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    Hashimotos

    Post by Andy12345 on Tue Feb 16 2016, 15:09

    Hi. My name is Hashimoto's.
    I'm an invisible autoimmune disease that attacks your thyroid gland causing you to become hypothyroid.

    I am now velcroed to you for life. If you have hypothyroidism, you probably have me. I am the number one cause of it in the U.S. and many other places around the world.

    I'm so sneaky--I don't always show up in your blood work.
    Others around you can't see me or hear me, but YOUR body feels me.
    I can attack you anywhere and any way I please.

    I can cause severe pain or, if I'm in a good mood, I can just cause you to ache all over.

    Remember when you and energy ran around together and had fun?
    I took energy from you, and gave you exhaustion. Try to have fun now.

    I can take good sleep from you and in its place, give you brain fog and lack of concentration.

    I can make you want to sleep 24/7, and I can also cause insomnia.

    I can make you tremble internally or make you feel cold or hot when everyone else feels normal.

    I can also give you swollen hands and feet, swollen face and eyelids, swollen everything.

    I can make you feel very anxious with panic attacks or very depressed. I can also cause other mental health problems. You know crazy mood swings? That's me. Crying for no reason? Angry for no reason? That's probably me too.

    I can make your hair fall out, become dry and brittle, cause acne, cause dry skin, the sky is the limit with me.

    I can make you gain weight and no matter what you eat or how much you exercise, I can keep that weight on you. I can also make you lose weight. I don't discriminate.

    Some of my other autoimmune disease friends often join me, giving you even more to deal with.

    If you have something planned, or are looking forward to a great day, I can take that away from you. You didn't ask for me. I chose you for various reasons.

    That virus or viruses you had that you never really recovered from, or that car accident, or maybe it was the years of abuse and trauma (I thrive on stress.) You may have a family history of me. Whatever the cause, I'm here to stay.

    I hear you're going to see a doctor to try and get rid of me. That makes me laugh. Just try. You will have to go to many, many doctors until you find one who can help you effectively.

    You will be put on the wrong medication for you, pain pills, sleeping pills, energy pills, told you are suffering from anxiety or depression, given anti-anxiety pills and antidepressants.

    There are so many other ways I can make you sick and miserable, the list is endless - that high cholesterol, gall bladder issue, blood pressure issue, blood sugar issue, heart issue among others? That's probably me.

    Can't get pregnant, or have had a miscarriage?
    That's probably me too.

    Shortness of breath or "air hunger?" Yep, probably me.

    Liver enzymes elevated? Yep, probably me.

    Teeth and gum problems? TMJ?
    Hives? Yep, probably me.

    I told you the list was endless.

    You may be given a TENs unit, get massaged, told if you just sleep and exercise properly I will go away.

    You'll be told to think positively, you'll be poked, prodded, and MOST OF ALL, not taken seriously when you try to explain to the endless number of doctors you've seen, just how debilitating I am and how ill and exhausted you really feel.

    In all probability you will get a referral from these 'understanding' (clueless) doctors, to see a psychiatrist.

    Your family, friends and co-workers will all listen to you until they just get tired of hearing about how I make you feel, and just how debilitating I can be.

    Some of them will say things like "Oh, you are just having a bad day" or "Well, remember, you can't do the things you use to do 20 YEARS ago", not hearing that you said 20 DAYS ago.

    They'll also say things like, "if you just get up and move, get outside and do things, you'll feel better." They won't understand that I take away the 'gas' that powers your body and mind to ENABLE you to do those things.

    Some will start talking behind your back, they'll call you a hypochondriac, while you slowly feel that you are losing your dignity trying to make them understand, especially if you are in the middle of a conversation with a "normal" person, and can't remember what you were going to say next.

    You'll be told things like, "Oh, my grandmother had that, and she's fine on her medication" when you desperately want to explain that I don't impose myself upon everyone in the exact same way, and just because that grandmother is fine on the medication SHE'S taking, doesn't mean it will work for you.

    They will not understand that having this disease impacts your body from the top of your head to the tip of your toes, and that every cell and every body system and organ requires the proper amount and the right kind of of thyroid hormone medication for YOU.
    Not what works for someone else.

    The only place you will get the kind of support and understanding in dealing with me is with other people that have me. They are really the only ones who can truly understand.

    I am Hashimoto's Disease.

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    Re: Hashimotos

    Post by Paul1976 on Tue Feb 16 2016, 15:14

    I don't know anyone personally with this disease but it sounds a bloody awful condition to live with! Crying or Very sad


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    Post by Andy12345 on Tue Feb 16 2016, 16:14

    yes, Sad me either, i posted it because the person who shared it, said it really helped her reading it, so in case someone reads this, it may just help
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    Post by Paul1976 on Tue Feb 16 2016, 16:18

    @Andy12345 wrote:yes, Sad me either, i posted it because the person who shared it, said it really helped her reading it, so in case someone reads this, it may just help

    And quite relevant too with some forms of diabetes being of an autoimmune cause and possibly running hand in hand with this-A diabetic may read here-see this and finally see a possible answer to years of misery.


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    Post by Jan1 on Tue Feb 16 2016, 18:35

    @Andy12345 wrote:Hi. My name is Hashimoto's.
    I'm an invisible autoimmune disease that attacks your thyroid gland causing you to become hypothyroid.

