How difficult can it be, right? You just swallow your thyroid medication with water and that’s that.
Advice on how to take your medication, whether given by doctors, pharmacists or even on medication box leaflets, can be confusing and contradicting. Let’s explore various factors that can influence our thyroid medication and how best to take it, so that you’re getting the most out of it as possible.
Continue reading “Are You Taking Your Thyroid Medication Properly?”
Common questions about thyroid blood tests include: Do I take my thyroid medication as normal before the blood draw? How often should it be done? Do I need to fast? Does it need to be in the morning? Can it be done in the afternoon? Continue reading “What You Need To Know About Doing Thyroid Blood Tests”
Just last year, T3 medication for hypothyroidism came under attack, due to its cost. Continue reading “Liothyronine is Under Attack From The NHS Again”
A few people have asked me this before;
I’d like to try NDT but I’m vegetarian/can’t have pork. What do I do?
They read about how well people do on Natural Desiccated Thyroid, want to try it, then realise it’s porcine (pig) gland.
Whilst this is great in that it’s very close to your own thyroid, so gives you exactly what your own thyroid would be giving you; T1, T2, T3, T4 and Calcitonin, for those who are vegetarian, it’s not as simple.
For some, being vegetarian is a lifestyle choice, cultural or religious instruction.
So what do you do? Continue reading “I’d like to Try NDT but I’m Vegetarian/Can’t Have Pork. What Do I Do?”
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”
The endocrine system is made up of glands that produce and secrete hormones. These hormones regulate the body’s growth, metabolism and sexual function.
The endocrine system includes the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals, pineal gland, and the reproductive organs (ovaries and testes). The pancreas is also a part of this system; it has a role in hormone production as well as in digestion.
Now stay with me, I’m not particularly great at science myself, so I’m going to explain this as simply as possible!
Continue reading “The Endocrine System”
Natural desiccated thyroid, real thyroid gland from pigs, is controversial. Very few thyroid patients are lucky enough to get it prescribed and so most, like me, self-source and self-medicate.
But what is actually in NDT?
Continue reading “What’s in NDT?”
Although most conventional doctors will not tell you, there are more options for treating your thyroid than just T4-only medication such as Levothyroxine or Synthroid. In fact, a lot of conventional doctors don’t even seem to be aware that they can treat hypothyroidism with more than just synthetic T4-only drugs.
Continue reading “Thyroid Medication Options”
NDT (natural desiccated thyroid) is one kind of thyroid medication, often deemed the most effective by thyroid patients who have tried both T4-only synthetics such as Levothyroxine or Synthroid as well as NDT. There are many different brands, including Armour, all of which can viewed here.
Thyroid UK did a survey in 2015 which demonstrated that their respondents had the best success rate with NDT.
What is NDT?
NDT contains real thyroid gland, from pigs, and it is available on prescription in the UK on a named-patient basis (though often isn’t easy to get), as well as meeting the guidelines of the US Pharmacopeia. It is available in most countries through a doctor. It is made according to certain quality standards, contrary to what some doctors say.
Continue reading “What Is NDT/What Is Armour?”