Gena Lee Nolin,
Gena shares her knowledge, thoughts, ideas and support for all things thyroid.
If you have Hashimoto’s /hypothyroidism or have had your thyroid gland removed and you are still symptomatic with things like:
- you’re still exhausted
- your joints ache
- your body is swollen
- you can’t remember anything
- you’re having difficulty getting a deep breath
- you’re having mental health problems, YES including panic attacks, depression and suicidal thoughts
- you have high BP, low BP, heart problems, high cholesterol
and on and on, (Please read our Hypothyroid symptoms list in the Notes section) you are NOT optimally treated.
T4 only medications very often do NOT resolve our symptoms and bring us back to wellness. I know, I remained so ill on Synthroid for a year. It did NOT work for me. T4 medications are Synthroid, Levothyroxine, Thyroxine, etc. They are the INACTIVE hormone. Many, MANY of us do not convert it to the ACTIVE hormone very well, which is T3. T3 is what gets to our cells and makes us WELL again.
If you have a doctor who does NOT understand this, FIRE him/her and keep moving until you find one who does. People have been through as many as 25 doctors or MORE trying to find help for this. Many people have traveled out of state for the right treatment.
You also have to have adequate levels of Vit D, Vit B12, Iron, Ferritin, and cortisol levels (adrenal hormone) in order to convert T4 to T3 and for it to transport to the cells properly. Please read the FAQ link in the Notes section on Faceboo, it explains levels, blood tests and/or labs among other things. We also have a patient recommended doctor list in the Notes section with other linked resources to find a good doctor.
It is important to understand the following about your thyroid:
“Every cell in the body has receptors for thyroid hormone. These hormones are responsible for the most basic aspects of body function, impacting ALL major systems of the body.
Thyroid hormone directly acts on many organs and systems in the body including the:
- G.I. tract
- Cardiovascular system
- Bone metabolism
- Red blood cell metabolism
- Gall bladder and liver function
- Steroid hormone production
- Glucose metabolism
- Lipid and cholesterol metabolism
- Protein metabolism
- Body temperature regulation
- And more….
You can think of the thyroid as the central gear in a sophisticated engine. If that gear breaks, the entire engine goes down with it.
FIGHT for your health, ASK for help, from husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, friends and family members if you’re too sick to do it on your own. You CAN get well from this. You just have to find the right doctor to work with, and the right meds that are going to work for you. AND, support is so important, ASK for help!! PLEASE….. DON’T GIVE UP!
About the Author
Gena Lee Nolin, a former model, is probably best known for her stint as a lifeguard on the international smash hit Baywatch, Just recently she teamed up with New York Times bestselling author Mary J. Shomon, Gena released her first book, now a best-selling book, Beautiful Inside and Out: Conquering Thyroid Disease with a Happy, Healthy “Thyroid Sexy” Life in October, 2013. She currently writes mommy blogs for “Celebrity Baby Scoop” and “SheKnows”, and is in pre-production for a PBS cooking show geared toward kids. Check out her wonderful websites, OfficialGenaLeeNolin.com also known as ThyroidSexy.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
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Questions or anything to add about your thyroid? We’d love your thoughts in the comments section