When Our Pets Get Better Thyroid Care Than Us

It sounds mad doesn’t it? That medical professionals across all species, may know more and do more for animals with thyroid problems.

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Thyroid Awareness Month (2017)

One year ago today exactly, I took a photo of me holding a piece of paper that simply said ‘I am the face of thyroid disease’ and posted it online. Underneath the photo, I had a bit of a rant about doctors misdiagnosing thyroid disease, often inadequately treating us and explaining that thyroid disease affects people of all ages, sizes, ethnicity and backgrounds.

I’m doing it again this year, not only sharing that post in the hopes that it will raise some awareness on the symptoms, and mismanagement of thyroid issues, but also with a new post, that I hope expands on the issues I touched on a year ago. 


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An Open Letter: “Dear Doctor, It’s Not All in My Head”

This ‘open letter’ has been inspired by the large amount of thyroid patients who are told by doctors that their symptoms are ‘all in their head’, dismissed and made to feel like hypochondriacs. I experienced this myself, and on such a day, I came home, ordered the new thyroid medicine I wanted to try and set up this blog.  Continue reading “An Open Letter: “Dear Doctor, It’s Not All in My Head””

What a Difference Getting the Right Medication Makes

What a difference getting the right medication makes. Photo on the left taken 6 months ago, other one taken the other day.

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10 Things I Would Tell a Friend Newly Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism

Having been through the ups and downs of having hypothyroidism, I now feel comfortable talking about many aspects of it. When people join my Facebook group, and ask all the expected questions when they’ve just been told they have an underactive thyroid, I first send them the link to this page, which is full of lots of helpful answers and FAQs, but I also tell them the essential things to know, below. 

I hope this helps those of you who are just diagnosed. Please pass it on to friends and family who become diagnosed, so we can continue to help each other.

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What Does Borderline/Subclinical Hypothyroid Mean?

I hate the term ‘borderline hypothyroid’ or ‘subclinical hypothyroidism’. It leaves many people undiagnosed and ill. Many just get worse and worse with time.  Continue reading “What Does Borderline/Subclinical Hypothyroid Mean?”

What Can We Do to Change How Hypothyroidism Is Perceived?

What Can We Do to Change How Hypothyroidism Is Perceived? 

Isn’t that a question. I’ve made it no secret that as hypothyroid patients, we often feel put down, not listened to and belittled. So what should we do to change that? Continue reading “What Can We Do to Change How Hypothyroidism Is Perceived?”

Thyroid Hormone Conversion and The Problem That Can Happen

A conversion problem can cause weight gain and on going symptoms, with hypothyroidism, due to inefficient levels of thyroid hormones. A conversion problem of thyroid hormones is often not considered by doctors to be a possibility for patients who don’t respond well to T4-only medication, but it is much more common than they realise. 

If you are on T4-only medication such as Levothyroxine, Synthroid etc. and still don’t feel fully well, then it is likely you could not be converting T4 to T3

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The Endocrine System

The endocrine system is made up of glands that produce and secrete hormones. These hormones regulate the body’s growth, metabolism and sexual function.

The endocrine system includes the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals, pineal gland, and the reproductive organs (ovaries and testes). The pancreas is also a part of this system; it has a role in hormone production as well as in digestion.

Now stay with me, I’m not particularly great at science myself, so I’m going to explain this as simply as possible!
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Levothyroxine and TSH; ‘The Gold Standard’

Both taken with no make up on, no filters or edits, first thing in the morning and just out the shower.

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