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In the work I do as a patient advocate, I regularly receive questions from patients, requesting information they are not simply getting from their practitioners or other information sources. Here are some of the most common and important questions, along with answers from some of the world's top experts in thyroid disease, autoimmune conditions, weight loss, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and more. -- Mary Shomon

CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME/FIBROMYALGIA CORNER

Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. answers your questions regarding chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFS/CFIDS) and fibromyalgia. See his special Q&A section now.

Can Basal Body Temperatures Diagnose Thyroid Disease? (September 2002)
Are basal body temperatures a valid and valuable way to diagnose a thyroid condition? Can body temperature be used instead of thyroid testing to make a diagnosis?
Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames offer their suggestions and advice about this important question.

Help! I Can't Get Through to My Doctor! (August 2002)
What should I do when I can't get through to my doctor, or get a call back?
Women’s health expert, and patient rights advocate Marie Savard, MD has some suggestions for connecting with your doctor.

Thyroid Cysts Normal? (August 2002)
Are cysts in the thyroid normal?
Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames explore this common situation.

Doctor's Office Won't Give Me My Numbers (August 2002)
When I have my TSH tested, the office staff at my doctor call and tell me "your results are normal." When I ask for the specific numbers, the office-- and even the doctor -- won't provide them. What can I do?
Patient advocate Marie Savard, MD has constructive advice.

Men Versus Women with Thyroid Problems (August 2002)
What is the percentage of men versus women with thyroid deficiencies?
Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames take a look at the gender gap.

Can't Get Tested & Diagnosed (August 2002)
I have symptoms and family history of thyroid disease, but because I'm 30, my doctor says I'm too young to have a thyroid problem. What should I do?
Patient advocate Marie Savard, MD has some helpful suggestions.

Optimal Synthroid / Cytomel Combination (August 2002)
Is taking Synthroid 175 mcg plus Cytomel 5 mcg the same as taking Synthroid 150 mcg plus Cytomel 10 mcg? Which combination should make you have more energy and/or affect your TSH?
Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames have some ideas regarding the subject.

Can't My Doctor Fire Me? (August 2002)
My doctor refused a treatment I requested, and then two days letter, sent me a letter terminating our relationship. Can my doctor really fire me?
Patient advocate Marie Savard, MD has the answer.

Hypothyroidism Tests and Doctors (August 2002)
What type of tests should you have to see if you have hypothyroidism, and do you need to see a special doctor, or can you see your general practitioner?
Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames offer suggestions to help.

Causes of an Underactive Thyroid (August 2002)
What are the causes of an underactive thyroid?
Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames explore some of the theories.

Synthetic Vs. Natural Thyroid Drugs -- Are Synthetics More "Stable?" (July 2002)
Are natural thyroid drugs really less consistent or stable than the synthetics?
Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames share their thoughts.

Saliva and Urine Tests for Thyroid Disease (July 2002)
Are saliva or urine tests for thyroid disease accurate?
Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames weigh in with their opinions.

Thyroid-Related Sex Drive Problems (July 2002)
What sorts of things -- medicine, supplements, mind and body approaches -- can be done for a flagging libido?
Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames offers practical suggestions.

Thyroid-Related Hair Loss (July 2002)
Why do thyroid patients lose hair, and is there anything that you suggest can be done?
Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames offer ideas for this sensitive issue.

Conjugated Estrogen/Progestin Risks (July 2002)
In light of the July 2002 announcements about the findings of health risks of conjugated estrogen/progestin drugs, what are your thoughts for thyroid patients? David Brownstein, MD answers.




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