Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It is an autoimmune disorder involving chronic inflammation of the thyroid. This condition tends to run in families. Over time, the ability of the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones often becomes impaired and leads to a gradual decline in function and eventually an underactive thyroid (Hypothyroidism). Hashimoto’s thyroiditis occurs most commonly in middle aged women, but can be seen at any age, and can also affect men and children.
+ Weight Gain
+ Brain Fog
+ Dry Skin
+ Brittle Hair/Nails/Skin
+ Muscle Pain
+ Memory Issues
+ Primary Care (Functional Medicine)
+ Osteopathic Doctors
+ Health Coaches
+ FREE T4
+ FREE T3
+ REVERSE T3
+ all 4 iron labs
+ electrolyte panel,
+ saliva cortisol (at least every 6 months)
+ thyroid ultrasound (1x/year)
Hashimoto's is not a one size fits all disease and therefore medication can be depending on what works best for the patient. MOST patients will do well on a Natural desiccated Thyroid hormone (NDT) containing T4+T3, some may need additional T3 in addition to their T4 regimen, Low Dose Naltrexone is great for autoimmune diseases as it helps squelch the inflammation. Supplements are also dependent on each patient; it is best to test before taking any supplements. Most Hashi's patients will be deficient in Vitamin D.
METHODS OF HEALING
Getting optimized on your thyroid medications is major. However, in order for thyroid to be optimized, your adrenals must also be in great shape. Usually, adrenals and thyroid tie together. Thyroid hormones need cortisol, therefore, it is important to test both. Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) is another medication that has been instrumental in the treatment of most autoimmune diseases. LDN increases endorphins in the body. Patients with autoimmune diseases often have low levels of endorphins and LDN acts as a immune system modulator. Food is medicine - therefore, patients who have Hashimoto's should avoid gluten and dairy because of the molecular mimicry that gluten and dairy mirror thyroid antibodies. Most patients will have gut issues ; heal your gut as 80% of the immune system lives in the gut! Sleep is important ! Sleep helps the body to heal. Try to get to bed by 10pm. Wear blue blocking glasses or twilight glasses to block the blue light from TVs, phones, computer screens. As we all know, STRESS causes us to flare up. Incorporate meditation, find a community/group of friends who support you, rest and listen to your body. Remember, autoimmune diseases is a reaction to your immune system and should be treated using a whole system approach, not just a symptoms approach.
Here are some great links and resources to help you as you navigate your Autoimmune Disease.
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ABOUT KIM | I have been diagnosed w/ Hashimoto's since 2011. I am a stay at home mom and have a 10 year old son. In between researching the heck out of Hashimoto's, I enjoy traveling , throwing parties, and being active in my community and through my charity that provides needs to orphans.
AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE | Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
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