IS HASHIMOTO'S DISEASE
Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease in
which the body begins to attack and destroy thyroid tissue. As
tissue dies, the thyroid becomes less and less able to produce its own thyroid hormones until permanent
replacement eventually becomes necessary.
Mixed and/or alternating symptoms of
hypothyroid and hyperthyroid are indicative of Hashimotos Disease. Below is a list of both hypo and hyper
Eye discomfort or pain
Exhaustion after minimal
Renaulds Disease – also add to Graves and
Swelling in hands and feet
Hair loss and/or thinning
Low blood pressure or high blood
Irregular or missed
Hypoglycemia or low blood
HOW DID I GET HASHIMOTO'S DISEASE
First, you started with the genetic
disposition. Someone in your genetic tree had thyroid condition
whether it was symptomatic or not; whether it was diagnosed or not.
If someone had hypothyroid but was not labeled with Hashimoto’s, know that the possibility of it being an
undiagnosed Hashimoto’s is quite probable. 90% of hypothyroidism
has an underlying Hashimoto’s component. So if you have relatives
who have or had thyroid removal, ask about their history, their symptoms and diagnosis.
WHY WAS I NEVER TESTED FOR
Even though you may have
been diagnosed with hypothyroid disease, doctors don’t often do the test for Hashimoto’s (two antibodies is most
typical) because knowing that does not change their treatment, which is to watch your thyroid and medicate when
necessary. However, research today shows that if you have one
autoimmune disease you are likely to develop another one or more.
It also shows there are many non-invasive interventions that can be done in order to help to suppress the
expression of or symptoms of this autoimmune disease.
For one, studies show that for those with
the genetic disposition to Hashimoto’s, taking iodine supplementation will most likely exacerbate the condition
or cause it to express for the first time if it hasn’t already. That's helpful information to have, especially
if you're a seaweed fan or if you take supplements containing iodine.
You can order thyroid testing through
GallbladderAttack.com which includes antibody testing.
HOW IS HASHIMOTO'S TREATED
Please note that there is no cure for Hashimoto’s or any other autoimmune
disease. There is, however, much one can do to put it into and keep it under control, if you are lucky. These
days, the treatment of Hashimoto’s is to keep the TSH in the right place, but not to manage the immune response,
unless one is in actual active thyroid destruction as expressed in acute hyperactive thyroiditis. Since an
autoimmune disease is not reversible, the goal should be to manage the immune response – to build the
immune system and to keep away as much as possible from its triggers. That involves learning all about the
TRIGGERS OF HASHIMOTOS AND
MANY OTHER AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES
Stress such as illness or
Lack of Sleep
Blood sugar swings
Gluten, dairy primarily but other food
allergens as well
Studies also showed that people who had active Hashimoto’s who went on a gluten-free diet put their Hashimoto’s
into remission.Add Ref Gluten-free living is an
adjustment that requires some study to understand. Start with our explanation and lists of gluten-containing foods,
but continue to educate yourself. Read "Why
Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Blood Tests Are Normal" by Datis Kharrizian.
Avoiding iodine is a simple adjustment to
make. Change your iodized table salt to a natural sea salt, avoid dulse and other seaweeds and read all the
ingredients in your supplements, watching for iodine.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is inflammation of the
thyroid gland in a person who has Hashimoto’s autoimmune disease. In these people, the
swelling tends to come and go, i.e. they have times when the thyroid is under attack and they have times when
it is not. Basically, it is an autoimmune flare-up. TSH will be low as
opposed to in hypothyroid where TSH is high. Generally it will be accompanied by hyperthyroid symptoms of
palpitations, night sweats, sweaty palms, insomnia, anxiety, and more. Some people who are
usually in hypothyroid mode, slow moving and on the depressed side, are happy to finally have some energy and
motivation when they swing over to the hyper side. Understandably so, but
the longer this goes unchecked, the more thyroid tissue is destroyed which is not good. It is important to see
your doctor immediately and to have your thyroid levels checked and your medication
altered. Sometimes, the thyroiditis is actually a symptoms of Grave’s disease which is very
sudden onset hyperthyroid of Hashimoto’s is not as common as a slow, imperceptible attack on the thyroid that
gradually leads to loss of enough thyroid tissue that one becomes permanently hypothyroid. That is the most
common. However, in the event that Hashimoto’s does develop a thyroiditis with hyperthyroidism symptoms
such as palpitations, inner trembling, maybe trembling hands, insomnia, etc. it is important to see an
endocrinologist immediately to have him assess the situation and your medication. The thyroid tissue is under
attack at this time and is being destroyed.
DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN GRAVES AND
When a Hashimotos
thyroid patient is in overactive mode, the thyroid gland becomes inflamed and is called Hashimotos Thyroiditis.
When the hashimotos patient’s thyroid is in underactive mode, it is called Hashimotos Hypothyroid. It is not a
particular, separate disease, but the current state of the disease. Both are a part of the Hashimotos autoimmune
READ ABOUT GRAVES