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.
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”→
Black Thyroid, also sometimes called Black Thyroid Syndrome or Black Thyroid Disease is a rare pigmented change of the thyroid gland seen almost exclusively in people taking minocycline, an antibiotic used to treat a number of bacterial infections such as pneumonia, as well as in the treatment of acne and rheumatoid arthritis.
I was listening to Jessie’s podcast, Chronically Healing, specifically the episode ‘Get Mad and Take Back Your Life’ which discussed Jessie’s experiences and frustrations surrounding her thyroid disease diagnosis and management and what made her realise she needed to take back control of her health.
I asked her if she’d be willing to share more on this in a blog post, so here it is.
Written by Jessie Fritz, Thyroid Advocate and Coach
This World Thyroid Day post has been sponsored by Monitor My Health online blood tests.
Every year, the 25th May is World Thyroid Day; an international event for raising awareness of what the thyroid gland is, what different thyroid conditions there are and symptoms of them, the importance of diagnosis and treatment, but also the many things that we face as thyroid patients.
Originally published on 3rd November 2017Last updated on 23rd May 2020
Do you still feel unwell on thyroid medication even though your doctor is insistent that your test results are coming back ‘fine’ or ‘normal’? Perhaps your doctor isn’t running all the thyroid tests that you need?
Originally published on 19th August 2016Last updated on 23rd May 2020
Your doctor may not run all the thyroid tests you want – you want to make sure that TSH, Free T3 and Free T4 are done at the very least. Most patients benefit from being highly involved in their thyroid care and treatment, which is where self-testing and the ability to order your own tests can be critical tools for empowering a patient.
This list has been compiled from thyroid patients who have told me where they order their own tests from.
Please note that any places included in this list are not necessarily endorsed or recommended by myself.
Originally published on 11th March 2016Last updated on 23rd May 2020
As a thyroid patient, the below blood tests are recommended to get the full picture of what’s going on. If you still have symptoms, despite being on thyroid medication, explore these. If you feel well on your thyroid medication, monitor these regularly.
Really, everyone should monitor their thyroid levels.
You may have to repeatedly ask doctor or try a few different types of medical professionals before you find one who will do all of them. Alternatively, you could order them yourself if this is an option. I have linked to some places below, next to each test.
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.
Before experiencing pregnancy, one of my expectations as a thyroid patient was that it would be full of thyroid flare up days.
I had an image in my head of pregnancy on top of Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism causing me extra fatigue, and whilst I did expect some flare up days, I felt very lucky in that they were certainly not frequent.
However, when they did strike, I noticed a slight difference in my approach to these more difficult days with thyroid disease, now I was pregnant.
‘Self-care’ is a buzzword that we hear a lot online these days. But what does it mean?
Jayne Hardy, CEO of The Blurt Foundation, discusses what self-care is, why it’s important to implement and why so many of us struggle, which leads to a lot of frazzled, exhausted, drained, depressed and anxious people. Self-care is especially important to anyone living with a physical or mental health condition as it helps us to get the balance right between work, play and taking care of our health.
I may reference back to this book and what I’ve learnt from it throughout my blog posts.
There are two thyroid books which help those with hypothyroidism to thrive and get the most out of life, by working together. Learn why these books could be the answer to getting your thyroid health and life back on track below.
Originally published on 6th December 2016Last updated on 3rd April 2020
Losing your hair can be very upsetting. It’s not just down to vanity, it also contributes to your identity and is yet another way that hypothyroidism can wreak its havoc.
I’m going to cover the many possible causes and treatments for hair loss in relation to thyroid health.
Before you spend a lot of time and money on shampoos and ‘magical’ hair loss products trying to treat the symptom (hair loss), you should instead explore all the possible causes for the hair loss in the first place. No shampoo is going to encourage hair growth or stop it thinning, it will just make it appear thicker. It won’t be a miracle product!
Treating the actual cause is the best approach to saving your hair.
I hear from many readers who are confused about the difference between hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s. A lot are unsure of which they have, whether they have one or both and what difference it makes to their symptoms and treatment.