By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
Hashimoto’s Symptoms can be similar to hypothyroid.
The main difference between the two conditions is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease, and Hypothyroid is a slow thyroid. Hashimoto’s symptoms can be triggered by a stressful event, a pregnancy, aging, years of autoimmunity, an infection, genetics, etc.
When Hashimoto’s symptoms occur, it means that the immune system, for whatever reason, does not like the thyroid gland. The immune system thinks the thyroid is a foreign invader that needs to be attacked. One of the top Hashimoto’s symptoms I hear is that the person feels like their body is under some kind of attack. They are right!
You understand the symptoms of Hashimoto’s, and now we will discuss how to test for it. The goal is to avoid further damage to the thyroid gland.
Simply put, you have to check if your body is making antibodies against the thyroid and if it is, adjust your diet and lifestyle to support autoimmunity. There are two thyroid antibodies we test on people. One is called TPO ab or thyroid peroxidase antibody. The other is called the antithyroglobulin antibody. If even one is high, it indicates Hashimoto’s symptoms are most likely present.
Alane’s Hashimoto’s story: I had started to develop autoimmune symptoms at age 10. They got worse in my teens and 20s. After baby #1, all was fine. I felt pretty good. Then baby #2 turned into a miscarriage, and I felt entirely different. I was able to get pregnant pretty quickly, but during pregnancy #3, I did not feel as well. I knew something had changed.
After my younger son was born, I had a lot of trouble losing weight; my hair was thin, I felt and looked swollen, I had a goiter on my thyroid, and I was exhausted all the time. I felt like something had changed metabolically but could not put my finger on it. Nothing was showing up in traditional labs either.
It was not until almost five years later, when I took an autoimmune thyroid class, that I had an ah-ha moment. When I ran a Hashimoto’s symptoms antibody test, it was positive. Finding out what was wrong was life-changing. Now I knew what to do to feel better.
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