The thyroid is one of the most important organ regulators; it is responsible for the running of many bodily functions and overall metabolism. Problems with the thyroid gland should be treated without delay.
The purpose of the thyroid is to collect iodine from the blood in order to produce two hormones: thyroxine and triiodothyronine. It also regulates energy consumption in all organs and cells in the human body. Among the most common thyroid diseases around the world is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis – chronic inflammation of the thyroid of autoimmune origin, which is manifested by hypothyroidism (reduced performance resulting in inadequate secretion of thyroid hormones).
In many cases, this thyroiditis occurs simultaneously with other autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, vitiligo, alopecia, celiac disease, autoimmune gastritis or Duhring’s disease.
Initially, autoimmune thyroiditis usually manifests itself as latent hypothyroidism with hormone levels close to normal, which, if not treated, usually grows within a few years into hypothyroidism.
With Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, the permeation of thyroid lymphocytes occurs with plasma cells producing antibodies. This causes inflammation leading to tissue changes in the thyroid gland and a consequent reduction in its performance.
The Main Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
The most common symptoms of low thyroid performance include sleeping difficulties: inability to sleep, waking frequently during the night, difficulty waking up in the morning, sleepiness during the day, prolonged fatigue, muscle weakness, and lack of energy. One often feels chilly, experiences sensitivity to the cold and light, and has a low temperature (below 97ºF / 36ºC), poor hair quality (falling out), brittle nails, and dry skin.
Also, one experiences a number of neurological signs of disability with the central nervous system (loss of concentration, memory disorders, impaired cognitive performance) and the peripheral nervous system (extended reflexivity, tingling limbs).
There are more than a few emotional changes: mood swings, depression, lack of motivation, irritability, weight gain (especially due to fluid retention in the body), difficulty with weight reduction, swelling, indigestion, constipation, craving for sweet food, menstrual irregularities and premenstrual syndrome, symptoms of estrogen dominance, reduced fertility, unexplained joint and muscle pain, hoarse voice, slow heart rate, cardiac arrhythmia, and heart palpitations.
With autoimmune diseases, threats against the immune system stem from its own attack against cells of its own tissues, instead of external ones. From the perspective of psychosomatic medicine, our body is trying to tell us that our life is not in conformity with what is beneficial to our health and is therefore trying to protect us from ourselves.
Reduced thyroid performance as a consequence of autoimmune inflammation can then be explained by a lack of taste and zest for life, or closing oneself up from the outside world for fear of one’s own self-projection.