I Have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (But Not Celiac Disease): My Healing Journey Begins

I Have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (But Not Celiac Disease): My Healing Journey Begins

When Stefania, my reader, asked me how I would deal with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis if I had it, I promised to write a blogpost. When I started researching, it hit me like a brick: I had every single symptom…

Everything in life happens for a reason and every single chance event, discovery or person teaches you something. It might all seem like a coincidence, but it’s not. It all leads you to the truth and slowly unravels all the myths and puzzles in your mind.

That’s pretty much a summary of my life in the last month or so.

I’m so sorry I’ve been absent for a while, but I had to put my health first and take some time off, so I could think, research, and create an action plan, which hopefully will help some of you going through something similar.

My mom always tells me off for not posting things consistently, but she doesn’t get the point. You see, my blog is not just about my favourite shoes, the new makeup I bought or my daily outfits. I want to help you with my posts. I want to help you improve your health or learn something about yourself through my experiments. I am willingly experimenting with my own body, so that I can heal myself, but also so that I can help you out somehow, too. Otherwise, what’s the point?

So if I disappear sometimes, please don’t think it’s because I don’t care. It couldn’t be further away from the truth. It’s because I only want to write or speak if I have something really important to say. If I feel that I don’t know enough yet, I’ll keep researching until I’m ready.

I’ll probably learn something else in the future and my views will change, but it’s all a part of learning, of my journey to health. Without mistakes, there can be no progress.

Plus, I don’t call anything mistakes. Every single step brings me one step closer to my goals.

So what did I want to say with this little rant? Well, I guess that I’ve missed you and I’ve missed writing, but I didn’t feel ready until now. I needed to wrap my head around this evil Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis that so suddenly stormed into my life (well, maybe not so suddenly because I suspect I had it from a very early age). I also wanted to have a clear action plan before I got back to you (I’ll be sharing it soon). So here I am! Ready to talk to you again.

I guess I also wanted to rant a little about how annoying moms can be. Is your mom like this, too? Always wanting to force things? Never agreeing to just let it flow and see where it takes you? I don’t even think the word “flow” exists in my mom’s vocabulary. She’s wonderful, I love her to bits, don’t get me wrong. She really knows how to kick my butt into action by making me angry (somehow anger always motivates me best), but she just doesn’t stop! Silence and flow are as foreign to her as force and noise are to me.

Phewww… rant over! Smile Now let’s get back to today’s topic, shall we?

I did a blood test for all the Thyroid numbers and for all the different Celiac and gluten anti-bodies.

Shortly before that, my sister was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, so I was pretty sure I had it, too. Seeing that my body was doing so much better without gluten in my diet and having troubles whenever I tried to reintroduce it, I had all the reasons to think I had it. I did a few different Celiac antibody tests and thank goodness all of them came back negative, so it’s very unlikely that I have Celiac Disease.

I did however test borderline for Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity: the limit was 1.00 and my score was 0.97, so it’s very, very close.

These are all the tests I took for Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance:

  • Anti-Transglutaminase IgG
  • Anti-Transglutaminase IgA
  • Deamidated Gliadin Peptide, also called Gliadin DGP, both IgG and IgA (this one is the newest and most accurate test for Celiac disease. I’d recommend doing just this one alone if you have a limited budget.)
  • Anti-Gliadin IgG (this one shows antibodies to gluten, not damage in intestines, so it’s what is generally used to diagnose Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance.)

By the way, my parents also got tested and they don’t have Celiac Disease either. Not even gluten sensitivity. However, my mom has found out that she also has Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, just like me, but her antibodies are much lower than mine. As both Hashimoto’s and Celiac Disease are auto-immune and go in families, it’s very probable that it’s genetic, or perhaps it’s what we ate as a family, or the lifestyle, or most probably iodine deficiency, which is very common in Eastern Europe.

