Hashimoto’s disease presents with a myriad of miserable symptoms and many are debilitating. My undiagnosed Hashimoto’s symptoms included overwhelming exhaustion, severe brain fog, weight gain, depression and anxiety.
I thought I had early onset dementia because of the severe brain fog!
Many times, Hashimoto’s symptoms make you feel hopeless and defeated, but there is a way to alleviate them and heal. The process starts with awareness!
You can read all about my Hashimoto’s journey. I discuss my misdiagnosis and how I learned to be my own health advocate. In addition, I detail my personal Hashimoto’s protocol to mange symptoms which enables me to live a full life again.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This does substitute for a diagnosis. Always work with a doctor.
Doctors Often Misdiagnose Hashimoto’s Disease
Frustratingly, the list of symptoms for Hashimoto’s disease is long and overlaps with other conditions. Furthermore, many people live with undiagnosed Hashimoto’s, and consequently, they are misdiagnosed with another health issue.
For example, I was misdiagnosed with depression and I’m not alone! Research shows a strong correlation between the presence of thyroid antibodies and mood and anxiety disorders, including depression.
Doctors in the know will take a deeper look at the role of the thyroid and run comprehensive tests. However, uninformed doctors will disregard these symptoms as being related to thyroid function and will offer people antidepressants.
Therefore, I created this list to help bring awareness to Hashimoto’s symptoms. I certainly do not want you to go through years of feeling terrible and frustrated. In addition to the list below, I also created a free printable.
Hashimoto’s Symptoms Checklist
- Debilitating fatigue
- Stubborn weight gain
- Inability to lose weight
- Panic attacks
- Brain fog
- Poor concentration
- Slow recovery after exercise
- Overall feeling of malaise
- Hormone imbalances
- Increased menstrual flow
- Decreased libido
- Eyelid puffiness
- Eye protrusion
- Cold extremities
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Hair loss
- Brittle hair
- Thinning eyebrows
- Loss of eyelashes
- Heart palpitations
- Digestive issues
- Chronic Pancreatitis
- Frequent infections
- Gluten and dairy sensitivity
- Multiple food intolerances
- Yeast overgrowth
- Thick, dry, cracked, brittle nails
- Longitudinal ridges on nails
- Absent lunulae (half moons)
- Dry skin
- Joint pain
- Muscle weakness
- Pain in lower neck
- Hoarse voice
- Slow or fast heart rate
- High or low blood pressure
- High cholesterol
Firstly, if you have other symptoms that aren’t on this list, it could still be related to Hashimoto’s. Autoimmune disease and thyroid issues are complex!
Secondly, find an experienced doctor who will not dismiss your symptoms, will run the correct tests, including checking for thyroid antibodies, and is open-minded to alternate treatments.
Moreover, educate yourself on alternate treatments and finding the root cause of your Hashimoto’s. There is so much we can do holistically with diet, lifestyle and more to manage our symptoms and address the root cause! I’ve documented my own journey of healing here and included helpful resources.
Finally, The best advice I can give anyone suffering from Hashimoto’s is to NEVER stop fighting for your health. Become your own advocate. If your doctor won’t listen, find another one. If one thing does not work, try something else.
The thing about autoimmune disease, including Hashimoto’s, is that what works for one person may not work for the next. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Educate yourself. Try to determine your root cause and follow the protocols. Keep trying until all the pieces fall into place.
For me, there was no magic bullet but a culmination of steps that led to remission.