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?

(For those of you reading this who have been on medication for a while and are shouting at the screen “Never!”, please read to the end of this article)

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Thyroid Patients Who Self-Source: Asking Your Doctor for a Letter of Medical Necessity

I’ve already written some tips about travelling abroad with hypothyroidism, but I still get asked the same question often: “If I was questioned about my NDT at the airport, could they take it off me?”  

Going on holiday with unconventional medicine can be anxiety inducing, especially if you’re one of the many thyroid patients who self-source their NDT or T3 thyroid medication.  Continue reading “Thyroid Patients Who Self-Source: Asking Your Doctor for a Letter of Medical Necessity”

Are You Taking Your Thyroid Medication Properly?

How difficult can it be, right? You just swallow your thyroid medication with water and that’s that.

Wrong.

Advice on how to take your medication, whether given by doctors, pharmacists or even on medication box leaflets, can be confusing and contradicting. Let’s explore various factors that can influence our thyroid medication and how best to take it, so that you’re getting the most out of it as possible.

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Travelling Tips When You Have Hypothyroidism

Travelling with a chronic illness can seem daunting. Especially if you also have specific dietary requirements and/or your medication isn’t conventional. 

So I thought I’d share a few tips I’ve learnt since having hypothyroidism and travelling around the world. 

I wrote this post back in November last year, but scheduled it to post this summer in preparation for all of you going on your hols!

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What You Need To Know About Doing Thyroid Blood Tests

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”

What Happens If You Stop Taking Your Thyroid Medication

It’s a question that’s been asked many times on my Facebook group:

What happens if you stop taking your thyroid medication?

For one reason or another, you might be wondering if you can get by without it. Perhaps you don’t feel any better on it, perhaps you feel worse or it gives you some side effects. It could be expensive for you to maintain or you might not be keen on taking any pills for whatever reason.

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Hypothyroid Patient Checklist

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? 

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For many of us, it’s like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle. These could be the other pieces to yours.

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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. 

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.

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