ARE YOUR THYROID FLARE-UPS WELL CONTROLLED?
When someone mentions they have Hashimoto’s, they’re talking about having an under-active thyroid, referred to as hypothyroidism, as the result of autoimmunity. In this case, the immune system inappropriately attacks the thyroid gland, resulting in glandular damage over time. This inappropriate action of the immune system can occur from a myriad of reasons, with the basic understanding; your immune system is confusing the proteins on your thyroid gland for a foreign invader, such what would be seen on the outside of a bacteria or virus. Another possible reason, is that the immune response is already so heightened – in the case of having another pre-existing autoimmune concern – where this inappropriate reaction is simply more likely to happen. For this reason, we often see patients with one autoimmune concern being more susceptible to additional autoimmune concerns.
- fatigue with possible aching joints and muscles
- brain fog
- weight gain
- dry skin
- changes with mood – anxiety or depression
- perpetually cold, when others seem fine