How does my thyroid work?

The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped organ located in the front of your neck just under the voice box (larynx). Picture the middle of the butterfly’s body centered on your neck, with the wings hugging around your windpipe (trachea). The main job of the thyroid is to control your metabolism. Metabolism is the process that your body uses to transform food to energy your body uses to function. The thyroid creates the hormones T4 and T3 to control your metabolism. These hormones work throughout the body to tell the body’s cells how much energy to use. They control your body temperature and heart rate.

When your thyroid works correctly, it’s constantly making hormones, releasing them and then making new hormones to replace what’s been used. This keeps your metabolism functioning and all of your body’s systems in check. The amount of thyroid hormones in the bloodstream is controlled by the pituitary gland, which is located in the center of the skull below the brain. When the pituitary gland senses either a lack of thyroid hormone or too much, it adjusts its own hormone (thyroid stimulating hormone, or TSH) and sends it to the thyroid to balance out the amounts. If the amount of thyroid hormones is too high (hyperthyroidism) or too low (hypothyroidism), the entire body is impacted.

Who is affected by hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism can affect people of all ages, genders and ethnicities. It’s a common condition, particularly among women over age 60. Women are generally more likely to develop hypothyroidism after menopause than earlier in life. (I was diagnosed at 37)

How is hypothyroidism diagnosed?

It can actually be difficult to diagnose hypothyroidism because the symptoms can be easily confused with other conditions. If you have any of the symptoms of hypothyroidism, talk to your healthcare provider. The main way to diagnose hypothyroidism is a blood test called the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test. Your healthcare provider may also order blood tests for conditions like Hashimoto’s disease. If the thyroid is enlarged, your provider may be able to feel it during a physical exam during an appointment.

How is hypothyroidism treated?

In most cases, hypothyroidism is treated by replacing the amount of hormone that your thyroid is no longer making. This is typically done with a medication. One medication that is commonly used is called levothyroxine. Taken orally, this medication increases the amount of thyroid hormone your body produces, evening out your levels.

Hypothyroidism is a manageable disease. However, you will need to continuously take medication to normalize the amount of hormones in your body for the rest of your life. With careful management, and follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider to make sure your treatment is working properly, you can lead a normal and healthy life.

What happens if hypothyroidism is not treated?

Hypothyroidism can become a serious and life-threatening medical condition if you do not get treatment from a healthcare provider. If you are not treated, your symptoms can become more severe and can include:

  • Developing mental health problems.
  • Having trouble breathing.
  • Not being able to maintain a normal body temperature.
  • Having heart problems.
  • Developing a goiter (enlargement of the thyroid gland).
    You can also develop a serious medical condition called myxedema coma. This can happen when hypothyroidism isn’t treated.

Will I have the same dose of medication for hypothyroidism my entire life?

The dose of your medication can actually change over time. At different points in your life, you may need to have the amounts of medication changed so that it manages your symptoms. This could happen because of things like weight gain or weight loss. Your levels will need to be monitored throughout your life to make sure your medication is working correctly.

Can hypothyroidism be prevented?

Hypothyroidism cannot be prevented. The best way to prevent developing a serious form of the condition or having the symptoms impact your life in a serious way is to watch for signs of hypothyroidism. If you experience any of the symptoms of hypothyroidism, the best thing to do is talk to your healthcare provider. Hypothyroidism is very manageable if you catch it early and begin treatment.


Hypotyreos i media

Ofta när det skrivs om Hypotyreos i media så skrivs det bara om vikt. Vikten som är okontrollbar är ett helvete men, om det ändå ”bara” hade varit vikt det handlade om.

Ingen skriver något om guldfisk-minnet, demens-hjärnan, kraftlösheten, ledvärken, noll sexlust, muskelvärken, magsmärtorna, tröttheten, sömnlösheten, hjärtbesvären, deppigheten, synbortfallet, håravfallet, orkeslösheten, uppgivenheten, att tappa sig själv….. Ja, jag kan rabbla länge!

Hej Hashimoto/Hypotyreos

Jag kommer inte ihåg att jag skickade en inbjudan till dig om att du kunde komma till mitt liv. Tror du mig om jag säger att festen är över? Nej, jag visste väl det.

Få inte för många idéer bara, jag är dig i hasorna och ju mer du kämpar emot; desto mer slåss jag tillbaka.

Du trodde att du skulle kunna besegra mig 2014… Ha, I’m still going strong! Jag kommer förvisso tvingas äta medicin livet ut för att hålla dig under kontroll, men mig kommer du inte vinna över.

