Many symptoms of hypothyroidism mimic the process of getting older. So could older members of our population be going undiagnosed with hypothyroidism due to signs and symptoms being put down to their age? Continue reading “Signs of Ageing or Hypothyroidism?”
Originally published on 29th August 2017 Last updated on 14th January 2020
Along with many of the other symptoms of hypothyroidism, menstrual issues is a common one. Thyroid hormone is needed for pretty much every function and cell in the body so when you’re hypothyroid, many processes — including your menstrual cycle — can be affected.
Originally published on 16th November 2018 Last updated on 14th January 2020
In the Facebook support group I created for thyroid patients, the question of whether we can claim financial support or government/state benefits crops up fairly often.
And the responses can get controversial.
The Nourished Thyroid is a thyroid nutrition cookbook suitable for all lifestyles and all thyroid conditions, written by thyroid nutrition expert, Nicole Morgan, RDN, LD, CLT, AKA The Thyroid Dietitian.
Nicole has Hashimoto’s herself and works with other thyroid patients to help them reclaim their quality of life. As explained in the introduction of her cookbook, she lives an active and fulfilling life instead of feeling unwell due to Hashimoto’s, as she has managed to reduce most of her symptoms significantly. She shares how what she eats and drinks has helped with this, via the cookbook.
I may reference back to this book and what I’ve learnt from it throughout my blog posts. Continue reading “Book Review: The Nourished Thyroid: A gluten-free and thyroid friendly cookbook for all lifestyles by Nicole Morgan RDN LD CLT”
This is Part Six of my selection of songs that motivate, inspire, uplift or otherwise connect with me on tough health days.
I find music to be the best remedy for when I’m feeling low, fed up, defeated or frustrated, especially during thyroid flare up periods, so I’m going to share my favourites for when I feel down, defeated, frustrated or otherwise struggling. I hope you like them too.
You can find the playlist on my YouTube channel here. Continue reading “10 Songs For Thyroid Patients: Part Six”
Originally published on 20th November 2018 Last updated on 7th January 2020
Thinning eyebrows, especially of the outer third which is commonly seen in thyroid patients, can be frustrating and distressing. Many people take to investing in make-up or procedures such as micro-blading each and every year to ‘correct’ their eyebrow hair loss, but what if it could be down to your thyroid?
Originally published on 6th December 2016 Last updated on 7th January 2020
Losing your hair can be very upsetting. It’s not just down to vanity, it also contributes to your identity and is yet another way that hypothyroidism can wreak its havoc.
I’m going to cover the many possible causes and treatments for hair loss in relation to thyroid health.
Before you spend a lot of time and money on shampoos and ‘magical’ hair loss products trying to treat the symptom (hair loss), you should instead explore all the possible causes for the hair loss in the first place. No shampoo is going to encourage hair growth or stop it thinning, it will just make it appear thicker. It won’t be a miracle product!
TW: Mental health, suicide
January is Thyroid Awareness Month. A month dedicated to talking about thyroid disease – the conditions and symptoms, importance of diagnosis and treatment, but also the many issues we often face as thyroid patients.
Many people with thyroid conditions, especially hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s, do not get the treatment or testing they need to get better and the effects of this can be shocking. Mental health problems, struggling to remain in employment, the breakdown of relationships, infertility and even death. I’ve heard from countless people who became suicidal or had family members who tragically acted on these feelings due to an undiagnosed or inadequately treated thyroid condition.
We have a lot of progress to make in how we are treated medically, but if the general public can understand the effects of thyroid disease just a little bit more, even that would be progress. Continue reading “Thyroid Awareness Month 2020”
Originally published on 1st January 2017 Last updated on 1st January 2020
I’m writing this blog post after Christmas Day, having overindulged in food and spending the last few days feeling grateful for the friends and family in my life who have made the festive season special.
However, now that Christmas is (sadly) over, we’re approaching New Year celebrations, which always gets us reflecting over the past year, what the high and low points have been and what (if any) resolutions we may make for the next year. Continue reading “Thyroid Patients: 6 New Year Resolutions You Should Make”
Originally published on 1st January 2019 Last updated on 1st January 2020
Whether you’ve just celebrated an event like Christmas, a wedding or the New Year, or perhaps went on holiday or took any other kind of break, you may be finding that getting back in to a good routine is daunting and tricky.
But it’s crucial for your thyroid health.
