My Personal Experiences

Isn’t It Crazy?

Isn't It Crazy?

Isn’t it crazy, how much these two and a half tablets a day have changed my life? 

On Levothyroxine, the initial thyroid medication I was on (T4-only), I just became more and more unwell. But this medication, NDT, the one in my hand this morning, has brought my levels up to optimal, symptoms to a minimum and trips to the doctors few and far between.

Isn’t it crazy, that despite how well Natural Desiccated Thyroid medication works for me and thousands of other patients, it is still not the norm or even offered to most hypothyroidism patients.

Even though it is a natural form of thyroid hormone and has provided relief of hypothyroid symptoms for many people, the synthetic option is often favoured by doctors.

Isn’t it crazy that these two and a half tiny tablets a day keep me alive? Without thyroid medication replacing the hormones my own thyroid gland fails to make, I would eventually die. Myexodema coma may be slow but it is fatal, as each process and organ shuts down.

To think back to how ill I was when on no thyroid medication or even T4-only medication and how much these two and a half tiny tablets of NDT enable me to wake up and function each day, is crazy.

Isn’t it crazy that I used to have to self-source this medication before eventually going private and paying hundreds, just to stay alive?


Please remember that if you’re a thyroid patient living with poor mental health or lingering physical symptoms, that you don’t have to live this way. To address why you may still be feeling unwell (often despite being on thyroid medication too), please see this article and go through each suggestion, putting your thyroid jigsaw back together.

Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate Book Cover

You can find even more about my personal experiences of changing thyroid medication, including everything else that has got my health back on track, in my book.

I also don’t recommend self-sourcing thyroid medication lightly. It is accompanied by many risks. Always talk to your doctor about having thyroid medication prescribed. 

You can click on the hyperlinks in the above post to learn more and see references to information given.

About Author

Rachel Hill is the highly ranked and multi-award winning thyroid patient advocate, writer, speaker and author behind The Invisible Hypothyroidism. Her thyroid advocacy work includes writing articles, authoring books, producing her Thyroid Family email newsletters and speaking on podcasts and at events about the many aspects thyroid disease affects and how to overcome these. She is well-recognised as a crucial and influential contributor to the thyroid community and has a large social media presence. Her bestselling books include "Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate" and "You, Me and Hypothyroidism".

1 Comment

  • Jenny Cathcart
    May 16, 2021 at 3:56 am

    I have been on Levothyroxine for many years, and T3 was added some years ago. I was fortunate that I responded well, firstly to T4 only, and when my doctor added T3, it just gave me that extra tweak. While WTE was considered, the fact that I respond so well to the medication I am currently taking, it was mutually decided that I stick with the status quo


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