Muscle and Joint Pain and Hypothyroidism

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.

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What Happens If You Stop Taking Your Thyroid Medication

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.

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“What You Don’t Realise When I’m at Home Sick” by a Hypothyroid Patient

These days, I don’t often take time off work or cancel plans due to my hypothyroidism. But every now and then, I may need to. In fact, before I was properly medicated for it, I needed a lot of time off work

There are some things a lot of people don’t realise about me taking days off for autoimmune thyroid disease. Sure, I’m not coughing, being sick or have diarrhoea. But I am unwell and I need to be at home. So trust my judgement. 

This post is especially apt since January is Thyroid Disease Awareness Month, so time to raise some awareness on what it’s like for us hypothyroid patients to spend the day at home unwell.  Continue reading ““What You Don’t Realise When I’m at Home Sick” by a Hypothyroid Patient”

Ear Infections, Antibiotics and Autoimmune Hypothyroidism

So today is day number eight that I am off work. The doctor has signed me off as I spend another day at home in agony, bored and fed up.  Continue reading “Ear Infections, Antibiotics and Autoimmune Hypothyroidism”

An Open Letter to Friends, Family, Work Colleagues and Doctors of Those with an Underactive Thyroid/Hypothyroidism

Hello friend, family member, work colleague or doctor of someone who lives with an underactive thyroid. You know someone very brave, very strong, battling a difficult disease called hypothyroidism.

If you’re not a medical professional, you’re probably wondering what exactly an underactive thyroid is or what it does to someone who lives with it, so I’ll do my best to explain it as simply as possible.

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What is Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism, also called an underactive thyroid or thyroid disease, is a condition where the thyroid gland does not create enough thyroid hormone/s. The five hormones a healthy thyroid produces are: T1, T2, T3, T4 and Calcitonin. The most important are  T3 and T4, with T3 being the most active. Continue reading “What is Hypothyroidism?”