Hashimoto’s disease is named for Hakuro Hashimoto, a Japanese physician who worked in Europe before World War I. He described the disease in a German publication 1912. It was the first condition to be recognized as an autoimmune disease.
Approximately 1 and 5 people suffer from some form of autoimmune disease. Some estimate that 75% of those affected, some 30 million people, are women.
Thyroid autoimmune disease is the most common of autoimmune disorders, affecting 7-8% of the US population. In the United States, autoimmune disease account for approximately 90% of adult hypothyroidism, mostly due to Hashimoto’s.
A blood test, a serum antibody test, is the definitive test for Hashimoto’s disease however in many cases this test is not performed on a regular basis so it is good to be aware of the classic symptoms that typically go along with this condition.
The typical person takes her thyroid replacement hormone, has their thyroid condition monitored regularly yet continues to feel worse, needing ever increasing doses of thyroid hormone to function. They may even notice if they miss a dose of their hormone they notice no difference in their symptoms. Typically her thyroid condition will fluctuate between the overactive and underactive. Her symptoms are all over the map.
Feeling tired and sluggish ,heart palpitations, feeling cold, inward trembling, weight gain, feeling nervous, brain fog, night sweats, thinning hair, morning headaches, insomnia dry skin, difficult bowel movements, depression, difficulty gaining weight which are symptoms of both underactive and overactive thyroid function.
So what is going on?
Is this person hyperthyroid or hypothyroid?
Sometimes with these fluctuations are misdiagnosed as anxiety disorders. But in reality this is just a presentation of Hashimoto’s. When the autoimmune flare-up destroys thyroid tissue, hormone stored in the gland flows into the blood stream. Now flooded with excess thyroid hormone, the metabolism speeds up, resulting in hyperthyroid symptoms.
Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune condition and there is no cure but there are methods to control with the symptoms and slow down the destruction of the thyroid gland.
Hashimoto’s Disease and its management will be discussed at our upcoming workshop.