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Hashimoto’s: The Invisible Thyroid Illness

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invisible thyroid illnessHashimoto’s thyroiditis is a debilitating autoimmune thyroid disorder that often gets called the invisible thyroid illness because “you don’t look sick”.

BUT it’s real, and millions are battling with Hashimoto’s every day. In fact, it’s the most common cause of hypothyroidism, especially among women.

 What Blood Tests Are Done To Diagnose Hashimoto’s Disease?

The symptoms of Hashimoto’s include heavy fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, muscle weakness, depressed mood, difficulty losing weight, swelling around the throat, and memory lapses.

Do you feel these symptoms relate to your own experience?

If so, you may be experiencing the warning signs that your thyroid is struggling.

I encourage you to seek professional help from a skilled healthcare practitioner. By teaming up with proactive healthcare practitioner you can work together to fully investigate your concerns.

To start, it’s likely you will need comprehensive thyroid tests as these are essential to make a medical diagnosis. The reason is relatively straightforward, and let me explain why.

Hashimoto’s is associated with excess production of thyroid antibodies. Therefore a diagnosis is confirmed when abnormal levels of thyroid antibodies are measured within the blood.

If testing reveals raised thyroid antibodies it’s wise to team up with a knowledgeable health practitioner so you can work together to uncover the underlying cause, and plan an effective treatment strategy.

Here’s 4 important things I would like you to know;

1. A complete thyroid panel includes TSH, free T4 (FT4), free T3 (FT3), reverse T3 (RT3), and thyroid antibodies. Yes! You need more than TSH tested.

2. Along with testing make sure your medical practitioner orders a thyroid ultrasound to check for any abnormalities within the gland.

3. The mainstay of treatment is thyroid hormone replacement. The drug of choice is titrated levothyroxine sodium, aka T4-only medication or simply ‘thyroxine’.

4. Natural dessicated thyroid (NDT) is considered an alternative to the commonly prescribed single T4 medication. NDT contains a combination of T4/T3.

What Causes Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

The cause of Hashimoto’s is very poorly understood. However, based on my own experience and research over the years I have identified some key reasons WHY this autoimmune thyroid disorder develops.

Chronic infections, prolonged emotional and physical stress, low nutrient intake, food intolerances (most notably gluten), adrenal fatigue, and thyroid disrupting chemicals are leading causes.

Like to learn more?

You will see I’ve written a large number of posts that shine the light on healing Hashimoto’s.  If you missed any of these be sure to check them out…

Six Thyroid Health Blog Posts That Shine The Light On Healing Hashimoto’s

What is Hashimoto’s; The Invisible Thyroid Illness?

This thyroid disorder was first described by the Japanese specialist Dr. Hashimoto Hakaru in 1912. These days there are studies to show Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common autoimmune thyroid disorder in developed countries.

> > You can learn more facts here: What is Hashimoto’s?

Is It Safe to Take Iodine When You Have Hashimoto’s Disease?

There’s still a lot of debate about how much iodine is safe to take when you have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. If you are feeling confused, you are not alone! I answer this important question from my Naturopathic perspective on this blog post.

> > Is It Safe To Take Iodine When You Have Hashimotos Disease?

Is There a Difference Between Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s?

Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid fails to produce adequate amounts of thyroid hormones. Over time a decline in thyroid hormone activity triggers a variety of hypothyroid symptoms. However, if you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism it does not necessarily mean you have Hashimoto’s.

> > Is There A Difference Between Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s?

What You Need To Know About Thyroid Testing To Gain the Most Valuable Insights

Do you feel your doctor is stuck using outdated testing methods? You are well within your rights as a patient to get a second opinion. Comprehensive testing is vital to establish an accurate diagnosis, and from there a comprehensive thyroid panel is useful to track improvements in thyroid health.

> > What You Need To Know About Thyroid Testing To Gain The Most Valuable Insights

Want To Know Why A Gluten Free Diet Could Help Your Thyroid?

There are many thyroid websites, blogs, and Facebook groups that recommend going gluten-free. And I agree! You see, a gluten free diet is important to help effectively managing an autoimmune thyroid disorder.

> > Want To Know Why A Gluten Free Diet Could Help Your Thyroid?

Top Everyday Detox Tips to Safeguard Thyroid Health

Are you worried exposure to harmful environmental chemicals is having a negative effect on your thyroid health? The problem is, environmental chemicals are everywhere; in our food, water and the air we breathe. I believe these are contributing to the sharp rise in thyroid health problems.

> > Top Everyday Detox Tips to Safeguard Thyroid Health

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  1. Have Diagnosed Hypothyroidism. This was helpful am learning all the time.

    • Louise O'Connor says:

      Good to hear these articles are helpful Marion. Best wishes, Louise O’Connor

  2. Leewyn Limmer says:

    Lovely to read this. Great to get localised information. Thanks.

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