Once I started researching Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis for a blog post, I realized I had all the symptoms. Not only now, but I realized I’d had it since very early childhood. When I was 4 or 5 years old, my mom was so frustrated because she could never convince me to wear any roll neck sweaters. I kept pulling at the neck until I stretched it and I kept complaining until she eventually took it off. I struggled wearing scarves, too. The thought of anything touching my neck area has always been extremely uncomfortable. I often felt uncomfortable pressure in my neck area, but never realized it was the thyroid.

These are the most common symptoms of Hashimoto’s (I’ve had most of them, if not all):

  • fatigue
  • cold intolerance
  • joint and muscle pain (especially in shoulders and legs)
  • muscle weakness
  • constipation
  • dry, thinning hair
  • heavy or irregular menstrual periods (also prolonged bleeding)
  • depression
  • pale, dry skin
  • a puffy face
  • hoarse voice

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an auto-immune disorder where the immune system becomes confused and starts attacking the thyroid. Eventually, it causes hypothyroid or hyperthyroid (often they alternate). Most people with Hashi’s are gluten and dairy sensitive, most of them have vitamin D deficiency. There is a link between Hashimoto’s and Celiac, too. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is also closely linked to infertility, higher miscarriage risk, more chances of premature birth, etc. Which isn’t fun for me because I would really like to start a family soon.

I went in for the test almost 100% sure that I was going to be positive for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and hypothyroidism, I just wanted to know how bad it was and I guess wanted to see it written black on white.

My anti-thyroglobulin (Anti-Tg) antibodies were at 28 (the limit is up to 4). That is a clear Hashimoto’s diagnosis.

I also tested slightly sub-clinically hypothyroid: my T3 was on the lower end, my TSH was at the top of the range, but my T4 was normal.

These are all the thyroid tests I did, if you’re wondering:

  • FT3
  • FT4
  • TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)
  • ATPO antibodies
  • Anti-Tg antibodies

Doctors say that Hashimoto’s is incurable. I don’t agree. They say the same about acne or cancer and many other things. I’ve read a lot of cases online where people managed to get rid of their Hashi’s, and I believe I can do it, too.

I’m relieved that I don’t have Celiac Disease. I mourn because I have Hashimoto’s. But I also rejoice because I finally know what I’m fighting with. I finally have a name for all of my symptoms from low energy and acne to tooth decay. Everything is due to the health (or lack of health) of my thyroid. Now that I know, a new life starts.

Wish me luck! And of course if you have any kind of experience with Hashimoto’s, Hypothyroid or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, please let me know! I’d love to know I’m not alone (of course, I know I’m not, but it would be nice to hear from somebody who understands me anyway). Do you have any tips for me? Or any words of encouragement? Smile

Stefania, if you’re reading, I’m sorry it’s taken me so long, but now that I have Hashimoto’s as well, you can be sure I’ll share my action plan very soon! Thanks so much for steering me in the right direction of thought without even knowing! Smile

Lots of love,

Vita xx

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Comments

  1. Vita! I have exactly this! I was diagnosed a year ago, and have been struggling with it. In watching all your videos I wondered if you might not have it too… but I never thought to ask! I am gluten and dairy intolerant, I take synthroid and D3 every day. My therapist (who is a registered herbalist ) suspects I have adrenal fatigue as well.

    • You should have asked me! Perhaps I would have figured it out sooner. 🙂 I’m so sorry that you have it, too. I’ve also done a lot of research about adrenal fatigue (because I also have weak adrenals just like all the women on my mom’s side) and I stronly believe it’s highly linked to the thyroid. Once you heal the thyroid, the adrenals will be fine, too. Or vice versa. Whatever is causing the thyroid issues, is also causing adrenal issues. xx

  2. You are so sweet. I wish the very best for you and send positive light and healing energy to you

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  4. Thyroid geek says:

    This is very unusual because your neck looks normal (no visible goiter) so I could say that good luck in your journey!!!!

