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”

Questions To Ask at Your First Endocrinologist Appointment

Your first endocrinologist (often referred to as an endo) visit can seem daunting, so the below information covers what to expect from your first visit and the sorts of questions you may want to ask.  Continue reading “Questions To Ask at Your First Endocrinologist Appointment”

Series: New Meds. Entry 7. Series: My AF. Entry 6: Six Months Into NDT: An Update on My Adrenal Fatigue and Underactive Thyroid

Six months! It’s gone SO fast since I started NDT, just before Christmas last year. 

And well, to put it simply, I’m pretty much there. Yep, almost fully recovered!

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Series: My AF. Entry 5: Getting My Adrenals Tested Again

I suspected back in January that I had adrenal fatigue (fatigue and many other symptoms caused by dysfunctioning adrenals) when my switch from Levo to NDT wasn’t as smooth as I’d hoped and my Free T3 was pooling in my blood (blood tests showed a high T3 even though I had an OK TSH and Free T4, which is a key sign of adrenal issues). So, after my endocrinologist refused to test them, saying that he could tell by looking at me that they were fine, I tested them privately through Genova Diagnostics.

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When I got the results back, they showed that I had elevated cortisol, so adrenal fatigue, all day. Following this, I attempted to lower the high cortisol using Holy Basil, then Seriphos, and other lifestyle changes such as good sleep, going to bed by 10pm, vitamin supplements etc. basically things that promote good adrenal health.

I came off the Seriphos two and a half weeks ago, and feel pretty good, so I’m now retesting my adrenal function, to actually see how it’s doing. I’ve just ordered the test and I’m going to explain below how I’ve done so, so that others can do the same thing if they’re looking to check their adrenals.

As a reminder, this is where I got my Seriphos – Seriphos, Phosphorylated Serine, 100 Capsules – InterPlexus Inc

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Waking up Feeling More Tired or Not Refreshed

A common symptom that hypothyroid patients have is waking up not feeling refreshed, and, commonly, actually waking up feeling MORE tired than when they went to bed the night before.  12472613_10209427420069576_6738745950035368936_n

I experienced this and it baffled me. How does that make sense?! I got 10 hours sleep and still wake up feeling MORE tired than when I went to bed? 

Well, it has a great deal to do with your adrenal function. Continue reading “Waking up Feeling More Tired or Not Refreshed”

Series: My AF. Entry 4: Eight Days Since I Come Off Seriphos

So, since finding out I had adrenal fatigue in January, I tried a few things like Holy Basil, to bring my high cortisol levels down, and then eventually settled on Seriphos, as it seemed to be doing the trick. Holy Basil didn’t feel like it was doing anything, but Seriphos helped my fatigue, poor stamina, stress levels, anxiety etc.

Two months on from taking one Seriphos tablet at bedtime each day, and I’m feeling a lot better. About 90% back to the old me.

This is where I got it from – Seriphos, Phosphorylated Serine, 100 Capsules – InterPlexus Inc

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My Second Endocrinologist Appointment

I’ve just got back from my second appointment with the endocrinologist. If you remember the first one, you’ll know it didn’t go too well at all. 

My appointment today was.. interesting.

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Why I’m Looking Forward To Tomorrow’s Endocrinologist Appointment

I’m weirdly looking forward to my appointment with the endocrinologist and GP tomorrow. Why? Because I’m feeling nearly 100% better.

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Series: My AF. Entry 3: I’ve Been off Seriphos Adrenal Support for Three Days

So, since finding out I had adrenal fatigue in January, I tried a few things like Holy Basil, to bring my high cortisol levels down, and then eventually settled on Seriphos, as it seemed to be doing the trick.

Two months on from taking one Seriphos tablet a day, before bedtime, and I’m feeling a lot better. Not 100% better, but really well. This is where I got it from – Seriphos, Phosphorylated Serine, 100 Capsules – InterPlexus Inc

On Friday night, I went out for food and drinks, and well.. tipsy Rachel did not remember to take her Seriphos. So I forgot. I woke up the next morning feeling fine, however, so didn’t think much of it.

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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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