"Mood Swings Are Ruining My Life."
ISSUE 99, 7th April 2022
Welcome, Thyroid Family, to Issue 99 of The Free Thyroid Family Newsletter.
Issue 99! I'll have to think of something special for the one hundredth issue!
I want to start this issue with a quote from Adam, my husband:
“When I saw changes in Rachel’s mood, including mood swings, I had to remind myself that it wasn’t her. It was her thyroid condition. That it wasn’t her choice to feel all these various emotions, sometimes close together. It was something she was working through and trying to understand herself.”
The term ‘mood swings’ refers to rapid changes in mood, whether minor or major and many thyroid patients complain of being more susceptible to mood swings which often not only make them feel down about themselves and may affect their own mental health, but can also impact their relationships with those around them.
Experiencing a shorter tempter, feeling extra emotional, anxious and clingy or even wanting to be left alone are not uncommon with hormonal health conditions. We already know the mood swings caused by hormonal changes in menstruating people and those experiencing the menopause or perimenopause, are not uncommon. Hypothyroidism can lead to fluctuating levels of hormones too.
If you're experiencing mood swings and want to know what you can do to reduce them, please see the info I have put together here.
And If You Still Need Medication for Your Mental Health, Then That’s OK Too.
Of course, antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds can be a great help to many people and taking them is not ‘wrong’.
This newsletter issue is titled "Mood Swings Are Ruining My Life" in regards to this conversation, but it also includes information on thyroid related news and links to my most popular social media posts from the last fortnight. Enjoy reading!
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Happy reading, thyroid thrivers.
The Invisible Hypothyroidism
👀 In Case You Missed it...
- I got my latest thyroid blood test results back and everything is still optimal for now. Woohoo!
- I was wiped out last week with a sickness bug which lasted a whole week. Being pregnant, I'm way more vulnerable to illnesses now. Only a month away from being full term, I need to start thinking about whether I decide to isolate in the run up to my due date so as to limit possible exposure to COVID.
- I'm busy typing up lots more thyroid book reviews for my website. You can find existing ones here.
Chronically Healing Podcast Episode
Talking on the Chronically Healing Podcast, it covers:
- Blood work isn’t the only thing we have to pay attention to with Hashimoto’s
- Movement and food – why “calories in, calories out” isn’t successful for those with thyroid issues and not all movement is created equal
Lymphocyte infiltration and thyrocyte destruction are driven by stromal and immune cell components in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
"Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (HT) is the most common autoimmune disease characterized by lymphocytic infiltration and thyrocyte destruction. Dissection of the interaction between the thyroidal stromal microenvironment and the infiltrating immune cells might lead to a better understanding of HT pathogenesis."
Clinical relevance of thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulin as a biomarker of the activity of thyroid eye disease
"Although it has been reported that thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulin (TSI) is associated with the clinical characteristics of thyroid eye disease (TED), there is a paucity of literature regarding the role of TSI in diagnosing active TED. This study investigated the relationship between the level of TSI and the activity of TED and assessed the cut-off value of TSI discriminating active TED from inactive TED."
What is The Best Diet for Hypothyroidism?
Many people with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s are keen to know whether a change in their diet could yield reduced symptoms of fatigue, joint pain and indigestion, among many others.
This has been a long requested article and I'm so pleased it's finally out there!
The First Trimester: My Pregnancy on Armour and Levothyroxine
I wanted to blog about my experiences of going through a ‘thyroid pregnancy’ to give an insight in to how my thyroid medication worked for me during this time, but also as to how medical professionals managed me and what the overall experience was like.
This recent post from The Invisible Hypothyroidism's Instagram page was very popular:
The caption read:
💔 Just having a thyroid condition puts you at a higher risk for losing a pregnancy.
💔 Many thyroid patients struggle with infertility and pregnancy loss.
💔 Research has also shown that high levels of Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies increase the risk of premature births.
💔 The risk of miscarriage is higher in those with subclinical hypothyroidism, compared to women with normal thyroid function (euthyroidism).
💔 Those with subclinical thyroid dysfunction had double the risk of miscarriage, premature labor & low birth weight as compared to pregnant women with normal thyroid function. They also have 7 times greater risk of still birth.
✨ Other Popular Instagram Posts These Past Two Weeks ✨
🎬 Latest Instagram Reels 🎬
An Open Letter to Mothers with Hypothyroidism on Mother’s Day
"To the mother with hypothyroidism this Mother’s Day,
I know at times you feel tired, achy, frustrated and strained. You push yourself each and every day to keep on going, keep on raising your family with love and kindness despite your own body fighting against you."
Read this open letter in full here. It was Mother's Day in the UK last weekend.
Ready-Made Bone Broth
Bone broth is promoted as one of the best and simplest ways to look after our gut health. Recipes for making your own can be found online, but it does take several hours of slowly cooking the ingredients.
If you'd rather have a ready-to-go bone broth (just like me!) you can find these available to purchase too.
Click here to check out the Gevity Bone Broth online - just add hot water and you're good to go!
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That's all for this issue of The Free Thyroid Family Newsletter, but as always, you can find more information and support...
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The Invisible Hypothyroidism
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