  5. I’m freaking out. I think I have this. (Pulling at roll neck sweaters? Story of my life.) I have never ever heard of this before. I’m going to have my tests done as soon as I can. I’m a little scared. I thought my problem was chronic candidiasis (which I have under control most of the time) cause some of the symptoms are the same (which happen to be identical to dosha Vata, no?) but now I think it may be Hashimoto’s.

    Sending you light and love,

    xx
    Gina

    • Sorry to have freaked you out, Gina! Make sure you do the antibody tests: Anti-Tg and anti-ATPO. Chronic candidiasis might be one of the symptoms of low thyroid or iodine deficiency as well. All the symptoms are all the same as Vata dosha. In fact, Ayurveda treats this kind of thyroid issues as Vata dosha imbalance. So that’s another confirmation that I’m a Vata! 🙂 Let me know if you do the tests! xx

  6. I came here from YouTube, having looked for videos with actual eye exercises in them. Talk about connecting and each thing leading to the necessary learnings in our life.
    After reading through about your experience with Paleo, something clicked for me. I actually have felt great on Paleo and continued to lose weight, but I’ve developed 4 cavities since going Paleo in January. I am also nursing which takes its toll, but I’ve not had my teeth get so terrible (some days they even look yellow… yuck) nursing my other two.
    Then I get to this post and I feel more perplexed. My journey TO Paleo started over 10 years ago, when I had my first child and my stressed thyroid (unknown to me) crashed. It took me a couple years, a good Nourishing Traditions Yahoo group, crashing for days after my regular 5K run, eating like a bird and still gaining weight, but I finally had someone suggest that I had hypothyroidism. No test, just temp (always extremely low) and symptom monitoring, and I decided to use kelp. I felt close to my old self for a few weeks, then crashed harder. The folks at discussingnt mentioned adrenal dysfunction. I used adrenal adaptogenic herbs and they helped.
    A few months before I remarried, I added kelp back in. After 3 known miscarriages with my ex, I conceived within a month of marrying my hubby and had my second baby just a shy under a decade after my first. Kelp made me rage in my first trimester, so I stopped it. I also had a SEVERE B12 deficiency episode midway through the pregnancy, which made me decide to get the 23andme genetic test, as STTM recommends as a secondary test.
    I started using naturally desiccated thyroid after I had my second baby, studying Stop The Thyroid Madness, but I never quite found “me” as I wanted/needed.
    I had two thermograms when I found a lump in my breast (no cancer, but the lump went away with lymph massage after a few days), and my thyroid wasn’t a warm hue that it should have been, it was a DARK blue.
    I finally decided to try something different and dug into what all my genetic defects could mean. Low and behold, many symptoms listed matched me.
    At the advice of a natural Momma who knew more than I about genetics, I chose to drop all 23 of my “natural” endocrine supplements and start the first phase of Amy Yasko’ s genetic protocol in January (which for a lot of MTHFR and other defects, includes Paleo or AIP). I’ve had ups and downs, but it’s been my most even in terms of mood, energy, weight loss (and I’m finally eating a LOT of food!!), and… since February, my temp has been consistently in the 97.8 (menstrual) – 98.7 range (post-ov). I haven’t needed any thyroid or adrenal supplements since going Paleo and doing phase one of her protocol, 10 months ago.

    I don’t know what I could do to prevent the cavities more than I do (brush with a miswak and homemade remineralizing toothpaste, oil pull almost every day, drink bone broth most days, eat butter with cod liver oil, chew birch Chilton gum when I get the hankering), as I never restricted carbs when I started Paleo (I crave sweet potatoes regularly and eat them multiple times a week, same with potatoes… and I shamelessly use arrowroot powder to make paleo roti and other things every other week or so).

