Will do Melanie...you can pm anytime if you like.
Yes I do Pilates, love reflexology, meditation and dog walking and gardening and reading.......all helps re the stress/anxiety. Dr P advised strongly against any additional iodine as it might overload my system...especially as I love fish! Interestingly (for me) although Endo has made no comment....is that my noduled mass has shrunk since running fast........? I know it's there - when I swallow you can see the mass.
You can also massage the area - and the lymphs to help with drainage. Very gently from the neckline down and then up each time towards the chin and always with downward strokes.
I also love accupressure...hand and feet massages.
Herbals are expensive - you are right - and getting the correct combination to suit. I am highly sensitive so only need little bits...and try and tell that to the medical profession! I get the Bugleweed from Bristol Botanics (oops can I say that here?)
Definitely look at the osteo link..... especially if your Mum has the problem.
saveourbones.com is an interesting site.
I also use Lemon Balm - as a tea - as a soothing herbal drink. It is used for thyroid/anxiety health. I just pick a leaf or two from the garden. It is also a diuretic - so just be careful how much you consume.
Have you seen Thyroidthru - GreenLife. Expensive - although it really helped me for a long time....and I thought I might re-start that once I know what my latest bloods are and after the next Endo's appointment.
I can't bear the thought of it flipping again....so I have 'bugletime' upon waking and 'carbitime' in the evening....and accepting that this is what my body needs as this time. And, like you, the priority to stop the 'stressors' from kicking in.....which is where I think the massage, reflexology etc does play an important part. And I like the nurturing/holistic concept of looking after myself better - myself - and also allowing myself to be helped! And knowing I am not the only person on this planet with this problem....and, most importantly, I am not alone in how I choose to deal with it!
All is well...;_0