Exhausted? It Might NOT Be Just the Baby...

Laura Faber of Soho was surprised by how tired she had become since giving birth. As a first-time mom, she initially denied her fatigue until it became unbearable. During her six-week checkup, she mentioned that she had been so tired she couldn't function. "I first thought that I should feel that tired because I was up all night with the baby, but even when I got sleep, I still felt wiped out," Faber explains. Because of this and her other complaints of body aches and dry skin, her doctor decided to run a quick thyroid panel in her labs that day. By 2pm the following day, Laura's doctor called to tell her that she had postpartum thyroiditis, a disease that commonly affects new mothers.

What is Postpartum Thyroiditis?
The thyroid is a central gland in the body, so it's no surprise that when it has problems, your whole body is affected. According to the American Thyroid Society, more than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime, a significant finding considering the thyroid produces a hormone that influences every cell, tissue, and organ in the body.

In postpartum thyroiditis, the thyroid becomes inflamed, which impairs function. The hypothyroid phase occurs when your thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone to supply the body. The hyperthyroid phase is diagnosed when the thyroid produces too much hormone.