When I was newly diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism, I was quite plagued with the thought of having to take medicines daily..I’m quite forgetful that way…I recall when I was a kid, my dad used to run behind me across the hall and bedrooms to convince me to take my medicines. I’d always been negligent of these things and even when I stayed away from home and had to take antibiotics or pills, it used to be my Dad who’d call me at the time intervals to remind me to take them. I love my Papa!!!
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Recently when I went to my Gynac to show her my test results (thyroid levels have to be checked every 6months), there was another girl in line too who had thyroid and was pregnant. Apparently she hadn’t been taking her meds and on being questioned by the Doc she response was that the previous thyroid tests showed that her levels were normal so she quit taking the medicine. The Doc gave her such a blasting…..I’m sure it must have struck the fear of God into her heart!
But yes, not all of us have complete knowledge of illness or medication and its very easy to forget or disregard somethings. Hence, I’ve put together this checklist of sorts to help you out. Those with a thyroid imbalance, pls consider this as your mini bible and stick it up on your door if it helps
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POINTS TO REMEMBER WHEN ON MEDICATION FOR THYROID
- Do NOT stop taking the medication when you feel better or if your latest test results show a normal hormone level.. Continue taking the medication exactly as prescribed.
- Change in your diet can also change the way your body absorbs the thyroid medicine. Talk with your doctor if you are eating a lot of soy products or are on a high-fiber diet. The same way, if you are working in shifts and feel like your eating habits and timings have changed drastically, do check with your Doc for possible repercussions…
- You must continue taking your medication even when your symptoms go away. In my case as I started losing weight I thought I could do away with the meds once I’d shed it all. But NO! This is not right and medication has to be continued lest the imbalance occurs again. This is Permanent and it’s important to remember that.
- Check your Thyroid levels every 6months compulsorily. And when you go for your tests, do take you medication and then go. This is so that the test can determine whether the dosage is sufficient for your body. If not, the dosage may need to be increased.
- If you change brands of thyroid medicine, let your doctor know. Your levels may need to be re-checked as well, since diff brands have been known to work a bit differently.
- Do NOT take thyroid hormone with fiber supplements, calcium, iron, multivitamins, aluminum hydroxide antacids, colestipol, or medicines that bind bile acids. If you need such supplements, speak to your Doctor first.
- Thyroid medicine works best on an empty stomach and when taken 1 hour before any other medications or meals. I keep the tablet bottle on my nightstand along with my spectacles and a bottle of water. So when I get up and reach for my glasses, the first thing I do is take my meds as well. So I’m set for the day and don’t have to worry.
- If you are planning to conceive, do approach your gynac first for a thorough check-up for a smooth pregnancy. Your medication may need to be changed accordingly.
- In a lot of surroundings, thyroid or PCOS issues tend to be considered as ‘Hush Hush’ topics which should never be spoken about even in the most impt cases. But remember that everytime you visit the doctor for any ailment may it be a common cold or pregnancy, this must be mentioned first.
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I took this out of a book on Thyroid written by Mary Shommon. The books title was “The thyroid Hormone Breakthrough”. I was amazed at the facts stated..I had no idea about 90% of them and thought I should definitely share this with you.
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