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Types of Medical Practitioners You May See as a Thyroid Patient

As a thyroid patient, there are a few different types of doctors you may see for your condition. Some can be more useful in addressing different areas of the condition than others and different patients find different success with different types of doctors. You may have tried a few of these already, but I’m going to sum up what each one is, how they look at hypothyroidism and why they may be helpful to you. 

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Good Foods for an Underactive Thyroid

We often see infographics and articles shared around the internet about foods that we should avoid when we have hypothyroidism, such as goitrogens, soy and gluten, but what about foods that are good for us?

Give us the list of stuff we can eat without feeling guilty!

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I Was Interviewed by Thyroid Central

Thyroid Central kindly got in touch to ask if they could interview me for their website, which I of course said yes to. I thought it was another great opportunity to reach more people and continue spreading awareness about living with thyroid disease. 

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The Winter and Your Thyroid

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.

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Series: GU. Entry: 2. A General Update on My Thyroid, Adrenal, Sex Hormone, Acne, Mental and-Everything-Else Health

It’s been almost three months since my last general update but it feels like just a month in my time. It’s been a very up and down time indeed. 

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I Worry That Brain Fog Makes Me Look Incompetent at Work

Prior to my decline in health due to the development of autoimmune hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid), I was top of my class or among the top in every school class, year on year. I did well at school and college and I had a thirst for learning whatever I could. I enjoyed learning. Continue reading “I Worry That Brain Fog Makes Me Look Incompetent at Work”

High Cholesterol Linked With Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is linked to cholesterol levels. An underactive thyroid can cause cholesterol to increase and you may not even be aware that this is the cause or a factor for your high cholesterol levels. Continue reading “High Cholesterol Linked With Hypothyroidism”

Mel’s Thyroid Story

This is a guest post, written by a thyroid patient. Mel wants others to be aware of just how life threatening hypothyroidism can be and the implications it can have. 

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I have tried everything possible as of right now.

I am on 700mcg of Levothyroxine daily, that I have to give to myself as a shot in the thigh, along with 200mcg of Tirosint and 120mcg of Cytomel orally. I also take NDT on top of this. My latest TSH reading was 218.71, despite such high thyroid medication dosage and my Free T4 level was undetectable, with a Free T3 below 1.0. I am not ready to give up but it is such a struggle to keep going daily. The only reason I have found is because of my husband and our seven children.

My thyroid was removed in May 2016 due to being hyperthyroid and having Graves Disease. A fine needle biopsy showed cancer, so it seemed the most sensible option to have my thyroid removed. I will not lie to you, nor try to pretend that I am not scared as hell. My thyroid issues have lead to the stage 3 kidney failure, congestive heart failure, extremely high liver enzymes which has caused irreversible liver damage and severe anxiety.

Plus more, just because we can’t control my thyroid hormone levels.

It has also caused my cholesterol to skyrocket to 487, so I have to do a special dialysis for my cholesterol and I have to do another dialysis for my kidneys. I had to have a port put in because they were doing 400mcg of levothyroxine infusions daily and my veins could no longer handle it. A few weeks ago now, I ended up in emergency surgery due to staph infection in my port, so they had to remove it. Two days later, I was back in the hospital with a secondary infection, so my incision had to be reopened and drained again.

I got my latest last lab results back recently and they sat me down together with my husband and told me there is nothing more they can do for me. They said that my body is slowing down because of my uncontrollable hypothyroidism. They said my life expectancy is anywhere from six to eight months and all they can do is continue my current treatment plan and hope by some miracle that something may change, but at this point their only goal is to keep me as comfortable as possible. On top of my thyroid medication, I also take pain medication, muscle relaxers, beta blockers, two different cholesterol meds, diuretics medication for the fluid retention due to the stage 3 kidney failure and congestive heart failure and what feels like a ton of vitamins and anxiety medications.

I have insurance but it  does not cover all of my medication. My  husband and one of my sons work so hard to pay for my medications and it makes me so sad to know that my nineteen year old son puts his life on the line every day, working in the army, just to help his dad pay for my medication. I could never ask for a better family or a more understanding son. We have to pay the portion the insurance does not cover and that is $5,481.04 every twenty-eight days, just to keep me alive, though body struggling. We have filed every grant possible, every financial aid there is available out there and even went through the pharmaceutical companies for the grants they offer as well.

Please don’t think I am telling you this just to make you or anyone else feel sorry for me. I just want people to know that there is always a story behind why someone might feel negative or down and out, or maybe that person is just feeling overwhelmed and does not want pity or to be told to quit whining. Sometimes it helps just to vent or get it off your chest.

I also want Rachel, who writes The Invisible Hypothyroidism blo, to know that if it were not for her website here, I don’t know where I would be today. I was not going to share this because I was not sure if you would even really care, but a few months ago when I stumbled across your blog, it saved my family so much pain and sorrow. So thank you for saving my life in more ways than one.



Thank you so much Mel for your story. I really do wish you the best in your journey and hope that by selflessly sharing your story, it will open the eyes of others.

When Our Posting On Social Media Annoys Other People

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat… There’s a new popular social media site every year, it seems. People use them to share life updates with friends and family, to discuss the shows they’re watching, watch funny videos and read articles. Different people use these sites differently. Maybe you only post every now and then or it’s possible you post every day. Do you use it to share happy news and positive posts or possibly to vent about your crap day or seek comfort and help from others? Maybe you do both. Either way, it’s up to you how you use your account.

But who hasn’t shared something that’s irritated someone else? A status that someone has deemed ‘sharing too much’, a political post, ‘yet another moany post’ or even ‘another selfie’. The chances are, at some point, we’ve all shared or posted something online that another social media user has complained about, whether to our faces or not. Perhaps they responded with an ironic, hypocritical post, moaning about the people who moan online.

So where does this tie in with those of us who live with hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, adrenal fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and all the other related health conditions? Continue reading “When Our Posting On Social Media Annoys Other People”