The autoimmune disease Hashimoto's thyroiditis, occurs when the thyroid gland is slowly destroyed by a variety of cell and antibody mediated immune processes. It was the first type of thyroid disease recognized as an autoimmune disease. Dr. Hashimoto Hakaru brought it to life in 1912, Germany.In patients diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, many symptoms arise. With the immune system attacking the follicles in the thyroid gland, it is easy to understand why. Some commonly diagnosed symptoms include:Weight gain - the number one concern among womenDepression- the number one concern among menManiaSensitivity to heat and coldFatiguePanic attacksBradycardia - TachycardiaHigh cholesterolConstipation - another major concern among womenmigrainesmemory lossThe major problem in diagnosing patient with Hashimoto's thyroiditis is that their symptoms are often mistaken for general disorders (i.e. depression, IBS, or just the fact that "they are getting older"). The patient blood work numbers may also show TSH levels within the normal limits, allowing for further misdiagnosis.Testing for thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and anti- thyroid antibodies can resolve most Hashimoto's thyroiditis difficulties. But regardless of when the proper diagnosis is presented, the patient's treatment options then become the challenge.Common prescription medications are given to ensure the patient's TSH levels remain under 3.0 because as long as the thyroid remains active the body will continue to attack it. Some physicians believe in a T3/T4 combination therapy, but that type of forward thinking is not practiced by most.Hashimoto's Thyroiditis And A Natural Thyroid DietNutrition plays a major role in thyroid activity. It is vital that the patient maintain a healty, well planned diet to help control thyroid activity. As with the initial diagnosis, this also presents a challenge to those who suffer from Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Finding answers to questions regarding the disease is often more frustrating to the effected than the condition itself.
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