I was very anxious about the prospect of a pregnancy with my thyroid conditions, and in particular, in regards to whether me not being on Levothyroxine (like most people with hypothyroidism) would make it a more stressful experience. I wanted to blog about my experiences of going through pregnancy on NDT to give an insight in to how this medication worked for me during this time, but also as to how medical professionals reacted to it. Continue reading “My First Trimester: Pregnancy with NDT, Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s”
I have said often that mental health and wellbeing are a big, though not often spoken about, part of being a thyroid patient. When your physical health takes a nosedive, mental health is often not far behind and so finding tools to support your mental health and wellbeing can be useful as a thyroid patient.
The Courage To Be Disliked is an interesting read. Based on a mix of Adlerian psychology and philosophy, it had me rethinking a lot of my perceptions about the world, my life and relationships with others.
I may reference back to this book and what I’ve learnt from it throughout my blog posts.
2019 has been a busy, eventful, yet wonderful year for my thyroid advocacy work. So, as we approach the end of 2019, I thought it would be nice to reflect on this.
Originally published on 30th May 2017 Last updated on 23rd December 2019
Common questions about thyroid blood tests for those with medical conditions such as a thyroid disorder include:
- Do I take my thyroid medication as normal before the blood draw?
- Do you need to fast for thyroid blood work?
- How often should it be done?
- Does it need to be in the morning?
- Can it be done in the afternoon?
- Is fasting required for a TSH test?
- What should be tested? Continue reading “What You Need To Know About Doing Thyroid Blood Tests”
Finding the right medical professional for you can be time-consuming but very much worth the time.
Many thyroid patients complain about feeling dismissed and unheard by their doctors, and are not happy with their current testing and treatment.
However, do know that you don’t have to stay with one doctor or practitioner if you don’t feel that they have your health in their best interest, or if you are struggling to build a positive relationship with them. Continue reading “How to Find a Good Medical Professional for Your Thyroid Condition”
‘Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate’ is literally the tagline of my website and name of my first book – I’ve made it no secret that the reason I was able to go from barely functioning thanks to an undiagnosed thyroid condition, to getting my health back on track again and resuming a normal quality of life, is because I took ‘be your own thyroid advocate’ literally.
I had to learn to be my own advocate when it came to my health. Being passive meant I got sick and stayed sick.
Too many people are being let down by medical systems and medical practitioners who miss crucial diagnoses and symptoms which should point them towards possible causes.
Many of us with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s adapt to a gluten-free diet to help us manage symptoms and lower thyroid antibodies.
However, it can be stressful and daunting when eating out, including at other peoples’ houses, if you’re worrying about being catered for and whether you’ll accidentally be ‘glutened‘. After all, being ‘glutened’ is no fun and can really make us feel unwell!
Hosting a meal or event with gluten-free guests does not have to be complicated or stressful, though. Here are some ways to make it easier, and thyroid patients who are gluten-free, you may wish to pass this article on! Continue reading “3 Ways To Make a Gluten-Free Guest Feel Welcome at Christmas”
Flare ups seems to be rather common among those with a thyroid condition. They are defined as an increase in symptoms of the thyroid condition. A thyroid flare up usually lasts from a day to a week or so. Mine usually last one to two days.
Symptoms can differ from person to person, although the most commonly reported in a flare up are:
- Increased fatigue
- Heaviness (as if your body is being weighed down)
- Worsened mental health
- Brain fog
- Flu-like symptoms (aches and pains)
- Switching between feeling really cold and really hot
Common triggers are said to be alcohol, poor food choices, mental or physical overexertion, stress, poor sleep, viral/bacterial or fungal infections, pregnancy and menstruation. However, as with everything, there is no set of rules for a thyroid flare up.
Over time, I have got better at knowing what triggers my thyroid flare ups, so that I can avoid them and reduce the number greatly. However, sometimes I’m still surprised and caught off guard as I discover an unlikely trigger. Read more about preventing, overcoming and coping with thyroid flare ups here.
So, I asked the thyroid community:
What has been the most unexpected cause of a thyroid flare up for you?
Originally published on 11th March 2016 Last updated on 2nd December 2019
As a thyroid patient, the below blood tests are recommended to get the full picture of what’s going on. If you still have symptoms, despite being on thyroid medication, explore these. If you feel well on your thyroid medication, monitor these regularly.
Really, everyone should monitor their thyroid levels.
You may have to repeatedly ask doctor or try a few different types of medical professionals before you find one who will do all of them. Alternatively, you could order them yourself if this is an option. I have linked to some places below, next to each test.