A thyroid journal is a series of notes that keeps track of all your signs and symptoms so that you can be clear and accurate when having a conversation with your health care practitioner. Thyroid journals can be full-on journals that go through feelings and emotions- or they can be a series of notes that keep track of the highlights.
Here’s the Basics of What You’ll Want to Note
There’s a few key areas that you want to keep tabs on when tracking your thyroid.
You‘ll want to note what your energy level is like in the morning and throughout the day. You’ll also want to note your digestion, your body temperature (in general: are you cold or hot?), your libido and your sleep.
Keeping track of your hair loss or the condition of your fingernails is also helpful. But, there’s one key element that is nearly always overlooked that can turn your thyroid notes into something positive and powerful for you and your practitioner.
What’s the Missing Element?
A helpful thyroid journal will keep track of the swelling around a thyroid.
A swollen thyroid is generally a sign of a thyroid that is struggling. Now, we’re not going to know if it’s over-efforting or under-efforting, but the swelling tells us that something is not working optimally around the thyroid gland itself.
In order to track the swelling, you must feel/palpate your thyroid throughout the month to note how your thyroid is functioning.
How to palpate your thyroid:
Your thyroid is located in the neck just below your Adam’s apple. The lobes of the thyroid fall on either side of your trachea.
1. Stand in front of a mirror so that you can see your neck and thyroid. Make sure to remove any scarves or necklaces.
2. Lift your chin a bit to stretch your neck.
3. Using your dominant hand, run your fingers down the front and side of your neck, being careful to note any swelling or bumps.
4. If you do feel bumps or a swelling near your thyroid, make note of it in your thyroid journal. Check your thyroid upon waking and towards the middle or end of the day. Get a feel of your thyroid and make note of how it changes throughout the month. Adding this one element to your thyroid notes will help guide your healthcare practitioner towards ordering the optimal tests for you (plus you’ll have a baseline when you move forward with your treatment plan.)
Getting to know your thyroid doesn’t have to be a time drain. Keeping track of it all in your thyroid notes will help you find a solution more efficiently.
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