When Our Pets Get Better Thyroid Care Than Us

It sounds mad doesn’t it? That medical professionals across all species, may know more and do more for animals with thyroid problems.

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Hair Loss and Hypothyroidism

Losing your hair can be very upsetting. It’s not just vanity, but it also contributes to your identity. I’m going to cover the many possible causes and treatments for hair loss.  Continue reading “Hair Loss and Hypothyroidism”

Questions To Ask at Your First Endocrinologist Appointment

Your first endocrinologist (often referred to as an endo) visit can seem daunting, so the below information covers what to expect from your first visit and the sorts of questions you may want to ask.  Continue reading “Questions To Ask at Your First Endocrinologist Appointment”

An Open Letter: “Dear Doctor, It’s Not All in My Head”

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””

What a Difference Getting the Right Medication Makes

What a difference getting the right medication makes. Photo on the left taken 6 months ago, other one taken the other day.

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10 Things I Would Tell a Friend Newly Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism

Having been through the ups and downs of having hypothyroidism, I now feel comfortable talking about many aspects of it. When people join my Facebook group, and ask all the expected questions when they’ve just been told they have an underactive thyroid, I first send them the link to this page, which is full of lots of helpful answers and FAQs, but I also tell them the essential things to know, below. 

I hope this helps those of you who are just diagnosed. Please pass it on to friends and family who become diagnosed, so we can continue to help each other.

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What Does Borderline/Subclinical Hypothyroid Mean?

I hate the term ‘borderline hypothyroid’ or ‘subclinical hypothyroidism’. It leaves many people undiagnosed and ill. Many just get worse and worse with time.  Continue reading “What Does Borderline/Subclinical Hypothyroid Mean?”

What Can We Do to Change How Hypothyroidism Is Perceived?

What Can We Do to Change How Hypothyroidism Is Perceived? 

Isn’t that a question. I’ve made it no secret that as hypothyroid patients, we often feel put down, not listened to and belittled. So what should we do to change that? Continue reading “What Can We Do to Change How Hypothyroidism Is Perceived?”

Thyroid Hormone Conversion and The Problem That Can Happen

A conversion problem can cause weight gain and on going symptoms, with hypothyroidism, due to inefficient levels of thyroid hormones. A conversion problem of thyroid hormones is often not considered by doctors to be a possibility for patients who don’t respond well to T4-only medication, but it is much more common than they realise. 

If you are on T4-only medication such as Levothyroxine, Synthroid etc. and still don’t feel fully well, then it is likely you could not be converting T4 to T3

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25th May is World Thyroid Day

The 25th May this year is World Thyroid Day, so you can expect any thyroid awareness organisations, advocates and charities to be posting about it; including me. 

200 million people in the world have some form of thyroid disease, including 1 in 20 people in the UK. As many as 60% are undiagnosed, and of those diagnosed, a lot are not adequately treated. This is why we need to keep on sharing information about the condition and encourage anyone with symptoms of hypothyroidism or hyperthyrodism to get checked out.  Continue reading “25th May is World Thyroid Day”