A Letter to Those Who Know Someone With Hypothyroidism

Think about when you’ve had the flu, and how tired and achy you felt. How frustrated, fed up and useless it made you feel. How hard it was to get much done or function fully. Thyroid fatigue is also horrendous. Now imagine waking up every day feeling like that, but having no choice but to work, run a family, maintain a social life (or at least try to) and try to maintain a positive attitude on life. Combine it with these symptoms here:

  • Constipation and/or wind often
  • Depression
  • Slow movements, speech and thoughts
  • Itchy and/or sore scalp
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dry and tight feeling skin
  • Brittle hair and nails
  • Pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in the hand and fingers (carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Irregular periods or heavy periods
  • A puffy-looking face
  • Thinned or partly missing eyebrows
  • Itchy eyes
  • Poor stamina
  • Inability to tolerate cold – cold hands and feet
  • Poor circulation
  • High or rising cholesterol
  • Joint stiffness and pain
  • Fertility issues

and you get the picture of what it’s like.

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