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World Suicide Prevention Day and Thyroid Disease

Originally published on 10th September 2018
Last updated on 10th September 2020

TW: Mental Health, Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

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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Sleep Complaints with Hypothyroidism

Issues surrounding sleep can be one of the most frustrating parts of having a thyroid condition. Trouble falling asleep and waking up frequently are often asked about in my Facebook support group.

Despite the common hypothyroidism symptom of fatigue, many of us struggle to get a good night’s sleep. Let’s look at the different ways that our sleep can be affected with hypothyroidism and how to address them. Continue reading “Sleep Complaints with Hypothyroidism”

I Am a Finalist in the Wego Health Awards 2020!

I’m so shocked to receive the news today that I’ve been chosen as a finalist in the WEGO Health Awards 2020 for The Invisible Hypothyroidism’s Facebook page and group!

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Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month – September 2020

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month.

Rachel Thyroid Tattoo

This is an annual event created to spread awareness of the symptoms and effects of thyroid cancer and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment.  Continue reading “Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month – September 2020”

Thyroid Disease: Make It a Good Story

TW: mental health, suicidal thoughts

“You are going to carry your thyroid condition for the rest of your life, so you can either wallow in the weight of it or you can fight for your only life and make it a good story.” Continue reading “Thyroid Disease: Make It a Good Story”

11 ‘Harmless’ Things Said by Doctors That Actually Hurt Thyroid Patients

Unfortunately, I hear from far too many thyroid patients who experience unhelpful doctors and hear unhelpful remarks.

I’ve heard most of the below comments from medical professionals myself and know that a lot of my readers have, too. Of course, there are doctors out there who are respectful, listen to their patients and don’t belittle them, but as always, there are also some doctors (and more than we’d like) that aren’t so helpful. They may think that the below comments are helpful advice, a ‘reality check’ or just plain correct, but as people living with thyroid conditions such as hypothyroidism, we know ourselves what it’s really like.

Still Tired T Shirt and Tea

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13 Things I Did to Have a Healthy Pregnancy With Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism

Many people with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s worry about getting through a healthy pregnancy with their thyroid condition.

I am often asked what I did to promote looking after both mine and my baby’s health during my own pregnancy.

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Thyroid Patients Explain the Struggle of Social Situations

Many people around the world with thyroid conditions such as hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s find that their social lives are affected.  Continue reading “Thyroid Patients Explain the Struggle of Social Situations”

Resources for Those with Experience of Thyroid Cancer

There are multiple ways that someone can become hypothyroid, and one of those is via thyroid cancer

Treatment for thyroid cancer typically involves a thyroidectomy, which usually means removing all (a total thyroidectomy) or part (half – a subtotal/partial thyroidectomy or quarter – thyroid lobectomy) of the thyroid gland. A total thyroidectomy is most commonly performed on thyroid cancer.

Much of my resources, writing and more can be of use to those who are hypothyroid via treatment for thyroid cancer, as I write about having hypothyroidism as a whole, but I thought I would also curate some specific resources for those who have experienced thyroid cancer or are currently experiencing it. Continue reading “Resources for Those with Experience of Thyroid Cancer”

Book Review: The Hypothyroid Writer by Sarah E. Lentz

When I shared a photo of this book on Instagram, I received a surprising amount of interest from fellow people with hypothyroidism who also write – whether for a living or as a hobby – and interested in how this book could help them with the obstacles that hypothyroidism can create in this. The Hypothyroid Writer Book Review

The Hypothyroid Writer is a very niche book indeed, focusing on those that have had their writing ability challenged by thyroid symptoms. If you’ve always wanted to accomplish a writing goal (such as starting a blog, or writing a book) or write a lot in your day to day life, then this book could really help you. 

I may reference back to this book and what I’ve learnt from it throughout my blog posts. Continue reading “Book Review: The Hypothyroid Writer by Sarah E. Lentz”

Should I Have RAI or a Thyroidectomy?

For those with a form of overactive thyroid disease, such as Graves’, hyperthyroidism and Hashitoxicosis, they may be offered RAI (Radioactive Iodine Treatment) or a Thyroidectomy (surgical removal of the thyroid gland) as treatment options. 

Both of these usually result in the patient becoming permanently hypothyroid, but if you’re facing these treatment options, how do you know which one to opt for?

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Online Sources of Thyroid Information

Originally published on 5th December 2017
Last updated on 13th July 2020

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

Here are the resources I have created for you:

Filtering other websites can be daunting, so I’ve summed up a list of other places to check-out below.

