January is Thyroid Disease Awareness Month!

It’s the end of the month, but I had to write up a little something about thyroid disease. January is Thyroid Disease Awareness Month. I’ve had the lab results indicative of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (autoimmune thyroid disease) since at least November of 2015, but I had symptoms as early as 2012 with the elevated antibodies.

However, my TSH (thyroid function tests) have always been normal, so no one diagnosed me until November 2017. Because my TSH is still normal, I can be proactive in preventing it from going hypothyroid (underactive) by taking supplements and avoiding soy and gluten. It can take as long as 10 years for a person to see a drop in their thyroid function, after the development of the antibodies. There are a number of other thyroid disorders, but these are the two I’m most knowledgeable about.

Symptoms can include:

-Anxiety

-Depression

-Poor Memory/Concentration

-Weight gain or loss

-Tremors

-Feeling cold

-Heat Intolerance

-Fatigue

-Feeling bloated

-High cholesterol levels

-Tachycardia/Palpitations

-Aches and Pains

There are dozens of other symptoms, but these are just a few of the most common.

Feel free to ask questions in the comments below!

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