Thyroid Conditions

Includes hypothyroid, hyperthyroid, Graves Disease, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Wilson's Syndrome, and other thyroid conditions.

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Hyperparathyroid Disease: Much more common than you might think and often overlooked

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Hyperparathyroid Disease: Much more common than you might think and often overlooked

Today, I will be joined by Babak Larian MD, an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon who is well known for his work with diagnosing and treating hyperparathyroidism. The four parathyroid glands sit behind the thyroid gland and control calcium metabolism. It has become clear in recent years that this diagnosis for fatigue and cognitive impairment (as well as elevated calcium levels) is much more common than we had appreciated. Dr. Larian will bring to us the newest information about this condition, and we will talk with one of his patients who will share with us how this impacted her life.

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Thyroid and Adrenal Problems: What You Don’t Know May Be Hurting You

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Friday August 15 at 2:00 PM

Thyroid and Adrenal Problems: What You Don’t Know May Be Hurting You

Today we will address the controversial issues of adrenal and thyroid deficiencies, which are closely inter-related. These problems are almost universal in chronically ill patients and they will address the difficulties with diagnosis and treatment so that listeners will better understand their therapeutic options.

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What’s Wrong With Me?

The article is short and is supposed to be about an unclear auto-immune disease but it is about our patients. I’m sorry, but the full article is only available to subscribers or can be purchased from The New Yorker. – Eric Gordon MD

I had an autoimmune disease. Then the disease had me.

by Meghan O’Rourke
August 26, 2013 published in The New Yorker

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Illness narratives usually have startling beginnings—the fall at the supermarket, the lump discovered in the abdomen, the doctor’s call. Not mine. I got sick the way Hemingway says you go broke: “gradually and then suddenly.” One way to tell the story is to say that I was ill for a long time—at least half a dozen years—before any doctor I saw believed I had a disease. Another is to say that it took hold in 2009, the stressful year after my mother died, when a debilitating fatigue overcame me, my lymph nodes ached for months, and a test suggested that I had recently had Epstein-Barr virus. Still another way is to say that it began in February of 2012, on a windy beach in Vietnam; my boyfriend and I were reading by the water when I noticed a rash on my inner arm—seven or eight vibrantly red bumps. At home in New York, three days later, I had a low fever. For weeks, I drifted along in a flulike malaise that I thought was protracted jet lag. I began getting headaches and feeling dizzy when I ate. At talks I gave, I found myself forgetting words. I kept reversing phrases—saying things like “I’ll meet you at the cooler water.” . . .
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Meghan O’Rourke, Personal History, “What’s Wrong With Me?,” The New Yorker, August 26, 2013, p. 32

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Treat Your Thyroid Right: Straight Talk for Regular People

Everyone has heard about thyroid trouble.  Low-thyroid is so common that thyroid hormone pills are the second most-frequently filled prescription in the US.  At this moment, about 15% of all Americans have diseased thyroid glands.  Many of them are not being treated.  Sadly, many people who are treated for thyroid trouble are not fully restored to normal and they are often quite dissatisfied with their results.  Since our thyroid glands are so much at risk and so often a persistent problem, it is good to learn more about what they do and how best to deal with their problems.

The thyroid gland releases hormones into our blood, on “orders” from the brain [Read more…]