10 Things Thyroid Patients Wish They Knew Sooner

5. “These Are the Signs Your Dosage Is Off.”

Being aware of signs your thyroid levels may be ‘off’ means that you can get them addressed as soon as possible and back to feeling good quicker too.

Here’s what to look out for:

  • Getting sick more often
  • Feeling fatigued all the time
  • Thyroid symptoms such as fatigue, hair loss, cold sensitivity, constipation, muscle aches etc. starting to mount up again
  • Your period changing – becoming irregular or heavier for example
  • You’re having more thyroid flares

 6. “Your Diet Can either Help or Hinder Your Recovery.”

Every single thing we eat and drink can either help us to improve our health (or maintain good health) or make it worse. When you realise the power of food, you start looking at it differently.

Eating well helps maintain good gut health as well as balanced blood sugar levels, which so many of us with thyroid disease also have issues with. It also helps to maintain crucial vitamin and mineral levels, which, if low can mimic thyroid symptoms such as fatigue, muscle pain and hair loss.

7. “You Know Your Own Body. Be Persistent.”

A lot of people with hypothyroidism are told for years:

  • “It’s all in your head.”
  • “You’re fine.”
  • “You’re just a busy parent.”
  • “You just need more sleep.”

You may come across friends, family or even medical professionals who downplay your symptoms, try to convince you that they are caused by something else or just refuse to listen to your worries regarding your health and create actionable steps with you to resolve them.

Here’s the thing:

You know your body better than anyone else.

If you feel that something is ‘off’ or there is something else at play, there probably is.

I had been on Levothyroxine for months, yet still felt hugely unwell, despite doctors telling me that “Your levels are fine now, it must be a low mood problem. Have some antidepressants”.

For a while longer I assumed it must be just that, until I started delving deeper in to how thousands upon thousands of thyroid patients are still feeling unwell even on medication.

I unearthed a whole load of other issues, including the fact that the Levothyroxine wasn’t raising my low Free T3 level, and that I needed my levels to be optimised as opposed to just ‘within range’.

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