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Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism January 11th 2014 (Second part to my day)

HAIR LOSS

 

It has finally dawned on me that, I AM LOSING MY HAIR. What ever will be next!

It occurred to me, about a month ago, that my hair had become extremely short around my face. Almost like someone had got thinning scissors and chopped the first few layers of hair around my hairline. I thought maybe it was new hair growing and I sort of laughed about it. It looked ridiculous and very curly.

As the weeks went by, I started to show my family and explained to them what I had noticed. They all said the same, maybe new hair was growing, I have so much hair already that it wouldn’t surprise me, however, today I finally realised what the issue was. 

After already having quite a traumatic morning, I was brushing my teeth in the bathroom and I noticed in the mirror that my hair line had moved further back and so had the thinning hair, you can imagine the frenzy of worry that escalated from this.

After the tears had passed and I spoke to my mum and dad, I realised that it doesn’t actually matter, although it was a bit of a shock.

If only I had been clued up enough about the symptoms of an overactive thyroid, maybe then I could have linked all of the symptoms (I have had building up for the last 6 months) together. 

 PLEASE, if you notice anything different about yourself or a loved one, CHECK YOUR THYROID. Ask for a full test, not just a standard GP test as this will not include T3 or any other endocrine test. 

 

BE AWARE AND SHARE YOUR STORY! 

 

 

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Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism January 11th 2014

NIGHTMARES 

 

So, I thought I was almost out of the worst. Almost 1 week had passed without a horrific nightmare, however, for the last two nights (since returning to University) they are back. 

I took propranolol (a beta blocker) over christmas for a few weeks to try and numb the side effects. It really helped me and I was only on the lowest dose (10mg) 3-4 times a day. I started to feel as if I didn’t need them anymore and I stopped taking them. I lasted about a week and since yesterday I have had to go back on them. Propranolol do give nightmares as a side effect, which isn’t helpful, however, I find that taken no later than 5/6pm, there should be no issues.

After each nightmare, it takes a while to wake up and realise that, it’s not real. I will sit there for about 5 minutes just waiting for the terror to pass. I, like anyone else, has the odd bad dream now and again but nothing like this. I find it extremely important, especially after a nightmare, to remind myself of who I am as I seem to also be suffering at times with depersonalization. I constantly remind myself that this too shall pass, as everything will. 

When suffering with the effects of an overactive thyroid, there is already issues with sleep. When it’s getting to midnight I become aware that I am usually fast asleep by this point, so, I assume it’s time for bed, although, I am not tired. I will lay in bed and feel tired, yet, my mind wont allow me to sleep as my mind will still be racing and on top of that I will be slightly fearful if I’m going to sleep well or not. 

Each day is a new day and right now I am just trying to make the most of each one for what ever they are! These nightmares do however impact my enjoyment of the day ahead. Imagine having issues with racing thoughts and anxiety anyway, followed by nightmares, it’s extremely difficult to shake off the negative emotions attached. I am fighting this every day to not only save myself but to save others. No one should have to go through this at any age, it impacts a life terribly, so, let’s make sure we don’t let it! 

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Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism January 10th 2014

BATH SALTS

For Christmas, my mum bought me some Bath Salts from the Dead Sea, little did she know how much I needed them.

Bath salts are known for their relaxation qualities, reducing stress and they are also good for bad skin, such as Eczema (which I also have) and Psoriases.

I can honestly say that these have extremely helped with the anxiety. They are so calming and it leaves you feeling like all the toxins from your body have been released.

I would recommend them to anyone suffering from anxiety, panic attacks or stress, due to a thyroid issue or not, to try them.

These are the ones I have:

http://www.rivageonline.com/original-dead-sea-bath-crystals-p-5378.html

These are great as you can find out which one you like the best.

I hope that this helps.

Rivage

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Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism January 9th 2014

MY FIRST DAY BACK AT UNIVERSITY…

Yesterday was the first day back at University. It was good, yet rather challenging. I must stay focussed and not let anything delay my goals. I have been working towards my dream career for the last 6 years and it is all I have ever known. I will be strong.

After yesterday, I feel exhausted. Mentally and physically drained. Nobody knows how I am feeling because no one is going to understand, so, i’ll just wear a brave face.

After a challenging Christmas break, I am slowly recovering from over-medicating and having hyperthyroid, for a change. I know this might sound shocking, however, I actually said to my mum that this was even more difficult (for myself) to deal with then Hypothyroidism, which was EXTREMELY difficult.

Both conditions seem to impact the same areas of mentality and physicality in a person, however, at opposite ends of the spectrum.

I know that everyone suffers differently, however, most people I have met who have a thyroid condition seem to really struggle. I really think that there needs to be more research done to get to the bottom of the root causes, the mental side effects and why it challenges your brains capability.

