A ‘Thyroid Flare’, ‘Flare Up’, or ‘Hashimoto’s Flare’ is defined as a short period of time in which thyroid symptoms are more intense and ‘flared up’. Flares are usually triggered by stress, illness, overexertion etc.
Flares can be experienced both when thyroid levels are optimal and stable, Hashimoto’s in remission, and when not.
Navigating flares as a parent can be tricky because, among other things, you may not find it easy to get all the rest you need in order to recover quickly.
As someone who has travelled quite a few times since having a thyroid condition, I am often asked what I do to prepare for the trip and make sure that I am able to enjoy it without my hypothyroidism getting in the way.
Below are the most common vitamin and mineral deficiencies that I suggest you check out if you’re still feeling unwell.
You can also find a list of recommended supplements here, but please do not supplement unless you’ve confirmed low or deficient levels. Taking any supplements you do not need can be dangerous, so consult your doctor or pharmacist first.
A result, I do not discuss or promote diets such as the ketogenic diet which is a low-carb, moderate protein, higher-fat diet designed to help you burn fat. I discuss dietary changes in regards to improving your health with hypothyroidism (that is, reducing thyroid symptoms and improving your quality of life).
I know at times you feel tired, achy, frustrated and strained. You push yourself each and every day to keep on going, keep on raising your family with love and kindness despite your own body fighting against you.
This set of blogs cover my second pregnancy. To read the blogs about my first pregnancy, please click here. The biggest difference is that I was on NDT (Armour) alone for my first pregnancy. I am on a combination of Armour and Levothyroxine for my second pregnancy.
Going through a pregnancy with Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism and being on unconventional medication for this (a combination of Armour NDT and Levothyroxine) definitely presented some extra questions and challenges.
However, with this being my second pregnancy, I was more confident in that I could indeed have a healthy pregnancy and baby at the end of it all. I knew what bumps we may come up against, based on my first pregnancy experience, and was overall less anxious about navigating pregnancy with Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s and on privately prescribed Armour and Levothyroxine.
Just like last time, I wanted to blog about my experiences of going through a ‘thyroid pregnancy’ to give an insight in to how my thyroid medication worked for me during this time, but also as to how medical professionals managed me and what the overall experience was like.
Originally published on 7th February 2017Last updated on 22nd March 2022
It’s a question that’s been asked many times:
What happens if you stop taking your thyroid medication?
For one reason or another, you might be wondering if you can get by without it. Perhaps you don’t feel any better on it, perhaps you feel worse or that it gives you some side effects. It could be expensive for you to maintain or you might not be keen on taking any pills for whatever reason.
You may even be wondering how long can I go without thyroid medication?
I’m often asked:
What happens if I don’t take my thyroid medicine?
Can you stop taking thyroid medication once you start?