Hashimotos

What is it?

Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid, a small gland at the base of your neck. The thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system, which produces hormones that coordinate many of your body's functions. Inflammation from Hashimoto's disease, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, often leads to an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). Hashimoto's disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It primarily affects middle-aged women but also can occur in men and women of any age and in children.

 

Causes

  • Inflammation

  • Poor diet (especially one lacking in iodine and selenium)

  • Virus​ or Bacteria

  • Hormone imbalance

  • Genetics

  • High stress

  • Lack of exercise

  • Medications

  • Pregnancy

Symptoms

  • Fatigue and sluggishness

  • Increased sensitivity to cold

  • Constipation

  • Pale, dry skin

  • A puffy face

  • Brittle nails

  • Hair loss

  • Enlargement of the tongue

  • Unexplained weight gain

  • Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness

  • Joint pain and stiffness

  • Muscle weakness

  • Excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia)

  • Depression

  • Memory lapses

  • Thyroid nodules

Tests

  • To find out if you have hypothyroidism, your doctor will run blood tests to check for levels of the hormones known as T4 (thyroxine) and TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone). Hypothyroidism is diagnosed in your thyroid test when TSH is high. Sometimes, TSH can be high, but the thyroid is still producing enough hormones. This condition is referred to as subclinical (or mild) hypothyroidism.

Allopathic Treatment Options

  • Standard treatment for hypothyroidism involves daily use of the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine. Common side effects may include: muscle weakness; headache, leg cramps; nervousness, trouble sleeping; diarrhea; skin rash, partial hair loss.

Naturopathic Treatment Options

  1. Discover the root cause to why your body is creating symptoms

  2. Begin with natural, non invasive solutions to support and stimulate the body to heal itself

  3. Support liver health to detox environmental toxins

  4. Address micronutrient deficiencies to build up the physiology/biochemical function of the body

  5. Find out what foods you are intolerant to through food intolerance testing. Dr. Felty's patients experience relief after removing foods that bother them

  6. Optimize gut function

  7. Anti-inflammatory support with herbs and high fiber diet

  8. Optimize thyroid function with herbs and vitamins

  9. Herbs that can stimulate T3 and T4 synthesis. Plant medicine works wonders in helping the body heal itself. Dr. Felty can help you choose the best plants to support your healing

  10. Optimize conversion of T4 to T3 through nutrients

  11. Support emotional health

  12. Reduce stress and anxiety naturally

  13. Lifestyle adjustments unique to your lifestyle and schedule. Dr. Felty looks at more than your symptoms. She provides care for your whole health. Many different factors impact your symptoms. Dr. Felty will take time to educate you and work with you to feel better

  14. Counseling

  15. Acupuncture

  16. Hydrotherapy

  17. Homeopathy

With the help of a health care professional like Dr. Felty, you can receive personalized recommendations on how to improve your health. Call today to schedule an appointment to discuss possible solutions.