The article, “Doctors Hear Patients’ Calls for New Approaches to Hypothyroidism,” discusses how a vocal group of patients say their disease hasn’t improved while on levothyroxine, the single form of treatment available for hypothyroidism. These patients have banded together online to share their frustrations and promote alternative therapies. Top endocrinologists are starting to listen to complaints, as studies have confirmed that 5-15% of patients do not get better on levothyroxine alone.
“I credit this to patients pushing doctors and saying, ‘You don’t know what you’re talking about. I don’t feel fine,’” says Dr. Antonio Bianco, president of the American Thyroid Association. Patient empowerment and action, exemplified here, is just as essential for improvements in treatment and diagnosis as physicians’ actions. The Thyroid Care Collaborative (TCC) aims to empower patients with quality information on thyroid related disorders in one trusted location on the Internet. The TCC aims to improve the information flow to patients to keep them well informed in order to be an active player in their thyroid care.
Register for the TCC to gain access to easy-to-understand educational videos on all aspects of thyroid care, including hypothyroidism. Watch a clip of a relevant educational video entitled, “Anatomy and Physiology of the Thyroid Gland” to learn more about hypothyroidism and its causes.