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.
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!
Originally published on 19th August 2016Last 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.
Originally published on 17th March 2020Last 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.
I 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.
Originally published on 12th May 2016Last updated on 25th July 2021
I refer to days when my hypothyroid or Hashimoto’ssymptoms 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.