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What Are Optimal Thyroid Levels?

Originally published on 29th May 2016
Last updated on 5th June 2019

It’s a term I, and so many other sources for thyroid information, use a lot. What Are Optimal Thyroid Levels?  

A lot of conventional medicine doctors and endocrinologists refuse to acknowledge that it’s not just about falling ‘in range’, but it’s where in range you fall that matters. It can matter a lot. Functional doctors support finding optimal thyroid levels.

Put simply, when your doctor runs a test and you get the results, optimal levels are the results that a lot of thyroid patients state they feel best at. This is a place within a given ‘range’.  Continue reading “What Are Optimal Thyroid Levels?”

General Update #25

Read the last blog in this series. 

I hadn’t planned to do another update on my own thyroid health journey for a while yet, but upon receiving some unfortunate news today, it felt like I should share it with you all as it forms part of my thyroid journey. Continue reading “General Update #25”

Book Review: Happy by Fearne Cotton

I have always felt, and say often, that mental health and wellbeing are a big, though not often spoken about, part of being a thyroid patient. When your health takes a nosedive, as it can do with thyroid disease, and your life changes forever with the diagnosis of a lifelong health condition, with it can come dips in your mood and mental health. 

I know from firsthand experience. 

I enjoy self-help books, as you know, but Happy by Fearne Cotton isn’t a thyroid self-help book specifically. It’s a tool for supporting good mental health and wellbeing, by finding joy in the every day and letting go of what does not serve us in this pursuit. And it has been very useful to me as a thyroid patient.

I may reference back to this book and what I’ve learnt from it throughout my blog posts.

Continue reading “Book Review: Happy by Fearne Cotton”

Sources of Thyroid Information

Originally published on 5th December 2017
Last updated on 3rd June 2019

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 can be daunting, so I’ve summed up a list of places 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. 

Do remember that you’ll find lots of information and resources in my book, too. 

Continue reading “Sources of Thyroid Information”

5 Most Frequently Asked Questions Upon Diagnosis of Hypothyroidism

I wrote an article for the website The Thyroid Code, which is run by Zana Carver PhD, who has authored the book The End of Chronic Fatigue. Continue reading “5 Most Frequently Asked Questions Upon Diagnosis of Hypothyroidism”

The Issue of Fertility with Hypothyroidism

Originally published on 25th Apri1 2017
Last updated on 29th May 2019

Thyroid function and fertility are closely linked.

Abnormal thyroid levels can lead to miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, anaemia, stillbirth and the baby developing congenital hypothyroidism itself, yet many doctors don’t think to check thyroid hormone levels.  Continue reading “The Issue of Fertility with Hypothyroidism”

Pregnancy and Hypothyroidism

Originally published on 26th June 2016
Last updated on 29th May 2019

I’m going to cover how hypothyroidism can develop during or after pregnancy, what to do if you’re a thyroid patient who falls pregnant, your mental health and pregnancy and postpartum thyroiditis. Continue reading “Pregnancy and Hypothyroidism”

How I Did on My Trip To Bruges

It has been a while since I left the country (almost a year) and so my wanderlust trait was itching to travel. We decided a while back that we would celebrate our first wedding anniversary with a trip to the romantic city of Bruges, in Brussels, and so I thought as always, I would share how I managed my health on the trip. Because you CAN thrive and live life to the full with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s!

Rachel in Bruges Continue reading “How I Did on My Trip To Bruges”

Mental Health and Your Thyroid and Adrenals

Originally published on 2nd April 2016
Last updated on 28th May 2019

Hypothyroidism often comes hand in hand with mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. I continue to speak about this at great length on my blog as mental health is such a big part of many people’s experiences of thyroid disease. After all, it was mine.  

In thyroid patients of all ages, many of them may be labeled with psychiatric issues such as mental health issues, when they are actually due to hormonal insufficiencies such as hypothyroidism or adrenal dysfunction. In one study, it was concluded that by correcting the underlying hormonal imbalance, many patients’ mental health improved, with some patients having a total reversal of psychiatric symptoms.

According to Thyroid UK’s survey in 2015, over 50% of the hypothyroid patients who responded, also reported living with depression. That’s more than half. A lot of people. Continue reading “Mental Health and Your Thyroid and Adrenals”

World Thyroid Day – 25th May 2019

Every year, the 25th May is recognised as World Thyroid Day, an international event for making people more aware of what the thyroid gland is, what thyroid conditions are and symptoms of them, the importance of diagnosis and treatment, but also the many things that we face as thyroid patients. Continue reading “World Thyroid Day – 25th May 2019”