Hashimoto’s Disease. I have it.

January 10, 2014

in medical

hashiSo after a battery of tests including many sticks and pricks (needle pricks…not uh, prick pricks) I have officially been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease.

Don’t freak out, it sounds worse than it is.

“Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease, a disorder in which the immune system turns against the body’s own tissues. In people with Hashimoto’s, the immune system attacks the thyroid. This can lead to hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid does not make enough hormones for the body’s needs.”

And for as much as the diagnosis is kind of a bummer, it is also a huge relief. All those weird strange things I’ve been to the doctor for over the past decade all make sense now. Arthritis, weight gain, joint pain, hair loss, fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, vertigo… and very unpleasant stomach issues. I’ll save you all the boringness of it all but if you want you can read more about it after the jump. Hashimoto’s is hereditary and since my Mom had ALL of the symptoms I’m pretty sure she had it but went undiagnosed for most of her life. So, if you are counting, that makes my big Buterbaugh Butt, my hands, my addiction to chapstick my penchant for having all my stuff on a table by my spot on the couch and now Hashimoto’s that my Mom passed on to me.

Uh, thanks Mom…

While it’s something I’ll never get rid of, there is no known cure, there are plenty of things I can do to make myself feel better and to stop the progression of the disease.

1) Medication: I start this tomorrow. The good thing is medication is a quick fix to all the pesky symptoms I’ve been having, the bad news is the medication doesn’t stop the progression of the Hashimoto’s and it is really difficult to regulate. This should be a learning curve.

2) Gluten Free: This is going to be the hardest part. I love bread. And cupcakes. And donuts. And Beer. I love it all. For whatever reason Gluten wreaks havoc on autoimmune things and makes them worse. Hashimoto’s included. The goal is to “fix my gut” and get things back in running order. Between this and the medication it should allow my body to lose weight, which has been all but impossible. Fingers crossed.

3) Manage my adrenal fatigue: Now that I know what this is and that it’s something that happens, I’m pretty sure I can manage this. Not doing so causes flare-ups, especially in my joints. I’ve had this before but really didn’t know what it was. I will proceed with caution.

I’m hoping in the next few months I’ll learn a little more and I’m sure I’ll be posting how miserable I am being gluten free.

Thanks for listening.


Hashimoto’s: Your Body Is Not Supposed To Destroy Itself Right?

1 Staci January 10, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I was diagnosed with it back in 2000. It’s hard to believe that, that tiny little organ runs your entire body, and when it’s not regulated boy do you feel it all over. Hope they get your medication right, I have been dealing with mine for several years now trying to get the correct dose again.

2 Sandi January 10, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Staci- I know! Who knew it could be so destructive! Crazy stuff! Luckily I caught mine early on a fluke blood test. Starting meds tomorrow and gluten on Monday. From what I heard that will help a bunch. Any helpful hints would be greatly appreciated!

3 Lesa January 10, 2014 at 9:21 pm

I will bring your wonderful gluten free desserts to help you through the withdrawls!

4 Sandi January 10, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Lesa- You got it! Thanks for all your help! You are going to be my go to gluten expert!

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