**I am not a doctor nor do I think I am one. Consult your own doctor if you believe you have a medical issue. The following opinions and experiences are my own.**
What is the difference between Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism?
So in a nutshell: Hypothyroidism defines a state of sluggish thyroid function and metabolism. Hashimoto’s defines an autoimmune disease process which can result in symptoms of hypothyroidism. Another way to put it: Hypothyroidism is a problem with your thyroid gland: Hashimoto’s is a problem with your immune function. ~stopthethyroidmadness.com
What is the Thyroid? The thyroid is a small gland, shaped like a butterfly, located in the lower part of your neck. The function of a gland is to secrete hormones. The main hormones released by the thyroid are T3 and T4. These thyroid hormones deliver energy to cells of the body.
What Diseases and Conditions Affect the Thyroid?
The most common problems that develop in the thyroid include:
- Hypothyroidism — An underactive thyroid.
- Hyperthyroidism — An overactive thyroid.
- Goiter — An enlarged thyroid.
- Thyroid Nodules — Lumps in the thyroid gland.
- Thyroid Cancer — Malignant thyroid nodules or tissue.
- Thyroiditis — Inflammation of the thyroid.
Common symptoms with Hypothyroidism.
- brittle nails and hair
- weight gain
- Lack of concentration
- Hands and feet ache, mimicking Arthritis a bit
- Irregular periods
- Yawn all the time
- cold all the time (my favorite!)
The following are some resources and some tips I’ve gathered over the years:
Living Well With Hypothyroidism by Mary J. Shomon. This is an older book, she wrote a revised edition in 2005 but the beginning of it has an extensive list that gives you symptoms you may have to help diagnose you for hypothyroidism. I used it after I was diagnosed to explain…this is why I have THIS and this is why I have THIS. SO much was explained. It’s really amazing how much your thyroid controls.
I tell you all this because there are so many scenarios and I know so many people who have thyroid disease and they “just take a little pill” but there is really a lot more to it and they could feel a lot better.
in the AM: Double dose of Liothyronine, single dose of Synthroid
This is a great website. A lot of great resources and answers to some good questions.
You know your own body well enough. You should know if something is off. Even if it isn’t on the list, it’s probably related. Google it. Ask about it. Tell your doctor you feel lousy and need an answer. Change your meds. Ask for something different. Just experiment. If you don’t feel good don’t take no for an answer. Keep questioning. You have a right to feel good.