Do you swing back and forth from hypothyroidism to hyperthyroidism?
People who are newly diagnosed with Hashimoto’s are often confused about the symptoms they are experiencing….
I know I was shocked to have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and not hyperthyroidism. I was thin, anxious, irritable and had heart palpitations in addition to feeling cold, forgetful and tired.
What I didn’t know at the time, is that 90-95% of cases of hypothyroidism are caused by Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune attack on the thyroid, and Hashimoto’s has a unique set of symptoms compared to non-autoimmune hypothyroidism.
People with Hashimoto’s may experience BOTH hypothyroid and hyperthyroid symptoms because as the thyroid cells are destroyed, stored hormones are released into the circulation causing a toxic level of thyroid hormone in the body, also known as thyrotoxicosis or Hashitoxicosis. Eventually, the stored thyroid may become depleted and due to thyroid cell damage, the person is no longer able to produce enough hormones. At this time, hypothyroidism develops.
Some of the more common symptoms of hypothyroidism, or deficiency of thyroid hormone, include slower metabolism leading to gaining weight, forgetfulness, feeling cold or cold intolerance, depression, fatigue, dry skin, constipation, loss of ambition, hair loss, muscle cramps, stiffness, joint pain, a loss of the outer third eyebrow, menstrual irregularities, infertility, weakness.
Hyperthyroidism or an overabundance of thyroid hormone has a stimulatory effect. Classical symptoms include weight loss, palpitations, anxiety, eye bulging, tremors, irritability, menstrual disturbances, fatigue, heat intolerance, and increased appetite. Patients may often have hair loss.
Additional Hashimoto’s Symptoms
In addition to experiencing symptoms of hypo- and hyperthyroidism, most people with Hashimoto’s also experience a variety of other symptoms, especially gastrointestinal distress, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Acid Reflux (GERD), diarrhea, constipation, bloating etc.
These symptoms were my first clue at making a connection between my autoimmune condition and the status of my intestinal health. I soon came to learn that the intestines control the immune system! Thus, one key to restoring thyroid health lies in restoring the health of your intestines…
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