By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
Are you wanting the best test for Hashimoto’s and then feel better?
Are you wondering how to test for Hashimoto’s? Do you want to know what Hashimoto’s is? Hashimoto’s 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 children. 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. We can clear up this confusion.
When you run a proper, comprehensive test for thyroid function along with a test for Hashimoto’s, TSH may be perfectly normal and Free T3 / Free T4 at healthy levels. Normal levels mean that your thyroid is working fine. But then we look at two thyroid antibodies, TPO ab, and antithyroglobulin ab. If either one of these is elevated, it indicates autoimmunity against the thyroid, called Hashimoto’s.
I find that many people that had a positive test for Hashimoto’s had a feeling that something was wrong but were never tested for it. The same thing happened to me many years ago. After the birth of my second child, I felt different. I was exhausted, could not lose weight, my hair was breaking, and my focus was unclear. This was unusual for me. Regular bloodwork was always normal, including my thyroid function. After taking an autoimmune thyroid class and having a test for Hashimoto’s, I had that ah-ha moment. I finally knew what was wrong and exactly what to do to feel better.
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 autoimmunity against your thyroid gland, not necessarily with your thyroid function.
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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