Gut health

Hi All

I'm still struggling with my thyroid treatment and still believe it's wrong but I'm having my bloods done this week from Blue Horizon and once I've sent them in I'm going to start on trying to get my gut healthy as I'm pretty sure this is the way forward for me? I'm going on my hols soon and was determined to tone my legs (in readiness for the shorts) so I always walk up the stairs at work twice a day (4th floor) and do leg exercises whenever I can. However, my legs are now solid but are still covered in cellulite and seem to be getting worse and I blame my thyroid treatment for this as well! :-) I've now signed up to emails from a lady called Dr Izabella Wentz in the USA who seems to know a thing or two about Thyroid disease ( I might even have got the link from someone on this site - but brain fog will have wiped the memory sorry!) and I must say I'm quite taken with her emails. She mentions getting your gut in good shape to combat the effects of an underactive or overactive thyroid and I'm going to give it a go as I've nothing to lose! I've copied and pasted her latest email below in case anyone wants to have a read?

People who are newly diagnosed with Hashimoto's and Hypothyroidism are often confused about the symptoms they are experiencing....

I know I was shocked to have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and not hyperthyroidism. I was thin, anxious, irritable and had heart palpitations in addition to feeling cold, forgetful and tired.

What I didn't know at the time, is that 90-95% of cases of hypothyroidism are caused by Hashimoto's, an autoimmune attack on the thyroid, and Hashimoto’s has a unique set of symptoms compared to non autoimmune hypothyroidism.

People with Hashimoto’s may experience BOTH hypothyroid and hyperthyroid symptoms because as the thyroid cells are destroyed, stored hormones are released into the circulation causing a toxic level of thyroid hormone in the body, also known as thyrotoxicosis or Hashitoxicosis.

Eventually, the stored thyroid may become depleted and due to thyroid cell damage, the person is no longer able to produce enough hormones. At this time, hypothyroidism develops.

Hypothyroidism

Some of the more common symptoms of hypothyroidism, or deficiency of thyroid hormone, include slower metabolism leading to gaining weight, forgetfulness, feeling cold or cold intolerance, depression, fatigue, dry skin, constipation, loss of ambition, hair loss, muscle cramps, stiffness, joint pain, a loss of the outer third eyebrow, menstrual irregularities, infertility, weakness.

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism, or an overabundance of thyroid hormone has a stimulatory effect. Classical symptoms include weight loss, palpitations, anxiety, eye bulging, tremors, irritability, menstrual disturbances, fatigue, heat intolerance, and increased appetite. Patients may often have hair loss.

Additional Hashimoto’s Symptoms

In addition to experiencing symptoms of hypo- and hyperthyroidism, most people with Hashimoto's also experience a variety of other symptoms, especially gastrointestinal distress, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Acid Reflux (GERD), diarrhea, constipation, bloating etc.

These symptoms were my first clue at making a connection between my autoimmune condition and the status of my intestinal health. I soon came to learn that the intestines control the immune system! Thus, one key to restoring thyroid health lies in restoring the health of your intestines...

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  • Hi Revsie

    I have pasted you a link below to the *NHS Choices cache on ''Thyroiditis'' it says:

    *There are several different types of thyroiditis. The common types are:

    Hashimoto's thyroiditis (the most common)

    de Quervain's or subacute thyroiditis

    post-partum thyroiditis (triggered after giving birth)

    silent or painless thyroiditis

    drug-induced thyroiditis

    radiation-induced thyroiditis

    acute or infectious thyroiditis

    The page gives a description of the different types of Thyroiditis and is an interesting read.

    NHS Choices - Thyroiditis:

    nhs.uk/conditions/thyroidit...

    I was wondering if you may get more replies if you posted this on the thyroid forum? I want to genuinely wish you all the best of luck, and please take care of yourself.

    All my hopes and dreams for you

    Ken

  • Sorry, I've done it again and posted on the wrong site! oops! apologies :-)

  • No problem my friend, it was an interesting read thank you :)

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