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πŸ¦‹ Am I The Only One Nervous About Docs Appointments? - Issue 152 - Thyroid Family Newsletter

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"Am I The Only One Nervous About Docs Appointments?"

ISSUE 152, 2nd May 2024

Welcome to all members of our thyroid family, new and old. It's lovely to have you here and a part of our thyroid family. πŸ€—

This free email newsletter goes out every two weeks on a Thursday.

I hope you'll find this issue inspiring, reassuring and useful in your own thyroid journey.

My aim is to share the information you need to live well with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's, as well as keep you up-to-date with what I'm doing in the thyroidsphere!

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Thursday Thoughts

Am I the only one who gets nervous about doctors appointments?

As I write this, I am waiting for the GP to call me about my ferritin levels being low, but still β€œin range”.

I am currently experiencing tiredness, achiness and very heavy periods, so the fact my low-but-in-range ferritin has been deemed normal and β€œno further action” has me feeling anxious for the appointment.
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After all, I want to make sure they understand how these symptoms affect my daily life. I want to make sure they understand that my ferritin level needs to be higher for me to feel well (I know my β€˜optimal’.)
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I want them to know the iron supplements don’t seem to be working. And I want to know why?
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I have the phrase underlined in my notebook β€œit’s important to me that you understand just how heavy and inconveniencing my periods are and how exhausted I’m feeling with ferritin this low.”​
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I am a thyroid health advocate and yet I’ll be honest about this: I still get very anxious about medical appointments and I worry that they will be a waste of time or I will come away feeling like a hypochondriac.
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I prefer over the phone appointments because at least I know they won’t be wasting time out of my day with travelling to and from and sitting in a waiting room for possibly quite awhile. And over the phone appointments also make me feel more prepared as I will write out my notes like this so that I can feel as if I have said everything completely and succinctly.
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Am I the only one?

See Rachel's bestselling thyroid patient book "Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate." Full of tips on navigating doctors appointments.

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Thursday Health Check-in

Currently awaiting more tests and scans to find the root cause of the super heavy periods causing low ferritin levels. Oh the joys! At least my thyroid is stable?!

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Outro -

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​This newsletter includes thyroid research, events, news, articles, discounts, tips, advice, and links to popular social media posts from the last fortnight. Enjoy reading!

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- Rachel Hill, The Invisible Hypothyroidism

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How To Take Your Thyroid Medication Correctly

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That's all for this issue of The Thyroid Family Newsletter, but you can find more information and support:

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⭐ On my Facebook | Instagram | Threads | Twitter

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Keep an eye out for the next issue in two weeks' time!

Rachel Hill, The Invisible Hypothyroidism

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Please Note: None of the statements in this publication should be taken as an official endorsement of any particular product, including any sponsored content. I strongly suggest consulting your doctor before making any changes to your lifestyle or health regimen. The information included in this publication is not meant to substitute the clinical guidance provided by a healthcare professional. Rachel Hill / The Invisible Hypothyroidism is not medically qualified and does not offer medical advice. Read the full disclaimer here. By reading this newsletter, you agree to understanding this information.

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