I felt so lost before I was diagnosed with my thyroid condition. I didn’t know what was going on but I knew something was not right. I scheduled an appointment with an Endocrinologist but was dismissed and told I was fine.
They suggested maybe seeing another doctor for anxiety. This led me to a Cardiologist, Therapist, Gastrologist and many more doctors. A year later, an Endocrinologist finally diagnosed me with Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Disease. They prescribed me a pill and sent me on my way without any other information.
Failing to mention what this pill was for and what it does. They also didn’t explain how I managed to get this disease or what to do to feel better. Their only advice was to take this pill every day! I wasn’t told when to take this pill, whether I needed to take it with food or on an empty stomach.
I was left in the dark without answers and at this time I didn’t question what they were telling me. I followed what they told me until I started to notice I still didn’t feel any better. This is when I started doing my own research and taking my health into my own hands.
Who has been in this same situation and made the same exact mistakes as I did? If you did, it’s ok, it’s normal to trust your doctor. We as humans think of a doctor as someone who we can rely on to keep us in good health.
Over time I realized I am the only one that knows what my body is experiencing and I need to help myself. There are some things that I wish my doctor would have told me and you may be feeling the same way.
1. You Are Not Crazy
The anxiety, depression, mood swings, and numbness to emotions you feel, can be related to your thyroid. You know yourself best and if you feel the way you’re acting isn’t YOU, then it isn’t YOU! I was out of control with my moodiness and anxiety, I knew it wasn’t me but didn’t know how to control it.
After a consistent year of seeing a therapist once a week, the therapist told me there was nothing more he could do for me. He suggested for me to look into my physical health. My physical health is where I started so I was back at square one.
Your thyroid antibodies display how your immune system is destroying your thyroid tissue. This causes a release of hormones into your bloodstream, which can affect your mood. So believe me when I say you are NOT crazy even though you may think you are.
2. All About Selenium Deficiency
Low levels of Selenium was shown to be a trigger for autoimmune disease, so you may want to supplement with selenium. A dose of 200 mcg has been shown to reduce antibodies by about 50%. This can help you feel calmer, improve your energy, and help increase hair growth.
3. All About Gluten
Changing to a gluten-free diet has helped me so much in my healing journey. I still to this day don’t understand why doctors don’t include nutrition when it comes to healing your thyroid because it’s such an important aspect.
In some studies, participants removed gluten from their diet and went into complete remission (this was not the case for me). Removing gluten can help with bloating, diarrhea, energy, weight issues, constipation, stomach pain, acid reflux, hair regrowth, anxiety, and more. Gluten-free not only helped me with my thyroid but also with my gut issues because I had IBS and Diverticulosis.
Check out my article ” Signs You May Have A Food Intolerance”.
4. All The Symptoms
The symptoms that come with a thyroid condition are a never-ending list. All the symptoms would have me panicking all day, as it seemed like my body just couldn’t function. I was never warned that these were normal symptoms of a thyroid issue.
The worst part about being diagnosed is I had symptoms but it wouldn’t reveal it on the blood test. This is called “subclinical hypothyroidism”, which is when you have hypothyroidism but will not show up on your lab results. It wasn’t until a year later after suffering from many symptoms, it finally showed on my labs.
5. You Don’t Need To Be On Medication Forever
Unless you have removed your thyroid, you are not in thyroid medication jail. Your thyroid may function and work on its own in the future. Knowing that I didn’t have to be on medication my whole life would have been a breath of fresh air.
I have been completely off of medication for two years. Do not let your doctor tell you this is something you will be taking for life.
6. Which Thyroid Medication Is Best
Some people may not convert thyroid hormones correctly, so taking T-4 medication only (Synthroid) may not eliminate your symptoms. You may benefit from taking a combination medication of T4/T3.
Read about different types of thyroid medications in my article “Are Synthetic Drugs Helping Your Thyroid Condition?”.
7. The Hashimoto’s And Iodine Connection
There is a big iodine deficiency for those that have hypothyroidism. An excess of iodine may aggravate those with Hashimoto’s, so be careful. Sometimes this can lead to anxiety, irritability, brain fog, palpitations, fatigue, and damage to your thyroid. If you have Hashimoto’s low doses of iodine is a better option (150mcg-220mcg).
8. Thyroid Antibodies Are Important
Thyroid antibodies (TPO antibodies and TG-Thyroglobulin) are the clue to know the intensity of the attack on your thyroid. This can be used to track your progress with your thyroid condition. You should always retest your antibodies every three months to see if lifestyle changes are helping.
9. Ferritin And Hair Loss
Your hair loss may be caused by low ferritin. This is a stored form of iron that is often low in those with a thyroid condition.
10. All About The Diet
Your diet is something to focus on when trying to heal your thyroid and reduce your antibodies. It is not the only focus but should be a major focus in your healing journey.
11. We Should Not Be Treated The Same
The reason my body was attacking my thyroid is not always the same reason why another person’s thyroid is being attacked. To properly heal, you need to focus on your own body and what you have to do to find the underlying cause. We are all told to follow the same process of healing, whether it’s taking the same pill, following the same diet, seeing a therapist, and more.
Have you ever followed a diet that everyone else was following and felt worse? If you did, that is normal because our bodies are different! We should be looked at an individual level to see what healing process our specific body needs.