12/31/2010 03:52 PM
Hashimotos Thyroiditis

Hashimotos Thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition affecting the thyroid.  The immune system attacks the thyroid and eventually leads to the gland no longer functioning.  Treatment of Hashimotos is for the patient to take thyroid replacement, since the thyroid is no longer able to produce the hormones by itself.   Not everyone who has poor thyroid function has Hashimotos - and if you do have this condition, the only way to find out is to have a blood test to determine the presence of antibodies.  There are 2 antibodies tests which should be carried out as part of a full thyroid panel, these are called Tpo and Tgab.  

Finding a great thyroid doctor is a big step toward achieving the correct diagnosis.  It's a fact that the thyroid can be not functioning correctly but your blood panel can show a "normal" result.  This can be for 2 reasons; firstly because the lab test ranges are out of date and even though it shows that you are within the range, you are actually either hyper (over-active) or hypo (under-active) thyroid.  The second reason is that in many cases you will experience many poor thyroid function symptoms but they don't show up in a blood test until the thyroid is more than 60% non-functional.  Therefore, if you think you might have Hashimotos or poor thyroid function it's very important to find a doctor who will treat you according to your symptoms, rather than your blood test results.

Here is a couple of great websites which will give you a great deal of information on Hashimotos Disease and Thyroid Disease:



There are many symptoms that a patient will experience if they have Hashimotos.  If you already have Celiac Disease it is known that there is a prevalence of patients who have both of these diseases.  Because of this connection, it's been found that many patients really benefit from following a gluten free lifestyle.

You might want to get checked if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:


  • Less energy than others

  • Long recovery period after any activity

  • Inability to hold children for very long

  • Arms feeling like dead weights after activity

  • Chronic Low Grade Depression

  • Suicidal Thoughts

  • Often feeling cold

  • Cold hands and feet

  • High or rising cholesterol

  • Heart disease

  • Palpitations

  • Fibrillations

  • Plaque buildup

  • Bizarre and Debilitating reaction to exercise

  • Hard stools

  • Constipation

  • No eyebrows or thinning outer eyebrows

  • Dry Hair

  • Hair Loss

  • Dry cracking skin

  • Nodding off easily

  • Requires naps in the afternoon

  • Sleep Apnea (which can also be associated with low cortisol)

  • Air Hunger (feeling like you can’t get enough air)

  • Inability to concentrate or read long periods of time

  • Forgetfulness

  • Foggy thinking

  • Inability to lose weight

  • Always gaining weight

  • Inability to function in a relationship with anyone

  • NO sex drive

  • Failure to ovulate and/or constant bleeding (see Rainbow’s story)

  • Moody periods

  • PMS

  • Inability to get pregnant; miscarriages

  • Excruciating pain during period

  • Nausea

  • Swelling/edema/puffiness

  • Aching bones/muscles

  • Osteoperosis

  • Bumps on legs

  • Acne on face and in hair

  • Breakout on chest and arms

  • Hives

  • Exhaustion in every dimension–physical, mental, spiritual, emotional

  • Inability to work full-time

  • Inability to stand on feet for long periods

  • Complete lack of motivation

  • Slowing to a snail’s pace when walking up slight grade

  • Extremely crabby, irritable, intolerant of others

  • Handwriting nearly illegible

  • Internal itching of ears

  • Broken/peeling fingernails

  • Dry skin or snake skin

  • Major anxiety/worry

  • Ringing in ears

  • Lactose Intolerance

  • Joint pain

  • Carpal tunnel symptoms

  • No Appetite

  • Fluid retention to the point of Congestive Heart Failure

  • Swollen legs that prevented walking

  • Varicose Veins

  • Dizziness from fluid on the inner ear

  • Raised temperature

  • Tightness in throat; sore throat

  • Swollen lymph glands

  • Allergies

  • Headaches and Migraines

  • Sore feet (plantar fascitis); painful soles of feet 

  • Blood Pressure problems

  • Colitis

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Painful bladder

  • Extreme hunger, especially at nighttime

  •  Dysphagia, which is nerve damage and causes the inability to swallow fluid, food or your own saliva and leads to “aspiration pneumonia”.

Comment By So Good Gluten Free Foods on 07/20/2011 10:12 PM
It is really vital to get your thyroid health in check as this tiny gland controls your whole body!
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