Useful Tips for People with Hypothyroidism

Just because you have hypothyroidism doesn’t mean that your quality of life should suffer. After being diagnosed, I had to adjust my lifestyle to better my health. Before being diagnosed, I involuntarily lose about 10 pounds and was unable to gain any weight. My hair was dropping by the buckets, I was crying at the drop of a dime, I was always cold and my mood swings were all over the place. I searched for answers everywhere, and since my search results were limited, I decided to share these tips, which hopefully come in handy to others with an underactive, lazy thyroid.

Set Your Alarm

Levothyroxine is the common medicine prescribed for hypothyroidism. To be effective, this medication must be taken on an empty stomach in the morning, because food and liquids, such as coffee, can block its absorption. Setting your alarm to wake you up at the same time each morning can help you create a routine, and won’t let you forget your medicine. Take the small tablet with 8 ounces of water to prevent it from getting caught in your throat. Wait at least 30 minutes before eating breakfast.

Get Regular Blood Tests

Having your blood tested on a regular basis is essential when you’re hypothyroid. A blood test can indicate whether the dosage of your medicine is effective, and can also explain any symptoms you might be experiencing. Because levothyroxine’s effect is optimal after 6 to 8 week, have your blood tested after this period to see if your TSH levels are where your doctor wants them to be. If your dosage gets changed, retest your blood again after 6 to 8 weeks. Once you’ve found the right doses, monitor your symptoms, because you never know when your thyroid will act up. If sudden depression strikes, or if hair loss returns or worsens, a blood test might indicate that your levothyroxine doses isn’t effective anymore.

Watch Your Diet

Since taking levothyroxine, I have been able to bring my weight back to where it was before hypothyroidism struck me. This is most likely because I’m eating much more all throughout the day. This is one of the side effects of levothyroxine. I watch what I eat to avoid gaining too much weight, I don’t always give into cravings for unhealthy fare, and I also exercise regularly to keep my weight in check.

Track Your Prescription

About five days before your prescription runs out, call your doctor or pharmacy to order one or more refills so you don’t have to skip a dose. Avoid waiting until the last moment, because it might take a few days to get your prescription filled. Also, If you’re going on vacation, make sure you have enough medicine to bring with you.

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