How I handled my hypothyroidism

Hi there and welcome back to my blog, how are you? I hope that you are well. Today I’m going to talk about hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is what happens when you get a tumour on the pituitary gland. This means that its quite hard to lose weight because your metabolic system is weakened.

I started taking Levothyroxine back in December 2016 and that’s when I decided to lose weight. Two years later, I’m 45KG lighter. I’ve already discussed how I lost weight in this blog, this post is about hypothyroidism.

So what happens when you suffer from hypothyroidism,

  1. Constantly tired
  2. Hair loss
  3. Constipation
  4. Cracked skin

Constantly tired
As I’ve mentioned in an earlier blog post, I get tired easily. As I’ve mentioned before in an earlier blog post, I like to use these fig energy balls to give me a shot of energy. I also like to eat bananas if I need a extra shot of energy.

Hair loss
Now I know that this is standard for people with brain tumours, to get hair loss but with me, my hair hasn’t grown back, and it’s been over three years since radiotherapy. There’s not much else that I can offer. Before my diagnosis, I was using Alpecin Caffeinated shampoo and that made my hair grow quite quickly. If you have been given the all clear by your consultant, feel free to try it.

As I’ve discussed in my first blog post, during radiotherapy, I was getting constipated. I don’t suffer from this anymore. During radiotherapy, I would take a Senecol before going to bed. Theses days, I like to eat an apple before taking my morning hydrocortisone and after taking the hydrocortisone, I like to eat a lot of fruit and this helps me with the first movement of the day.

Cracked skin
As a child who suffers from eczema, I know how to deal with it. I’ve had eczema since I was 5 months old, I’m quite experienced with cracked, dry skin. Over the years, I’ve experimented with different creams and lotions. For me I like to use O’Keefs allover cream on my feet and legs. I can’t go for a bath or shower without this on me before and afterwards.

Now I’m going to talk about the things that you can eat to improve Hypothyroidism. This is really simply two items, coconut oil and avocados.

Coconut oil
Coconut oil is an amazing ingredient. It can be used for frying and massages. As I’ve said in my last blog post, what I like to do it melt some coconut oil, mixed it with cacao powder, some agar syrup, vanilla essence, roasted nuts and a pinch of salt. Mix it all up and put it in the fridge for about twenty minutes. I like to have theses as a snack or as an energy boost.

I try to eat guacamole with every meal. Including breakfast. It’s even good as a dessert either as part of a cake or on it’s own with some fruit sugar, cacao powder and some peanut butter (either smooth or crunchy) and you have got yourself a nice little moose.

I will update this blog with a new blog post if my research, I find something else that helps with hypothyroidism.

To recap on the items that can help you

  • Coconut oil (for eating, cooking and massage)
  • Avocados (either as guacamole or in a desert)

So, that’s it. Once again, I just want to thank a few people. Firstly, I would like to thank my mum, dad, sister and my Naughty Mamaji, for being by my side, throughout everything. I would like to thank Louise from BTS for sharing this with the community. I would like to thank Kanika, Shirley and everyone at Carers Trust for giving me the confidence to sharing my story and I would like to thank Joe for motivating me to getting back on the horse. And I would like to thank everyone at the hospital, my family and friends and everyone who I’ve met on this journey.

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The next time I will talk to you, I will talk about how I started playing the ukulele again.

Thanks and I hope to see you soon.