Hashimoto’s disease, also called chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is an autoimmune condition that attacks your thyroid. The thyroid is an important gland in your endocrine system which regulates many of your body’s activities through the production of hormones. The thyroid gland is responsible for everything from metabolism to heart rate, and much more. Hashimoto’s disease can be devastating to a person’s body, brain, digestion, and lifestyle. That is why getting accurate diagnosis and treatment by our Hashimoto Specialist in Glendale, CA is imperative. Dr. Nishant Rao, of Los Angeles Integrative Medicine, offers comprehensive testing and treatment that addresses Hashimoto’s disease at its root causes.
Hashimoto’s disease is an underactive (hypo) thyroid disorder. It is the most common hypothyroid disorder in the US and affects women at seven times the rate as it does men. Diagnosis is done through blood tests which detect elevated levels of anti-thyroid peroxidase antibodies.
What are the symptoms of Hashimoto’s?
- Weight gain
- Feeling cold
- Dry, brittle hair
- Hair loss
- Hoarse voice
- Dry, pale skin
- Puffy face
- Stiff joints
- Irregular or heavy menstruation
- Slow heart rate
- Fertility problems
Beyond these symptoms, Hashimoto’s is also related to other conditions. Some are caused by the ongoing symptoms while other conditions have an exacerbating relationship, where multiple conditions create and worsen one another. These include things like: acid reflux, nutrient deficiencies, leaky gut, anemia, impaired digestion, anxiety, chronic fatigue, brain fog, food allergies, and environmental allergies.
If left to advance into the later stages, Hashimoto’s disease can begin to erode the myelin in your nervous system. Myelin is a protective sheath that works as a neurotransmitter, allowing electrical impulses to run from nerve cell to nerve cell. When myelin is damaged, brain and nerve function become seriously impaired.
Hashimoto’s disease has also been shown to cause brain swelling. While many of the negative impacts of this condition are obvious, what many people don’t know is that frontal cortex swelling also leads to slower gastrointestinal function, resulting in gas, bloating, fermentation of undigested food, and leaky gut syndrome.
Because symptoms are so pervasive, yet vary from person to person, Hashimoto’s often goes undiagnosed. Many people are treated for their GI problems as a completely separate issue, while brain conditions are often seen as a regular part of aging. That is why seeing a Hashimoto’s specialist who understands the interrelatedness between these symptoms is the best way to begin getting them under control.
What can a Hashimoto’s Specialist do to help?
Hormone replacement can be an effective piece of the treatment puzzle for Hashimoto’s patients, however, it should not stop there. Hashimoto’s is a complicated autoimmune disorder. It is impacted by diet, stress, spikes in insulin, and even fillers found in some hormone replacement medications. Depending on your hormone levels, even specific herbs meant to improve hormone function can have a negative impact for certain people. That is why having a Hashimoto’s s specialist help you navigate a treatment that is right for your individual condition is so important.
Hashimoto’s treatment will likely include dietary restrictions, such as a gluten-free diet. In addition to gluten, alone, there are other foods that may negatively impact your hypothyroid condition. These may include rice, sesame seeds, eggplant, soy, and corn. A Cyrex lab test narrows down food sensitivities, and is an integral part of developing a management plan that is right for your body. Other treatment options may include stress reduction training, supplements, methods of regulating blood sugar levels, and balancing the beneficial bacteria in your digestive track.
If you have gone through hormone therapy for hypothyroidism but still remain symptomatic, it may be time to see a Hashimoto’s specialist. Dr. Rao offers an integrative medicine approach to Hashimoto’s treatment. Viewing the body as a series of integrated systems, treatment at Los Angeles Integrative Medicine includes much more than just treating symptoms.
Individualized Hashimoto’s Specialist in Glendale, CA
Our Glendale Hashimoto’s specialist helps relieve the symptoms while treating the root sources of the condition. Dr. Rao offers personal, individualized care. Each patient is tested for his or her specific hormone levels and reaction to specific triggers. There is no one-size-fits-all care for Hashimoto’s disease. Dr. Rao continually checks in with you to see where your hormone levels are. He makes adjustments to your treatment as needed.
Our Hashimoto’s specialist in Glendale, CA is committed to ongoing care. You will never be sent away with just a prescription and nothing more. As diet, medication, and other management methods continue to work or need adjusting, Dr. Rao is dedicated to ensuring you are getting the best care for your condition as it stands from week to week.
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