Whether you’re newly diagnosed as hypothyroid, or have been living with an underactive thyroid for years…whether you’re hypothyroid due to treatment for Graves’ or hyperthyroidism, surgery, or whether you have autoimmune hypothyroidism…there are a number of things you can do to start feeling better.
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#1: Know and Understand Your Thyroid Blood Test Results It’s not enough to have your doctor tell you that your test results are “normal.” You need to know the numbers, so you can know what your doctor’s philosophy is as far as aggressiveness of treatment, and so you can work with your doctor to determine the optimal levels for your own wellness.
#2: Know Whether You Are at the Optimal TSH level for You to Feel Well
Some people need to be at the lower end of the normal TSH range — i.e., around a TSH of 1 — to feel best. Others do best in the middle of the range, or even high-normal levels. Where you feel best is unique to you, and finding that level is a critical part of feeling well.
#3: Know Your T3 Levels and Whether You Have Enough T3 to Feel Well
Some doctors believe that even when TSH levels are normal, and you’re on levothyroxine (i.e., Synthroid) for your hypothyroidism, if you have low T3 levels, you may still be suffering from hypothyroidism and symptoms. Find out how to have your T3 levels tested, and what to do about it if the levels are low.
#4: Find the Best Possible Doctor to Be Your Partner in Wellness
Do you need an endocrinologist? Or would a holistic or alternative doctor be the best for you? And once you decide, how do you find the best doctors? These are all important questions you need to answer, because having a good, caring and smart doctor — one who is your partner in the search for solutions and wellness – is perhaps the most important thing you can do for your health.
#5: Don’t Feel Alone, or Think That You Are the Only One Suffering. Get Support from Other Thyroid Patients
Support is an essential part of getting well and staying well. You can find others who sympathize and understand your symptoms, you will discover that you are not the only one struggling to get well, and learn important information and ideas from others who are moving forward successfully on the path to wellness.
#6: Keep Track of Your Own Records, and Test Results — It Could Save Your Life
With today’s 10-minute doctor’s appointments, and revolving door HMOS, and with the population moving more frequently, it’s absolutely essential that you keep track of your own health records and thyroid test results.
#7: Get Inspired by Learning How Others Have Achieved Success
Dozens of people have shared their success stories here at the website, talking about how they’ve gotten successfully diagnosed, found the perfect doctor, regained their energy, and lost weight.
There’s so inspiration and motivation to be found in these compelling stories.
#8: Learn the Best Ways to Take Your Thyroid Drugs
Do you know why you shouldn’t take your thyroid medicine with calcium-fortified orange juice. Or why not to take calcium supplements at the same time as your thyroid hormone? How and when you take your thyroid hormone may be making your drugs less effective.
#9: Learn How to Manage the Stress of Chronic Disease
Having a chronic condition like hypothyroidism can be stressful. And stress can make the condition worse.
#10: Try a Mind-Body Technique Like Yoga
Mind-body techniques like yoga and tai chi can actually reduce the body’s stress hormones, and some practitioners believe they can help your hypothyroidism.
#11: Be Careful about Eating Too Much of Certain Foods, i.e., Soy, Certain Vegetables
Overconsumption of soy isoflavones and certain vegetables may contribute to your risk of hypothyroidism, or worsen an existing condition. To be sure you’re not sabotaging your own thyroid health, learn about the foods and vegetables that may interfere with your thyroid.
#12: Lose Weight, and Feel and Look Great!
Difficultly losing weight is frequently the main complaint of people with hypothyroidism. Find out some secrets of losing weight with hypothyroidism.
#13: Read Some of the Best Books on Thyroid Disease and Hormonal Health
Education is key, and there are several books that can really make a difference in your efforts to understand your thyroid condition and to feel well.
#14: Don’t Be Afraid to Stick Up For Yourself
Being an empowered, asssertive patient may be the difference between suffering in silence, and getting the treatment you need to truly feel well.
#15: Stay Informed on the Latest Thyroid News
There are constantly new reports about hormonal health, thyroid disease, weight loss, nutrition and supplements, and other things you need to know in order to live well and stay well.