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Hypothyroidism Turning Into Hashimoto’s Disease

in by mallorysmom13
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Hi All,

I was diagnosed a little over 3 years ago with Hypothyroidism. It was pretty obvious something was wrong with me as I have been hugging the 200 lb mark for quite some time and quickly got their in the past ten years after spending my childhood, teen years and early to mid 20s at a perfectly healthy weight. My hair was falling out and my skin was itching so bad I could scratch till I bled. After having two children in the past 2.5 years, I am not exhausted. Not knowing if that is from just two children or from the disease itself. I have pains in my neck sometimes, swelling in my neck, dry skin, hair loss, urinary tract infections, more headaches than I have ever had and brittle nails.
Just wondering if others have had their diagnosis changed from Hypothyroidism to Hashimoto’s? I will have my new test results next week. I am truly scared of what is ahead, but I need to know right away. I need to feel better for me and my family. I dislike constantly feeling awful, but not being able to pin point exactly why I feel awful.


About mallorysmom13

Conditions: Hashimoto's thyroid disease

Doctors seen: MD – primary care

Treatment: Prescription medication/shots

Children: 2

Age: 35-44

mallorysmom13
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2 Answers

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Hi!

Hashimoto is a form of hypothyroidism. In Hashimoto there are certain antibodies called anti-TPO and anti-Tg antibodies, that attack the cells of the thyroid. So, you might have had Hashimoto from 3 years ago, but maybe your doctor hasn´t checked for the antibodies back then. The medical treatment involves therapy with hormones, which in a healthy person would be produced by the normal functioning thyroid cells (which are in Hashimoto being destroyed). (antibodies are substances which usually protect us, but in the case of autoimmune diseases mistake the body for the enemy!)

I do not have Hashimoto, so don´t have any `alternative`advice, but one thing i know it helps most of the disease out there is exercise on a regular base (according to the latest recommendations at least 150min of moderate vigorous exercise per week). Not for losing weight, but for keeping your mind and body `in shape`. Life will never be the same after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, so you have to come to accept that and do the best you can with what you have. The good thing with Hashimoto is that the risk for ever developing a cancer is extremely low (not like in my disease, Sjögren, where the risk is 44 times higher than among healthy women). Try to learn as much as you can about your disease from accredited sources, see what studies have been done, see what alternative therapy work, and so on. It´s not an easy process, but the ugly reality is that disease/problems are part of life.

Hopefully someone else with Hashimoto has some insight advice.

All the best,

jemozne
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About Me:

Conditions:

Sjögren's syndrome

Age:

25-34
Answered on December 6, 2015

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Hello,
I'm so sorry that this is happening to you. Both of my kids have Hashimoto's disease. It was diagnosed first in my son when he was just 12. My 16 year old daughter was recently diagnosed, and she is in the very early stages. I know more about hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's disease than I ever thought I would because of it. Hypothyroidism can turn into Hashimoto's disease. This means that your body is producing antibodies that are attaching your thyroid and it sounds as if you are in an autoimmune flare. My son's Hashimoto's disease presented first with a headache, making his diagnosis very difficult. The antibodies can cross the blood brain barrier and attack the brain, which is a very scary thought. It also sounds like your thyroid is enlarged. The other responder was incorrect about increased risk of cancer. If you have any type of nodules on your thyroid, they need to be monitored by and endocrinologist, because they can become cancerous. Both of my kids complained of aching muscles on their upper backs with the onset of Hashimoto's (looking back on it). You probably don't want to hear this, but you absolutely should go gluten free, at the very least. The best way to feel better and how I was able to heal my son was through the Autoimmune Paleo diet (autoimmunepaleo.com). It was an extremely difficult transition for my gluten/dairy loving family to make, but I felt I had no choice if I wanted my son to get better. My son has made a remarkable improvement and we still eat a mostly paleo diet. Go easy on yourself. Check out The Paleo Approach by Sarah Ballyntine (sp?) and read Why Do I Still Feel Bad When My Thyroid Levels are Normal by Datis Kahrazian. Good luck!

Sharon
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About Me:

Conditions:

Hashimoto's thyroid disease

Doctors seen:

MD – specialist

Treatment:

Prescription medication/shots

Children:

2

Age:

45-54
Answered on July 4, 2016

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