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Should Thyroid Patients Get The Flu Vaccination?

Vaccinations are always a controversial topic and among thyroid patients, the flu shot/flu jab especially. 

So, should we thyroid patients be getting the flu jab? 

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Misdiagnosed Hypothyroid Patient?

Thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism are actually among the most common medical conditions, however, because the list of symptoms for hypothyroidism is so long and they tend to come on gradually, getting worse steadily over time, doctors can miss the crucial diagnosis of this chronic illness. 

Instead, hypothyroidism often goes undiagnosed or even misdiagnosed under something else. If you or anyone you know has one of the diagnoses below, please ensure you have a full thyroid panel tested to rule out a misdiagnosed thyroid condition. 

The list is somewhat long and includes both physical and mental conditions.

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An Open Letter: To Family and Friends About My Autoimmune Disease

I’m really pleased to share with you today a post from Victoria at The Butterfly Effect.

I think many of you will resonate with her open letter about living with autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s, below.

Written by Victoria Gasparini

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World Suicide Prevention Day and Thyroid Disease

When I was in the first few months of my hypothyroidism diagnosis, I was suicidal. 

My quality of life was so poor at twenty-one years old, that I couldn’t bear the daily pain (mental and physical pain) that I woke up with every morning. I just wanted it to end. 

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We Need To Stop Downplaying Others’ Situations

As many of you already know, I set up a Facebook Group to provide support and advice to those living with Hypothyroidism. Posts that members submit range from people asking for help in understanding what blood results mean, needing to rant about a difficult day, asking for support for an upcoming doctor’s appointment and even fun discussions to meet online friends. After all, living with a chronic health condition such as thyroid disease can be lonely. 

However, every now and then, a couple of particular topics are discussed for which the responses always shock me a little. Topics such as:

 ‘Has anyone successfully received disability benefit for their Hypothyroidism?’

‘I needed a seat on public transport but had to stand and felt very unwell

Has anyone else had to go part time or give up work due to their thyroid condition?’  

They all seem innocent topics enough and reasonable questions to ask, but they also always bring out certain people with bad attitudes.

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Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month – September 2018

Today is the 1st September, which marks the start of Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, an annual event to spread awareness of the effects and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of thyroid cancer. 

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Feeling Tired But Wired?

Do you, despite feeling tired and perhaps even exhausted, still struggle to sleep and shut down at night? Or do you wake back up frequently? It’s a common complaint from thyroid patients and the answer most likely lies in your adrenals. 

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How to Get The Most Out of Your Doctors Appointment

So many thyroid patients struggle to build a good relationship with a good doctor. As I’ve talked about before, it can be tricky to find a doctor who will test more than TSH (which is totally inaccurate on its own), consider other thyroid medication options than standard T4-only and fully listen to our concerns without playing them off as something else or even implying that they’re in our head.

It’s understandable therefore, that many of us can feel anxious and worried about doctor’s appointments and struggle to come across as assertive when we need to. A subscriber to my newsletter sent me an email asking me to give tips on how to have a sensible discussion with your doctor, so here it is.

Remember, to make the most progress in your health, you should be an active participant in your own healthcare and treatment. After all, you are  your own thyroid advocate. Embrace this by learning how to get the most out of your appointment. 

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