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.
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.
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 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.
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?
Originally published on 5th December 2017Last 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.
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.
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 ), and morning sickness can be at its worst in the morning. However, it can strike any time of day.
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”→