Traveling Tips When You Have Hypothyroidism

Travelling with a chronic illness can seem daunting. Especially if you also have specific dietary requirements and/or your medication isn’t conventional. 

So I thought I’d share a few tips I’ve learnt since having hypothyroidism and travelling around the world. 

I wrote this post back in November last year, but scheduled it to post this summer in preparation for all of you going on your hols!

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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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Here’s some ideas: Continue reading “Hypothyroid Patient Checklist”

Caffeine and Your Thyroid

If you have thyroid issues (especially Hashimoto’s), adrenal fatigue, insomnia or trouble sleeping, anxiety etc. it’s important to be aware of the impact of coffee on your thyroid and thyroid medications.  Continue reading “Caffeine and Your Thyroid”

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”

Why I Love Bubble Baths

Ahh, just thinking about a bubble bath right now is making me feel relaxed. They’re warm, they smell nice, they’re relaxing and leave us feeling clean, soft and smelling pleasant. What’s not to like?!

Well, add to that the benefits that bubble baths can give us for our hypothyroidism, and they’re just too good to resist..

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Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms

In past posts I have talked about adrenal fatigue, something that often comes hand in hand with thyroid problems, as they’re all part of the endocrine system. 

You can determine if you have adrenal problems by completing a 24 h940824_10209343858380586_8459870097140306746_nour saliva cortisol test, that tests your adrenal function at four key points of the day. Most doctors will only do one-time blood or urine tests for cortisol output, which are not accurate.

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An Open Letter to Friends, Family, Work Colleagues and Doctors of Those with an Underactive Thyroid/Hypothyroidism

Hello friend, family member, work colleague or doctor of someone who lives with an underactive thyroid. You know someone very brave, very strong, battling a difficult disease called hypothyroidism.

If you’re not a medical professional, you’re probably wondering what exactly an underactive thyroid is or what it does to someone who lives with it, so I’ll do my best to explain it as simply as possible.

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The Adrenal Glands and Hypothyroidism

Read on to learn about how your adrenal glands could be stopping you from feeling better, while on thyroid medication. You can also see the Stop The Thyroid Madness website for more info.

Do one or more of these sound like you:

  • Struggling to get to sleep or stay asleep, or waking up within a few hours after you do fall asleep?
  • Not waking up feeling refreshed in the morning? Perhaps you wake up feeling even worse than went you went to bed the night before?
  • Are you not doing as well on natural desiccated thyroid (NDT) as you had hoped? E.g. having strange reactions or hyperthyroid symptoms when trying to raise NDT or T3? Such as anxiety or shakiness.
  • Have a tendency to be over emotional, get irritated easily and have anxiety a lot?
  • In blood test results, do you have high Free T3 readings, but with continuing hypothyroid-type symptoms?

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