Autoimmunity has many names and many faces. If you have a Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, you are one of millions of women (and a few men) with an autoimmune disorder. Autoimmunty can also manifest in inflammatory erosive arthritis, lupus, renal disease, encephalitis, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, Reiters syndrome, multiple sclerosis, iritis, scleroderma, dry eyes sicca syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, coeliac disease, type 1 diabetes and other disorders.
For reasons that remain unclear, the thyroid gland is the most susceptible part of the body to auto-immune attack. Certain viruses such as the Epstein-Barr Virus can trigger thyroiditis, but there are a number of other triggers that are worthwhile investigating in anyone with Hashimoto’s. They include, chronic food intolerance, poor gut health, intestinal dysbiosis (including SIBO), mycotoxin illness, environmental toxicant overload, stress and excessive exposure to solvents and other environmental toxicants.
Most people with underactive Hashimoto’s thyroiditis never go through an illness per se, and in fact, many people get few symptoms apart from an increase in their weight and hardly discernible tiredness. Others, however, feel severe and widespread effects from their auto-immune inflammatory state and remain miserable even after thyroid medication has corrected some of the blood test abnormalities. In these cases, a search for the underlying causes and triggers of the autoimmunity can be revealing. Eliminating and managing the underlying causes then invariably leads to more satisfactory recovery.
Regardless of how your autoimmunity manifests, at Hale Health Medicine, our comprehensive assessment aims to uncover the contributors, triggers and perpetuators underlying your specific auto-immune problem.