Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid gland… slowly destroying it over time… creating all sorts of havoc in the body due to poor thyroid hormone production and/or application at the cellular level.
The end result is hypothyroidism... more commonly known as 'an under-active thyroid'.
Often misdiagnosed due to the erratic, variable and seemingly disconnected range of symptoms: fatigue, constipation, reflux, body aches, moodiness, irregular periods, insomnia, sudden onset of weight gain or an inability to focus on simple things.
Often misunderstood even by those who have it: because too often diagnosis comes at the tail end of increased illness, medical bills and medications… a quagmire of confusion, anxiety and overwhelm… and the loss of relationships, jobs and self-esteem.
Often mistreated by misinformed, time poor or disinterested General Practitioner Doctors: who treat the most pressing symptoms sometimes with medications that further complicate, exacerbate or interfere with thyroid function.