    Anyway, I’m new to your blog but totally in love with what I’ve read… and sharing what I’ve learned (genetics are vitally necessary to learn with autoimmune disorders) and also hashing out what I can do with the info I read here in regards to Paleo causing dental decay for some…

    • Edit to add: between discussingnt leading me to adrenal issues and marrying again, I DID have most Stop The Thyroid Madness recommended tests done (except, ironically, B12 and D3 because I knew “everyone is low in D3, why spend the money”) and found I had hypothyroidism, adrenal dysfunction, estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone issues.

      A second set, midway during my second pregnancy confirmed it was slightly worse.

      Then, when I decided to go Paleo in January, my third baby was about 6 months old… much closer age gap. 😉

      • Just noticed your second comment. So you did have issues with your hormones. Look into DIM. It’s amazing for estrogen dominance. I’m taking it now. If your progesterone is really low and if your periods are irregular, vitex is great. Again, I’m going to mention low stomach acid. If you fix it, it’s very probable that your adrenal and thyroid issues will simply disappear. xx

    • Hi River, what a beautiful name! I’m so sorry, I totally lost your comment and I’ve only found it now. Please forgive me for such a late reply. I think I’ve understood why the Paleo diet caused my tooth and gum issues. Two reasons: firstly, it caused hypothyroidism, which obviously isn’t good for anything, including teeth. Secondly, going on the Paleo diet meant that I was eating more protein than I was used to before, which was a huge issue for someone with low stomach acid. I didn’t know that was my problem, but now I know. The body is unable to break down protein or fat without adequate stomach acid. Without it, protein becomes a toxin and makes it more difficult to assimilate any kind of nutrients from everything else. I simply got very, very malnourished. Not completely Paleo diet’s fault, but considering that a lot of people have low stomach acid, I believe it’s important to talk about it and warn people before they go through a similar dental nightmare.

      I also tried kelp, but it didn’t work well for me at all. I’ve stopped since. My thyroid numbers don’t show any iodine deficiency at all. I live by the ocean, eat all the local vegetables and fruit that are full of iodine from the ocean, eat seafood and fish regularly. There is just no way for me to be deficient. For someone with iodine deficiency, FT3 would be high, normal or low if the deficiency is very serious, but the FT4 would be low in any case. That completely doesn’t apply to me because my FT3 is low and FT4 is perfect. In my case, it’s just a FT4 to FT3 conversion issue, probably due to restrictive diets (mainly Paleo) and nutrient deficiencies (probably zinc and selenium).

      By the way, B12 strongly points to low stomach acid. Please research it! It could be life changing.

      A lump in the breast is a sign of estrogen dominance. Have you had your estrogen and progesteron checked? Estrogen dominance could also interfere with thyroid hormone absorption and FT4 to FT3 conversion.

      Seems like you’re doing great things for your dental health. I really hope you’ll soon be able to pinpoint what’s bothering them from within.

      One final note: look into magnesium deficiency (super important for teeth, much more important than calcium or vitamin D).

      Good luck! So glad you’re enjoying my blog. xx

  7. Hello, I found I had hashimoto last year after many strange health problems. I have been on the paleo diet for about 6 months then the aip paleo diet for the past 9 months. Best wishes to you.

  8. Hi Vita!

    First of all, I love your blog and YouTube channel!

    Your videos about Hashimoto’s have really been helpful to me since I’ve been struggling with various health issues for years and I’m only 18! My hair has been growing thinner and thinner for years now and I’m really worried about it getting worse. I researched so many possible causes and all of the most common ones seem to not be applicable to my situation. I’ve tried quite a few different supplements like Biotin, Zinc and so on but none of them seem to do anything for me.
    Like you, I feel like I have most if not all symptoms of Hashimoto’s. I had a blood test done about 2 months ago, mainly to check my thyroid since that is obviously a possible cause for hair loss and turns out I have a slight hypofunction (according to my doctor nothing that has to be treated at all) but I’m guessing they only tested TSH and nothing else.
    I’m determined to have more tests done very soon!

