You had been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s a while back. Your doctor started you in on the treatment and things seemed to stabilize somewhat. Yet, you still don’t really feel good or have that feeling of everything being ok inside. Is there something wrong with your treatment? Could it be psychological? Could you have been misdiagnosed? These are some of the thoughts that go through your mind incessantly.
Problems is, most doctors fail to see that Hashimoto’s is not simply a thyroid condition, it is an autoimmune disease in itself. Hence the reason why you don’t feel 100% even though treatment is ongoing. Not sure what we are talking about? Let’s start with what Hashimoto’s disease is.
A condition where your immune system feels threatened by your thyroid gland, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a medical illness where the immune system attacks the gland and disrupts the production of the hormone.
Hashimoto’s leads to the inflammation of the thyroid gland which results in hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid. It is the most common reason for hypothyroidism in USA. Even though the disease can happen to anyone, young or old, it is mostly found among women who are in their middle ages.
Signs and Symptoms
Perhaps the worst thing about this condition is that it doesn’t show any signs or symptoms in its early stages. Only when the condition has worsened do patients notice its presence. Common symptoms include:
- Enlarged thyroid gland/ neck region
- Dry skin
- Sensitivity to cold temperatures
- Fatigue and exhaustion
- Enlarged tongue
- Muscular pain, muscle weakness, stiffness and tenderness
- Sudden and unexplained weight gain
- Hair loss
- Excessive period bleeding
- Depression, memory loss
If you have more than three of the above mentioned signs or symptoms, you may suffer from thyroid problems. Your doctor can perform thyroid blood tests to see whether or not you may have the condition. Many patients with thyroid symptoms realize that their blood work does not correlate with how they feel.
Most people think that thyroid issues are nothing to be worried about. This is their number one mistake. If left untreated for too long, Hashimoto’s disease can lead to a lot of complications. These include but are not limited to:
- Heart Problems: Studies show that Hashimoto’s can cause the production or retention of high levels of cholesterol, because of under functioning thyroid gland. This in turn can lead to heart diseases and strokes. What it means is that if you don’t get treatment in time, you could have a heart attack and ultimately heart failure.
- Mental Health: Depression is a direct side effect of Hashimoto’s. When not treated in time, the depression can continue to increase leading to low sex drive and lowered mental health.
- Goiter: Since Hashimoto’s leads to hypothyroidism, that in turn can cause a goiter. Goiter is the enlargement of the thyroid gland which if it gets worse can cause breathing difficulties.
- Birth Defects: Research suggests that women who have Hashimoto’s disease are more likely to produce babies with birth defects, like developmental problems or low intellects. Cleft palate is another common problem for babies born to mothers with Hashimoto’s.
- Myxedema: A life threatening condition, myxedema is a rare condition that takes place because of long-term hypothyroidism that has not been treated. If the body is put under stress or exposed to cold climates when a patient suffers from myxedema, it could lead to coma.
Treatment option for Hashimoto’s is hormone replacement therapy. For most cases it is a simple and effective treatment option. But the thing that most patients feel is that even though they are taking the treatment, they do not feel as good as they used to before acquiring the disease.
The reason why most autoimmune diseases, once symptoms start, don’t really leave. They give rise to other autoimmune disease. For example, studies show that people who have Hashimoto’s also are more predisposed to conditions like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Graves’ disease, anemia, Addison’s disease, vitiligo and lupus. Researchers have concluded that autoimmune diseases do not leave, but often come back. And when they do, they become progressive. That is why it’s important to identify why the immune system is attacking normal tissue. You can identify the cause of the problem. You may benefit from The DNA Uprint and get some answers to your health issues. Call Health Solutions Plus to learn more, 716-773-4707.
The problem is, by the time these conditions are discovered, most of the organ has been damaged. There are many other reasons why Hashimoto’s patients don’t feel great even when they are on medications prescribed by your doctor. Here are a few of the reasons.
1. Not Eating on Time
Missing meals is one of the worst things that patients, particularly those of Hashimoto’s can do. If blood sugar goes down too much, it causes inflammation in the body and the autoimmune system becomes enraged. This can lead to blurred vision, energy loss, irritability, weakness, and loss of healthy body function. If you suffer from Hashimoto’s, you need to take care of what you eat and how regularly you eat.
Stress is a big problem for most people. Same is the case with Hashimoto’s. The more your body releases cortisol, a hormone released during times of stress, the more the inflammation will increase. Be it your relationships or work concerns, you need to make sure that the stress levels are never too high. They will make you feel worse, not just mentally, but physically too.
3. Use of Gluten Diet
You are either consuming gluten, or you are not, there is no inbetween. You can’t avoid gluten at home and forget all about it when you eat out. Keep reminding yourself that foods that contain gluten are usually not good if you suffer from Hashimoto’s thyroid. So avoid such foods and drinks and make sure your diet comprises of healthy and nourishing food items.
4. Brain Health
Foggy brain causing you trouble? Well, it is one of the side effects of Hashimoto’s and the only way it can be kept at bay is by paying special attention to your brain health. You may notice a deteriorating brain…aka brain fog or loss of focus because of Hashimoto’s. Make sure to invest in foods and supplements that keep you healthy and happy.
5. Insulin Issues
Just like low blood sugar is not good for you, spiked blood sugar is just as bad for patients suffering from Hashimoto’s. Inflammation will be triggered and you will be left feeling the all the effects. Avoid sweet foods.
Please understand that Hashimoto’s does not mean the end of normal life. It simply means that you have to become more careful with your lifestyle. It can be managed with proper care and you can feel perfectly fine. Just pay attention to the signs and symptoms your body is giving you. If you are looking to get to the bottom of your thyroid symptoms, call Health Solutions Plus and see if you are a candidate for The DNA Uprint. Our number is 716-773-4707.