Ang bristen på Levaxin

För att sätta ett större fokus på sköldkörtelsjukdomar och dess problem så ska jag tillsammans med Sköldkörtelförbundet försöka få till ett projekt i Uppsala. Jag kommer att återkomma om detta längre fram.

Vi måste helt enkelt sätta mer fokus på detta och informera om sjukdomen. Framför allt så måste sjukvården bli bättre på att ta hand om dessa patienter. Jag äter själv Levaxin sedan juni 2014.

Har Du problem med sköldkörteln eller är du anhörig till någon med sköldkörtelsjukdom, gå med i föreningen. Ju fler medlemmar vi blir, desto mer kan vi påverka politiker och läkemedelsbranschen.

Hello! My name is Hypothyroidism


I am an invisible, autoimmune disease which affects the
thyroid gland. I´ll be accompanying you for the rest of your
life. The people in your vicinity won´t be able to see, or
hear me, whereas your body certainly will be able to feel my
presence. I will cause you intense pain, or in case I happen to
be in god mood, just cause your body to ache all over.
Do you remember the days when you were young and
energetic, enjoying your life every day? I took that energy
away from you, and instead I made you feel exhausted. I can
deny a good night’s sleep and instead give a constant feeling
of being in a drowsy-like state. I can make you feel
constantly sleepy, or on the other hand I can also make you
constantly suffer from insomnia.

I can make you tremble, feel cold, or sweat. I can make your
hands, feet, and face swollen. I can also make you
feel depressed and anxious. Furthermore I can also cause you
other kinds of psychological problems, or issues. I can cause
you hair-loss; your hair can also become both dry and brittle.
I can also because you to get pimples and dry skin. In other
words: There are no limits when it comes the what kind of
different problems I can cause you.

I can cause you to gain weight, and no matter what kind of
food and how much or how little you eat of it, no matter how
much you try to exercise, I will nonetheless make sure that
those few extra pounds which you have gained will stay there
for good. Some of the other autoimmune diseases which are
also often accompanying me, means that you
constantly get more and more problems and issues to deal

In case you have made some kind of plans, or have looked
forward to be able to do something special in the future I can
also take that possibility away from you, as you did not ask
for my permission. I chose you as my victim for many
reasons, you´ll never be able to get rid of the virus which
Implanted in you, the physical stress which has been with you
for a long time, or the possible connection you might have
had with me on a genetic level.  No matter what the cause
may be, I will be a part of your life forever.

I know that you probably will go to many different doctors in
order to try to get rid of me, and all that that does is cause
me to laugh my head of, so to speak. You go right ahead and
try all you want; you will be forced to make a lot of different
doctors’ appointments to quite a few different doctors, before
you maybe are able to find one doctor who might be able to
offer you an effective treatment. Before that though, you´ll
most likely  be given the wrong medication, such as
painkillers, sleeping-pills, energy-pills and antidepressant

I can make you feel ill in so many different ways, the list is
both long and distinguished, I can for instance cause you
high blood reassure, buzzing in your ears, impaired eyesight,
problems and issues with your teeth and gum, stomach –
related issues and hemorrhages just to name a few examples.
All because of me, and the list could be made even longer
than the one mentioned here, and you know it!

The doctors will tell you that once you have a good diet, get
enough sleep, exercise regularly, have a positive mental
attitude, you´ll get rid of me. When you tell what you feel because
of me, he or she won´t believe you, you won´t be taken
seriously. No one will want to listen to what you have to say,
your own family, friends and colleagues will tell you that you
just have to pull yourself together and stop constantly
thinking about how you feel. As all of this is going on and you are
slowly but surely succumbing, losing both your
self-esteem and your joy of living. I cause you all of these
problems and issues,  solely because I can and also
want to do so, and you can´t stop me in any way, and you
know this for a fact.

About Me
I am a 38 year old woman (born 1977), I was born in the city of Karleby,
which is situated in the Swedish-speaking region of
Ostrobothnia on the west-coast of Finland., but I have been
living here in Sweden since I was 9 years old I become more
and more good-looking as the years go by, and I just Love
licorice in all sizes forms and shapes.

Vilken respons! 

När jag publicerade inlägget ‘Hej! Jag heter Hypotyreos‘ i november 2014 så trodde jag aldrig att den skulle få drygt 24200 besökare och att den skulle delas 11000 gånger. 

När jag publicerade den så fick den 350 delningar och där tog det stop. För typ två dagar sedan så delade min gudmors väninna i Finland inlägget på sin Facebook och där började loppet mot 11000 delningar. 

My post went viral kan man säga, den har delats och delas över hela världen! 

Varje gång jag går in och ser att den delats ännu fler gånger så blir jag alldeles överväldigad. Tusen tusen tack till Er alla!