    Where did you have them done? At a normal doctor’s practice? I’m a little worried about my doctor not taking it seriously since I “only researched it online” and they tend to not take things like that serious judging from previous experiences. Any tips on how to bring it up and make sure they take it seriously?

    Much love from Germany and positive energy for your healing process!!

    • Hi Larissa, thanks so much for your words of support! I really appreciate them. I feel for you because of the hair loss because I reckon I lost about 50% of my hair since my health ordeal started, so unfortunately I really know how it feels. What I can say though is that it’s possible to stop it. Keep experimenting and looking for the root cause. Once you find it and eliminate it, your hair loss will stop instantly. Mine has completely stopped now. I definitely need to make a video about all of the ways to stop hair loss and then about my personal hair loss story as well. For me, the biggest change came from magnesium, but not magnesium supplements. I have low stomach acid (and possibly h. pylori, I’m not sure about that yet), so my body isn’t able to assimilate magnesium supplements well. What I use is magnesium oil and I apply it on my skin every day. Just google how to make it yourself, it’s super easy. Another reason is calcium deficiency, which can be caused by a lot of issues: gluten intolerance or any other food intolerances messing up the intestinal tract, low stomach acid, not getting enough good calcium sources (raw fermented goat or sheep dairy is the best, most bioavailable source) or magnesium deficiency. If you’re deficient in magnesium, the calcium can’t be dissolved from the food and if it can’t be dissolved, it can’t be assimilated. You might have estrogen dominance, so it’s worth checking your estrogen and progesterone levels. Hair might also be falling because of stress and high cortisol levels, so things like meditation, gentle exercises (intense exercises cause intense stress to the body), breathing exercises, practising mindfulness, and drinking tulsi (holy basil) tea can really help. Of course low thyroid can also cause hair loss. For the thyroid, in order to have a complete picture, you need to test TSH, FT3, FT4, and then the two thyroid antibodies: Tg antibodies and ATPO. I didn’t even try to convince doctors to take me seriously. I simply went to a local private lab and got all of the tests done with my own money. All of the thyroid tests were less than 100 euros. Another thing you might want to look into is h. pylori, especially if you also have any kind of digestion or stomach issues, bloating, cramping, constipation and/or random diarrhoea. You can test antibodies for h.pylori and it’s pretty accurate. Good luck with your healing! It can be done! I’ll be thinking of you and sending you healing vibes! xx

      • Thank YOU so much for your words of support! It’s amazing that you answer to every single comment and that you take your time to give very thorough answers!
        My two biggest issues (and symptoms) are definitely hair loss and severe stomach problems. My digestive system always seemed like it wasn’t working properly and I always had issues of some kind with it. About two years ago is when it escalated literally over night. From one day to the other I could eat almost nothing without getting terrible heartburn and just a general sick feeling that would make me feel down all day every day. My only food for weeks was apple sauce and nuts. I was living in America at that time as an exchange student so I didn’t have all the medical resources then that I would have had in Germany. Nevertheless I actually had an h. pylori test done and it was negative. I was glad about that but also disappointed because I still didn’t know what caused the sudden drastic change. The lady I was living with was a physician’s assistant but she also couldn’t think of a possible explanation. Eventually she prescribed me a high dose of pantoprazole and other proton pump inhibitors to get my stomach acid down that I am still taking today and can’t go a day without before I get heartburn again. Never would I have thought that the cause could be LOW stomach acid! Thank you for opening my eyes to that!
        I had an endoscopy and all that done because we thought an ulcer could be causing my problems but the doctors found absolutely nothing. I’m “totally fine”. That’s funny because I feel anything but fine.
        I want to get off the medication so I will try your approach and drink some apple cider vinegar or lemon juice every day and see if that helps with the heartburn.
        I have lots of doctors appointments coming up soon which I’m excited about (because I finally want to know for sure what’s wrong) but also worried because I’m scared they won’t find anything. In the meantime I’m trying to stay positive.
        Staying positive is something I struggle with every day because one look in the mirror at my thinning hair and somewhat bald spots on my scalp get me in a total panic that is hard to control.
        Another thing I wanted to ask you about is hormones and birth control. You said you were on it for 10 years (I am currently taking it too but really want to stop). The thought of taking artificial hormones doesn’t agree with me in general but for lack of a better “safe method” I am still taking them. You mentioned once that you were wanting to make a video about birth control alternatives and I would be super grateful if you did!!!
        Thank you again and much love!!! xx

