According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, more than 50% of people with thyroid problems are due to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. This is a condition where the immune system is attacking and destroying the thyroid gland. This may be the most overlooked disease in the health care system.
Although this disorder is the most common cause of thyroid problems in this country, many doctors don’t test for it since it will not change the treatment plan which is to prescribe thyroid hormone. The thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is monitored and medication is adjusted accordingly. The person may feel better for a period of time but then will usually “crash” with their symptoms returning. The medication that they are on is adjusted accordingly, keeping the TSH level with in normal ranges but usually, most thyroid symptom still persist. This means that the physician is happy that the lab ranges are good but the thyroid sufferer is not because they still feel the same.
A reason that the symptoms persist may be caused by an undiagnosed Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. This autoimmune condition is well understood but seldom checked for. Medical treatment Hashimoto’s is limited. Usual management is limited to medications for the various symptoms that the person is experiencing. Many people who suffer from this are taking multiple medications since they have multiple symptoms.
The reason that this condition is so poorly managed and people seldom feel better is because most of the time they are “barking up the wrong tree”. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a problem with the immune system, it’s not an actual thyroid condition. The immune system for one reason or another is attacking the thyroid. This in turn will cause the thyroid to malfunction. As long as there is an attack on the thyroid by the immune system, the thyroid symptoms will persist. To address Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, one needs to fully evaluate immune system function and find the triggering mechanism of why it is attacking the thyroid tissue.
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