Those mentioned below are not necessarily endorsed by myself and I cannot control the content or opinions expressed on external websites. They are listed for you to explore. 

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Zinc and The Thyroid

Do you experience any of the following symptoms or complaints:

Many of us could be blaming these symptoms on our thyroid condition, unaware that a zinc deficiency could be the true cause. Continue reading “Zinc and The Thyroid”

I Have Been Nominated for the WEGO Health Awards 2020!

Originally published on 21st June 2020

Last updated on 2nd July 2020

I am honoured to say that I have been nominated for the WEGO Health Awards 2020!

Receiving nominations for an amazing EIGHT different awards, they are:

  • Patient Leader Hero
  • Best in Show: Blog (read my blogs here)
  • Best Kept Secret
  • Best in Show: Facebook (see my Facebook page here
  • Best in Show: Community (see my Facebook support group here)
  • Best in Show: Instagram (see my Instagram page here)
  • Best in Show: Twitter  (see my Twitter here)
  • Advocating for Another

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How To Survive Social Events With Thyroid Disease

Socialising when you have thyroid disease can be tricky. It can be draining, anxiety-inducing and overall just more difficult than it is for most people. 

A range of issues and concerns around social events arise for many thyroid patients. These include having enough energy to get through the event, thyroid flare up days (where we can feel wiped out) occurring after a social event,  worrying about dietary requirements being met (as many thyroid patients are gluten-free/dairy-free/soy-free/following another type of diet to help manage their thyroid condition) and even brain fog getting in the way of holding a conversation. 

In past posts, I have discussed the various ways in which my autoimmune hypothyroidism has affected my own social life, as well as shared what other people with thyroid disease said about it affecting theirs. In this post, I’m going to share what has helped me to maintain a social life with thyroid disease, so that more of us can enjoy it again.

Rachel Smiling at The Camera

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Why Do I Get Free Prescriptions When on Levothyroxine?

Originally published on 11th May 2016

Last updated on 25th June 2020

For those of us living in the UK and using the NHS, prescriptions are free to those in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, but not in England. 

However, there are certain people in England who can access free NHS prescriptions for medication, if they fit certain criteria such as having hypothyroidism and being on thyroid medication e.g. Levothyroxine.

NHS Medical Exemption Certificate
NHS Medical Exemption Certificate

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Taking Thyroid Medication with Morning Sickness

One of my biggest concerns with being pregnant and taking daily thyroid medication for my hypothyroidism, was morning sickness. We are most often advised to take our thyroid medication in the morning (particularly the types that contain T3; T4 medication can be taken at nighttime [1]), and morning sickness can be at its worst in the morning. However, it can strike any time of day. 

I was worried about not absorbing as much of my thyroid medication as usual whilst pregnant due to morning sickness, which can be problematic since we need to maintain optimal thyroid hormone levels during to support the pregnancy and developing baby. Continue reading “Taking Thyroid Medication with Morning Sickness”

An Open Letter to Fathers with Hypothyroidism on Father’s Day

Originally published on 16th June 2019

Last updated on 21st June 2020

To the dad with hypothyroidism on Father’s Day,

I know you feel tired, at times frustrated and strained. Work can be harder to get through these days as your mind isn’t as sharp and you push yourself each and every day to keep on going, keep on raising your family with love and kindness despite your own body fighting against you. Continue reading “An Open Letter to Fathers with Hypothyroidism on Father’s Day”

Review of Monitor My Health’s Home Thyroid Blood Test

THIS POST HAS BEEN SPONSORED BY MONITOR MY HEALTH BLOOD TESTS. ALTHOUGH AS ALWAYS, ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

I’m no stranger to ordering my own testing. Since being a thyroid patient, I’ve ordered and completed many which have helped me keep on top of my thyroid health. The relatively new testing company Monitor My Health, who offer finger prick home tests and is run by the NHS, using NHS staff and labs, stands apart from others. All profits also go back into delivering NHS services. Continue reading “Review of Monitor My Health’s Home Thyroid Blood Test”

The Thyroid Jigsaw Puzzle

TW: mental health, suicidal thoughts, body image, disordered eating

I have always said that getting well with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s is like piecing together a big thyroid jigsaw puzzle. 

Rachel in Bruges

I’ve mentioned it various times in my blogs, articles, books, podcast features, on social media and pretty much everywhere!

Why? Because this has been the biggest lesson of all that I have learnt since being diagnosed with autoimmune hypothyroidism and beginning the quest to take my health back. My physical health, mental health and just about everything. Continue reading “The Thyroid Jigsaw Puzzle”