It wasn’t until age 50 that I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s.
I was seeing a new doctor because we had just moved to a new town. For my initial visit as routine I was given an in-depth blood test and I felt lucky to get the diagnosis. At the time I had a huge list of symptoms: fatigue, horrible gut issues that prevented me from leaving the house some days, ear pressure, tingling in my hands and arms, brain fog that prevented me from driving for a while, hair loss to the point a hairdresser asked if I had recently had chemotherapy, muscle and joint pain, a hard time with coordination, crying jags, depression, anxiety, catching every virus out there and the list goes on. There are 300 symptoms associated with Hashimoto’s (Hypothyroid Mom) and I seemed to have at least half of them.
So many times I was told I was a hypochondriac and that’s probably what my delayed diagnosis.
For years I didn’t go to the doctor because no one took me seriously. It wasn’t until my symptoms became unbearable that I sought help again.
Looking back at school yearbooks I can start to see a Hashimoto’s face in pictures from when I was about twelve or thirteen. I had debilitating migraine headaches every day for about a year and a half in high school. The doctors couldn’t figure it out. So I think I’ve had Hashimoto’s or at the least had hypothyroidism for a very long time.
My learning curve has been huge.
I’ve gotten my healing in full swing with sleep, relaxation techniques, diet and supplements through online research and support. Traditional medicine has not caught up yet with treatment that puts Hashimoto’s into remission. That was a huge revelation for me. There just comes a time when you have to move on even if initially it’s out of your comfort zone.
Some people who are great resources for Hashimoto’s :
The Paleo Mom
Marc Ryan L.Ac
Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt, Autoimmune Paleo
Sophie Van Tiggelsen
These are just a few and if you get on Instagram you’ll find a huge amount of support from all over the world.
Finding a doctor that is knowledgeable in Hashimoto’s as well as willing to listen and work with me has been my biggest hurdle. I am now reading Hashimoto’s Protocol by Izabella Wentz and am implementing her strategies into my daily life. I feel in an ideal world you have a great doctor to work with but I am mystified as to how to find that doctor. I do a lot of research for my blog and have found Izabella Wentz’ advice to be spot on. Another hurdle has been to get past the stigma of being called a hypochondriac. That’s why I started a blog so that people with Hashimoto’s can find information when they feel they aren’t being heard. I wish I could broadcast “you can get your life back, really! ” to those people who have no idea why they feel so bad because their doctor has told them everything is fine. “Normal” tests = you should be feeling fine = not being heard.
Watching Izabella Wentz’ documentary “The Thyroid Secret” made me realize there are so many things you can do to heal and everyone is different. That’s what makes Hashimoto’s such a puzzle. The documentary was empowering and that’s when I started to do some heavy researching.
Changing my diet was a huge leap forward for me and that happened years before I knew I had Hashimoto’s. I was able to reduce my stomach issues to almost zero. They did start to come back though by the time I saw the doctor that diagnosed me with Hashimoto’s. Taking 200mg selenium + E was another huge game changer. My achy muscles, hot flashes, fatigue, insomnia and brain fog disappeared. I also lost significant weight with both of these. Acupuncture and Rolfing also have helped immensely. Taking time to relax and getting the sleep I need is a must for me as well.
My advice for kicking some Hashimoto’s butt:
There is so much help out there. Instagram and Facebook have great communities of people with Hashimoto’s. There are fantastic apps, podcasts and websites as well.
Find a functional medicine doctor that you can work with. I say this even though this has been my biggest challenge.
Get rid of gluten, dairy, soy and sugar from your diet. It doesn’t hurt to try a new diet for at least thirty days to see if it helps. Diet change helps most people.
Get a full eight hours of sleep each night eat a good breakfast with protein and do something truly relaxing each weekend away from technology so you can reset yourself.
Finally work on finding your root cause. There may be more than one. Put your Hashimoto’s into remission by working to get rid of it. Again Izabella Wentz is a great resource for finding your root cause. She has done so much research that she makes it easy.
Putting our Hashimoto’s into remission is a realistic goal we can reach with the right support. It’s hard and sometimes confusing but if you tackle one thing at a time, self advocate and find people who really understand, your journey will become a lot easier.
Stay informed and take care!