Series: My AF. Entry 12: An Update on My Adrenal Fatigue, Thyroid, Sex Hormones and Gastritis

A lot has happened in the past month since my last general update blog, so thought it was time for another!


The gastritis I told you about a couple of weeks ago seems to have gone now, thankfully. It was really painful and took a lot of trial and error in what I could and couldn’t eat. I drank only water and stuck to an extremely basic diet for a few weeks, also not taking any painkillers and it seemed to clear up on its own. I hope it doesn’t come back. I’ve reintroduced most foods again now, though not alcohol or painkillers.

Since January, my periods have gone a bit haywire again. Well, very haywire. There’s been no pattern at all, and I came on my period again yesterday after only 15 days since I came on the last one. Fed up is an understatement! I’ve been using progesterone cream for around nine months now and can’t seem to get it to control them, so I’ve made a controversial decision of going back on the contraceptive pill…

I know many of you won’t agree, but I figured I have nothing to lose.

I used to be on the combined pill from ages sixteen to twenty-one, and have been off it for eighteen months, but have decided to give the POP (progestogen only pill) a go. With my oestrogen dominance, hopefully it’ll help to balance things out. I know it can cause irregular periods and acne, but I’m experiencing that right now anyway so I figured I have nothing to lose. I can always stop taking it, too.

I raised my thyroid medication dosage a month or so ago again and feel a bit better for it, but still feel easily tired and have poor stamina. So I started Pure Encapsulations for my adrenal fatigue – I just need to remember to take them!! I’ve been SO forgetful lately.

I hope they help.

My mood has been very up and down and I’ve had some really scary low points, but this week has been better.

The itching all over my body has finally stopped. I tried going back to my old shampoo and it started up again, so I’ve gone back to the Lush one that doesn’t contain any sodium lauryl sulfate, and it’s settled down again. I guess I’ll never really know what was causing the intense itching literally all over my body, but this shampoo is definitely helping it on my scalp.

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About Rachel Hill, The Invisible Hypothyroidism

Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME), as well as having Adrenal Fatigue and experience with Depression and Anxiety Disorder, Rachel Hill blogs at to help others, covering all aspects of what it’s like to have these conditions. Rachel is one of the many faces of thyroid disease and she’s passionate about helping those with hypothyroidism and giving them a voice.
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