        • Also, do you have any book recommendations for meditation?

          • I’ve never read any books about meditation. But I love the Calm app and I also highly recomment Chopra’s 21-day meditation chellenge because it walks you through all styles of meditations, so you can work out which one works best for you and then you can continue on your own. xx

        • Hi Larissa, thanks so much! I started my blog and YouTube person because I wanted to help people, so of course I answer to every single comment! That’s what I’m here for. 🙂 What kind of h. pylori test did you have? None of them are 100% reliable (not even close) and it’s always worth repeating it using a different method to confirm. If you get two negatives from two different methods, then it’s surely a negative. It can be diagnosed via endoscopy, blood test or stool test. Your symptoms sounds so much like it. Great simple things you can do every day to improve your stomach and make the conditions unpleasant for h. pylori is by having lemon water every morning, eating lots of lightly steamed broccoli, drinking olive leaf or licorice tea (licorice shouldn’t be consumed for those who have high blood pressure), eating lots of raw milk yogurt (incredible for strengthening the good bacteria, so they can kick out the bad ones, such as h. pylori). I hope you’ll get your answers once you get your tests done. I’ll be thinking of you! Also one more thing I dont remember if I mentioned, but you could be magnesium deficient (most of us are). Google something called magnesium oil. I started applying it on my skin every day and it changed my health more than anything. It also stopped my hair loss. One more thing that helped me a lot was finding out the blood type diets. I was an A eating the Paleo diet. No wonder I was feeling so sick! Since I gave up red meat (and only eat turkey very, very infrequently), I’ve been making so much progress. I’m not pretty much a pescatarian. I wish I’d known it years ago. I’ll surely be making that video about birth control. I have it on my to-do list! Good luck with everything! xx

          • Larissa says:

            I had an h. pylori breath test done which was negative. I’m definitely going to try magnesium oil!
            I just thought I’d share some updates with you in case you’re interested. I am so very frustrated at the moment.
            I went to my doctor (since I unfortunately don’t know of any private labs in my area) and it went exactly as I predicted: she didn’t take me seriously at all, doesn’t think I could even possibly have Hashimoto’s because my TSH was only 3.89 but also doesn’t know what else to do. Typical! I was fighting with her about testing my antibodies and finally she gave in and let me do a blood test along with testing for magnesium, zinc and selenium deficiency and a test for candida. I already know I have candida overgrowth but I’m not sure how bad it is.
            I also had a blood test done at my gynecologist’s to look at my hormones and especially testosterone. My hormones seem to be fine but they also tested my thyroid again and just two months after my last blood test my TSH rose from 3.89 to 6.9! This test was done on Monday and the test at my normal doctor’s office was done Tuesday. I found out that my TSH on Tuesday was 2.1!!! Within one day it changed by almost 5! When I asked my doctor about this she had no explanation and said it was probably fine and just normal results that vary depending on what lab the tests are evaluated at. Absolute BS in my opinion!!!
            They also didn’t test my Tg antibodies, only TPO. Since my TPO results were normal she says it’s impossible that anything is wrong with my thyroid. I fought with her again about also requesting Tg antibody results until she gave in. I told her about your case where you had extremely high Tg antibodies and again, no explanation “but I for sure don’t have Hashimoto’s”. By now I don’t trust anything she says anymore and really regret going to her in the first place.
            I also suspect that I have adrenal fatigue since the thyroid, candida and the adrenals are so closely linked with each other and have such great influence on each other’s well-beings.
            I’m really interested in what your TPO antibody results were? From what I understand everything was relatively normal for you (fT3, fT4, TSH and TPO antibodies) except for Tg antibodies? Do you mind telling me what your results were for all of those?
            I’m still 90% sure I have Hashimoto’s or that at least SOMETHING is wrong with my thyroid but I can’t be expecting any help from my doctor. She really discouraged me but I know my body better than anyone else and it’s still possible to have Hashimoto’s even when it doesn’t show in antibodies, right?

