I hope these pages will be useful to
anyone looking for thyroid information.
Thyroid problems are hereditary in my family. I was diagnosed and
treated for hyperthyroidism, a thyroid cyst and
a multinodular goiter - this site was created as the result of that
diagnosis. All of the info on this website was accurate at that
time, but any information you read here
or elsewhere on the web should not replace your doctor's advice and
treatment. I am doing fine, with no change in medications for this
These pages are not often updated, since I was treated for the
thyroid disorder, although I occasionally add to the Goiter and
I check my email regularly and answer questions.
Some of the following statements are my personal opinions. Others
are facts I've picked up since my diagnosis.
Please don't automatically believe everything that you read on this
page or elsewhere on the web -
except the first point on the list. These statements should be
verified by your doctor, could be checked at
a respected medical website, and/or looked up in a reliable
publication. Your public library is also a wealth of information.
If you don't trust your doctor's advice tell your doctor that you'd
like a second opinion or go to another doctor.
Always check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program,
especially if you're hyperthyroid. Hyperthyroidism causes muscle
wasting as you lose weight from this disorder and until you're
treated and stabilized exercise could be detrimental.
If you have a thyroid condition you're more likely to be hypothyroid
than hyperthyroid. And you're more likely to be female than male.
Grave's Disease is more common than multinodular goiter.
It can take 2 months or even up to 6 months before the beneficial
effects of RAI (Radioactive Iodine) begin.
RAI is perfectly safe, having been in use for over 50 years. It has
nothing to do with chemotherapy for cancer either.Hair loss often
occurs during early thyroid treatment.
If it's discovered that you have one thyroid nodule it may
indicate cancer. The most common form of thyroid cancer (there are
four types), generally, is the least dangerous type of cancer to
have, but it still requires treatment.
Thyroid hormones aren't acceptable for use in weight loss programs.
If you're thinking of taking vitamins go to your doctor for advice.
Eating well is a more 'natural' solution than popping a vitamin
If you've been hyperthyroid your doctor may want you to have a bone
densitometry test, to check for osteoporosis. If you take thyroid
hormone replacement (levothyroxine - Synthroid etc.) be sure to have
your TSH tested regularly. Unnecessarily high doses of thyroid
hormone replacement can contribute to osteoporosis.
After a general anesthetic most people experience hair loss for a
few weeks. This is not a thyroid problem.
You may want to let your hairdresser know that you're taking thyroid
hormone replacement. Some medications and some health problems can
make for a 'Bad Day at the Salon'.
There is no safe and medically approved 'natural' treatment for any
thyroid disorder. When the natural function of the thyroid is
impaired, no special supplement will replace thyroid hormone, nor
will alternative treatments reduce the modern day goiter or thyroid
Untreated hypothyroid or hyperthyroid conditions can cause very
serious effects in the body, such as heart problems. Careful
monitoring by knowledgeable medical professionals is the safest and