I Have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
I was just diagnosed at the age of 35. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disorder that attacks that thyroid gland as if it were a foreign body. It is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. Many people being treated for hypothyroidism have Hashimoto's and don’t even know it because their doctor hasn’t tested for the antibodies. The thyroid hormone is necessary for just about every single process in the human body. If your thyroid is off, everything else is off.
Even if your thyroid levels are being managed by hormone replacement, the autoimmune response caused by Hashimoto’s continues to attack the thyroid gland unless some major lifestyle changes are made to reduce inflammatory responses in the body.
Here’s the thing. The symptoms are so random, few people connect them, and even when individuals seek medical attention, they are often told there is nothing wrong with them.
Get more sleep. Reduce your stress.
Looking back, I have had the symptoms of Hashimoto's for most of my adult life. My fingernails suck, no matter what I eat. The outer third of my eyebrows is nonexistent, NOT from plucking too much. I have chronic depression. I tend to be overweight even when exercising constantly. Getting out of bed is difficult for me. I never feel rested no matter how much sleep I get. And I can sleep for 12 hours easily, without having been through a particularly tiresome day. My body temperature is always a degree or so lower than average. I hate the cold. I have dry skin issues, specifically plaque psoriasis.
I am now taking medication to replace the thyroid hormone that my damaged thyroid is not producing, but that doesn’t stop the effects of the Hashimoto’s antibodies.
I am about to embark on a food elimination journey as suggested by autoimmune wellness. Autoimmune Protocol, AIP, is a paleo diet on steroids. I’ve been excluding grains, soy and dairy from my diet but the AIP diet goes even further to eliminate eggs, nuts and seeds, nightshades and a whole host of other foods that are known inflammatory triggers. There is also an emphasis on organic fruits and vegetables and grass fed and pasture raised meats. After a minimum of 30 days, preferably 90, I can begin to strategically reintroduce some foods, paying close attention to my body and how it responds.
My hope is that reducing the inflammatory triggers will stunt the effects of the Hashimoto’s and I’ll begin to feel more like I did in college, unstoppable, and a force with which to be reckoned.
If this sounds familiar, or you know someone suffering from any of these symptomes, please share this. Have thyroid levels checked as well as the antibodies. Knowledge is power.