World Thyroid Day – 25th May 2018

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.

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A Review of Medichecks’ Home Finger-Prick Blood Test

I’m not a stranger to ordering my own lab tests. I’ve had several done before and have used a few different online labs for them. Some I’ve had a much better experience with than others!

I have been aware of Medichecks, an online blood test lab service, for a couple of years now but had never used them myself, although I’d heard plenty of positive reviews from fellow hypothyroid patients regarding ease of testing and a fast turnaround. 

When I had the latest appointment with my functional doctor at the end of March, she suggested that now was a good time to test my thyroid panel again, antibodies to look at the Hashimoto’s (my GP had only ever tested them upon diagnosis three years ago) and some vitamins such as B, D, Iron, Ferritin etc.

Weirdly enough, Medichecks got in touch with me just a week or so after this appointment, before I’d ordered any tests and asked if I’d be interested in trying their Tiredness and Fatigue Check Plus for free, in return for an honest review about it. I happily said yes and couldn’t believe my luck for the timing, then waited for the test to arrive in the post. 

A 10% discount code for my readers can be found at the end of this post. 

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Is Your Thyroid Behind Your Acne?

I’ve been very open about my battles with taming acne, over the past couple of years. As a teenager, I didn’t have more pimples than my friends as such, and as a young adult, although I would get a few pimples, it was never an alarming amount. It wasn’t until I decided to come off the combined contraceptive pill in December 2015 after being diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and Hashimoto’s, that my skin started to go crazy.

Unearthing a sex hormone imbalance, a leaky gut and developing gluten sensitivity, I was able to slowly piece together the puzzle in why my skin had broken out so badly. 

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Gluten & Dairy Free and Vegan Afternoon Tea at Wonderland Cafe

When you live some health conditions, following certain dietary adjustments can really help in managing the condition and symptoms, such as gluten free and dairy free for autoimmune hypothyroidism. 

Although I don’t by any means have cake, sandwiches or even afternoon tea very often at all, indulging in some afternoon tea is one of my favourite things to do with friends. 

So imagine my delight when Wonderland Cafe, an Alice in Wonderland cafe based in Nottingham, England, offered to let me try their gluten free, dairy free, vegan safe afternoon tea complimentarily, after I suggested a year ago that more places need to offer allergen free options for afternoon tea lovers. 

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I Tried a Wake-Up Light to See If It Helped Me with Fatigue on Early Mornings

Since having thyroid and adrenal problems, I’ve found mornings to be the hardest time of day by far. They’re indescribably difficult, although they never used to be, pre-chronic illness days. I was one of those weird kids (and teenagers) who woke up early on weekends and jumped out of bed with energy. I could get going early in the morning without much of an issue, but these days, I wake up feeling low in mood, groggy, foggy-headed, nauseas and generally just bleh. 

So for a while now, I’ve wanted to try a ‘wake-up lamp’ to see if it helps with this. What the hell is a wake-up lamp? you ask. Well.

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When I Worry That Uber Drivers Think I’m Rude

I’ve written a new exclusive piece for The Mighty, about my anxiety when using Uber or other cab services when unwell.

You can head on over to The Mighty to read it, by following this link: https://themighty.com/2018/01/uber-rude-passenger-anxiety-migraine/

Leaky Gut, Candida and Autoimmune Hypothyroidism

As well as getting the correct type of thyroid medication for you and the optimal dosage, it’s also important to address other factors that can be contributing to you feeling unwell. Even on thyroid medication and at an optimal dosage.

I thought for a long while that once I reached my optimal dosage on NDT, with lab results to match, that I would return to the level of health and fitness that I had before. But, I didn’t. Even with optimal levels, I still had ongoing fatigue, poor stamina, cystic acne, irregular periods etc. which suggested that I needed to look at other issues and imbalances within my body.  

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A 70 Year Old’s Thoughts on Living with Hypothyroidism

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.

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Book Review: The Thyroid Connection by Amy Myers, MD

Dr Amy Myer’s generously offered to send me a copy of her second book, The Thyroid Connection, a year ago now and although I finished reading it a good six months ago, I’m finally now writing this review!

Dr Myer’s book is based around her twenty-eight day programme to get you back on track to good health, following a Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism diagnosis. She looks at diet, gut health, stress, supplements and more, all tailored to your situation.  Continue reading “Book Review: The Thyroid Connection by Amy Myers, MD”