When the thyroid gland is functioning properly we are not even aware of it, but when problems develop proper thyroid treatment is essential. When problems develop with the thyroid gland, it can manifest with many different signs and symptoms. Some signs of low thyroid production (hypothyroidism) are dry skin and hair, hair loss, fatigue, depression, weight gain, constipation, and hypersensitivity to cold.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common type of thyroiditis covering approximately 80% of thyroid patients. It is an autoimmune disease in which the body turns against itself, creating antibodies that attack the thyroid gland. Most people with Hashimoto’s develop hypothyroidism and must take thyroid hormone replacement therapy.
The diagnosis for Hashimoto’s disease is often missed in medicine or it’s treated incorrectly. The reason for this is because the patient may have a normal thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test, they can be in the normal range for free T3 and free T4, and normal range for T3 and T4. At that point their doctor may tend to rule out thyroiditis because of the blood tests. However, it’s important to also check the TPO antibodies (thyroid peroxidase antibodies) because they are an excellent indicator of Hashimoto’s. Sometimes the TPO antibodies are extremely high even though the other tests seem to be in the normal ranges.
Learn more about thyroid problems and treatment from these articles and videos by Dr. Marcantel:
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Part 1–Identification and Treatment Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can lead to an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism). In this video series Dr. Marcantel discusses the identification and treatment of the disease.
Depression or Low Thyroid? Are you on antidepressants when the real problem is your thyroid gland?
Hashimoto’s Disease: Why It’s Often Missed by Your Doctor Are you on antidepressants when the real problem is your thyroid gland? Find out why doctors often misdiagnose this common type of hypothyroidism and how it can easily be treated.
Hypothyroidism: “Normal” Blood Tests Don’t Always Tell the Whole Story People who have “normal” TSH with symptomology may need to be treated with thyroid medication. The conventional treatment is to look at the TSH and treat according to that test. By recognizing the disease from the symptoms and confirming it with the proper laboratory tests, many people can get the help they really need.
Thyroid Treatment An overview of thyroid problems, testing, and treatment options.
Thyroid Medications: What’s the Difference? Thyroid medications can range from synthetic to natural to bioidentical versions. So what are the differences?
The Epstein-Barr Virus-Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Connection Research suggests that some chronic diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis may be caused by the presence of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), also known as a cause of mononucleosis (or “the kissing disease”).
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