          • Hi Larissa, h. pylori negative test doesn’t mean that you don’t have it. If it’s positive, you have it for sure, but if it’s negative, it can be a false negative. It’s always a good idea to have a different test to confirm. If you have two negatives, then it’s certain that you don’t have it. The other two alternatives are blood test and stool test. Your TSH was ONLY 3.89? Mine was 4 and I felt horrible. My friend had 4.10 and she couldn’t get pregnant, only when she got on thyroid hormones and got her TSH below 2 did she get pregnant. The problem is that in Europe up to 4.50 is considered normal, which is insanity if you ask me. In the US, it’s 3, which is much closer to the truth. Regarding your test for minerals, blood test for magnesium is useless because it doesn’t show deficiency in 99% of the cases. What you need is RBC magnesium, but they don’t seem to do it in Europe. The best way is just to start using the magnesium oil and see if it helps. If it does, you surely are deficient like 70% of people in the Western world. How strange that your TSH changed so much from one to another, but I have to admit I’ve actually read about it many times. TSH does change a lot throughout the day. THat’s why it’s not the best indicator to look at. Some doctors believe that symptoms such as low body temperature or fatigue are much more reliable and much more important than just looking at thyroid hormones. I absolutely agree with that. MY ATPO was completely normal. My Anti-Tg was 7 times above the norm. Same thing happened with my mom. I read that around 10% of all people with Hashimoto’s have only the Anti-Tg elevated, so I guess I’m a rare specimen. 🙂 Adrenals are very heavily linked to the thyroid and to the digestive systems. I’m talking from my own personal experience here as well. I always thought that I had weak adrenals like my mom, but as long as I apply magnesium oil on my body every single morning and as long as I stick to a clean diet, I feel great and my adrenals are perfectly fine. If I forget applying the magnesium oil for a couple of days, I pay for it with anxiety, mood swings, palpitations, cold sweats, painful teeth and gums, etc. I don’t think you can have Hashimoto’s if your antibodies are normal, but I might be wrong. As the adrenals, thyroid, digestive tract, and sex hormones all work together as a system, if one gets unbalanced, they all get unbalanced. If I were you, I would look into h. pylori testing once again (two different tests if the first one is negative) and I’d make a batch of magnesium oil asap. It’s just what my gut feeling is saying. But of course remember I’m not a doctor. It’s just friendly advice and what I would do myself. xx

          • Larissa says:

            I also have my Tg antibody results and my doctor says “everything is fine”.
            My TSH went from 6.9 to 2.13 in one day, my TPO antibodies are at <28 U/mL, my Tg antibodies are at <15. My doctor didn't look at T3 and T4.
            I went to see a naturalist today and she agrees with me that my doctor is completely wrong. She says I clearly have hypothyroidism and most likely Hashimoto's. I also clearly have adrenal fatigue and candida overgrowth.
            Do my antibody results seem high to you? I know you're obviously not a doctor but I found so many different values for what is supposed to be normal that I'm just confused now. I still don't think that I have "just hypothyroidism" because my TSH changed that much in such a short period of time.
            What do you think about my results and amount of antibodies? I want to have an ultrasound done either way. I just don't know if I should have another blood test done at my naturalist's office to check antibodies again in case they changed like my TSH did…

