A 70 Year Old’s Thoughts on Living with Hypothyroidism

I’d like to thank the lovely Margaret for featuring in this blog. I’ve known Margaret through my online support group for thyroid patients, for about a year and a half to two years now and she’s come a long way in advocating for her health in that time. I do feel that older thyroid patients’ voices aren’t heard enough, in regards to their experience of living with the condition for so long, which I’m sure we can all learn from.
So thank you Margaret for letting me ask you some questions on living with hypothyroidism as an older member of the thyroid community.

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Are You Taking Your Thyroid Medication Properly?

How difficult can it be, right? You just swallow your thyroid medication with water and that’s that.

Wrong.

Advice on how to take your medication, whether given by doctors, pharmacists or even on medication box leaflets, can be confusing and contradicting. Let’s explore various factors that can influence our thyroid medication and how best to take it, so that you’re getting the most out of it as possible.

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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”

Types of Medical Practitioners You May See as a Thyroid Patient

As a thyroid patient, there are a few different types of doctors you may see for your condition. Some can be more useful in addressing different areas of the condition than others and different patients find different success with different types of doctors. You may have tried a few of these already, but I’m going to sum up what each one is, how they look at hypothyroidism and why they may be helpful to you. 

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I Was Interviewed by Thyroid Central

Thyroid Central kindly got in touch to ask if they could interview me for their website, which I of course said yes to. I thought it was another great opportunity to reach more people and continue spreading awareness about living with thyroid disease. 

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Series: GU. Entry: 2. A General Update on My Thyroid, Adrenal, Sex Hormone, Acne, Mental and-Everything-Else Health

It’s been almost three months since my last general update but it feels like just a month in my time. It’s been a very up and down time indeed. 

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I Worry That Brain Fog Makes Me Look Incompetent at Work

Prior to my decline in health due to the development of autoimmune hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid), I was top of my class or among the top in every school class, year on year. I did well at school and college and I had a thirst for learning whatever I could. I enjoyed learning. Continue reading “I Worry That Brain Fog Makes Me Look Incompetent at Work”

High Cholesterol Linked With Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is linked to cholesterol levels. An underactive thyroid can cause cholesterol to increase and you may not even be aware that this is the cause or a factor for your high cholesterol levels. Continue reading “High Cholesterol Linked With Hypothyroidism”

Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month – September 2017

Today is the 1st September, which marks the start of Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, an annual event that is the prime opportunity for us to spread awareness of the effects and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of thyroid cancer. 

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Beyond Bread Bakery in London

When you travel somewhere different, being sure that you’ll have something to eat when you follow a specific diet can be a little hard. Especially if your trip is revolving around food with friends, catch up over a drink or even ordering a take-away. It can be a minefield! 

But being gluten free in London was easy the other week. One gem I discovered was the Beyond Bread Bakery. 

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