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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Dealing With The Issues Associated With Hashimoto's Disease

I have been diagnosed with severe Vitamin D deficiency

I also suffer from brain fog

I've had stomach issues for years.  I've seen at least five Gastroenterologists and had many tests done, including swallowing a pill that's a camera and many colonoscopies/endoscopies, bloodwork and more.  I do not have Celiac Disease.  I'm scheduled to see a new specialist (Gastro) associated with Stony Brook University Medical Center.  Getting an appointment was difficult.

I have joined many online groups and spoken with people in person.  I learned about a condition called Leaky Gut.  A lot of doctors say it's a farce, but this new allergist/immunologist is the first one to say he believes it's real.

I've been told my stomach issues are in my head more times than I can count.  I assure you, they are not in my head... they are in my stomach!  Ha Ha.  Hey, you gotta keep a sense of humor!

I also see an Endocrinologist and many other doctors.  If it's a GIST, I see them!  Allergist, immunologist, gastroenterologist, hematologist, ophthalmologist, nephrologist, gynecologist, and I'm sure other GISTs I'm forgetting at the moment.
Mainstream medicine is taught to look at numbers (test results), images (test results) and to medicate. If the numbers and images don't "show" them what they think the problem is, they simply give you pills to ease the symptoms.  No one is fixing the problem.  With each pill, they want to give you another and another to combat side effects.

All of this leads to anxiety.  Hashimotos itself causes anxiety, but dealing with the physical and mental issues and the inability to get help from medical professionals, creates even more anxiety. Dealing with daily life can cause much stress.  Even a snowstorm can be anxiety filled.

If you are suffering, realize you are not alone.  Join groups online, join support groups in person if possible, and don't give up trying to find medical professionals to help you. It can be a daunting task, I know.  It can feel isolating to not be understood, but you are not the only person out there suffering.

Don't listen to the ignorant words of others,  Too many people have told me, "I know someone with Hashimotos and they don't suffer..."  Well, I do and many others do.

I find that I have many of the symptoms described below.  There are 300 symptoms or more associated with this illness.

Hashimoto's Disease Symptoms

  • Adrenal issues ------------------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Anxiety          ------------------------------------------------------------- yes                                        
  • Bipolar disorder             
  • Bloating         ------------------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Body aches
  • Brain fog and memory issues  ------------------------------------------- yes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic candida
  • Cold all the time and/or cold extremities ------------------------------- yes
  • Constipation or sluggish bowels ----------------------------------------- yes
  • Cognitive and other neurological disorders
  • Depression
  • Difficulty losing weight -------------------------------------------------- yes  
  • Diffuse hair loss and thinning outer third of eyebrows  --------------- yes
  • Dry skin and hair --------------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Eczema
  • Elevated cholesterol, LDL and other lipids
  • Fatigue --------------------------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frequent infections, colds or flus  --------------------------------------- yes
  • Gall bladder issues and gall stones  -------------------------------------- yes
  • Gluten sensitivity ---------------------------------------------------------- yes
  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) -------------------------------- yes
  • Heavy feeling throughout body
  • High homocysteine
  • Hormonal dysregulation (adrenal fatigue, PMS, PCOS)
  • Insufficient pancreatic enzymes
  • Irritability ----------------------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Insulin resistance
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Kidney stones, infection or disease  ------------------------------------- yes
  • Low ferritin, low iron (anemia)
  • Low vitamin D levels ---------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Low progesterone
  • Muscle aches 
  • Neurotransmitter deficiencies: (acetyl-choline, catecholamines, dopamine, GABA, and serotonin)
  • Nutrient deficiency, despite good diet  ---------------------------------- yes
  • Neck discomfort or pain  ------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Osteopenia or Osteoporosis
  • Pale skin
  • Palpitations
  • Poor concentration, memory and/or motivation ------------------------ yes
  • Quality of life compromised due to symptoms ------------------------- yes
  • Ridges and lines on nails
  • Run down ------------------------------------------------------------------ yes
  • Shortness of breath  ------------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Sluggishness --------------------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Skin problems (dryness, eczema) ---------------------------------------- yes
  • Throat discomfort, swelling or frequent sore throats ------------------- yes
  • Unease
  • Vitiligo
  • Water retention ------------------------------------------------------------ yes
  • Weakness ------------------------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Wake feeling tired --------------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Xeric (dry, deficient in moisture, especially eyes and mucous membranes)
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies: (Vitamin D, B6, B12, B5, selenium, magnesium, iron, zinc)------ yes
  • Zero or very low energy and more (click link below for more)! ---- yes
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  1. Hasimotos is no joke. I got it after I had my 1st child. I actually think I had it for years before that but was never diagnosed. People don't understand what a toll it takes on you until they get it

    1. Yes, I too believe I had it for many years prior to diagnosis. And I agree, it definitely takes a toll.