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A lot has happened in the past month since my last general update blog, so thought it was time for another!
The gastritis I blogged about a couple of weeks ago seems to have gone now, thankfully. It was really painful and took a lot of trial and error in what I could and couldn’t eat. I drank only water and stuck to an extremely basic diet for a few weeks and it seemed to clear up on its own. I hope it doesn’t come back. I’ve reintroduced most foods again now, though not alcohol or painkillers.
Since January, my periods have gone a bit haywire again. Well, very haywire. There’s been no pattern at all, and I started bleeding again yesterday after only 15 days since I last did. Fed up is an understatement! I’ve been using progesterone cream for around nine months now and can’t seem to get it to control them, so I’ve made a controversial decision of going back on the contraceptive pill…
I know many of you won’t agree, but I figured I have nothing to lose.
I used to be on the combined pill from ages sixteen to twenty-one, and have been off it for eighteen months, but have decided to give the POP (progestogen only pill) a go. With my oestrogen dominance, hopefully it’ll help to balance things out. I know it can cause irregular periods and acne, but I’m experiencing that right now anyway so I figured I have nothing to lose. I can always stop taking it, too. I’m just so desperate and am not sure what else to do.
I raised my thyroid medication dosage a month or so ago again and feel a bit better for it, but still feel easily tired and have poor stamina. So I started Pure Encapsulations for my adrenal fatigue and thyroid – I just need to remember to take them!! I’ve been SO forgetful lately.
I hope they help.
My mood has been very up and down and I’ve had some really scary low points, but this week has been better.
The itching all over my body has finally stopped. I tried going back to my old shampoo and it started up again, so I’ve gone back to the Lush one that doesn’t contain any sodium lauryl sulfate, and it’s settled down again. I guess I’ll never really know what was causing the intense itching literally all over my body, but this shampoo is definitely helping it on my scalp.
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Rachel Hill is the highly ranked and multi-award winning thyroid patient advocate, writer, speaker and author behind The Invisible Hypothyroidism. Her thyroid advocacy work includes writing articles, authoring books, producing her Thyroid Family email newsletters and speaking on podcasts, as well as being a founding board member for the American College of Thyroidology. She is well-recognised as a crucial contributor to the thyroid community and has a large social media presence. Her books include “Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate” and “You, Me and Hypothyroidism”.