My soberish Hashimoto’s menopausal well being replace

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Before I deep dive into my soberish Hashimoto’s menopausal well being replace, I’ll preface this submit like I at all times do when discussing something well being associated: I’m not a well being knowledgeable. Anything I discuss is to share my expertise and encourage you to hunt out skilled well being care ought to something I talk about convey up something for you. This applies each to bodily and psychological well being. 

Ok, in order that’s out of the way in which. If you’re new round right here, you may be questioning why I’m speaking something well being associated in any respect. The easy reply is that my total grownup life – 30 years plus – has been spent managing my well being. It all began with a very nasty pressure of glandular fever in my early 20s, rolled on into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome a few years later and emerged after my second being pregnant not lengthy after I turned 30 as Hashimoto’s thyroid illness. 

You can deep dive into what I’ve shared about my Hashimoto’s journey HERE. If that’s your journey too, my sizzling tip is don’t accept feeling like crap when you’ve been handled within the stock-standard approach and don’t really feel listened to by your well being skilled. Find your self a GP and/or endocrinologist who specialises in thyroid issues and somebody who will hear, perceive and work in partnership with you to really feel the very best you’ll be able to really feel. Managing Hashimoto’s is greater than medicine; it’s about life-style elements as properly.

I used to be lucky to search out an integrative thyroid specialist GP when arriving in Brisbane in 2014 (I Googled integrative thyroid specialist GP Brisbane!). Not solely has he labored with me to get my thyroid hormonal system working for me, he at all times appears to be like on the full well being image at any time when I’m getting my thyroid hormone ranges examined.

It was as a part of a kind of intensive blood checks in June 2020 that it was found my liver, who I’ve affectionately named Linda, was by no means proud of the wine I consumed in the course of the COVID lockdown. You can learn all about that HERE. 

By August 2020, my psychological well being had caught up with my bodily well being. And by which means caught up, I used to be actually struggling. I wrote about that HERE. 

On high of all that – and undoubtedly contributing to the storm that was brewing within me mentally and bodily – has been peri-menopause. Isn’t {that a} deal with? What a time to be a girl!

So on this IGTV Lunchtime Live I’m sharing what I’m doing in all features of my well being life: thyroid, liver, nervousness and menopause. Have a watch/hear. I’ve linked to a few of the issues I’ve referenced on this chat beneath.

Thyroid assist

I’ve discovered extra from working with my GP on tips on how to greatest assist my particular person scenario. Hashimoto’s is an auto-immune illness and in my case it attacked and “ate” my thyroid. Recent scans present there’s not a lot there and it’s not doing a lot. So, sure I depend on a mixture of T3 and T4 medicine to operate.

If you’re desirous to learn up on the situation, Hashimoto’s Protocol is an effective begin.

Become a member of the Australian Thyroid Foundation.

I don’t advocate becoming a member of any of the myriad of Facebook teams on the market when you’re struggling to get solutions for your self proper now. Seek out that supportive GP, one who’s integrative of their method to therapy.

Soberish life

I finished ingesting utterly for 3 months final yr. That’s how lengthy it took for my liver enzymes to get again into “normal” vary. It wasn’t simple. Our tradition is so innately linked to ingesting alcohol. I now can have a few drinks a few instances per week. That works for me and I’m pleased with it. I refuse to drink garbage. And I at all times have my fridge stocked with my favorite alcohol-free drinks. It excites me that there’s a rising alcohol-free (AF) motion occurring. There’s even an alcohol-free bar opening in Melbourne this yr. 

I actually loved studying these books:  The Sober Diaries and The Sober Lush 

Wherever you’re together with your relationship with booze, can I please ask you one factor: don’t decide anybody who chooses to NOT drink or make disparaging feedback guised as humour. Just help them of their decisions. 

Mental well being

Oh my, I’m in such a greater place than I used to be final yr however I’m not kidding myself that it’s a slippery slope again to the place I used to be. Just like train for bodily well being, maintaining mentally match has been important. Getting an nearly three-week break from work over Christmas was a part of it but it surely’s the each day stuff that’s essential. I don’t wish to be over-scheduled – in work and life. I wish to cherish my sleep. I wish to shield myself from the nervousness, adrenal fatigue and burn out I skilled final yr. 

