Take Back Control: Order Your Own Thyroid Tests

Do you still feel like rubbish even though your doctor is insistent that your test results are coming  back ‘fine’ or ‘normal’? Perhaps your doctor isn’t running all the thyroid tests that you want? Many thyroid patients benefit from being more involved in their thyroid care and treatment, which is where self-testing and the ability to order your own tests can be critical tools for empowering yourself. Continue reading “Take Back Control: Order Your Own Thyroid Tests”

What You Need To Know About Doing Thyroid Blood Tests

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”

Hair Loss and Hypothyroidism

Losing your hair can be very upsetting. It’s not just vanity, but it also contributes to your identity. I’m going to cover the many possible causes and treatments for hair loss.  Continue reading “Hair Loss and Hypothyroidism”

What Does Borderline/Subclinical Hypothyroid Mean?

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?”

What Are Optimal Thyroid Levels?

It’s a term I, and so many other sources for thyroid information, use a lot. What Are Optimal Thyroid Levels?  

A lot of conventional medicine doctors and endocrinologists refuse to acknowledge that it’s not just about falling ‘in range’, but it’s where in range you fall that matters. It matters entirely. Functional doctors support these levels.

Put simply, when your doctor runs a test and you get the results, optimal levels are the results that most thyroid patients state they feel best at. This is a place within a given ‘range’.  Continue reading “What Are Optimal Thyroid Levels?”

When Those Closest to You Still Don’t Believe That This Could Happen to Them

The people closest to me have seen my struggle with thyroid and adrenal problems, and know just how hard it has been for me. They’ve seen me at my lowest, mentally and physically, and they’ve endured many conversations about the struggles I have been having. Yet, they seem to be the people who think they’re most immune (pardon the pun) from having these problems themselves.

I have quite a few close friends who complain to me about feeling tired all the time, feeling achey and depressed. Yet when I throw it out there that they could be suffering from an underactive or overactive thyroid, adrenal fatigue, or even vitamin deficiencies, they bat it off like I’m just using this as another opportunity to preach about my own health conditions.

No, I am wanting to help you. Don’t you see that I am trying to stop other people from going through what I went though? Stop others from feeling what I did? Experiencing what I unfortunately had to? That’s why I’m bringing it up. 

It is estimated that 200 million people in the world have some form of thyroid disease, including 1 in 20 people in the UK. As many as 60% are undiagnosed, and of those diagnosed, most are not adequately treated.

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Reducing My NDT Dosage

Going by my endocrinologist’s advice in his last letter, I am reducing my daily NDT dosage. I am currently on 2 grains a day, taking 1 in the morning and 1 mid-afternoon. I will cut it down to 1.75 grains a day, with 1 still taken in the morning and the rest mid-afternoon.

I’m not convinced it’s going to help my on-going symptom that is left – fatigue, but we’ll see. Unlike many of the doctors I see and know of from other thyroid patients, I AM willing to consider other ideas and give things a try.. So we’ll see. My latest thyroid blood results read well (well, to me. The endo didn’t like how low my TSH was, but admitted my Free T3 and Free T4 were good), so I’m not sure it’s gonna help. If not actually bring back some of my hypo symptoms.

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I’m on Thyroid Medication but Still Feel Tired/Rubbish!

Are you on thyroid medication but still don’t feel well? A lot of thyroid patients feel this way. They might even question if their thyroid medication is working at all. 

Their doctor puts them on thyroid medication and tells them they’re now adequately medicated. They may even do a blood test and tell them that their levels are ‘normal’. So then why do you still feel rubbish and still have symptoms?

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Series: New Meds. Entry 5: Three and a Half Months into NDT

I’m now three and a half months in to NDT (Thyroid S) and am very happy with the progress made. Today, I picked up my latest blood results, taken yesterday, and I’m so happy with my results.

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