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Hashimoto Thyroid

October 11, 2014

What Do You Know About Hashimoto Thyroid Disease?

You may have never heard of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, but it is the most common cause of unresolved thyroid problems.

What do I mean by unresolved? You have thyroid symptoms such as low energy, weight gain, cold hands and feet, your hair is thinning and you have been prescribed medication, but it’s not working…you are still experiencing the symptoms.

The medical doctor doesn’t know why you don’t feel any better, but assures you that you are in the “normal range”. But you know better, you don’t feel normal.

If this is happening to you, your may have an autoimmune disorder known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which means the immune system, which is supposed to protect us, is doing just the opposite; it’s attacking your thyroid gland and probably other tissues as well.

Due to chronic stressors to your immune system, this important part of your body has lost the ability to tell the difference between foreign cells and your own tissues.

These stressors can be an unhealthy gut environment, food allergies, vitamin deficiencies to name a few.

The over-activity of the immune attack tends to wax and wane, and as this happens, your symptoms may fluctuate as  well as your blood test levels may be very unstable. If you have a TSH level that is up and down a lot, that is a strong indication that you have Hashimoto’s.

TSH stands for thyroid stimulating hormone and is produced by the pituitary. The pituitary attempts to give your thyroid a kick in the pants when the thyroid is low functioning to make more thyroid hormones which produces a high TSH greater than 3.0. When your thyroid is going too fast, the pituitary doesn’t need to stimulate the thyroid so TSH will be lower than 1.8.

Symptoms of Hashimoto Thyroid Disease

Because of the unpredictability of the immune system, you may experience both hypo and hyperthyroid symptoms or only low thyroid symptoms as the gland and the hormones it produces are attacked.

If you have only hyperthyroid symptoms, that condition is called Grave’s Disease and is an auto-immune condition as well.

Common Hypothyroid Symptoms:

  • Low energy
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Hair loss
  • Always feeling cold
  • Loss of the outer third of your eyebrows
  • Depression
  • Joint and Muscle pain
  • Constipation

Common Hyperthyroid Symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Sleeplessness
  • Trembling
  • Weight Loss
  • Fatigue
  • Bulging Eyes
  • Joint and Muscle Pain

Diagnosis and Treatment

As you can see, many of these symptoms could be symptoms of other diseases or conditions. So don’t try to self-diagnose, see a medical professional for proper diagnosis and effective treatment.

There are special tests that can be done to help determine if you have this condition. It is very important to realize that this is not really a thyroid gland problem, but it’s an immune system problem causing thyroid symptoms. The key to getting better is to address the immune system imbalance.

At the Kirkland Health Institute we are able to help you take your life back with successful treatment that addresses the symptoms you are experiencing.

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***originally published 8/16/12

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