Sometimes the biggest challenge those of us coping with Hashimoto’s will face is getting an actual diagnosis. It’s such a misunderstood condition to begin with that even many doctors and nurses don’t know all the facts! Below we’ve put together a list of twelve facts about Hashimoto’s thyroiditis that were news to us back when we were first searching for answers – and we hope they help you better understand this under-diagnosed medical condition!

  • Research suggests that more than 95% of hypothyroid cases in the U.S. are actually autoimmune thyroiditis (a category that includes Hashimoto’s).
  • Undetected infections with bacteria like E.coli, mycoplasma or Borrelia (causing Lyme), viruses like Epstein Barr, Herpes Simplex 1 and 2, and other toxins may contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases.
  • It’s possible to have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis for years without experiencing a single symptom. When symptoms first emerge, they can present as hyperthyroid or hypothyroid, and symptoms can even fluctuate between the two.
  • Synthetic T4-only thyroid meds are NOT the only treatment option for hypothyroidism and autoimmune Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
  • Dietary and lifestyle changes can cause complete Hashimoto’s remission in some people amazing gains in others, but aren’t always a cure-all. Unless the root cause or causes of Hashimoto’s are also identified, general diet and lifestyle changes will only take you so far.
  • It’s possible to eat a gluten free, dairy free, and Hashi healthy (even Paleo) diet without spending all your money or time on food. Check out this post from Dr. Natasha Fallahi for inspiration!
  • Environmental toxins in cleaning products and pesticides or even common plastics can be the trigger that sets off an autoimmune condition.
  • Because Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease, having your thyroid completely removed doesn’t guarantee future wellness. The symptom most commonly alleviated by a thyroidectomy is fatigue.
  • The symptoms associated with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis are easily misdiagnosed because they are common to many other conditions, including psychological issues. That’s why so many of us hear “It’s all in your head” before receiving a definitive diagnosis.
  • Every cell in your body has receptors for thyroid hormone, which is why Hashimoto’s can impact all major systems of your body.
  • Some of the lesser known Hashimoto’s symptoms include skin and hair changes, fertility changes, decreased or non-existent libido, depression, and memory issues.
  • Finding a community of support can be life changing! The lifestyle changes associated with healing Hashimoto’s can be daunting but seeing others’ challenges and successes can give you the strength you need to start on the road to wellness.