I Have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Many people claim that they can't lose weight because of a "thyroid" condition. I live day to day with an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I do have a thyroid disease and a thyroid condition. The condition is Hypothyroidism caused by the autoimmune disease. This disease and condition do make it hard, but not impossible for me to lose weight.
Here's a little more about the disease of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (autoimmune thyroiditis):
(Source: HERE)

Hashimoto's thyroiditis

Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It is named after the first doctor who described this condition, Dr. Hakaru Hashimoto, in 1912.

What causes Hashimoto's thyroiditis?

Hashimoto's thyroiditis is a condition caused by inflammation of the thyroid gland. It is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body inappropriately attacks the thyroid gland--as if it was foreign tissue. The underlying cause of the autoimmune process still is unknown. Hashimoto's thyroiditis tends to occur in families, and is associated with a clustering of other autoimmune conditions such as Type 1 diabetes, and celiac disease. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is 5-10 times more common in women than in men and most often starts in adulthood. Blood drawn from patients with Hashimoto's throiditis reveals an increased number of antibodies to the enzyme, thyroid peroxidase an enzyme (protein) found within the thyroid gland. As result of the antibodies' interaction with the enzyme, inflammation develops in the thyroid gland, the thyroid gland is destroyed, and the patient ultimately is rendered hypothyroid (too little thyroid hormone).

What are the symptoms of Hashimoto's thyroiditis?

The symptoms of Hashimoto's thyroiditis are similar to those of hypothyroidism in general, which are often subtle. They are not specific (which means they can mimic the symptoms of many other conditions) and are often attributed to aging. Patients with mild hypothyroidism may have no signs or symptoms. The symptoms generally become more obvious as the condition worsens and the majority of these complaints are related to a metabolic slowing of the body. Common symptoms are listed below:

As hypothyroidism becomes more severe, there may be puffiness around the eyes, a slowing of the heart rate, a drop in body temperature, and heart failure. In its most profound form, severe hypothyroidism may lead to a life-threatening coma (myxedema coma). In a severely hypothyroid individual, a myxedema coma tends to be triggered by severe illness, surgery, stress, or traumatic injury. This condition requires hospitalization and immediate treatment with thyroid hormones given by injection.

Properly diagnosed, hypothyroidism can be easily and completely treated with thyroid hormone replacement. On the other hand, untreated hypothyroidism can lead to an enlarged heart (cardiomyopathy), worsening heart failure, and an accumulation of fluid around the lungs (pleural effusion).

There are a few patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis who may undergo a hyperthyroid phase (too much thyroid hormone), called hashitoxicosis, before eventually becoming hypothyroid. Other symptoms and signs include:

  • Swelling of the thyroid gland (due to the inflammation), leading to a feeling of tightness or fullness in the throat

  • A lump in the front of the neck, (the enlarged thyroid gland) called a goiter

  • Difficultly swallowing solids and/or liquids due to the enlargement of the thyroid gland with compression of the esophagus
This is only some of the information. You can go to the source link to find out how it's diagnosed.

Do any of you suffer from Hashimoto's or hypothyroidism??


Cory said...

While I hate to hear that you have this, at least you know why it is difficult for you to lose weight!

Cory said...

While I hate to hear that you have this, at least you know why it is difficult for you to lose weight!

the bulimic said...

Great job on explaining it out, I learned a lot.

I'm loving the layout of your blog as well!

*thumbs up*

A Week In The life of A Redhead said...

I have Hashimotos and hypothyroidism. My Grandmother died from the complications of coeliac disease (gluten intolerance). There are many doctors who believe the Hashimotos autoimmunity is caused by an undiagnosed gluten allergy.

According to research reported on in the medical journal Digestive Diseases and Sciences, a significant number of patients with autoimmune thyroid disease also have celiac (coeliac) disease. Celiac disease is a disorder that causes the intestines to react abnormally to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt, kamut, and other related grain. It causes the belly to bloat while the patient is really malnourished (like the bloated bellies of children in starving countries). Celiac disease makes it difficult for the body to properly absorb nutrients from foods. Often a patient feels hungry even when full because the body is starving for nutrients.

In the studies findings they wrote: "We believe that undiagnosed celiac disease can cause other disorders by switching on some as yet unknown immunological mechanism. Untreated celiac patients produce organ-specific autoantibodies."

Of perhaps greatest importance to thyroid patients, the researchers found that the various antibodies that indicate celiac disease - organ-specific autoantibodies (i.e., thyroid antibodies) -- will disappear after 3 to 6 months of a gluten-free diet.

I recommend that you look into a gluten-free food list and try 15 days without gluten in your diet and see what happens.

I also take Armour thyroid, as the synthetic T3/T4 meds did not work for me. I also use natural progesterone cream, meditate and eliminate any stress from my life.

There is a top Dr in Houston TX who discusses thyroid disease on his site at http://www.hotzehwc.com/en/cms/?1675
His website is a wealth of information.

I wish you all the best as you work your way towards total wellness.

Catherine, the redhead blogger

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Kristina said...

I've truly struggled with my weight for years. I simply got tested with TSH at 3.79 and now they're telling me that I'm in the normal range with the help of bovine thyroid . You can also check it out.