Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Treating Lymphocytic Thyroiditis and Hypothyroidism

About 14 million people in the United States are affected by Hashimoto’s disease. If you or a loved one are one of them, contact a Hashimoto specialist for help creating a personalized Hashimoto treatment plan.

What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder that leads to chronic inflammation of the thyroid gland. Also called chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, it is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the U.S. Antibodies are directed at the thyroid causing white blood cells to attack it. Over time, this can scar the thyroid and cause a gradual decline in function, so the gland becomes underactive. The process can eventually lead to thyroid failure.

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What Causes Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

Changes in the immune system, which protects the body against viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens, direct an attack on the thyroid. The exact reason why isn’t known. It is believed that genetic and environmental factors are involved in the development of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. A family history of the disease can increase your risk. Studies of twins found a strong link, especially in monozygotic twins, of clinical presentation and/or the presence of thyroid antibodies in both individuals.

In people with a genetic predisposition to autoimmune thyroid disease, high iodine intake, selenium deficiency, infectious diseases, and other environmental factors are thought to play a role in Hashimoto’s. Food allergies and heavy consumption of refined and processed foods may also contribute to thyroid disease. Other factors may include stress, high sugar intake, and exposure to heavy metals, chemicals, and mold.

Who is at Risk for Hashimoto’s Disease?

Middle-aged women are more likely to be affected, but Hashimoto’s can occur in people of any gender, at any age. People more at risk of developing this autoimmune disease include those who have:

  • A genetic relationship to someone who has Hashimoto’s disease
  • Other autoimmune diseases, such as celiac disease, type 1 diabetes, or vitiligo
  • Chromosomal disorders such as Turner, Down, and Klinefelter syndromes
  • Food allergies, particularly gluten intolerance
  • Chronic infections causing an immune system imbalance
  • Immune system changes due to pregnancy

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Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

In its early stages, there are often no symptoms associated with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. However, thyroid peroxidase, or TPO, antibodies may be detected in blood tests. This enzyme affects the production of thyroid hormones, slowly damaging cells. The swelling may become visible as a goiter. An enlarge thyroid may or may not be noticeable as nodular and other irregularities via a physical examination.

There are no symptoms specific to Hashimoto’s disease. As the thyroid gland declines in function, you may notice general symptoms such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Muscle aches
  • Dry skin
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory loss
  • Hair loss
  • Lethargy
  • Sweating
  • Tremors

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Diagnosis

The symptoms are non-specific, so diagnosing the initial stages of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can be challenging. Therefore, misdiagnoses are common. The condition may be misdiagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, and other problems with similar symptoms.

Usually, the autoimmune disorder is discovered via elevated levels of anti-thyroid peroxidase antibodies in the blood. However, not every case involves circulating antibodies, making the disease harder to detect. This is called seronegative thyroiditis.

A hard goiter, which may or may not be painful to the touch, signifies an enlarged thyroid gland. A goiter appears as a bulge on the neck. It is usually not dangerous, but can cause trouble swallowing, speaking, or breathing. A physical exam can help diagnose thyroiditis, but the symptoms need to be correlated with blood thyroid hormone levels and the presence of antibodies to thyroid proteins.

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How We Treat Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

In traditional medicine, thyroid diseases are treated with a one-size-fits-all approach. But every person is unique and so is their condition. Not addressing the root causes of the problem doesn’t help you feel better and can worsen the condition over time.

There are many causes of thyroid disfunction. Patients are misdiagnosed all too often. We aim to:

Educate The Patient

Our educational tools empower you via in-depth seminars, led by medical experts who care about your individual needs. You can therefore learn about your symptoms and the options available for testing and effective treatment.

Provide Personalized Consultations and Evaluations

Individualized Hashimoto treatment can relieve your symptoms, improve your overall health, and help live a healthier lifestyle. Check our website regularly for free seminars in your area; there’s no cost to register and free lunch or dinner are included.

Perform Deep Testing

We test for more than antibodies that may or may not be present. Our experienced medical team looks for metabolic, hormonal, and nutritional evidence of thyroid disease. Using a more holistic approach than traditional medicine, we can spot early signs of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and begin treating it. If your thyroid disease has gone undiagnosed, we can help reduce your symptoms and improve your health through personalized medical care and professional counseling.

Hashimoto’s treatment depends on your health and the cause of your disease. Treatment options include: 

  • Thyroid hormone replacement with medication such as levothyroxine or triiodothyronine. Daily administration normalizes hormone levels and is often required for the rest of the patient’s life. 
  • Some immune system modulation treatments can heal the disease and stabilize thyroid hormones. Directing treatment at the immune system helps in people with chronic viral infections.
  • Nutritional planning is used in patients, and includes supplements for those with viral infections, and dietary adaptations for those with food allergies and sensitivities as well as gastrointestinal issues. 

Our team will provide coordinated counseling to find the best treatment plan and nutritional/lifestyle recommendations for you.

Consult with Hashimoto Specialists at Next Advanced Medicine

At Next Advanced Medicine, we offer access to information and state-of-the-art personalized medical care. We can help find the root cause of your symptoms. Hashimoto’s disease is present in 90% of patients with hypothyroidism and can be addressed via a customized treatment plan. To learn more about the latest research and use of functional medicine for Hashimoto’s treatment, attend the next available seminar in your area. Get on the road to empowerment and improved health by registering now or speaking with us directly at 888-966-9021.

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"My association with Next Advanced has been an invaluable experience. I have learned so much and continue to learn about this disease and caring for a loved one."

James Davis, Age 32

"My association with Next Advanced has been an invaluable experience. I have learned so much and continue to learn about this disease and caring for a loved one."

James Davis, Age 32

"My association with Next Advanced has been an invaluable experience. I have learned so much and continue to learn about this disease and caring for a loved one."

James Davis, Age 32

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