What doctors recommend to track (Part 1)
We have two accomplished medical advisors as part of the BOOST Thyroid team. We recently asked them for their input on the most important things to track for specific types of patients.
We first spoke with Prof. Dr. Vishnu Sundaresh, MD. He works as an endocrinologist in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City.
Dr. Sundaresh gave us his tracking advice for patients who are on thyroid medications.
It’s important to track the following symptoms, as they may help to determine if your thyroid medication dose is too low:
Weight gain (10% or more of body weight)
Muscle aches and cramps
It’s also important to track the following symptoms to help determine if your thyroid medication dose is too high:
Racing heart beat (palpitations)
Shaky hands (hand tremors)
Taking thyroid medication doses that are too high can be bad for your heart health, symptoms can develop within a few days of taking a new medication dose.
The efficiency of your thyroid varies—stress, seasonal changes, aging, weight gain or loss, and pregnancy can all influence its overproduction or underproduction of hormones. With all these influential factors, most people will need to adjust their medication dose a few times.
Tracking these symptoms will help you promptly address the need to adjust your thyroid medication dose, which will also prevent long-lasting effects on your body from incorrect doses.
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