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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Muscle and Joint Pain and Hypothyroidism

Many hypothyroid patients complain of muscle and joint pain being among the most bothersome hypothyroid symptoms. As well as the intense fatigue an underactive thyroid 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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Thyroid Disease Awareness Month

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. 


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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”

Hypothyroid Patient Checklist

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? 

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How I Lost The Weight I Gained From an Underactive Thyroid

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Weight gain. It’s the first symptom people who don’t have hypothyroidism, think of when they hear the term ‘thyroid problem’. It’s often one of the most upsetting symptoms and side effects of poor thyroid function and/or medication, that thyroid patients put up with.

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, along with many others. Continue reading “How I Lost The Weight I Gained From an Underactive Thyroid”

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?”

Do What Is Best for You

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?

My answer?

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.

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Update: Lowering My NDT Dosage

On the 5th May, I reluctantly followed my endocrinologist’s advice of lowering my two grains of NDT a day to one and three-quarters, because he felt I was taking too much, and my GP, acknowledging that he trusts me to self-medicate correctly, asked me to at least try the lower dose. So I did. 

I lowered it four weeks ago today, and I don’t feel good.

I had a busy two days on the Sunday and Monday just gone, so I thought I was just taking a while to fully recuperate, but Tuesday, Wednesday and today have been awful. I haven’t felt this unwell in a long time.  Continue reading “Update: Lowering My NDT Dosage”

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?”