"Our Symptoms Are Not The Same."
ISSUE 106, 14th July 2022
Welcome, Thyroid Family, to Issue 106 of The Free Thyroid Family Newsletter.
Here's a little reminder:
📢 Not everyone with thyroid conditions will experience them in the same way.
📢 Not only do different people experience different symptoms, but the severity of these symptoms can vary too.
📢 Some people take their medication daily and feel fine.
📢 Some take their medication daily and still feel hugely unwell. Some feel a little better but not loads.
📢 For some people, it can leave them bed-bound, in excruciating muscle pain, unexplainably fatigued, depressed and more.
I’ve been on both sides. Almost signed off from work due to the heavy fatigue, depression, muscle pain and more, which left me incredibly ill from hypothyroidism, I was in pieces.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that at one point I couldn’t get up the stairs in my house unaided due to this condition. I was bed-bound for days at a time, unable to move, apart from using the toilet in the next room.
Nowadays, I am doing well in terms of my health but it’s taken a lot to get here. I work, I have two children, I function without my thyroid condition getting in the way for the most part and my mental health is the best it’s been in a long time. But I know how bad it can be. I remember it well.
Everyone is individual and so is their individual experience. Everyone’s experience is valid. YOU are valid.
This newsletter issue is titled "Our Symptoms Are Not The Same." in regards to this discussion, however, 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 had my first thyroid flare postpartum last week after catching a cold + sleep deprivation + doing too much physically finally caught up with me.
- I'm making time to fit some yoga back in to my week again. Having a newborn baby makes it harder to have time for things like this, so it's a work in progress!
- Amazon UK currently have both my books on sale. No idea how long this will last but you can view them here and here.
- I am often asked for thyroid cookbook recommendations - I shared on social media that I mostly use this one.
- I ordered a blood test kit from Medichecks the other week, completed the finger prick samples and posted it back. One month postpartum, my thyroid levels came back optimal, along with Vitamin D and folate. However, my B12 and Ferritin could be improved. The test I used is called Advanced Thyroid Function Blood Test.
The 2022 T3 Prescribing Report
"Thyroid UK, along with other partner thyroid organisations published a new T3 Prescribing Report which shows that 58% of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England are not following national guidance for liothyronine and that patients in those areas are being refused treatment with this important medication."
I Have Been Nominated for the Social Health Awards 2022
I am honoured to say that I have been nominated for the Social Health Awards again this year!
These awards recognise patient leaders who are making an impact with their advocacy work, especially in the online community. It provides the opportunity for their readers to thank and support the health advocates they follow and find helpful!
5 Ways To Practise Thyroid Self-Care
Self-care isn’t just bubble baths, face masks and duvet days. Self-care is the very practice of taking action to preserve or improve your health.
It can be great for your stress levels, mental health and wellbeing to find things that let you recharge and de-stress such as bubble baths, face masks and duvet days, but self-care should also implement what preserves and improves your physical health too.
As a thyroid patient, what does this mean?
10 Things Thyroid Patients Wish They Knew Sooner
What do you wish you were told at the start of your thyroid journey?
I asked my readers this very question and below are the most common responses, answered by myself for those who are perhaps new to understanding their hypothyroidism.
This recent post from The Invisible Hypothyroidism's Instagram page was very popular:
The caption says:
"Is this you? 🥱 I wanted to chat about sleep complaints.
🥱Struggle to fall asleep? (Feeling ‘tired but wired’)
🥱Struggle to stay asleep?
🥱Wake up at 3am and can’t get back to sleep?
🥱Wake up feeling unrefreshed or ‘more tired’?
🥱Experience thyroid symptoms keeping you awake, such as muscle cramps and aches and pains?
🥱 Have sleep apnea?
🥱 Or night sweats?
You’re not alone."
✨ Other Popular Instagram Posts These Past Two Weeks ✨
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Sleep Complaints with Hypothyroidism
Issues surrounding sleep can be one of the most frustrating parts of having a thyroid condition. Trouble falling asleep and waking up frequently are often asked about in my Facebook support group.
Despite the common hypothyroidism symptom of fatigue, many of us struggle to get a good night’s sleep. Let’s look at the different ways that our sleep can be affected with hypothyroidism and how to address them.
Do Your Own Blood Tests!
As I mentioned at the beginning of this newsletter, I have done some thyroid and vitamin testing this week to review my body's needs.
I like using Medichecks a few times a year because they take me just a couple of minutes to complete and I get the test results a day or two later.
These test kits fit straight through your letterbox and are a quick and convenient way to check a few things your doctor has perhaps refused to.
Lancets are provided, which you press down on to the finger to make a finger prick, and then blood drops form, which you collect in the tube. Easy peasy.
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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...
⭐ In The Premium Newsletter
⭐ In my website articles
⭐ In the 'Thyroid Family' Facebook Support Group
If there’s anything you'd like to see in a future issue, let me know. Keep an eye out for the next issue in two weeks' time!
Be your own thyroid advocate. 🦋
The Invisible Hypothyroidism
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