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Signs and Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the leading cause of hypothyroidism and goiter in the United States. Eighty-five percent of cases are women between the ages of 30 and 50. In Hashimoto’s, antibodies react against proteins in the thyroid, causing the gradual destruction of the thyroid gland itself and the inability to produce thyroid hormones.

As many as 25 percent of Hashimoto’s patients may develop additional conditions such as Type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, pernicious anemia, adrenal insufficiency, lupus, and other autoimmune disorders.  We have put together a list of signs and symptoms of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, supportive natural therapies, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis include:

  • puffy face and eyelids
  • raspy, hoarse voice
  • intolerance to cold
  • fatigue and exhaustion
  • depression and moodiness
  • shortness of memory
  • dry, coarse hair
  • loss of hair from the outer third of the eyebrow
  • infertility
  • constipation
  • heavy and more painful menstrual periods
  • high cholesterol levels
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • difficulty losing weight
  • slowed heartbeat
  • worsening allergies
  • chronic infections, including yeast infections and sinus infections
  • shortness of breath, including difficulty drawing a full breath
  • full or sensitive feeling in the neck
  • brittle fingernails
  • heart palpitations
  • low sex drive
  • pain in the sole of the foot
  • muscle aches and pains
  • tendonitis in the arms and legs

Diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is typically done through a TSH test, as well as through a T4 or total thyroixine test, a free T4 or free thyrosxine test, a total T3 test and a free T3 test.  As well, thyroid antibody tests can detect antibodies that signal the presence of Hashimoto’s or Graves’ disease, even when TSH levels are normal.

Recommended – Test for Heavy Metals and Mineral Imbalances using Hair Tissue Analysis

Hair Tissue Analysis Report

Hair Tissue Analysis Report

We suggest getting a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) to help you determine accurately what your body needs more of in terms of essential trace minerals and needs to eliminate in terms of toxic heavy metals and toxic mineral ratios. Toxic mineral ratios and toxic metal accumulation following long term or acute exposure can contribute greatly to degenerative conditions like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

Essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium and sodium all have important metabolic functions. However, too little or too much of any of these essential minerals can have an adverse affect on the human body and it’s ability to recover.

How can a hair analysis help me achieve better health? If we consider that diet is what we consume and nutrition is what we retain, then we can see that discovering what your body needs when it needs it is a valuable tool in creating health.

The dangers of exposure to toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum have been well documented over the years. Levels of heavy metals in the body can only be accurately measured using a hair tissue analysis or a chelation challenge test (which can be expensive and have serious side-effects). Blood or urine tests give information about your metal or mineral levels at the time of the test only.

Testing for minerals in the urine measures the minerals that are being excreted from your body – not necessarily what has been absorbed as fuel for your body. So blood and urine tests are like snapshots whereas a hair analysis is the video of your mineral retention.

A hair analysis provides a biological profile of the past 2 – 3 months of intracellular activity revealing a unique metabolic world, which cannot be seen through most other tests. The hair mineral analysis gives you or your healthcare professional much-needed information about mineral deficiencies and chemical imbalances in your body, especially if you’re suffering from symptoms of any disease or disorder, including Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

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Books for People With Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis:

How I Reversed My Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Hypothyroidism
Robert T. Dirgo
Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal: A Revolutionary Breakthrough In Understanding Hashimoto’s Disease and Hypothyroidism
Datis Kharrazian

Living Well with Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You… That You Need to Know (Revised Edition)
Mary J. Shomon
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References
ICON Health Publications

What are the causes of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

The following is a list of some of the known causes for Hashimoto’s:

  • Environmental Toxins Such as Mercury and Pesticides
  • The Food Borne Bacteria Yersinia Enterocolitica Infection
  • Too Little or Too Much Supplemental Iodine
  • Exposure to Radiation
  • Excessive Exposure to Tap Water, Which Contains Flouride and Chlorine
  • Overconsumption of Soy Products
  • Family History of Thyroid Disease
  • Pregnancy

All autoimmune symptoms or “misplaced immunity” are triggered, for the most part, by the cumulative toxic burden on the body. This can include, but not be limited to: stress, injuries, surgery, heavy metals, chemicals, plastics, food additives, food allergies, refined and processed foods, viruses, bacteria, yeast, fungus and mold.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Resources

General Patient Resources

  • National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Services

A service of the National Institute of Health

  • About . com

A look at autoimmune thyroid disease and underactive thyroid conditions.

  • Experience Project

Anonymously connect with people who share your experiences– like those who say ‘I Have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis’. Read hundreds of true stories, share your own story anonymously, get feedback and comments, chat in the discussion forum, help others, meet new friends, and so much more– all free.

  • The Hormone Foundation

Information on Hashimoto’s disease in both English and Spanish.

Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, treatment of this cause of thyroid gland inflammation.

  • MedicineNet . com

Information, patient discussions and latest thyroid news.

  • Medline Plus

A service of the National Institute of Health