Seeing clients in the clinic, and through my own experience being diagnosed with hypothyroidism, I know how overwhelming it can be to go to the GP, have a blood test, be told that you have a thyroid condition suddenly you’re on medication for the rest of your life.

When I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, all I knew was that I wanted to feel well again – and those tablets alone didn’t seem to be doing it.

The symptoms of hypothyroidism, or Hashimoto’s (an autoimmune condition where the body’s cells attack the thyroid, leading to hypothyroidism) are:

  • Fatigue – you might feel like you can’t get out of bed, you have periods of time where you’re sleep for days on end in order to feel normal for a little while, you need afternoon naps, you wake up in the morning and you feel as though you’ve barely slept

  • Weight gain – the dreaded puffiness comes with hypothyroidism for many people. You exercise, but the weight won’t shift.

  • Hair loss & hair thinning, even when you’re using good quality products & seeing the hairdresser regularly

  • You feel cold all the time, or when it’s cold you can’t seem to warm up, you take your temperature and it’s below 36.5 degrees celsius despite feeling ‘normal’

  • You feel depressed, forgetful, like there’s a cloud in your head getting in the way of you focusing

  • Puffy eyes

  • Slow heart rate

  • Heavy periods, or irregular periods (maybe even no periods at all)

I have met a few people who have noticed almost no symptoms of their hypothyroidism, and while in many ways that is lucky for them, for those of us who do notice these symptoms can take it as an opportunity to get on top of our health & support our body’s in the best ways possible. Developing hypothyroidism doesn’t mean that you’ve done something wrong. It will often be the result of genetics, immune dysfunction, being post-partum, or potentially having gone through a time of high stress.

And there’s so much that we can do with herbal medicine, diet and lifestyle, and nutrient supplementation to support you in feeling well. If this sounds like you, I’d highly recommend booking in for a consult as this is something that can be challenging to tackle alone. Please get in touch here, where you can book in for either a 15 minute call to discuss the work that we could do together, or an initial consult.

If you suspect you may have a thyroid condition, this is something that you can go to the GP to have tested. If things still don’t seem right, this is something that we can do further functional testing on together. Any testing done in consultations will be at an additional cost and is not covered by medicare.

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