The mission of the The Thyroid Project is to encourage sharing of information and experience between the public and the medical community about the treatment of hypothyroidism (low thyroid function). For at least the past few decades there is a growing awareness of “something missing” in the way suffers of hypothyroidism are treated for their disease. Too many patients, as documented in an on-line study of 12,000 individuals conducted by the American Thyroid Association published in June 2018, (https://doi.org/10.1089/thy.2017.0681) , complain of persistent symptoms of hypothyroidism despite what their doctors believe is successful treatment with levothyroxine (brands include Synthroid, Unithroid, Tirosent, Levoxl). We believe something needs to be done to resolve this conflict between patients and their doctors.
The first step in our mission is to provide a series of 1 minute, raw and unedited, unrehearsed interviews with patients with hypothyroidism during their actual visit with an endocrinologist. All identifying features (that’s why no faces) have been removed to protect patient privacy. Signed consent was also obtained from each person shown.
We hope these videos will be a good first step to opening the conversation between medical professionals and their patients about this serious and decades old controversy. In our introductory interview we share the experiences of a typical person caught in this sad predicament.
Since 1 Year on Treatment for Hashimoto Disease
“After one year of treatment with Levothyroxine I am still feeling tired, cold, have dry skin, muscle pains, have to keep my nails short. Fatigue is my main concern.” Alternative treatment with DTE was offered. Follow up with our patient and learn all about her experience with DTE treatment.
Suffering since 20 years of hypothyroidism
“Eight years ago I switched to DTE treatment and noticed an improvement I did not feel while on Levothyroxine. I was feeling much better, did not feel lethargic or amnesic any more. Due to insurance issues I had to go back for a short while to Levothyroxine treatment but the bad symptoms were back. That did not work at all for me.”
Diagnosed with low thyroid 10 years ago
“For years I took 25 mg of Levothyroxine, then my doctors increase the dosage to 225 mg as I was still not feeling better. When they switched me to DTE, for the first time in years I could feel my symptoms improving: no more heart palpitations, my sleep and concentration are becoming a lot better and I finally feel ‘normal’ again.”
Had her thyroid glad removed 14 years ago
“I’ve been on synthetic thyroid hormone since having my thyroid removed 14 years ago. Despite treatment, some of the symptoms persisted, such as dry skin, hair loss, broken nails and feeling tired and cold. I’ve added T3 three months ago and I’ve seen great improvements with regard to my mood, sleep, energy level and feeling better overall.”