There are many symptoms of body and brain dysfunction when one has Hashimoto's, the first autoimmune disease discovered, in 1912 by Dr. Hakaru Hashimoto.
In this blog post I'll highlight 5 of the most common symptoms of this immune system disorder.
Swelling of the thyroid gland
When you have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, your immune cells mistakenly attack your healthy thyroid tissue. When this occurs, your thyroid can become inflamed and enlarged to the point that you develop a goiter The primary sign of a goiter is visible swelling in the front of your neck. At first, the bulge may be painless. But if left untreated, it can put pressure on your lower neck. In advanced stages, a goiter can interfere with proper breathing and swallowing.
What can be done about this issue?
Reducing overall inflammation and balancing hormone levels are crucial for relief of Hashimoto's signs and symptoms. Specifics labs are ordered to clarify what is causing the swelling, in other words the trigger to why your immune system is attacking your thyroid gland must be discovered. Once the trigger(s) are known a targeted care plan will be evident.
Thick, oily or dry skin
Like hair follicles, skin stops receiving normal levels of growth signals when the thyroid gland is impaired. Skin takes longer to regrow. Working in conjunction with your medical practitioner, balancing your thyroid hormones with thyroid replacement hormones and nutritional supplementation can possibly reverse this issue.
We have seen patients' skin tone become more vibrant and younger looking with care. Specific dietary and nutritional supplement protocols can speed this recovery. Hair regrowth may also be a benefit of receiving care.
Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life. Depression affects more women than men, and the symptoms and severity of depression can vary from person to person. About one in ten American adults are affected by depression.
A study was published in BMC Psychiatry in 2004 entitled, The link between thyroid autoimmunity (antithyroid peroxidase autoantibodies) with anxiety and mood disorders in the community: a field of interest for public health in the future. This study reveal a link to increased thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO antibodies) with anxiety and depression. The diagnosis of Hashimoto's thyroiditis requires, in part, an increase in TPO antibodies and/or an increase in anti-thyroglobulin antibodies (among other blood test findings)
So at least one cause of depression, anxiety and moodiness can be caused by a dysfunctional thyroid due to immune attack. One reason is that the brain and thyroid are closely inter-related.
Along with metabolic treatment, neurofeedback be recommended at our office. These short sessions can improve motivation, reduce or stop anxiety, improve sleep, and lift feelings overall.
Significant fatigue is associated with the Hashimoto's but not everyone has this symptom.
Thyroid hormones can affect every cell in our body and is the main endocrine gland for metabolism.
When the thyroid slows down, as in Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism, so does our metabolism. Besides this fact, insomnia can be caused by thyroid disorders. Of course, when we don't sleep well, fatigue typically burdens us.
In Hashimoto’s, there is a breakdown of the thyroid gland, which can rush thyroid hormones into the bloodstream, resulting in transient hyperthyroidism. Symptoms of agitation, anxiety, and even psychosis can occur… anyone who has experienced symptoms of hyperthyroidism (due to the fluctuations in thyroid hormone often seen in Hashimoto’s) can describe how terrible this feels.
When there is a high amount of thyroid hormone, metabolism speeds up causing symptoms of rapid heart rate, oily skin, diarrhea, anxiety.
With Hashimoto's, a person can experience both symptoms and signs of HYPOthyroidism and HYPERthyroidism.
As stated above, our thyroid gland can affect every cell in our body including bowel motility and digestion.
Hypothyroidism can slow digestion starting in the stomach. By slowing this normal process, our intestines can become affected making emptying of our bowels more difficult.
Some OTC medications can actually slow digestion even more.
Since there are many causes of constipation and other digestive difficulties, If you are experiencing any gastrointestinal issues, a consultation is recommended.
Always remember one of my mantras., "The more you know about how your body works, the better you can take care of yourself."
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