This series of 6 blog posts tells my story and outlines the six challenges I’ve faced.
This post focuses on the importance of ultrasound imaging in the diagnosis and management of hypothyroidism, especially autoimmune thyroid gland disease.
At almost every turning point in my experience with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, I have had to do my own research and take initiative to ask my doctors for tests that should have been done years earlier.
On top of my hypothyroid symptoms (during treatment as well as pre-treatment) and the fact that chronic hypothyroidism increases risk for other health issues (such as heart problems), I have struggled with systemic barriers in the health care system:
- Delayed diagnosis of hypothyroidism
- Misdiagnosis of thyroid-related depression
- Ignorance of Hashimoto’s autoimmunity
- Lack of regular (or any!) thyroid ultrasound testing
- Lack of testing for Free T3 and Reverse T3 levels
- Lack of referral to an endocrinologist who understands