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.

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How I Lost The Weight I Gained From an Underactive Thyroid

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Weight gain. It’s the first symptom people who don’t have hypothyroidism, think of when they hear the term ‘thyroid problem’. It’s often one of the most upsetting symptoms and side effects of poor thyroid function and/or medication, that thyroid patients put up with.

Thyroid disease is often used as a joke or a scapegoat for weight gain. People throw it around, and as such, it’s not taken very seriously.

Many people think it’s just an excuse for being overweight. 

But weight gain is a legitimate symptom of an underactive thyroid, along with many others. Continue reading “How I Lost The Weight I Gained From an Underactive Thyroid”

Series: My AF. Entry 8: An Update on My Adrenal Fatigue and Underactive Thyroid (8 months on NDT)

Well, I thought an update on my general thyroid and related health was needed! 

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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 You Shouldn’t Say to Someone with an Underactive Thyroid

There are some things you just shouldn’t say to hypothyroid patients. Those of us with an underactive thyroid have a hard time already, trying to cope with managing the condition. We really dislike hearing any of the below annoying, frustrating and hurtful comments.  Continue reading “10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone with an Underactive Thyroid”

My Second Endocrinologist Appointment

I’ve just got back from my second appointment with the endocrinologist. If you remember the first one, you’ll know it didn’t go too well at all. 

My appointment today was.. interesting.

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Why I’m Looking Forward To Tomorrow’s Endocrinologist Appointment

I’m weirdly looking forward to my appointment with the endocrinologist and GP tomorrow. Why? Because I’m feeling nearly 100% better.

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Thyroid Weight Loss Tips

I was a stable 63kg for years until I became full-blown hypothyroid and went on Levothyroxine, which is when I gained 12.5kg, two stone, in five to six months.

I was already eating well and had quite a healthy lifestyle, but it was switching thyroid medication from Levo to NDT, that corrected my thyroid hormone levels, and kick started my weight loss of that 2 stone1796707_10209343875261008_6273490015015521050_n

Obviously having the optimal levels of a TSH below 2, a Free T3 in the top quarter of the range and a Free T4 mid-range or a bit higher, which ensures your metabolism is then working as correctly as possible, is important, as well as Reverse T3. Then low vitamin/nutrient levels need addressing, so supplementing things like Vitamin C, D, Iron, Selenium, Zinc can also help.

And don’t even get me started on adrenal fatigue.

Once you have those in place, you should start to see some results, given that you are sticking to a healthy diet and moving enough. The average woman needs to consume 2000 net calories a day to maintain her weight, but this differs, depending on your age and height. For me, its around 1900 to maintain my weight, and 1500 to lose 1-2 pounds a week.

An app like My Fitness Pal is handy in helping you work out how many calories you should be consuming for weight loss. It also helps you track what you’ve eaten so you’re not over-eating.

With those basics, here are some more tips I have found to be helpful. Some are already well-known and some I’ve learnt myself.

I do want to just say though, that I don’t advocate for people to be stressing over weight loss, especially when you’ve gained it through ill health etc. Usually, it will come off when you’re healthier and happier and of its own accord, but sometimes we do need to take control ourselves. Just remember that you are worth more than your weight or a number.

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When People Belittle Thyroid Disease

I walk in to a room where I’m meeting some people, and they comment that I’ve lost weight. They ask how I’ve done it, and I explain that I simply got my thyroid levels right, finally, after switching thyroid medication. I explain I haven’t dieted, cut out any food groups or taken a magic pill. I have just got my thyroid levels (TSH, Free T3 and Free T4) right, which in-turn have corrected my metabolism, now meaning I can lose the weight gained by my hypothyroidism, just by watching what I eat and exercising enough.

Then someone who is overweight makes that comment:
“I think I must have a thyroid problem then!”

No, don’t belittle thyroid disease. It’s so much more than weight gain, and I doubt your thyroid is to blame since I’ve noted your eating and exercise habits.

Thyroid disease is not just about weight gain, so don’t make the hell that I and so many others have to go through, the convenient excuse for your bad lifestyle habits.

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