Many times one goes to see the doctor and gets told she has Hashimoto’s disease. This can be quite frightening and may throw quite a few questions through ones mind. What does this mean? Can I get rid of it? Will this disease shorten my life?
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a term to describe an inflammatory disease within your thyroid gland. It is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the “oven process” of the thyroid production of thyroxine – a powerful element that plays a major role in the metabolism and thermostat of the body.
The damage and inflammation caused by our own immune system leads to a very under active thyroid gland called Hypothyroidism. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in American. This disease seems to target middle aged women but can also be found in men and women of any age as well as in children.
Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
- Hair loss
- Unexplained weight gain
- Sensitivity to cold
- Brittle nails
- Enlargement of the tongue
- Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
- Fatigue and sluggishness
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Pale, dry skin
- A puffy face
Doctors test the thyroid function to help detect Hashimoto’s Disease. Treatment of Hashimoto’s Disease with thyroid hormone replacement usually is simple and effective to manage the symptoms but the advantage of following the advise of a functional medicine practitioner will help you get to the root of the autoimmune challenge and cure the disease.
If you or your loved one would like see what functional treatment options are available for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, please book your appointment and let’s discuss your options.