Are You Over Exercising and Damaging Your Thyroid?

Whilst exercising is well known to be beneficial and in fact crucial for good health, there is such a thing as over exercising.

Could you be pushing your body too far and causing more harm than good?

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An Open Letter: “Dear Hypothyroid Patient”

Dear hypothyroid patient,

Through having an underactive thyroid, you will feel lost, frustrated and lonely. At times, you will feel fed up.

You will also become stronger, more independent and protective of your health.  Continue reading “An Open Letter: “Dear Hypothyroid Patient””

“What You Don’t Realise When I’m at Home Sick” by a Hypothyroid Patient

These days, I don’t often take time off work or cancel plans due to my hypothyroidism. But every now and then, I may need to. In fact, before I was properly medicated for it, I needed a lot of time off work

There are some things a lot of people don’t realise about me taking days off for autoimmune thyroid disease. Sure, I’m not coughing, being sick or have diarrhoea. But I am unwell and I need to be at home. So trust my judgement. 

This post is especially apt since January is Thyroid Disease Awareness Month, so time to raise some awareness on what it’s like for us hypothyroid patients to spend the day at home unwell.  Continue reading ““What You Don’t Realise When I’m at Home Sick” by a Hypothyroid Patient”

If NDT Is Good Enough for a Former First Lady, Surely It’s Good Enough for Me?

Yes, Hilary Clinton has an underactive thyroid. Yes, she takes Armour, a brand of NDT for it.  Continue reading “If NDT Is Good Enough for a Former First Lady, Surely It’s Good Enough for Me?”

Series: My Acne. Entry 3: One Month into Going Gluten Free (Again!)

So I went gluten free on 12th September, meaning it’s been a month now, and I’m already seeing some positive changes.  Continue reading “Series: My Acne. Entry 3: One Month into Going Gluten Free (Again!)”

What Is Subacute Thyroiditis?

Thyroiditis refers to the inflammation of the thyroid gland. Thyroiditis includes a group of disorders that cause the thyroid to become inflamed, including Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

Subacute thyroiditis is a rare condition and is thought to be caused by a viral infection, as it often occurs after one, such as mumps, flu or a cold. Continue reading “What Is Subacute Thyroiditis?”

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”

25th May is World Thyroid Day 2016

The 25th May this year is World Thyroid Day, so you can expect any thyroid awareness organisations, advocates and charities to be posting about it; including me. 

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, a lot are not adequately treated. This is why we need to keep on sharing information about the condition and encourage anyone with symptoms of hypothyroidism or hyperthyrodism to get checked out.  Continue reading “25th May is World Thyroid Day 2016”

Hypothyroidism in Children

Children and teenagers who develop hypothyroidism typically have the same signs and symptoms as adults do, but they may also experience poor growth, develop their adult teeth later than other children, have delayed puberty and poor mental development. 

Other symptoms they may have, that are common for adults with the condition as well, include:

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May 23rd – 29th is International Thyroid Awareness Week 2016

International Thyroid Awareness Week 2016 begins on May 23rd and continues through to May 29th, so with that in mind, I have changed my Facebook page and Facebook group banners to support this. This years’ week-long campaign is focusing on hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism in young children in particular. So I will be posting things in relation to this throughout the week. 

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