Why do we have memory loss, depression, anxiety, paranoia, poor concentration? When are the medical professionals going to admit that it seriously effects a persons life and that there are severe links between thyroid conditions and mental illness. Every time I see my doctor, they always play it down and it infuriates me that a professional doctor does not understand how vitally important it is to have a functioning Thyroid. I understand there are some wonderful doctors and I have come across a few but nothing seems to be done quick enough.

When thyroid medication levels are adjusted, you have to wait 6 weeks for another test. I understand that our bodies need time to adjust to get a true reading but everything takes such a long time that we are looking at months to years (sometimes) to recover from a bad episode.

I unfortunately couldn’t make it into University today due to needing to go to the doctors, as some of the symptoms are impacting my life still, which is a huge shame as I haven’t missed a day off of Uni yet.

When my levels are normal, I have no issues and I feel on top of the world. I do everything I can to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle, which I would suggest to anyone to prevent further issues. I drink plenty of water, I have a balanced diet (meat, veg, fruit, fish, whole wheat carbs), I exercise (when well), I get a good nights sleep, I don’t drink, do drugs or smoke. Though sometimes these things can be out of our control.

I am so very curious as to why my levels changed? For the last 1.5 years I have been taking 125mg Levothyroxin, 20mg Liothyronin, Folic Acid and Vitamin D, everything was going well… How, after 1.5 years does my body suddenly decide it is too much? Has my thyroid finally kicked itself into gear? I am slightly worried now as I am only taking 100mg Levothyroxin, that my thyroid is going to go back to being under active. I guess there is no need to worry about that at the moment though.

If anyone knows why my thyroid levels suddenly are too high, please could you leave me a message on this blog, as I would like to avoid this situation in the future.

I wonder why this is such a common illness? Why are so many people across the world suffering with a thyroid condition, acquired or not? Is it something that has developed in the modern world? Is it radiation, chemicals in processed food, or are we just all very unhealthy?

Though this may be a challenging time, it is important to remember who we are and how grateful we are for all of the things we do have. Life is full of ups and downs, it is only normal. I am so determined to make my journey help others with theirs, this is my intention.

If you don’t feel yourself and you already know you have a thyroid issue, please make sure you have your blood tested. Don’t leave it until you feel awful. The sooner you find the problem, the sooner you can solve it.

Best wishes.

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Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism January 7th 2014

I will never be able to explain the pain that this condition has put me through. It might not show on the outside, and to some people that means there is nothing wrong, however, I know the truth.

Now I have experienced both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism I can honestly say that they both extremely affect you mentally and physically and I am on a mission to spread awareness.
Here are a few twitter pages I follow who I think deserve a mention for their work to support others and spread awareness:
@dearthyroid
@ThyroidChange
@hypothyroidmom
@ZenThyroid
@capitalmom
@DamTheButterfly
Each time I recover from a lengthy episode, whether it is a month or a year, I am eternally grateful for my health, even more so then before.
Who knows why we are tested in this life? Maybe it’s because this is what we came here to learn or maybe we have experienced it so that we can make a difference.
I would advise you to turn this negative to a positive and SHARE YOUR STORY. Who knows how many people you will help and reassure?
Alone we can try, together we will.
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Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism January 6th 2014

KEEPING THE FOCUS

Whilst suffering with Hypothyroidism I found it extremely difficult to be motivated. I just couldn’t be bothered, I felt awful all of the time and it was a challenge to keep the focus. I had to remind myself that this was temporary and that life goes on.

I started to take everything day by day, hour by hour. As that was all I could see, I couldn’t look to the future as I couldn’t imagine feeling my old self anytime soon, I also couldn’t plan anything as I would never know how bad I was going to feel that day.

The first thing I did:

I BOUGHT A WHITEBOARD. I did this so I could write out how I felt each day, how much sleep I’d had that day and what I had eaten. I did this to try and see if there was a relation between all three. I also did this to give myself some sort of purpose as my days were beginning to all merge into one. As simple as it sounds this really helped, it made me feel a lot better. Just giving myself a little task each day kept me focussed and because it didn’t take much energy it was really doable.

On the other side of the whiteboard was a notice board, I put photos on this side of my loved ones, so, each time I would write down on the whiteboard I could look across and be reminded of everything good in my life.

I hope that you gain something from this and it helps you just like it helped me.

“THIS TOO SHALL PASS” – Harry Edwards.

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Honey and Cinnamon Health Benefits

THIS IS NOT MY POST, however, this was so interesting I had to share it. The page who originally shared it is posted at the bottom if you would like to follow them. Hope this helps!

Great information!! Cinnamon and Honey…! Drug companies won’t like this one getting around.
Facts on Honey and Cinnamon:

It is found that a mix of honey and cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey as very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a plus. Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder….who knew?

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it’s delicious too!

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.

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