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Do you have trouble sleeping, or do you feel fatigue during the day?

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Do you have trouble maintaining your weight?

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Do you frequently feel depressed, anxious or irritable?

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Do you experience pain or weakness in your joints or muscles?

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Have you ever been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes or an autoimmune disease?

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Is there a history of thyroid disorders in your family?

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Have you experienced any of these symptoms for an extended period?

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Have you been experiencing unusual constipation or loose stools?

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Are you troubled by excessive sweating, dry skin or hair loss?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions or if you suspect you may have thyroid disease, talk with a doctor. It’s time to take control of these symptoms!

An endocrinologist is a specially trained doctor that is qualified to diagnose and treat hormone-related diseases and conditions, including all those related to the thyroid gland.

Dr. Cheryl Rosenfeld: ‘I’m Also A Thyroid Patient’

Dr. Cheryl Rosenfeld: ‘I’m Also A Thyroid Patient’

Thyroid disease is more common than diabetes and heart disease, so why did Cheryl Rosenfeld have to visit several doctors before one ordered a thyroid test?

“A few weeks after giving birth to my son, I felt really terrible,” Cheryl said. “I kept feeling terrible.”

At various stages in life, everyone experiences frustrating changes in their bodies. These issues may include weight fluctuation, muscle and joint pain, changes in memory, greater anxiety or decreased energy. Many people attribute these changes to normal aging or an unhealthy lifestyle, but there may be a common cause for these symptoms that often remains unchecked—the thyroid.

More than half of Americans with thyroid disease are unaware they have it, and this lack of awareness can endanger their health and well-being. Undiagnosed thyroid issues may also place a person at greater risk for weight gain or loss, infertility, heart disease, osteoporosis and other serious conditions.

Be your own health advocate

Cheryl is not an ordinary thyroid patient. She holds a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and is an endocrinologist, a doctor that specializes in hormone-related diseases and conditions.

Before her pregnancy, Cheryl knew that she had Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease that damages the thyroid gland. After her pregnancy, she could not sleep and began to experience other symptoms that she suspected were linked to an escalating thyroid condition.

“Three doctors told me I was tired because my children weren’t sleeping, meanwhile I'm literally losing my hair,” Cheryl said. “In a woman who’s postpartum, doctors will often attribute fatigue and the hair loss to normal postpartum changes, but they should always consider thyroid disease.”

Cheryl had recently moved to a different state, and she was unable to yet order her own thyroid test due to state licensing regulations.

A few months after she consulted three different doctors, a colleague asked Cheryl what was wrong with her voice. She was extremely hoarse. Soon after this conversation, Cheryl finally convinced a doctor to order a test to check her thyroid levels.

“I had no thyroid hormone in my body,” Cheryl said. “It took an endocrinologist to convince three other doctors that she needed a thyroid test.”

Don’t let your thyroid condition go untreated

Talking with a doctor about your symptoms and possible need for a thyroid test is the first step to ensure that your thyroid gland is functioning properly.

An endocrinologist is a specially trained doctor that is qualified to diagnosis and treat hormone-related diseases and conditions, including thyroid cancer and all other diseases related to the thyroid gland.

To find an endocrinologist in your area, visit https://www.aace.com/find-an-endo.