    I am now velcroed to you for life. If you have hypothyroidism, you probably have me. I am the number one cause of it in the U.S. and many other places around the world.

    I'm so sneaky--I don't always show up in your blood work.
    Others around you can't see me or hear me, but YOUR body feels me.
    I can attack you anywhere and any way I please.

    I can cause severe pain or, if I'm in a good mood, I can just cause you to ache all over.

    Remember when you and energy ran around together and had fun?
    I took energy from you, and gave you exhaustion. Try to have fun now.

    I can take good sleep from you and in its place, give you brain fog and lack of concentration.

    I can make you want to sleep 24/7, and I can also cause insomnia.

    I can make you tremble internally or make you feel cold or hot when everyone else feels normal.

    I can also give you swollen hands and feet, swollen face and eyelids, swollen everything.

    I can make you feel very anxious with panic attacks or very depressed. I can also cause other mental health problems. You know crazy mood swings? That's me. Crying for no reason? Angry for no reason? That's probably me too.

    I can make your hair fall out, become dry and brittle, cause acne, cause dry skin, the sky is the limit with me.

    I can make you gain weight and no matter what you eat or how much you exercise, I can keep that weight on you. I can also make you lose weight. I don't discriminate.

    Some of my other autoimmune disease friends often join me, giving you even more to deal with.

    If you have something planned, or are looking forward to a great day, I can take that away from you. You didn't ask for me. I chose you for various reasons.

    That virus or viruses you had that you never really recovered from, or that car accident, or maybe it was the years of abuse and trauma (I thrive on stress.) You may have a family history of me. Whatever the cause, I'm here to stay.

    I hear you're going to see a doctor to try and get rid of me. That makes me laugh. Just try. You will have to go to many, many doctors until you find one who can help you effectively.

    You will be put on the wrong medication for you, pain pills, sleeping pills, energy pills, told you are suffering from anxiety or depression, given anti-anxiety pills and antidepressants.

    There are so many other ways I can make you sick and miserable, the list is endless - that high cholesterol, gall bladder issue, blood pressure issue, blood sugar issue, heart issue among others? That's probably me.

    Can't get pregnant, or have had a miscarriage?
    That's probably me too.

    Shortness of breath or "air hunger?" Yep, probably me.

    Liver enzymes elevated? Yep, probably me.

    Teeth and gum problems? TMJ?
    Hives? Yep, probably me.

    I told you the list was endless.

    You may be given a TENs unit, get massaged, told if you just sleep and exercise properly I will go away.

    You'll be told to think positively, you'll be poked, prodded, and MOST OF ALL, not taken seriously when you try to explain to the endless number of doctors you've seen, just how debilitating I am and how ill and exhausted you really feel.

    In all probability you will get a referral from these 'understanding' (clueless) doctors, to see a psychiatrist.

    Your family, friends and co-workers will all listen to you until they just get tired of hearing about how I make you feel, and just how debilitating I can be.

    Some of them will say things like "Oh, you are just having a bad day" or "Well, remember, you can't do the things you use to do 20 YEARS ago", not hearing that you said 20 DAYS ago.

    They'll also say things like, "if you just get up and move, get outside and do things, you'll feel better." They won't understand that I take away the 'gas' that powers your body and mind to ENABLE you to do those things.

    Some will start talking behind your back, they'll call you a hypochondriac, while you slowly feel that you are losing your dignity trying to make them understand, especially if you are in the middle of a conversation with a "normal" person, and can't remember what you were going to say next.

    You'll be told things like, "Oh, my grandmother had that, and she's fine on her medication" when you desperately want to explain that I don't impose myself upon everyone in the exact same way, and just because that grandmother is fine on the medication SHE'S taking, doesn't mean it will work for you.

    They will not understand that having this disease impacts your body from the top of your head to the tip of your toes, and that every cell and every body system and organ requires the proper amount and the right kind of of thyroid hormone medication for YOU.
    Not what works for someone else.

    The only place you will get the kind of support and understanding in dealing with me is with other people that have me. They are really the only ones who can truly understand.

    I am Hashimoto's Disease.


    Well done for posting this ... I think if we can share things like this, we may just help some-one ... we may never meet them, we may never know that it helped, BUT isn't it worth doing.

    You never know who may be reading this Forum.

    All the best Jan
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    Re: Hashimotos

    Post by graham64 on Tue Feb 16 2016, 22:26

    @Paul1976 wrote:I don't know anyone personally with this disease but it sounds a bloody awful condition to live with! Crying or Very sad
     
    I have seen Hashimoto's mentioned on DCUK in the past, just done a quick search and there are a few suffering with the disease must be hard for them. 

    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/search/6072368/?q=Hashimoto%27s.&o=relevance


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    Post by chris c on Thu Feb 18 2016, 19:31

    Not Hashimotos but in retrospect my father suffered from hypothyroid in his later years. They SHOULD have thought of that because he went hypERthyroid when young and they hacked out most of the gland (the only treatment in those days). He ticked most of the symptoms but was diagnosed with "treatment resistant" depression. Hello??? A pill costing pennies would undoubtedly have sorted the majority of his symptoms.

    Over time I've also seen not a few cases, it CAN be easily treated but sometimes needs much more care than doctors are willing/permitted to prescribe, and much more aggressive diagnosis. T3 (thyroid) along with insulin and leptin are "master hormones" and when they are out of line the entire endocrine system can collapse like a deck of cards.

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