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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Gluten & Dairy Free and Vegan Afternoon Tea at Wonderland Cafe

When you live some health conditions, following certain dietary adjustments can really help in managing the condition and symptoms, such as gluten free and dairy free for autoimmune hypothyroidism. 

Although I don’t by any means have cake, sandwiches or even afternoon tea very often at all, indulging in some afternoon tea is one of my favourite things to do with friends. 

So imagine my delight when Wonderland Cafe, an Alice in Wonderland cafe based in Nottingham, England, offered to let me try their gluten free, dairy free, vegan safe afternoon tea complimentarily, after I suggested a year ago that more places need to offer allergen free options for afternoon tea lovers. 

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What to Do After Being ‘Glutened’

For many autoimmune hypothyroid patients (around 90% of us with an underactive thyroid), following a gluten free diet and lifestyle is key to helping them feel better and manage their condition more effectively. 

But what happens if you’re ‘glutened’ by mistake?

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International Women’s Day and How Thyroid Disease is a Feminist Issue

The 8th March marks International Women’s Day, commemorating the movement for women’s rights.

I’d also like to touch on the fact that Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s affects a lot more women than men (7-15 times more women), but sadly a lot of women, when they go to the doctor complaining of tiredness, depression, brain fog, memory problems, weight gain etc. are made to feel as if they are hypochondriacs. 

I myself and many other women have been made to feel as if we’re making it all up or are brushed off with “Well this is all normal for a woman your age”, “It’s all in your head”, “Just eat less and move more”, which is utterly wrong and disgusting.

Middle aged women are especially likely to be told that it’s all normal for someone their age, even, and then sent back out the door with nothing more. As someone who had symptoms since my teen years, I also experienced difficulties in getting diagnosed and being listened to, as doctor’s felt that I was too young to really be experiencing all the symptoms I said I was (muscle cramps, heavy fatigue, poor stamina, irregular periods, depression, anxiety, acid reflux, brittle nails, aches and pains). I was told that it was ‘all in my head’.

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Leaky Gut, Candida and Autoimmune Hypothyroidism

As well as getting the correct type of thyroid medication for you and the optimal dosage, it’s also important to address other factors that can be contributing to you feeling unwell. Even on thyroid medication and at an optimal dosage.

I thought for a long while that once I reached my optimal dosage on NDT, with lab results to match, that I would return to the level of health and fitness that I had before. But, I didn’t. Even with optimal levels, I still had ongoing fatigue, poor stamina, cystic acne, irregular periods etc. which suggested that I needed to look at other issues and imbalances within my body.  

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