Prior to my decline in health due to the development of autoimmune hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid), I was top of my class or among the top in every school class, year on year. I did well at school and college and I had a thirst for learning whatever I could. I enjoyed learning. Continue reading “I Worry That Brain Fog Makes Me Look Incompetent at Work”
It’s Mother’s Day here in the UK and being a mum with thyroid disease can make parenting even more of a challenge. Many mums battle on with hypothyroidism which can make them even more exhausted, stressed and struggle mentally as well as physically. And I believe this should be recognised. Continue reading “Happy Mother’s Day”
What happens if you stop taking your thyroid medication?
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”
This ‘open letter’ has been inspired by the large amount of thyroid patients who are told by doctors that their symptoms are ‘all in their head’, dismissed and made to feel like hypochondriacs. I experienced this myself, and on such a day, I came home, ordered the new thyroid medicine I wanted to try and set up this blog. Continue reading “An Open Letter: “Dear Doctor, It’s Not All in My Head””
So I went gluten free on 12th September, meaning it’s been a month now, and I’m already seeing some positive changes. Continue reading “General Update #11”
Could low Free T3 be causing you ongoing issues?
There are binding proteins that attach to thyroid hormones to travel through the blood vessels, to cells all over our body. When they reach the cells, only the unbound “free” hormones can actually be used by the cells. Therefore Free T3 levels (and Free T4!) are important to monitor. It’s important to be aware that F ree T3 and Free T4 are different to Total T3 and Total T4, with Total being pretty much useless. Make sure you check Free.
A part of being hypothyroid that is often overlooked, is the way that it affects our work life.
I’ve covered many times, the ways in which hypothyroidism devastates many lives, taking control of many aspects and creating real challenges for those affected, and often, their family too. In this post, I’m going to focus on work.
Patients with Hashimoto’s, which by the way is approximately 90% of all Hypothyroid patients, tend to have the regular load of hypo symptoms, but also tend to have things like acid reflux, brain fog, a leaky gut, nutrient deficiencies, anaemia/low iron, food allergies/sensitivies and adrenal fatigue as well.
You can find out if you have Hashimoto’s by completing two blood tests: TPOAB and TGAB. If they are over the range, you can assume your autoimmune culprit for your hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s. More info about Hashimoto’s can be found here.
In this post, I’m going to cover ways in which you can treat, manage and help your Hashimoto’s and its symptoms. There is no cure for Hashimoto’s, but it can be put in to remission; basically, antibodies lowered and kept more under control and better managed.
Did you know that you could be sensitive to gluten but not intolerant/allergic?