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Thyroid Patients Share Their Brain Fog Moments

Brain fog is often described as ‘feelings of mental confusion or lack of mental clarity’. The phrase comes from the feeling of a fog that reduces your ability to think clearly. It can feel like a mental block. It can cause a person to become forgetful, detached, discouraged and even depressed as a knock on effect.

Brain fog is a common symptom of thyroid problems, particularly hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s. Continue reading “Thyroid Patients Share Their Brain Fog Moments”

Book Review: Tired Thyroid: From Hyper To Hypo To Healing – Breaking The TSH Rule by Barbara S. Lougheed

Tired Thyroid: From Hyper To Hypo To Healing - Breaking The TSH Rule Tired Thyroid: From Hyper To Hypo To Healing – Breaking The TSH Rule by thyroid patient advocate Barbara S. Lougheed is a comprehensive and thorough read. This book combines Barbara’s personal story of issues with hypothyroidism treatment, with case studies from others, too.

With almost thirty chapters, it showcases the many topics linked to thyroid disease that she has painstakingly researched over the years.

I may reference back to this book and what I’ve learnt from it throughout my blog posts.

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Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month – September 2021

Every year, September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month!

This annual event was created to spread awareness of the symptoms and effects of thyroid cancer and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding thyroid disease, and thyroid cancer is no different!

No, it is not ‘the good cancer’.

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Feeling Guilty About Missing an Exercise Session

Being pregnant, and especially when pregnant with health conditions such as hypothyroidism and autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s, can mean feeling less than great.

During my first pregnancy, I understandably felt quite tired, fatigued and achy some days. The first trimester was the hardest and as a result, I saw a sharp decline in my exercise activity. My two-weekly aerobic dance workouts became far too tiring to maintain, so I instead focused on lots of walking and yoga. Continue reading “Feeling Guilty About Missing an Exercise Session”

Is the COVID Vaccine Safe for Thyroid Patients?

Originally published on 26th January 2021 
Last updated on 22nd August 2021

I’m receiving messages daily that ask me:

  • Should thyroid patients get the COVID vaccine?
  • Is the COVID vaccine safe for thyroid patients?
  • Will the COVID vaccine worsen thyroid health / cause a flare up in symptoms?

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Where Can I Order My Own Tests?

Originally published on 19th August 2016 
Last updated on 15th August 2021

Your doctor may not run all the thyroid tests you want – you want to make sure that TSH, Free T3 and Free T4 are done at the very least. Most patients benefit from being highly involved in their thyroid care and treatment, which is where self-testing and the ability to order your own tests can be critical tools for empowering a patient.

This list has been compiled from thyroid patients who have told me where they order their own tests from.

Please note that any places included in this list are not necessarily endorsed or recommended by myself. 

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Why I Don’t Focus on Weight as a Thyroid Advocate

TW: Dieting, Disordered Eating, Weight.

Rachel Walking on The Beach

In the thyroid health world, you can’t go anywhere without someone trying to sell you something for weight loss. 

Whether it’s a product such as a supplement, a coaching programme or workout regimen, they’re hard to avoid but equally, easy to find.

Weight gain is often one of the first symptoms people think about when they hear the term ‘thyroid disease’ or ‘underactive thyroid’ and it’s easy to see why, since the thyroid gland’s main job is to regulate our metabolism. Therefore, weight fluctuations are common among thyroid patients.

However, I really avoid focusing on weight loss as a thyroid patient advocate. 

Why?

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11 Things I Did to Optimise Conceiving With Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism

Originally published on 17th March 2020
Last updated on 9th August 2021

Many of us with health conditions such as hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid and/or Hashimoto’s, dream of becoming parents one day. I hear from other thyroid patients every day who are understandably worried or anxious about whether they’ll be able to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy.

The vast majority of us are able to have biological children and carry them healthily, but this can depend on how well our thyroid health is managed and what our health is like at the time of trying to conceive.

Pregnant With Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto'sI fell pregnant immediately after trying to conceive in 2018, but this pregnancy unfortunately ended in an early miscarriage, which left me feeling worried about ever being able to have a healthy pregnancy. I had done some reading and research before falling pregnant, but after the miscarriage, delve in to it even more so and in the fourteen months between the miscarriage and attempting to conceive again, I did everything in my power to put my health in the best place possible so as to try and avoid another pregnancy loss.

Thankfully, when I tried to conceive again fourteen months after the miscarriage and with my health in the best place it had ever been, thanks to implementing the below things, I fell pregnant immediately once more and this time it stuck.

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Book Review: i see in words by Carly Jennings

I felt very lucky to receive a copy of i see in words, a book of poems around living with a thyroid condition (as well as other chronic illnesses).

i see in words book reviewIt was a great book to flick through with a cup of tea and many of the poems resonated with me.

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A Thyroid Flare Up or ‘Bad Thyroid Day’

Originally published on 12th May 2016
Last updated on 25th July 2021

I refer to days when my hypothyroid or Hashimoto’s symptoms are particularly bad as a ‘bad thyroid day’. Also called ‘flare ups’, I’ve had these days when my thyroid condition hasn’t been under control and when it has.

My Hashimoto’s is currently in remission, yet I can still experience them from time to time. 

Even now, with optimal TSH, Free T3 and Free T4 levels, as well as low thyroid antibody levels, I can still have flare ups.

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