Every year, the 25th May is recognised as World Thyroid Day. An international day for people to become more aware of what the thyroid gland is and why it’s so important.
It’s also a day to raise awareness of the conditions associated with it, such as hypothyroidism.
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One part of having hypothyroidism that is often overlooked is that there is a strong connection between the disease and mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. In Thyroid UK’s 2015 survey, it was revealed that over 50% of the respondents also lived with depression. More than half.
So, I asked fans of my Facebook page how thyroid disease has affected their mental health. Because there’s so many stories out there. It’s an area we need to raise awareness on as most people are totally unaware of the link.
People have been kept anonymous as some of these comments are so personal.
Continue reading “Thyroid Patients Explain The Devastating Effects on Their Mental Health”
The weather is getting colder and so you may be wondering what you can do to help, since you have hypothyroidism.
I’ve put together some information on keeping warm and looking after your thyroid health this winter.
Continue reading “The Winter and Your Thyroid”
Many hypothyroid patients complain of muscle and joint pain being among the most bothersome hypothyroid symptoms. As well as the intense fatigue that hypothyroidism causes, aches, pains, stiffness and weakness in joints (such as the knees and fingers) and muscles (such as the calves, back and feet) are well reported. I’ve had horrid experience with it myself.
It can keep us awake at night, cause us to need regular painkillers just to get through the day and make physical activity difficult to bear.
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One year ago today exactly, I took a photo of me holding a piece of paper that simply said ‘I am the face of thyroid disease’ and posted it online. Underneath the photo, I had a bit of a rant about doctors misdiagnosing thyroid disease, often inadequately treating us and explaining that thyroid disease affects people of all ages, sizes, ethnicity and backgrounds.
I’m doing it again this year, not only sharing that post in the hopes that it will raise some awareness on the symptoms, and mismanagement of thyroid issues, but also with a new post, that I hope expands on the issues I touched on a year ago.
Continue reading “Thyroid Awareness Month (2017)”
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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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.
Continue reading “Hypothyroid Patient Checklist”
Weight gain. It’s the first symptom people who don’t have hypothyroidism, think of when they hear the term ‘thyroid problem’. For some patients, it can be one of the most upsetting symptoms and side effects of poor thyroid function and/or medication.
Thyroid disease is often used as a joke or a scapegoat for weight gain. People throw it around, and as such, it’s not taken very seriously.
Many people think it’s just an excuse for being overweight.
But weight gain is a legitimate symptom of an underactive thyroid/hypothyroidism, along with many others. Continue reading “How I Lost The Weight I Gained From Hypothyroidism”
I hate the term ‘borderline hypothyroid’ or ‘subclinical hypothyroidism’. It leaves many people undiagnosed and ill. Many just get worse and worse with time. Continue reading “What Does Borderline/Subclinical Hypothyroid Mean?”
Some of the questions you’ve likely wondered since being hypothyroid:
Should I go gluten free?
Should I try NDT?
Should I go Paleo?
Should I find another doctor?
Should I supplement Vitamin D/B/C?
Should I try Selenium?
Should I try a functional practitioner?
Should I ask my doctor to increase my thyroid medication?
Do your research, absorb the information and decide what is best for you. Give things a go, work out what works and don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all different.
Continue reading “Do What Is Best for You”