          • I’ve read of some cases where there were no antibodies, but people were diagnosed with Hashimoto’s anyway just based on the ultrasound, so it’s worth doing it if you can. Another thing it could be is iodine deficiency (especially as your antibodies normal and it point to non-autoimmune hypothyroidism). Do you have the numbers for your FT3 and FT4? Based on those two, it’s possible to tell if your iodine might be low. xx

          • Larissa says:

            I’m so sorry I didn’t answer sooner! I just saw your comment today.
            I don’t think I’m iodine deficient since we’ve been using iodized salt for as long as I can remember. My fT3 is 5.8 pmol/l and my fT4 is 17.1 pmol/l.
            How do those numbers tell you if you’re iodine deficient? xx

          • Your FT3 and FT4 are perfect, so perhaps the issue really isn’t in the thyroid and it surely doesn’t look like you’re iodine deficient. I would seriously recommend looking into h. pylori and candida. They can cause all of the issues you’re experiencing. Things like mastic gum and/or oregano oil can be life changing. They have completely fixed my digestion and have finally completely cleared my skin, so now I’m going to be telling everyone about them. 🙂 I’ve completed half of the course so far, but it’s already life changing. xx

          • Larissa says:

            At least those two look good then haha! I’ve been starting to think that my thyroid has just been affected by other things going on in my body and that it really isn’t full-blown Hashimoto’s.
            I don’t have h. pylori because my breathing test was negative and they checked it when I had my endoscopy done and it was also negative then.
            I know for sure that I have candida and I’m currently taking oregano oil, 3 drops two times a day and also coconut oil since it’s supposed to help with candida as well. I also found out that both my mom and I have low blood sugar so I’m going to start working on my diet to hopefully feel better that way.
            What do you mean by course? Is there a specific one you’re following with taking the mastic gum and oregano oil and how much are you taking of each? xx

          • Yes, thyroid might just be a symptom of something else. Other ideas to look at that: low cortisol (you can do a saliva test done by shipping it to the US and most people with digestive problems have low cortisol) or brain neurotransmitter imbalances (there are two great books about it: “The Mood Cure” and “Why Isn’t My Brain Working”). You might think, what does it have to do with digestion and overall health? A lot actually because brain controls everything from digestion to nutrient absorption to periods. It’s a fascinating topic. Have you tried Saccharomyces Boulardi (I hope I spelt it right) – it’s a probiotic (a yeast actually) that kills candida and helps repopulate the gut. If you also have low blood sugar, you’ll benefit a lot from those two books about brain. A lot! I’m taking mastic gum for 2 months (I’m halfway through and I’m taking 500mg twice a day) and I’ve also just completed 3 weeks of wild oregano oil (4 drops twice a day). Now I’m taking Saccharomyces Boulardi to replenish the gut and to kill off any remaining candida. Of course I must say I’m not a doctor and I’m not giving you advice. This is just what I do. xx

  9. Hi Vita! You’re helping me a great deal here. Despite I just found out I have Hashimoto I am grateful to FINALLY found out what’s happening to me. Please, could you recommend some books that can help me to do my own research for my particular case? I know you read the one by Izabella Wentz, is there any other that helped? Thanks again, from the bottom of my heart.

    • Hi Huma, I’ve only read two books about Hashimoto’s: the one by Dr Wentz and Dr Kharrazian’s book about thyroid. I loved them both. Other books that gave me lots of valuable ideas were “The Magnesium Miracle”, “The Perfect Diet”, and “Why Stomach Acid Is Good For You”. Sorry I don’t remember the authors, but you can just find them searching for the titles. I’ve also learned a lot from blogs and especially forums because people’s stories are priceless. You can get so many valuable insights from them. Good luck on your journey! xx

      • Gracias Vita! I’m going to order some of those books right away. I’ve just watched your last vlog and it looks like you’re doing fine, I’m very happy for you. xoxo

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