Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

**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.**

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis:

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.

http://thyroid.about.com/library/links/blthyroid.htm

Common symptoms with Hypothyroidism.

  • fatigue
  • brittle nails and hair
  • depression
  • weight gain
  • Lack of concentration
  • Hands and feet ache, mimicking Arthritis a bit
  • Irregular periods
  • Yawn all the time
  • Lethargic
  • 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’ve learned over time to ask my doctor what my number is.  Not just take the “it’s normal” and call it good.  Normal falls in the range of .45 and 3.5 depending on your doctor. Some doctors will go as high as 4.5.  Your body will be happier probably in a certain range.  Mine is.  Mine prefers the lower range.  It likes .5 to 1.  I know when it’s out of whack. I take my meds twice a day because my Celiac doesn’t let my body absorb them. It’s a balance.
A standard TSH test is not always helpful. I have my T3 and my T4 tested separately.  Doing this helped determine which was working and which was not.  Frankly, neither were working.  So they gave me some high strength meds and tried again.  Kind of sent me in a tailspin but now she has started me on T4 twice a day.  I didn’t know that T4 has a short lifespan and wears off midday.  Who knew?
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.
My doctor figured out the short lifespan of the meds was messing with me.  She decided I needed an afternoon boost.
So now I take my meds the following way:
in the AM: Double dose of Liothyronine, single dose of Synthroid
In the PM: Single dose of Liothyronine

http://thyroid.about.com/new/library/weekly/aa082900a.htm

GLUTEN seems to be across the board bad for you if you have any kind of thyroid issue.  Watch your gluten intake and if you have any kind of thyroid disease you should be tested for Celiac since the connection is so prevalent. However, remember to continue eating gluten until the test so the test is accurate.
  Actually, there is SO much information on Soy and the thyroid, I can grab it anywhere.  I just liked that one.http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/soy-good-bad-and-best?page=2

This is a great website.  A lot of great resources and answers to some good questions.

http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

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.

2 Replies to “Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis”

  1. Why didn’t I ask you all about this when I saw you?! This is what I’ve been googling for the past few days, the symptoms.
    We should go for lunch/breakfast again when you get some time~

    1. We only have a million things to catch up on every time we get together. I’m so jealous you did Manitou again. So let me know when you’re free again and I’ll totally meet up with you and answer all your questions. This is one thing I know a LOT about. Feel free to email me, too.

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