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It seems I’ve been struck down with a cold. Since yesterday, I’ve had a blocked nose, heavy, achy body and sore throat, but I’ve just woken up to it being much worse. Time for a lazy weekend I think!
I used to be ill literally all the time, after all, thyroid patients can be more prone to illness. In the past, I never seemed to go longer than a week after getting over one illness, without catching something else. It became a joke that I was ‘the sickly one’ among friends and work colleagues.
Since changing to NDT medication however, in mid-December 2015, this is the first time I’ve been unwell since, so that’s seven months. Getting my thyroid levels optimal does seem to have helped my immune system. I’ve gone seven months without having any bug, virus, cold etc. which is impressive. Especially when you look at how often I used to be ill before.
I also had a migraine yesterday, so had to leave work early. My head was hurting when I first woke up, but it got worse throughout the day and my vision started to become unfocused, leaving me unable to concentrate on anything. But I got home and took some Sumatriptan straight away which seemed to halt it in its tracks. I hadn’t had a migraine since November 2015, so eight months, but I used to have one or two a month.
I still felt groggy for the rest of the day, but at least I avoided the migraine. Those ‘headaches’ are a whole new level of evil!
I hadn’t had one since November 2015, after I switched to NDT and stopped the contraceptive pill. Since I did both at the same time, I’m not 100% sure which was causing the migraines but I suspect it was a combination of both.
I think I’m run down from doing a bit too much lately, compromising my immune system and tiring out my body, possibly causing the migraine attack and also me getting ill (catching a cold).
One thing I do know is that it’s time to rest. I finally have a weekend full of nothing. Yes, nothing planned. Which is rare for me!
Please remember that if you’re a thyroid patient living with poor mental health or lingering physical symptoms, that you don’t have to live this way. To address why you may still be feeling unwell (often despite being on thyroid medication too), please see this article and go through each suggestion, putting your thyroid jigsaw back together.
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Do you seem to catch illnesses more easily than those around you?
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”.