Olive Branch Wellness Center
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October 2018 Issue
Raynette Ilg, ND, Founder
Olive Branch Wellness Center
Symptoms that can point
to Hashimoto's Disease
Last month, we talked about Hashimoto's disease as a possible underlying cause of your thyroid troubles. Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder where your body attacks and destroys your own thyroid tissue. It is perhaps the leading cause of thyroid disease, but most people don’t even know they have it. In fact, some estimates say that up to 10% of the population in the U.S., and the prevalence increases with age.
One reason Hashimoto’s is often undiagnosed, is that doctors routinely test for levels of T3 and T4 thyroid levels in patients with thyroid disorders, but they can neglect to test for thyroid antibodies – the red flag for Hashimoto’s. What’s dangerous about neglecting a thyroid antibody test is that the doctor may prescribe thyroid replacement hormones (synthetic or natural) and the patient may feel great as a result. But even though they are now getting their thyroid hormone from a pill, the additional hormone replacement does nothing to stop the autoimmune process (although it’s still important to take thyroid medication when prescribed, as it can help heal and regulate other critical body functions). Hashimoto’s disease, now masked even further, continues to ravage the thyroid silently.
That’s why the sooner we get a correct diagnosis and resolve the autoimmune triggers for a patient’s Hashimoto’s Disease (any every person’s triggers are different), we can save the thyroid and perhaps allow it to heal and restore itself.
Some symptoms that make me suspect a patient may have Hashimoto’s include:
- Sudden hyperthyroid symptoms (overactive thyroid). As thyroid cells are destroyed by Hashimoto’s they can release an overabundance of thyroid hormone. This can be very deceptive, as the loss of thyroid tissue is then followed by a gradual decline in thyroid function leading to hypothyroid (underactive thyroid) symptoms.
- Hypo or hyperthyroid symptoms that come and go in response to, or are concurrent with food allergies and sensitivities.
- Other “leaky gut” symptoms such as GERD, immune system overload, inflammation, nutrient deficiencies
There is good reason to get checked if you suspect Hashimoto’s disease. Why? Because the sooner you get an accurate diagnosis and stop your autoimmune triggers, the more healthy thyroid tissue is preserved. Research shows that if there is enough healthy thyroid tissue remaining, the gland can regenerate and heal and restore itself over time. There is also good reason not to “self-diagnose” or self-medicate with Hashimoto’s as sometimes conventional advice for thyroid health can backfire on Hashimoto’s patients (for example, in Hashimoto’s Disease, supplementing with iodine can be one of the worst things you can do).
Come in and talk, so we can see if your symptoms or thyroid issues are being caused by an autoimmune reaction. There is so much we can do to get you feeling better right away!