A 70 Year Old’s Thoughts on Living with Hypothyroidism

I’d like to thank the lovely Margaret for featuring in this blog. I’ve known Margaret through my online support group for thyroid patients, for about a year and a half to two years now and she’s come a long way in advocating for her health in that time. I do feel that older thyroid patients’ voices aren’t heard enough, in regards to their experience of living with the condition for so long, which I’m sure we can all learn from.

So thank you Margaret for letting me ask you some questions on living with hypothyroidism as an older member of the thyroid community.

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Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six 2018 WEGO Health Award Nominations. She is a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying for relevant qualifications and certificates in Life Coaching, Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology and more, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community.

Hair Loss and Hypothyroidism

Losing your hair can be very upsetting. It’s not just about vanity, but it also contributes to your identity and is 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 products, trying to treat the symptom (hair loss), 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.

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Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six 2018 WEGO Health Award Nominations. She is a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying for relevant qualifications and certificates in Life Coaching, Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology and more, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community.

Hypothyroid Patient Checklist

On thyroid medication and still feel rubbish? Wondering if there’s anything else you should try/investigate to see if it would help how you feel? 

For many of us, it’s like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle. These could be the other pieces to yours.

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Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six 2018 WEGO Health Award Nominations. She is a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying for relevant qualifications and certificates in Life Coaching, Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology and more, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community.

General Update #8

Well, I thought an update on my general thyroid and related health was needed!  Continue reading “General Update #8”

Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six 2018 WEGO Health Award Nominations. She is a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying for relevant qualifications and certificates in Life Coaching, Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology and more, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community.

What Caused My Underactive Thyroid?

A lot sources, such as Izabella Wentz for example, promote finding out what caused your underactive thyroid/Hypothyroidism to occur i.e. what triggered our Hashimoto’s (if it’s autoimmune), in order to set it in to remission and recover. 

Now, I’m convinced that my thyroid condition is too far gone to completely reverse and come off of thyroid medication, plus, I think it’s more positive to focus on the present and future, and not dwell on the past. I’ve accepted I have this lifelong condition now; time to move forward!

But it is still interesting and helpful to try and figure out what lead to my development of hypothyroidism, so that I know better for the future, can advise others and learn by my mistakes.  Continue reading “What Caused My Underactive Thyroid?”

Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six 2018 WEGO Health Award Nominations. She is a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying for relevant qualifications and certificates in Life Coaching, Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology and more, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community.

I’m Not Getting on with Iron

Following on from my post about the doctor starting me on iron tablets for my low iron levels, I haven’t been having a good experience with them.

After a week of starting them, I had a migraine. It was the first migraine in about eight months, since I switched to NDT and stopped the contraceptive pill, which put a stop to my hormonal migraines.

I had to go home early when this one struck at work, but I thought it was just from doing too much that week as well as catching a nasty cold. However, I had another migraine  attack three days later and another two days after that. I cut down to one iron tablet and still had horrid headaches. I cut them out completely, stopping the tablets, and all headaches and migraines stopped. I’ve also been having on-off diarrhoea (lovely, I know).

I read through the leaflet included in my box of iron tablets and it mentioned diarrhoea and constipation, but nothing on headaches or migraines. I searched online and didn’t find much there either. So I booked an appointment with the doctor.  Continue reading “I’m Not Getting on with Iron”

Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six 2018 WEGO Health Award Nominations. She is a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying for relevant qualifications and certificates in Life Coaching, Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology and more, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community.

General Update #7

After finding out I had adrenal fatigue in the form of high cortisol all day, back in January, I worked on lowering this. I took Seriphos, among many other vitamins and supplements, I implemented a stricter bedtime schedule and diet and have been dealing with stress a lot better/constructively.

I’ve come on in leaps and bounds with how I feel, and I saw it in my thyroid blood tests too, when my pooling Free T3, came down to normal levels. I’ve been symptom free and living without any interference from my thyroid and adrenals for a while.

So when I got my latest adrenal stress test results today, I was devastated to see that my cortisol had not come down. It’s actually kind of got worse.

In January, I had elevated cortisol at all four tested points of the day. For my June readings, I show elevated cortisol three times of the day, with the other one now optimal (good). But the elevated ones have got worse. They’re ‘more elevated’. I just don’t understand it! I feel so much better and I’m sleeping better. Confused is an understatement.

