When you have a thyroid disorder, it is important that you keep track of how you are feeling and to be your own advocate. If your doctor tells you that the thyroid blood work only needs to be checked annually, yet you don’t feel well, then push for an earlier screening and note your signs and symptoms. It is often that you will fall in the “normal range” on your blood values, yet not feel normal. Sometimes doctors forget that just because you are in between the lines does not mean that your body is working at its optimal level. Push your doctor to stay on top of your levels and if he/she refuses, then it is time to find a new physician. Another important key is to keep an ongoing journal of how you feel your body is functioning at all levels. Note key items; for example, if your PMS has increased, or you are more tired then normal. By tracking how you are feeling, you may be handing your doctor the key to unlock the mystery of what is malfunctioning in your body. Remember, no one knows your body better than you do. Also, read and research for yourself; after all, knowledge is power!
Resources - Web Sites
Resources - Books
Thyroid Balance: Traditional and Alternative Methods for Treating Thyroid Disorders
By Glenn S. Rothfeld, M.D., M.Ac, & Deborah S. Romaine
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Hypothyroidism:
A Simple Plan for Extraordinary Results
By Ken Blanchard, M.D., Ph.D. & Marietta Abrams Brill
Allergies and Holistic Healing: A Comprehensive Reference for Everything on Allergies - from Nutritional Causes to Natural Treatments
By Skye Weintraub, N.D.
Detoxification and Healing: The Key to Optimal Health
By Sidney MacDonald Baker, M.D.