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The Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypothyroidism

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Patients with both central and primary hypothyroidism also needed to be treated by aiming for a free T4 and free T3 in the upper-normal range.

I was diagnosed with primary hypothyroidism in February 2003. An endocrinologist performed an examination of my thyroid gland and I was found to have a goiter. My blood values showed a TSH of 8 mU/mL and strongly positive anti-TPO antibodies. I have a strong family history of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, but I was lucky to be fairly asymptomatic prior to treatment. I am now on 150 mg a day of Levoxyl, have a TSH of 1.9 mU/mL and feel great. I have lost a few pounds on T4 therapy and my cholesterol profile has improved.

For more information about Dr. Friedman’s endocrinology clinic, visit his Web site at
www.goodhormonehealth.com. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Friedman, please e-mail
Kimberly at appointments@goodhormonehealth.com.

Link to article: http://www.goodhormonehealth.com/Hypothyroidism-final.pdf

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EmpowHER Guest

Thank you for this informative post. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism following the birth of my first son in 2006 and experienced many of the symptoms you have listed. I trusted my doctors completely assuming they knew everything there was to know about this disease, especially when I became pregnant again in late 2008. How wrong I was! Under their care my TSH, the gold standard for measuring thyroid function, rose high above the safe range for pregnancy and I miscarried. I vowed to myself that I would research everything there was to know about hypothyroidism and warn other women. I fulfilled my vow and launched my blog Hypothyroidmom.com in memory of the baby I lost to hypothyroidism.

October 21, 2012 - 5:48am
EmpowHER Guest

Thank you for this useful post. However, hypothyroidism isn't the only condition that may cause the loss of hair in an individual but if the thyroid gland is under controlled and still there is a loss of hair, one must think of some other reasons. Hair loss, if not hereditary caused, may be signal of something ‘unfair’ with the body and one should pay an awareness of it.

December 20, 2010 - 2:53am
EmpowHER Guest

Thank you for the informative post. I am an RN who was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism as well (TSH 122, T4 0.4, positive antibodies and multiple nodules on thyroid ultrasound). I just started levothyroxine 50mcg last week. I am waiting to feel better, and also to see ENT regarding possible biopsies of nodules.

Any words of advice about nodules?


July 24, 2009 - 8:25am
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