By Alane Archer, ND, CNC and Scarlett Eriksen
Are you starting to be concerned about Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis? Are you wondering how to test for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis? Hashimoto’s disease is a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid. “Hashimoto’s disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It primarily affects middle-aged women but also can occur in men and women of any age and in children” (1). There is confusion wherein a thyroid test may indicate that the function of your thyroid is fine, but you may still have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
You may be wondering how to properly test for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. The only way to identify if Hashimotos is active is to check the antibody levels of TPO thyroid peroxidase and thyroglobulin ab. We have thyroid testing available that are simple to do through blood draw testing and a blood spot testing kit. Too many people are walking around with Hashimoto’s because it does not show up on traditional, basic thyroid tests. It’s important to understand that your TSH, T3, & T4 can be normal, and you can still have Hashimoto’s. Hashimoto’s has everything to do with an autoimmunity against your thyroid gland.
Some of the symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis are: fatigue, water retention, puffy face, weight gain or inability to lose weight, dry skin, brittle nails, constipation, thin hair, infertility, hoarse voice, sore throat, skin sensitivity to cold, muscle weakness, enlarged thyroid or goiters on the thyroid, brain fog and medication sensitivity. It seems that Hashimoto’s is a genetic condition. If your mother or grandmother has it, odds are you will too. Women are at risk for it after pregnancy.
All thyroid test results come with a protocol. If your test for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis turns out to be positive and you want some more assistance, naturally, consider making a virtual appointment with our clinician. She has Hashimoto’s and knows exactly what to do to help you feel better!
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