By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Scarlett Eriksen
What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis? “Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, or inflammation of the thyroid gland, is an autoimmune disorder. That means a malfunction in your immune system causes it. Instead of protecting your thyroid tissue, your immune cells attack it. Eventually, the attack process can destroy your entire thyroid, if left undetected or untreated” (1). In Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, large amounts of damaged immune cells invade the thyroid. We can do a simple blood test via your insurance, or self-pay to see if your body is making antibodies which indicate autoimmune activity against the thyroid gland. This can happen with or without hypothyroid.
When clients ask us, what is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis they are also wondering what the symptoms are? The signs and symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis are similar to hypothyroidism. Here are some symptoms: fatigue, weight gain, heart palpitations, dry skin, fluid retention, depression, insomnia, thinning hair, bloating, swelling, goiters, anxiety and more. The autoimmune aspect usually is there from birth and throughout the years it can get triggered by a stress like working too hard, a death in the family, a divorce, dealing with a sickness, or even a pregnancy. Most of our female patients that have Hashimoto’s say their symptoms started right after having a baby.
Understanding what is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis will help you get proper care and avoid future damage to your thyroid. Simply put, it is an autoimmune disease and we can help you slow down and even halt the autoimmune attacks going on with your immune system against your thyroid and your body.
Alane’s Hashimoto’s story: I had started to develop autoimmune symptoms at age 10. They got worse in my teens and 20s. After baby #1 all was fine. I actually felt pretty good. Then baby #2 turned into a miscarriage and I felt totally different. I was able to get pregnant pretty quickly but after during pregnancy #3 I did not feel as well. I knew something had changed. After my younger son was born I had a lot of trouble losing the weight, my hair was thin and I was exhausted all the time. It was not until almost 5 years later that someone told me what Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is all about. My body had turned against me and was attacking my thyroid gland. I had to stop it! I adjusted my diet, treated the hypothyroid, lost the weight and felt great! And I am grateful to share more about Hashimoto’s with YOU!
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Medical disclaimer: Nutritionally Yours is not a medical clinic. Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor. We have a nutritionist, naturopath and a medical doctor on staff to help you feel your best.