• General

    When to See an Endocrinologist and Why Should You ?

    Almost always your initial diagnosis will start with your primary care physician, but what’s the next step ? My goal with this post is to discuss when to see an endocrinologist and why you should. Dealing with any kind of diagnosis is difficult and some things can be treated by your primary care doctor, but should they ? What is an Endocrinologist ? Just like the countless medical specialties out there, there are doctors that train to specifically to treat diseases that are related to the endocrine system. The endocrine system is the system of glands in the body that produce hormones that affect the following processes in the body…

  • Hypothyroidism

    Hypothyroidism Treatment Options

    What are your options once you have a formal diagnosis ? My goal with this post is to offer information on what is out there and again include a little of my personal experience. Treatments Traditional medical treatments for Hypothyroidism are limited as well. The most commonly recommended treatment is to begin a hormone replacement regimen to alleviate symptoms. Surgical intervention is an option but is rarely recommended. Hormone replacement therapy for Hypothyroidism is a treatment that is a life long situation and must be sustained. Medications Synthetic thyroid hormone Synthroid (Levothyroxine) is the most commonly recommended hormone replacement out there. There is also a medication called Armour Thyroid or…

  • Hyperthyroidism

    Hyperthyroidism Treatment Options

    What are your options once you have a formal diagnosis ? My goal with this post is to present what is out there, combined with a little of my personal experience. Treatments The unfortunate circumstance for hyperthyroidism is that depending on the severity traditional medical treatments are truly limited. Antithyroid medication, beta blockers or radioactive iodine are the most common treatments, on occasion surgical intervention is required. What they don’t tell you, is that it’s a lifelong disease and whatever treatment path you take has to be sustained. Medications Medications are prescribed almost immediately or at least in my experience that was the first suggestion. The severity of my symptoms…

  • Hypothyroidism

    Hypothyroidism – Symptoms and Diagnosis

    In my last post I talked a bit about Hyperthyroidism and I also would like to discuss Hypothyroidism. I want to provide a balanced view of the different disease processes involved with a thyroid diagnosis. Considering that I’ve personally experienced both ends hyper and hypo. Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones. Thus causing a hormonal imbalance that throws off your metabolism, causes issues with regulating body temperature, influences heart rate and causes issues with the production of proteins. Symptoms Again, the degree to which you may or may not feel a particular symptom is going to vary from person to person. I’m only listing the most common…

  • Hyperthyroidism

    Hyperthyroidism – Symptoms and Diagnosis

    Hyperthyroidism occurs when there is an excessive amount of the thyroid hormone being produced. The degree to which you feel the symptoms is going to vary from person to person.   There are some common signs and symptoms for someone who has hyperthyroidism. Symptoms Irritability Muscle Weakness Trouble Sleeping Rapid Heart Rate Heat Intolerance Tremors Thinning Skin Brittle Hair Diarrhea Weight loss Opthalmopathy (bulging eyes) Enlargement of the gland (goiter) Graves Disease Graves’ disease is an immune system disorder where there is an abnormal stimulation of the thyroid gland caused by an antibody in the blood that attaches to thyroid cells.  There isn’t a ton of information as to why…

  • General

    Goiter – Causes and Risk Factors

    My whole world was turned upside down based on a word someone used to describe an enlarged thyroid gland, a goiter.  After the first mention of that word, I ran to the first mirror I could find to see what they were talking about.  Only to see something that I never noticed throughout my day to day life. What is a goiter exactly ? It’s clinically described as an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. What causes an an abnormal enlargement ? For some it’s lack of iodine in the diet, for others it could be Graves Disease, Hasimoto’s, a single nodule that presents as overall enlargement, multiple nodules, inflammation,…

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    About Nikki

    Welcome to My Thyroid Diagnosis. I was diagnosed with Graves Disease at the age of 28. I have to believe that I had had it long before that, I just didn’t realize that the things I felt actually weren’t normal.  The moment it clicked for me is that I remember someone telling me oh my god you have a goiter and I was kind of puzzled because I had no idea what that was. I ran to look in the mirror and it was ginormous. For the first time I was seeing something that I never paid attention to and never realized could be affecting my overall health. I want to help people because I remember in the back…