By Alane Archer, ND, CNC
The signs and symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis are similar to hypothyroid.
The main difference between the two conditions is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease. It can be triggered by a stressful event, a pregnancy, aging, etc. 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 first signs and symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, is the person usually feels like there is an attack going on inside of them and they cannot figure out what it is or why it is occurring.
Understanding the signs and symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and how to properly test for it, can help you get proper care and avoid future damage to your thyroid. 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.
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 actually felt pretty good. Then baby #2 turned into a miscarriage, and I felt entirely different. I was able to get pregnant pretty quickly but after 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 the weight, my hair was thin, I felt and looked swollen, had a goiter on my thyroid and I was exhausted all the time. I felt like something had totally changed in my body and there was an attack of some kind going on inside of me. It was not until almost 5 years later that someone told me what the signs and symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis were, ran proper testing, changed my diet and the symptoms went away.
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