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World Thyroid Day – 25th May 2018

Every year, the 25th May is recognised as World Thyroid Day. An international day for people to become more aware of what the thyroid gland is and why it’s so important.

It’s also a day to raise awareness of the conditions associated with it, such as hypothyroidism.

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May 21st – 27th is International Thyroid Awareness Week 2018

International Thyroid Awareness Week 2018 begins on May 21st and continues through to May 27th.

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The Anxiety When Calling in Sick To Work

For most people, calling in sick to work isn’t a common occurrence. Though, for those of us with chronic illness, mental illness or even disabilities, needing to take time off of work can happen more often than we’d like. Please be aware that this is not a choice either.  Continue reading “The Anxiety When Calling in Sick To Work”

Starting Thyroid Medication: How Long Will It Take Me to Feel Well Again?

Receiving a diagnosis for hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid, Hashimoto’s, subclinical/borderline hypothyroidism or thyroid disease in the form of low thyroid, can create a whole mix of emotions. 

As well as feeling relieved that you finally have an answer for why you’ve been feeling so unwell, patients often report that they feel impatient about waiting for their thyroid medication to ‘kick in’. 

So, how long after starting thyroid hormone replacement medication, will it take for you to get back to how well you used to feel?

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A Review of Medichecks’ Home Finger-Prick Blood Test

I’m not a stranger to ordering my own lab tests. I’ve had several done before and have used a few different online labs for them. Some I’ve had a much better experience with than others!

I have been aware of Medichecks, an online blood test lab service, for a couple of years now but had never used them myself, although I’d heard plenty of positive reviews from fellow hypothyroid patients regarding ease of testing and a fast turnaround. 

When I had the latest appointment with my functional doctor at the end of March, she suggested that now was a good time to test my thyroid panel again, antibodies to look at the Hashimoto’s (my GP had only ever tested them upon diagnosis three years ago) and some vitamins such as B, D, Iron, Ferritin etc.

Weirdly enough, Medichecks got in touch with me just a week or so after this appointment, before I’d ordered any tests and asked if I’d be interested in trying their Tiredness and Fatigue Check Plus for free, in return for an honest review about it. I happily said yes and couldn’t believe my luck for the timing, then waited for the test to arrive in the post. 

A 10% discount code for my readers can be found at the end of this post. 

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Writing About the Negatives in My Life Does Not Make Me ‘More Ill’

Since being diagnosed with multiple physical health conditions as well as depression and anxiety, I have started writing about my experiences. The aim being to not only raise awareness of what we go through as chronic illness warriors and let other people going through the same know they’re not alone, but to also have an outlet for what I go through. 

It’s true, I’ve been told that my blog and Mighty articles have helped others to realize that they may have the same physical and/or mental health conditions as me. I’ve also been told that they’ve helped other patients realize they’re not alone. As have I been told that they’ve helped those who know someone with these conditions to understand what we go through.

Is Your Thyroid Behind Your Acne?

I’ve been very open about my battles with taming acne, over the past couple of years. As a teenager, I didn’t have more pimples than my friends as such, and as a young adult, although I would get a few pimples, it was never an alarming amount. It wasn’t until I decided to come off the combined contraceptive pill in December 2015 after being diagnosed with an underactive thyroid, that my skin started to go crazy.

Unearthing a sex hormone imbalance, a leaky gut and developing gluten sensitivity, I was able to slowly piece together the puzzle in why my skin had broken out so badly. 

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Thyroid Patients Explain The Devastating Effects on Their Mental Health

One part of having hypothyroidism that is often overlooked is missed is that there is a strong connection between the disease and mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. In Thyroid UK’s 2015 survey, it was revealed that over 50% of the respondents also lived with depression. More than half.

So, I asked fans of my Facebook page how thyroid disease has affected their mental health. Because there’s so many stories out there.  It’s an area we need to raise awareness on as most people are totally unaware of the link.

People have been kept anonymous as some of these comments are so personal.

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“Not All Chronic Illnesses Are Visible” Support Pin

Just yesterday, following another unpleasant journey on public transport, I said to my fiance that we should create a pin. A functional pin that also creates awareness. And today, we did just that! 

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Is Dieting Making You More Hypothyroid?

Weight gain and fluctuations are a very common symptom of an underactive thyroid. However, many patients taking to dieting, i.e. cutting out calories or certain food groups in an attempt to shift pounds, are likely making their hypothyroidism worse.  Continue reading “Is Dieting Making You More Hypothyroid?”