Swollen glands: Though this is far more common and pronounced with Hashimoto’s disease (and can be called a goiter), some patients without a hint of the autoimmune version can see their gland swell slightly as a result of the hypothyroid state. Even pregnancy can cause this swelling due to an increase in the human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone.
Sluggishness: Since the attack on the thyroid can result in lessened thyroid function, Hashi’s can produce the same sluggish, low metabolism symptoms as can simple hypothyroidism.
Treatment: Both conditions usually result in hypothyroid medications. Contrary to what we hear from many medical professionals, Hashi’s patients have soared on Natural Desiccated Thyroid as much as non-Hashi’s patients have. Hashi’s patients seem to need to raise a little faster (to counter the increase in antibodies, then to improve immune function), plus they may need other supports to counter antibodies like Selenium.
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Hashimoto’s patients will eventually see a rise in either or both of their thyroid antibodies, called Anti-TPO or Anti-thyroglobulin. (We have noted that a large body of patients have “some” antibodies below the range without having Hashimoto’s, by the way, nor do they see it happen later.) The majority of Hashimoto’s patients need to avoid gluten: those with regular hypothyoidism often don’t need to avoid gluten (but may manage their intake due to the high levels of modern gluten levels in foods) Though both sides can have inflammation, Hashi’s patients tend to have more frequent and higher markers of inflammation due to the attack on the thyroid itself. Regular hypothyroid patients ‘may’ see inflammation markers due to atherosclerosis from the lowered metabolism or higher concentrations of triglycerides. Hashimoto’s patients can find themselves with the onset of other autoimmune diseases, especially as they age.