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.
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”
I’ve been avoiding writing this blog entry for a while because I don’t like admitting defeat or feeling like I’ve failed. And I do feel like I’ve failed today.
It’s been over two months since I did a general update on my health and to be honest, it’s long overdue. Continue reading “Series: GU. Entry: 1. A General Update on My Thyroid, Adrenal, Sex Hormone, Acne, Mental and-Everything-Else Health”
I need to learn to accept that I’ll never be a ‘regular person’. I’ll have ups and down with my health but I’ll never be superwoman. Life will be a struggle. Continue reading “Today I Admitted That Something Needs to Change”
Living with hypothyroidism can take over our lives at times. Some of us get better rather quickly with treatment, whereas others can take months or even years to start feeling better. Treatment is very much individual.
For many of us, it changes our lives. Sometimes temporarily but for many, permanently, whether in many, major ways or a few, small ways.
So, to those of you who have a friend or family member with hypothyroidism, I imagine it can be frustrating having your once very reliable and sociable friend, now not-so reliable, not-so available and not-so sociable.
As you read this brief list, I ask that you remember that the person you know with hypothyroidism did not ask for this disease, and they are just as gutted as you are, that they have it and it affects their life so much. If not more. It’s not their fault.
They never in a million years thought they would wake up one day too unwell to function like they used to, and have a battle in trying to return to as close to full health as they can. Which seems impossible most the time.
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Free to a good home, this endocrine system comes complete with thyroid and adrenal glands that need some TLC. They’re not perfect, heck, they’re expensive to maintain and are a pain in the arse. They’ll give you lots to keep you busy including having to research their problems often online and in books, buying lots of supplements and self-testing and come complete with a full set of symptoms including: fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, aches and pains and hormonal imbalances of every kind.
I don’t want any money for them necessarily as I’d just be happy to do a straight swap with someone who has a healthy endocrine system, or just get rid of them altogether.
I’m also throwing in an autoimmune disease for free.
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This ‘open letter’ has been inspired by the large amount of thyroid patients who are told by doctors that their symptoms are ‘all in their head’, dismissed and made to feel like hypochondriacs. I experienced this myself, and on such a day, I came home, ordered the new thyroid medicine I wanted to try and set up this blog. Continue reading “An Open Letter: “Dear Doctor, It’s Not All in My Head””
A lot sources, such as Izabella Wentz for example, promote finding out what caused your underactive thyroid to occur i.e. what triggered our Hashimoto’s, 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?”
When I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism last year, I first felt relieved. I finally had a concrete reason for the way that I was feeling and I could start working on getting well again, now I knew what the problem was.
But, I also struggled with accepting the diagnosis.
I’m an impatient person and I’m a perfectionist. I always have been!
Because of this, when I didn’t get better straight away, I felt a failure. I struggled to accept my new condition and the thought of living this way (at the time, a very poor quality of life) for the rest of my life was devastating. This pushed me in to a depression and my anxiety disorder, that I’d had since seventeen and battled with before my diagnosed thyroid problems, also flared up.
I was also inadequately treated for my thyroid at this time, kept on Levothyroxine, which did not work for me, and left my thyroid levels less than optimal. Doctors kept on pushing antidepressants on me and suggested counselling. I’d had counselling before and it didn’t really work. When I explained this, they suggested trying CBT. I said of course, I’ll try anything to feel better. Continue reading “CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) For Hypothyroidism”