The first steps in getting started are finding out more about what Hashimoto's thyroiditis is - the common symptoms, diagnosis, and root causes.

The hormone released by the thyroid gland is used by every cell in the body.  So when something goes wrong the resulting symptoms can be both non-specific and wide-ranging - making diagnosis difficult.  While chronic fatigue and weight gain seems to be the most common symptoms, there can be many other.

Common Symptoms

  • chronic fatigue
  • depression
  • weight gain
  • memory loss
  • constipation
  • stiffness
  • loss of the outer third eyebrow
  • weakness
  • hair loss
  • tight or scratchy throat
  • muscle cramps
  • dry skin
  • decreased libido
  • joint pain
  • menstrual irregularities
  • infertility

Getting a definitive diagnosis can be difficult but the typical first step is a full blood screening.  In general, this includes the following:

  • ​TSH
  • Thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPOAb)
  • Thyroglobulin (TGAb)
  • T4 (Thyroxine)
  • T3 (Triiodothyronine)
  • Free T4 and Free T3
  • Reverse T3 (rT3)

Many medical practitioners will not generally include the test for antibodies (TPOAb and TGAb), mostly because it will not change the course of conventional treatment. However, a positive test for antibodies does indicate that the body is undergoing an autoimmune response - which is the root cause of Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

Other diagnostic tests include performing an ultrasound scan on the thyroid to check for abnormalities in the tissue.  Additionally, biopsies of the thyroid gland can be done. 

Cause of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition – the body's immune system is attacking thyroid tissue. Three conditions must be met before an autoimmune condition develops:

  • There must be a genetic predisposition. Having the genes for a particular disease doesn't mean that you're going to develop it but it does result in a higher risk if other conditions are met. Consider it as a weak link to good health.
  • There must be an environmental trigger to turn on the gene. This could be stress, food sensitivity, environmental toxin, heavy metal contamination, nutrient deficiency, parasites or gut infection.
  • There must be increased permeability of the gut lining.

Go HERE for more detailed information on the causes of Hashimoto's and autoimmunity.

I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected. Diet and nutrition, physical activity, relationships, career, and spirituality are all aspects of our lives that contribute to our decisions, habits and behaviors.  For example, stress at either your job or in your relationship may be an external trigger to an autoimmune response.  And lack of sleep can contribute to the (mal)functioning of many other body systems.  My role as a health coach is to work with you to discover how all parts of your life may be affecting your health as a whole.  In particular, we will work together to discover the root cause of your Hashimoto's thyroiditis and try to reverse it.

I work with clients in an interactive and creative way to inspire them to maximize their potential. Coaching is about looking at where a client is, where they’d like to be, what’s in the way, and how to remove those obstacles. Everyone is unique in their individual circumstances such as lifestyle (including family, friends, work, stress levels), or physiology (food sensitivities, metabolism, gut health, etc). One size does not fit all, so progress towards goals depends on finding the right strategies for each person.

Will Health Coaching Work for You?

If you want to know more about how we could work together to get to the root cause of your Hashimoto's, you can book a free 15-min consultation with me.

 

 

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