A week ago today, I wrote a blog about how unwell I had been since being put on the oral antibiotic amoxicillin, for a recurrent ear infection. You can read that blog here.
In short, I had been all over the place – making no sense when talking, persistent fever, feeling very hypothyroid and heavily unwell. We believed that the antibiotics were flaring up my autoimmune thyroid condition (Hashimoto’s) and as days went on, I seemed to pick up.
However, just a day after writing that post, I noticed a rash appearing on my hands. The next day, it was all over my body. And I mean all over.
Just my face was clear, although my lips were slightly swollen and sore and my face dry, flaky and red. The rash wasn’t itchy at first but became itchy after a day or so. My ankles also swelled. Continue reading “Update: One Week on from ‘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”
On thyroid medication and still feel rubbish? Wondering if there’s anything else you should try/investigate to see if it would help how you feel?
For many of us, it’s like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle. These could be the other pieces to yours.
Continue reading “Hypothyroid Patient Checklist”
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””
If you have thyroid issues (especially Hashimoto’s), adrenal fatigue, insomnia or trouble sleeping, anxiety etc. it’s important to be aware of the impact of coffee on your thyroid and thyroid medications.
Continue reading “Caffeine and Your Thyroid”
Following on from my post about the doctor starting me on iron tablets for my low iron levels, I haven’t been having a good experience with them.
After a week of starting them, I had a migraine. It was the first migraine in about eight months, since I switched to NDT and stopped the contraceptive pill, which put a stop to my hormonal migraines.
I had to go home early when this one struck at work, but I thought it was just from doing too much that week as well as catching a nasty cold. However, I had another migraine attack three days later and another two days after that. I cut down to one iron tablet and still had horrid headaches. I cut them out completely, stopping the tablets, and all headaches and migraines stopped. I’ve also been having on-off diarrhoea (lovely, I know).
I read through the leaflet included in my box of iron tablets and it mentioned diarrhoea and constipation, but nothing on headaches or migraines. I searched online and didn’t find much there either. So I booked an appointment with the doctor. Continue reading “I’m Not Getting on with Iron”
It seems I’ve been struck down with a cold. Since yesterday, I’ve had a blocked nose, heavy, achey body and sore throat, but I’ve just woken up to it being much worse. Time for a lazy weekend I think. Continue reading “Struck Down!”
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.
Continue reading “An Open Letter to Friends, Family, Work Colleagues and Doctors of Those with an Underactive Thyroid/Hypothyroidism”