Both thyroid and non-thyroid illness patterns can promote defects in thyroid physiology. There are 24 different thyroid patterns. A few are listed here.
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones. Symptoms include: fatigue, depression, weight gain, lack of motivation, poor recovery from injuries and workouts, constipation, puffy face, obesity, etc. The most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States is Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Disorder.
Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease and occurs ten to twenty times more often in women than men. The most common mechanism is a slow immune attack on the thyroid that gradually presents as clinical hypothyroidism. Symptoms include a mixture of hyper- and hypothyroid symptoms such as due to low-grade, relapsing, and remitting attacks on the thyroid gland.
Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is overactive and secretes excessive amounts of thyroid hormones. Symptoms include: nervousness, irritability, increased perspiration, heart racing, hand tremors, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, thinning of the skin, fine brittle hair, muscular weakness, weight loss, lightened menstrual flow, etc. 90% of hyperthyroidism in the United States is Grave’s Disease, an autoimmune disorder.
Postpartum Thyroiditis occurs in approximately 5-7% of women who give birth, within two to four months after delivery. It is a result of an autoimmune process. It presents as a painless, small, non-tender, firm goiter. Symptoms may include: increased anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, weight loss, and difficulty concentrating.
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Here’s a video briefly explaining Hashimoto and Hypothyroidism. This video is based on a book “Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal,” written by Dr. Datis Kharrazian.