Are you wondering if there is a difference between hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s disease?
I would like to answer this question here today.
Firstly, it’s important to know hypothyroidism is a term used to describe an under active thyroid. It indicates the thyroid is not producing enough thyroid hormones.
In contrast Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune thyroid disorder. For those diagnosed with this thyroid disease it indicates the immune system is attacking the thyroid. And what’s more, this direct attack on the fragile thyroid sparks inflammation and swelling.
Hashimoto’s causes a range of hypothyroid symptoms as the thyroid stops working properly. But you can have hypothyroidism without it being due to an autoimmune attack. The best way to discover the root cause is with proper testing.
How Do You Diagnose Hashimoto’s Disease?
Concerned about your thyroid health, or been advised thyroid is NORMAL despite a long list of hypothyroid symptoms?
You need to get tested for Hashimoto’s.
All too often individuals are told their thyroid is normal after only getting the single thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test done. In the conventional medical system the TSH test is regarded as the gold standard for checking thyroid function.
But one of the biggest problems with the TSH test is that it does not screen for Hashimoto’s. And that’s problematic as this autoimmune disorder is the leading cause of hypothyroidism, particularly among women. You need to know this – the stand alone TSH test will not identify an autoimmune thyroid disorder such as Hashimoto’s.
It’s Vital To Get Proper Testing
Hashimoto’s is a complex autoimmune thyroid disorder. For this reason if Hashimoto’s is suspected it’s vital to check your antibody levels. In fact, I can’t emphasis this enough if you are worried about your thyroid health. You need to get these antibody tests done, and also make sure your doctor orders a thyroid ultrasound.
It’s important to know the #1 sign your thyroid is under autoimmune attack is raised antibodies.
There are two specific thyroid antibody tests that should be done as part of a complete thyroid panel.
These are the two tests;
- Anti-thyroperoxidase (TPO) antibody test. Sometime referred to as the TPO test, it’s the most common test for autoimmune thyroid disease. If your TPO antibodies are elevated this is often relied upon to confirm a Hashimoto’s diagnosis.
- Anti-thyroglobulin antibody (TgAb) test. This should be done too as these antibodies target thyroglobulin, the protein precursor that’s stored in the thyroid cells. Thyroglobulin is used to form thyroid hormones.
You may hear a third antibody test discussed. The thyroid stimulating hormone receptor antibody (TRAb) test is ordered when an individual has hyperthyroidism.
Like to learn more?
> > I discuss in more detail the thyroid tests you should be getting here: The Top 5 Thyroid Tests? Discover The Best Tests To Discuss With Your Doctor.
Hashimoto’s is a complex autoimmune disorder so if diagnosed with thisit’s wise to work with a proactive healthcare practitioner who understands thyroid problems. Together you can investigate the root causes, and plan an effective treatment strategy.
From my Naturopathic perspective I believe it really is possible to halt progression of the disease, even heal your thyroid naturally if you can identify, and then address the underlying root causes.