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Hypothyroidism and Disability Benefits

In the Facebook support group that 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. 

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List of Thyroid (And Related) Events

Originally published on 7th October 2016
Last updated on 12th November 2018

The below dates and events are listed here for ease, so that we have all the relevant events to hand, in which we can raise awareness of thyroid disease and various related topics.

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My Favourite Sources of Information

Originally published on 5th December 2017
Last updated on 7th November 2018

The Invisible Hypothyroidism isn’t the only source of information out there, for thyroid patients. Heck, before I started this website I read up about my new diagnosis and what it meant, on what must have been hundreds of websites and articles.

However, filtering websites to find the ones you know you can trust and provide reliable info can be daunting, so I’ve summed up my favourite sources of information below. You’ll probably have also noticed that I reference back to and feature a lot of these sources regularly throughout my blogs and writing, too.

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How I Feel About Thyroid Patients Self-Sourcing Medication

All around the world, there are people with hypothyroidism who source their own medication.  Continue reading “How I Feel About Thyroid Patients Self-Sourcing Medication”

What Is NDT/What Is Armour?

Originally published on 4th January 2016
Last updated on 2nd November 2018

NDT (natural desiccated thyroid) is one kind of thyroid medication, often deemed the most effective by thyroid patients who have tried both T4-only synthetics such as Levothyroxine or Synthroid as well as  NDT. 

There are many different brands, including Armour, all of which can be viewed here.

Thyroid UK did a survey in 2015 which demonstrated that their respondents had the best success rate with NDT. But is it for you?

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What You Need To Know About Doing Thyroid Blood Tests

Originally published on 30th May 2017
Last updated on 2nd November 2018

Common questions about thyroid blood tests for those with medical conditions such as a thyroid disorder include:

I’m on Thyroid Medication but Still Feel Tired!

Originally published on 4th April 2016
Last updated on 2nd November 2018

Are you on thyroid medication but still don’t feel well? A lot of thyroid patients feel this way. They might even question if their thyroid medication is working at all. 

May people are often left confused and wondering:

  • Why am I feeling extremely tired on Levothyroxine?
  • My thyroid meds make me tired!
  • Does thyroid medicine make you sleepy?

Their doctor puts them on thyroid medication and tells them they are now adequately medicated. They may even do a blood test and tell them that their levels are ‘normal’. So then why do you still feel tired? Can thyroid medicine make you feel tired?

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Having Hashimoto’s Without Antibodies

So we already know that in order to be diagnosed with Hashimoto’s (the leading cause of hypothyroidism at 90%), a positive antibody test is usually indicated. Testing for Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TpoAB and TbAB) and them coming back with results above range is how we know if we have this autoimmune condition. 

But did you know that you can still have Hashimoto’s, without the positive antibodies?

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Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Originally published on 12th January 2016
Last updated on 29th October 2018

Do you suspect you have an under active thyroid? Or do you have one that is supposedly ‘adequately treated’ but still have symptoms?

The following symptoms have been reported by patients on a  large scale. They have been mostly collated from the sources shown at the bottom of this post, but also the thousands of members of my online Facebook support group.

I myself have had most of these. If you are on thyroid medication and still having these, you are likely not adequately treated, or have other things you need to address. A properly treated thyroid condition should have no or very few symptoms. Of course, other illness, conditions and deficiencies can cause the below too. So explore them all where possible.

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What is Hypothyroidism?

Originally published on 5th March 2016
Last updated on 29th October 2018

Hypothyroidism, also called an underactive thyroid or thyroid disease, is a condition where the thyroid gland does not create enough thyroid hormone/s. The five hormones a healthy thyroid produces are: T1, T2, T3, T4 and Calcitonin. The most important are  T3 and T4, with T3 being the most active. Continue reading “What is Hypothyroidism?”