What the heck is Hashimoto’s?
Hashimoto’s disease, also called chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis or autoimmune thyroiditis, is an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the body’s own cells and organs. Normally, the immune system protects the body from infection by identifying and destroying bacteria, viruses, and other potentially harmful foreign substances.
In Hashimoto’s disease, the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, causing inflammation and interfering with its ability to produce thyroid hormones. Large numbers of white blood cells called lymphocytes accumulate in the thyroid. Lymphocytes make the antibodies that start the autoimmune process.
Hashimoto’s disease often leads to reduced thyroid function, or hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is a disorder that occurs when the thyroid doesn’t make enough thyroid hormone for the body’s needs. Thyroid hormones regulate metabolism—the way the body uses energy—and affect nearly every organ in the body. Without enough thyroid hormone, many of the body’s functions slow down. Hashimoto’s disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States.1
Yes, of course I have this. I have been put on Synthroid ( a synthetic thyroid hormone).There are side effects, and yes I have had some.
The worse part is I ordered my own blood test to try and figure out what was wrong with me. I just felt is was more than Fibromyalgia. I was right! The endocrinologist I saw looked over all my blood test since 2011 (when everything started) and said there were signs from then, that I had a thyroid problem. This thyroid problem has put me into early menopause, high cholesterol, with a higher rate for heart attack, and a fatty liver. As you can see the Thyroid is a very important part of your overall health.
So, I’m trying to exercise more. Went on a gluten free diet (I hate the word diet) and cut out my alcohol (which I also hate). But they all have to be done.