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Can You Have Graves’ as Well as Hashimoto’s?

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% [1]) 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?

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Thyroid Brain Fog

Originally published on 29th April 2016 
Last 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”

Thyroid Medication Options

Originally published on 24th March 2016 
Last updated on 21st October 2021

Did you know that there are multiple medication options for hypothyroidism? 

Are you on the right one for you?

Could a change in medication change your life?

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10 Songs For Thyroid Patients: Part Eight

This is part eight of my selection of songs that motivate, inspire, uplift or otherwise connect with me on tough health days.

You can also see: parts one to seven here.

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.

So here are my next ten songs, numbers 71 to 80. Continue reading “10 Songs For Thyroid Patients: Part Eight”

What Are Optimal Thyroid Levels?

Originally published on 29th May 2016
Last 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”?  

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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.

‘Optimal levels’ are a more specific section within the given range, which is often very wide and much less specific in comparison. Continue reading “What Are Optimal Thyroid Levels?”

Pregnancy and Hypothyroidism

Originally published on 26th June 2016
Last updated on 10th October 2021

See Also: Preparing for Pregnancy Blood Test

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.

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World Mental Health Day and Thyroid Disease

Originally published on 10th October 2018
Last updated on 10th October 2021

TW: Mental Health, Depression, Suicidal Feelings

The 10th October is World Mental Health Day, a great day to show your support towards better mental health knowledge and awareness, and to learn how you can promote well-being in yourself and others. 

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Feeling Guilt and Shame for Not Wanting Sex With Hypothyroidism

Although losing your desire for sex (libido) is a common symptom of hypothyroidism in both men and women, it is often an embarrassing topic to talk about and as a result, many do not.

Sex and intimacy are key components of many healthy relationships, so how do you manage the guilt or shame of not wanting to engage in that part of your relationship?

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Podcasts for Thyroid Patients

Originally published on 19th May 2020
Last updated on 3rd October 2021

The popularity of podcasts is forever increasing. With the ability to listen to them on the move – perhaps on your daily commute, when completing housework, cooking dinner, getting ready in the morning and just about whenever you want – they are an incredibly useful way to take in information concerning your thyroid health and wellbeing. 

The below podcasts are ones that I follow or have listened to in the past and have found useful or insightful in my own experiences as someone with hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, mental health struggles etc. Continue reading “Podcasts for Thyroid Patients”

The Thyroid Disease Link with Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Originally published on 3rd October 2018
Last updated on 1st October 2021

TW: Pregnancy loss, miscarriage

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

Where does this tie in with thyroid disease? 

Pregnant With Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's

Well, just having a thyroid condition puts you at a higher risk for losing an unborn child. 

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