I think I could have blood sugar imbalances, after reading about it in Dr Datis Kharrazian’s book, and I think I might get hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) when I eat refined carbs and sugar. My diet for the most part these days is good, but I want to rule out low blood sugar, still. When you have low blood sugar, the adrenal glands produce extra cortisol, so I need to check if this is what’s causing it, and if not, well, then I can tick it off. So, I’ve ordered an at-home blood sugar testing kit.

I also had some more bloods taken last week and it found my MCH (mean corpuscular hemoglobin) is below the ‘normal range’, and my ferritin is also low in range at 47. Sources like STTM recommend it being 70-90 for optimal iron levels. So my doctor has given me some iron tablets to see if they help.

After returning to two NDT tablets a day for my thyroid, my full thyroid panel reads well and I’ve been feeling good, so my thyroid seems under control for now.

Just these darn adrenals!

I knew it was too soon to say I was feeling completely better! Well, I guess I am feeling completely better, it’s just that the high cortisol is still concerning as long term, if it stays elevated, it could progress in to combined and then low cortisol which isn’t good. So I need to catch this in the bud. I’m also going to start Ashwagandha which is an adaptogen. These help even out your cortisol levels, so lower high and raise low. STTM have more info here. I have some Holy Basil and Seriphos left but I’m going to try Ashwagandha alone for now.

The bottle says to take 2-4 a day for at least three months, so I’m going to take 3 a day, 1 at each high cortisol reading I have. Then retest my cortisol levels.

These are the ones I got from Amazon – ORGANIC INDIA Ashwagandha Herbal Supplement Veg Capsules, Healthy Stress Response- 60 Capsules

I’ve been reading that low blood sugar can cause high cortisol and vice versa, plus high cortisol and low blood sugar can cause high blood pressure. And back in May my BP was still a bit too high. My GP says low blood sugar causing high cortisol is possible, so encouraged me to monitor my blood sugar levels at home and make adjustments where necessary.

Sigh. Round two, commence.

You can click on the hyperlinks in the above post to learn more and see references to information given.

Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six 2018 WEGO Health Award Nominations. She is a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying for relevant qualifications and certificates in Life Coaching, Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology and more, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community.

Thyroid Hormone Conversion and The Problem That Can Happen

A conversion problem can cause weight gain and on going symptoms, with hypothyroidism, due to inefficient levels of thyroid hormones. A conversion problem of thyroid hormones is often not considered by doctors to be a possibility for patients who don’t respond well to T4-only medication, but it is much more common than they realise. 

If you are on T4-only medication such as Levothyroxine, Synthroid etc. and still don’t feel fully well, then it is likely you could not be converting T4 to T3

Continue reading “Thyroid Hormone Conversion and The Problem That Can Happen”

Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six 2018 WEGO Health Award Nominations. She is a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying for relevant qualifications and certificates in Life Coaching, Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology and more, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community.

How Do You Treat Hashimoto’s?

Patients with Hashimoto’s, which by the way is approximately 90% of all Hypothyroid patients, tend to have the regular load of hypo symptoms, but also tend to have things like acid reflux, brain fog, a leaky gut, nutrient deficiencies, anaemia/low iron, food allergies/sensitivies and adrenal fatigue as well.

You can find out if you have Hashimoto’s by completing two blood tests: TPOAB and TGAB. If they are over the range, you can assume your autoimmune culprit for your hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s. More info about Hashimoto’s can be found here

In this post, I’m going to cover ways in which you can treat, manage and help your Hashimoto’s and its symptoms. There is no cure for Hashimoto’s, but it can be put in to remission; basically, antibodies lowered and kept more under control and better managed. 

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Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six 2018 WEGO Health Award Nominations. She is a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying for relevant qualifications and certificates in Life Coaching, Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology and more, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community.

Being Hypothyroid with a Normal TSH

Have you been told that your TSH is ‘normal’, ‘fine’, ‘OK’,  or ‘in range’, and still have hypothyroid symptoms? You could be on thyroid medication or not, and have a TSH as described above, and still be hypothyroid.

You could be hypothyroid at a cellular level, due to conversion problems of T4 into T3.

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Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six 2018 WEGO Health Award Nominations. She is a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying for relevant qualifications and certificates in Life Coaching, Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology and more, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community.