This was the foundation reason for the TMJ dysfunction (I’d been clenching my jaw in my sleep) I ended up with. I’m happy to say that it’s underneath management because of carrying a splint each night time, physio and doing the stuff required to deal with the foundation trigger.

So, I attempt to tread gently and purposefully in my each day life. I’ve swapped operating and HIIT courses for strolling and yoga.

I see my psychologist often. I’ve additionally seen a Reiki healer often. This combo of conventional with woo-woo has actually helped me to unpack plenty of sh*&t. It’s been like peeling again the layers of an onion. It’s not simple by any stretch of the creativeness however I’m decided to do the work so I’m a greater human, a greater spouse, mum, pal and boss.

I used to be “fortunate” that I used to be properly sufficient to choose up the cellphone and make the primary name to make an appointment with my GP to debate a psychological well being plan, to really go to that appointment and to persist when the primary psychologist was not a match and to search out one who was. I say lucky as a result of there have been many instances in my life that I ought to have seen a psychologist however I haven’t as a result of it was too tough. If that’s you, get a pal or member of the family to organise the appointment for you and take you there. 

One or two classes are unlikely to be all that you simply want – significantly when you’re beginning this work as a 40 or 50-something. Keep going, persistently! Take medicine when you want and it’s best for you. Life’s too bloody quick.

Books I’ve discovered useful: Burnout (the key to fixing the stress cycle) and I’m So Effing Tired.


Oh MY, whenever you throw peri-menopause into the already well being Sh*&t Show, that’s enjoyable! Said no girl ever. I’ve been within the peri or pre-menopause years for about seven or eight years, so began about age 46. How did I do know? I’d been blessed with by no means having horrendous intervals ever. Then out of the blue there have been so unhealthy I couldn’t even go away the home on day two with out double tampons and period-proof underwear in place (with backups in my bag). 

I knew a interval was on its approach as a result of about 10 days out my boobs would develop into so painful, I’d swear I used to be pregnant once more. 

Keeping my iron ranges at regular was tough and one thing my GP examined often. I had a variety of infusions to assist. Plenty of individuals I do know have gone down the Mirena IUD route and that’s helped them immensely. For me, I used to be attempting to keep away from it as hormonal management has traditionally not been good for me and my Hashimoto’s.

I’ve not had a interval since final August – I do know I’m jinxing that scenario simply by placing it down in phrases – however I sincerely hope that it was my final. 

I do know that dropping progesterone in peri-menopause does additionally convey with it issues like nervousness (TICK), coronary heart palpitations (TICK), night time sweats (TICK) and migraines (TICK). It can also convey insulin resistance and weight achieve (TICK TICK). As somebody who already has a slower metabolism because of Hashimoto’s, this was undoubtedly a actuality for me over the previous few years. 

Stopping and now reducing again the alcohol have undoubtedly helped. I hardly ever have an evening sweat nowadays. Working on the foundation causes of my adrenal fatigue has helped with decreasing nervousness. And re-visiting intermittent fasting as a way of life underneath my GP’s supervision has been instrumental in decreasing insulin resistance and irritation in my physique.

(This is the intermittent fasting e book I like to recommend if it’s one thing you’d prefer to discover: Fast. Feast. Repeat. It’s completely not suited to everybody so please discuss to your GP first)

I’m not right here to speak about weight reduction. I don’t know what weight I’m as a result of I haven’t weighed myself since 2013. Yes, my form has modified however that’s only a by-product of all of the issues I’m doing for my well being that I’ve talked about above.

At the tip of the day, I’ve obtained a few years (hopefully) left in me and I simply wish to get up with power and minimal mind fog and I’m ready to do the work to make that occur.

(Books that I’ve discovered helpful for understanding hormone and menopause: The M Word and Hormone Repair Manual.)

So, how are you feeling proper now mentally and bodily on a scale of 1-10? And does your bookshelf look a little bit like this? HAH.

My soberish Hashimoto's menopausal health update

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