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.
Continue reading “Muscle and Joint Pain and Hypothyroidism”
Common questions about thyroid blood tests include: Do I take my thyroid medication as normal before the blood draw? How often should it be done? Do I need to fast? Does it need to be in the morning? Can it be done in the afternoon? Continue reading “What You Need To Know About Doing Thyroid Blood Tests”
Thyroid function and fertility are closely linked. Abnormal thyroid levels can lead to miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, anaemia, stillbirth and the baby developing congenital hypothyroidism itself, yet many doctors don’t think to check thyroid hormone levels. Continue reading “The Issue of Fertility with Hypothyroidism”
It’s a question that’s been asked many times on my Facebook group:
What happens if you stop taking your thyroid medication?
For one reason or another, you might be wondering if you can get by without it. Perhaps you don’t feel any better on it, perhaps you feel worse or it gives you some side effects. It could be expensive for you to maintain or you might not be keen on taking any pills for whatever reason.
Social events and activities are great for everyone. Spending time with friends, family or even meeting new people is good for our mental health and promotes a good work-life balance for those of us who work. It’s easy to stay home all day or become a recluse, but it takes extra effort for many hypothyroid patients, to muster up the energy and enthusiasm to socialise.
Dr. Sara Gottfried’s The Hormone Cure looks at her hormone-balancing programme for issues such as sex hormone imbalance, adrenal fatigue and thyroid issues. With a handy questionnaire to help you determine whether you have one or even several of these hormonal issues, this book is easy to digest and down to Earth.
Continue reading “Book Review of: The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried, MD”
FOR SALE/FOR FREE:
Does anyone want an endocrine system?
Free to a good home, this endocrine system comes complete with thyroid and adrenal glands that need some TLC. They’re not perfect, heck, they’re expensive to maintain and are a pain in the arse. They’ll give you lots to keep you busy including having to research their problems often online and in books, buying lots of supplements and self-testing and come complete with a full set of symptoms including: fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, aches and pains and hormonal imbalances of every kind.
I don’t want any money for them necessarily as I’d just be happy to do a straight swap with someone who has a healthy endocrine system, or just get rid of them altogether.
I’m also throwing in an autoimmune disease for free.
Contact me for details!
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?
Here’s some ideas: Continue reading “Hypothyroid Patient Checklist”
Could low Free T3 be causing you ongoing issues?
There are binding proteins that attach to thyroid hormones to travel through the blood vessels, to cells all over our body. When they reach the cells, only the unbound “free” hormones can actually be used by the cells. Therefore Free T3 levels (and Free T4!) are important to monitor. It’s important to be aware that F ree T3 and Free T4 are different to Total T3 and Total T4, with Total being pretty much useless. Make sure you check Free.
Continue reading “Inadequate Free T3 Is a Big Problem”