Every year, the 25th May is recognised as World Thyroid Day. An international day for people to become more aware of what the thyroid gland is and why it’s so important.
It’s also a day to raise awareness of the conditions associated with it, such as hypothyroidism.
Continue reading “World Thyroid Day – 25th May 2018”
I’d like to thank the lovely Margaret for featuring in this blog. I’ve known Margaret through my online support group for thyroid patients, for about a year and a half to two years now and she’s come a long way in advocating for her health in that time. I do feel that older thyroid patients’ voices aren’t heard enough, in regards to their experience of living with the condition for so long, which I’m sure we can all learn from.
So thank you Margaret for letting me ask you some questions on living with hypothyroidism as an older member of the thyroid community.
Continue reading “A 70 Year Old’s Thoughts on Living with Hypothyroidism”
Do you still feel like rubbish even though your doctor is insistent that your test results are coming back ‘fine’ or ‘normal’? Perhaps your doctor isn’t running all the thyroid tests that you want?
Many thyroid patients benefit from being more involved in their thyroid care and treatment, which is where self-testing and the ability to order your own tests can be critical tools for empowering yourself. Continue reading “Take Back Control: Order Your Own Thyroid Tests”
As a thyroid patient, there are a few different types of doctors you may see for your condition. Some can be more useful in addressing different areas of the condition than others and different patients find different success with different types of doctors. You may have tried a few of these already, but I’m going to sum up what each one is, how they look at hypothyroidism and why they may be helpful to you.
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Along with many of the other symptoms of hypothyroidism, menstrual issues is a common one. Thyroid hormone is needed for pretty much every function and cell in the body so when you’re hypothyroid, many processes — including your menstrual cycle — can be affected.
Continue reading “How Your Thyroid Can Cause Period Problems”
It sounds mad doesn’t it? That medical professionals across all species, may know more and do more for animals with thyroid problems.
Continue reading “When Our Pets Get Better Thyroid Care Than Us”
Common questions about thyroid blood tests include: Do I take my thyroid medication as normal before the blood draw? How often should it be done? Do I need to fast? Does it need to be in the morning? Can it be done in the afternoon? Continue reading “What You Need To Know About Doing Thyroid Blood Tests”
Thyroid function and fertility are closely linked. Abnormal thyroid levels can lead to miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, anaemia, stillbirth and the baby developing congenital hypothyroidism itself, yet many doctors don’t think to check thyroid hormone levels. Continue reading “The Issue of Fertility with Hypothyroidism”
I won’t lie, I’ve been struggling lately. Really struggling. I haven’t felt this unwell in a while. Continue reading “General Update #14”
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.
It is worth bearing in mind that a lot of people with hypothyroidism state very little help from an endocrinologist (myself included) but I do think it’s worth every thyroid patient seeing one if they can, so that they can decide for themselves if an endocrinologist could be beneficial to their care.
Continue reading “Questions To Ask at Your First Endocrinologist Appointment”