If you’ve been feeling well and stable on your thyroid medication and treatment for a while, only to start feeling unwell again and notice some of those telltale signs of possibly needing a medication/dosage review coming back, here are some things to do straight away.
If you’ve been on thyroid medication for a while and still feel unwell, see this post.
Originally published on 8th November 2016Last updated on 16th November 2021
Your first endocrinologist (often referred to as an ‘endo’) visit can seem daunting, so the below information covers what to expect from your first visit and the sorts of questions you may want to ask.
It is worth bearing in mind that although it is always worth seeing an endocrinologist at least once to assess whether they can provide any further help, a lot of people with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s state very little additional help from an endocrinologist (myself included). However, I do think it’s worth every thyroid patient seeing one if they can, so that they can decide for themselves if an endocrinologist is beneficial to their care.
Autoimmune thyroid disease occurs when the immune system mistakingly attacks the thyroid gland, marking it as an ‘invader’ for destruction.
The two most prominent forms of autoimmune thyroid disease are Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Graves’ Disease. Hashimoto’s is the leading cause of hypothyroidism (at 90% ) and Graves’ is the leading cause of hyperthyroidism.
If one typically leads to an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) and the other leads to an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism), can they exist at the same time?
Originally published on 29th April 2016Last updated on 28th October 2021
What is Thyroid Brain Fog?
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 and can cause a person to become forgetful, detached and discouraged. They may even become depressed as a knock-on effect. Continue reading “Thyroid Brain Fog”→
I find that music is often the best remedy for when I’m feeling low, fed up, defeated or frustrated, especially during thyroid flare ups, so I wanted to share my favourites for when I feel down, defeated, frustrated or otherwise need a pick-me-up. I hope you like them too.
You can find the playlist on my YouTube channel here.
Originally published on 29th May 2016Last updated on 14th October 2021
It’s a term I, and so many other sources for thyroid information, use a lot. What Are “Optimal Thyroid Levels”?
When your doctor runs a test and you receive the results, your levels will either fall inside or outside of the range. Ranges are usually given in brackets besides the test result.
However, as thyroid patients, it is important that we advocate for ourselves when it comes to where in range they fall. After all, it is not just about falling within the range. We are looking for something more specific.